I looked up a bunch of websites online, and answers vary from 3-5 (https://hypixel.net/threads/minecraft-maximum-attack-range.180414/). Some say client side is 3 blocks and server side is 6, so it can vary between 3-6 (https://www.spigotmc.org/threads/anyone-know-the-maximum-hit-distance.245846/).

From my experience, on all servers I played on (12+), my anecdotal data is averaging 2-3 blocks, with 3 probably being the maximum. But I haven't done an experiment with a player standing still, asking them their F3 coordinates, and comparing them with my F3 coordinates while making sure I'm able to hit them, and then subtracting the difference to find the distance I can hit them at. I would think that would be the most accurate way to measure it and probably include ping at current time just in case that becomes a variable.

  • It amazes me that this question doesn't have a definitive answer yet. This has been a question for so long. – Corsaka Sep 25 at 8:15
  • @Corsaka This has been tweaked quite a bit over time, different weapons have different reach, and the numbers aren't a round number of blocks. I could give the numbers for combat snapshots as they've been revealed when the snapshots were released, but when the last tweak to vanilla ranges was made? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ – SF. Sep 25 at 8:29
  • @SF. Wait, since when have different weapons had different reach? I think the main problem is that we just don't know what the reach is; it's always been speculation. I need to go find another minecraft account and test this out. – Corsaka Sep 25 at 8:30
  • @Corsaka: I might be mistaken on that point too - they definitely do in the combat snapshots (the hoe has the longest!). – SF. Sep 25 at 8:32

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