Bucket of Fish

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Buckets of fish are a form of water bucket with a fish inside of them.


A bucket of fish can be obtained by using a water bucket (or empty bucket in Bedrock and Legacy Console editions) on any fish. Once an empty bucket is used, the fish will be in the water source block. The fish bucket obtained will correspond to the fish picked up.


Bucket of pufferfish and tropical fish are sold by wandering traders.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.10]

Fisherman villagers have 50% chance to sell bucket of cod for 3 emerald as their first tier trades.‌[upcoming: BE 1.11]


Pressing use with a bucket of fish 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 buckets of tropical fish, the patterns and color of the tropical fish are remembered and stored in the bucket. Placing a bucket of fish in the Nether will cause the same particles to appear that generate when a normal water bucket is placed in the Nether, and the fish mob will be spawned alone.

Fish caught in buckets then released will not despawn, unlike fish that spawn naturally in oceans.

If a bucket of fish is inside a dispenser, the dispenser will spawn the fish and water block in front of it upon activation.

Bucket of tropical fish[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". 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
Tropical Fish Patterns.png
Kob Snooper Brinely
SunStreak Dasher Spotty

Some tropical fish don't follow the normal naming system, and instead reference real-life fish species. Apart from these names, these types of fish aren't different from regular tropical fish in terms of design or behavior.

These varieties are:

Name Type
Anemone Orange-Gray Stripey
Black Tang Gray Flopper
Blue Dory ‌[Bedrock Edition only] Gray-Sky SunStreak
Blue Tang ‌[Java Edition only] Gray-Blue Flopper
Butterfly Fish ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Butterflyfish ‌[Java Edition only] White-Gray Brinely
Cichlid Blue-Gray SunStreak
Clownfish Orange-White Kob
Cotton Candy Betta Rose-Sky Spotty
Dottyback Plum-Yellow Blockfish
Emperor Red Snapper White-Red Clayfish
Goatfish White-Yellow Spotty
Moorish Idol White-Gray Glitter
Ornate Butterfly ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Ornate Butterflyfish ‌[Java Edition only] White-Orange Clayfish
Parrotfish Teal-Rose Dasher
Queen Angel Fish ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Queen Angelfish ‌[Java Edition only] Lime-Sky Brinely
Red Cichlid Red-White Betty
Red Lipped Blenny Gray-Red Snooper
Red Snapper Red-White Blockfish
Threadfin White-Yellow Flopper
Tomato Clown ‌[Bedrock Edition only] Red-White SunStreak
Tomato Clownfish ‌[Java Edition only] Red-White Kob
Triggerfish Gray-White SunStreak
Yellowtail Parrot ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Yellowtail Parrotfish ‌[Java Edition only] Teal-Yellow Dasher
Yellow Tang Yellow Stripey

A bucket of tropical fish pulled out of the Creative inventory will spawn random tropical fish when used.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Item Name ID
Bucket of Cod cod_bucket
Bucket of Salmon salmon_bucket
Bucket of Pufferfish pufferfish_bucket
Bucket of Tropical Fish tropical_fish_bucket

Bedrock Edition:

Item Name ID Numeric ID
Bucket of Fish bucket 325

Item data[edit]

Java Edition[edit]

  •  tag: The item's tag tag.
    •  BucketVariantTag: The variant data of the tropical fish in the bucket. Only applies to Bucket of Tropical Fish.
    •  EntityTag: Stores entity data that is applied to the fish when it's poured out. If this data includes a tropical fish variant, it will override the one provided in BucketVariantTag.
      • See Fish entity format.

Normal buckets of fish only use the BucketVariantTag tag to store the variant of any tropical fish that is picked up, and the item's display name to store the fish's custom name.

Bedrock Edition[edit]

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 0
Milk 1
Bucket of Cod 2
Bucket of Salmon 3
Bucket of Tropical Fish 4
Bucket of Pufferfish 5
Water Bucket 8
Lava bucket 10


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
I'm a Marine BiologistCollect a fish in a bucketUse a water bucket (or an empty bucket[Bedrock Edition only]) on any fish mob to collect it.NoAltYesNo20G
Marine BiologistPS4Bronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngTactical FishingCatch a fish... without a fishing rod!Fishy BusinessUse a water bucket on a fish mob to get a bucket of fish.minecraft:husbandry/tactical_fishing


Java Edition
1.1318w08b Added cod, salmon and "Puffer Fish" buckets.
The texture of what appears to be a clownfish bucket can be seen in the game files.
18w10a Added tropical fish buckets.
18w14aCatching a fish in a water bucket will now award the Tactical Fishing advancement.
18w19a"Puffer Fish Bucket" has now been corrected to "Pufferfish Bucket".
Tropical fish bucket id changed to tropical_fish_bucket.
18w22a The tropical fish bucket texture has now been updated, due to an inconsistent dark pixel on the bottom right of the bucket's texture that wasn't part of the other fish buckets.[1]
pre5Changed the name of fish buckets from "[type of fish] bucket" to "bucket of [type of fish]", like they are in Bedrock Edition.
1.13.118w33aAdded tooltips for buckets of tropical fish.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta Added fish buckets of cod, salmon and tropical fish.
Added bucket of pufferfish, which has different textures compared to the Java Edition.
beta buckets are now available in the Creative inventory.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta of pufferfish and tropical fish are sold by the new wandering traders.
Changed the texture of bucket of pufferfish.
1.11.0beta of cod can be bought from fisherman villager.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38 Added buckets of cod, salmon, pufferfish and tropical fish.
Education Edition
1.4.0 Added buckets of cod, salmon, pufferfish and tropical fish. The texture of the bucket of pufferfish and the texture of the bucket of tropical fish are the same as the ones in Bedrock Edition.


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


  • When a water bucket is transformed into a bucket of fish, 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]
  • Buckets of tropical fish will always appear to contain an orange-white kob, regardless of whatever fish is actually inside.[3]
  • Since empty buckets can be used to capture fish on the Bedrock Edition and Legacy Console Edition, it is possible to create an infinite amount of water source blocks simply by catching a fish mob with a bucket and continually placing and re-capturing the mob.