I want to execute a command on all players withhin a distance from an armorstand (Let's call him "A"). The distance is stored in the scoreboard "Distance" for that armorstand ("Distance" of A is e.g. 13). This means that execute as @e[name=A] at @s as @a[distance=..13] ... doesn't do the trick, because the 13 is a constant here and I don't really want a command for every possible distance from 1 to 100.

I had the idea to store the distance of all players to that armorstand in their "Distance"-score and then compare the 2 scores for every player. But I don't know a way to store the distance in an scoreboard or to get it with a command.

Is there a way to do this?

  • What do you mean by "doesn't do the trick....from 1 to 100"? Also, by "comparing distance, do you want to find the nearest player?
    – WarpPrime
    Commented Sep 9, 2020 at 11:53
  • @fasterthanlight I would need one command for every possible distance, which I don't want if avoidable. But I also want to be able to change the distance for the armorstand without changing the code.
    – IceFreez3r
    Commented Sep 9, 2020 at 12:27
  • Have you tried taking a scoreboard variable and tweaking it with seperate commands, and taking that value as the max distance?
    – WarpPrime
    Commented Sep 9, 2020 at 12:57
  • @fasterthanlight This pretty much exactly the question. How do I take that value as the max distance?
    – IceFreez3r
    Commented Sep 9, 2020 at 13:11
  • Ok, so you want nothing else but that, right?
    – WarpPrime
    Commented Sep 9, 2020 at 13:12

1 Answer 1


I found a solution on YouTube:


Here is essentially what he is doing:

  • Take first entity with as @e[tag=a], Take the second entity with at @e[sort=nearest,limit=1]
  • Read and store the Position of both entities with
execute store result score @s math_in run data get entity @s Pos[0] 100
  • Compute the lengths x2-x1, y2-y1, z2-z1, square and add them
  • To compute the square root, he states to use the Newton-Raphson, 4 iterations approach. I don't have the math skills to quickly understand that method, but the results the datapack give are correct. To get the full list of commands, download his datapack.

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