Obsidian pillar

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Obsidian Pillar
Obsidian Pillar.png
Biomes

The End

Consists of
Can generate in
existing chunks

Yes, while the Ender Dragon is respawning

Obsidian pillars, also known as obsidian spikes or obsidian towers, are generated structures in the End that are made of obsidian.

Generation[edit]

Obsidian pillars generate naturally the first time the player enters the End, and regenerate when the ender dragon is respawned.

If the End biome is used in the overworld, obsidian pillars will generate without bedrock and end crystals, only obsidian, with some of them containing iron bars. Obsidian pillars generate near coordinates 0,0. If the terrain is high enough, obsidian pillars can generate buried or inside caverns but will generate air blocks around and on top of it. If End biomes generate next to other biomes near 0,0 only some obsidian pillars will generate.

Structure[edit]

Obsidian pillars are composed of obsidian, with a single bedrock block and an end crystal on top of each pillar. They have circular forms.

The following 10 pillars generate in a 43-block radius circle around the exit portal in a random order:

  • A 3-block radius pillar ending at y=76 (total of 1596 blocks of obsidian);
  • A 3-block radius pillar with iron bars ending at y=79 (total of 1659 blocks of obsidian);
  • A 3-block radius pillar with iron bars ending at y=82 (total of 1722 blocks of obsidian);
  • A 4-block radius pillar ending at y=85 (total of 3145 blocks of obsidian);
  • A 4-block radius pillar ending at y=88 (total of 3256 blocks of obsidian);
  • A 4-block radius pillar ending at y=91 (total of 3367 blocks of obsidian);
  • A 5-block radius pillar ending at y=94 (total of 5358 blocks of obsidian);
  • A 5-block radius pillar ending at y=97 (total of 5529 blocks of obsidian);
  • A 5-block radius pillar ending at y=100 (total of 5700 blocks of obsidian);
  • A 6-block radius pillar ending at y=103 (total of 9167 blocks of obsidian).

The bottom of all pillars are at Y level 0, which means that pillars are generated through the island.

The second and third shortest pillars include a cage comprised of 73 iron bars surrounding the end crystal, to protect it from projectiles.

In Legacy Console Edition, the end crystals on the two tallest obsidian pillars are surrounded by iron bars.[verify]

Video[edit]

Note: This video was made before 1.9. Since then, only ten obsidian pillars generate in a circular position with the shortest ones caged in iron bars.

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Added obsidian pillars along with the End.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Introduced end crystals and placed them on top of the pillars.
1.915w31aThe tallest obsidian pillars now have iron bars around their end crystal.
The pillars now generate in a circle around the exit portal.
There are now exactly 10 pillars, with tops at y=76, 79, 82, 85, 88, 91, 94, 97, 100, and 103.
16w07aThe pillars no longer generate with iron bars.
pre1Some of the shorter pillars now generate with iron bars again.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Added obsidian pillars.
Legacy Console Edition
TU9CU11.0Patch 1Added obsidian pillars.

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