Fish (mob)

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Cod (mob).png
Salmon (mob).png
Pufferfish (mob) small.pngPufferfish (mob) medium.pngPufferfish (mob) large.png
Tropical Fish a.pngTropical Fish b.png
Health points

All Variants: 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Attack strength

Puffer Fish:
Easy: 2 (Heart.svg)
Normal: 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Hard: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)
1 (Poisoned Half Heart.svg) per 1.25 sec

for 7 sec (Poisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Half Heart.svg)


Cod: Regular Oceans, Cold Oceans, Lukewarm Oceans
Salmon: Cold Oceans, Frozen Oceans, Rivers
Puffer Fish: Lukewarm Oceans, Warm Oceans
Tropical Fish: Lukewarm Oceans, Warm Oceans

First appearances

See History


See Drops


All Variants: 0

Internal ID


Entity ID
Puffer Fish
Tropical Fish
Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png You're not the only new explorer of the updated oceans, mind. We've filled the seas with new types of fish! Above is the delightful pufferfish, which filled me with delightful poison because I was too busy taking that screenshot to swim away in time :(
Tom Stone[1]

Fish are common passive mobs found in oceans and rivers. They come in 4 main variants: cod, salmon, puffer fish, and tropical fish.


Cod spawn in regular, cold, and lukewarm oceans.

Puffer fish and tropical fish spawn in lukewarm and warm oceans.

Salmon spawn in cold and frozen oceans, and unlike the other 3 variants, can also spawn in rivers.


Fish drop 1 of their item form when killed: raw cod, raw salmon, pufferfish or clownfish. The drop will never be cooked, even if the fish is killed while on fire. A tropical fish will drop clownfish no matter what its type, pattern or colors are.


Cod, salmon and tropical fish tend to swim in schools of fish (a maximum of nine cod, nine of the same tropical fish or six salmon per school). Salmon are able to jump up waterfalls.


None of the four types of fish are able to survive out of water. Outside of water, they will flop around for a while and eventually die of suffocation damage. When cod, tropical fish and salmon are outside of water, they will lay on their sides.

Puffer fish will puff up when approached by a player, going from unpuffed, then semi-puffed, to fully puffed. Puffer fish are technically passive mobs but going near one when fully puffed will inflict the player with seven seconds of
, and touching them in their puffed form will deal some damage separate from the poison.

Fish are a part of the group of mobs affected by the Impaling enchantment, which also includes squids, guardians, and elder guardians.

Tropical fish varieties[edit]

The 22 common varieties of tropical fish

When tropical fish spawn in the wild, 90% of the time they will come in one of the 22 varieties seen on the right, and the other 10% of the time their patterns, size and colors will be completely random, drawn from any of 2 shapes, 16 colors, 6 patterns, and 16 colors for the pattern. These result in 3072 possible combinations. With commands, the player can summon tropical fish without patterns, giving a further 32 possible combinations.[more information needed]

Fish bucket[edit]

Fish Bucket
Cod Bucket.pngSalmon Bucket.pngPuffer Fish Bucket.pngTropical Fish Bucket.png







First appearances

See History

Cod Bucket
Salmon Bucket
Puffer Fish Bucket
Tropical Fish Bucket

A fish bucket is a water bucket filled with fish.

To fill a water bucket with fish, use it on a fish. Using a fish bucket will release the fish and water inside it.

The four variants of fish buckets correspond to the four variants of fish mobs. For example, a water bucket with a cod fish in it is called a cod bucket.

Data values[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Cod, salmon and pufferfish[verify] have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity IDs are minecraft:cod and minecraft:salmon and minecraft:pufferfish.

Tropical fish have additional entity data, beyond what other fish have. Their entity ID is minecraft:tropical_fish.

  1. a b The ID numbers for the colors are in the reverse of the usual order. In other words, 0 represents white, 1 represents orange and so on. Also, black is not an available color.

The 22 varieties of tropical fish most commonly found throughout the world have Variant tag values from the following table, which also lists what color/shape/patterns come from that value.

Shape Pattern Color Color for the pattern Variant
1 1 1 7 117506305
1 0 7 7 117899265
0 1 7 3 50790656
0 4 0 7 117441536
0 1 11 7 118161664
0 0 1 0 65536
0 5 6 3 50726144
1 3 10 4 67764993
1 5 0 14 234882305
0 5 0 4 67110144
1 2 0 7 117441025
1 5 0 1 16778497
0 3 9 6 101253888
0 4 5 3 50660352
1 4 14 0 918529
0 2 7 14 235340288
1 3 14 0 918273
1 0 0 4 67108865
0 1 0 0 256
0 0 14 0 917504
1 1 4 4 67371265
0 3 0 7 117441280


June 28, 2010Notch mentioned that fish might be a feature of coral, if he were able to add coral: "... I do know that the corals will have tiny fish particles around them."
October 4, 2010Fish were a passive mob that Notch showed interest in adding. In the promotional graphic for the Halloween Update, Notch indicated he would add fish. However, they were only added as an item; there was no code for a fish mob.
Official release
October 5, 2012Fish were jokingly teased in the fake snapshot 12marc40awesome, along with coral and "fish blocks".
April 13, 2013When Jon Kågström was asked in his AMA on Reddit, "What mob would you like to implement into the game?" He responded, "I would like to add birds, fish and tree animals to make it more alive. However this will take some time before it can be done."
July 31, 2013During Notch's AMA on Reddit, when asked about what happened to his plans of adding fish as a mob, he responded, "Oh yeah, the fish!"
November 18, 2017TeasedFish.jpegTwo fish mobs, presumably tropical fish, were shown off in a clip presented at Minecon Earth.
1.13 18w08b Added fish mobs, at this time only cod, salmon, and puffer fish. They had 20 health.
Added fish buckets.
A texture for clownfish buckets added to the game files, but not actually implemented.
18w10a Added tropical fish and bucket. Despite there being multiple tropical fish species, they all use the clownfish bucket texture.[2]
Changed health to 3.
18w10b Tropical fish now make sounds, and do not use the player damage sound.


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  • Despite its item form being named "Pufferfish", the bucket and spawn eggs refer to the respective mob as "Puffer Fish".[3]
  • Puffer fish will puff up and poison the invisible player, and the player on peaceful difficulty, creative and spectator mode.[4]



Promotional Content