Eye of Ender

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An eye of ender (or ender eye) 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]

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

  • Pressing use while holding an eye of ender will cause 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 will lead near the spiral staircase that was the first room generated in the stronghold.
    • In Bedrock Edition, eye of ender signal will lead to 5 crossing room that was the second room generated in stronghold.
    • In the Legacy Console Editions, a thrown eye will lead to a stronghold, but not exactly to an end portal.
  • 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 will travel downwards, 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 Eye of Ender's flying function only works 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 which can help you locate strongholds by visualizing what the eyes of ender are telling you for the 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 will also be required in order 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

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 which define various properties of the entity.


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



Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Added eye of ender, which had no use.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Each eye could now be placed in a portal block or used to home 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 you 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 you saved the coordinates the eye traveled to in an old world and generated a new world with the same seed, you could travel to those same coordinates and find a stronghold.
Beta Sound UpdateThrowing sound was 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 would no longer buy eyes of ender, and would instead sell 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 made to villagers and the trading system, cleric villagers would at this time 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 is changed from EyeOfEnderSignal to eye_of_ender_signal.
1.1217w17aNew Pop-sound when a thrown eye of ender bursts.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 381.
pre5Entity ID changed to eye_of_ender.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha eyes of ender.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Added eyes of ender.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Added Eye 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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