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Bucket of Fish
Bucket of Cod.pngBucket of Salmon.pngBucket of Pufferfish.pngBucket of Tropical Fish.pngBucket of Axolotl JE1.png
Rarity color



Bucket of Axolotl:‌[upcoming: JE 1.17] No
All others: Yes



Buckets of fish are a form of water bucket with a fish inside.

Buckets of axolotl[upcoming: JE 1.17] are instead buckets with an axolotl inside.


A bucket of fish can be obtained by using a water bucket on any fish. Once an empty bucket‌[Bedrock Edition only] or a water bucket is used,‌[Java Edition only] the fish is picked up along with the water source block. The fish bucket obtained corresponds to the fish picked up.


Wandering traders have 16 chance to either sell a bucket of pufferfish or a bucket of tropical fish for 5 emeralds.

Novice-level Fisherman villagers have a 50% chance to sell a bucket of cod for 3 emeralds.


Pressing use with a bucket of fish places a water source block, and spawns the corresponding fish back into the world, leaving an empty bucket in the player's inventory. For buckets of tropical fish, the fish and its details (color, size, name) are kept. Placing a bucket of fish in the Nether causes the same particles to appear that generate when a normal water bucket is placed in the Nether, and the fish is spawned alone.

Fish caught in buckets then released do not despawn, unlike fish that spawn naturally in oceans.

If a bucket of fish is inside a dispenser, the dispenser spawns the fish and water block in front of it upon activation.

If a bucket of fish is named a certain name through an anvil, the fish inside display that name as if it were named with a name tag, making fish the only mobs that can exist in item form, and be named without a name tag.‌[Java Edition only] Alternatively, if a named fish is captured with a bucket of water, the resulting fish bucket shares a name with the captured fish.

Bucket of tropical fish[edit]

Tropical fish also have assigned names that can be seen after capture, so that smaller text under the item name is displayed showing the fish name, similar to the text that displays enchantments under enchanted items. Their colors are mostly named according to the colored block names, though with a few exceptions:

  • White
  • Orange
  • Magenta
  • Sky
  • Yellow
  • Lime
  • Rose
  • Gray
  • Silver
  • Teal
  • Plum
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Red

The base color comes first, and if the pattern color is different, it comes after that. Lastly, the fish bucket is given a name according to the shape and pattern of the fish:

Flopper Glitter Betty
Stripey Blockfish Clayfish
Tropical Fish Patterns.png
Kob Snooper Brinely
SunStreak Dasher Spotty

Some tropical fish don't follow the normal naming system, and instead, reference real-life fish species. Apart from these names, these types of fish aren't different from regular tropical fish in terms of design or behavior.

These varieties are:

Name Type
Anemone Orange-Gray Stripey
Black Tang Gray Flopper
Blue Dory ‌[Bedrock Edition only] Gray-Sky SunStreak
Blue Tang ‌[Java Edition only] Gray-Blue Flopper
Butterfly Fish ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Butterflyfish ‌[Java Edition only] White-Gray Clayfish
Cichlid Blue-Gray SunStreak
Clownfish Orange-White Kob
Cotton Candy Betta Rose-Sky Spotty
Dottyback Plum-Yellow Blockfish
Emperor Red Snapper White-Red Clayfish
Goatfish White-Yellow Spotty
Moorish Idol White-Gray Glitter
Ornate Butterfly ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Ornate Butterflyfish ‌[Java Edition only] White-Orange Clayfish
Parrotfish Teal-Rose Dasher
Queen Angel Fish ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Queen Angelfish ‌[Java Edition only] Lime-Sky Brinely
Red Cichlid Red-White Betty
Red Lipped Blenny Gray-Red Snooper
Red Snapper Red-White Blockfish
Threadfin White-Yellow Flopper
Tomato Clown ‌[Bedrock Edition only] Red-White SunStreak
Tomato Clownfish ‌[Java Edition only] Red-White Kob
Triggerfish Gray-White SunStreak
Yellowtail Parrot ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Yellowtail Parrotfish ‌[Java Edition only] Teal-Yellow Dasher
Yellow Tang Yellow Stripey

A bucket of tropical fish purchased from a wandering trader or pulled from the Creative inventory spawns random tropical fish when used, due to it having no associated NBT.


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Fish capturedFriendly CreaturesPlays when collecting fishitem.bucket.fill_fishsubtitles.item.bucket.fill_fish1.01.016
Bucket emptiesFriendly CreaturesPlays when depositing fishitem.bucket.empty_fishsubtitles.item.bucket.empty1.01.016
Gear equippedPlayersWhen used in survival
See MC-97507

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDItem tags (JE)Translation key
Bucket of Codcod_bucketNoneitem.minecraft.cod_bucket
Bucket of Salmonsalmon_bucketNoneitem.minecraft.salmon_bucket
Bucket of Pufferfishpufferfish_bucketNoneitem.minecraft.pufferfish_bucket
Bucket of Tropical Fishtropical_fish_bucketaxolotl_tempt_items‌[upcoming: JE 1.17]item.minecraft.tropical_fish_bucket
Bucket of Axolotl‌[upcoming: JE 1.17]axolotl_bucketNoneitem.minecraft.axolotl_bucket

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDAlias ID (BE)Numeric ID Translation key
Bucket of Codcod_bucketbucket / 2325item.bucketFish.name
Bucket of Salmonsalom_bucketbucket / 3325item.bucketSalmon.name
Bucket of Tropical Fishtropical_fish_bucketbucket / 4325item.bucketTropical.name
Bucket of Pufferfishpufferfish_bucketbucket / 5325item.bucketPuffer.name

Item data[edit]

  •  tag: The item's tag tag.
    •  BucketVariantTag: The variant data of the tropical fish in the bucket. Only applies to Bucket of Tropical Fish.
    •  EntityTag: Stores entity data that is applied to the fish when it's poured out. If this data includes a tropical fish variant, it overrides the one provided in BucketVariantTag.
      • See Fish entity format.

Normal buckets of fish use only the BucketVariantTag tag to store the variant of any tropical fish that is picked up, and the item's display name to store the fish's custom name.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
I am a Marine Biologist.pngI am a Marine BiologistCollect a fish in a bucketUse an empty bucket on any fish mob to collect it.20GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngTactical Fishing
Catch a fish... without a fishing rod! Fishy BusinessUse a water bucket to pick up any fish mob.husbandry/tactical_fishing


Java Edition
1.1318w08bBucket of Cod Revision 1.png Bucket of Salmon Revision 1.png Bucket of Pufferfish Revision 1.png Added cod, salmon and "Puffer Fish" buckets.
The texture of what appears to be a clownfish bucket can be seen in the game files.
18w10aBucket of Tropical Fish Revision 1.png Added tropical fish buckets.
18w14aCatching a fish in a water bucket now awards the Tactical Fishing advancement.
18w19a"Puffer Fish Bucket" has been corrected to "Pufferfish Bucket".
The ID of tropical fish buckets has been changed to tropical_fish_bucket.
18w22aBucket of Tropical Fish Revision 2.png The texture of tropical fish buckets has been updated, due to an inconsistent dark pixel on the bottom right of the bucket's texture that wasn't part of the other fish buckets.[1]
pre5The name of fish buckets has been changed from "[type of fish] bucket" to "bucket of [type of fish]", like they are in Bedrock Edition.
1.13.118w33aTooltips have been added for buckets of tropical fish.
1.1418w43bBucket of Cod.png Bucket of Salmon.png Bucket of Pufferfish.png Bucket of Tropical Fish.png The textures of buckets of cod, salmon, pufferfish and tropical fish have been changed.
Upcoming Java Edition
October 3, 2020Bucket of Axolotl (pre-release).png In Minecraft Live 2020, a bucket of axolotl was shown.
1.1720w51aBucket of Axolotl JE1.png Added the bucket of axolotl.
Bucket of tropical fish can be used to breed the new axolotls.
Bucket of tropical fish can be used to make axolotls attack drowned and guardians.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta of Cod Revision 1.png Bucket of Salmon Revision 1.png Bucket of Tropical Fish Revision 1.png Added fish buckets of cod, salmon and tropical fish.
Bucket of Pufferfish BE.png Added buckets of pufferfish.
Buckets of pufferfish have a different texture compared to Java Edition.
beta buckets are now available in the Creative inventory.
1.10.0beta of pufferfish and tropical fish are now sold by the new wandering traders.
Bucket of Cod.png Bucket of Salmon.png Bucket of Pufferfish.png Bucket of Tropical Fish.png The textures of buckets of cod, salmon, pufferfish and tropical fish have been changed.
1.11.0beta of cod can now be bought from fisherman villagers.
1.16.100beta IDs of buckets with fish have been changed from bucket to <fish>_bucket.
Legacy Console Edition
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Bucket of Cod Revision 1.png Bucket of Salmon Revision 1.png Bucket of Pufferfish Revision 1.png Bucket of Tropical Fish Revision 2.png Added buckets of cod, salmon, pufferfish and tropical fish.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Bucket of Cod.png Bucket of Salmon.png Bucket of Pufferfish.png Bucket of Tropical Fish.png The textures of buckets of cod, salmon, pufferfish and tropical fish have been changed.
Education Edition
1.4.0Bucket of Cod Revision 1.png Bucket of Salmon Revision 1.png Bucket of Pufferfish Revision 1.png Bucket of Tropical Fish Revision 2.png Added buckets of cod, salmon, pufferfish and tropical fish.
The texture of the bucket of pufferfish and the texture of the bucket of tropical fish are the same as the ones in Bedrock Edition.


Issues relating to "Bucket of Fish", "Bucket of Cod", "Bucket of Salmon", "Bucket of Pufferfish", or "Bucket of Tropical Fish" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • When a water bucket is transformed into a bucket of fish, it actually pushes the bucket texture down one pixel. According to Dinnerbone, JAPPA says this is due to the "weight of the fish".[2]
  • Buckets of tropical fish always appear to contain a clownfish, regardless of whatever fish is actually inside.[3]
  • Since empty buckets can be used to capture fish in Bedrock Edition, it is possible to create an infinite amount of water source blocks simply by catching a fish mob with a bucket and continually placing and re-capturing the mob.
  • The bucket of cod and bucket of tropical fish are actually re-colors of each other.