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Is it necessary to throw a Splash Potion of Weakness to a Zombie Villager before feeding it a golden apple? Or is it only needed to weaken it?

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    "Or is it only needed to weaken it?" Potion have reverse effects on undead mobs, so a weakness potion would actually make a zombie villager have strength.
    – Hacker
    Oct 16 at 15:22
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As the Minecraft Wiki says:

Zombie villagers can be cured by using a golden apple (regular) on them while they are under the effects of Weakness, which can be applied by:

  • A splash potion of Weakness thrown by the player, a dispenser, or a witch.
  • An area effect cloud of Weakness from a lingering potion.
  • An area effect cloud of Weakness from a creeper explosion.‌
  • A tipped arrow.
  • A command (/effect @e[type=zombie_villager] weakness)

Thus, any source of the weakness effect will do, whether or not it comes from a potion.

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