How To Make A Water Elevator In Minecraft

Minecraft is a game with so many moving parts that you will want to explore many different structures that you can create in your world. For those looking to quickly get to different floors in their buildings, there are several ways to make an elevator go up and down quickly.

This guide focuses on a set of elevators that use water to push you up and down. Don’t worry you won’t drown inside as the method we use will create air bubbles for you as you ascend and descend. No one wants to continuously go up and down stairs all day, so here’s how to create easy water lifts in your Minecraft seed.

Add magma and soul sand

Now for the fun part, add magma and soul sand at the bottom of the elevator. These blocks will help you go down or up respectively. To do this, just remove the bottom blocks and replace them with these blocks. Just keep in mind that the magma block will get you down safely while the soul sand block will get you up.

The best thing is that you can get on the elevator as high as you want without any problem. These two blocks are the reason why you won’t drown in the water when going up or down. So you don’t have to worry about the distance because you won’t drown no matter what.


Place the oak panels on both sides of the entrance to stop the flow of water. They will also allow you to cross the water block without the water escaping.

Players use the magma block to create a downward flow of water. Therefore, the magma blocks help create a descending water riser.

How to get Soul Sand

You can only get Soul Sand from the Nether. As such, this means you’ll need to create (or find) a Nether Portal first. However, when you do, you should be able to find Soul Sand fairly easily. Soul Sand spawns in various biomes and nether structures – here’s a breakdown of where:

  • Soul Sand Valley biomes consist primarily of Soul Sand
  • Nether Wastes biomes occasionally will spawn with Soul Sand
  • Fortress Remnant Chests have a 22.8% chance to contain 2-7 blocks of Soul Sand
  • Nether Fortresses will have Soul Sand in the nether wart rooms
  • Piglins will sometimes trade you 2 -8 sand souls for 1 gold bar

Avoid being burned by magma

Magma blocks in the water can pose a threat when they drag you underwater. Not only is there a risk of drowning if you stay underwater too long, but a magma block will even burn you underwater.

If you’re not careful, you’ll easily burn yourself multiple times on the magma block while using the elevator. It won’t kill you, but it can be quite annoying to deal with.



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