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Not to be confused with Darkness.

Blindness is a status effect that impairs the player's vision. It can be cast by illusioners[Java Edition only] or by consuming suspicious stew made with an Azure Bluet.


Blindness View

The view from a player who is afflicted by blindness.

Blindness impairs the player's vision as if a thick black fog were surrounding them, with only the immediate area being visible (this means that only a few blocks directly around the player are visible to them). However, the sun and moon can be seen as normal, but it has to be during clear weather.‌[Java Edition only] Additionally, liquids do not fade into the fog perfectly. The effect also prevents the player from sprinting or inflicting critical hits but does not stop an ongoing sprint.

The effect can be removed by drinking milk. In Minecraft Education and Bedrock Edition when education options are enabled, drinking eye drops also removes blindness.

Additionally, wardens are only naturally blind mobs even without requiring the Blindness status effect, and they can be found in ancient cities.

Blindness does not effect mobs.


Cause Potency Length Notes
Illusioner[Java Edition only] I 0:20 As an attack if regional difficulty is greater than 2.00
Suspicious Stew I 0:08 Must be crafted with Azure Bluet
Suspicious Stew I 0:05-0:07 Found in shipwreck supply chests
Traded from expert farmer villagers[JE only]

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Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-fancy-rawHow Did We Get Here?
Have every effect applied at the same time A Furious CocktailHave all of these 27 status effects applied to the player at the same time: The source of the effects is irrelevant for the purposes of this advancement. Other status effects may be applied to the player, but are ignored for this advancement.
This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it, regardless of if its child advancement(s), if any, have been completed.


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Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseBlindness is added along with 18 other status effects but is currently unobtainable in regular gameplay.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Blindness JE1 BE1 The effect sprite for Blindness has been added to inventory.png.
1.1217w16aAdded illusioners, which can affect players with Blindness.
1.1418w43aBlindness can now be obtained by eating suspicious stew.
Blindness JE2 BE2 The texture of the blindness effect icon has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.11.0build 1Blindness JE1 BE1 Added Blindness.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0?When Blindness is combined with Night Vision, the screen now appears completely black.[when?]
1.4.0beta drops now remove the blindness effect when consumed.
1.11.0beta JE2 BE2 The texture of the blindness effect icon has now been changed.
1.13.0beta can now be obtained by eating suspicious stew.


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