Ender Chest

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Ender Chest
Ender Chest JE2 BE2.gif



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Yes (7)





Catches fire from lava


Ender chests are a type of chest that can store items, and whose contents can be accessed from anywhere in the world.



Ender chests require a pickaxe to be mined. Otherwise, they drop nothing. Unless the pickaxe is enchanted with Silk Touch, the ender chest drops 8 obsidian. Any pickaxe allows the ender chest to drop either itself or 8 obsidian, despite obsidian itself only being obtainable with a diamond or netherite pickaxe.[1]

Block Ender Chest
Hardness 22
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 110
Wooden 16.5
Stone 8.25
Iron 5.5
Diamond 4.15
Netherite 3.7
Golden 2.75
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[edit]

An ender chest naturally generates alongside a chest in certain end city treasure rooms.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Obsidian +
Eye of Ender


Ender chests can be opened by pressing the use control. If a solid block is placed above an ender chest, it cannot open.

Ender chests can be used like normal chests, except all ender chests in the world are interconnected, including in different dimensions. The ender chest's inventory is also separate for each player; consequently, items stored in an ender chest cannot be seen or taken by other players. Also, items stored inside of an ender chest can be retained even if the player dies.

Another fact is that ender chest cannot be equipped to entities such as mules or donkeys, because these entities only support common chests.

Ender chests contain 27 slots for storage and can be placed next to other ender chests without joining; they cannot be combined into double chests.

Ender chests cannot be moved by pistons and do not interact with hoppers, droppers, or comparators.

Ender chests emit a light level of 7.

Despite being comprised largely of obsidian, they are not immune to destruction by the ender dragon, which Mojang has confirmed to be intentional.[2]

It is possible to greatly increase the space of an ender chest by pairing it with shulker boxes.


Piglins become hostile toward players who open or mine an ender chest.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
Chest closes??block.ender_chest.closesubtitles.block.chest.close??16
Chest opens??block.ender_chest.opensubtitles.block.chest.open??16
  1. a b MC-177082

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)Translation key
Ender Chestender_chest guarded_by_piglinsblock.minecraft.ender_chest
NameNamespaced ID
Block entityender_chest

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Ender Chestender_chest 130tile.enderChest.name
NameSavegame ID
Block entityEnderChest

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, ender chests use the following data values:

Bits Values

A three-bit field storing a value from 2 to 5:

  • 2: Chest facing north
  • 3: Chest facing south
  • 4: Chest facing west
  • 5: Chest facing east

Invalid values default to 2.

0x8 Unused.

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction the ender chest's latch is on.
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing an ender chest.
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this ender chest.

Bedrock Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction the chest's latch is on.
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing a chest.

Block entity[edit]

An ender chest has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.


The contents of an ender chest are not stored in the block but in the player-nbt under the tag "EnderItems".

/data get entity @p EnderItems[<slot>]


Java Edition
1.3.112w21aEnder Chest (S) JE1 BE1.png Added ender chests.
Ender chests currently share the same inventory for all players on a server. Jeb stated that this would be changed to a separate inventory for every player in snapshot 12w24a.[3]
Ender chests are based on a suggestion thread on Reddit.[4][5] This idea was previously made into a mod by Ecu and ChickenBones.[6]
In response to some users' feelings on the functionality of ender chests, Jeb plans to test a feature he has yet to specify in relation to them.[7]
12w24aEnder chests now work per-player in multiplayer (holds an inventory per player instead of shared across the world).
Ender chests now drop 8 obsidian when destroyed, except when mined with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch.
1.814w29aEnder chests now show the cracking animation.
1.915w31aEnder chests now naturally generate in end cities.
The item model of ender chests has been rotated, to have the front face in view of the player.
1.10pre2Ender chests now have unique sound effects.
1.1116w32aThe tile entity ID has been changed from EnderChest to ender_chest.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 130.
17w50aXmas chest.png Xmas large chest.png Ender chests now look like presents between December 24 and 26 to suit Christmas.
18w10dWater can now be placed on the same block as an ender chest.
1.1418w43aEnder Chest (S) JE2 BE2.png The texture of ender chests has been changed.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha Chest (S) JE1 BE1.png Added ender chests.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13beta chests now have unique sound effects.
1.4.0beta can now be placed on the same block as an ender chest.
1.10.0beta Chest (S) JE2 BE2.png The texture of ender chests has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU1 1.04 Patch 1Ender Chest (S) JE1 BE1.png Added ender chests.
1.90 Ender Chest (S) JE2 BE2.png The texture of ender chests has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Ender Chest (S) JE1 BE1.png Added ender chests.


Issues relating to "Ender Chest" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • An ender chest's particles exist only in the 1 block radius around the chest, so if the chest is placed next to a wall its particles are not seen on the other side.
  • Unlike chests, changes to an ender chest's name are not reflected in its inventory GUI.
  • Unlike chests, when broken, it does not drop the items inside it, due to the fact that the items aren't only in that chest.
  • If all ender chests are broken, the items inside are inaccessible until a new ender chest is placed.
  • Ender chests render as a full block when in the inventory, but not when held or placed.‌[Bedrock Edition only][8]
  • Ender chests cannot be locked by NBT tags.