How to Get Sponges in Minecraft

The underwater world of Minecraft has always been a fascinating place. You can find all sorts of unique mobs, blocks, and even structures in the ocean-side Minecraft biomes. Common underwater constructions include ocean ruins, home to trident-wielding drowned Minecraft mobs and sniffer eggs, as well as shipwrecks, sunken boats with useful treasures, and occasionally a coast armor trim. Apart from that, you will come across a massive deep ocean structure called the ocean monument. This building is one of the coolest and houses laser-shooting guardians inflicting you with a mining fatigue status effect. There is one more special feature about this structure, and it’s the fact that you can get unique and game-changing sponge blocks here.

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

How to Get Sponges in Minecraft

What is a sponge?

Sponge is a block found only in ocean monuments. There are two variants of sponges and those are the dry and wet sponges. Sometimes, you will find a room in the monument filled with wet sponge blocks and your job is to first dry them. Then, you’ll be able to place them in your world and remove water from a large area. Stick around till the last section of this article, where we will explain how to use this special block.

Where to Find Sponges in Minecraft

You can only get sponges from an ocean monument. They naturally generate attached to the ceiling in so-called sponge rooms, which appear randomly inside the structure. Sponges cannot be crafted in any way, so make sure you get prepared for the underwater fight with the ugly-looking fish mobs. We have covered everything you need to know about how to find and raid an ocean monument, so you find all the necessary details here. Also, keep in mind that not every single ocean monument will contain a sponge room.

Sponge room inside an ocean monument in Minecraft

However, one sponge block is a guaranteed drop from an elder guardian mob and every monument comes with three of them. So, if you can beat all three elder guardians, you’ll definitely get three sponges.

In spite of that, these blocks are the most useful when you have a bunch of them. Therefore, finding and looting at least two sponge rooms should be sufficient in an ordinary Minecraft world, since one room usually yields around 30 sponges. You can mine a wet or dry sponge block by hand or by a hoe, which is the preferred tool for breaking it. No Minecraft enchantments are necessary for breaking and obtaining these hollow blocks.

How to Dry Sponges in Minecraft

Since you will always find naturally generated wet sponges, you first need to dry them before being able to use them. Luckily, the process of drying a sponge is simple. You may choose between two different methods, which are as under:

Method 1: Dry a Wet Sponge in a Furnace

By placing a wet sponge in a furnace and adding some fuel, you can smelt it and completely remove water from it. Once the arrow has filled up, the wet sponge will turn into a dry sponge.

Drying sponges in a furnace

Method 2: Place a Wet Sponge in the Nether Dimension

Nether is considered to be hell in Minecraft, so the climate is extremely hot, according to lore. The developers have stuck with that and made it possible to dry sponges by placing them anywhere in this dimension. It doesn’t have to be near lava or in a specific biome.

Placing a sponge in the Nether and it instantly drying

You may even dry sponges in your Nether hub and it’s recommended, so no random ghast can blow up your rare blocks. This method is far faster and requires you to only gather some obsidian and make a Nether portal. If you’re planning on beating Minecraft, you have to do this anyway.

How to Use Sponges in Minecraft

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

A single sponge cannot absorb a whole 7 x 7 x 7 cube of water at once, but a maximum of 65 water blocks. This is cause of the way the game calculates the distance between water blocks and the sponge, effectively creating an octahedron, not a cube or a sphere. Once a sponge has been placed and successfully dried even a single block of water, it becomes a wet sponge. So, you need to remove the water from the block to reuse it.

Showcase of how many water blocks a sponge can dry out

Drying small areas with a sponge is an easy task, but it’s not the same with a large area. So, spamming your sponge blocks in the ocean won’t be all that helpful. This is the case because of the surrounding water blocks. Your sponge will remove as much water as it can, but then all the water around will start connecting, forming water source blocks again.

So, that’s why people while draining a large area in YouTube videos create vertical sections from the surface of the water all the way to the bottom, usually with gravity-affected blocks, like sand. This way, you will be able to remove the water in one section and not worry about the surrounding water getting in and filling it up again.

These sections should be 4 blocks long and 4 blocks wide and while draining them, you always need to start from the top and work your way downwards, so the water doesn’t flow down. In addition, try attaching sponge blocks to the opposite sides, so all the remaining water gets absorbed.

Example of how to place sponges in a tall vertical 4x4 area filled with water

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

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