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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 block notable for being able to remove water in a 5x5x5 area around itself, turning into a wet sponge in the process.

Behavior

In the 0.0.19a, after they were added they got taken out. As of 1.8 sponges can absorb water within a 5×5×5 area and then becoming a wet sponge.

Uses

Sponges absorb water source blocks around themselves. 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 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.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • If you smelt wet sponge in a furnace with a lava bucket, you might get a water bucket in return.
  • The sponge has not been implemented in the PS3 edition yet.

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