How To Get Sponges In Minecraft? [Quick Answer]

Sponges have multiple uses but getting them has never been easy in Minecraft. Our guide entails how to get sponges & their uses.

Minecraft is a huge sandbox game where the world is created from blocks, giving players the liberty to create a dynamic and changing environment. Players are free to come up with many different possibilities while making whatever it is they want in the game. When it comes to crafting and using items, all the blocks in Minecraft have various dedicated purposes to fulfill, and it gives different outcomes as well.

Key Takeaways
  • There are two methods to get Sponges in Minecraft.
  • The first one includes mining sponge found in the Sponge Room in the Ocean Monument.
  • Whereas, in the second method, you will acquire one guaranteed drop by killing the Elder Guardian of the Ocean Monument.
  • Sponges can be mined faster using a hoe, whereas to kill the Elder Guardian, you will need a powerful weapon such as a Diamond/Netherite Sword.
  • The Sponge absorbs large quantities of water, as much as 65 blocks of water at once. Once wet, you will have to dry it using a furnace.

The sponge is one of the many most-used blocks in the game, and it allows the players to absorb water from nearby areas. We have curated this guide to pinpoint the method of obtaining sponges in Minecraft. Finding a Sponge in Minecraft can be rather challenging. However, our guide has entailed everything you need to know about the sponge.

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There are only two ways to get Sponge in Minecraft: without the console or in creative mode. The first way to get this is by mining the sponge in the Sponge Room, and the second way is to kill an Elder Guardian who is guaranteed to drop one sponge at least.

Both of these methods are only possible in an ocean monument, and here is how to find one.

Step 1: Finding An Ocean Monument

The first step to finding an Ocean Monument is finding a village and locating a Cartographer there. After that, you will need to trade with him to unlock the Cartographer-Apprentice level of trading. This can only be achieved by trading papers with emeralds.

After making the mentioned trades and reaching the Apprentice Level, the villager vendor will offer the Ocean Explorer Map. Acquiring the map will pinpoint players toward the location of the Ocean Monument.

How To Get Sponges In Minecraft
Ocean Monument Location

The Ocean Explorer Map looks like this, as shown in the image above: the white marker is you, and the blue mark is the Ocean Monument.

Another way to locate the Ocean Monument is by simply cheating. If you don’t mind cheating, then type “Locate monument” in the console. It will give you the location of the nearest Ocean Monument.

Step 2: Getting The Sponge

Now that you have acquired the Ocean Monument map, the next step involves reaching the location. Once you reach the Ocean Monument, you will need a couple of potions to prepare for the exploration if you are playing in survival mode.

You will need the Potion Of Water Breathing and the Potion Of Night Vision. Both of these Potions will allow you to breathe and see underwater.

Now, start exploring the Ocean Monument until you find the Elder Guardian or Sponge Room. In any case, there are two possibilities when you reach this encounter while embarking on learning how to get sponges in Minecraft.

  1. If you find the Sponge Room, mine the sponges with a Hoe. Mining them with this method will guarantee that you get sponges faster.
  2. Alternatively, if you encounter an Elder Guardian, kill it with a good sword like a Diamond. Once you kill the Elder Guardian, it will drop a sponge.

Step 3: Drying The Sponge

If you go to your inventory, you will see that the sponges are Wet Sponges, and we need to dry them. There are only two ways to dry the Wet Sponge.

  1. Place a Wet Sponge on the Furnace, and use any fuel to dry out the water. Making it a Normal Sponge. Note if you place a bucket as fuel, then the water will drain into the bucket.
  2. The second way is to put the Wet Sponge in The Nether realm; it will instantly dry out the sponge.

Uses Of Sponges In Minecraft

As we mentioned, Sponges are handy when it comes to removing a large quantity of water quickly. To do so, place a sponge where you want to remove the water, and it will absorb from all directions. For example, if your base was drowned by another player, then using a Sponge will help.

Moreover, you can also use it to drain a pond. Each sponge can absorb 65 blocks of water before returning to a wet sponge again. Just dry it out again and use it as much as you like.


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Irfan Ansari is a Senior Editor and Guides Writer on eXputer. He has seven years of Video Game Journalism experience and has been gaming for more than 22 years. Over his editorial career, he has gained experience at multiple sites, including TheGamer and VeryAli Gaming. Irfan has also earned a degree in Writing and Editing from the University of Michigan. Learn some more about Irfan's gaming journey on his Steam, PSN, and Xbox profiles.

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