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End spike
Biomes

The End

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Can generate in
existing chunks

Yes, while the Ender Dragon is respawning

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

Generation

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

When the ender dragon respawns, any blocks the player had placed are deleted within a 10 block radius of the bedrock block at the top of the end spikes.

Structure

Main article: /Structure

End spikes 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 (total of 40499 obsidian):

• 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.

Data values

ID

NameIdentifier
[No displayed name]`end_spike`

History

Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Added end spikes 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.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1End spikes no longer appear upon initial generation of the End, and only generate when the ender dragon is respawned. This is unintentional due to world generation changes in the Overworld accidently causing changes in the Nether and the End.
21w37aEnd spikes appear upon initial generation of the End once again.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Added end spikes along with the End.
Legacy Console Edition
TU9CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Added end spikes along with the End.

Issues

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