Lava is a finite resource. New lava source blocks cannot be created, unlike water source blocks, which can be created from two water source blocks horizontally adjacent to an air block.
A lava bucket can be used to place down lava sources with the Use Item button. Doing so gives the player the bucket back. Lava buckets can be used to replace some transparent, non-full blocks such as tall grass and water, both flowing and sources.
Lava buckets can be used to break Nether portal blocks by placing the lava on the side of a block next to the portal block.
A lava bucket can be used as an efficient fuel. It has the longest burning value of 1000 seconds, compared to 800 seconds for a coal block (a lava bucket smelts 100 items, and a coal block smelts 80). After smelting starts, the lava bucket turns into an empty bucket.
In Java Edition, journeyman-level armorer villagers have a 40% chance of offering to buy a lava bucket for one emerald.
In Bedrock Edition, a lava bucket can be used to fill a cauldron with lava. The lava damages any entity standing inside the cauldron, unless the entity is immune to fire damage. Flowing water or waterlogging does not affect the lava in the cauldron.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Gear equipped||Players||When used in survival|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
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 of Cod||2|
|Bucket of Salmon||3|
|Bucket of Tropical Fish||4|
|Bucket of Pufferfish||5|
|Bucket of Mud||5000[Minecraft Earth only]|
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Gamerscore earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Super Fuel||Power a Furnace with Lava||—||20G||Bronze|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Namespaced ID|
|Hot Stuff||Fill a bucket with lava||Acquire Hardware||Have a lava bucket in your inventory.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|20100615||Added lava buckets.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.1.0||Buckets of lava can now be used to fuel a furnace for 100 smelts, consuming the lava and the bucket. This is the highest number of smelts of any single item in the game.|
|v1.2.6||Using a lava bucket on chests and other blocks with GUIs no longer places the lava.|
|Added lava lakes, allowing lava buckets to be used to collect lava from them.|
|1.3||12w22a||Smelting in a furnace with a lava bucket now leaves an empty bucket for the player to retrieve.|
|1.8||14w25a||A lava bucket is now shown as the icon when lava is used as a layer in Superflat.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to the Flattening this item's numerical ID was 327.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of lava buckets has now been changed.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.7.0||Added lava buckets.|
|0.7.4||Lava buckets can now be used as fuel in a furnace.|
|Lava buckets no longer stack to 64.|
|1.9.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Lava bucket can now be used to fill a cauldron.|
|1.10.0||beta 184.108.40.206||The texture of lava buckets has now been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Lava buckets can now be sold to armorer villagers.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added lava buckets.|
|TU9||Dispensers have now been given the ability to shoot out the liquids inside lava buckets. They can also suck up the liquids if activated again, but do not fill up the buckets with the liquid dropped due to a bug.|
|1.90||The texture of lava buckets has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added lava buckets.|