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First Appearance 0.0.18a_02 (June 14, 2009) (2)
Type of Block Solid block
Stackable? Yes (Max 64)good
Data Values Hex: 13

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.

With the introduction of Ocean Monuments, Sponge blocks can now be harvested while exploring. Sponge can be mined with or without a tool.


As of 1.8 sponges can absorb water within a 5×5×5 area and then becoming a wet sponge.

Heating a wet sponge in a furnace will return it to a dry sponge.


Sponges absorb water source blocks around themselves. The

Wet Sponge
Stackable Yes (64)
Data Values Hex: 13-1

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 to a wet sponge, which is darker, drips water, and is unable to soak up any more water. To get back the normal sponge, you need to smelt it in a Furnace. Elder Guardians also drop 1 Wet Sponge when defeated.


  • Placing an empty bucket in the Fuel Slot of the furnace while smelting the wet sponge will fill the bucket with the "evaporated" water. (1 bucket for each wet sponge). 
  • A wet sponge will "drip" water if placed in world. 
  • 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. 
  • Wet Sponges are available as a drop from the Elder Guardian or can be found in a room in the Ocean Monument structure.
  • They share the same sound as Grass.
  • Sponges don't absorb water in Minecraft: Pocket Edition.
  • In Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition, the old texture for the sponge is still used.


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