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Fish Bucket
Cod Bucket.pngSalmon Bucket.pngPufferfish Bucket.pngTropical Fish Bucket.png







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Fish buckets[Java Edition only] / buckets of fish[Bedrock Edition only] are a form of water bucket with a fish inside of them.


A fish bucket can be obtained by using a water bucket on any fish mob. The fish bucket obtained will correspond to the fish picked up. In the Bedrock Edition, an empty bucket can also be used to obtain a fish bucket.[Bedrock Edition only]


Pressing use with a fish bucket will place a water source block, and spawn the corresponding fish back into the world, leaving an empty bucket in the player's inventory. For tropical fish buckets, the patterns and color of the tropical fish are remembered and stored in the bucket. Placing a fish bucket in the Nether will cause the fish mob to be spawned alone, flopping out of water.

Tropical fish buckets[edit]

Tropical fish also have assigned names which can be seen after capture, so that the buckets are given names like "Bucket of Plum Blockfish", "Bucket of Sky-Orange Snooper" or "Bucket of Orange-Lime Dasher".[Bedrock Edition only] 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 will come first, and if the pattern color is different, it will come after that. Lastly, the fish bucket will be given a name according to the shape and pattern of the fish:

Flopper Glitter Betty
Stripey Blockfish Clayfish
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Kob Snooper Brinely
SunStreak Dasher Spotty

A tropical fish bucket pulled out of the creative inventory will spawn randomly colored tropical fish when used.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Tactical Fishing Catch a fish... without a fishing rod![upcoming 1.13] Fishy Business Use a water bucket on a fish mob to create a fish bucket. minecraft:husbandry/tactical_fishing


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

I'm a Marine Biologist Collect a fish in a bucket No No Yes No 20G


Upcoming Java Edition
1.13 18w08b

Added cod, salmon and "Puffer Fish" buckets.
The texture of what appears to be a clownfish bucket can be seen in the game files.
Added tropical fish buckets.
18w14a Catching a fish in a water bucket now awards the Tactical Fishing advancement.
18w19a Corrected "Puffer Fish Bucket" to "Pufferfish Bucket".
18w22a Changed tropical fish bucket texture to
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta

Added fish buckets of cod, salmon and tropical fish.

Added bucket of pufferfish, which has different textures compared to the Java Edition.
beta Now available in the Creative inventory.


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


  • When a water bucket is transformed into a fish bucket, it will actually push the bucket texture down one pixel. According to Dinnerbone, Jappa says this is due to the "weight of the fish."[2]
  • Tropical fish buckets will always have the texture of a clownfish bucket[Java Edition only] /bucket of orange-white kob[Bedrock Edition only] , regardless of whatever fish is actually inside.[3]


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