How To Drain Water in Minecraft Quickly (Complete Guide)

Sometimes you need to remove the water from the sea if you want to make an underwater base. There are many ways to drain the water and in this write-up, we are going to express all the details of it. So hold tight and explore our whole article to know the process of how to drain water in Minecraft, what it is and how it works.

Minecraft is a game where all the players from around the world come across and play the game. It’s actually a beautiful way to waste your time. It needs so much effort and time for designing your Minecraft world such as – homes, collecting the materials, and finding the tricks of survival.

Surviving is the main theme of this game. You can create your own world as you want but you also have to keep in mind that you need to survive anyhow in this game to continue it. And It has a huge fan base because of its three-dimensional screen, a real phenomenon which you can relate with our real-life experience.

Among all of them, the ocean is one that covers almost half of Minecraft’s map.

What is Minecraft Water?

As we said before, you can create your own world in the Minecraft game which you can relate with your real life. So, the water in Minecraft is exactly the same as our daily life, and you can find water in oceans which cover almost half of Minecraft’s map.

how to drain water in minecraft

But if it isn’t in the right place, it won’t be useful anymore and there are many reasons for the player why they want to drain water in Minecraft. Also, there are various ways in Minecraft to drain the water.

Different players have different purposes, some players drain the water because they want some lands to build other things or they want to create an automatic farm around an ocean monument.

How To Remove Water Minecraft 

As there are many ways to remove or drain water, we have listed some ways of removing it which are stated below –

Method 1: Using a sponge

To remove water from the ocean, you can use a sponge that soaks a large amount of water from it and gets wet. But the problem is, it is a very rare block that is only found in ocean monuments or from an Elder Guardian by defeating them.

To remove all the water from a large number, you will need more and more sponges which is quite difficult to get as it is very rare to obtain.

Method 2: Placing Blocks

To stop the flow of water or the water source, then you should build a wall with the blocks to stop the flow. Otherwise, the water will continuously spread.

Method 3: Using a Bucket

You can use a bucket by crafting them. For this, you will need three iron ingots (each of them will require nine-iron nuggets). Finally, if you have all the necessary materials then open your crafting table and arrange them in a ‘ v ‘ shape.

When you use an empty bucket to the ocean or in the direction of the flow, the empty space of the bucket will fill with water because the water rushes towards the empty space. If you want to find the source of water flow, you have to see the direction moves of water which will help you to find the source block.

Finally, after finding the source, the water will start to drain away but you have to bear in mind that there may be several sources of a large number of bodies like oceans and lakes. Continuously repeated the process.

Method 4: Using Sand

The above processes are quite time-consuming when it occurs for a deep pool of water. As an alternative, you can collect sand as much as you can and then drop your sand blocks until the column is full with it. Once the column is filled with sand blocks, then step onto it and continuously repeat the process. Though it’s a slow process, it is far better than searching for blocks manually.

Method 5: Using Gravel

It is almost like sand and is affected by gravity which means that it will only fall to the land on a solid block or surface. If you want to drain the oceans, you need to clean the oceans with lots of gravel and then have to dig it with your hands when the water of the oceans will be gone. But for this process, you need a lot of gravel as well as shovels. And this is the best way for vanilla Minecraft to drain the water of the ocean.

How To Delete Water in Minecraft

There are many editors in Minecraft by which you can delete water from the oceans or lakes without interacting with them. For this, you have to have access to World Edit and so far, it is the best option for removing water from oceans. Because in this process, you don’t need to have direct interaction with the oceans.

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On the other hand, you can also remove or delete the water by highlighting it with the help of MC Edit. The main purpose of this editor is to highlight the area of water and help you to replace it with air.

How To Drain Water in Minecraft Command

There is also another way of draining water which is known as the Minecraft command and it is applicable when the players don’t have the access to Minecraft editing or when he/she doesn’t want to use the editing system. And also if the player doesn’t want to use the time-consuming method such as – using sands or gravel into the oceans to drain it, then they can also use the command which is quite impressive and the easiest way of draining oceans in Minecraft.

For this, you have to use the commands and the best command among them which players can use to soak the water of an ocean is –

/setblock ~ ~ ~ repeating_command_block{auto:1,Command:”execute at @p run fill ~-15 ~-15 ~-15 ~15 ~15 ~15 air replace water”}

How to Enter the Command

Normally commands replace the water with the air and there are some rules which differ from version to version of Minecraft. Which are –

Method 1: Open the Chat Window:

This process is different for different versions of Minecraft. To open the chat window-

  • you have to press the ” T ” key to open the chat window in Java Edition (PC/Mac), Windows 10, and Education Edition.
  • Click on the chat button for Pocket Edition (PE) to open the chat window.
  • For PS4 and Xbox One, you have to press the D-Pad (right).
  • And for the Nintendo Switch, you have to tap on the right arrow button.

Method 2:

Type the Command: After opening the chat window, the players have to type the command which will replace the water with air in the region of water with the starting commensurate which is ~10 ~0 ~40, and the ending commensurate which is ~-40 ~-3 ~-40. So the command will be –

/fill ~10 ~0 ~40 ~-40 ~-3 ~-40 air 0 replace water

And this command is for Java Edition (PC/Mac). You have to write this command on the chat window. After writing this, you will be able to see the command in the left corner of the window and finally press the Enter button to run it.

Platforms That Support Commands

As Minecraft has different versions, so all of them may not support commands. Here is the list of which Minecraft version supports commands :

Platform Supported Version
Java Edition (PC/Mac) Yes (1.8)
Pocket Edition (PE) Yes (0.16.0)
Xbox 360 No
Xbox One Yes (1.2)
PS3 No
PS4 Yes (1.14.0)
Wii U No
Nintendo Switch Yes (1.5.0)
Windows 10 Edition Yes (0.16.0)
Education Edition Yes

 How To Remove Water Quickly in Minecraft

There is also a process of removing water quickly and this process is known as the ‘ fire ‘ method. The other process is quite lengthy and time-consuming, but the fire method is quite time-saving. For this, you just have to fill the area with flammable materials which you want to drain.

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You can fill it with leaves, wood, or wool. After filling this with the flammable materials, then you have to light the flammable materials with flint and steel. Finally, this process will be successful and there will be no vestiges of water by the burning of the flammable materials.

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How To Remove Water in Minecraft Creative Mode

If you want to remove water in Minecraft creative mode, then you have to use the gravity and gravel method. And for this, you have to follow some steps which are written below –

  • First, you need to get access to the area which you want to clear or want to remove water.
  • Then you can stand over it.
  • Put the gravel into the water and fill it.
  • Every time you put the blocks (i.e gravel) on the surface, they will absorb water until the column is full with it.

Keep repeating this process until the water of the oceans is totally removed.

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So, that’s all about how to drain water in Minecraft. In this write-up, we tried to discuss and explain all the details about it. After reading this article, I hope you will be able to gain much more knowledge about the draining process, what it is and how it works on different versions of Minecraft. If you still have any queries then check out our question-answer segment.

The FAQs about Minecraft Water

Still have hesitation, doubts, or queries about how to drain water in Minecraft? Then read out the answers and clear your confusion about it.

Is it possible to remove all the water from Minecraft?

Yes. It is possible. To drain all the water, first, you have to select the water and then fill it with flammable materials and light this with flint and steel for burning.

Can I remove water in Minecraft without direct interaction?

Yes. You can remove water in Minecraft without direct interaction and for this, you have to need access in World Edit and it’s the best option to remove the water because you don’t need direct interaction with water for this.

Among all the methods, which one is the fastest?

Among all the processes, the fire method is the fastest one. It doesn’t consume much time like the other methods. Just put the flammable materials ( i.e leaves, wood, or wool) into the water which you want to remove and light it up with flint and steel which will burn the flammable materials and remove the water without any vestiges.

How do I remove a large amount of water?

To remove large amounts of water in Minecraft, you have to use buckets or pumps which will work as a vacuum cleaner and you can hire them from a local shop or buy them from a DIY store.

Is there a command to remove water in Minecraft?

Yes. There are various command in Minecraft for various versions for removing water and the most useful and best commands among them is –

/setblock ~ ~ ~ repeating_command_block{auto:1,Command:”execute at @p run fill ~-15 ~-15 ~-15 ~15 ~15 ~15 air replace water”}

Normally, commands replace the water with air

How many sets of coordinates does a player need to remove water?  

Players need two sets of coordinates to remove water (i.e X, Y, and Z).

What is the easiest way to drain water in Minecraft? 

Using commands is the easiest way to drain water in Minecraft.

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