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Bucket of Water
Category Item
Heavy Load
Empty: 1
Full: 4
Function Cooking utensil
Capacity 32.3 units
Contents Water
Can boil water False
Rain factor 1
Technical details
Class name Base.BucketEmpty
“Can be used to collect rainwater when placed on the ground outside”
— In-game tooltip

A bucket is a water container required in carpentry.



The bucket can be used to carry up to 32.3 units of water. To fill a bucket with water, simply right-click the water source and select "Fill Bucket", consuming the bucket and producing a bucket of water. If the source is considered unclean, the water in the bucket will be tainted and displayed with a green skull icon (SkullPoison.png). Leaving the bucket on the ground outside while it is raining, will gradually fill it with tainted water.


The bucket can be used with water and plaster powder to produce a bucket of plaster, which can be applied to a built wall, allowing it to be painted. A bucket of plaster can be filled with water, which will remove the plaster.


Product Recipe Description Skill Level
Bucket with water.png
Bucket with Water x1
Empty bucket.png + Water drop.png
Bucket x1 Water
A bucket full of water. Level 0

Bucket with plaster.png
Bucket with Plaster x1
Empty bucket.png + Water drop.png + Bag of plaster powder.png
Bucket x1 Water (5 units) Bag of Plaster Powder x1
(consumed) (consumed)
Plaster for walls. Carpentry Level 0

Item distribution

Buckets are relatively rare as they can only be found in garden and storage areas at low frequency.


Building/Room Container Rolls Chance
All Crate 1 2
Shed Counter 1 10
Storage Unit All 3 1
Garden store Crate 3 2
Farm Storage All 3 2


Profession Container Rolls Chance
Construction Worker Trunk 5 1


From items.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)

Bucket Bucket Empty.png

Version 40.11
	item BucketEmpty
		Weight		= 1,
		CanStoreWater	= TRUE,
		Type		= Normal,
		DisplayName	= Bucket,
		Icon		= Bucket_Empty,
       		ReplaceOnUseOn 	= WaterSource-BucketWaterFull,
        	MetalValue 	= 20,
        	RainFactor 	= 1,
        	Tooltip 	= Tooltip_item_RainFromGround,

Bucket of Water Bucket Water.png

Version 40.11
	item BucketWaterFull
		IsWaterSource		= TRUE,
		Weight			= 4,
		CanStoreWater		= TRUE,
		Type			= Drainable,
		DisplayName		= Bucket of Water,
		UseWhileEquipped	= FALSE,
		ReplaceOnDeplete	= BucketEmpty,
		ReplaceOnUseOn		= WaterSource-BucketWaterFull,
		Icon			= Bucket_Water,
		RainFactor 		= 1,
		Tooltip 		= Tooltip_item_RainFromGround,

See also

Tools Baking PanBowlBucketCan OpenerCooking potEmpty Bottle (Pop)Empty Bottle (Water)Empty Bottle (Alcohol)Empty MugEmpty JarExtinguisherFishing Net TrapFishing RodFishing Rod (Crafted)Fishing TackleGardening Spray CanGas canJackJar LidKettleLug WrenchMopMortar and PestleNeedleNotched Wooden PlankPaint BrushPropane TankPropane TorchRoasting PanSawSaucepanTire PumpTrowelUmbrellaWatering CanWelding MaskWrench
Tools/Weapons AxeCrowbarFrying PanRolling PinScrewdriverSledgehammerShovelRaw AxeStone HammerWooden Spear
Illumination Lit CandleFlashlightLighterMatches
Stationery Empty NotebookEraserJournalPenPencilSheet of Paper