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This article is about uncooked fish, which can be caught in bodies of water, and were introduced in Minecraft alpha 1.2.0. For a list of all types of fish, see Fish (disambiguation).

Raw Fish
Hunger Replenished Foodbaricon
Obtained by Fishing, Killing Guardians or Elder Guardians
Data Values Hex: 15D

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. A more dangerous way to get raw fish is to kill Guardians or Elder Guardians. Raw fish 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.)


  • It is very 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 for more trades.
  • Guardians may drop a fish on deaths, as well as the Elder version, but it could be any version.


  • 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.

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