Buckets are tools used to carry water, lava, milk and fish (cod, pufferfish, salmon, and tropical fish only.)
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 mooshroom to fill a bucket with milk.
Empty buckets can also be used to collect fish in buckets.
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 cauldron with water, filling the bucket with water. This does not work with dispensers.
An empty bucket can be used to empty a cauldron with lava, filling the bucket with lava. This does not apply to Java Edition.
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In Bedrock Edition, buckets usually use data values to determine contents. Once used, each data value is set to 0 (Empty Bucket). If no data value is provided, the data value is 0.
However, if a player picks up a fish with a bucket, the NBT data of the bucket contains the full entity data of the fish picked up.
|Java Edition Infdev|
|June 15, 2010|| Added buckets.
|Buckets can currently only pick up water and lava.|
|June 25, 2010, 2||Buckets can now be found in the new dungeon chests.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.11||Cows are now milkable by using buckets.|
|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 now fills 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 now become a single water bucket.|
|14w26a||The player can now place only one bucket in the fuel slot, which fixes the bug above.|
|1.9||15w44a||A full cauldron can now be emptied with a bucket, filling the bucket with water.
|The average yield of buckets from dungeon chests has now been substantially decreased.|
|15w46a||Buckets 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 for buckets: |
|1.11||16w39a||Buckets are now found in the new woodland mansion chests.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 325.|
|18w08b||Added fish buckets, which turn into regular buckets when used.|
|1.14||18w43a|| The texture of buckets has now been changed.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.7.0|| Added buckets.|
|?||Filled buckets no longer stack.|
|?||Empty buckets no longer allow liquid sources to be targeted and broken like blocks.|
|?||The stack limit for empty buckets has now been changed from 64 to 16.|
|0.14.0||build 1||A full cauldron can now be emptied with a bucket, filling the bucket with water.|
|0.16.0||build 1||Added sounds when using buckets.
|An empty bucket in the fuel slot now fills and becomes 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.|
|?||Buckets no longer highlight fluid blocks when aiming at them.|
|1.1.0||alpha 22.214.171.124||Buckets now generate in woodland mansion chests.|
|1.4.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Added fish buckets, which turn into regular buckets when used.
|Empty buckets can now be used to catch fish.|
|1.9.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Cauldrons filled with lava can now be emptied by using a bucket, filling it with lava.|
|1.10.0||beta 184.108.40.206|| The texture of buckets has now been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Buckets can now be found in savanna village house chests.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1|| 1.0 ||Patch 1|| Added buckets.|
|TU9||Buckets are now stackable up to 16.|
|PlayStation 4 Edition|
|1.90|| The texture of buckets has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0|| Added buckets.|
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