All Minecraft Status Effects and What They Mean

Status effects can make or break your gaming experience! This guide tells you which ones are helpful and which ones are harmful.

Over the years, dozens of different status effects have been added to Minecraft. Most of them are applied by drinking or being splashed by potions. Some of them affect you passively, caused by specific blocks' areas of effect. We've got the whole list of status effects and how they apply to your character.

All Minecraft Status Effects and What They Mean

We've separated these into two categories: Positive Status Effects and Negative Status Effects. Read below to see which ones you want applied and which ones to avoid!

Positive Status Effects

  • Absorption: Adds damage absorption.
  • Conduit Power: Increases underwater visibility and mining speed and prevents drowning.
  • Dolphin's Grace (Java Edition Only): Increases swimming speed.
  • Fire Resistance: Prevents the player from taking damage from Fire and Lava.
  • Glowing (Java Edition Only): Outlines entities (including through blocks).
  • Haste: Increases mining and attack speed.
  • Health Boost: Increases maximum health.
  • Hero of the Village: Gives discounts on trades with villagers, and makes villagers throw items at the player.
  • Hunger: Increases food exhaustion.
  • Instant Health: Heals living entities and damages undead entities.
  • Invisibility: Grants invisibility (does not include held or worn items).
  • Jump Boost: Increases jump height and reduces fall damage.
  • Levitation: Causes entities to float upward.
  • Luck (Java Edition Only): Increases the chance of high-quality loot and the chance of higher quantities of loot to be dropped.
  • Night Vision: Improves vision during the night and under water.
  • Regeneration: Regenerates health over time.
  • Resistance: Reduces damage. Applies to the person, not to the armor they are wearing.
  • Saturation: Restores hunger and saturation.
  • Slow Falling: Decreases falling speed and negates fall damage.
  • Speed: Increases walking and sprinting speed.
  • Strength: Increases melee damage.
  • Water Breathing: Allows the player to breathe underwater.

Related: Best Minecraft Potions and Recipes - Pro Game Guides

Negative Status Effects

  • Bad Luck (Java Edition Only): Can reduce the chance of high-quality loot and the quantity of loot dropped.
  • Fatal Poison (Bedrock Edition Only): Inflicts damage over time. Can kill.
  • Bad Omen: Causes an Illager Raid upon entering a village.
  • Blindness: Impairs vision and disables the ability to sprint and critical hit.
  • Instant Damage: Damages living entities and heals undead entities.
  • Mining Fatigue: Decreases mining and attack speed.
  • Nausea: Causes the player's screen to become wavy and disoriented.
  • Poison: Inflicts damage over time but can't kill.
  • Slowness: Decreases walking speed.
  • Weakness: Decreases melee damage.
  • Wither: Inflicts damage over time. Can kill.

The Official Minecraft Wiki classifies Bad Omen and Glowing as a Neutral status effect. For simplicity, we have put them in the categories we feel they fit best. This page will be updated as new status effects are implemented into the game.

Pro Game Guides has guides to help you counter some these negative status effects! Learn how with this guide on How to Make Splash Potions.

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