Poison

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Poison
Poison.png
Potion of PoisonSplash Potion of PoisonLingering Potion of Poison
Sources

See § Causes

Particle

#4E9331 (green)

Type

Negative

Poison inflicts damage over time, reducing the player's health to ♥, but cannot kill. It can be received from various mobs and items.

It can be cured by drinking milk, a honey bottle or an antidote.‌[BE & EE only]

Effect[edit]

The amount of damage inflicted to the affected entity is shown in the table below:

Level Ticks per ♥ ♥ per second
1 25 0.4
2 12 0.8
3[note 1] 6 1.66
4[note 1] 3 3.33
5+[note 2] 1 10
  1. a b Due to damage immunity, the effective rate of damage is 12 ticks (♥ × 0.8 per second).
  2. Due to damage immunity, the effective rate of damage is 10 ticks (♥ × 1 per second).

The player's hearts turn yellow-green (♥)(♥ on hardcore mode).

The damage stops when the affected entity is at ♥ health, but can resume if healing occurs and the effected entity is at more than ♥ health before the effect expires.

Amplifiers outside the range 0–31 (corresponding to levels 1–32) are treated modulo 32 (as though reduced by 32 until they are within the range, or alternatively as the remainder from division by 32, i.e. 33 or 65 is treated as 1).

Causes[edit]

Cause Potency Length Lifetime damage Notes
Potion of Poison I 0:45 36♥ × 18
Potion of Poison (extended) I 1:30‌[JE only]
2:00‌[BE only]
72♥ × 36[JE only]
96♥ × 48[BE only]
Potion of Poison II II 0:21‌[JE only]
0:22‌[BE only]
35♥ × 17.5[JE only]
36♥ × 18[BE only]
Splash Potion of Poison I 0:45‌[JE only]
0:33‌[BE only]
36♥ × 18[JE only]
26♥ × 13[BE only]
Witches throw this splash potion if their target has 8♥♥♥♥ or fewer health.
Splash Potion of Poison (extended) I 1:30 72♥ × 36
Splash Potion of Poison II II 0:21‌[JE only]
0:16‌[BE only]
35♥ × 17.5[JE only]
26♥ × 13[BE only]
Lingering Potion of Poison I 0:11 8♥♥♥♥
Lingering Potion of Poison (extended) I 0:22‌[JE only]
0:30‌[BE only]
17♥ × 8.5[JE only]
24♥ × 12[BE only]
Lingering Potion of Poison II II 0:05 8♥♥♥♥
Arrow of Poison I 0:05 4♥♥
Arrow of Poison (extended) I 0:11‌[JE only]
0:15‌[BE only]
8♥♥♥♥[JE only]
12♥ × 6[BE only]
Arrow of Poison II II 0:02 3♥♥
Cookie I 0:45 36♥ × 18 Affects only parrots.‌[JE only] Has no effect as the parrot is killed instantly.
Poisonous Potato I 0:05 4♥♥ 60% chance
Pufferfish IV 1:00 100♥ × 50
Suspicious Stew I 0:12 9♥♥♥♥♥ Must be crafted from a Lily of the Valley
Suspicious Stew I 0:14 11♥ × 5.5 Traded from expert farmer villagers
Suspicious Stew I 0:10–0:20 8♥♥♥♥-16♥ × 8 Found in shipwreck supply chests
Spider Eye I 0:04 2♥ Dropped from spiders and apply poison when eaten
Cave Spider I 0:07 (normal difficulty)
0:15 (hard difficulty)
5♥♥♥ (normal difficulty)
12♥ × 6 (hard difficulty)
Given when it attacks an entity
Pufferfish I 0:03 (partially inflated)
0:06 (fully inflated)
2♥ (partially inflated)
4♥♥ (fully inflated)
Only when touched.
Bee I 0:10 (normal difficulty)
0:18 (hard difficulty)
8♥♥♥♥ (normal difficulty)
14♥ × 7 (hard difficulty)
Given when it attacks an entity

Immune mobs[edit]

Boss mobs, undead mobs, spiders, and cave spiders are unaffected by Poison. Witches are 85% resistant to damage from Poison ‌[Java Edition only] / fully immune.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

This section is about the effect IDs. For the IDs on potions, see Potion § Item data. For for the IDs on tipped arrows, see Arrow § Item data.

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Poisonpoison 19effect.minecraft.poison

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Poisonpoison 19potion.poison

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Taste of Your Own MedicinePoison a witch with a splash potion.Throw a splash potion of poison at a witch (by facing the witch and pressing the use key).20GSilver

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-fancy-raw.png

A Furious Cocktail
Have every potion effect applied at the same timeLocal BreweryHave all of these 13 potion effects applied to the player at the same time. Beacon effects also count for the purposes of this advancement. Other potion effects, if any, may be applied to the player, but are ignored for this advancement.nether/all_potions

Advancement-fancy-raw.png

How Did We Get Here?
Have every effect applied at the same timeA Furious CocktailHave all of these 26 effects applied to the player at the same time. Beacon effects also count for the purposes of this advancement. Other status effects, if any, may be applied to the player, but are ignored for this advancement.
Note: This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it.
nether/all_effects

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-release Added Poison.
Added cave spiders, which inflict Poison upon attacking.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Poison potions have been added, but are unobtainable without inventory editing.
Added spider eyes, which give Poison when eaten.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Poison potions have been revamped and made obtainable in the inventory through brewing.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Splash potions have been added, including splash potions of Poison.
1.4.212w34aAdded poisonous potatoes, which have a chance to give Poison when eaten.
Added witches, which may through splash potions of Poison.
1.7.213w36aAdded pufferfish, which give Poison when eaten.
1.915w31aAdded tipped arrows, including arrows of Poison, which are currently unobtainable in survival.
15w33aAdded lingering potions of Poison.
Extended potions of Poison have had their effect duration reduced from 2:00 to 1:30.
Strong potions of Poison have had their effect duration reducaed from 0:22.5 to 0:21.6.
15w44bArrows of Poison can now be obtained by firing an arrow into a Poison lingering potion cloud.
16w06aArrows of Poison can now be crafted using lingering potions in the crafting table.
Arrows of Poison can no longer be obtained by firing arrows into a Poison lingering potion cloud.
1.12pre3Cookies now give parrots the Poison effect, though this isn't visible as the parrot is instantly killed.
1.1318w08bAdded pufferfish mobs, which inflict Poison to nearby mobs.
1.1418w43a The effect icon texture for poison has been changed.
Added suspicious stew, which can give the Poison effect when crafted with a lily of the valley or found in shipwrecks.
1.1519w34aAdded bees, which can give the player Poison.
19w35aHoney bottles now remove the Poison effect when consumed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 1Added Poison.
Poison can be obtained by eating rotten flesh, pufferfish or being attacked by a cave spider on normal and hard difficulty.
0.12.1build 1Eating rotten flesh no longer inflicts poison.
Poison can be obtained from eating poisonous potatoes, spider eyes, potions of poison, as well as splash potions of poison.
0.14.0build 1Added witches, which throw splash potions of poison. However, the witch, itself, is immune to poison.
0.15.0build 1Added arrows of poison, which inflict poison effect.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Poison can now be obtained from lingering potion of poison.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.20.1Antidotes now remove the poison effect when consumed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.5 The effect icon texture for poison has been changed.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Poison can now be obtained from suspicious stew.
1.14.0beta 1.14.0.1Added bees, which can give the player Poison.
Honey bottles now remove the Poison effect when consumed.