To fill an empty bucket with water, use it on a water source block. The block is consumed in the process. Flowing water does not fill a bucket.
Using an empty bucket on a cauldron filled with water (water level 3) empties the cauldron and fills the bucket.
Water buckets can also be filled by placing an empty one in the fuel slot of a furnace, and a wet sponge into the oven slot. The bucket is filled when the smelting process completes, which also leaves the sponge dry and ready to be reused.
|Water Bucket||Village||Fisherman's chest||1–3||24.2%|
Using a full water bucket on a solid block places a water source block against that block, emptying the bucket. In the Nether, however, the water evaporates, making a fire extinguishing sound and displays smoke particles while nothing gets placed.
A dispenser can be loaded with a water bucket, and when activated it places a water block directly before it, emptying the bucket. A dispenser loaded with an empty bucket and a water source right in front of it draws the source into the bucket when activated.
A single water bucket can fill a cauldron, and using an empty bucket on a water-filled cauldron fills the bucket. Empty buckets cannot be filled from partly-filled cauldrons.
Filling bucket with fish
Water buckets can be used as a means of quickly descending great heights in the Overworld and End, either by creating a waterfall or using the water block while falling to create a safe water landing.
Water buckets can also be used to climb vertical surfaces anywhere but the Nether by repeatedly creating higher waterfalls from the bottom and swimming up them.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Gear equipped||Players||When used in survival|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Form||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Alias ID (BE)||Numeric ID||Form||Translation key|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Namespaced ID|
|Tactical Fishing||Catch a fish... without a fishing rod!||Fishy Business||Use a water bucket on any fish mob.|
|The Cutest Predator||Catch an axolotl in a bucket||Tactical Fishing||Use a water bucket on an axolotl.|
|Java Edition Infdev|
|Minecraft Infdev||20100615||Added water buckets.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.2.6||Using a water bucket on blocks with GUIs (chests, furnaces, etc.) no longer places the water.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2||Water buckets can now be used to fill cauldrons.|
|1.3.1||12w15a||Dispensers have now been given the ability to dispense water buckets. They can also collect if activated again.|
|1.8||14w25a||A water bucket is now shown as the icon when water is used as a layer in Superflat.|
|14w25b||Smelting a wet sponge while an empty bucket is in the fuel slot fills the bucket with water.|
|1.9||15w44a||A full cauldron can now be emptied with a bucket, yielding a water bucket.|
|15w50a||Added sounds for collecting and pouring water using a bucket.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to the Flattening this item's numerical ID was 326.|
|18w08b||Water buckets can now be used to pick up fish mobs.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of water buckets has now been changed.|
|Water buckets can now suck up liquids directly adjacent to the side they are facing. How this works is unknown, given the water bucket clearly already contains a liquid.|
|18w48a||Water buckets can now be found in chests in village fishing cottages.|
|19w02a||Water buckets can now be used to put out campfires.|
|1.17||20w51a||Water buckets can now be used to collect axolotls.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.7.0||Added water buckets.|
|Water buckets were simply called "Bucket".|
|v0.7.4||Water buckets no longer stack to 64.|
|v0.14.0||build 1||Dispensers can now shoot out water from water buckets.|
|1.4.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Water buckets can now be used to pick up fish mobs.|
|1.10.0||beta 18.104.22.168||The texture of water buckets has now been changed.|
|1.16.100||beta 22.214.171.124||The ID of water buckets has been changed from |
|1.17.0||beta 126.96.36.199||Water buckets can now be used to collect axolotls.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added water buckets.|
|TU9||Dispensers have now been given the ability to shoot out the liquids inside water buckets. They can also suck up the liquids if activated again, but a bug prevents the empty bucket from being filled. Whether this was ever fixed is unknown.|
|1.90||The texture of water buckets has now been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added water buckets.|