A Guide To Minecraft Parkour: Detailed Guide On How To Overcome Any Parkour Course [Minetorials Contest Entry]


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Hey guys. This is a complex guide to Parkour that is made for anyone to be able to easily understand. This is my competition entry to the 'Minetorials: Tutorials with a Minecraft Theme' so let me know what you think. Lets get straight to it :)

Parkour is one of the most popular events in Minecraft. Almost every server you go on will have a Parkour course, each being extremely different and unique. The jumps change, the setting changes and the style changes. I'm going to share some useful tips for when you're next trying out a Parkour course :)

The Types Of Jumps

There are many types of jumps in Parkour. Some you only have to jump 1 block, and others can make you jump 4 blocks. You need to assess how long the jump is before you attempt it. Bare in mind that:

> Without sprinting, your minecraft character can jump 2 blocks maximum.
> Whilst sprinting, your minecraft character can jump 4 blocks maximum.
> Note that if you have a Potion of Swiftness, you CANNOT jump further! It only increases walking speed.
> Remember, just because you don't HAVE to sprint, it can sometimes be a good idea to be sure :)

So if you can see that the jump is 2 blocks long and 1 block high, you have a 3 block jump, meaning you must sprint. Here's some examples:

This jump has a gap of 2 blocks, meaning that sprinting IS NOT required:


This jump has a gap of 1 block, but also rises 1 block, which makes it a 2 block jump, meaning that sprinting IS NOT required:


This jump only has a gap of 2 blocks, but also rises 1 block, which makes it a 3 block jump, meaning that sprinting IS required:


This jump doesn't rise up at all but has a gap of 4. This is a 4 block jump, the maximum in Minecraft, meaning that sprinting IS required:


This jump has a gap of 3 blocks and rises up 1 block. This is also a 4 block jump and sprinting IS required:


Ok so those are the 'basic' jumps. However, there are harder jumps out there. Lets take a look!

Diagonal Jumps

Diagonal jumps aren't as bad as they seem, but they are a bit different. The maximum diagonal jump possible is one that doesn't rise at all and has a gap of 3 blocks in a diagonal direction, like this one:


The math involved with diagonal jumps is hard to explain, so I will put up pictures and separately explain each of them so they are more understandable.

This jump IS possible:


This jump IS possible:


This jump IS NOT possible:


This jump IS possible:


This jump IS possible:


Now I'd like to share a little tip with you about jumps where there is a block above where you are jumping from. Here is an example:


With this jump, because of the block above you, you need to sprint (even though the jump has a 2 block gap) and you need to jump when you are at the very edge of the starting block. It is a VERY difficult jump, but just make sure you don't jump too early! Also on this particular jump is a block above the next block too. You must make yourself run into that block and keep holding down 'W' (or whatever key you use to make your character go forward) so that when you start falling and become in line with the 2 block gap between the 2 blocks, you will move into it. Be careful not to hold down 'W' too long and end up walking straight through and falling!

Ladder Jumps

Finally there are the 'Ladder' jumps. These are the ones where you must jump onto a ladder to reach the block. This can either be done as a sideways jump to add more challenge to the jump, or it can be done as a straight/diagonal jump to add more distance to the jump.

Here's an example of a 'Sideways Ladder Jump':


Here's an example of a 'Straight/Diagonal Ladder Jump':


Final Tips

>First of all, to get better, you have to practice. It can be stressful sometimes but you just have to stick it out to gett better! Remember, 'Practice makes Perfect'

> Sometimes there will be 4 iron bars or glass panes put together for a jump. Beware around these as you CAN fall through the hole in the middle. Always watch out for Iron Bar/Glass Pane jumps, they're usually there to try and catch you out!

> Remember to not rush! Judge the jump before you attempt it. You will get faster over time :)

> If you are getting annoyed by continual failing on Parkour, the worst thing to do is keep trying it. Parkour is meant to be fun! Take a break and come back to it later :)

> As frustrating as falling is, don't start cursing in chat. Let's keep Minecraft clean :)

If you have any questions or feel like I have missed out an essential part, please let me know in the comments section.

I'd also love to get some feedback on my Parkour guide, so don't be shy!

Thanks guys, and enjoy!

Update #2 : 07/18/2012 8:50:44 am7/18/12


Update #1 : 07/13/2012 7:11:06 am7/13/12

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  • MCRadium_YT
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  • March 28, 2016, 8:35 pm
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  • Scertile
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • February 17, 2016, 9:56 am
I'm not sure if it already said or not, but how do you do a corner jump? (like from one face of a block round to another?)
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  • Thunder Claw
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • July 12, 2015, 8:08 pm
thanks :)
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What map are you using?
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  • Medge
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  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 2, 2015, 5:58 am
Dude.. what's up, it's me KeenPhantom :)
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  • Sonic Kid
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  • New Network
  • March 30, 2015, 8:12 am
Very Helpful!!!
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  • RagingTrol
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  • New Explorer
  • February 21, 2015, 3:21 pm
You can clear a 5 block jump... me and my friend TheFancySpider did it whle we were building our parkour map, 2 fer 1
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  • Yldron
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 20, 2014, 7:48 am
"This jump only has a gap of 2 blocks, but also rises 1 block, which makes it a 3 block jump, meaning that sprinting IS required"

This is wrong. I did this before sprint was implemented and it still works. Does not need sprint. But as you rightly said,  just because you don't HAVE to sprint, it can sometimes be a good idea to be sure.
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Very helpful. Thanks! :)
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i just need some good tips like when im running and im on a ladder but their is a block kinda on in between where i have to jump onto the next block, dont knw if that made sence lol
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  • sirmustachio
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Architect
  • September 4, 2013, 5:35 pm
Sometimes its good to just continue running and not stop for the reason of keeping a steady beat in your head.
Four block jump require you to jump on the edge of the block which is hard but if you keep a steady beat and have a couple constant jump you'll land on the edge of the block so the next step for you to do is jump.
The thing that makes 4 block jumps harder is the fact that people stop on the block and take a step back to get a good run up. That will mess up your timing. If you go back to the block behind and start up the beat you'll be able to nail the jump if you know what I'm saying.
Great guide but just thought I might add to it from my experiences.
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How do you parkour with a block on top of u so (2 blocks tall parkour)
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I appreciate you making this! I am making a parkour course for a Sabotage map and I was wondering what is possible and what wasn't. I searched a little bit, and then you finally gave me what I needed.
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very well done. helped me get minigun from the parkour on mc war:)
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  • suzy900
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  • Expert Explorer
  • April 26, 2013, 6:59 am
awesome UvU
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  • Mechanic77
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  • Artisan Skinner
  • April 5, 2013, 6:17 am
Awesome! Great work, didn't know parkour was so technical o.o
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how can i bring friends on to a parkour map so we can all play together?
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  • RagingTrol
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • February 21, 2015, 3:23 pm
you can get logmein hamachi and use that with lan without being on the same router
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  • Drezzed
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Ninja
  • May 22, 2013, 2:22 pm
Well, if the friends can come over, then you can open it to a LAN world. If they can't, then you will have to open it to a private server.
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  • htmlman1
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • February 6, 2013, 1:05 pm
i'd like to say something..i jumped 5 blocks with sprinting once
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  • RagingTrol
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  • New Explorer
  • February 21, 2015, 3:24 pm
So did me and my friend.... Its hard to do a 5 block jump but it's possible
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u must have jump boost :P
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  • minimite
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  • Apprentice Engineer
  • January 25, 2014, 5:04 am
Well, you can jump 4 blocks 1 block up...
But he MIGHT have jump boost!
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  • L3wis
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 28, 2013, 7:13 am
This is what I needed as I am getting into parkour maps.
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  • Jelozier101
  • Level 42
  • Master Technomancer
  • January 27, 2013, 6:54 pm
Very well done!!
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Can you go to this server "" and tell me if the hardest level of parkour there is beatable?
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  • ironjack9899
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • August 17, 2012, 6:10 pm
Great guide Charlie! Hope to see more guides in the future! (and maybe a new faction server hint hint =p)
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this is great! how did u get the pictures to work? i tried, but they just turned up blank. the funny thing is, my minetorials entry is on how to BUILD a good parkour. yours is about HOW to do a parkour. XD click here to check mine out.
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thanks! I uploaded the pictures on imgur then when I hit 'Add Picture' you put in the URL given to you by imgur when you upload. Good luck in the contest!
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i got the url too! i guess it was just a glitch. ill try again. thx. and may the odds be EVER in your favor!
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