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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
Wet Sponge
Wetsponge
Stackable Yes (64)
Data Values Hex: 13-1
Dec:
19-1

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

Mechanics

As of 1.8, a sponge can absorb water within a 5×5×5 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 to 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. (1 bucket for each wet sponge).

Trivia

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Before 1.8, it was impossible to get a sponge in survival mode without cheats.

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