A water elevator in its simplest form is a stream of water that allows both the player and many mobs to safely navigate big drops or even reach higher areas. You can use a temporary one on a ledge to get down from a cliff quickly without taking damage. Water elevators can be great for quick access to mines or elevated homes. You can even make them look extra cool by using glass blocks to construct them.
What you need to make a water elevator
There are several types of water elevators you can make. Crafty players have found ways to make some amazing elevator designs, including faster elevators and breathable elevators. You can even use a well-placed elevator to reach areas filled with hostile mobs safely by using the overflow of your elevator.
In all types, you need buckets of water to place your water sources. The simplest version only needs a cleared block in a ledge and a water bucket.
More complex options need solid blocks like glass, wood, or brick depending on how you want it. If you want a breathable elevator, you can either use 1 soul sand block with plenty of kelp in Java edition or lots of signs. The goal is to make a column of water sources. Not all elevators work in all versions, so be sure to check what works in the version you’re playing. For instance, you don’t need kelp to convert flowing water to water sources in the Bedrock edition if you want to make a soul sand bubble elevator.
This guide will cover a soul sand elevator since they tend to be one of the faster designs and aren’t too difficult for beginners. This works for versions 1.13 and later.
For this tutorial, you need 1 soul sand block, glass panes or fences (your choice), water buckets and a water source, and kelp. You can construct from the bottom, but some may find it harder.
Step by step guide
Decide on your elevator design and gather your materials
Dig or build your elevator shaft
Place your kelp
Place your soul sand
Build your drop shaft
Place your water source to catch you
Here’s a super simple idea for a water elevator in Minecraft that works for multiple floors. Love the concrete converter btw! pic.twitter.com/BhevfUa3kD— Dawson Leary (@leary_dawson) March 18, 2019