Everything You Need To Know About Pufferfish Minecraft

If you’re looking to find out more about Minecraft pufferfish mob, take a look at our article where we cover exactly everything you should know about them!

Updated on Sep 04, 2023
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Everything You Need To Know About Pufferfish Minecraft

Pufferfish in Minecraft is a mob that was added not too long ago in the 1.13 aquatic update. They are a passive mob you can find in oceans and one of Minecraft's most interesting fish mobs. The pufferfish as an item has existed for a long time, but today we're going to take a look at pufferfish as a mob, what it does, and how you can find it!

Where do pufferfish spawn in Minecraft?

Pufferfish spawn underwater in the following ocean biomes between y=50 and y=64 coordinates:


  • Lukewarm Ocean Biome

  • Deep Lukewarm Ocean Biomes

  • Warm Ocean Biomes

They can only spawn in those biomes in groups of 1 to 3 puffer fish. It’s good that these ocean biomes aren't hard to find, but if you're unsure whether you're in the right one, just click F3, and in the top left corner, you will see which biome you're currently in.

What do pufferfish drop in Minecraft?

Pufferfish is the type of mob that's not really worth killing at all, but it can have some useful drops if you're looking to pursue underwater exploration.

It drops:

  • Pufferfish

  • Bone Meal

  • XP orbs

As you can see, there's nothing that useful on the list so the pufferfish is worth killing. Besides this one pufferfish item, which we'll talk about right now.

How to get a pufferfish from Minecraft puffer fish?

The first thing you need to do is find any of the above-mentioned ocean biomes. Then, when you locate a group of pufferfish, try not to come near it and just kill it with your hands or any weapon.


It will drop a pufferfish item, which you can use to make potions of water breathing that are important for exploring underwater ruins. Unfortunately, you can't craft pufferfish, and neither can you cook puffer fish.

If you don't want to kill a pufferfish but still want the item, you can easily get it by fishing with a fishing rod anywhere in a large body of water. You will have bigger chances of catching one with enchanted fishing rods rather than with unenchanted fishing rods.

How to get a bone meal from Minecraft puffer fish?

To get a bone meal from a pufferfish in Minecraft, you'll need to find a group of them, or just one, in one of the warm ocean biomes we mentioned. Kill it with a hand or a tool, and then there's a 5% it'll drop 1 bone meal. It's useless if you're farming it for the bone meal because of the low drop rate.

But this is only valid for the Java Edition version of Minecraft. In Bedrock Edition, they drop bones.

How to get experience points from Minecraft puffer fish?

To get experience orbs from puffer fish, you'll need to find one in a warm ocean biome to kill it. Then upon death, it will drop from 1 to 3 experience points, which is low. So they're not worth killing for that, either.

How to breed Minecraft pufferfish?

Pufferfish in Minecraft cannot breed. You can't even tame them, and that goes for all fish mobs in Minecraft. You can't breed them to make a farm, and it's impossible to tame them because you can't do that even in real life.

How to transport a Minecraft pufferfish?

Transporting Minecraft pufferfish may seem hard when you think about tying a fish to a lead, but it's actually way more simple than that. All you need to do to efficiently transfer another pufferfish from one place to another is:


  1. Craft an iron bucket

  2. Fill it with water

  3. Place it in your main hand

  4. Come near a pufferfish

  5. Right-click the pufferfish with the water bucket

The fish will immediately find itself in your water bucket, and when you want to place it somewhere else, just right-click anywhere with the bucket, and you will place it down along with the water.

If you rename the bucket of pufferfish with a name tag, the pufferfish will spawn with that name the next time you place it down. You can do this with all other fish in Minecraft, even with the prettiest tropical fish.

Are Minecraft pufferfish hostile?

Pufferfish are passive mobs, but they still can defend themselves. When you approach a puffer fish in a 5x block radius, it will slowly start inflating, going from unpuffed to semi-puffed and then fully puffed.


When you're close to a pufferfish that's either semi-puffed or fully-puffed, you will get a couple of seconds of the poison effect, along with some extra damage. So if you're really low on health, you should definitely avoid these inflated fish at all costs since one or two can kill you very easily.

More Minecraft pufferfish fun facts

  • The addition of fish to Minecraft was mentioned for the first time by Notch all the way in 2010.

  • Pufferfish is the only type of fish in Minecraft that can harm the player and one of the few passive mobs with the ability to kill someone.

  • Pufferfish were first called puffer fish before getting their name changed in one of the 1.13 snapshots.

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