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Health points

3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)


Height: 0.4 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks


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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]

Salmon are common passive mobs found in oceans and rivers.


Fish spawn underwater at a Y-level of 12–32.

Salmon spawn in groups of 3–5 in cold and frozen oceans, and their deep variants. Unlike the other types of fish, they also spawn in normal and frozen rivers regardless of Y-level. Salmon spawn in small, normal, and large sizes in Bedrock and Legacy Console editions.


Salmon drop 1 of their item form when killed:


Salmon tend to swim in schools of fish (a maximum of six salmon per school). Salmon are able to swim up approximately 4-5 blocks in waterfalls.

The player may collect salmon by using a water bucket on it, which gives the player a bucket of fish. Fish placed with buckets will not despawn naturally. When that fish bucket is used against a block, it empties the bucket, placing water with that fish swimming in it. An empty bucket may be used as well.‌[Legacy Console and Bedrock editions only]


None of the fish are able to survive out of water. Outside of water, they flop around like guardians for a while until eventually they start to suffocate and die like squid. Cod, salmon and tropical fish will flip around on their sides. In Bedrock Edition and Legacy Console Edition, they will rotate when flipping. Fish cannot swim or breathe in cauldron water.[2]

Fish have a weakness to weapons that have the Impaling enchantment, which also affects squid, turtles, guardians, elder guardians and dolphins.

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salmon have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.


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 Alpha
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.
Java Edition
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!"
1.1318w08bAdded salmon.
Fish mobs have 20 (Heart.svg × 10) health.
18w10aAdded tropical fish.
The health of fish has now been changed to 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg).[3]
18w15asalmon will now drop the cooked version of their item drops, if killed while on fire.
1.13.118w31aFish will now have a 5% chance of dropping bone meal when killed.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta all 4 variants of fish mobs.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Added fish mobs.
Education Edition
1.4.0Added all 4 variants of fish mobs.


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



  1. "How We Ruin-ed Minecraft" –, March 5, 2018
  2. MC-126819 – "fish bouncing and suffocating on top of the cauldron which fill with water" resolved as "Won't Fix"
  3. MC-126091 – "Fish mobs have 20 health", resolved

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