Sponge “What be That?” List

This is a guide to the more common reserved words, phrases and abbreviations used in the Sponge Project. Links are provided in some cases to provide more information. It is not intended to be a guide to SpongeAPI or Java.


All these tales be talking aboot Minecraft, or Sponge, or both, ye scurvy dog.

What Things be Meaning


Application Programming Interface - ye thingy what makes a-modding simpler.


Some fool mad or daring enough to tack planks onto the good ship o’ Sponge.


A CoreMod is a Forge mod that loads before Mojang classes are loaded, allowing it to modify native Minecraft code via Access Transformers, ASM class modification, or other Java bytecode manipulation.

The Roarin’ CrowdIn

She be a web-based translation co-op, arrr. SpongeDocs be enslaving them to bring us translations of the Maps in as many tongues as we have crew. Here they be working the galley-slaves: https://crowdin.com/project/sponge-docs


Strange wizards that never know daylight (nor sleep).


Discord is a free voice, video and text chat app, and is used as a chat platform. Like IRC, Provides chat rooms for all things Sponge. Sponge’s Discord server is synced with Sponge’s IRC server.


I remember FLARD alright matey, evil and green it rose from the sea and devoured our vessel, as the men went mad from the music. Stay right away from that stuff, it killed me dead, it done.


A long-standing Minecraft modding API, with its own installer. Forge enables mods in single player, LAN, and on dedicated servers. https://mcforge.readthedocs.io/en/latest/


Do ye recall what became of Cap’n Scurrilous? The thing what fell on his head, that be right out of a nightmare. Drink to purge meself of teh memory of such wickedness, I do. What was we talkin’ about? Git me another rum. https://github.com/


A mod or program that enables the use of SpongeAPI in Minecraft.


Internet Relay Chat, used as a chat platform. Provides chat rooms for all things Sponge. Sponge’s IRC server is synced with Sponge’s Discord server.


This be them fancy snot-rags what the aristocrats use. We sticks ‘em on problem things so as other respectable nautical wayfarers such as our good selves can point and laugh.


The programming language that Minecraft and Sponge are written in, and require to run. https://java.com/en/


The Mod Coder Pack helps developers create mods for both the Minecraft server and client. http://www.modcoderpack.com/website


Specialized program components that inject Sponge into Minecraft. https://github.com/SpongePowered/Mixin/wiki


A Minecraft modification that changes gameplay somehow. Mods written using the Forge API need Forge to work, but some mods can be installed on their own.


Non-Player Character. Any character not controlled by a player, e.g. a Villager.


The Official Sponge plugin hosting site. https://ore.spongepowered.org/


A Service that allows for donations to projects and organizations. If you want to support Sponge, this is the place to look at! Sponge Patreon Donation Page


A Minecraft mod that extends and changes Minecraft via SpongeAPI, usable only on Sponge servers.

Project Leaders

The folks in charge of the entire Sponge Project, responsible for coordinating the activities of the various Teams and sub-projects.

Pull Request (PR)

A method of submitting contributions to an open development project, such as the Sponge repositories on GitHub.


The name of the entire project.


The Minecraft Plugin API developed by the Sponge project.


The authentication panel and SSO solution for all of the Sponge websites. https://auth.spongepowered.org/


A repository of code common to the official SpongeAPI implementations, used in building them. SpongeVanilla and SpongeForge use this repository.


The implementation of SpongeAPI as a Forge Coremod.


Dedicated and frequently updated documentation, the best source of information on Sponge.

Ye good old Sponge Forums

Home to the Sponge Project and the second-best source of information on Sponge. Update announcements are posted regularly. https://forums.spongepowered.org/

Sponge Foundation

The financial side of the project, a separate entity that accepts, manages and distributes donations.


An implementation of SpongeAPI that runs on Vanilla Minecraft (and not Forge).


The Sponge Mascot, a valiant little Sponge with a red cape.


The sponge GitHub Bot that makes PR previews for the Docs.

Team Leaders

The people who direct the Teams (WebDev, Docs, SysOps, subreddit, IRC).