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If I hear a skeleton, or a zombie, how far away could he be? Obviously he can be right next to me, but what is the largest possible range?

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He COULD be right next to you, perhaps underground or a nearby wall. – Resorath Mar 3 '11 at 22:21
If it's a creeper, it's too late. Sssssssssssssss.... – user3389 Mar 4 '11 at 2:39
Most of the time, they'll emit sounds when they are in the range they start attacking you. Wich mean, they are at most at 16 blocks from you. Doesn't apply to ghosts, wich are long-ranged monsters. You should look at this thread. – Lysarion Mar 4 '11 at 8:36
After large amounts of digging, I was unable to find the answer. The code from the relevant area is not deobfuscated. ._. – Not a Name Mar 7 '11 at 16:34
Haha, you sure love your source digging @Not a Name. :) – Kevin Y Mar 9 '11 at 1:23

I've done some testing, and it seems that it is 16 blocks, from the mob's head to yours. I tested by encasing a pig with dirt, but I assume that it's the same for all mobs. Except Ghasts, that is. It's definitely longer there, probably 100 blocks.

BTW, yes, the pig is perfectly fine except for the time I accidentally hit him, and the time that he got shot by a skeleton.

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It seems they emits sounds only when you are in their aggro sphere, which is 16blocks wide. Don't remember the exact value for ghosts, but i believe it's 120/150 blocks. – Lysarion Mar 9 '11 at 8:22
@Lysarion Yeah, that's what I assumed and then tried to imply. It's not just their sight range though, since your head is what "receives" the sound. Ghasts (with an 'a') can see for 100 blocks. You even linked to Not a Name's awesome answer, and that's why I assumed that in mine. – Ullallulloo Mar 9 '11 at 16:10
Also, it is very hard to hear something 15.5 blocks away, so you still might not hear things even when they are making noise. – Ullallulloo Mar 9 '11 at 16:17
16 / 100 would match the visibility numbers to boot. – Raven Dreamer May 16 '11 at 1:22
Gasts don't have a limit to their sound range. they make sound and aslong as they don't despawn it's gonna keep playing. (making it probebly 128 blocks at which they instandly despawn) – CoderGuy Jan 28 at 15:36

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