I was thinking about ways to enable players to place blocks at range, from slings that throw blocks to ender-related items that teleport them into place, then got this idea from the bundle mechanics.
A Scarab would be able to hold up to a stack of a single placeable item and when used it would fly forward and place the block on the surface the player was looking at before flying back. The Scarab won’t be removed from the hotbar once sent out, but the player can’t switch out what it's holding until it returns.
If a Scarab is in the off-hand slot and the off-hand key is pressed to equip a placeable item to the off-hand slot, the item will instead be inserted into the Scarab’s held inventory or switch with an item already being held by the Scarab. If it reaches its max flight distance and is within a 1 block distance form an appropriate space to place its held block, it will automatically place the held block in that space before returning. It can be placed inside of and launched from a dispenser, which the Scarab will return to after placing its held block or failing to do so. They would have durability and can be enchanted.
It would be obtained by finding items called Scarab Fragments which when a number of them are crafted together will make a Scarab. The fragments could be found rarely in a variety of locations including desert temple loot, archeology loot from desert excavation sites, or loot from some kind of sandstone/desert-themed cave biome if it exists.
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