Bucket

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This article is about the empty bucket. For buckets filled with objects, see Bucket (disambiguation).
Bucket
Bucket JE2 BE2.png
Rarity color

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (16), except in furnace fuel slot

Buckets are tools used to carry water, lava, milk, powder snow[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17.0], fish (cod, pufferfish, salmon, and tropical fish), and axolotls.‌[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17.0]

Obtaining

Crafting

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot

Natural generation

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Bucket Dungeon Chest 1 18.5%
Village Savanna house chest 1 11.3%
Woodland mansion Chest 1 18.5%
Bedrock Edition
Bucket Dungeon Chest 1 18.5%
Village Savanna house chest 1 11.3%
Woodland mansion Chest 1 18.5%

Usage

Empty buckets can be used to "pick up" a water or lava source block by pressing use item on a block of the relevant type.

Similarly one can press use when looking at a cow or mooshroom to fill a bucket with milk.

Empty buckets can also be used to collect fish in buckets.

A bucket filled with a source block can then be used to place its source block contents in the empty block next to the side of the block the player is currently looking at, or replacing the block looked at for some replaceable blocks.

A bucket full of milk can only be emptied by drinking it or by using it in crafting a recipe (like cake).

An empty bucket can be used to empty a cauldron with water, filling the bucket with water. This does not work with dispensers.[1]

An empty bucket can be used to empty a cauldron of lava, filling the bucket with lava.‌[Bedrock Edition only][upcoming: JE 1.17]

An empty bucket can be used to collect powder snow, filling the bucket with powder snow. Emptying the powdered snow bucket will place the powder snow block in the empty block next to the side of the block the player is currently looking at.‌[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17]

Sounds

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Bucket fillsPlayersFilling a bucket with wateritem.bucket.fillsubtitles.item.bucket.fill1.01.016
Bucket emptiesBlocksEmptying a water buketitem.bucket.emptysubtitles.item.bucket.empty1.00.9 / 1.016
Bucket fillsPlayersFilling a bucket with lavaitem.bucket.fill_lavasubtitles.item.bucket.fill1.01.016
Bucket emptiesBlocksEmptying a lava bucketitem.bucket.empty_lavasubtitles.item.bucket.empty1.01.016
Fish capturedFriendly CreaturesPlays when collecting fishitem.bucket.fill_fishsubtitles.item.bucket.fill_fish1.01.016
Bucket emptiesFriendly CreaturesPlays when depositing fishitem.bucket.empty_fishsubtitles.item.bucket.empty1.01.016
Bucket fillsPlayersFilling a bucket with powder snow‌[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17.0]item.bucket.fill_powder_snowsubtitles.item.bucket.fill???
Bucket emptiesBlocksEmptying a powder snow bucket‌[upcoming: JE 1.17 & BE 1.17.0]item.bucket.empty_powder_snowsubtitles.item.bucket.empty???
Cow gets milkedPlayersMilking a cowentity.cow.milksubtitles.entity.cow.milk1.01.016

Data values

ID

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
BucketbucketItemitem.minecraft.bucket

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Bucketbucket325Itemitem.bucket.name

Video

History

Java Edition Infdev
Minecraft Infdev20100615Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added buckets.
Buckets can currently only pick up water and lava.
20100625-2Buckets can now be found in the new dungeon chests.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11Cows are now milkable by using buckets.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseAdded mooshrooms, which can be milked like normal cows.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5In creative mode, buckets now remain empty when used to pick up water and lava.
1.2.112w06aBuckets are now renewable.
1.3.112w21aBuckets are now stackable up to 16.
12w22aSmelting in a furnace with a lava bucket now leaves an empty bucket for the player to retrieve.
1.814w25aAn empty bucket in the fuel slot now fills and become a water bucket after a wet sponge is dried. This happens for empty buckets placed by the player while the furnace is still smelting, and for empty buckets left by lava buckets.
Stacked buckets in the fuel slot now become a single water bucket.
14w26aThe player can now place only one bucket in the fuel slot, which fixes the bug above.
1.915w44aA full cauldron can now be emptied with a bucket, filling the bucket with water.
The average yield of buckets from dungeon chests has now been substantially decreased.
15w46aBuckets now replace single snow layers when used on the top, instead of placing the water or lava in the air above the snow layer.
15w50aAdded sounds for buckets: item.bucket.fill, item.bucket.fill_lava, item.bucket.empty, and item.bucket.empty_lava.
1.1116w39aBuckets are now found in the new woodland mansion chests.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 325.
November 18, 2017Buckets were said to be able to pick up fish mobs.
18w08bAdded fish buckets, which turn into regular buckets when used.
1.1418w43aBucket JE2 BE2.png The texture of buckets has now been changed.
1.16Pre-release 1Using a bucket on water or lava in Creative mode now provides the player with one water or lava bucket in the inventory.[2] This is created in a new inventory slot rather than replacing the used bucket. A limit of one bucket per fluid can be obtained this way - attempting to fill a bucket where a filled one already exists in the inventory removes the fluid as expected but does not provide any new buckets.
Cows and mooshrooms can also now be milked in Creative mode,[3] providing the player with limitless lava buckets.
Pre-release 4Milking cows now only provides creative players with one bucket.[4]
Upcoming Java Edition
1.17October 3, 2020Buckets were revealed to be able to be used to collect axolotls.
20w46aPowder Snow Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added powder snow buckets.
20w51aBucket of Axolotl JE1.png Added buckets of axolotls.
21w13aGoats are now milkable by using buckets.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.7.0Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added buckets.
v0.7.4Filled buckets no longer stack.[5]
Empty buckets no longer allow liquid sources to be targeted and broken like blocks.[6]
?The stack limit for empty buckets has now been changed from 64 to 16.
v0.14.0build 1A full cauldron can now be emptied with a bucket, filling the bucket with water.
v0.16.0build 1Added sounds when using buckets.
An empty bucket in the fuel slot now fills and becomes a water bucket after a wet sponge is dried. This happens for empty buckets placed by the player while the furnace is still smelting, and for empty buckets left by lava buckets.
?Buckets no longer highlight fluid blocks when aiming at them.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Buckets now generate in woodland mansion chests.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.2Added fish buckets, which turn into regular buckets when used.
Empty buckets can now be used to catch fish.
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.2Cauldrons filled with lava can now be emptied by using a bucket, filling it with lava.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Bucket JE2 BE2.png The texture of buckets has now been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Buckets can now be found in savanna village house chests.
1.16.200beta 1.16.200.52Goats are now milkable by using buckets.
1.16.210beta 1.16.210.53Powder Snow Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added powder snow buckets.
releasePowder Snow Buckets have been made inaccessible in the full release.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.230beta 1.16.230.52Bucket of Axolotl JE1.png Added buckets of axolotls.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added buckets.
TU9Buckets are now stackable up to 16.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Bucket JE2 BE2.png The texture of buckets has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added buckets.

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