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The "End Poem" is a text-based message written by Julian Gough[1] that appears when the player uses the exit portal. Notch has stated that Gough's short story The iHole convinced him that Gough was the right person to write the End Poem.[2]


When the ender dragon dies, the exit portal is lit, allowing the player to return safely to the Overworld. When the exit portal is used for the first time, the poem is shown, but it can be skipped by pressing Esc.


The poem itself takes the form of a dialogue between two unidentified speakers who are discussing the player's accomplishments, and lasts 9 minutes 28 seconds. After the poem is finished, the credits play. During the poem and the credits, the track credits.ogg plays.

Technical details

The text of the End Poem can be found in the games jarfile and it is located in assets/minecraft/texts/end.txt, while the credits are stored in assets/minecraft/texts/credits.txt. They both can be edited with a Resource Pack. The first speaker's dialog uses the formatting code §3 (or dark aqua), and the second speaker's uses §2 (or dark green). The player's name is inserted with PLAYERNAME, and the scrambled text is stored as §f§k§a§b.