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To my surprise, I could not find this by googling, but what is the arm reach of the player? As in, how far can you mine blocks while standing in one place?

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there is a mod or somethieng that lets you place blocks like 1000 blocks away i dont know the name of it –  user24997 May 6 '12 at 12:50
    
...Why not just try it yourself and find out? –  GnomeSlice May 6 '12 at 13:59
    
@GnomeSlice: I don't own Minecraft... –  El'endia Starman May 6 '12 at 17:44
    
@GnomeSlice: even if every person who wonders this can easily repeat Kevin's experiment, it's still an interesting enough question to ask, and receive a public answer. –  TokenMacGuy May 7 '12 at 21:32
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As of Minecraft 1.0, the reach distance seems to have changed. It appears to be 4 metres (blocks) in SSP (survival single player), and 5 meters in multiplayer (most likely to compensate for the lag, making combat and block placement easier).


In my testing, when mining directly in front of your character (at head level) and when right against the block you are mining, you can mine four blocks ahead of your player. (I was right against the red wool block, and I couldn't reach the cyan block at the end.)

Rainbow blocks! Third person view.


To further research the reach of the character, I experimented to see how far I could reach on the green block while still being able to mine it. I was able to reach about two-fifths on the block before I couldn't mine it anymore. (My cursor is on the very furthest point that I could still mine the block.)

Two-fifths by my estimation at least.

Because calculating his reach based on exactly where his arm is relative to the physics engine and how far exactly I reached on the green block would be difficult, I'm going to estimate that he reaches approximately 3.6 meters.

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This is good, but it doesn't tell me if the mining distance is just barely over 3 or just under 4. –  El'endia Starman Aug 8 '11 at 1:25
    
Good point. I'll do a little more research. –  Kevin Y Aug 8 '11 at 1:27
    
I did my own experiment with this some time ago and came up with the same result. Also: 1) placing blocks has the same range, and 2) using a tool doesn't extend your range. –  Ben Blank Aug 8 '11 at 21:02
    
If you could reach 2/5ths of the blocks, wouldn't that mean his reach is 3.*4*? –  John the Green Aug 9 '11 at 16:31
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@Arkive Good idea. –  Kevin Y Nov 27 '11 at 2:37
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