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Sneaking is a gameplay feature that prevents players from falling off of blocks, helps players hide from enemies, among other useful features.


On any PC system, the control for sneaking defaults to ⇧ Shift. The player will be sneaking as long as the key is held down. In Bedrock Edition with touch controls, sneaking is toggled by double-tapping the sneak button (the button with an open circle). In Bedrock Edition with a controller, sneaking is toggled by pressing on the right analog stick until it clicks. Certain actions like opening the inventory can cancel sneaking, even if the player is still holding down the key for sneaking.


A player sneaking to avoid falling into lava.

While sneaking:

  • Players are prevented from walking off edges if the difference in height between the two surfaces is 58 of a block or higher, which makes sneaking highly useful for building horizontally outwards over empty space.
    • The player can still dismount blocks while sneaking by jumping over the block's edge.
    • If the player destroys the block they are standing on while sneaking, they will still fall down.
  • Players move slower, at a speed of about 1.31m/s.
  • Hostile mobs will not become aware of the player until within 80% of the usual detection range.
  • Eye level moves down 18 of a block, and the character model bends over slightly. This can be viewed using F5.
  • The player's hitbox height reduces from its usual 1.8 blocks:
    • In Bedrock Edition, the height becomes 1.65 blocks, allowing movement through spaces as small as 1.75 (2 - 14) blocks high.
    • In Java Edition, the height becomes 1.5 blocks.
  • No footstep sounds occur.
  • In multiplayer, a sneaking player's name tag will be fainter than normal, and invisible to players more than 32 blocks away.
    • Other players in multiplayer will not see a sneaking player's name tag through solid blocks.
  • If players are on a ladder or vine, they do not move down. This gives the impression of holding on to that specific ladder rung or vine. Mining speed is still decreased by a factor of 5.
  • Players may place certain items and blocks on some block entities. For example, placing a hopper on a chest, a torch on a furnace, or redstone on a command block.
  • Players are able to interact with a horse when pressing use item control while holding the sneak key.
  • Sneaking will prevent the player from bouncing on slime blocks, making the player take fall damage.
  • Magma blocks do not cause harm.
  • Redstone ore does not light if stepped on by a sneaking player.
  • If the player is submerged in water, sneaking will make them sink faster.

Sneaking does not affect:

  • Jump height: players can still jump up to the same heights and at the same vertical speed. Horizontal jump speed and distance is decreased, however.
  • Farmland and crops: they will still be trampled when jumped upon.



This section needs more information.
Information requested: I believe ocelots can sneak; any other such mobs?
Java Edition Classic
May 18, 2009Sneaking was first suggested on the TIGSource forum.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.1.1Added sneaking.
Java Edition Beta
1.4Sneaking gained the additional function of holding the player's place on a ladder.
1.6Test Build 3Added the ability to sneak up and down half-meter slopes.
Java Edition
1.3.1?The player no longer falls off the edge of a block if they stop sneaking too soon after reaching the edge.
1.4.612w49aThe player can now place blocks, such as redstone dust or levers, on interactable blocks while sneaking.
1.6.1?Sneaking is now used to get out for all transportation methods, such as: boats, horses and minecarts
The player's arm changes position when sneaking.
1.915w42aSneaking lowers the player's hitbox from the normal height of 1.8 blocks to 1.65 blocks.
15w49aSneaking now increases exhaustion by 0.005/m, decreased from 0.01/m.
1.1116w32aSneaking no longer increases exhaustion.
16w44aSneaking now prevents drops from heights of 58 of a block or greater (any drop higher than a half-block); previously, it was 1 full block or greater.
1.1318w07cA smooth transition is applied to the camera when the player sneaks.
1.1419w12aSneaking now lowers the player's hitbox to 1.5 blocks.
19w14aEntering any vertical space 1.5 or taller but less than 1.8 blocks tall initiates the sneaking pose.
Pre-Release 1Entering any vertical space 1.5 or taller but less than 1.8 blocks tall initiates actual sneaking, - the non-interactivity of blocks.
1.1519w41aSneak inputs can now be switched between Hold and Toggle mode in the Accessibility Options.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Added sneaking.
0.15.0build 1Sneaking can be used to access a horse, donkey, or mule's inventory.
Sneaking is now used to dismount from animals.
0.16.0build 1The player uses a sneaking stance when flying downwards.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha can be used to access a llama's inventory.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta is now used to change armor stand poses.
1.10.0beta is now used to block with shields.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 1Added sneaking.


Issues relating to "Sneaking" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • In creative mode, if the player holds the sneak button and then double taps the space bar to fly, they jump up and are stuck at the height they jumped up in and stay like that until they release the space bar. However, this isn't a bug because the sneak key is also the key used in flying to a lower altitude, so using both keys at the same time purposefully keeps the player still.
  • In Bedrock Edition, the player uses a sneaking stance when flying downwards. The player will also be able to place blocks on chests, furnaces and other utility blocks in this stance, suggesting the player is actually in a sneaking mode. In Java Edition, the player no longer enters sneak mode when flying downwards, but they still don't interact with blocks by right-clicking.
  • In Bedrock Edition, the player can bridge out by looking at the air block they are placing on, though it must be adjacent to an existing block. This works even if the player is not sneaking.[1]
    • In Java Edition, the player must travel to the very edge of the block (usually by sneaking) and look backwards to place the next block.