How to Make a Water Elevator in Minecraft?

Updated · Mar 04, 2023

Do you want to move up and down in Minecraft without using stairs or ladders? If so, then you need an elevator.

That's a simple but effective way to get around high buildings or reach underground structures.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps necessary to build an elevator using water.

What Is a Water Elevator in Minecraft?

This block-based structure uses the properties of water to move players and mobs between floors.

That can be quite convenient as it eliminates the need to build and climb stairs or ladders. Plus, it's also way faster.

However, with this building method, you'll have to make two separate elevators to go up and down, as you can't change the direction the water is moving.

How to Make a Water Elevator in Minecraft?

The process is fairly simple, but it does require some preparation. It would be best if you set up your own server and get your friends to help you with this project.

1. Collect the Required Materials

    • Glass — The number of blocks depends on the height of the elevator.
    • Kelp — You'll have to go underwater to gather some of this plant. The amount, again, is determined by the height of the water elevator.
    • One soul sand block — This resource can only be found in the Nether.
    • One magma block — Magma generates both deep underground in the Overworld and in the Nether.
  • One door — You should craft any door you want.

2. Build the Glass Structure

The first step is to create the outer structure of your Minecraft elevator. Begin by building three glass columns of the same size. The number of blocks is up to you.

Make the first two columns one block apart from each other. The third should be one block diagonally from both of them.

To finish the build of the elevator in Minecraft, add a fourth glass column one block in front of the third. A tube-like empty space of one block should remain in the center of the four columns.

Break the lowest two blocks of the last column, get inside the empty space, and put the door you want in their place.

3. Add a Water Source

Now it's time to add a water source using the water bucket to the top block of one of the columns.

That will fill the empty space of the MC elevator with water.

4. Line the Glass with Kelp

When kelp is placed in water flowing downwards, it creates a water source block.

Jump inside the elevator from the opening at the top and put the plants from the ground all the way up.

5. Place the Soul Sand

Go back down and break the lowest kelp.

Then, mine under where it was and place the soul sand block that makes the water go up to activate your Minecraft bubble elevator.

6. Build a Downward-Going Elevator

For that, simply repeat steps two through four.

The only difference is that you'll need to place a magma block instead of soul sand.

And that's it! You now have fully functioning water elevators.

How to Use the Water Elevator in Minecraft?

Traveling with the elevator is easy; just open the door and get in.

The water current will bring you up, and then you can jump into the other elevator and find yourself back on the ground.

This structure may be integrated into any building you design to move between floors.

To Wrap Up

Knowing how to make a water elevator in Minecraft provides a great way to move up and down in your world quickly and efficiently. Plus, it looks really cool!

It can be a nice finishing touch to any beautiful mansion or a fast way to get into your mine.

So experiment away, create different designs, and experience the benefits of the elevator for yourself.

Marina Stanisheva
Marina Stanisheva

With charmingly infectious enthusiasm, Marina is always thrilled by forthcoming challenges. Thanks to her knack for gathering useful (and not so much) information, she is here to get you any answer you need.