This tutorial will tell you how to survive in the End.
Before continuing, please note that this page assumes that you have already killed the ender dragon. If you have not done so, then it is strongly suggested you do, as it is extremely hard to survive in the End with the ender dragon alive. (If you need help to do so, see Tutorials/Defeating the ender dragon). It also assumes that you are playing on easy or above, because playing peaceful makes it far less challenging than on other difficulties.
The End is at least as dangerous as the Nether. You will die quickly without proper equipment.
Pros and cons of living in The End
- It has two mobs after the defeat of the ender dragon: endermen, endermite, and shulkers.
- It has a lot of empty space for building.
- It is very flat and easy to see across.
- It has a large amount of obsidian, and an unlimited amount of ender pearls and an unlimited amount of end stone[Bedrock and Java editions only] (with the ability to respawn the ender dragon). Also, you can find purpur-related blocks.
- Unlike the Nether, it can have both water and lava in it. You can also grow trees and crops.
- You can go to the Far End islands where you can find chorus fruit, chorus plant and end city-related things
- The End is the only place where you can find an end ship, where you can get the elytra, an extremely useful item used for flying.
- If you fall into the void, you will die and lose all your items.
- Endermen spawn infinitely; no matter how many you kill, there will always be more until you light the area sufficiently.
- If you want to survive, you have to bring a lot of stuff with you that would otherwise be inaccessible unless you have an ender chest.
- Beds don't work, and, just like in the Nether, they will explode and set fire to the area around you if you try to sleep in one.
- You might die frequently of fall damage (unless you have boots with Feather Falling) when visiting an end city, where it is guarded by shulkers.
- Nether portals don't work in the End.
Endermen can be very annoying while in the End. They completely cover the island and are very hard to avoid looking at. Therefore, when traveling in the End, make sure to always carry a bucket of water with you. If an enderman tries to attack you, place down the bucket where you are. It should walk into the water and then teleport away. It may also stop attacking you, but even if it doesn't, it will die from the water.
Another approach is to wear a pumpkin, and all the endermen will ignore you completely until you attack them. Unfortunately, you can only see partially, but by pressing F5 (Ctrl+F5 or Fn+F5 on some computers) you will enter 3rd person mode, where you can see fully again. Alternately, you can also press F1 to disable the blur caused by the pumpkin. However, this will make your hotbar and stat bars will also disappear. The final option is to use a resource pack that changes the pumpkin blur.
In the End, there are many ways to build your home. If on multiplayer, one idea is to build your house underground, so that other players won't be able to find you. Also, underground houses are very easy to make.
Another option is to hollow out one of the obsidian pillars, making a multi-level building. This may take a significant amount of time, as obsidian takes a long time to mine.
Whether building or digging your home, you need to take measures against endermen spawning in it. The simplest tactic is to make sure that all ceilings are no more than 2-1⁄2 blocks high, so they don't have room to spawn or enter. Where this isn't practical, you can make floors out of bottom slabs—then they can't spawn or teleport there, though they can still walk onto it if they have the headroom. In particular, if you want a secure roof, fence it and make it out of bottom slabs.
Note also the blocks that endermen can move. Because of this, your house should not be made of blocks that endermen can pick up, such as grass. Instead, use stronger building blocks (such as any sort of stone or wood), that endermen can't move.
Also, you can build a home in the Far End islands where there are an infinite amount of islands.
One thing you should do is make a room/building for the end portal. This prevents you from accidentally leaving the End, and also prevents endermen from falling through the portal and appearing in the Overworld. Note that if you update the portal by respawning the dragon, the ceiling of the portal room will disappear.
You should also collect the dragon egg from the top of the portal. Before you collect it, you should cover the portal with blocks, so when it drops it will not land in the portal and get sent to the Overworld. After that, do not mine it. If you do, the egg will teleport away, unless you are sneaking and break it with a sword. One way to get the egg is to place a piston facing towards it and activate the piston, causing it to drop as an item.
Although the egg is purely ornamental, it is still nice to have in your base as an ornament to remind you of when your journey in the End began.
In the End, you can still make many of the farms you would typically make in the Overworld. One of the most important farms to make is a cobblestone generator. Here are two different designs for cobblestone generators that both require 1 lava bucket and 1 water bucket. The first design only generates one block at a time, while the second design can generate 4 blocks at the same time, making it far more efficient than the other one.
All of the normal farms (like potato farms, sugar canes etc.) work as they do in the overworld, however you may need to place a light source next to the farm for it to function properly. Animal farms,(chickens, pigs etc.) can be constructed as well, but only if you pushed the animals through the End portal prior to entering the End. You could also bring chicken eggs with you.
End Exclusive Farms
One of the advantages of living in The End is that it is far easier to build an enderman farm/grinder. These take a lot of effort to make but are extremely useful after making them. If you want to learn how to learn how to make one, go to enderman farming or search on YouTube for enderman farming. Enderman farms are useful, as enderman drop experience as well as ender pearls, which can be used to teleport or crafted into eyes of ender, which are used to make end crystals and ender chests.
Another advantage of living in the End, or at least going to gather chorus fruits, is to make a chorus fruit farm ( you can make it in the Overworld too). Chorus fruits can be used as food, items for making purpur blocks, and its popped variant also make end rod.
The Ender Chest
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The ender chest is one of the most useful items in the game. The items inside of one ender chest are accessible in all other ender chests. Due to the massive amounts of obsidian in the End, it is very easy to make an ender chest for each building/area of the End. To make that many ender chests, you will need about 4 or 5 eyes of ender so don't forget to bring them (or at least blaze powder from blaze rods, from the Nether, since you can combine this with ender pearls from the endermen) with you when you enter the End.