Lava Bucket

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Lava Bucket
Lava Bucket JE2 BE2.png
Rarity color



No‌[until JE 1.17][Bedrock Edition only]
Yes‌[upcoming: JE 1.17]



A lava bucket is a bucket filled with lava.



To fill an empty bucket with lava, use it on a lava source block, or, in Bedrock Edition, lava in a cauldron. The block is consumed in the process. Flowing lava does not fill a bucket.

Lava is a finite resource.‌[until JE 1.17] 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.

If there is a lava source above the pointed dripstone stalactite, there is a 15256 (~5.9%) chance for it to completely fill an empty cauldron within 10 blocks under the tip with lava after a random tick. This lava can then be scooped with a bucket, making it a renewable resource. ‌[upcoming: JE 1.17]


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 Bedrock Edition, journeyman-level armorer villagers buy a lava bucket for one emerald as part of their trades.

In Java Edition, journeyman-level armorer villagers have a 40% chance of offering to buy a lava bucket for one emerald.


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.‌[upcoming: JE 1.17]


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Bucket fills??item.bucket.fill_lavasubtitles.item.bucket.fill??16
Bucket empties??item.bucket.empty_lavasubtitles.item.bucket.empty??16
Gear equippedPlayersWhen used in survival
See MC-97507

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
Lava Bucketlava_bucketItemitem.minecraft.lava_bucket

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDAlias ID (BE)Numeric ID FormTranslation key
Lava Bucketlava_bucketbucket /


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Super Fuel.pngSuper FuelPower a Furnace with Lava20GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngHot Stuff
Fill a bucket with lava Acquire HardwareGet a lava bucket by putting lava in a bucket.story/lava_bucket


Java Edition Infdev
20100615Lava Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added lava buckets.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.1.0Buckets 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.
v1.2.6Using 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.
Java Edition
?Changed name from "Lava bucket" to "Lava Bucket".
1.312w22aSmelting in a furnace with a lava bucket now leaves an empty bucket for the player to retrieve.
1.814w25aA lava bucket is now shown as the icon when lava is used as a layer in Superflat.
1.1317w47aPrior to the Flattening this item's numerical ID was 327.
1.1418w43aLava Bucket JE2 BE2.png The texture of lava buckets has now been changed.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1721w13aLava is now fully renewable, as pointed dripstone can now be obtained in Survival mode without custom generation.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.7.0Lava Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added lava buckets.
v0.7.4Lava buckets can now be used as fuel in a furnace.
Lava buckets no longer stack to 64.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta bucket can now be used to fill a cauldron.
1.10.0beta Bucket JE2 BE2.png The texture of lava buckets has now been changed.
1.11.0beta buckets can now be sold to armorer villagers.
1.16.100beta ID of lava buckets has been changed from bucket/10 to lava_bucket.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Lava Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added lava buckets.
TU9Dispensers 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 Lava Bucket JE2 BE2.png The texture of lava buckets has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Lava Bucket JE1 BE1.png Added lava buckets.


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  • One lava bucket has the highest number of smelts in the game at 100 items per bucket.
    • This makes it 12.5 times more efficient than coal and charcoal.