When it comes to crafting and using items, all the different blocks in Minecraft have different dedicated functions. One of the most common ways of coming up with many different possibilities involves using sponges. Sponges are incredibly useful if you want to make an underwater base or hideout.
Minecraft continues to be the world’s best sandbox game. It gives players the freedom to create a dynamic and changing environment by crafting and using items.
However, before using the sponge, you’ll have to find it first. Sponges in Minecraft are relatively rare to find. Given how valuable sponges are, you’re probably looking for the different methods you can use to obtain them.
There are two primary ways to get sponges in Minecraft. In this guide, we’ll explain how you can get sponges in Minecraft.
Can you Make a Sponge in Minecraft?
Unfortunately, you cannot make a sponge in Minecraft. A sponge does not have a crafting recipe making it impossible for you to make them.
It is one of those blocks that you’ll have to find. Sponges are also not located in dungeons or other structures. Read on to learn how you can find these useful yellow cubes.
How to get sponges in Minecraft
As said earlier, there are only two ways to find sponges in Minecraft. Sponges are only found in ocean monuments. Therefore, the first step to getting sponges is finding Ocean Monuments.
How to Find an Ocean Monument
You can start by finding a village and a Cartographer in the village. You’ll have to trade with him to unlock the Cartographer-Apprentice level of trading. You can only trade papers with emeralds to unlock this level.
After trading with him and reaching the stated level, the village vendor will give you an Ocean Explorer Map. With the map, you can effortlessly find the Ocean Monument.
1. Mob Loot
When you find the Ocean Monument, you’ll find three Elder Guardians. You can get sponges in Minecraft by killing an Elder Guardian because Elder Guardians are the only ones who can drop a sponge. However, it would be best if you were prepared because Elder Guardians can be challenging to kill. Each Elder Guardian will drop only one wet sponge when you kill them. However, given how difficult it is to kill an Elder Guardian and the limited number of sponges they drop, you can use the other alternative.
2. World generation
The easiest and best way to find sponges in Minecraft involves looking for them in the Sponge Room. Most Ocean Monument has a Sponge Room with around 30 Wet Sponges. You can effortlessly harvest and collect these sponges. You can mine them by hand or any tool, but a hoe is more recommended.
Sponge Rooms are naturally generated in the Ocean Monument. It would help if you were on the lookout for Elder Guardians who are more than willing to kill any player that crosses their path. It would help if you also kept in mind that not all Ocean Monuments generate Sponge Rooms.
3. Creative and Commands
You can get Sponges from the Creative inventory and commands if you’re outside the Survival mode. In the Creative Inventory, you can find Sponges in the tab for Natural Blocks in Bedrock Editor. You can also find them in the Building Blocks tab in Java Edition. You can use the following commands to get a Sponge Block:
/give [PlayerName] Minecraft:sponge [amount]
/give “PlayerName” sponge [amount]
Using a Sponge in Minecraft
You can use Sponges in Minecraft to soak up water. Sponges can absorb much water, making them useful when navigating watery terrains. They will help you remove large amounts of water quickly.
All you have to do is place the sponge where you want to remove the water. It will then absorb water closest to it in all seven directions. However, you’ll have to ensure that the sponge is dry before using it to soak up water.
Technically a sponge can absorb up to 65 blocks of water before it becomes oversaturated. It would help if you also kept in mind that water can flow through a space created by a Sponge. This can happen if you place a dry Sponge at the bottom of an Ocean biome.
It will soak up water in its usual range, but the water above will flow down to refill that air pocket with water. You’ll have to start from the surface and soak up water as you travel downwards.
You can effectively use sponges by placing them on source blocks of water. This will offer more permanent water removal rather than the water flowing back around the sponge.
After collecting the maximum amount of water, your sponge will be converted into a wet sponge. Wet sponges cannot absorb any more water. You can use a wet sponge only after drying it out.
How to Dry a Sponge
Since wet sponges cannot absorb water, you’ll have to dry them before using them. There are two ways you can dry a Sponge in Minecraft:
1. You can instantly dry the wet sponge by placing it in the Nether realm. Any wet sponge placed in the Nether will immediately dry out. However, you will need a Nether Portal.
2. You can also dry a Wet Sponge by placing it on the furnace or using fuel to dry out the water. You can use a bucket as fuel to collect the water. After the white progress arrow has filled up, your sponge will completely dry out. The dried sponge will appear on the right slot.
Sponges play a critical role in removing large quantities of water. After acquiring a sponge through the above methods, you can use it to drain ponds or remove water if another player drowns your base.