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Poison inflicts damage over time, reducing the player's health to Poisoned Half Heart.svg, but cannot kill.

It can be cured with antidote[BE & EE only] or honey bottle.‌[JE only][upcoming: JE 1.15]


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

Level Ticks per Half Heart.svg Heart.svg 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 is 12 ticks (Heart.svg × 0.8 per second).
  2. Due to damage immunity, the effective rate is 10 ticks (Heart.svg × 1 per second).

The player's hearts turn yellow-green (Poisoned Heart.svg)(Poisoned Hardcore Heart.svg on hardcore mode). Damage is suppressed when the effected entity is at Half Heart.svg health, but can resume if healing occurs 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 is treated as 1).


Cause Potency Length Notes
Potion of Poison I 0:45
Potion of Poison (extended) I 1:30
Potion of Poison II II 0:21
Splash Potion of Poison I 0:45 Witches throw this splash potion if their target has 8Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg health.
Splash Potion of Poison (extended) I 1:30
Splash Potion of Poison II II 0:21
Lingering Potion of Poison I 0:11
Lingering Potion of Poison (extended) I 0:22
Lingering Potion of Poison II II 0:05
Arrow of Poison I 0:05
Arrow of Poison (extended) I 0:11
Arrow of Poison II II 0:02
Cookie I 0:45 Only affects parrots.‌[JE & LCE only]
Poisonous Potato I 0:05 60% chance
Spider Eye I 0:05
Pufferfish IV 1:00
Suspicious Stew I 0:12 Must be crafted from a Lily of the Valley
Suspicious Stew I 0:10–0:20 Found in shipwreck supply chests
Traded from expert farmer villagers[JE only]
Cave Spider I 0:07 (normal difficulty)
0:15 (hard difficulty)
Given when it attacks an entity
Pufferfish I 0:03 (partially inflated)
0:05 (fully inflated)
Only when touched.
Bee[upcoming: JE 1.15] I 0:10 (normal difficulty)
0:18 (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 in Java Edition and fully immune in Bedrock Edition.

Data values[edit]


Potion Namespaced ID[JE only] Numeric ID‌[BE only]
Poison poison 25
Poison (extended) long_poison 26
Poison II strong_poison 27
Effect Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Poison poison 19


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
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).YesYesYesYes20GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-fancy-raw.png A Furious CocktailHave every potion effect applied at the same timeLocal BreweryHave all of these 13 potion effects applied to the player at the same time.minecraft: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.minecraft:nether/all_effects


Java Edition Beta
1.8?Added Poison, but it is currently unobtainable as no potions exist yet.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Potions have been added, but are unobtainable without inventory editing.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Potions have been revamped and made obtainable in the inventory.
1.1418w43a The effect icon texture for poison has now been changed.
Upcoming Java Edition
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, which 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 can now be obtained from lingering potion of poison.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta now remove the poison effect when consumed.
1.11.0beta The effect icon texture for poison has now been changed.