Sponge

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Sponge
Sponge.pngWet Sponge.png


Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

3

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

No[Java Edition only]
Yes[Bedrock Edition only]

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 19 hex: 13 bin: 10011

Name

See Data values[until 1.13]
sponge
wet_sponge[upcoming 1.13]

Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png Just like in real life, sponges in Minecraft have handy absorbent powers. Once placed, the sponge block will slurp up surrounding water and any more water that's foolish enough to cross its path. Impressively, this thirsty block can drink up to 65 water blocks before becoming a wet sponge. Sadly, a wet sponge can't absorb any more H2O, its glory days now long behind it.
Tom Stone[1]

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]

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.

Block
Sponge


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

Drops[edit]

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

Natural generation[edit]

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

Drying[edit]

Michael Stoyke Mojang avatar.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
Searge[2]

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[Java and Bedrock editions only]. Otherwise, the water just evaporates.

Usage[edit]

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). Sponges cannot absorb water sources that are adjacent to a Conduit[upcoming 1.13].

When a sponge absorbs water, it turns into a wet sponge, and will be incapable of absorbing more water in this state.

Sponges in item form will not absorb water or become wet.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

A sponge has the ID name minecraft:sponge and is further defined by its block data or block state.[until 1.13]

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values
DV Description

0 Sponge

1 Wet Sponge

[until 1.13]

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

 wet[until 1.13]
true
Wet Sponge
false
Sponge

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Dry Spell Dry a sponge in a furnace. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Classic
May 24, 2009 Sponge was suggested on the TIGSource forums. Notch later approved this suggestion.
0.0.19a Sponge Revision 1.png Added sponge. The sponge was a temporary fix to stop water from flooding until finite water was implemented.[3] It soaked up water in a 5×5×5 volume around it, and would decay.
0.0.19a_06 Sponges no longer decay.
Infdev
February 27, 2010 Due to Notch reworking many parts of the game to allow for infinite terrain generation the whole liquid system from Indev including sponges becomes non-functional. A new system for liquids was added in a later version of Infdev, sponges weren't touched though as they were no longer required. Therefore they stayed in their non-functional state until release 1.8.
Beta
1.8 pre2 Sponges become available in Creative mode.
Official release
1.2.1 12w07a Prior to this version 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 a 7×7×7 range would be updated.[4] The cause of this was some remaining code for the sponge's water removing property.
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing
to
.
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.
1.11 16w33a Elder guardians now drop wet sponges on player kills, rather than dry sponges.[5]
Upcoming Java Edition
1.13 17w47a The two different wet block state values for the sponge ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 19.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Sponge Revision 1.png Added sponges to Creative mode.
0.16.0 build 1 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.
Wet sponges, when smelted, will fill an empty bucket in the fuel slot with water.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta 1.2.13.8 Added Drowned which rarely drop sponge.
beta 1.2.20.1 Drowned no longer drop sponge.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Patch s1 Sponge Revision 1.png Added sponges to Creative mode.
TU28 CU16 1.19 Sponge.png 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.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.3.12 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.
Wet sponges, when smelted, will fill an empty bucket in the fuel slot with water.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Sponge" or "Wet Sponge" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

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