While Explosive Pads dont break blocks, they can still hurt, even to other mobs. throwing down a few explosive pads is a viable option when exploring a new cave.
Explosive JumpingEditBy explosive jumping, you can cover insane amounts of ground. Because explosive pads have a huge knockback, laying down a explosive pad, then jumping in the direction you want to go while detonating it will cause you to get thrown up in your desired direction.
When paired with the Mantreads, you can use explosive jumping to stomp nearby players, doing damage or even killing them. This also works well because the mantreads also limit falling damage.