End portal

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End portal

Any Overworld biome

Consists of
Can generate in
existing chunks


An activated portal.

An end portal is a naturally occurring generated structure that is used to travel into the End. It can only be found in the portal room of a stronghold.


In Survival, the player must venture to a stronghold to activate a pre-existing end portal. However, in Creative, the player can build an end portal. The player needs 12 eyes of ender, and should construct a ring of portal frame blocks that encloses a 3×3 square, and use the eyes of ender to activate them.

Upon placing an eye of ender in every end portal frame block of a specific portal, the portal activates, creating 9 end portal blocks inside the frame, and allowing the player to access the End. If the frame is destroyed, the portal blocks will still operate. In Creative mode, the player can create their own portal but it will only activate if all of the end portal frames were placed with the front facing inward, i.e. placed with the player standing inside the ring and directly in front of the frame they are placing. The eyes cannot be removed from the portal blocks.

Build schematics
Incomplete portal Complete portal

Note, however, that the end portal blocks do not depend on the end portal frame to exist; thus, one may create standalone portals with commands.


End portals are found within the portal room of a stronghold, hanging horizontally over a pool of lava, with a staircase leading up to the portal. A silverfish spawner sits in the staircase. Each individual frame block has a 10% chance of containing an eye of ender. This means that there is a one in a trillion chance that all 12 end portal frames will contain an eye of ender, and the portal will be activated upon initial generation. The frame has the highest probability of generating containing only one eye of ender (37.7% chance), with chances dropping to 28.2% for zero, 23.0% for two, 8.52% for three, 2.53% for four, or a total of 0.433% for five or more.


Stepping into an activated end portal immediately opens up a loading screen, and transports the player to the End - this leaves no time to back out, unlike the nether portal while in Survival mode. Upon entering the End, a 5×5 horizontal platform of obsidian is generated centered at block coordinates (100, 48, 0), and the player is placed on top of it (100, 49, 0, towards west).

Entering an end portal does not reset falling velocity. If you have fallen far enough to kill yourself before hitting the portal, you will be transported to the End and die on arrival.

The black portal blocks emit a light level of 15, which is as powerful as glowstone and is the brightest light level there is. It only takes one block of portal to teleport to the End. Through the use of the /setblock and /fill commands, you can place these portal blocks anywhere, and they will still function as if they were a complete portal.

Activating the end portal will destroy any blocks located in the center 3 × 3 square, where the resulting end portal blocks will be. They will even destroy bedrock or another end portal frame. It will destroy fluids, though if the source block is not also removed, then it will immediately flow back through. If an exit portal is generated on a spawner, the fire particles will still remain. The destruction of the blocks does not make any sound, and applicable blocks do not drop as resources (exceptions being the top part of a door or the extended part of a vertical piston, which both destroy the whole object and drop them as resources), and events sometimes triggered by block destruction will fail to occur: TNT will simply disappear without detonating, and infested blocks will fail to spawn a silverfish. However, containers will all drop their contents. Mobs (except the wither and ender dragon) will enter the portal similar to the player. If the player rides a minecart into an active end portal, the player will only enter the End when they have exited the minecart.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
The End?Locate the EndEnter an end portal.YesPSVitaYesYes20GBronze
PS3, PS4Gold
The End.Defeat the Ender DragonEnter the end exit portal.YesPS4YesYes40GBronze
PS3, PSVitaGold
The End... Again...Respawn the ender dragonYesYesYesYes30GSilver


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png Eye SpyFollow an Eye of EnderWe Need to Go DeeperEnter a stronghold.minecraft:story/follow_ender_eye
Advancement-plain-raw.png The End?Enter the End PortalEye SpyEnter the End dimension.minecraft:story/enter_the_end
Advancement-plain-raw.png The EndOr the beginning?Enter the End dimension.minecraft:end/root
Advancement-oval-raw.png The End... Again...Respawn the Ender DragonFree the EndSummon an ender dragon using ender crystals.minecraft:end/respawn_dragon



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Please remove this notice once you've added a suitable image to the article. The specific instructions are: A render of an end portal using the old end portal frame textures from the beta 1.9 prereleases
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3The end portal is introduced, but is nonfunctional.
The end portal can currently be broken using TNT.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4The end portal is now functional.
The end portal frame now has a different texture and can no longer be broken at all.
1.3.112w23aThe end portal frame is available in the Creative inventory or with the pick block option, with the tooltip End Portal.
1.4.212w36aAll entities will travel through portals. This may cause silverfish to fall into the portal to enter the End.
1.814w25aThe starry black end portal block (ID 119) was removed from the /give command.
1.915w49aThe wither and ender dragon no longer travel through portals.
1.1016w21aNo longer needs to be empty to activate; any blocks inside the ring will be replaced.
1.1217w17aAdded new sounds when placing eye of enders to the portal frames and when activating the portal.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha the end portal and exit portal.
Legacy Console Edition
TU9CU11.0Patch 1Added the end portal and exit portal.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Added End portals.


  • You can see through the bottom of an activated end portal because the portal block is not visible from the bottom.
  • If you drop a gravity following block into the portal it will cause the end portal area to clear, and will be placed on the end side, however it will also be destroyed when other gravity blocks or the player go through the portal.


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