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Sponge
Sponge.png
Sponge
Type

Solid Block

Requirements

None

Physics

No

Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

3

Hardness

0.6

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

First appearances

See History

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 19 hex: 13 bin: 10011

Name

sponge

Sponge is a block that can be used to remove water around itself when placed, turning into a wet sponge in the process.

Obtaining[edit]

A sponge can be obtained by drying a wet sponge in a furnace. Sponges can be mined using any tool, or without a tool.

Block
Sponge
Hardness 0.6
Breaking time (seconds)
Hand 0.9

Drying[edit]

A wet sponge can be dried in a furnace, making the sponge reusable. If a bucket is in the fuel slot at the time the sponge completes its drying, either because the player places it there or because the fuel slot had contained a bucket of lava, the water will drain into the bucket, leaving a bucket of water in the fuel slot.

Ingredients Smelting recipe

Wet Sponge +
Any fuel

Wet Sponge Grid layout Furnace Progress.png Sponge
Grid layout Fire.png
CoalCharcoalOak WoodOak Wood Planks

Usage[edit]

A sponge can be used to turn water into air (it "absorbs" the water). To place a sponge, use a sponge item while pointing at a surface facing the space the sponge should occupy.

A sponge instantly absorbs nearby water when it is placed next to water or when water comes into contact with it (by being placed next to the sponge, or by flowing towards it). A sponge absorbs water around itself (water source blocks or flowing water) out to a taxicab distance of 7 in all directions (including up and down), but won't absorb more than 65 blocks of water (water closest to the sponge will be absorbed first). The absorption only propagates from water to water and won't "jump over" non-water blocks (including air).

When a sponge absorbs water, it turns into a wet sponge.

Data values[edit]

A sponge has the ID name minecraft:sponge and is further defined by its block data. A sponge also has a block state which is expected to replace the functionality of block data in a future version.

Block data[edit]

DV Description

0 Sponge

1 Wet Sponge

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

 wet
true
Wet Sponge
false
Sponge

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Classic
May 24, 2009 Sponge was suggested on the TIGSource forums.
0.0.18a_02 Sponge block test.
0.0.19a Sponge (Indev).png Added sponge. The sponge was a temporary fix to stop water from flooding until finite water was implemented. It soaked up water in a 5×5×5 volume around it. Sponges did not need light to survive, and would decay.
0.0.19a_06 Sponges no longer decay.
Indev
January 13, 2010 The original need for sponge was removed, with the implementation of finite water, however sponges still soaked up water.
Infdev
Sponges became non-functional and available only by inventory editing.
Alpha
A sponge could be used in redstone builds for updating blocks, in conjunction with BUDs (block update detectors): if a sponge was placed and then removed, all blocks within its 5×5×5 range would be updated. The cause of this was some remaining code for the sponge's water removing property.
Beta
1.8 Sponges, still without their absorbing function, became available in Creative Mode.
Official release
1.1 12w07a Sponges would no longer update blocks within their 5×5×5 range.
1.8 June 8, 2014 Jeb tweeted that the ability to erase water blocks would be returned to the sponge. The linked image revealed that the sponge would have a new texture which becomes darker once it absorbs water.
14w25a Sponge.png Sponges were retextured, became obtainable in Survival mode, and now soak up contiguous water source blocks out to a taxicab distance of 7 when placed, thereupon turning into a wet sponge.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added sponges to Creative mode.
Console Edition
TU5 Added sponges to Creative mode.

Gallery[edit]