A Sponge
First Appearance 0.0.18a_02 (June 14, 2009) (2)
Type of Block Solid block
Tool Used Any
Data Values Hex: 13
Blast Resistance 3
Obeys Physics

A Sponge is a block notable for being able to absorb water around itself, turning into a Wet Sponge in the process.


As of update 1.8, a sponge can absorb water within a 7×7×7 area around itself, becoming a wet sponge in the process. The surrounding blocks which were previously water, become occupied by air. 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. When a sponge absorbs water, it will convert into a wet sponge, which is darker, drips water, and is unable to soak up any more water.

Heating a wet sponge in a Furnace will convert it back into a dry sponge. Placing an empty Bucket in the Fuel Slot of the furnace while smelting the wet sponge will fill the bucket with the "evaporated" water, yielding 1 bucket for each wet sponge.


With the introduction of Ocean Monuments, Sponge blocks can now be harvested while exploring. Sponges can be mined with or without a tool, and Elder Guardians will also drop 1 Wet Sponge when defeated.


  • A wet sponge will "drip" water if placed in the Overworld
  • 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. 
  • They share the same sound as Grass.
  • Before update 1.8, it was impossible to get a sponge in survival mode without cheats.


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