Basic Minecraft Elevators
In this tutorial we'll be talking about three basic types of elevators that can be built in Minecraft. The elevators are:
- Redstone/Piston elevator
- Water/sign elevator
- Minecart elevator
Each elevator has its advantages and disadvantages. However, we'll discuss that later on.
A piston elevator is quite simple. A sticky piston pushes the player into a wall. Since suffocation is disabled on TeamExtreme, the player is pushed upward until there is at least a two block high gap.
This elevator is good for tall structures, e.g. roof access from ground level.
· Two sticky pistons
· Two redstone torches
· Four redstone dust
· At most a stack of any type of block (that redstone can be placed ontop of).
Use the pictures to build the elevator. The pictures are self-explanatory.
- Doesn't require too many materials
- Actually elevator shaft is only 1x1.
- Only works on TE
- If used in SSP they player will suffocate.
- Big delay between pushing the button and pistons moving.
- Can't be used to go down.
- Can only be used by one player at a time.
- Pistons and redstone must be used at every stop on the elevator.
- Piston/redstone assembly must be built at every elevator stop (floor level).
The water elevator is one of the earliest elevator designs in Minecraft. Like the piston elevator it’s quite simple; the player swims upward to ascend and floats down to descend. The elevator’s design prevents suffocation.
This elevator is good for small to medium sized structures. Tall structures should either use the piston or minecart elevator system(s).
· Several water buckets
· 10+ signs
· At least two stacks of blocks (used as elevator shaft, glass panes recommended)
1. READ THIS TUTORIAL BEFORE CONSTRUCTING THE WATER ELEVATOR! You need to construct your building with this elevator design in mind. You'll find out later.
2. Start out by building the elevator shaft. The design should be like that below.
3. You need to place a signpost at the opening of the elevator shaft. Otherwise your ground floor will become flooded.
4.Place water behind the sign post.
EDIT : Thynell pointed out that it's not necessary to place water behind the ground level sign post. However, this only applies to the ground level entrance.
5. Place a sign above the water.
7. Instead of continuing building the elevator shaft, start constructing the second floor. Place a sign in the opening of the shaft.
8. Continuing the elevator shaft is pretty simple. Just repeat steps 3-7.
Note: Design your buildings with this elevator design in mind. Floors with odd numbered height mesurements will not be able to support this elevator. Refer to the picture below; I'm not very good at explaining this stuff.
· Can be used to go upward and downward.
· Can be used as decoration.
· Can be used by more than one player at a time.
· As slow as using a ladder.
· Lag can slow down ascent and descent.
· Griefers can create a giant mess by breaking the elevator shaft walls.
· Requires lots of building materials.
A Minecart Elevator uses minecarts to lift the player upwards. The player makes “stops” at each minecart, clicking the one above it to continue ascending.
This elevator is good for tall buildings with individual floor stops. It's faster than the water elevator and the player can decide what floor to get off of (unlike the piston elevator).
· A stack of blocks
· One rail
· 1+ minecarts
· Several ladders corresponding to the amount of minecarts.
1. Start out by building a four block high tower.
2. At the fourth block, start building a floor level. Place another block ontop of the tower.
3. Place a rail on the floor and place a minecart on the rail (refer to above picture for rail placement)
4. Go onto the floor BELOW the currently constructed level. Place a ladder directly below the minecart.
5. Destroy the block the minecart is on (from below)
6. The minecart will fall onto the ladder.
7. Repeat for subsequent floors.
· Faster than water elevator.
· Easier to use.
· Doesn’t require as many building materials as the water elevator.
· Minecarts are easily stolen
· Players sometime fall through minecarts.
· Making the minecarts require lots of iron.
If any info is incorrect please tell me. If you want me to include your elevator design in this post also tell me.