How To Make A Bubble Elevator In Minecraft [Explained]

If you have been wondering how to make a bubble or water elevator in Minecraft, then read our guide and learn the whole process from scratch.

From the looks of it, people may assume that Minecraft is a simple and “a game for kids” when in fact, it is a game that encourages creativity and complex solving. That is why there are many how-to guides for doing certain things in Minecraft on the internet. However, this article will teach you the steps on how to make a bubble or water elevator in Minecraft. By the end of this guide, you will be able to transport yourself vertically and earn those bragging rights amongst your friends. 

Key Highlights

  • A Bubble/Water Elevator is one of the quickest methods to go up or down.
  • To make a Bubble Elevator, you will need a Water Bucket, Any Blocks of your choice, Kelp, and a Door.
  • The last item, the base will depend on whether you want the Elevator to go up or down.
  • To go up, use Soul Sand, and use Magma Block to go down.
  • Collect Kelp from the Ocean bed, Craft Bucket and fill it with water, and craft a Door of any type.
  • Magma Block and Soul Sand are found in the Nether. Make a Nether Portal to get these.
  • Once you have everything, make Four Columns with one Block space in the Middle. Make an entrance on one side using the Door.
  • Fill the elevator from the top with water and then place Kelp on the bottom.
  • Then replace the block on the bottom with either Soul Sand or Magma Block depending on what you need.
  • Repeat the process to make an opposite-direction Bubble Elevator. For example, if you made a Soul Sand elevator to go up, then make a Magma Block elevator beside it to go down.

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Minecraft Bubble Elevator 

Please note that the bubble elevator and the water elevator are interchangeable terms used in the Minecraft community. We have listed here the components or elements that you need to make manually in order to create an elevator in Minecraft. Players can not make a pre-built elevator quickly, and they have to design the bubble or water elevator from scratch by creating the parts we have listed here below. 

  • Water bucket
  • Any block to build columns (Use Glass for aesthetics)
  • Door
  • Kelp
  • Soul Sand (for going up)
  • Magma Block (for going down)

Gather Blocks

Before moving on to construct your bubble elevator in Minecraft, the first thing you need is to collect and gather the blocks you need for building the columns. There’s no specific limit on how many blocks to gather, as it depends on how high you want your bubble elevator to be. However, if you want to achieve a higher vertical limit for the elevator to go higher, then we suggest you aim for gathering up plenty of blocks. 

To figure out the number of blocks needed, multiply the height of the elevator by four. For example, if you want your bubble elevator in Minecraft to be ten blocks, then gather 40 blocks. From a designer’s perspective, we recommend glass for building a bubble elevator in Minecraft. You can go with other materials for the elevator’s design besides the glass as well. However, since this is the go-to design by choice in daily life and we humans are accustomed to it as well, going with a glass-based elevator makes much more sense. 

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Get A Water Bucket

Walter Bucket

Perhaps the easiest step in this guide is to craft a bucket and collect water with it. There is no rocket science behind how to make a bubble elevator in Minecraft and small steps such as getting a water bucket are the building blocks to a big picture. 

Finding A Kelp


While you are going to collect water from the ocean, remember not to leave the place immediately. Kelp is found in oceans, so you should dive into the water and find the item. Collecting the water and the kelp can be done in a single process. You can always divide both steps to complete individually, however, a better approach while gathering water would be to find and get kelp as well. Otherwise, you will find yourself running back and forth from the ocean to the elevator site. 

Go To The Nether


Make your trip to the nether. You will find both the magma block and the soul sand. These two blocks can spawn anywhere in the nether. Therefore, you will have to explore and search for them. 

These two blocks will function as the bubble elevator. Without these two, it is almost impossible to make a bubble or water elevator in Minecraft. Therefore, if you did not figure out how to design an elevator in the game before, well, this is how you do it. 

Build Four Columns

After gathering the required items, you will now be taking the first step of construction. Build four columns diagonal to each other. There must be a hollow block in the middle of the four columns. Make sure to create an entrance on one of the sides of the columns by creating a two-block tall hole. 

Making water elevator Minecraft
Minecraft Water Elevator

Placing The Door

This step is the most critical on how to make a bubble elevator in Minecraft. You must place a door at the entrance of the elevator in order to stop the water from leaking outside it. Go inside the elevator and turn to your entrance. By now, your back is facing the elevator. Remain in that position and place your door in the open space. 

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Filling Up The Elevator

Now that you have built the structure, it is time to fill the elevator with water. To do so, go to the top of the column and pour the water onto the middle space. Wait for the water to flow down. 

Filling The Water With Kelp

This is where the kelp comes in handy. Go to the bottom of the elevator and place the kelp. Stack the kelp to the top of the column. By doing this, each of your flowing water blocks will get converted to a source block. 

Replacing The Middle Bottom Block

Lastly, go to the bottom of the elevator and replace the bottom block where the kelp is with either soul sand or a magma block. By placing soul sand, the elevator will push you upwards. By placing a magma block, the elevator will push you downwards.

Repeat The Building Process

If you wish your bubble elevator to push you down and upwards, the only way is to repeat the same process. For example, if you used soul sand in your first construction, you will have to repeat the same process and use the magma block. In the end, you will have two sets of four columns built. One with the soul sand at the bottom. The other with the magma block at the bottom. 

Reach heights using lifts
Minecraft Bubble Elevator


Hopefully, by reading this guide, you have understood the basic steps on how to make a bubble elevator in Minecraft. Elevators are creative and efficient ways of traveling upwards or downwards. If you have a secret base made, then an elevator can get you down in seconds. Whereas a ladder can take you minutes, and a minecart can perhaps give your position away. 

Minecraft Bubble Elevator - FAQs

How many types of elevators are there in Minecraft?

There can be two types of elevators in Minecraft; the bubble or water elevator, and the Redstone elevator. 

How high can the elevator be?

Because of the soul sand and the magma block at the bottom of your elevator, a bubble elevator can be as high as you want.

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Irfan Ansari

Irfan Ansari is a Senior Editor and Guides Writer on eXputer. He has seven years of Video Game Journalism experience and a tremendous love for gaming. Over his editorial career, he has gained experience at multiple sites. Along with his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering Irfan has also earned a degree in Writing and Editing from the University of Michigan. Experience: 7+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering || Worked for TheGamer and VeryAli Gaming || Published 1000+ Guides

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