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Ink sacs in Minecraft: Everything players need to know

Ink sacs in Minecraft are dropped when a squid dies (Image via Minecraft)
Ink sacs in Minecraft are dropped when a squid dies (Image via Minecraft)
Edward Hays
ANALYST

Ink sacs were first seen in the beta version of Minecraft Java Edition (1.2). Although their practical uses are limited, they do serve some unique functions in the game.

Ink sacs can be rather difficult to obtain, especially if players are far away from an ocean biome. This is unfortunate as ink sacs are essential in crafting recipes for many unique items.

This guide will teach players everything they need to know about Minecraft ink sacs, including what they are used for, how to use them, and how to obtain them.


How to get an ink sac in Minecraft

Ink sacs are commonly obtained from squids, which can be found inside ocean biomes. When a squid is killed, it drops 1-3 ink sacs. If the squid is killed by a weapon with the Looting enchantment, it will drop a maximum of 6 ink sacs.

Squids drop ink sacs when killed (Image via Minecraft.net)
Squids drop ink sacs when killed (Image via Minecraft.net)

In terms of natural generation, Bedrock Edition players can find ink sacs inside the storeroom chest in the stronghold.

Ink sacs can also be obtained through fishing. However, this isn't recommended. Although they fall under the "junk" category of fishing loot, ink sacs only have a 0.1% chance of being found. This makes them the rarest item that can be obtained by fishing in Minecraft.

Finally, players can also obtain ink sacs from wandering traders. These traders will often sell 3 ink sacs in exchange for an emerald.


Also Read: Top 5 rarest fishing loot in Minecraft


What to do with ink sacs in Minecraft

Ink sacs have limited uses in Minecraft. However, they are an essential component in many crafting recipes, including:

  • Black Dye
  • Dark Prismarine
  • Book and Quill

Ink sacs are essential in a greater range of recipes in the Bedrock and Education editions of Minecraft. These include:

  • Black Bed
  • Black Carpet
  • Black Concrete Powder
  • Black Firework Star
  • Black Shulker Box
  • Black Stained Glass
  • Black Stained Glass Pane
  • Black Terracotta
  • Black Wool
  • Gray Dye

Black Dye Crafting Recipe:

1 ink sac is needed in the crafting recipe for black dye (Image via Minecraft)
1 ink sac is needed in the crafting recipe for black dye (Image via Minecraft)

Book and Quill Crafting Recipe:

1 ink sac is needed in the crafting recipe for a book and quill (Image via Minecraft)
1 ink sac is needed in the crafting recipe for a book and quill (Image via Minecraft)

What are glow ink sacs and how do you get them?

Glow ink sacs are unrelated to regular ink sacs. They were introduced as part of the vast Minecraft Caves & Cliffs 1.17 update.

Glow ink sacs will drop if players manage to kill a glow squid. They can be used to craft "Glow Item Frames." They can also be used on signs to make their text brighter.

Glow ink sacs will make sign text brighter and bolder (Image via Minecraft)
Glow ink sacs will make sign text brighter and bolder (Image via Minecraft)

Also Read: Glow Ink Sacs in Minecraft: Everything players need to know

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh
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