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Sponge

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Sponge
Sponge JE3 BE3.png
Wet Sponge JE2 BE2.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

3

Tool

Any tool

Renewable

No

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

No

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 19 hex: 13 bin: 10011

Namespaced ID

See Data values

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.

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.

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
Hand 0.9

Drops[edit]

An elder guardian drops one wet sponge when killed by the player.

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 drains into the bucket, leaving a bucket of water in the fuel slot‌[Java and Bedrock editions only]. Otherwise, the water just evaporates.

This recipe awards 0.15 experience.

A wet sponge placed in the Nether dries out instantly.‌[Bedrock Edition only][upcoming: JE 1.15] In PlayStation 4 Edition, wet sponges dry out by themselves after some time.

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 toward 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 does not absorb more than 65 blocks of water (water closest to the sponge is absorbed first). The absorption propagates only between adjacent water blocks and does not "jump over" non-water blocks (including air).

When a sponge absorbs water, it turns into a wet sponge, and cannot absorb more water in this state.

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

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Block breaking block.grass.hit subtitles.block.generic.hit Blocks 0.5 0.25 16
Block broken block.grass.break subtitles.block.generic.break Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Block placed block.grass.place subtitles.block.generic.place Blocks 0.8 1.0 16
Footsteps block.grass.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps Blocks 1.0 0.15 16
No subtitle block.grass.fall (Plays when fallen on from a height) Blocks 0.75 0.5 16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Sponge sponge
Wet Sponge wet_sponge

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Sponge sponge 19

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, sponges use the following data values:

DV Description
0 Sponge
1 Wet Sponge

Block states[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, sponges use the following block states:

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
sponge_typedry drySponge
wetWet Sponge

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Dry SpellDry a sponge in a furnace.YesYesYesYes15GBronze

Video[edit]

History[edit]

May 24, 2009Sponge was suggested on the TIGSource forums. Notch later approved this suggestion.
Java Edition Classic
0.0.19aSponge JE1 BE1.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_06Sponges no longer decay.
Java Edition Infdev
February 27, 2010Due 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 Java Edition 1.8.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseSponges become available in Creative mode.
Java Edition
1.2.112w07aPrior 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.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.8June 8, 2014Jeb 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 that becomes darker once it absorbs water.
14w25aSponge JE2 BE2.png Wet Sponge JE1 BE1.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.
14w25bA wet sponge, when smelted, fills an empty bucket in the fuel slot with water.
1.915w43aElder guardians now drop dry sponges instead of wet ones.
1.1116w33aElder guardians now drop wet sponges on player kills, rather than dry sponges.[5]
1.1317w47aThe 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.
1.1418w43aSponge JE3 BE3.pngWet Sponge JE2 BE2.png Changed the texture of sponge.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1519w36aSponges now dry out when placed in the Nether.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0build 2Sponge JE1 BE1.png Added sponges to Creative mode.
0.16.0build 1Sponge JE2 BE2.png Wet Sponge JE1 BE1.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.
A wet sponge, when smelted, fills an empty bucket in the fuel slot with water.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.13.8Added drowned, which rarely drop sponges.
beta 1.2.20.1Drowned no longer drop sponge.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Now immediately dries out when placed in the Nether.
Sponge JE3 BE3.pngWet Sponge JE2 BE2.png Changed the texture of sponge.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Sponge JE1 BE1.png Added sponges to Creative mode.
TU28CU161.19Sponge JE2 BE2.pngWet Sponge JE1 BE1.png Updated texture.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Sponges 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.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Sponge JE3 BE3.png Wet Sponge JE2 BE2.png Changed the texture of sponge.
Now dries out when placed in the Nether and warm biomes after some time.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added sponge.
1.3.12Wet Sponge JE1 BE1.png Added wet sponge.
Sponge JE2 BE2.png Sponges have now been 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.
A wet sponge, when smelted, fills 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.

Gallery[edit]

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