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It is stated that The World has an effective range of 10 meters. It is a close-range stand, and we know that if any of the Joestar group entered this range of 10 meters, they would automatically be killed by The World with the power of the time stop. It's why Dio doesn't kill the group immediately when they reach his coffin, and it's also why Dio has to chase them. Even with The World's time stop ability, the group was not in range. However, Kakyoin was near the edge of a 20 meter Emerald Splash, yet he was killed. How did this happen?

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The stand has a range of "approximately" ten meters, meaning that Kakyoin could've been just inside the Stands Range (unfortunately for him).

Dio probably knows by eye exactly how far away his enemies are from him and whether or not he'd be able to catch them in The World, so he walks forward until Kakyoin is just in range and then uses The World - otherwise he'd be wasting a perfectly good use.

I think also that Emerald Splash was 20 meters in diameter, not 20 meters straight forward, making it more likely that Dio would've been perfectly in range.

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  • Kakyoin says 20 meter radius, so I'm not sure, but the approximation would make sense...
    – Elliot Lin
    Aug 10 '19 at 17:04
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(...) if any of the Joestar group entered this range of 10 meters, they would automatically be killed by The World with the power of the time stop. (...)

10 meters is The World's manifestation range. There is no need for a time stop.

Kakyoin knew this and only this, so he thought he would be somewhat safe if he was in 20 meters of DIO. What he didn't anticipate was for DIO to stop time, approach Kakyoin until he is in range of The World, then attack with The World.


Kakyoin learned the range of The World when he attacked DIO in his car earlier.

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Range means attack range of the stand, not range of time stop. Time stop affects the whole world and is measured in time that Dio can act while everyone else cannot.

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DIO'S The world was by technicality also far more powerful than Star Platinum: The World ever was, as he had practice, and was a vampire. I'm also pretty sure that his effective radius was growing at the same rate that his ability to stop time was after consuming Joseph's Blood.

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    Joseph was alive when Kakyoin died
    – pilgrim
    Sep 3 at 14:28

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