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

Mechanics

As of update 1.8, a dry 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 dry 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. If an empty Bucket is placed in the fuel slot of the furnace while smelting a wet sponge, the bucket will fill with the "evaporated" water, yielding 1 bucket of water per sponge.

Sources

  • Can be harvested from a specific room inside an Ocean Monument (does not require a tool)
  • Dropped by Elder Guardians when killed (the dropped sponge can be either wet or dry)
  • Occasionally dropped by Drowned

Trivia

  • A wet sponge will "drip" water if placed in the Overworld
  • Sponges first appeared in the 0.0.19A update, but were changed slightly 50 minutes later, and were later removed from survival in Beta 1.8. 
  • They share the same sound effect as Grass when a player breaks, places, or walks on them.
  • Before update 1.8, it was impossible to get a sponge in survival mode without cheats.
  • When placed anywhere in The Nether, a wet sponge will instantly dry.

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