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Empty: Yes (16), except in furnace fuel slot
Full: No

First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 3250 hex: 1450 bin: 1010001010



Buckets are tools used to carry water, lava, milk and fish.



Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot

Natural generation[edit]

Buckets can be found in 18.5% of dungeon chests and 18.5% of woodland mansion chests in stacks of 1.


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. In Bedrock Edition, one can press use when looking at a fish to store the fish in the bucket.[Bedrock Edition only]

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.

Data values[edit]

In bedrock edition buckets use data value to determine contents. Once used, each data value is set to 0 (Empty Bucket). If no data value is provided, data value is 0.

Bucket Data value



Bucket of Cod

Bucket of Salmon

Bucket of Tropical Fish

Bucket of Pufferfish

Water Bucket

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.
Official release
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: item.bucket.fill, item.bucket.fill_lava, item.bucket.empty, and item.bucket.empty_lava.
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.
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.
? 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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