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Raw Fish is a food item that can be caught from a body of water with a Fishing rod. After the Player pulls the rod from water when it is being pulled into the water, the fish is flung towards the player in a ballistic course. It only heals one heart. If it is smelted in a Furnace, it becomes Cooked Fish. Raw Fish appears to be the only food for Ocelots (they don't eat cooked fish), but requires patience (if approaching too fast the Ocelot will run away.)
- A Raw Fish heals 1 hunger point. If you are really in need of food, it is very effective, as it is easy to gather.
- This is especially worthy to note as you may lack a constant food source in a new survival game (a fishing rod is arguably easy to acquire).
- Gathering fish can be initially faster than waiting for wheat to grow or finding animals to kill.
- Since fish can be caught by any body of water, you can use a bucket of water to be able to catch fish anywhere.
- Currently raw fish is the only way to tame an ocelot into a cat, which provide a safe zone from creepers around it as it follows you.
- Farmer villagers sometimes require cooked fish as a trade. A stockpile of fish can help keep trading with farmers for longer, allowing more trades for wheat, raw chicken and wool.
- A fishing rod requires string to make, which can be difficult to obtain early on. By the time it is easy to find, you tend to have other food sources already set up.
- You must be present the whole time you are fishing, which can be tedious.
- Once a wheat farm is fully established, it produces wheat far faster than you can obtain fish.
- Fish require cooking for their full effect.
A Clownfish is a variation of Raw Fish. Unlike raw fish, however, it is unable to be cooked in a furnace. There is currently no use to having caught a clownfish, asides from the experiece (both memorable and xp). They can be eaten raw, yielding only a meager replinishment of hunger.