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I was wondering, are there any movement speed differences if you hold specific objects in your hand?

I'm interested even in a small movement speed difference, like, in decimals.

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As an aside, I do believe there are mods that add the equivalent of rocket boots, as well as mods that let you adjust your walking speed, although the former mods are usually either SMP only, or not usable in SMP, but the latter is generally useable in SMP, but some PvP servers might make attempts at limiting its use. – Williham Totland Jul 25 '11 at 10:11
Well, yes, with mods you can do plainly everything, I was more interested in native movespeed, but huh, I guess I'll have to do with no movespeed alterations. – joltmode Jul 25 '11 at 11:28
Maybe you should craft a knife? ;) – Zsub Jul 26 '11 at 6:18
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There are no objects or items that affect your movement speed while held, but there are certain objects that will affect your movement speed when used:

  • When thrown, ender pearls will teleport you to the location at which they land (1.9-pre2+)
  • You can craft potions of swiftness that will increase your speed for a short period of time (1.9-pre3+)

There are also environmental effects and actions that modify your movement speed:

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Ah, sad, thanks. – joltmode Jul 25 '11 at 9:39
But.. But.. Everyone walks faster with a knife? – orlp Jul 25 '11 at 13:53
@nightcracker: While that is true, there are no knives in Minecraft. – Williham Totland Jul 25 '11 at 23:26
If you're counting sneaking, you should edit in sprinting as well. – a cat Oct 9 '11 at 7:49

Holding items won't affect your speed, but walking on some items, like water, soul sand, and lava will.

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Why is this downvoted? while brief, its totally correct! – TrewTzu Oct 9 '11 at 8:19
Because it doesn't add anything over the other answer. – o0'. Oct 9 '11 at 9:19

As of 1.6.4, attribute modifiers have been added, which are of much use to custom map makers. If you hold an item with an attribute modifier for speed on it, it will change your movement speed, though this is only in maps as attribute modifiers for speed are impossible to obtain in vanilla minecraft.

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