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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition. 
This article is about the status effect exclusive to Java Edition. For the NBT tag, see Entity format § Entity Format.

Glowing is a status effect that shows entity positions through blocks.


Glowing Effect

The glowing effect added to entities by command

The Glowing effect causes entities to glow with an outline that can be seen through blocks and entities. This outline is white by default, but can be set to display other colors if the entity is part of a team. The outline displays around any holes in a mob's texture or model, though only when that part of the model can be seen all the way through. If multiple entities with glowing are near each other, the outlines merge to prevent overlapping.

This does not affect mob models as seen in the inventory, of either the player or ridden mobs.[1]


Cause Potency Length Notes
Spectral Arrow I 0:10 When shot by it.
Bell I 0:03 Hitting a bell applies the effect to any illagers or witches within 32 blocks of the bell.

Immune mobs[]

Withers, ender dragons, dropped items and display entities are unaffected by Glowing.


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
1.915w31aGlowing JE1 Added Glowing effect.
1.1418w43aGlowing (texture) JE2 The effect icon texture of Glowing has been changed.
19w13bHitting a bell now gives the glowing effect to raiders within a 32-block-radius of the bell.
1.1721w10aGlowing is now based on the outline of all layers on an entity, not just the base layer.
Legacy Console Edition
TU57CU49 1.56 Patch 271.0.7Glowing JE1 Added the Glowing effect, but it's only obtainable via inventory editing.
1.90 Glowing (texture) JE2 The effect icon texture of glowing has been changed.


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



  1. MC-84377 — resolved as "Works As Intended".