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Creative Mode Only
This block can only be used if you are playing Creative Mode.
Sponge
Sponge.png
Sponge
Type

Solid Block

Requirements

None

Physics

No

Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

3

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Availability

?

First appearance

Classic 0.0.18a_02

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 19 hex: 13 bin: 10011

Name

sponge

Sponge is a block notable in Classic and Indev for being able to erase water within a 5×5×5 area.

The sponge is a purely decorative block only attainable via Creative Mode or inventory editing.

[edit] History

Indev
0.0.19a Sponge block added.[1] The sponge was a temporary fix to stop water from flooding until finite water was implemented.[2] Sponges do not need light to survive, and do not decay (sponges used to decay in the implementation of the 0.0.19a update, but this was changed within 50 minutes of the release). It was also used as yellow for pixel art before yellow wool was introduced.
A sponge can be hidden in walls, floors, etc. as a defense against griefers. This can confuse and slow down griefers when attempting to flood an underground development, leaving more time for them to be caught and stopped.
Infdev
? A sponge can be used as a redstone object for updating blocks. If you place a sponge next to a block that needs to be updated, then remove the sponge, all blocks within a 5x5x5 range will be updated. This can be very useful for redstone builds using the BUD (Block Update Detector) switch, especially since it also updates areas whenever it is pushed by a piston.
Beta
1.8 The sponge block is available for use in Creative Mode, but it doesn't function. Sponges are unobtainable within survival mode unless inventory editors, mods, or cheats are enabled.
Official release
1.1 12w07a Sponge blocks can no longer be used as a redstone tool.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 Sponges added to Creative mode

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