Empty: Yes (16), except in furnace fuel slot
Empty buckets can be used to "pick up" a water or lava source block by pressing use item on a block of the relevant type. Similarly one can press use when looking at a cow or a mooshroom to fill a bucket with milk.
A bucket filled with a source block can then be used to place its source block contents in the empty block next to the side of the block the player is currently looking at, or replacing the block looked at for some replaceable blocks.
A bucket full of milk can only be emptied by drinking it or by using it in crafting a recipe (like cake).
An empty bucket can be used to empty a full cauldron, filling the bucket with water.
Buckets use data value to distinguish the ''empty'' bucket, water bucket and lava bucket.
|June 15, 2010||Added bucket, they can pick up only water and lava.|
|June 25, 2010, 2||They can be found in the new dungeon chests.|
|v1.0.11||Cows are now milkable.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease||Added mooshrooms, which can be milked like normal cows.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5||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.|
|12w22a||Smelting in a furnace with a lava bucket now leaves an empty bucket for the player to retrieve.|
|1.8||14w25a||An empty bucket in the fuel slot will fill and become a water bucket after a wet sponge is dried. This happens for empty buckets placed by the player while the furnace is still smelting, and for empty buckets left by lava buckets.|
|Stacked buckets in the fuel slot will become a single water bucket.|
|14w26a||You can only now put one bucket in the fuel slot, fixing the bug above.|
|1.9||15w44a||A full cauldron can now be emptied with a bucket, filling the bucket with water.|
|Substantially decreased the average yield of buckets from dungeon chests.|
|15w46a||Now replace single snow layers when used on the top, instead of placing the water or lava in the air above the snow layer.|
|15w50a||Added sounds: |
|1.11||16w39a||Buckets are now found in the new woodland mansion chests.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.13||18w08b||Added fish buckets, which turn into regular buckets when used.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|?||Filled buckets no longer stack.|
|?||Changed stack limit from 64 to 16 for empty buckets.|
|0.16.0||build 1||Added sounds when using buckets.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added buckets.|
|TU9||Buckets are now stackable up to 16.|
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- In Bedrock Edition, buckets can hold any block, with the data value corresponding with what will be placed. An exception to this is stone, whose data value is replaced by the milk bucket. Keep in mind all of the special buckets can only be obtained with an external editor or commands.They have the normal bucket sprite.