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Wet Sponge.png





Blast resistance



Any tool




Yes (64)





Data value

dec: 19 hex: 13 bin: 10011



Searge-twitter.png So you used a sponge and it's wet now? How about applying some heat to dry it, you might be able to reuse it. #CookMeASponge

A 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 | edit source]

Either type of sponge can be mined by hand, or with any tool, dropping itself as an item. Mining time is not affected by the tool used.


Wet Sponge
Hardness 0.6
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 0.9
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Drops[edit | edit source]

An elder guardian drops one dry sponge when killed by the player. Since elder guardians do not respawn, this does not make sponges renewable.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Ocean monuments have a chance of spawning with one or more rooms containing wet sponges. Each room contains an average of 30 sponges.

Drying[edit | edit source]

A wet sponge can be dried in a furnace, making the sponge reusable.

Ingredients Smelting recipe Description

Wet Sponge +
Any fuel

If a bucket is in the fuel slot at the time the sponge completes its drying, the water will drain into the bucket, leaving a bucket of water in the fuel slot. Otherwise, the water just evaporates.

Usage[edit | edit source]

A sponge absorbing water in a lake.

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, and will be incapable of absorbing more water in this state.

Data values[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

See also: Data values
DV Description

0 Sponge

1 Wet Sponge

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

Wet Sponge

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

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.
? Sponges became non-functional and available only by inventory editing.
? 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.
1.8 Sponges became available in Creative mode.
Official release
1.2.1 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 the new wet sponge.
14w25b Wet sponges, when smelted, will fill an empty bucket in the fuel slot with water.
1.9 15w43a Elder guardians will now drop dry sponges instead of wet ones.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added sponges to Creative mode.
Console Edition
TU5 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added sponges to Creative mode.
TU28 CU16 1.19 Updated texture.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 Sponges are now obtainable in Survival Mode, and now soak up contiguous water source blocks out to a taxicab distance of 7 when placed, thereupon turning into the new wet sponge.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Sponge” or “Wet Sponge“ are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://twitter.com/SeargeDP/status/479342419872595968