Minecraft’s map is one of the largest in all games, with only a handful of games like Elite Dangerous and No Man’s Sky surpassing its mammoth size. While a large map is great for players as they get a ton of content and area to explore, it can get boring pretty quickly if it’s not dynamic enough.
Fortunately, Minecraft’s random world generation, the 1.19 update, and the game’s various biomes provide players with a lot to explore. A lot of that content comes in the form of exploring oceans and bodies of water. This article will inform players about all things underwater exploration in the game.
Minecraft 1.19: Tips for Players to Explore Underwater Locations
Since the release of Minecraft 1.17, the game’s terrain and world generation have gradually undergone profound changes, from the beautiful glowing squids and cute axolotls in the caves and cliffs part 1 to the 1.18 water-based features such as aquifers and oceans that flow into giant caves keep players hooked all the time.
Exploring underwater in Minecraft can be rewarding, but it can also be quite dangerous. While there are fewer hostile mobs to harm players than on land, the added factor of drowning doesn’t help at all. The first order of business for players should be to prevent or reduce the chance of drowning. This can be done using different methods.
The first method is to use a turtle helmet, which gives players 10 seconds of immunity to oxygen loss in water, after which the player’s 15-second air bubble meter (bottom right of the screen) starts to run out.
The second method is to use enchantments. The Breathing Enchantment is a 3 level spell that can be applied to helmets to increase water breathing capacity by 15 seconds per level. Similarly, players can use the water breath potion to gain some extra water breath time and pipes to keep their oxygen bar from depleting while in range.
Players must be wary of hostile watermobs. These include the drowned, guards, elder guardians, and sometimes puffer fish. Drowned are like zombies, except they can swim and attack players underwater.
A unique variant of the drowned mob wears a trident, which is used to fire trident projectiles at players, dealing a significant amount of damage. Guards and Elder Guardians can be found in ocean monuments and can damage players with lasers and the mining fatigue status effect, causing players to mine extremely slowly.
Exploring underwater caves and aquifers
Minecraft 1.18 has added a lot of new cave variants to the game, including one that is completely underwater. Coupled with the depth and sheer size of the revamped cave systems, players get a number of unique and enriching underwater experiences. Many of these caves turn out to be aquifers, mostly underwater caves with often underground lakes. Players can find ores and resources in these caves.