This is my first post I have a idea for coral reef/warm oceans. As if they are already hard to get sponges are very useful in clearing out large bodies of water and I think it makes sense for sponges to spawn in coral reefs and warm ocean biomes similar to melons growing in jungles. Tell me if this is a good idea? Look at the attachments to see what it might look like.
Now if only Melons (which felt kinda OverPowered to me in Jungles but looked great) could "suck the Air out" of Jungles too, and leave detached Blocks maybe-even in their (just-Airy) wake (no-Water). Of course Rabbits being-edible (and now Fish, as-Mobs, without boring Fishing) exist now too.
Yeah, Sponges are somewhat-limited, Only Generating in O M's. Had to re-check the Wiki for related-stuff:
Bone meal can now be used underwater to create seagrass.
Sure, some may think it OverPowered, but perhaps more OverSponged? Now that I've - absorbed - the idea, I think actually having Sponges be Non-renewable in Warm Oceans is Less "OP( 'ed)." overall, than turning it - eventually - into One Big CUBE (with no Water obviously long-before).
Yea and it would make you actually have a purpose to find a coral reef. Rather than just getting a light source (sea pickles) and decorations (tropical fish and coral) I also like the idea of it blending in with coral of the same color similar to in jungles that melons get covered over by jungle bushes. Sorry if I keep referencing jungles its just what I originally got the idea from.
Quite logical, but would result in changing a non-renewable block to a renewable; as such, I expect considerable resistance.
While I see such a change as desirable, I would prefer the sponge block be made a renewable resource by allowing for conditions under which Elder Gaurdians could spawn (other than generating new chunks)
Assuming the main point of the proposal is to add to coral reefs, perhaps the 'species' of sponge found there could have significantly lesser utility:
allowing 9 reef-sponge ITEMS to be crafted into a reef-sponge BLOCK than could absorb up to 8 water blocks (source or flowing) out to 3 taxicab, and 9 reef-sponge BLOCKS into a [standard; ie equal to current] sponge block might deflate the opposition. [This follows the ice to packed ice to blue ice crafting progression already added.]
This would make sponges a renewable resource while retaining the balue of Ocean Monument sponge rooms.
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WARNING: I have an extemely "grindy" playstyle; YMMV — if this doesn't seem fun to you, mine what you can from it & bin the rest.
I think making mini-sponges as a rarely spawning item that could then be crafted into a full sponge would be okay. I think the concept of making them accessible to less-combat-focused players is good, but you also don't want to make them too common, either.