End Poem

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The "End Poem" is a text-based message that appears when the player uses the exit portal.


When the ender dragon dies, the exit portal is created, allowing the player to return safely to the Overworld. When the exit portal is used for the first time, the poem is shown, but it can be skipped by pressing Esc in Java Edition. In Bedrock Edition, users can tap Skip to skip the end poem and the player to return immediately.


The poem itself takes the form of a dialogue between two unidentified speakers who are discussing the player's accomplishments, and lasts 9 minutes 28 seconds. After the poem is finished, the credits play. During the poem and the credits, the track credits.ogg plays.‌[Java Edition only]

Technical details

The End Poem and credits are stored in client.jar; the text of the End Poem is located in assets/minecraft/texts/end.txt, and the text of the credits is in assets/minecraft/texts/credits.txt. They can both be edited with a resource pack. The first speaker's dialog uses the formatting code §3 (or dark aqua), and the second speaker's uses §2 (or dark green). The player's name is inserted with PLAYERNAME, and the scrambled text is stored as §f§k§a§b.



Java Edition Beta
October 16, 2011Notch tweeted, putting out a call for writing talent to write "silly over-the-top out-of-nowhere text" for the end of the game.
The writer Julian Gough[1] wrote what has become known as the End Poem.
Later, Notch stated that Gough's short story The iHole convinced him that Gough was the right person to write the End Poem.[2]