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Curse of Vanishing is an enchantment that causes the item to disappear upon death.


Curse of Vanishing is a treasure enchantment; it can be obtained from End City, Jungle Temple, and Stronghold chest loot, Ruined Portal, fishing, raid drops‌[BE only], or trading with a librarian of any level.


When the player dies while an item enchanted with Curse of Vanishing is in their inventory, it does not drop on the ground, but is removed from the world entirely. The item does not vanish if it is dropped manually, or if it is placed in a chest before death.

The effect can be mitigated by storing affected items inside a shulker box,[1] or by setting the keepInventory gamerule to true.

Curse of Vanishing cannot be removed by a grindstone or a crafting table. However, if the cursed item is a pumpkin or mob head, placing and breaking the head removes the curse.

If an item dropped by a mob (such as a zombie or skeleton wearing armor) has Curse of Vanishing, the enchantment's effect works as normal.

Of all enchantments in the game, Curse of Vanishing is compatible with the greatest number of different item types. It can be added to any type of item which can be enchanted at all, including compass, carved pumpkin and jack o'lantern.

The effect is irrelevant in singleplayer Hardcore difficulty because death is permanent, so no items can be retrieved after dying.

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key
Curse of Vanishingvanishing_curseenchantment.minecraft.vanishing_curse

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key
Curse of Vanishingvanishing28enchantment.curse.vanishing


Java Edition
1.1116w39aAdded Curse of Vanishing.
Currently can be applied to any item.
16w44aCurse of Vanishing enchanted book appears in both the tools tab and the combat tab in the Creative Inventory.[2]
releaseCurse of Vanishing can now be applied only to equipment.
1.1519w35aCurse of Vanishing can now be applied to carved pumpkins and no longer be applied to regular pumpkins.[3]
1.1620w06aCurse of Vanishing can no longer be removed by combining it with another item in a crafting interface.[4]
20w14aCompasses can now be enchanted with Curse of Vanishing.
1.1922w14aRecovery compasses can now be enchanted with Curse of Vanishing.
22w15aRecovery compasses can no longer be enchanted with Curse of Vanishing.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13beta Curse of Vanishing.
Curse of Vanishing cannot be obtained in the Creative inventory.
Curse of Vanishing is obtainable only via trading with librarian villagers.
1.4.0beta books with Curse of Vanishing are no longer obtainable from trading with librarians.
1.16.0beta of Vanishing has been implemented.
Curse of Vanishing has been added to the Creative inventory.
1.19.40beta books with Curse of Vanishing are now again obtainable from trading with librarians.
Legacy Console Edition
TU54CU44 1.52 Patch 241.0.4Added Curse of Vanishing.


Issues relating to "Curse of Vanishing" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  1. MC-109053 — resolved as "Works As Intended".
  2. MC-107550
  3. MC-125810
  4. MC-158807