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Instant Damage
Instant Damage.png
Potion of HarmingSplash Potion of HarmingLingering Potion of Harming

See #Causes


#430A09 (maroon)


Negative (positive for undead mobs)

Instant Damage is an instant status effect that decreases health for living mobs and heals the undead.


Instantly inflicts damage of 3♥♥ × 2level. Undead mobs (including the wither) are healed as if with Instant Health instead. Death is reported as "<player> was killed by magic". If the effect is forced to last longer than 1 tick, it damages entities every tick (with the exception of lingering potions, which inflict damage every second). Level 32 provides no damage. Levels 30-31 provide no damage if the entity doesn't have the resistance effect with an amplifier of at least 5, and amplify other incoming damages by a large amount for the time the entity is red. Amplifiers outside the range 0–31 (corresponding to levels 1–32) are used modulo 32.


Cause Potency Damage Length Notes
Potion of Harming I 6♥♥♥ Instant
Potion of Harming II II 12♥ × 6 Instant
Splash Potion of Harming I 6♥♥♥ Instant Witches throw this potion at their target.
Splash Potion of Harming II II 12♥ × 6 Instant
Lingering Potion of Harming I 3♥♥ per second
15♥ × 7.5 total
Lingering Potion of Harming II II 6♥♥♥ per second
30♥ × 15 total
0:05 Dragon Fireballs cause this much harm.
Arrow of Harming I 6♥♥♥ Instant
Arrow of Harming II II 12♥ × 6 Instant

Immune mobs

The ender dragon is immune to Instant Damage. Witches are 85% resistant to Instant Damage. Endermen are immune to Instant Damage from splash potions, lingering potions and tipped arrows, but not from commands.

Data values


This section is about the effect IDs. For the IDs on potions, see Potion § Item data. For for the IDs on tipped arrows, see Arrow § Metadata.

Java Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key
Instant Damageinstant_damage7effect.minecraft.instant_damage

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key
Instant Damageinstant_damage7potion.harm


Java Edition
?Added instant damage.
1.1519w41a Added effect icon texture.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 1Added instant damage, which was unobtainable at the time.
0.12.1build 1Instant damage can now be obtained from Potion of Harming and splash potion of harming.
0.14.0build 1Added witches that utilize instant damage from splash potions as an offensive attack.
0.15.0build 1Added Arrow of Harming that inflicts instant damage.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha damage can now be obtained from lingering potion of harming.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added Instant Damage, which can be obtained by a Potion of Harming or Splash Potion of Harming.
TU46CU36 1.38 Patch 15Added the Lingering Potion of Harming.
Added the Arrow of Harming.