How to Get Rid of Water in Minecraft

Getting rid of water in Minecraft can be achieved through a few different methods. Here are some common strategies:

  1. Sponges:
    • The most effective tool for removing water is the sponge, which can absorb water in a radius around where it’s placed.
    • Locate a sponge in-game (for example, by raiding an Ocean Monument) or craft a wet sponge by smelting it in a furnace.
    • Place the sponge in the area with water. The sponge will absorb water blocks around it.
    • To reuse the sponge, you’ll need to dry it out by placing it in a furnace.
  2. Sand or Gravel:
    • Sand and gravel are affected by gravity and will fall when placed, displacing water blocks as they descend.
    • Fill the water area with sand or gravel.
    • Once the water is displaced, you can dig out the sand or gravel.
  3. Blocks:
    • Use any solid block (e.g., dirt, stone) to fill up the water source.
    • After filling, remove the blocks.
  4. Bucket:
    • Right-clicking with a bucket will allow you to collect the water block you’re pointing at.
    • This method is best for small water sources.
  5. Drain with Trenches:
    • If you’re dealing with a large body of water, consider digging trenches that lead the water into a cavern or hole, effectively draining an area.
  6. Slabs or Stairs:
    • If you want to keep the look of the water but don’t want its effects (like slowing movement), you can place slabs or stairs over the water’s surface.
  7. Sugar Canes:
    • Sugar canes can be used to remove water vertically. However, they must be placed on a block (like sand or dirt) next to a water block.
  8. Using the /fill Command (Creative Mode):
    • If you’re in Creative mode or have cheats enabled, you can use the /fill command to replace water blocks with air.
    • For example, to replace water blocks with air within a specific area: /fill x1 y1 z1 x2 y2 z2 air replace water
      • Replace x1 y1 z1 and x2 y2 z2 with the coordinates of two opposite corners of the rectangular region you want to affect.

Remember, before removing large bodies of water, ensure you’re not going to affect the surrounding environment in ways you didn’t intend (e.g., destroying crops, changing water flow in nearby areas, etc.).

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