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The 5 most important things you need to know about spectator mode in Minecraft

Originating from Minecraft: Java Edition 1.8, spectator mode is a way for players to observe their worlds without interacting with them.

The mode can be accessed in the Java and Bedrock editions of the game. It can be a very useful tool for investigation.

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Spectator mode in Minecraft can be accessed through various means. This includes console commands, button commands like F3 + N and F3 + F4, as well as using spectator mode in Bedrock Edition and entering the appropriate command. The mode allows players to walk through solid blocks and entities to see whatever they want.

While Spectator Mode is certainly useful, there are certain things worth keeping in mind when using it.

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Flight Speed, Mob View, and 3 Other Things You Need to Know When Using Minecraft Spectator Mode

1) Spectators are completely invisible

Mobs and mobs spawners will not notice a bystander when they get close (Image via Minecraft Wiki)
Mobs and mob generators will not notice a spectator when they get close (Image via Minecraft Wiki)

Players in Minecraft Spectator mode will not have to worry about disturbing mobs or triggering traps or spawning mobs. For all intents and purposes, Spectator Mode users are completely invisible and don’t activate any blocks or things like pressure plates. However, spectators can still be targeted by commands triggered by them or their fellow players.

Interestingly, even though spectators are no longer visible in-game, they can still be seen using commands that apply the glowing status effect to them.

2) Viewers are essentially immortal

Hazards like lava cannot harm viewers (Image via Mojang)
Hazards like lava cannot harm viewers (Image via Mojang)

In Spectator mode, Minecraft players are completely intangible. Although this makes them capable of passing through solid blocks, they can also pass through any and all hazards, including lava and fire. Any projectile fired by hostile mobs or other players will also pass directly through a spectator.

However, there are limits to the protection that Spectator Mode offers. If a spectator enters the Void, they will take damage and eventually die. Additionally, bystanders can still be killed via the /kill command if targeted with it.

3) Flight speed in spectator mode

Viewers can fly even faster than those in creative mode (Image via Mojang)
Viewers can fly even faster than those in creative mode (Image via Mojang)

It’s certainly no secret that Minecraft players in Spectator mode can fly. However, they can do it at a higher speed compared to when they are in creative mode.

This is because spectators can increase the speed of their flight by using the mouse wheel or the sprint button. It is possible to reach a maximum speed of 87,111 meters per second.

This can be incredibly useful for traversing a world and getting to a specific point quickly. The maximum flight speed is also not slowed down when passing through solid objects, so it can be used to target deep underground.

4) Interaction with GUI

Spectator mode limits interaction with the Minecraft UI (Image via Mojang)
Spectator mode limits interaction with the Minecraft UI (Image via Mojang)

As an intangible entity, viewers are limited in their interactions with the game’s menus and user interface.

For example, players in Spectator mode can open their standard Minecraft inventory but not pick up, move, or place items. Additionally, loot chests cannot be opened and players cannot pick up items on the ground when spectating.

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It is important to note that these parameters are enforced in Minecraft: Java Edition. Those who play Bedrock Edition may have a different experience.

5) Mob View in Java Edition

A Creeper's view in Java Edition spectator mode (Image via Mojang)
A Creeper’s view in Java Edition spectator mode (Image via Mojang)

While spectating in Java Edition, players can click or hit the attack button on an entity. Doing so will allow the viewer to see the world through the eyes of the selected entity. This can be done for mobs as well as entities like End Crystals, activated TNT, or even an armor stand.

Players can see everything through the eyes of different mobs, many of which have a unique view of the world. For example, Creepers see the world through a green-tinted lens, while Endermen see things in an inverted color scheme.

Edited by Rachel Syemlieh

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