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Darkness is a status effect that causes the player's vision to dim occasionally. The effect is caused by sculk shriekers and wardens.


Darkness dims the vision of the player slowly to pitch-black and then slowly goes back to the original vision for a few seconds. Some areas can still be seen while blacking out when properly lit.

Unlike other effects, Darkness doesn't make any particles on the player while it is active, nor does it appear in the heads-up display.[1] However, the particle still appears when it is triggered by command.

This effect is similar to Blindness, however it does not prevent sprinting or critical hits, and has a slightly different dimming effect.


Cause Potency Length Notes
Sculk Shrieker I 0:13 When activated and no warden is summoned
Warden I 0:13 When within 20 blocks

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NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngHow Did We Get Here?
Have every effect applied at the same time A Furious CocktailHave all of these 26 (27‌[upcoming: JE 1.19]) 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, 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, regardless if one or more of its child advancements have been completed.


October 3, 2020Darkness was shown in Minecraft Live 2020.
October 16, 2021Darkness JE1 BE1.png More information was announced about Darkness, revealing that it is a status effect and is given by sculk shriekers. The Darkness effect was delayed until The Wild Update.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.19Deep Dark Experimental Snapshot 1Darkness JE1 BE1.png Added Darkness.
22w11aDarkness is not added yet in this non-experimental snapshot.
22w12aReadded Darkness.
Bedrock Edition
Vanilla Experiments
beta JE1 BE1.png Added Darkness.
Wild Update
beta the Darkness effect to the "Wild Update" experimental toggle.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.19.0beta is now available without enabling experimental gameplay.


Issues relating to "Darkness" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  1. MC-249416 – resolved as "Works As Intended"
  1. Only seen with commands

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