Eye of Ender

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Eye of Ender
Eye of Ender.png





Yes (64)

Internal ID

JE: 15
BE: 70

Network ID

JE: 72

Entity ID

See § Data values

Data value

dec: 381 hex: 17D bin: 101111101

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

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[edit]

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, eye of ender signal leads to 5 crossing room that was the second room generated in stronghold.
  • While far away from an end portal, the ender eye always travels upwards 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 downwards.
  • 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.

Also, see minecraft-stronghold-locator, a web tool that locates strongholds in Java Edition. View the project Readme on GitHub for usage instructions.

Activating end portals[edit]

An End Portal activated with Eyes of Ender.

Once an end portal is found, 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 you have no eyes of ender.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

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

Ender Chest Obsidian +
Eye of Ender


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
No subtitle entity.ender_eye.death (Plays upon destruction) ? ? ? 16
Eye of Ender shoots entity.ender_eye.launch subtitles.entity.ender_eye.launch ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Eye of Ender Namespaced ID
Item ender_eye
Entity eye_of_ender

Bedrock Edition:

Eye of Ender Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Item ender_eye 381
Entity eye_of_ender_signal 70

Entity data[edit]

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



Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Eye of Ender Revision 1.png Added eyes of ender.
Eyes of ender currently do not have any use.
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 now 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 now 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 now been changed from EyeOfEnderSignal to eye_of_ender_signal.
1.1217w17aA new pop sound has now 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 now been changed to eye_of_ender.
1.1418w43aEye of Ender.png The texture of eyes of ender has now been changed.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha of Ender Revision 1.png Added eyes of ender.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta of Ender.png The texture of eyes of ender has now been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Eye of Ender Revision 1.png Added eyes of ender.
1.90Eye of Ender.png The texture of eyes of ender has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Eye of Ender Revision 1.png Added eyes of ender.


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


  • When 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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