For other fish-related objects found in Minecraft, see Fish (disambiguation).
Raw Fish
Hunger Replenished Foodbaricon
Obtained by Fishing, Killing Guardians or Elder Guardians
First Appearance Alpha 1.2.0
Technical Name minecraft:fish
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 a 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 one 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, one 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 one.
  • 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, one tends to have other food sources already set up.
  • One must be present the whole time one is fishing, which can be tedious.
  • Once a wheat farm is fully established, it produces wheat far faster than one can obtain fish.
  • Fish require cooking for their full effect.

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