Sculks in Minecraft is a set of organisms belonging to the deep dark biome. They were first set to be introduced in 1.18 but were finally added to the game in the 1.19 The Wild update. There is more than one type of sculk block and all of them are useful for different purposes. While some are useful in Redstone contraptions, others use them just for aesthetic purposes. Here’s our guide covering a particular type of sculk block and how you can use it to make Skulk Farm, and obtain one of the most effective XP in Minecraft 1.19.
Sculk Farm in Minecraft 1.19
Sculk catalysts are a new type of operational block that the 1.19 update brought along with itself. This is the main requirement for making an XP farm. The way it works is that if any mob dies within a radius of 8 blocks around the catalyst, the catalyst will spread the sculk around that spot. It is randomized, and in the process of spreading sculk features, it will also spawn other sculk blocks such as regular sculk, sensors, veins, etc.
The reason sculk farms are so efficient is that they drop XP orbs when mined. This makes it a quick and easy way to gain hundreds of XP by continuously mining these blocks. This is applicable no matter which tool you use to mine. Hence, setting up a way in which mobs die around sculk farms enables quick and easy access to XP.
How to obtain a Sculk Catalyst in Minecraft 1.19
Sculk Catalysts can be picked up from the Deep Dark biome. They are centered around the Ancient City in Minecraft. Make sure to use a hoe with the silk touch enhancement to pick up the block. You can also choose to defeat the newest bad boy in town, The Warden. Killing it drops one Sculk Catalyst along with 5XP. This is not a very good option as the Warden has a much larger health bar than the game’s other bosses, and the effort just isn’t worth it. Now that you have a Sculk Catalyst, you can get started on the farm right away.
How to make the Sculk XP Farm in Minecraft 1.19
This is much like a regular XP farm in a closed sky-scraping tower except that there is a sculk catalyst where the mobs fall through and die. The closed chamber at the top of the building has flowing water that carries the mobs to a hole at the center which leads to a sheer drop to the bottom. This kills the mobs on contact and thus, activates the sculk catalyst and generates Sculk features which you need to mine and collect XP.
- Create a base for your farm. Find an open flat area that has a spread of at least 9*9 blocks. Place a block in the middle of the area. This central area is the spot for the Sculk Catalyst.
- Put a block in each of the four directions, each 8 blocks away from the center. This acts as the mark for the boundary up to which the Sculk features will generate.
- Build a pillar on each of those 4 blocks placed earlier. Ensure that the pillars are at least 25 blocks high as that is the minimum height from which mobs can fall and die. Join the pillars via platforms around the edge which are 3 blocks high.
- Create a floor to serve as the base for this high chamber and leave a 2*2 hole in the middle of the floor.
- Divide the camber into 4 parts with 2-block high platforms, but leave a 2-block wide gap at the middle, separating all the four platforms.
- Place a trapdoor on each of the upper blocks of the platform on the inner wall side. Place water at the outer end of each duct. This acts as the water trap that will lead each of the mobs to flow to the center and fall to their deaths.
- Make a roof for the chamber. This way, mobs can spawn at all times of the day, even when the sun is out as the only requirement for spawning is a dark area.
Once the farm is constructed, all you need to do is wait till mobs start spawning and falling to their deaths on the sculk catalyst. This will activate the catalyst and spread the Sculk on the ground. Wait until enough has been accumulated, then get mining to obtain XP orbs. After a certain point, the spawns will become endless and you won’t need to farm for any more XP or wait for more.
Note that the Sculk features that spawn due to the effect of the Sculk catalyst do not create blocks, instead, they replace the existing blocks around them. So, after a certain point in time, you will need to fill in the blocks that you mined to keep the farm running. The best way is to replace it with dirt or cobblestone blocks as they are easily found. Now that you have a working Sculk farm, you don’t need to worry about XP anymore and can get as much as 1000 XP points from one cycle of mining.
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