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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 notable for used to be able to absorb water within a 5×5×5 area. However, this function only exists within Minecraft Classic and Indev, and no longer works in today's Minecraft,with the exemption of the Pocket Edition.

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.

Uses

Initially, they were used for absorbing Water, until water was made infinite. They then were used for pixel art, until being replaced by yellow wool. In Indev, before Minecraft 1.1, they could be used as a Redstone tool for updating blocks.

Trivia

  • Sponges are only available as a normal building block in Creative mode. In the Beta, it is possible to be obtained via inventory editing, but its only use is decorative because it does not remove water.
  • 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. They still exist in Creative Mode, though.
  • Sponges are used as currency on many servers.
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