I was trying to create IK constraint following a Nathan Vegdahl tutorial, and everything was nice and shiny, until I tried to actually move a bone. It's not moving, only rotating. I see that transform lock panel on location is grey and completely locked, and I have no idea what's wrong.

Screenshot of bone and inspector panels

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What you see is normal behaviour. A bone is defined by two points, the head and tail (also called root and tip).

When a bone is connected to its parent bone, in pose mode you are unable to move the head, you can only rotate the bone so that its tail is in a different location.

To move the head of the bone you need to rotate its parent bone so that the connecting point is in a different location.

Blender provides user feedback by fading out the location of the bone when you can't directly edit that property using the current selection.


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