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Sponge
Sponge
First Appearance 0.0.18a_02 (June 14, 2009) (2)
Type of Block Solid block
Stackable? Yes (Max 64)
Data Values Hex: 13
Dec:
19
Obeys Physics?
No
Luminosity
No
Transparency
No

Sponge is a yellow block with dark marks on it.

Behavior

Sponges do not need light to survive. In the 0.0.19a, they decayed, however approximately 50 minutes after the update, this was taken out. Sponges are notable for being able to absorb water within a 5×5×5 area and then becoming a wet sponge. This function only exists within Minecraft Classic, Indev and Pocket Edition. However, it is now an upcoming feature for 1.8.

Uses

Initially, they were used for absorbing Water, until water was made infinite. In Indev, before Minecraft 1.1, they could be used as a Redstone tool for updating blocks. They can absorb water in a 5x5x5 area as of the 1.8 snapshots.

Trivia

  • Wet Sponges are available as a Drop from an Elder Guardian or in a room in the upcoming Ocean Monument structure and must be heated in a furnace to turn into a sponge.
  • They share the same placeholder sound as Grass.
  • Sponges first appeared in the 0.0.19A update, where they were changed slightly 50 minutes later, until being removed from survival in Beta 1.8. 
  • Sponges are used as currency on many servers.

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