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Hunger is a status effect which causes the hunger bar to deplete faster than normal.


Hunger increases food exhaustion by 0.005 × level per game tick (removes 1 (🍗) saturation point every (40 ÷ level) seconds). It also turns the hunger bar a yellow-green color(🍗). Negative levels decrease food exhaustion, although they do not increase saturation or the hunger bar.

The status effect does not decrease hunger level on Peaceful, although it does re-color the hunger bar.

Eating Rotten Flesh

An example of how eating rotten flesh can cause the hunger status effect.

Hunger inflicted by eating rotten flesh, raw chicken or by being attacked by a husk adds 3.0 to the player's exhaustion level over the course of 30 seconds, draining 3/4 of a saturation point. When a pufferfish is eaten, 4.5 exhaustion points are added over the course of 15 seconds, draining 1 (🍗) and 18 (0.125) saturation points.


Cause Potency Length Notes
Husk I (7 x regional difficulty) seconds Attack
Pufferfish III 0:15 Does not apply to Wolves when fed pufferfish‌[Bedrock Edition only].
Rotten Flesh I 0:30 80% chance of receiving. Does not apply to Wolves when fed rotten flesh.
Raw Chicken I 0:30 30% chance of receiving. Does not apply to Wolves when fed raw chicken.

Immune mobs[]

Only withers and ender dragons are immune. Only players are affected, as all other mobs do not have hunger.


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 31 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-releaseAdded Hunger.
Hunger can be obtained through eating raw chicken and rotten flesh.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Hunger JE1 BE1 Hunger now has an icon.
1.7.213w36aAdded pufferfish, which give Hunger when eaten.
1.1016w20aAdded husks, which can give Hunger when attacking.
1.1418w43aHunger JE2 BE2 The effect icon texture of Hunger has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.11.0build 1Hunger JE1 BE1 Added Hunger.
Hunger does not currently work due to the hunger bar not being implemented.
Hunger can be obtained from eating pufferfish[verify] and raw chicken.
v0.12.1build 1Hunger now works.
Hunger can now be obtained from eating rotten flesh.
v0.15.0build 1Added husks, which inflict Hunger.
Bedrock Edition
?Hunger JE2 BE2 Updated the hunger icon.


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