End Poem

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The "End Poem" is a text-based message written by Julian Gough[1] that appears after the player travels to the End and kills the Ender Dragon, "beating" Minecraft. Upon the Ender Dragon's death, an End Portal is generated, allowing the player to travel back to the Overworld safely. Every time the portal is used, the poem is shown, but can be skipped by pressing Esc. The poem itself takes the form of a dialog between two unidentified speakers who are discussing the player's accomplishments, and lasts 9 minutes 28 seconds.

The text of the End Poem is located in /assets/minecraft/texts/end.txt in the Minecraft .jar file. The first speaker's dialog uses the formatting code §3, and the second speaker's uses §2. The player's name is inserted with PLAYERNAME, and the scrambled text is stored as §f§k§a§b.

Notch has stated that Gough's short story The iHole convinced him that Gough was the right person to write the End Poem.[2]