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Cauldron (filled with water).pngCauldron (filled with swamp water).pngCauldron (filled with lukewarm ocean water).pngCauldron (filled with warm ocean water).pngCauldron (filled with cold ocean water).pngCauldron (filled with frozen ocean water).png



Depends on contained liquid

Blast resistance








Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava


Block entity ID

BE: Cauldron

Data values

See § Data values

Namespaced ID


A cauldron is a block that can hold water. In Bedrock and Legacy Console editions, they can also hold potions and dyed water. In Bedrock and PlayStation 4 editions, they can also hold lava. It is also a job site block used by leatherworkers in villages.

Natural generation[edit]

A naturally occurring cauldron inside of a witch hut.

A single empty cauldron is generated in each witch hut. In Bedrock Edition, the cauldrons generated are filled with either a random potion or splash potion.

A cauldron 23 full of water is generated in each igloo basement.

Cauldrons can be found in a few rooms inside of woodland mansions.

Two filled cauldrons can be found inside savanna, taiga, snowy taiga, and snowy tundra village tannery houses.

A single filled cauldron can be found in plains village‌[Bedrock Edition only] and desert village tannery houses.

In Java Edition, three filled cauldrons can be found in plains village tannery houses.


Cauldrons can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it drops nothing. When a cauldron is destroyed, its contents are lost.

Block Cauldron
Hardness 2
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 10
Wooden 1.5
Stone 0.75
Iron 0.5
Diamond 0.4
Golden 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


A cauldron can be crafted from iron ingots.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot



Cauldron (slightly filled with water).pngCauldron (moderately filled with water).pngCauldron (filled with water).png
Cauldron with different water levels

A cauldron can be filled with water by using a water bucket on the cauldron. Once completely filled, a cauldron can be used to fill a water bucket by using an empty bucket on the cauldron; this empties the cauldron. Despite containing water, using a fish bucket on a cauldron does not fill it with water, but places water against it.[1]

One level of water can be added to a cauldron by using a water bottle on it. One level of water can be removed from a cauldron, filling a water bottle, by using a glass bottle on it.

A cauldron slowly fills with water when rained upon, if starting empty or with some water. This happens randomly – it has (on average) a 120 chance to happen as snow accumulating during snowfall.

Water can be stored in a cauldron even in the Nether.

Water in a cauldron does not absorb explosion damage, make sounds/particles, absorb fall damage, does not damage an enderman or a blaze, and fish act strangely inside it[more information needed]. Cauldrons do not deal drowning damage to mobs inside of them.

Removing dye[edit]

A cauldron with water can wash the dye off of leather armor and shulker boxes, and can remove the top-most pattern layer of a banner, by pressing use on the cauldron with the leather armor, shulker box, or banner in hand. Each wash reduces the water in the cauldron by one level. The water does not become dyed while removing dye from objects.

Applying dye[edit]

Cauldron (filled with white water).pngCauldron (filled with light gray water).pngCauldron (filled with gray water).pngCauldron (filled with black water).pngCauldron (filled with red water).pngCauldron (filled with orange water).pngCauldron (filled with yellow water).pngCauldron (filled with lime water).pngCauldron (filled with green water).pngCauldron (filled with cyan water).pngCauldron (filled with light blue water).pngCauldron (filled with blue water).pngCauldron (filled with purple water).pngCauldron (filled with magenta water).pngCauldron (filled with pink water).pngCauldron (filled with brown water).png
Cauldron filled with water with different color

In Bedrock, PlayStation 4, and New Nintendo 3DS editions, a cauldron can hold dyed water. Using a dye on a cauldron filled with water colors the water, consuming the dye. Different dyes may be added to produce mixed colors. Using leather armor or leather horse armor on the cauldron dyes that item the color of the water, reducing the water in the cauldron by one level for each item dyed.

Attempting to add water or potion to dyed water empties the cauldron.


Cauldron (filled with Potion of Invisibility).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Leaping).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Fire Resistance).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Swiftness).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Slowness).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Water Breathing).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Healing).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Harming).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Poison).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Regeneration).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Strength).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Weakness).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Decay).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of the Turtle Master).pngCauldron (filled with Potion of Slow Falling).png
Cauldron filled with different type of potion

In Bedrock, Legacy Console, and New Nintendo 3DS editions, a cauldron can hold normal potions, splash potions and lingering potions. Using a potion on a cauldron empties the potion and increase the level of the potion in the cauldron by one level. A glass bottle can then be used on a cauldron with a potion in it, filling the bottle with that potion. The potion can be a normal potion, a splash potion, or a lingering potion, depending on what type was initially put into the cauldron. This reduces the potion in the cauldron by one level.

Using an arrow on a cauldron that has potion transforms the arrow into a tipped arrow with that potion effect, and reduce the potion in the cauldron by one level. Tipping multiple arrows at once can be more efficient, and it may use more than one level at once. 1 level of potion tips up to 16 arrows, 2 levels up to 32, and a full cauldron can tip a full stack of arrows, resulting in 21.33 tipped arrows per potion.

Attempting to put water or a different potion into a cauldron with a potion causes an explosion sound, and the cauldron is emptied.

Extinguishing fire[edit]

A cauldron with water extinguishes entities on fire that fall into it. This includes mobs, players, items (if they land in the cauldron before burning up), and flaming arrows. Flaming arrows stuck into the side are also extinguished. Each entity extinguished causes the water in the cauldron to decrease by one level.

Redstone component[edit]

An example of a cauldron used in a redstone circuit.

A cauldron can act as a power source for a redstone comparator. With a cauldron behind it (either directly, or separated by an unpowered solid block), a comparator outputs a signal strength proportional to how full the cauldron is: 0 for empty, 1 for one-third full, 2 for two-thirds full, and 3 for completely full. However, if there is a block between the cauldron and comparator, the comparator does not immediately update.

Storing lava[edit]

Cauldron filled with lava

In Bedrock and PlayStation 4 editions, cauldrons can be used to store lava. When a cauldron is already filled, it empties the cauldron and makes an extinguishing sound. A cauldron filled with lava burns any entity inside of it, and emits light level of 15, similar to lava.

Lava inside a cauldron does not interact with water outside of the cauldron.

Change profession[edit]

If a village has a cauldron that has not been claimed by a villager, any villager that does not already have a profession or job site block may change their profession to leatherworker.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.stone.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.stone.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.stone.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.stone.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Cauldron Namespaced ID
Block cauldron

Bedrock Edition:

Cauldron Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Block cauldron 118
Item 380
Block entity Cauldron -

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, cauldrons use the following data values:

DV Description
0 Empty
1 ⅓ filled
2 ⅔ filled
3 Fully filled

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
Water level in a cauldron, 0 is empty and 3 is full.

Block entity[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, a cauldron has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.

  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities see Template:Nbt inherit/blockentity/template
    •  CustomColor: This tag only exists if the cauldron stores dyed water (i.e. PotionId is -1 and the block data value is greater than 0); stores a 32-bit ARGB encoded color.
    •  Items: List of items in the container.
    •  PotionId: If the cauldron contains a potion, this tag will store the ID of that potion. If there is no potion stored, then this tag is set to -1.
    •  SplashPotion: Whether or not the cauldron stores a splash potion; stores either 0 (false) or 1 (true).
    •  isMovable: Whether or not the cauldron can be pushed by pistons; stores either 0 (false) or 1 (true). The default is 1 (true).


Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Cauldron Revision 1.pngArrran Cauldron 1.pngArrran Cauldron 2.pngArrran Cauldron 3.pngArrran Cauldron 4.png Cauldrons are present in the code, but are not assigned to a block ID (and thus are unobtainable without mods). They were intended to be used for the creation of potions. Cauldrons could be made to work with a mod (archived link: [1]), through which the following was revealed:
  • Cauldrons could be filled with a water bucket.
  • Applying a potion ingredient to the water would cause it to change to a differently-colored lava texture, and adding any further potion ingredients to the filled cauldron would cause the liquid to change color.
  • Scooping out a potion with ingredients applied would cause the potion to have an effect related to the ingredient, e.g. a potion brewed with a magma cream would have Fire Resistance as an effect.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3The system was deemed too complex and not user-friendly[2], so the cauldron's ability to brew potions was replaced with the brewing stand.[3][4] Cauldrons have been given a block ID, an item ID, and a crafting recipe. The brewing system is finalised and doesn't change in the rest of the pre-releases.
1.3.112w22aCauldrons can now be filled with water, if placed outside during rain or a thunderstorm.
1.4.212w34aHolding a piece of dyed leather armor and right-clicking a water-filled cauldron now washes away all dyes applied to the leather armor.
12w40aEmpty cauldrons can now be found in witch huts.
1.6.113w18aWhen used with a redstone comparator, cauldrons now output a signal varying in strength according to the amount of water inside.
1.7.213w37aThe item form of block ID 118 (cauldron) has been removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, but only as a block in the world.
13w43aCauldrons now extinguish burning entities.
1.814w06aCauldrons now have extra planes inside the feet. They are now rendered solid, so the player cannot see through the water.
14w10aCauldron Revision 2.pngCauldron Revision 2 (slightly filled with water).pngCauldron Revision 2 (moderately filled with water).pngCauldron Revision 2 (filled with water).png The cauldron's feet now have planes on all sides.
14w30aRight-clicking a non-empty cauldron with a banner now removes the top-most pattern layer.
1.915w43aA cauldron now generates within igloo basements, 23 full.
15w44aA full cauldron can now be emptied with a bucket, filling the bucket with water.
1.1116w32aWhen a cauldron washes a dyed item (leather armor or banner), it reduces its water level by 1.
16w33aA water bottle is now able to add 1 water level to a cauldron.
16w39aCauldrons now generate naturally in woodland mansions.
July 19, 2017Jeb tweets image of a new jungle planks, cauldron and dandelion textures.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 118, and the item's 380.
18w10dShulker boxes can now be undyed in a cauldron.
18w15aCauldron MC-128253.png Water in cauldrons has white colored. [5]
18w20bCauldron Revision 2.pngCauldron (filled with water) Revision 2.pngCauldron (filled with swamp water) Revision 2.pngCauldron (filled with warm ocean water) Revision 2.pngCauldron (filled with lukewarm ocean water) Revision 2.pngCauldron (filled with cold ocean water) Revision 2.pngCauldron (filled with frozen ocean water) Revision 2.png Water in cauldrons now uses the biome coloring.
1.1418w43aCauldron.png Changed texture.
19w03aFixed numerous missing cullface arguments for the cauldron.
19w13aFixed the cauldron's hitbox.[6]
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.14.0build 1Added cauldrons.
Water color can now be changed by adding dyes. Items dipped in the water are dyed that color.
Cauldrons are generated naturally in witch huts.
Cauldrons can store potions, and explode if potions are mixed.
0.15.0build 1Cauldrons are now used to make tipped arrows.
Cauldrons are now used to dye leather horse armor.
Cauldrons can now be moved by pistons.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha generate naturally in igloo basements.
Cauldrons now extinguish burning entities.
1.1.0alpha now generate naturally in woodland mansions.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta can now be filled with lava.
1.10.0beta now generate in Tanery house in villages.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Added cauldrons.
TU12Water is no longer removed from a water bucket when filling a cauldron in Creative Mode.
TU141.04Cauldrons fill with water if placed outside during rain or a thunderstorm.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Cauldrons with water in them extinguish burning entities, taking away one water level each time.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.88Cauldrons can now be filled with lava.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added Cauldrons.
Water color can be changed by adding dyes.
Can be used to dye leather armor.
Can store potions.
Make an explosion sound if potions are mixed, and the potions disappear.
Potions inside cauldrons have a bubbling effect.


Issues relating to "Cauldron" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Arrows "stick" to the water in a cauldron.
  • The inside of a cauldron is 0.3125 (516) blocks tall.
  • A cauldron holding water is the only way to have water in the Nether without the use of commands.
  • The water within does not work like water in the physical terms; the player cannot float/swim in it, and no bubble/water particles are produced.
  • The player can still 'use' the cauldron without a bottle or water bucket. However, it has no effect on the cauldron or the player.