Top 5 things to know about spectator mode in Minecraft


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

The mode is accessible in the Java and Bedrock editions of the game. It can be a very useful investigative tool.

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Spectator mode can be accessed in Minecraft through a variety of means. This includes console commands, button commands such as F3+N and F3+F4, as well as using the spectator mode toggle in Bedrock Edition and entering the appropriate command. The mode allows players to cycle through solid blocks and entities to see anything they wish.

While spectator mode is certainly useful, there are a few things to keep in mind when using it.


Flight Speed, Crowd View, and 3 Other Things to Know When Using Minecraft Spectator Mode

1) Spectators are completely invisible

Mobs and mob generators will not notice a spectator when approaching (Image via Minecraft Wiki)
Mobs and mob generators will not notice a spectator when approaching (Image via Minecraft Wiki)

Minecraft spectator mode players won’t have to worry about disturbing mobs or setting off traps or mob generators. For all intents and purposes spectator mode users are completely invisible and do not activate any blocks or items like pressure plates. However, spectators can still be targeted by commands activated by them or their teammates.

Interestingly enough, while Spectators are no longer visible in-game, they can still be seen using commands that apply the Glowing status effect to them.


2) Spectators are essentially immortal

Hazards such as lava cannot harm spectators (Image via Mojang)
Hazards such as lava cannot harm spectators (Image via Mojang)

In spectator mode, Minecraft players are totally intangible. While this makes them capable of traversing solid blocks, they can also traverse all hazards, including lava and fire. Any projectiles fired by hostile mobs or other players will also pass directly through a spectator.

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


3) Flight speed in spectator mode

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

It’s certainly no secret that Minecraft players in spectator mode can steal. However, they can do so at higher speeds than when in creative mode.

Spectators can increase their flight speed 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 reaching a specific point quickly. Max flight speed also doesn’t slow down when passing through solid objects, so it can be used to navigate deep underground.


4) Interaction with graphical interfaces

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

As an intangible entity, spectators are limited in their interactions with in-game menus and the user interface.

For example, players in spectator mode can open their standard Minecraft inventory but not pick up, move, or place items. Additionally, loot boxes cannot be opened and players cannot pick up items from the ground while in Spectator mode.

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


5) Mob View in Java Edition

The vision of a Creeper in the spectator mode of Java Edition (Image via Mojang)
The vision of a Creeper in the spectator mode of Java Edition (Image via Mojang)

In spectator mode in Java Edition, players can click or press an entity’s attack button. This will allow the viewer to see the world through the eyes of the selected entity. This can be done for monsters, as well as entities such as End Crystals, TNT activated, or even armor support.

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

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh





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