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Buckets
  • Empty Bucket.png Water Bucket.png Lava Bucket.png Honey Bucket.png
Stack 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.

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.

The Bottomless Water Bucket and Bottomless Lava Bucket act as infinite water and lava placing buckets, whereas the Super Absorbant Sponge and Lava Absorbant Sponge are essentially infinite Empty Buckets that accept only water or lava, respectively. They also add/remove liquids at a slightly faster speed than their normal bucket counterparts (especially when moving the cursor around while filling/draining). There are no honey variants for these.

Buckets[]

Empty Bucket
  • Empty Bucket item spriteold Empty Bucket item sprite
  • Empty Bucket equipped
  • Empty Bucket equipped (female)
Auto-use
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
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.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.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.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
Empty BucketEmpty BucketIron AnvilIron Anvil
or
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
total: 1 row(s)

Used in[]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Nebula SinkNebula SinkAncient ManipulatorAncient Manipulator
Solar SinkSolar Sink
Stardust SinkStardust Sink
Vortex SinkVortex Sink
Bone SinkBone SinkBone WelderBone Welder
Lesion SinkLesion SinkDecay ChamberDecay Chamber
Flesh SinkFlesh SinkFlesh Cloning VatFlesh Cloning Vat
Glass SinkGlass SinkGlass KilnGlass Kiln
Honey SinkHoney SinkHoney DispenserHoney Dispenser
Frozen SinkFrozen SinkIce MachineIce Machine
Metal SinkMetal SinkIron AnvilIron Anvil
or
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Lihzahrd SinkLihzahrd SinkLihzahrd FurnaceLihzahrd Furnace
Living Wood SinkLiving Wood SinkLiving LoomLiving Loom
Skyware SinkSkyware SinkSky MillSky Mill
Slime SinkSlime SinkSolidifierSolidifier
Steampunk SinkSteampunk SinkSteampunk BoilerSteampunk Boiler
Bamboo SinkBamboo SinkWork BenchWork Bench
Blue Dungeon SinkBlue Dungeon Sink
Boreal Wood SinkBoreal Wood Sink
Cactus SinkCactus Sink
Crystal SinkCrystal Sink
Dynasty SinkDynasty Sink
Ebonwood SinkEbonwood Sink
Granite SinkGranite Sink
Green Dungeon SinkGreen Dungeon Sink
Marble SinkMarble Sink
Martian SinkMartian Sink
Meteorite SinkMeteorite Sink
Mushroom SinkMushroom Sink
Obsidian SinkObsidian Sink (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
Obsidian SinkObsidian Sink (Switch version)
Palm Wood SinkPalm Wood Sink
Pearlwood SinkPearlwood Sink
Pink Dungeon SinkPink Dungeon Sink
Pumpkin SinkPumpkin Sink
Rich Mahogany SinkRich Mahogany Sink
Sandstone SinkSandstone Sink
Shadewood SinkShadewood Sink
Spider SinkSpider Sink
Spooky SinkSpooky Sink
Wooden SinkWooden Sink
total: 41 row(s)

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
  • Because the Empty Bucket has no hue, dyes mostly have an unnoticeable effect on its appearance.

Tips[]

  • 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 an 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 1.4.0.1:
    • 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.
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