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Yes (16)

First appearance

Infdev (June 15, 2010)

Data value

dec: 325 hex: 145 bin: 101000101



Buckets are tools used to carry water, lava, or milk. Water and lava can be obtained only by using the bucket on a source block; shallow, running fluids cannot be collected. Milk buckets are collected by right-clicking with an empty bucket on a Cow or Mooshroom.


Buckets can be crafted from iron or recovered from dungeons. There is a 53% chance (approximately) of finding one bucket in a dungeon chest.


Ingredients Crafting recipe

Iron Ingot

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Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot

Iron Ingot


Empty buckets can be used to capture water or lava springs, extracting the source block for later use; source blocks can also be taken from lakes of water or lava. Buckets can be used to create air pockets underwater, refilling the player's air meter.

Water buckets can be used to extinguish fires and to drain or fill lakes. They can also be used to clear and harvest small fields of tall grass, as well as wheat, potatoes, pumpkin stems, melon stems or carrots (The water can be collected afterward.) Buckets can also be used simply to create pools of water: a single-block pool can hydrate a 9×9 plot of farmland; two buckets arranged diagonally in a 2×2 pool form an "infinite water source," from which water can be drawn indefinitely. Finally, a water bucket can be used to fill cauldrons (which allow players to fill potion bottles in the Nether).

Lava buckets have three main uses: creating weapons or barriers to handle mobs, producing obsidian or cobblestone, and fueling furnaces (This technique provides the longest lasting fuel in the game.) Buckets used in smelting can be retrieved as soon as the process begins.

Milk buckets can be drunk to remove poison, food poisoning, withering, et al, or crafted with eggs, wheat, and sugar to produce Cake. Unlike water and lava, milk cannot be placed in the environment.

Types of buckets[edit]



June 15, 2010 Added bucket, can pick up only water and lava.
1.0.11 Cows are now milkable.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre5 In Creative mode, buckets now remain empty when used to pick up water and lava.
1.2.1 12w06a Buckets are now renewable.
1.3.1 12w21a Buckets are now stackable up to 16.
When used on cows, buckets that are stacked all disappear leaving only one bucket filled with milk - similar to the old bug with mushroom soup/bowls in which the player used to receive only 1 empty bowl when consuming a stack of soup.
12w22a Fixed bug causing stacked buckets to disappear when used to milk cows.
Smelting in a furnace with a lava bucket now leaves an empty bucket for the player to retrieve.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.7.0 Added buckets. They have many bugs: You cannot use empty buckets to pick up liquids with Split-Touch controls on, crafting cake deletes your buckets, you can milk cows in creative, giving you the inability of removing liquids (fixable by restarting the world), when refilling the bucket with water and the inventory has only one slot open, the water-filled bucket will not appear.
0.7.1 Fixed all the bugs above except for the last one.
Console Edition
TU1 Added buckets.
TU9 Buckets are now stackable up to 16.


  • Each bucket seems to be able to hold just over 264 gallons (1 m³) of liquid.
  • In the Pocket Edition, buckets can hold any block, with the data value corresponding with what will be placed. Since the Bucket of Air doesn't place anything, this slot is used for the milk bucket. Keep in mind all of the special buckets can only be obtained with an external editor. They have the normal bucket sprite.

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