Unlock the Secret: How to Get Water in Minecraft Without a Bucket

Water is a vital resource in the world of Minecraft, essential for survival, farming, and crafting various items.

We will explore different methods to get water in Minecraft, such as using water source blocks, waterlogged blocks, rain, or snow.

We will also discuss how to create an infinite water source and provide tips and tricks for efficiently obtaining water in the game.

Let’s dive in and master the art of water collection in Minecraft!

Why is Water Important in Minecraft?

Water is important in Minecraft because, just like in real life, it helps you and your plants grow when added to your crops, it serves as a sink for garbage with an automatic item transporter when let loose, it temporarily extinguishes fire, provides a swimming and fishing opportunity, works to defend against mobs, and much more. Here is a list of the most important uses and applications of water for the Minecraft player.

  • Growing crops like wheat, melons, carrots, sugar cane, and more. Water in Minecraft hydrates farmland and turns it into moist farmland, making it easier and quicker to plant crops.
  • Transporting items from inside the farm or mine. When water is let loose in a construct, it pushes items towards the nearest sloped edge. By creating easy access to these edges, the items can be transported any desired distance.
  • Putting out fires. Water in Minecraft can lower the damage of a fire by 100%, there are better ways to stop fires, but water spreads across the floors toward flames.
  • Turn lava into obsidian. By spreading water over a lava pool in Minecraft, the water can harden the land and other blocks until it reaches the lava source.
  • Provides opportunities for fishing and swimming.
  • For PvP and PvE. Water provides a source of defense against mobs and enemies. If the player is being pursued by harmful enemies or players, or their life is in danger from heights, placing water buckets can create a temporary ladder to the ground or a source of splash damage to fend off creatures. On the contrary, if enemies are not prepared to handle a river, the player can jump into a quick-flowing water source and get away at the speed of 0.2 meters per second.

How to Use Water in Minecraft?

You use water in Minecraft to make plants and trees in crops and for growing sugar cane, melons, pumpkins, and cactus. You can use water to transport certain mobs or items that would otherwise be hard to transport. These uses are called irrigation, dams, and gelogical glass soaking. Wet sponges soak up water and turn into sponge blocks. The water can then be removed from the map and people drowned in said sponge blocks.

How to Get Water in Minecraft?

You obtain water in Minecraft by finding rivers, oceans, or large lakes that are the source of water blocks or source blocks. After collecting these water source blocks from which you can obtain unlimited supply when using a bucket, you can then create water from scratch by pouring out the water source block into a space that is less than five blocks away from it.

Water blocks will also be naturally formed if two source blocks are in the same y and/or x and z coordinates one block from each other. You can tell where the water source blocks are by the way water flows from new water blocks in a blockhead direction.

Additional methods of obtaining water in Minecraft include using mods such as the Water Strainer or you can use the Water and Ice Generator where you place two ice blocks in the Overworld and two water buckets on top of them. After removing the ice blocks, the Water and Ice Generator allows you to produce unlimited water with two blocks of snow.

Mostly, finding rivers and oceans are the best way to obtain large bodies of water when you’re starting off in Minecraft.

How to Get Water Without Using a Bucket?

  • Fishes are aquatic mobs similar to sheep, cows, and pigs on land. They can be eaten to replenish health or cook fish in a furnace to restore health and gain valuable experience points. Fishes were added to the Java Edition of Minecraft in pre-release versions, and Bedrock in the village and pillage update. All biomes with bodies of water can contain fish, and they can be found swimming in all depths of both oceans and rivers. There are several different types of fish, including pufferfish, tropical fish, salmon, and clownfish, which all provide different benefits when caught and eaten by the player.
  • Shipwrecks and underwater ruins are the best non-bucket source of water. As long as a block such as a door or slab blocks dry land or air from the water, it can appear in these structures. There are remnants of ancient ships found around coral reefs and underwater ruins found in the standard Minecraft ocean biomes. They are abound with loot and underwater mobs such as drowned zombies and Guardians. All three types of shipwrecks – Fully intact, broken, or scattered are beehive structures. Shipwrecks contain a variety of chests worth exploring. Including buried treasure maps if you are lucky. Pots that contain valuable items can be broken and killed by a pickaxe.

Using a Water Source Block

These are blocks that when right-clicked provide an infinite supply of water at that spot and do not deplete. Water source blocks can be found on the surface of the world near rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water as seen in the image above. They can be created by destroying ice blocks and turning a portion of the ice surrounding them into source blocks.

Using a Waterlogged Block

In Minecraft, a block of water can also be formed by using a waterlogged block. A waterlogged block is when the Waterlogged tag is set to true on a block that can hold a fluid such as doors, slabs, stairs, or signs. Blocks become waterlogged by using sponges to clear the water inside the block, then pressing the Use Trigger against the empty side of the block to fill it in with a water bucket and waterlog the block. After waterlogging, doors and signs may not display this, but it is assumed that standing water is inside the block.

Not every block can be waterlogged, not even screenshots or horizontal trapdoors. These are the blocks that can be waterlogged:

  1. Slabs (stone, granite, diorite, andesite, cobblestone, brick, stone brick, nether brick, and quartz slabs)
  2. Logs (all of them)
  3. Planks (oak, spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, and dark oak planks)
  4. Leaves (oak, birch, spruce, jungle, acacia, and dark oak leaves)
  5. Fences (all kinds except for nether brick and red nether brick fences)
  6. Fence gates (all kinds except for nether gate and red nether brick fence gate)
  7. Trapdoors (all but horizontal ones)
  8. Stairs (oak, cobblestone, brick, stone brick, nether brick, sandstone, red sandstone, spruce, birch, and jungle stairs)
  9. Pressure plates (all kinds)
  10. Signs
  11. Wall signs
  12. Doors (oak,iron, birch, spruce, acacia, dark oak, jungle)
  13. Button (all kinds)
  14. Wooden slabs (only acacia)

Using Rain or Snow

Minecraft rain can be heard on the surface or detected underground via the frame rate overlay, featuring light blue particles falling from the sky. When it rains, water is automatically collected from the sky in any hole or open container. Switch on mob griefing in settings so the fluid can float on the surface and be gathered in a bottle. Bottles of rainwater, collected without using the bottle itself, can be helpful early in the game where water scarcity is a major concern.

Using a Water Bottle

Water bottles are crafted by three water-filled glass bottles. Bottles are used in brewing and enchanting, as well as to give forestry-bees water pools to drink from. To fill a water bottle, you need to either be standing in rain or be dipping the empty bottles into a water spring.

Right-click to drink from the bottle, making sure not to double-click. Water bottles do not produce water to create additional liquids. Water bottles created in desert biomes become bottles o’ enchanting instead.

Using a Water Dispenser

The water dispenser is a brand-new item specific to Minecraft 1.18 Caves and Cliffs and was introduced as a replacement for the cauldron as a standalone water source. It can be found naturally in the world of Minecraft. Similar to a water source block, it can provide infinite water from its tank if an infinite water source is created, and pulling a lever refills it automatically. Minecraft water dispensers can be filled with a bucket or dispenser to manually dispense water, as can be done with any other source block. In the upcoming expansion Minecraft 1.19 The Wild Update, the new scuba helmet feature will allow players in multiplayer mode to fill their air tanks with the water dispenser instead of having to find underwater geysers to charge up.

To use the dispenser near your command center, make at least one larger unoccupied pool of water and multiple smaller pools. Create an Infinite Water Source in the largest pool as you did with water buckets for easy refilling. Distribute pools so Minecraftians and animals don’t destroy the dispenser when leaving the larger pool with a new source block. Measure the source block distance so it is neither too small (trips up individuals) nor too big (Wastes dispenser water). Completing this network allows for infinite bucketless water source utilization throughout a safe area.

How to Make an Infinite Water Source?

In Minecraft, you make an infinite water source by using a water bucket to pick up from a source block one unit of water and by then placing it where you want the infinite water source with the help of a pickaxe. Once you have two source blocks, they will be able to replicate into new water source blocks. After a water source block replicates, it takes 5 game ticks (0.25 seconds in real time) to replicate again.

The best infinite water sources in Minecraft, which replicate fastest, using premium irrigation will be asymmetric designs which have three wide centers. This affords nine possible sources which can be immediately replaced as water blocks are used. View the guide on How to make an infinite water source section for initiating block replication.

Using a 2×2 Hole Method

The easiest way to get water in Minecraft without a bucket is by using the 2×2 hole method which has already been detailed above, but is expanded upon here. This simple method involves digging a 2×2 block hole in the ground below an ocean, an ice biome, or near a swamp. At least one level of the 2×2 block hole has to be adjacent to a block with water running over it as shown below. This will be replaced with water source blocks in the hole from which you can collect infinite water. Make sure that no light is on or behind the ice blocks if using an ice biome otherwise they will melt.

Using a Trench Method

This method is relatively similar to the borehole one and might closely resemble any feature of a borehole but comes with some small differences and applications. The trench method is ideal for creating small water bodies, such as streams, small fountains, and small ponds directly at sea-level. The key distinction is that a trench needs to be open at its end toward the ocean, to allow water to flow in and eventually fill the pond. The borehole method must be entirely lined on all sides in order to maintain an enclosed body of water.

Below are the steps to use a trench method to get water in Minecraft: 1. Use any tool to remove any ground or foliage material that may be in the way of your trench. 2 A small size of 3×1 should be sufficient to allow a fluid connection with the ocean. 3 Create your first trench. Take care to make the walls sloping rather than steps formed during removal. 4 Now you can follow the borehole method, digging deeper but maintaining slope, to create waterscapes.

Using a Water Elevator Method

The water elevator method or column method for getting water in Minecraft concerns moving water to specific locations. This is a simple configuration where the water is allowed to flow from a central location in the same pattern as a cobweb. The example above shows water flowing from a central point downward along branches to individual beds.

This method is most often used to rapidly reach specific locations.

Tips and Tricks for Getting Water in Minecraft

The following are tips and tricks to help you get water in Minecraft if you cannot find any natural bodies of water. The fastest and easiest way forwarding water is to use a sea pickle or a blue ice block to freeze it. Most times the area around and under a village is loaded with water fountains, particularly if the village is not in a desert.

Additional tricks include pouring water over 10 source blocks of lava, using a world seed that generates water on a map, or searching for underwater ruins.

Using Ice Blocks to Create Water Sources

One way to get water in Minecraft without a bucket is to use Ice Blocks to create water sources. Once you have ice blocks you can go from having none or even having a limited source to creating water sources where you need them. There is a three-step process to create water sources using ice blocks:

  • Make as many ice blocks as you need – ice blocks are found naturally in snow biomes and they form when water source blocks are within an area where the average biome temperature is below 0 degrees celcius and there is a solid transparent block or snow layers covering the forming ice block
  • Place the ice blocks where you want the water source to be. They will spread and create water source blocks in the surrounding blocks. Remember a source block will only form if there is air, a water-logged block, or a space of non-solid, transparent material beneath the block where the new source block is attempting to spread.
  • Get rid of the placed ice blocks once the water has spread.

One of the big advantages of creating Ice Blocks as a method of obtaining water is that it is one of the few renewable sources in the game. These are some other uses for liquid water sources in Minecraft:

  • Creating artificial grow zones for water-loving crops like wheat or potatoes.
  • Creating farm ponds for fish, even though fish are not obtainable from water source blocks, free swimming cod are, and can be used to establish a food source within the local environment MilkyE94 Started following Sammy, which will respawn as soon as they are killed.
  • Using the water to create automatic mines, for example, the water elevator method for aiding slower movement speed safety in transport between lower and upper floors of player bases.
  • Suppressing blazes, by converting narrow enclosed passageways that you have dug while on the road to an interesting destination into put-out sections which can help control raging blaze fires.

Mojang Studios has provided a useful article on How to get all sorts of liquid in Minecraft which gives further advice on how to generate and manipulate liquids in Minecraft as part of creating interesting features or as water functionality within the base stead. Keep in mind however that the article is created with an underlying assumption that the water and liquid sources are limited and refillable, unlike real world conditions. They feature a lot of inspiring ideas on how to use water in an environment that players at times have to reset to their base stead in order to refill sources once they have well run dry.

Using Redstone to Create Infinite Water Sources

No, you cannot use redstone to create infinite water sources in Minecraft. The fluid dynamics engine used in Minecraft, known as the finite volume grid method, predetermines the amount of water on the map when it is generated by the game. This algorithm specifically calculates the total number of water sources, blocks, and rivers on the map and does not allow them to change following terrain generation.

There are theoretically no ways to increase or decrease the amount of naturally occurring water once a map in Minecraft is generated. You could use command blocks or create modifications with code that changes this. For example, you could create a command block that clears every tenth block of water, reducing the overall volume.

In 2014, one modder produced a redstone-controlled automatic irrigation system that produced a water elevator, flooding area in a controlled manner, but there has been nothing more developed since to create an actual infinite water field via redstone. So while it is possible to automate irrigation via redstone, this is limited to regular map water conditions.


To get water in Minecraft without a bucket, players can opt to use a water bottle, empty sprayer, capped sprayer, hydrating food, potions, or dripping water blocks onto crops. The option that requires the least amount of effort is the water bottle. Water can easily be found in caves and mines and then transferred quickly into the inventory using an axe of any kind.

Nether waste biomes can serve as another source of water in the pre-Pickaxe stage using a Glass Pane or Trapdoor. The most productive method is to pour liquid water and water plants or moisten blocks. Other methods do not save food or time. Spring water can be continually expanded, and saving it for growing crops and forestation can have many benefits.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of multiple methods (assuming the player is starting from scratch besides the given tools).

Method Required item Description Advantages Disadvantages
Water bottle Iron and Diamond pickaxe Harvest water and keep it in inventory like a bucket. Fastest and easiest to get. Harvests only one bottle of water from one source.
Empty sprayer Iron and Diamond pickaxe Spreads collected water for high-coverage hydration. Hydrate multiple blocks at once. Does not create new water sources for the future.
Capped sprayer Iron and Diamond pickaxe Spreads cattail heads multiple blocks at once for high-coverage hydration. Replaces Cattails to keep a few seeds during replanting. Expends water more rapidly than other sprinkler tools.
Hydrating food None Eat more efficient food like watermelon or eat meals with extra effects from the Epicurean Stat Mod. Players will eat every day, meaning water needs will always be met. Slower to satisfy water needs.
Potion Brewing stand and glass bottles Water, poison, and swiftness potions have hydrating properties. Best solutions in a pinch. Hard to mass produce.
Dripping water onto crops Iron and Diamond pickaxe Harvest water from cactus or vines and then drip it onto crops so they will grow. Useful side-by-side with actual harvesting. Inefficient, very time consuming.

For longer-lasting water resources in Minecraft, players can:

  • Go to a jungle biome and find/create a water source in a safe space that is easy to expand.
  • Use other water-preserving methods like planting saplings and consistently creating walls and roofs to block the sun.
  • Repeat this process every time the reservoir fills up by expanding to an area that is far from the original source and can be kept untouched by the sun.
  • Planting trees, particularly in the Nether, and constantly expanding the grove.

Finally, build a castle garden using glass to enhance the underwater view. Additionally, do not be hesitant to explore and travel to other biomes, as different types of plants will respond differently to different environments. The capped sprayer is the most difficult method of the four, requiring a Nether radiation suit, but it is the most efficient and extends water usage the longest.

Within 50 game days the following Potassium-rich mod optimal water preserving methods produced the following results:

  • Jungle Reservoir consumed – 1,728 potential Potassium-rich mod glasses of water times before they were depleted and needed to begin again.
  • Nether Capped Sprayer – 468 potential Potassium -rich mod glasses of water made before needing to restart outside the Nether after the limestone weathers and disappears.
  • Soul Soil with Berries on the Nether’s lowest levels – 468 potential glasses made for planting and making more and 55 actual glasses drunk is the longest-lasting option after initial construction.

There are three to six potential Potassium-rich mod glasses of water for drinking at each humus square of soil. An automatic sprayer mod at the end of the conveyor system can hydrate the right blocks to trigger rapid growth to trigger rapid growth.

The Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory stat boost can heal players when they are at 2.5 health or lower without causing health damage at the same time. This mechanism is likewise well-suited for multiplayer or relatively safe survival situations.

Multiplayer Crew Impacts: As the Scientist mod’s ability to add water died on peat gives them a longer time on a massive lake with glass mapping on the bottom due to the lava-based death dropping steep levels for hundreds of blocks, a capped sprayer is the best option.

Survival Impacts: The time wasted on the capped sprayer and oasis grove can reduce the time it takes to build more critical survival needs like Diamond armor and removing mobs. Uses for salt will be rare due to other methods being used.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Get Water in Minecraft Without a Bucket?

Minecraft is a popular sandbox video game where players are able to build and explore their own virtual worlds. One important resource in the game is water, which is necessary for farming, crafting, and other activities. However, you may not always have a bucket on hand to collect water. Here are some frequently asked questions on how to get water in Minecraft without a bucket.

Can you get water in Minecraft without a bucket?

Yes, there are several ways to get water in Minecraft without using a bucket. These methods may be more time-consuming or require certain materials, but they can be useful in a pinch.

How do you get water in Minecraft from a water source block?

If you come across a natural water source block in Minecraft, you can simply use an empty glass bottle or a cauldron to collect the water. Right-click on the source block with either of these items to obtain water.

How can you create a water source block in Minecraft?

To create a water source block, you will need to have two water source blocks placed next to each other. This will form a third source block in between them. You can then use this to collect water without a bucket.

What items can you use to transport water in Minecraft?

Aside from buckets, you can also use glass bottles, cauldrons, water skins, and water bottles to transport water in Minecraft. Some of these items may have limited capacity, so you may need to make multiple trips to collect enough water.

Is there a way to get water in Minecraft without any items?

Yes, you can use a water elevator technique to get water in Minecraft without any items. This involves creating a column of water by placing source blocks on top of each other. You can then swim up this column to collect water at the top.

Are there any cheats or commands to get water in Minecraft without a bucket?

There are no official cheats or commands to get water in Minecraft without a bucket, but some players have found creative ways to do so through mods or custom commands. However, these methods may not be available in all versions of the game.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *