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 activated, allowing the player to return safely to the Overworld. The poem is shown the first time the player enters the exit portal‌[JE only] or every time the player enters the exit portal.‌[BE only]

The End Poem can be skipped by pressing Esc in Java Edition or tapping "Skip" in Bedrock Edition.

When the End Poem ends, or the player skips the poem, the player will respawn at their spawn point.


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.‌[Java Edition only] During the poem and the credits‌[Java Edition only], the track credits.ogg plays.

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.


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]
Java Edition
1.0.0Added the End poem and the credits.
1.12pre6Added the ability to see the credits by clicking the copyright text.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha the End poem.
releasetrack credit.ogg now play during End poem.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta the credits.