How to get sponges in Minecraft

Hamza Khalid
Sponge in MinecraftMojang Studios / Minecraft Wiki

After hopping into Minecraft, you may need to remove water from an area so that you can continue building or digging, and a sponge will come in handy. If you’re wondering how to get sponges in Minecraft then we’ve got you covered.

The world of Minecraft grants you plenty of chances to create different structures as you explore a variety of biomes, alternate dimensions, fortresses, and more. Sometimes, you’ll come across an area that has water that you need to remove.

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That’s where the sponge comes in as this block can be used to soak up all the water around an area. This turns it into a wet sponge that can either be smelted or dried. We’ll go over the different ways for you to get a sponge in Minecraft.

How to get a sponge in Minecraft

In Minecraft, sponges can be collected from sponge rooms within Ocean Monuments that are located underwater. These chambers are filled with plenty of sponges for you to stock up on before heading back to land.

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Another method that you can try is to defeat the inhabitants of Ocean Monuments, the Elder Guardians, which are inhabitants of Ocean Monuments. After you take one down, they’ll drop a wet sponge that you can collect.

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Sponges are a useful resource in Minecraft.

However, engaging with these enemies will be more difficult and will provide a smaller number of sponges, so we recommend heading to the sponge rooms instead. This will grant you a large collection of sponges without you risking your life.

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How to use a sponge in Minecraft

You can place Minecraft sponges in bodies of water to clear them out. Sponges are capable of absorbing the water blocks in the area, with up to 135 blocks being soaked up by a single one. Once that’s done, it will become a wet sponge with water leaking out of it.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Collect a sponge.
  2. Approach a body of water.
  3. Pull out the sponge.
  4. Toss it into the water.
  5. Collect it once it has turned into a wet sponge.
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Minecraft sponges can be reused after drying them up.

If you want to keep reusing the same sponge then you’ll need to place it inside a furnace in order to dry it. You can also achieve this by taking sponges to the Nether, and this is faster than a furnace since they will dry instantly.

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Sponges have been part of Minecraft since 2009, and while they might not be as sought-after as other resources, you may find them to be a valuable aspect of the game. You’ll be able to clear areas of water with ease while using sponges.

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Hamza is a Content Creator & Publisher at Charlie INTEL, who graduated from Bahria University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He's spent the past few years covering news and guides for various video games, including Call of Duty and Apex Legends. He loves digital art, movies, and comic books. You can contact Hamza at [email protected].