How To Make A Bucket In Minecraft [Explained]

Minecraft players are often confused by buckets, so here is a detailed guide on how to make a bucket in Minecraft, across all editions.

The infamous 2D sandbox video game developed by Mojang studios, Minecraft has been a hot topic ever since it was released. Minecraft is like a blank canvas to your imagination, where you can build explore, and even participate in battle royals! Its diversity is what makes it so popular,  as you can build anything you want in Minecraft. Players can build many easy and complex items that can aid them further in their adventure throughout the Minecraft world.

Key Takeaways
  • To make a Bucket, you will only need three Iron Ingots and a Crafting Table.
  • In the Crafting menu, make a V shape using the Iron Ingots, which will show a Bucket ready to be crafted.
  • To get Iron Ingot, you will have to mine Iron Ores in the mines. For that, use a Stone or higher-level pickaxe.
  • Once you have acquired three Iron Ores, smelt them in a Furnace to convert them into Iron Ingot.
  • With these Iron Ingots, you can proceed to make a Bucket at the Crafting Table.
  • While holding the Bucket, if you press the Right Click or the use button, it will fill up.
  • You can fill it up with Water, Lava, Milk, or Fish for the aquarium.
  • With an exploit, you can breathe underwater in Minecraft using a Bucket.

In this article, one such thing we’ll discuss how to craft is a bucket. At the end of the article, you’ll know How to Make a Bucket in Minecraft.

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Bucket in Minecraft 

Buckets are very helpful, craftable tools that can be used to carry things that the players cannot usually carry. Players should make a bucket in Minecraft as they can prove to be very useful.

They can be used to carry

  • Water
  • Lava
  • Milk
  • Powder Snow
  • Cod Fish
  • Puffer Fish
  • Salmon Fish
  • Tropical Fish
  • Axolotls

You can also use a bucket to survive underwater without the need for using a potion for water breathing. Players might need to use water from time to time whilst mining or to protect themselves from Lava. That’s why it is very important to keep a bucket with you at all times.

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Supported Platforms of Bucket

Following are the platforms on which a bucket is available on Minecraft

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac)
  • Pocket Edition (PE)
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • PS3
  • PS4
  • Wii U
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Windows 10 Edition
  • Education Edition

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Materials Required To Make A Bucket 

You’ll need the following to make a bucket in Minecraft 

  1. Three Iron Ingots
  2. Crafting table
  3. Furnace
  4. Stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe
  5. Fuel for the furnace

You’ll need a stone pickaxe to mine the iron ore.

A furnace is needed to smelt the ore into ingot form.

How To Make a Bucket In Minecraft

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Step 1: Mine Ore

Iron ore can be found only in the Overworld in the form of mineral veins. They can be found in all biomes except the ice biome, mostly located in bedrocks to just above sea level. Dig up a mine to find a cave or a ravine. Once you spot a vein of iron ore, begin the process of mining.

In order to mine the iron ore from the cave to make a bucket in Minecraft, you’ll require a stone pickaxe or a tool of a higher level.

Using a wooden ax, won’t drop you anything.

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Step 2: Smelting Iron Ore

Once you have iron ore in inventory you’ll have to smelt it into iron ingots in order for you to utilize the iron to craft a bucket and other items like weapons and armor.

To smelt the iron ore, put the iron ore in the furnace in the top box, with coal or charcoal in the bottom, and begin cooking up the iron ore. The final result would be iron ingots."How


Step 3: Make the Iron Bucket

Arrange your iron Ingots on the crafting table. This crafting table is a 3X3 grid, a basic menu available in Minecraft. In order to make the bucket in the Minecraft crafting grid, you’ll have to arrange the iron ingots in a specific pattern.

Place an iron bar in the first box of the second row and another in the third box of the second row. Now place one more iron ingot in the second box of the third row. In other words, arrange them in a “V” shape. After this, the iron bucket will be crafted.


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Step 4: Move Bucket into Your Inventory

Once the bucket appears in the crafting station, you’ll have to move the bucket into your inventory in order to use them. Once you’ve utilized the bucket in order to carry something, it will take up its own space in the inventory.

Uses of Bucket in Minecraft

To fill a bucket with water simply right-click on the material with which you want to fill it with.


You’ll need to transport water for farming, so a bucket will come in very handy in this situation. In this way, you won’t have to go to a water source like an ocean or river, every time you need water.

You can make an infinite water source by using the three-block method. Dig a three-block-wide hole and fill either side with water. The middle block will turn into an Infinite water source. Fill as many buckets as you want from this water source.

How to Make A Bucket In Minecraft
The Water Bucket


Lava can also be carried in buckets and can be utilized to remove hazards in your way.

You can also use lava to create an awesome lava waterfall. You can also use a bucket of water and lava to make Obsidian. A lava bucket can also be used as fuel in a furnace for cooking purposes and one lava bucket can burn in a furnace for up to 1000 seconds.

How to Make A Bucket In Minecraft
The Lava Bucket


In order to make an aquarium full of fish, carrying fish towards the aquarium can be quite a strenuous task. If you make a bucket in Minecraft, this task will be a piece of cake for you. Catching fish itself can be quite a task. However, once you do catch one, you’ll have a water source with it.

You can catch codfish, pufferfish, salmon, and now axolotls too all thanks to Minecraft’s new Caves and Cliffs update.


Milking a cow

You can use a bucket to milk a cow. Locate a cow and simply right-click on them with an empty bucket at hand to milk them. Now you’ll have a bucket full of milk in your inventory.

Milk in the buckets can come in handy during baking. It can also reverse or cure any debuff.

How to Make A Bucket In Minecraft
Milking a Cow

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Surviving underwater

With your bucket at hand, you won’t need The Potion of Water Breathing to survive underwater. You can easily refill the air and use it underwater from your bucket. Select your bucket from the hot bar and face a rock. Now use it repeatedly and depending on the direction you are facing it will refill air at different rates. Facing downward will restore air at a slower rate while facing forward will restore at a faster rate



This has been eXputer’s guide on How to Make A Bucket in Minecraft. Following our tutorial,  you can now easily make a bucket in Minecraft. This handy bucket is a must-have for everyone in survival mode as players will come across many situations where they’ll need to use one. Whether it’s transporting stuff or surviving hazards, this tiny bucket will aid you in your epic Minecraft adventure. Good luck!

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Can we find iron ingots in places other than caves?

Yes, you can get iron ingots from villagers.

Can we find buckets in Minecraft?

Buckets can be found in chests located in woodland mansions, dungeons, and villages.

Why does the iron disappear when mined with a wooden pickaxe?

You’ll need a diamond, stone, or iron pickaxe to mine iron. Using a tool of lower level will not mine it.

What does iron look like?

You can easily locate iron from its appearance. It looks like a stone block with brown spots.

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