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Buckets
  • Empty Bucket.png Water Bucket.png Lava Bucket.png Honey Bucket.png
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Statistics
Type
Use time10 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 0
This article is about the miscellaneous tools. For the consumable fishing item obtained during Blood Moons, see Chum Bucket.
A Water Bucket being used to deposit and collect water.

Buckets are tools used to carry water, lava, or honey, allowing them to be removed or placed. With an Empty Bucket, pressing the Use / Attack button on any sufficient body of liquid collects it, which replaces the Empty Bucket with the respective Water Bucket, Lava Bucket, or Honey Bucket. Pressing the Use / Attack button again will deposit the liquid at the location of the cursor, wherein the filled bucket is again replaced with an Empty Bucket. Each bucket holds one tile of liquid. Shimmer cannot be collected with standard buckets.

The Bottomless Water Bucket(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Bottomless Lava Bucket(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and Bottomless Honey Bucket(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) act as infinite water, lava, and honey placing buckets, whereas the Super Absorbant Sponge(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Lava Absorbant Sponge(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and Honey Absorbant Sponge(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) are essentially infinite Empty Buckets that accept only water, lava or honey, respectively. They also add and remove liquids at a slightly faster speed than their normal bucket counterparts (especially when moving the cursor around while filling/draining).

Types

Empty Bucket
  • Empty Bucket item spriteold Empty Bucket item sprite
  • Empty Bucket equipped
  • Empty Bucket equipped (female)
Auto-use
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Statistics
Type
Defense1
Body slotHelmet
Use time15 (Very fast)
TooltipCan be used to scoop up a small amount of liquid
RarityRarity level: 0
Research1 required
Water Bucket
  • Water Bucket item spriteold Water Bucket item sprite
Auto-use
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Statistics
Type
Use time15 (Very fast)
TooltipContains a small amount of water
Can be poured out
RarityRarity level: 0
Research1 required
Lava Bucket
  • Lava Bucket item spriteold Lava Bucket item sprite
Auto-use
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Statistics
Type
Use time15 (Very fast)
TooltipContains a small amount of lava
Can be poured out
RarityRarity level: 0
Research1 required
Honey Bucket
  • Honey Bucket item spriteold Honey Bucket item sprite
Auto-use
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Statistics
Type
Use time15 (Very fast)
TooltipContains a small amount of honey
Can be poured out
RarityRarity level: 0
Research1 required

Crafting

Recipes

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Empty BucketEmpty Bucket
Iron AnvilIron Anvil
or
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Empty BucketEmpty Bucket
Honey BucketHoney BucketShimmerShimmer Transmutation(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Lava BucketLava Bucket
Water BucketWater Bucket

Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Nebula SinkNebula SinkAncient ManipulatorAncient Manipulator(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Solar SinkSolar Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Stardust SinkStardust Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Vortex SinkVortex Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Bone SinkBone Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Bone WelderBone Welder(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Lesion SinkLesion Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Decay ChamberDecay Chamber(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Flesh SinkFlesh Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Flesh Cloning VatFlesh Cloning Vat(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Glass SinkGlass Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Glass KilnGlass Kiln(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Honey SinkHoney Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Honey DispenserHoney Dispenser(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Frozen SinkFrozen Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Ice MachineIce Machine(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Metal SinkMetal SinkIron AnvilIron Anvil
or
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Lihzahrd SinkLihzahrd Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Lihzahrd FurnaceLihzahrd Furnace(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Living Wood SinkLiving Wood Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Living LoomLiving Loom(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Honey BucketHoney BucketShimmerShimmer Transmutation(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Lava BucketLava Bucket
Water BucketWater Bucket
Skyware SinkSkyware Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Sky MillSky Mill(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Slime SinkSlime Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)SolidifierSolidifier
Steampunk SinkSteampunk Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Steampunk BoilerSteampunk Boiler(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Ash Wood SinkAsh Wood Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Work BenchWork Bench
Balloon SinkBalloon Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Bamboo SinkBamboo Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Blue Dungeon SinkBlue Dungeon Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Boreal Wood SinkBoreal Wood Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Cactus SinkCactus Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Crystal SinkCrystal Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Dynasty SinkDynasty Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Ebonwood SinkEbonwood Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Granite SinkGranite Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Green Dungeon SinkGreen Dungeon Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Marble SinkMarble Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Martian SinkMartian Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Meteorite SinkMeteorite Sink
Mushroom SinkMushroom Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Obsidian SinkObsidian Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Palm Wood SinkPalm Wood Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Pearlwood SinkPearlwood Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Pink Dungeon SinkPink Dungeon Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Pumpkin SinkPumpkin Sink
Reef SinkReef Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Rich Mahogany SinkRich Mahogany Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Sandstone SinkSandstone Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Shadewood SinkShadewood Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Spider SinkSpider Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Spooky SinkSpooky Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Wooden SinkWooden Sink(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

Notes

  • When using Empty Buckets on a liquid, the game checks a 3×3-tile square around that tile for more liquid of the same type. If it finds at least half a tile of liquid in that area, each Empty Bucket collects up to a full tile of that liquid. Regardless of whether it collected less than a full tile, an Empty Bucket is always filled completely and is able to pour out a full tile.
  • An Empty Bucket can also be placed in the armor's helmet slot, where it provides +1 defense.
  • Putting an Empty Bucket in the vanity slot and another Empty Bucket in the armor slot will stack the buckets on top of each other: Two buckets (equipped).png Two buckets (equipped) female.png
    • Only two other items can stack this way, Badger's Hat(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and the Rabbit Perch(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).
  • (Old-gen console version) Because the Empty Bucket has no hue, dyes mostly have an unnoticeable effect on its appearance.

Tips

Using a Bucket to duplicate liquids.
  • Buckets may be utilised when duplicating liquids. When they are placed in a location that causes the liquid to begin flowing, this separates the liquid tile into multiple portions. This combines with the fact that each bucket collected is always full and will place a whole tile of liquid, even when a half tile portion is removed from the world. In other words, a half bucketful portion can be collected which will still place a whole tile and restart the cycle, while the remaining portion accumulates somewhere else. Overall because of this "rounding up" effect more liquid is now present than before. In practice this can be accomplished by either repeatedly using a full bucket on a single tile to place and remove the liquid, or instead splitting the fluid into two separate half tiles and collecting one of them.
    • This is ideally done with one bucket in the inventory, which will switch states immediately as it is used. With a stack of buckets present, the player will have to reselect the appropriate stack of items after each "use" action. Therefore it is best to store extra buckets during the actual duplication process and retrieve them afterwards when all of them can be filled at once.
  • The Empty Bucket "helmet" is of little practical use. While it is much cheaper than a proper Iron Helmet, it is also no more effective than a Wood Helmet, which is far more accessible than the Empty Bucket.
  • While falling, a Water or Honey Bucket can be used as an emergency method to prevent potentially fatal fall damage, although this may require some practice to perform effectively. Water Walking Boots or any of their upgrades prove useful. With protection against lava, e.g. via an Obsidian Skin Potion or Lava Charm (or any of its upgrades), a Lava Bucket can also be used.

History

  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Empty Bucket Iron/Lead Bar cost reduced from 3 to 2.
    • Sprites updated. Old sprites were Empty Bucket (pre-1.4.4).png Water Bucket (pre-1.4.4).png Lava Bucket (pre-1.4.4).png Honey Bucket (pre-1.4.4).png.
    • Filled buckets are now used to craft each other via shimmer.
  • Desktop 1.4.0.1:
    • Now displays hair underneath when equipped, changing their equipped appearance from Empty Bucket (equipped) (old).png Two buckets (equipped) (old).png Empty Bucket (equipped) female (old).png Two buckets (equipped) female (old).png to Empty Bucket (equipped).png Two buckets (equipped).png Empty Bucket (equipped) female.png Two buckets (equipped) female.png.
    • Now used to craft the Spider, Lesion, Sandstone, Bamboo, Nebula, Solar, Stardust, and Vortex Sinks.
  • Desktop 1.2.4:
    • Fixed bug where the last bucket of a stack would not go into an available stack when used.
    • Fixed bug where buckets do not stack together by themselves when dropped in the world.
    • Fixed exploit where one could duplicate Empty Buckets on Mannequins.
  • Desktop 1.2.3.1: Fixed an issue where placing an Empty Bucket on a Mannequin would eat it whole.
  • Desktop 1.0.5: Filled buckets may no longer be emptied into solid ground.
  • Desktop 1.0.4: Empty Buckets now offer 1 defense to their wearer.