Minecraft: 7 tips for building an underwater house
Minecraft’s endless building possibilities aren’t limited to building wooden boxwood above the ground. Building underwater is a bit of a hassle, but the rewards are great. Underwater houses are sheltered from most crowds, can look great with beautiful ocean views, and are relatively hidden if you’re playing on a multiplayer server.
However, building your house under the waves in Minecraft is not easy. These tips will help you build an underwater house more easily. Using items such as sand blocks, lanterns, glass, and item enchantments that make life underwater easier, building an underwater house is not that difficult. You just need to know where to start.
7 Choose the right place
Like any house in Minecraft, players will have different ideas about where a good place is and where it isn’t. When choosing a location for an underwater house, you probably want a location relatively close to the land – this makes the building process easier – and a location with good views.
A coral biome is obviously a great choice if you’re going for a pure aesthetic, while being close to an island or coastline is a good idea if you want a location that’s easy to set up. Because building an underwater house is probably not something you should try early on in the game, you have a little more freedom when it comes to choosing the perfect location.
6 How to get rid of water
In an ideal world, you would use sponges to remove the water. Blocks have been in the game for years, but in modern survival Minecraft they are very hard to come by. You’ll have to complete an Oceanic Monument to get sponges, or at least kill a few Elder Guardians as they guarantee a sponge.
For the start of the game, you can simply use sand or gravel to remove the water blocks. Once you’ve built a rudimentary structure under the sea, fill the building with sand or gravel blocks, then remove the water source block. This will create an empty space without water. Dirt blocks work well too.
5 Brew a breathing water potion
Before getting your hands on some powerful enchanted gear, brewing a simple water breathing potion makes the task of “building underwater” much easier. You need two items (and a brewing stand, of course) to make the potion: the Nether Wart and the Pufferfish. You can add a single Redstone to make the potion last eight minutes.
The Nether Wart is found all over the Nether, although it is probably the most common in the Nether Fortress. The Blazes do a good gardening there, managing small patches of Nether Warts. Pufferfish are easy to find while fishing, and if you’ve ever spent any time fishing, you’ll have a stock ready to go.
4 Best Underwater Enchanted Gear
There are a few crucial enchantments that will completely transform your underwater life. These are Aqua Affinity, Respiration and Depth Strider. Aqua Affinity and Respiration are helmet-specific enchantments, while Depth Strider is specific to your pair of Diamond or Netherite boots.
Aqua Affinity removes the underwater mining penalty, allowing an area to be cleared for your home therefore much easier. The Breath provides the same Water Breath boosters as the Potion, but it’s a permanent buff rather than something you need to keep completing. Finally, Depth Strider helps you move underwater much faster, which speeds up your building process.
3 What lights to use underwater
Torches don’t work underwater (probably, since they’re made of fire), so you’ll have to use other light sources if you want to be able to see what you’re doing. Soul lanterns, for example, look great underwater. You can also use sea pickles if you go for a more natural look.
Other options include Glowstone, Sea Lanterns, and of course, the Gate or the Practical Tip. Doors, panels, and ladders can be used to create underwater air pockets that you can place a torch inside if you wish. This is perfect for the start of the game before you have access to the rarer or more expensive forms of light.
2 Magma blocks and soul sand for water lifts
How to access your submarine base? By building a Magma Block or a Soul Sand Elevator, of course. Magma Block sends your character to shoot down while Soul Sand sends you to the surface. Both of these are found in the Nether, so you’ll need to conquer the Nether to get them.
Ideally, you want to build a glass tube that goes from the surface to your base. At each end, top and bottom, place a door to exit the elevator. It will also prevent water from seeping into your new home. Building an elevator means you don’t have to swim to and from your base and can get to it quickly from the surface.
1 Make your house look great
Now that you’ve got your house installed underwater, it’s time to make it look great. You can use all kinds of things to decorate your home inside and out. Vines can be placed underwater if you want to make your home look more natural, and you can grow an entire forest of kelp to keep your base hidden from other curious players.
This part is entirely up to you. Want to build a massive glass dome and cover it with sea plants and sand? You can! It is even possible to empty the entire ocean monument of water and call it home. Remember that you can make your base even more special by using the OptiFine mod on PC.
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