Eye of Ender

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Eye of Ender
Eye of Ender JE2 BE2.png
Rarity color





Yes (64)


Height: 0.25 Blocks
Width: 0.25 Blocks

Network ID

JE: 72

An eye of ender is a craftable item used to locate strongholds and activate the end portals within them.



Ingredients Crafting recipe
Blaze Powder +
Ender Pearl


Locating strongholds

An animation of an eye of ender shattering.

To locate strongholds (and the end portals they house):

  • Pressing use while holding an eye of ender causes it to fly approximately 12 meters in the direction of the nearest stronghold, traveling through any blocks necessary, and leave a trail of purple particles in its wake, the same particle effect used for ender chests.
    • In Java Edition, the eye leads to near the spiral staircase that was the first room generated in the stronghold.
    • In Bedrock Edition, the eye of ender signal leads to a five-way crossing room that was the second room generated in the stronghold.
  • While far away from an end portal, the ender eye always travels upward to offer an easily-visible indication of the horizontal direction the player must travel.
  • When the player gets close to the stronghold, the eye floats in a more precise direction that takes the y-axis into account. This often means the eye travels downward, to indicate the player is above a stronghold and must mine downward.
  • After two or three seconds of travel, the eye floats in the air briefly, then either falls (becoming collectable again) or shatters in mid-air. The eye has a 20% chance of shattering. The player can throw the eye an average of five times before it shatters.
  • The eye of ender's flying function works only in the Overworld. It does nothing in the Nether, the End, or in worlds with no strongholds.

Activating end portals

An End Portal activated with eyes of ender.

Once an end portal is found, the eyes of ender are required to activate it. End portals require a total of 12 eyes of ender in order to activate, though each individual frame-block has a 10% chance of containing an eye of ender when generated. Eyes can be placed in empty End portal frames by pressing use on them until the entire ring of 12 is filled, thereby activating the portal. Due to the fact that there is a 10% chance of each individual end portal frame having an eye in it, there is a one out of one trillion chance of every frame having an eye in it thereby activating the portal even if the player doesn't have any eyes of ender.

Crafting ingredient

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
End Crystal Glass +
Eye of Ender +
Ghast Tear

End Crystal
Ender Chest Obsidian +
Eye of Ender


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Eye of Ender fallsFriendly CreaturesPlays upon either falling or destructionentity.ender_eye.death???16
Eye of Ender shootsFriendly Creatures?entity.ender_eye.launchsubtitles.entity.ender_eye.launch??16

Data values


Java Edition:

ItemNamespaced IDTranslation key
Eye of Enderender_eye item.minecraft.ender_eye
EntityNamespaced IDTranslation key
Eye of Endereye_of_ender entity.minecraft.eye_of_ender

Bedrock Edition:

ItemNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Eye of Enderender_eye 381item.ender_eye.name
EntityNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Eye of Endereye_of_ender_signal 70entity.eye_of_ender_signal.name

Entity data

See also: Chunk format

The purple particles left by ender eyes have entity data that define various properties of the entity.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


Eye Spy
Follow an Eye of EnderWe Need to Go DeeperEnter a stronghold.story/follow_ender_eye


Note: This video does not mention that eyes of ender can be used to craft ender chests or end crystals.


Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Eye of Ender JE1 BE1.png Added eyes of ender.
Eyes of ender can be used on a portal block to repair them, but repairing them does nothing.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Each eye can now be placed in a portal block or used to hone in on a stronghold. Jeb demonstrated the new uses for an eye in his livestream.[1] An End portal within a stronghold could be seen in the stream with two eyes inserted into blocks.
In older worlds with chunks generated before Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3, the eyes may mislead the player to a place where there isn't a stronghold at all. This happens because the eyes lead to where a stronghold should be based on the world seed in the current version, but before Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3 strongholds generated differently based on the seed. Therefore, if the player saved the coordinates the eye traveled to in an old world and generated a new world with the same seed, the player could travel to those same coordinates and find a stronghold.
Beta Sound UpdateThe throwing sound of eyes of ender has been changed.
1.3.112w21aEyes of ender can now be used to craft ender chests.
Priest villagers would buy 2–3 eyes of ender for one emerald.
12w22aPriest villagers no longer buy eyes of ender, instead selling them for 7–10 emeralds. of ender now lead to strongholds based on the structure data saved in the world file instead of calculating their approximate location via the world seed. Therefore, strongholds generated in old versions can still be found even if the distribution of strongholds is changed.
1.814w02aWith changes that have been made to villagers and the trading system, cleric villagers now sell eyes of ender for 7–11 emeralds, as one of their tier III trades.
1.915w41aEyes of ender are no longer sold by cleric villagers.
15w44bAn eye of ender is now used to craft an end crystal.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has been changed from EyeOfEnderSignal to eye_of_ender_signal.
1.1217w17aA new pop sound has been added when a thrown eye of ender bursts.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 381.
pre5The entity ID has been changed to eye_of_ender.
1.1418w43aEye of Ender JE2 BE2.png The texture of eyes of ender has been changed.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha of Ender JE1 BE1.png Added eyes of ender.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta of Ender JE2 BE2.png The texture of eyes of ender has been changed.
1.16.0beta particles of eyes of ender have been changed to match Java Edition.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU1 1.0 Patch 1Eye of Ender JE1 BE1.png Added eyes of ender.
1.90 Eye of Ender JE2 BE2.png The texture of eyes of ender has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Eye of Ender JE1 BE1.png Added eyes of ender.


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


  • When thrown in third-person view, the eyes of ender fly out from the player's feet instead of their hand.
  • The player cannot throw eyes of ender in the Nether, the End, or Customized and Superflat worlds that do not have stronghold generation selected.


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