End Poem

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"Credits" redirects here. For the Easter egg dimension, see Java Edition 20w14∞ § World generation.

The "End Poem" is a text-based message that appears when the player uses the exit portal.


When the ender dragon dies, the exit portal is activated, allowing the player to return safely to the Overworld. The poem is shown the first time the player enters the exit portal based on their  seenCredits[JE only] ( hasSeenCredits[BE only]) tag being 0 (false), after which it is changed to 1 (true) once the player enters the exit portal.

The End Poem can be skipped by pressing Esc in Java Edition or tapping "Skip" in Bedrock Edition.

When the End Poem ends, or the player skips the poem, the player respawns at their spawn point.


The poem and the credits lasts for a total of 27 minutes 15 seconds.

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 ("Alpha" in the official soundtrack) plays.

Technical details

The End Poem and credits are stored in client.jar; the text of the End Poem is located in assets/minecraft/texts/end.txt, and the text of the credits is in assets/minecraft/texts/credits.txt. They can both 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.


October 16, 2011Notch tweeted, putting out a call for writing talent to write "silly over-the-top out-of-nowhere text" for the end of the game.
The writer Julian Gough[1] wrote what has become known as the End Poem.
Later, Notch stated that Gough's short story The iHole convinced him that Gough was the right person to write the End Poem.[2]
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Added the End poem and the credits. The file containing the End Poem is called win.txt.
1.6.1The file containing the End Poem is now called end.txt.
1.12pre6The ability to see the credits by clicking the copyright text on the menu screen has been added.
1.12.1The credits now scroll 50% faster when viewed directly from the menu screen than through the End Poem.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha the End poem.
?The track credits.ogg now plays during the End poem.
Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta the credits.
?The End poem now only plays once when entering the exit portal.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added the End poem and the credits.
Unlike other versions of the game, the credits do not play immediately after the End poem.


  • At the end of the credits, the following quote is attached. It is widely, but controversially attributed to Mark Twain:[3]

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.