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The hand is the most basic “tool” in Minetest. Its main uses are collecting items (by clicking on them), breaking the weakest blocks and being capable of punching.

As a digging tool, it has the slowest digging times of all tools.

As a weapon, it has a punch interval of 0.9 seconds and usually deals damage of Half heart.pngto the target. The hand has a pointing range of 4, which means you can point blocks up to a distance of 4 blocks.

You can collect items with most items or tools (except food) as well, so using only the hand has no real benefit over using a “real” tool or weapon.

However, with the hand you can break more blocks than you would expect:

are just some of them. However, the digging speed is very slow.

The “implicit” hand

If you carry an item which is not a tool (for example: a stone), it has the same properties as you’d have with the hand, which means, you can collect items and dig the weakest blocks with the same digging time as with the hand. If you use a tool to break a block for which this tool wasn’t build for, the digging time also equals those of the hand as long as the block is breakable by hand at all. The tool does not wear off from that. For example, if you use a pickaxe to dig out dirt, the pickaxe behaves exactly like the hand.

Creative Mode

In Creative Mode, the hand becomes incredibly powerful. Its pointing range is increased to 10 blocks, damage is increased to Heart.pngHeart.pngHeart.pngHeart.pngHeart.png and it can mine almost every block, also much faster than usual.

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