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Mining Fatigue

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(dark khaki)



Mining fatigue reduces mining and attack speed, opposite to the haste effect.


The effect decreases attack speed by 10% × level, equivalent to the attack speed cooldown attribute‌[Java Edition only] decreasing by 0.2 × level. For the in-game default level III, attack speed decreases by 30% (attack speed cooldown attribute decreases by 0.6), and it takes ~370 times longer than usual to break a block with the proper tool for that block.

Mining fatigue effects
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4+
Attack speed 90% 80% 70% 60%
Mining speed 30% (~3.3×) 9% (~11.1×) 0.27% (~370.3×) 0.081% (~1234.5×)

Negative levels increase attack speed, but still act as level 4 with respect to mining.

While afflicted, a player can still craft and ride entities as usual, but cannot remove most vehicles due to how slowly the vehicle can be broken.

The affliction is cured by drinking milk, although milk does not prevent a subsequent affliction by an elder guardian, which can happen within a few seconds‌[Java Edition only] or immediately.‌[Bedrock Edition only] Axolotls can also remove this effect, if the player helps an axolotl kill a mob while an axolotl was battling that mob.


The only natural cause of Mining Fatigue is from affliction by an elder guardian, and the only natural effect level is III. Other levels can be achieved via commands.

In Java Edition, once per minute, elder guardians in the vicinity search for any player within 50 blocks to afflict with mining fatigue III. A player cannot defend from this attack. Concealment behind blocks, underground, or by a potion of invisibility offers no defense.

In Bedrock Edition, elder guardians within range afflict mining fatigue III immediately. Drinking milk to remove the effect results in re-infliction immediately after drinking the milk.

Cause Potency Length Notes
Elder Guardian III 5:00 Only when the player is not affected.


  • The effect does not affect block breaking in creative mode, or blocks that are broken instantly by default.
  • Other conditions which reduce mining speed include: being underwater; riding a horse, pig, being on a ladder, or in a boat or minecart.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
How Did We Get Here?
Have every effect applied at the same time A Furious Cocktail Have all of these 26 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.

Data values[]


Java Edition:

Name Resource location Numeric ID Translation key
Mining Fatigue mining_fatigue 4 effect.minecraft.mining_fatigue

Bedrock Edition:

Name Resource location Numeric ID Translation key
Mining Fatigue mining_fatigue 4 potion.digSlowDown


Java Edition Beta
1.8 Pre-release Mining fatigue is added along with 18 other status effects but is currently unobtainable in regular gameplay.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2 The effect sprite for mining fatigue has been added to inventory.png.
Milk now cancels the mining fatigue effect.
1.8 14w25a Mining fatigue mechanics have been adjusted; speed no longer reduces at 20% per level.
Mining fatigue III has been made obtainable via elder guardians.
1.9 15w34b Mining fatigue now affects the new attackSpeed attribute.
1.14 18w43a The effect icon texture of mining fatigue has been changed.
18w43b The icon was fixed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.11.0 build 1 Added mining fatigue.
Mining fatigue is currently unobtainable.
v0.16.0 build 1 Mining fatigue III has been made obtainable via elder guardians.
Bedrock Edition
? The texture was updated.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 1.0.1 Added mining fatigue.
Mining fatigue is obtained from elder guardians.
1.90 The effect icon texture of mining fatigue has been changed.


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