What Is Rotten Flesh Used For In Minecraft?

When your hunger is dropping in Minecraft, sometimes desperation takes hold. If Rotten Flesh is the only food in your inventory, can you eat it? What else can you do with it? Read on to find out.

What Is Rotten Flesh Used For In Minecraft?
What Is Rotten Flesh Used For In Minecraft?

What Is Rotten Flesh Used For In Minecraft?

Rotten flesh is used for a few different things in Minecraft. It’s mostly a consumable item, but can be traded for an emerald and can be used as part of wolf care.

While rotten flesh is found very commonly throughout the Minecraft worlds, it does have drawbacks as well as benefits, some of which may be deal-breaking. 

Using Rotten Flesh to Restore Player Hunger

Eating rotten flesh restores four hunger points (shown in-game by the hunger bar on the HUD), and still works as other food does to restore health.

Image showing a player inventory in Minecraft full of rotten flesh.

When eating rotten flesh, the player has a 80% chance of being inflicted by “food poisoning”- a negative hunger status effect that increases the player’s hunger for 30 seconds, showing as poison on the hunger bar.

Image showing the hunger bar in Minecraft

This hunger status effect doesn’t ‘stack’, meaning if a player starts eating multiple pieces of rotten flesh at once, it won’t increase in increments of 30% (30, 60, 90 etc). 

Instead, if the player does eat rotten flesh when the hunger effect timer is still counting down, the timer will be reset (to 30 seconds). Talk about a balanced diet.

Using Rotten Flesh To Speed Up Wolf Cub Maturation

Wolf cubs can be fed a piece of rotten flesh to speed up their maturation time. One piece of rotten flesh reduces the time left until they're fully grown by 10% of the remaining maturation time.

For example, if a wolf cub had 100 seconds left until they fully mature and they were fed one piece of rotten flesh, the timer would decrease to 90 seconds.

Using Rotten Flesh To Trade In Minecraft

Rottren flesh can be used to trade with villagers in Minecraft. 32 rotten flesh can be traded with novice level cleric villagers in exchange for one emerald.

Image of a trade screen in Minecraft showing rotten flesh being traded for emeralds

How Do You Get Rotten Flesh In Minecraft?

Rotten flesh can be acquired in quite a few ways in Minecraft. Because of the large amount of hostile mobs and chest loot locations it's found in, it’s quite a common resource.

Rotten Flesh Dropped By Hostile Mobs - Mob Loot

There are many different hostile mobs that can drop rotten flesh, and all of them are in some way zombified:

Mob Type Pieces of Rotten Flesh Dropped Where they can be found
Zombies 0-2 Pieces In the Overworld on any solid block with light level 0 (except Deep Dark & mushroom fields)
Zombie Villagers 0-2 Pieces 5% chance to spawn in the Overworld on any solid block with light level 0 (except Deep Dark & mushroom fields)
Chance to spawn when Villager is killed by a Zombie
Zombie Horses 0-2 Pieces Don’t spawn naturally, spawned using /summon command or with a spawn egg
Husk 0-2 Pieces Spawn at light level 0 in Desert, Desert Lake and Desert Hill biomes (mostly replacing zombie spawns)
Zoglin 1-2 Pieces Can only spawn when a Hoglin has been in the Overworld or the End for a minimum of 15 seconds (300 game ticks)
Zombified Piglins 0-1 Piece Spawn in Nether Wastes, Nether Portals, Crimson Forests
Also spawn from pigs struck by lightning in the Overworld, from piglins or piglin brutes in the Overworld or The End.
Drowned 0-2 Pieces Spawn at light level 0 in all river and ocean biomes
Chance for a drowned zombie to transform into a drowned.

Note that the looting sword enchantment can increase levels of loot gained from slaying mobs (including max drops of rotten flesh). 

How To Find Rotten Flesh By Fishing

When a player casts their rod into any body of water that can be fished in, there is a 1.0% chance they will catch a piece of rotting flesh. Enchantments such as Luck Of the Sea reduce this chance by 0.6% ( at level 3).

How To Find Rotten Flesh From Chest Loot

Rotten flesh can be found in various chests across the Minecraft world, with each location   changing the amount that can be looted and the chance of finding it.

Image of three chests in an underwater ruin in Minecraft. A drowned zombie walks in the background

Rotten flesh can be found as loot:

Location Container that Rotten Flesh is found in and amount found Where they can be found
Dungeons Chests, 1-8 pieces In the Overworld on any solid block with light level 0 (except Deep Dark & mushroom fields)
Desert Temples Chests, 1-8 pieces 5% chance to spawn in the Overworld on any solid block with light level 0 (except Deep Dark & mushroom fields)
Chance to spawn when Villager is killed by a Zombie
Igloos Chests, 1 piece Don’t spawn naturally, spawned using /summon command or with a spawn egg
Jungle Temples Chests, 3-7 pieces Spawn at light level 0 in Desert, Desert Lake and Desert Hill biomes (mostly replacing zombie spawns)
Shipwrecks Supply Chests, 5-24 pieces Can only spawn when a Hoglin has been in the Overworld or the End for a minimum of 15 seconds (300 game ticks)
Underwater Ruins Small Ruins Chests, 1 piece Spawn in Nether Wastes, Nether Portals, Crimson Forests
Also spawn from pigs struck by lightning in the Overworld, from piglins or piglin brutes in the Overworld or The End.
Villages Temple Chests, 1-4 pieces Spawn at light level 0 in all river and ocean biomes
Chance for a drowned zombie to transform into a drowned.
Woodland Mansions Chests, 1-8 pieces

How to Receive Rotten Flesh Gifts From Cats

Rotten Flesh can be randomly gifted to the player from a tamed cat. Each time the player goes to sleep in a bed and they have a tamed cat, there's a 70% chance the cat will give them a gift upon waking.

A cat laying on a player bed in Minecraft

Of this, there's a 16.13% chance this gift will be a piece of rotten flesh. Cute.