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|Obtained by||Crafting Treasure chests in Dungeons , Mineshafts , or Stronghold|
|First Appearance||Infdev (February 27, 2010)|
|Data Values||Hex: 142 Dec: 322|
Golden Apples are moderately difficult to obtain. They are found extremely rarely in Dungeons , Strongholds , and Abandoned Mine Shaft chests, though they can also be obtained by crafting a Red Apple and eight Gold Ingots. Eating one heals , grants Absorption for 2 minutes and Regeneration for 5 seconds, regardless of hunger level. They are considered to be very valuable to players and are often kept as a kind of trophy, although they are now easier to obtain after 1.1.0. Golden Apples can also cure a Zombie Villager if splashed by a Splash Potions of Weakness as well and revert it to a normal Villager .
Crafting a Golden Apple requires 8 Gold Ingots and one Apple
Golden Apples were added at some point between late Indev and mid Indev, (needs clarification) some time after the addition of Red Apples themselves. At that time, they could only be picked up from a dead Notch . They healed a full ten hearts of health when eaten prior to the Beta 1.8 update, making them the single best food in the entire game—at the expense of being near unobtainable.
Since Beta 1.8, due to the addition of hunger, Golden Apples were changed so that they only healed five hunger points, but also gave the status effect of regeneration for 30 seconds.
Since Beta 1.9 pre-release 2, Golden Apples gained a purple glow when viewed from the player's inventory, and its name tag was changed from the standard white to a magenta color.
In the second weekly build, 11w48a, Golden Apples became easier to craft. Red apples became able to very rarely drop from Oak Leaves, meaning that players no longer have to venture into Strongholds / Dungeons / Abandoned Mine Shafts to find one.
Before 1.0.0, golden apples were the only food item that could completely refill the player's health, without a full hunger bar.
In Minecraft 1.1, Golden Apples were nerfed so that they only healed two hunger and only gave 4 seconds of regeneration. To balance this, their crafting recipe was changed to requiring Gold Nuggets instead of Gold Blocks. For although its natural spawn is rare, it is easier to obtain through crafting. With now common availability of apples and being reduced to 1.25% their former cost in gold, they are for the first time a practical source of healing in Survival. All of these factors make the Golden Apple's value decrease greatly.
As of the Minecraft 1.3.1 Update, a second Golden Apple recipe was implemented into the game. The recipe is exactly the same as the pre-1.1 recipe (which required Gold Blocks instead of Gold Nuggets) and gives the player Regeneration for 30 seconds and Resistance and Fire Resistance for 5 minutes. The second Golden Apple now has a purple name and a purple glow, whilst the first one has just a blue name without the glow.
Golden Apples and their enchanted counterparts were added to the Pocket Edition in 0.12.0.