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This article is about the structure used to travel to the End. For other uses, see End portal (disambiguation).

Active End Portal

An activated end portal.

An end portal is a naturally occurring generated structure that is used to travel into the End. It can only be found in the portal room of a stronghold.


In Survival mode, the player must venture to a stronghold to activate a pre-existing end portal, as end portal frame blocks cannot be obtained naturally. The portal is activated when an eye of ender has been placed in each of the end portal frame blocks, generating 9 end portal blocks within the structure. Eyes of ender cannot be removed from end portal frames.

In Creative mode, the player can construct an end portal by placing 12 end portal blocks in a ring enclosing an open 3×3 square and placing an eye of ender in each one. In order to activate, the end portal frames must be oriented correctly; the front face of each portal block must be pointed inward toward the 3×3 portal area. This can be achieved by the player standing in the center of the portal area and rotating to place the frames in a ring around them.

Build schematics
Incomplete portal Complete portal

The end portal blocks do not depend on the end portal frame to exist; thus, one may create standalone portals with commands or by breaking the frames.[1]


End portals are found within the portal room of a stronghold, hanging horizontally over a pool of lava, with a staircase leading up to the portal. A silverfish spawner sits in the staircase. Each individual end portal frame block has a 10% chance of containing an eye of ender, as determined by the world seed. This means there is a one in 1 trillion chance for all 12 end portal frames to contain an eye of ender, activating the portal upon initial generation. The frame has the highest probability of generating with only one eye of ender (37.7%), with probabilities dropping to 28.2% for zero, 23.0% for two, 8.52% for three, 2.13% for four, and a total of 0.433% for five or more. Because of the massive amount of possible seeds, over 8 million seeds in Java Edition that generate portals with 12 eyes of ender are known.[2]

Pre-Filled Chances
Eyes Exactly 1 in Or more 1 in
0 28.24% 3.5 100.00% 1
1 37.66% 2.7 71.76% 1.4
2 23.01% 4.3 34.10% 2.9
3 8.52% 12 11.09% 9
4 2.13% 47 2.56% 39
5 0.38% 264 0.43% 231
6 0.05% 2,036 0.05% 1,848
7 0.00% 21,383 0.01% 19,928
8 0.00% 307,911 0.00% 292,952
9 0.00% 6,235,191 0.00% 6,030,090
10 0.00% 187,055,743 0.00% 183,318,057
11 0.00% 9,259,259,259 0.00% 9,174,311,927
12 0.00% 1,000,000,000,000 0.00% 1,000,000,000,000


Main article: End Portal (block)

Stepping into an activated end portal immediately opens up a loading screen and transports the player to the End — this leaves no time to back out, like entering a nether portal in Creative mode. Upon entering the End, a 5×5 horizontal platform of obsidian is generated centered at block coordinates (100, 48, 0), and the player is placed on top of it (100, 49, 0, facing west).

Entering an end portal does not reset falling velocity. If the player had fallen far enough to die of fall damage before hitting the portal, the player dies upon arrival in the End.[3][Java Edition only]

The end portal blocks emit a light level of 15—the brightest light level in game. Only one end portal block is needed to teleport to the End. End portal blocks can be placed anywhere with use of the /setblock and /fill commands, and they function as if they were a complete portal.

Activating the end portal destroys any blocks located in the center 3×3 square, including bedrock or another end portal frame. It destroys fluids, although if the source block is not also removed, then it immediately flows back through. If an end portal is generated on a spawner, the fire particles remain. The destruction of the blocks does not make any sound, and applicable blocks do not drop as resources (except for the top part of a door and the extended part of a vertical piston, which both destroy the whole object and drop them as resources). Events sometimes triggered by block destruction fail to occur; TNT simply disappears without detonating, and infested blocks fail to spawn a silverfish. However, containers still drop their contents. Mobs (except for the wither and ender dragon) enter the portal similarly to the player. If the player rides a minecart into an active end portal, the player enters the End only after exiting the minecart.

The sound for the opening of the portal is a global sound event, meaning it can be heard by all players in all dimensions. This can be disabled in Java Edition by setting the game rule globalSoundEvents to false.


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Eye of Ender attachesBlocksWhen an eye of ender is placed in an end portal frameblock.end_portal_frame.fillsubtitles.block.end_portal_frame.fill1.01.016
End Portal opensHostile CreaturesWhen an end portal opens [sound 1]block.end_portal.spawnsubtitles.block.end_portal.spawn1.01.016 (technical) / ∞ (effective)
  1. Does not trigger at all if the gamerule globalSoundEvents is false

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksWhen an eye of ender is placed in an end portal frameblock.end_portal_frame.fill0.3varies [sound 1]
BlocksWhen an end portal opensblock.end_portal.spawn0.71.0
  1. Can be 1.0, 0.9, or 1.1


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other
The End?Enter an End PortalEnter a stronghold End Portal activated with all twelve eyes of ender.20GGold


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-rawEye Spy
Follow an Eye of Ender We Need to Go DeeperEnter a stronghold.story/follow_ender_eye
Advancement-plain-rawThe End?
Enter the End Portal Eye SpyEnter the End dimension.story/enter_the_end
Advancement-plain-rawThe End
Or the beginning? Enter the End dimension.end/root
Advancement-oval-rawInvicon End CrystalThe End... Again...
Respawn the Ender Dragon Free the EndBe within a 192 block radius from the coordinates (0.0, 128, 0.0) when an ender dragon is summoned using end crystals.end/respawn_dragon


Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3The end portal is introduced, but is nonfunctional.
The end portal can currently be broken using TNT.
Its rendering depends on the player's position.
The following texture is overlaid multiple times for the effect: End Portal (texture) JE1
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4The end portal is now functional.
The end portal frame now has a different texture and can no longer be broken at all.
1.3.112w18aAs a result of singleplayer being changed to an internal server, travel.ogg no longer plays when using an end portal.
12w23aThe end portal frame is available in the Creative inventory or with the pick block option, with the tooltip End Portal.
1.4.212w34aAll entities can travel through portals. This may cause silverfish to fall into the portal to enter the End.
1.6.113w24aEnd portals no longer gives the We Need to Go Deeper Achievement. It now gives The End? Achievement like its supposed to.
1.915w49aThe wither and ender dragon no longer travel through portals.
In the 0.0000000001% chance that all 12 frame blocks generate with eyes already present, the portal generates as activated.
16w02aEnd portals now play travel.ogg again.
1.1016w21aThe area inside the ring no longer needs to be empty to activate; any blocks inside the ring are replaced.
1.1217w17aAdded new sounds when placing eyes of ender to the portal frames and when activating the portal.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha the end portal and exit portal.
Legacy Console Edition
TU9CU1 1.0 Patch 1Added the end portal and exit portal.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Added End portals.


Issues relating to "End portal" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Dropping a gravity-affected block into the portal it causes the obsidian platform to regenerate, and the gravity-affected block is placed on the platform; however, it is destroyed when another gravity-affected block or the player goes through the portal, because doing so regenerates the obsidian platform again.
  • End portals do not naturally generate in the Nether, and a player cannot build them without enabling cheats or using Creative mode. If the player does, the portal functions normally, teleporting the player to the End.
  • If an end portal is built in the End, it functions like the exit portal, teleporting the player back to their spawn point in the Overworld (or the Nether if a respawn anchor is used).


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