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Actually, the Sponges do seem to work in Beta.–Preceding unsigned comment was added by Kookas (Talk|Contribs) 19:04, 28 December 2010‎. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Ive found that sponges are still working in a classic map i imported to beta. I dont think they work otherwise though.Toadbert–The preceding undated comment was added on 19:57, 28 December 2010‎. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

I suspect that was just because minecraft had no reason to update those blocks. If you move the sponge or change the water in the area it will probably ignore the sponge.–Preceding unsigned comment was added by SystemParadox (Talk|Contribs) 19:39, 11 January 2011. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

it IS working[edit]

on my multiplayer survival server, my freind found some sponge in a stronghold. he gave one to me and I could make an underwater tunnel without hving to use glass! I could even remove it, and the water didnt come back.

That's a modified server :P-- 21:57, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

sponge DOES work in SMP[edit]

I am playing Minecraft online and got myself some sponge (by spawning it), thought it had no use, but a friend of mine used it in the water. And tadaaaa! It worked! –The preceding unsigned comment was added by November17 (Talk|Contribs) 11:02, 12 January 2011. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

BUKKIT and hMod have Sponge Simulation plugins. Sponge do not actually work in vanilla it's not as blue as it looks 18:07, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

Sponge does NOT work in SMP[edit]

I play in my own server, beta 1.2_02. Used /give to get myself some sponge, and tadaaa:

–The preceding unsigned comment was added by Driehoek (Talk|Contribs) 12:19, 3 February 2011. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

I'm Still Able To Get Sponge![edit]

Haha!Title says it all!Though,like it says,I am still able ot get it.I probably won't use it because I don't want to make my game crash.The only reason I'm still able to obtain it is because I have yet to update my INVedit.I'm about to udate it now so,bye-bye sponge!--ClassyWolf641 00:39, 20 April 2011 (UTC) ClassyWolf641

Placing it in-game doesn't crash nor corrupt the game, it just doesn't block water. Cool12309(T|C) 00:50, 20 April 2011 (UTC)
Please, for the love of god, SPACES GO AFTER PUNCTUATION. Also, updating your INVEdit won't cause you to be unable to add sponge to your inventory. --GreyMario 00:57, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

Sponges Should be Added in Minecraft Beta[edit]

I don't see any reason why they were removed so Notch include the addition of sponges in a Minecraft update. They could be found natually in shallow water. (and they still can absorb water) Anyone agree with me? -User:Wcb98

This is not the place for suggestions for Minecraft; the wiki documents what actually exists. The best place for suggestions is the Mojang Get Satisfaction site. —KPReid 15:24, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Sponges should be togglable[edit]

I like the idea of sponges but I can see how, to some, they could be a "game breaker" so I think you should be able to turn them on or off according to your preferences. Squirrle 14:20, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

This is not the place for suggestions for Minecraft; the wiki documents what actually exists. The best place for suggestions is the Mojang Get Satisfaction site. —KPReid 15:24, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Sponges are stackable in Minecraft Beta (1.5)[edit]

I just tried it! Here is a screenshot, I can't upload pictures yet --play150 07:18, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Where are the SPONGES?!?!?![edit]

I honestly don't think it was fair for Minecraft to get rid of sponges in their 1.6.5 update! There should be a change! [If I'm going nuts and that there ARE sponges, plz tell me so!!!!!!:)]

They have been disabled around 1.3 as far as I remember. --Grzechooo drop a line 15:45, 30 May 2011 (UTC)
They were disabled a long time before 1.6.5. Ary31415 02:38, 4 June 2011 (UTC)

Sponges don't work! At all!!![edit]

Sponges no longer work! The only places they still work are classic, and I think survival test. You can still get them in multiplayer by using the /give command, but they do NOTHING. END OF STORY. I do wish they could still be in the game, though. I like their texture. Kekilrocks123 22:44, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

What I think a Sponge's use is for[edit]

I think sponges, when soaked in water, will be dried up. However,the size should be increased because Sponges, in real life, tend to get bigger as the soaker up more water. It can be also used to hold in Lava. Maybe another fluid that could be added in the future, like oil. BlockBarracade 14:40, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Well, we'll never know until that happens or they release more information. It's probably best to keep speculation off of the Wiki. Verhalthur (talk)(contribs) 14:52, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Bring back the sponge :([edit]

They are really useful in controlling water and preventing flood griefing. Cid SilverWing 22:12, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

The can be used as spongebobs :P jk, we can modify the files to make sponges appear randomly. As rare as clay, and then modify it at will to do whatever we want! MUAHA- sorry. But seriously, we CAN make it do whatever we want if we modify the files, since it's basically a worthless block.... For now.... Evau1 20:55, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

I think we should remove the banner saying its removed[edit]

I think we should remove the banner saying its removed. Sponge has returned, although functionless in 1.8 Swpe 18:17, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Sponge does generate?[edit]

I was playing on a server with friends and we all built a house and my friend built a 1 block deep glass platform on the water, and an hour later we all logged on and there was sponge in it?

"on a server" are the key words. This means either the server has been modified, or someone trolled you. -- 22:00, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

For the complaining guys[edit]

WorldGuard have for a verry long time had the abilety to make sponges work. Just like they did in old creative, u will need to run bukkit for this to work tho. go to –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk) 07:08, 3 November 2011‎. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

That is a mod for the people that dont know how to mod servers(like me) dont care about it plus ITS A MOD NOT OFFICIAL MOJANG MATERIAL!!! Russell4 02:44, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Citation Needed[edit]

Someone please add a citation as to who said that sponges were coming back and when they said it.--KaizenNeko 01:36, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Edits adding that statement (rather than moving/rephrasing) are here and here. Looks like (wishful?) speculation. -- Orthotope 03:44, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
Oh wow, I have no recollection of adding that. I think I was trying to reword it or something and assumed that the previously added sentence was true, so I re-added it? It definitely wasn't wishful thinking. - Asterick6 (talk) 20:59, 19 June 2012 (UTC)


 Disagree. The sponge blocks from indev and this one are clearly related. Sponges were never fully removed from the game, they were always available in Creative. —F‌enhl 16:35, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

 Disagree also, I agree with Fenhl. – Sealbudsman (Aaron) (talk) – 16:38, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

 Comment I probably jumped the gun suggesting the rename. ディノ千?!? · ☎ Dinoguy1000 17:01, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

 Disagree I agree, instead the article can be split up into a main section on the 1.8+ version, and a smaller section on the Indev version. Gooey98 (talk) 02:08, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

The indev section could be a subsection of the history section, summarizing the differences that should also be noted in the {{history}} template. —F‌enhl 04:50, 19 June 2014 (UTC)


Most of the information in this wiki on the mechanics of Sponge are wrong:

"Sponge is a block notable for being able to remove water in a 5x5x5 area around itself, turning into a wet sponge in the process." The mechanics of Sponge removing water do not work anything like that. It does NOT clear out a 5x5x5 area.

"Sponges absorb water source blocks around themselves, out to a taxicab distance of 5 in all directions." Sponge clears out water blocks, taxicab distance of 7 into every direction, not 5. On a flat surface the shape is identical to water spread. It is not limited to source blocks in any way, shape or form. Sponge acts exactly the same way on non-sourceblock-water as on static and flowing source blocks.

"The sponge must be directly touching a water source to absorb water, and will only absorb water connected to an adjacent water block touching the sponge." This is not correct, see above. Sponge works the same way if it is touching a non-source waterblock, nothing of it is limited to source blocks. Non-source waterblocks count towards the 65 block cap.

If you need citations or proof for any of those things, you might use this video I made today: (it will be public today at 20:00UTC). English is not my first language, so I would much prefer if someone else updated the information on this article in decent and correct english. ;) -haschischtasche -- 16:57, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Confirmed and updated. I think the sponge went through some changes after it was re-introduced and it hadn't been updated. —munin · Grid Book and Quill.png Grid Stone Pickaxe.png · 22:59, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Split From Wet Sponge[edit]

Yes , the 4th proposed split I have made between non renewable blocks that were introduced (sort of for sponge) in 1.8 that do not require a crafting table to create this hour. First three the polished versions of Granite Diorite and Andesite and the non polished versions respectively. I propose splitting sponge from wet sponge (if you couldn't tell from the headline).  Agree Boorider7 (talk) 20:42, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Any reason you want them split? It was merged with quite a large support base so without a reason as to why it should be split I doubt anyone will be convinced. KnightMiner t/c 21:50, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

should not link to wet sponge, as it is a redirect back here[edit]

if anyone can figure out how to fix the {{breaking row|horizontal=1|Sponge, Wet Sponge}} in the wikitext so it doesn't offer a link to a redirect page when transcluded, be my guest. I tried doing it with nowiki tags around Wet Sponge( i.e. "{{breaking row|horizontal=1|Sponge, <nowiki>Wet Sponge}}</nowiki>"), but got this instead of the intended result:

Block Sponge
[[Wet Sponge|Wet Sponge]]
Hardness 0.6
Breaking time
Hand 0.9

 Done. --Pepijn (talk) 20:29, 3 September 2017 (UTC)

The image should swap between dry and wet sponge constantly (Animation) on the info box[edit]

I love it. How do you feel? Haydkenmutthew (talk) 11:39, 31 December 2017 (UTC)