Scheduled to debut in the upcoming Minecraft update 1.19, mangrove roots connect the trunks of a mangrove tree with pools of water.
In the real world, mangrove roots form a complex system that feeds oxygen to the tree. Since mangroves often grow in watery places, air is very scarce. This is why root systems must draw oxygen from the surface atmosphere.
In Minecraft, these root blocks have their own uses for players to take advantage of. These uses range from construction and crafts to decoration and even water flow control.
Breaking down these uses can be helpful for players who will soon be experimenting with blocks.
Uses of Mangrove Root Blocks in Minecraft
1) Control water flow and ponding
Waterlogging is a unique process in Minecraft that allows a non-cube block to contain a water source block inside it. Players can see this in action with blocks like fence blocks. However, mangrove roots have a unique property to become waterlogged.
When flooded, the mangrove roots will retain the water source block inside but will not allow the water to escape. This means that mangrove roots can essentially be used to stop the flow of water in a designated direction.
With this knowledge, players should be able to use mangrove roots in creative ways to manipulate water in ways that haven’t been done before.
2) redstone streams
As a non-cubic block, Minecraft players can incorporate mangrove roots into their redstone machinery.
Like some other blocks, mangrove roots allow redstone currents to pass through them to other redstone components. As long as the component is adjacent to the mangrove root block, redstone signals can be connected to them through the roots. This applies even when the mangrove root block is waterlogged, further expanding the possibilities for experimentation.
There is no doubt that Minecraft redstone engineers are eager to see the full applications of this block in version 1.19.
3) As a crafting component
As of Minecraft 1.19, mangrove trees are components of a crafting recipe. By combining mangrove roots with mud blocks, players can create muddy mangrove root blocks. At the moment, these root blocks are used only for construction and decoration, and they look great for this purpose.
Compared to mangrove roots, muddy mangrove roots appear to be “stuffed”, looking more like a solid block than a hollow one.
Muddy mangrove blocks can also occur naturally in mangrove swamp biomes, where mud blocks intersect with mangrove roots.
4) Fuel blocks, composting and notes.
In addition to its main uses, mangrove roots have many additional utilities in version 1.19.
When placed in a furnace, mangrove roots can be used as fuel, where each block melts 1.5 items. This doesn’t make it a great fuel source compared to many staples, but it can come in handy in a pinch or if players start out in a mangrove swamp.
As a plant block, mangrove roots can also be placed in composting blocks. Doing so will give them a 30% chance to increase the level of the composter by one. This makes it just as effective as seaweed, glow berries, beet seeds, and various other items/blocks in improving the compost level.
If players have any leftover roots, they can consider dropping them into the composter for a chance to receive some bonemeal.
Lastly, like most blocks in the game, mangrove roots change the sound of a note block when placed under them.
Roots will allow players to produce a “bass” sound from a note block when the block is activated.