I had a stash of poisonous potatoes in my chest (about 4 1/2 stacks) and did not know what to do with it. It poisons me and cannot be used to tame and breed animals. Villagers also won't breed with that.

How can I use the potatoes? Any help will be appreciated.

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    I was about to jump in and scream "Composters!" but apparently they can't even be used for compost. Poison potatoes are really quite useless, apparently. – Silvio Mayolo Sep 13 at 15:41
  • @SilvioMayolo I also thought of that, but found out that it is not working :( – DREADLORD XD Sep 14 at 7:16
  • @SilvioMayolo Very annoying oversight/decision IMO. Really throws a wrench into some very cool ideas for automated farms. – ApproachingDarknessFish Sep 15 at 9:03
  • Mojang made a point of making poisonous potatoes useless. Any feature suggestions that would give any use for the poisonous potatoes (an there was a lot!) get rejected. – SF. Sep 15 at 12:19

So I think what you can do is when you are hungry, you can cram poisonous potatoes into your mouth, and then you can restore more hunger bars than a normal potato.

Interestingly, a poisonous potato actually restores more hunger and gives more saturation than a normal, unpoisoned potato.

(Minecraft wiki)


To counteract the effects of the poison, you can drink some milk when you've done eating the poisonous potatoes- it doesn't have any nutritional value, but will cancel the poisonous effects.

(Neil Slater, via a comment moved to this answer)

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The only use for the poisonous potato is to eat one to gain the A Balanced Diet advancement, and even then you only need a single one.

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Griefing other players on a multiplayer server.

If you're playing on a multiplayer server, you've got a stash of poisonous potatoes, and you know where another player stores their food, you could potentially sneak into their base, steal their food, and replace it with poisonous potatoes. If they're not paying attention, they could then potentially take and eat those potatoes and die from the poison damage.

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    The poison effect in minecraft does not kill people. As far as I know, the poison effect only brings someone down to half a heart. – Sumurai8 Sep 13 at 8:25
  • you can always finish that player off, so you can be shifting nearby, and kill him when he is low @Sumurai8 – DREADLORD XD Sep 13 at 8:51
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    They would have to really not pay attention. – user253751 Sep 14 at 9:31
  • @user253751 that's exactly what my friend is-pay too much attention on his keyboard :) – DREADLORD XD Sep 14 at 12:03

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