How to Get Sponges in Minecraft


The underwater world of Minecraft has always been a fascinating place. You can find all kinds of unique mobs, blocks, and even structures in the seaside Minecraft biome. Common underwater constructions include sea ruins, home to trident-wielding drowned Minecraft mobs and quest eggs, as well as shipwrecks, sunken boats with useful treasures, and sometimes shore armor trim. Additionally, you will see a massive deep sea structure called the Ocean Monument. This building is one of the most spectacular buildings and has laser-shooting protectors that give you mining fatigue status effects. There is another special feature about this structure, and that is the fact that you can get unique and game-changing sponge blocks here.

In this guide, we will look at how to obtain, dry, and use sponges in Minecraft. So, without any further ado, let’s jump right in!

how to get sponge in minecraft

What is a sponge?

Sponge is a block found only in marine monuments. There are two types of sponges and they are dry and wet sponges. Sometimes, you will find a room in the monument filled with wet sponge blocks and your job is to dry them first. Then, you will be able to place them in your world and remove water from a larger area. Stay tuned to the last part of this article, where we will explain how to use this special block.

Where to find sponge in minecraft

You can get the sponge only from the Marine Monument. They are naturally attached to the ceiling so-called sponge rooms, which appear randomly inside the structure. SpongeBob can’t be tamed in any way, so make sure you’re prepared for an underwater battle with hordes of ugly looking fish. We’ve covered everything you need to know about how to find and raid the Marine Monument, so you’ll find all the details you need here. Also, keep in mind that not every marine monument will have a sponge room.

Sponge Room inside a Marine Monument in Minecraft

However, a sponge block is a guaranteed fall from an Elder Guardian mob and each monument comes with three of them. So, if you can defeat all three big guardians, you will definitely get three sponges.

Despite this, these blocks are most useful when you have a group of them. Therefore, finding and looting at least two sponge rooms in a normal Minecraft world should be sufficient, as one room is usually enough. about 30 sponges, You can dig out wet or dry sponge blocks by hand or with a spade, which is the preferred tool for breaking it up. No Minecraft magic is required to break and obtain these hollow blocks.

How to dry sponge in minecraft

Since you will always find naturally occurring wet sponges, you will need to dry them first before using them. Luckily, the process of drying a sponge is simple. You can choose from two different methods, which are as follows:

Method 1: dry the wet sponge in the oven

By placing a wet sponge in the furnace and pouring a little fuel into it, you can melt it and remove all the water from it. Once the arrow is filled, the wet sponge will turn into a dry sponge.

drying sponge in oven

Method 2: Place a wet sponge in the lower dimension

The Nether is considered Hell in Minecraft, so according to the lore, the climate here is extremely hot. The developers have stuck to this and made it possible to dry the sponge by placing it anywhere in this dimension. It doesn’t have to be near lava or in any specific biome.

Placing a sponge underneath dries quickly

You can also dry sponges in your Nether Hub and this is recommended, so that any random ghosts cannot blow up your rare blocks. This method is much faster and only requires you to gather some obsidian and create a Nether portal. If you’re planning on beating Minecraft, you’ll have to do it anyway.

How to use a sponge in minecraft

The main purpose of sponge block is absorb water In Minecraft. So, if you place the sponge down, flowing or regular water blocks up to 7 blocks away from the sponge will instantly turn into air blocks. However, this is possible only when there is water Same Y level As a sponge.

A single sponge cannot absorb the entire 7 x 7 x 7 cube of water at once, but can absorb a maximum of 65 water blocks. This is why the game calculates the distance between the water block and the sponge, effectively creating an octahedron and not a cube or sphere. Once the sponge is placed and a single block of water successfully dries, it becomes a wet sponge. Therefore, you have to remove water from the block to reuse it.

Demonstration of how many water blocks a sponge can dry

Drying small areas with a sponge is an easy task, but not so with larger areas. So, spamming your sponge blocks into the ocean won’t be that helpful. This happens due to surrounding water obstructions. Your sponge will remove as much water as possible, but then all the surrounding water will begin to clump together, blocking the water source again.

So, that’s why people make vertical sections from the water surface to the bottom in YouTube videos when draining a large area, usually with gravity-affected blocks like sand. This way, you can drain water from one area and not have to worry about surrounding water getting in and refilling.

These sections must be 4 blocks long and 4 blocks wide and when draining them, you must always start at the top and move downwards, so that water does not flow down. Also, try connecting the sponge blocks in opposite directions, so that all the remaining water is absorbed.

Example of how to place a sponge in a raised vertical 4x4 area filled with water

And just like that, you now know how to get and use a sponge in Minecraft. These rare and precious blocks allow us to achieve incredible goals like setting up an efficient guardian farm, so you can play endlessly with Prismarine blocks. Or you can also build an amazing underwater base. So, what do you think about SpongeBob? Do you use them regularly in your world? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hello, I’m Rada and I’m a big lover of gaming. I’ve been a part of the Minecraft community for some time and I feel very grateful for it. My interests include drawing, listening to music, playing games and even making games. I want to help you on your Minecraft journey by sharing as much as I know about the game. So, I hope you find my articles useful 😀

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