Minecraft has one of the best open world maps amongst video games. It has numerous biomes that players can explore and build a base in, including places like underwater or underground. In this article, we are going to showcase the top 5 tips and tricks to build underwater houses in Minecraft 1.18.

1. Drop-in construction

Building a base underwater is a tedious job, with the player having to move back and forth to find resources while keeping their oxygen level. The drop-in construction method allows players to complete their builds on the surface then drop them down into the ocean, which saves a lot of time.

Creating a base normally and dropping it in is the easiest way.

Firstly, find a deep area in the ocean and make a temporary platform on the water's surface, using a non-gravity block like dirt.

Afterward, build the shell of your base on top of the platform like normal, using a gravity block like sand. When the shell is completed, just break the dirt platform and your build would be dragged by gravity to the bottom of the ocean.

2. Drain water

Draining water from your structure is pretty tedious, however, there is a way to speed it up instantly. Just use the sponge to remove the water from a room, build a nether portal inside it, and go to the nether. As water instantly evaporates in the nether, you would be able to keep placing sponges and dry them instantly to remove as much water as you need.

Drain water
Drain water using sponges.

Players can find sponges in Ocean monuments' sponge rooms, with each of them having an average of 30 wet sponges. They can also be acquired as a drop from Elder Guardians.

Source or command blocks like dirt, sand, or gravel can also be used to drain water.

3. Bubble column elevators

In order to complete their underwater base, players usually need to stay below water for a long period of time. This means they can drown pretty quickly if not prepared with the needed enchantments.

Bubble column elevators
Bubble column elevators in Minecraft.

However, there is a way to bypass this issue. Players can create a bubble column using either magma or soul sand then stand inside it while pressing shift to replenish their air meter.

Furthermore, these bubble columns can also be used as makeshift elevators. Magma cubes' bubble columns pull entities toward them and therefore can be used for a quick descent. Soul sand's bubble columns, on the other hand, push entities away from them, which makes a great ascent tool.

4. Build conduits

At significant depths underwater, it gets quite dark and therefore very hard to see. Combined with the mining speed reduction and oxygen limitation, building underwater can be pretty irritating.

Craft A Conduit In Minecraft
Create a conduit in Minecraft.

Conduits can deal with all these problems. When completed, they give players underwater night vision, night breathing, and increased mining speed. To craft a conduit, players only need to create a core using 8 Nautilus Shell + 1 Heart of the Sea, then build a frame around it.

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