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Ender chests are a type of chest whose contents are exclusive to each player, and can be accessed from anywhere in the world.



Ender chests require a pickaxe to be mined. Otherwise, they drop nothing. Unless the pickaxe is enchanted with Silk Touch, the ender chest drops only 8 obsidian with no eyes of ender. Any pickaxe allows the ender chest to drop either itself or 8 obsidian, despite obsidian itself only being obtainable with a diamond or netherite pickaxe.[1]

Block Ender Chest
Hardness 22.5
Breaking time[A]
Default 112.5
Wooden 16.9
Stone 8.45
Iron 5.65
Diamond 4.25
Netherite 3.75
Golden 2.85
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[]

Ender chests naturally generate alongside a chest in certain End city treasure rooms.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Obsidian +
Eye of Ender


Ender Chest GUI

GUI of the ender chest.

Ender chests can be opened by pressing the use control. If a solid block is placed above an ender chest, it cannot open.

Ender chests can be used like normal chests, except all ender chests in the world are interconnected, including in different dimensions. The ender chest's inventory is also separate for each player; consequently, items stored in an ender chest cannot be seen or taken by other players. Also, items stored inside of an ender chest can be retained even if the player dies. Even if every single ender chest is destroyed in the world, the items inside the ender chest are still secure, and can be retrieved by placing another ender chest. Because of this player-specific property, ender chests are extremely useful on multiplayer servers to secure a player's most valuable items.

Donkeys, mules, and llamas cannot be equipped with ender chests; they support only normal chests.

Ender chests contain 27 slots for storage and can be placed next to other ender chests without joining; they cannot be combined into double chests.

Ender chests do not interact with hoppers, droppers, or comparators.

Despite being comprised largely of obsidian, they are not immune to destruction by the ender dragon.[2]

It is possible to greatly increase the space of an ender chest by pairing it with shulker boxes (i.e. filling the shulker boxes with desired items, then placing them inside the ender chest).

Light source[]

Ender chests emit a light level of 7.

Note Blocks[]

Ender chests can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sounds.


Piglins become hostile toward players who open or mine an ender chest.[3]

Piston interactivity[]

Ender chests cannot be pushed by pistons. They also cannot be pushed nor pulled by sticky pistons.



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.27 [sound 1]0.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0
  1. MCPE-169612 — Many blocks make very slightly different sounds to stone


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Chest closesBlocksWhen an ender chest closesblock.ender_chest.closesubtitles.block.chest.close0.50.9-1.016
Chest opensBlocksWhen an ender chest opensblock.ender_chest.opensubtitles.block.chest.open0.50.9-1.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksWhen an ender chest closesrandom.enderchestclosed0.50.9-1.0
BlocksWhen an ender chest opensrandom.enderchestopen0.50.9-1.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
Ender Chestender_chestBlock & Itemguarded_by_piglinsblock.minecraft.ender_chest
Block entityender_chest

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Ender Chestender_chest130Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.ender_chest.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.
NameSavegame ID
Block entityEnderChest

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction the ender chest's latch is on.
The opposite from the direction the player faces when placing an ender chest.
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this ender chest.

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
(Hidden‌[upcoming: BE 1.20.40])
The direction the chest's latch is on.
  • 2: Chest facing north
  • 3: Chest facing south
  • 4: Chest facing west
  • 5: Chest facing east
minecraft:cardinal_direction‌[upcoming: BE 1.20.40]Not Supportednortheast
UnsupportedThe direction the ender chest's latch is on.
The opposite from the direction the player faces when placing an ender chest.

Block data[]

An ender chest has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.

Java Edition:

  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Block entity format.


The contents of an ender chest are not stored in the block, but in the player-NBT under the tag EnderItems[Java Edition only]/EnderChestInventory[Bedrock Edition only]. Thus ender chests can be viewed as "portals" to a player's 27 additional slots of secure and exclusive inventory.


For a more in-depth breakdown of changes to textures and models, including a set of renders for each state combination, see /Asset history

Java Edition
1.3.112w21aEnder Chest (S) JE1 BE1 Added ender chests.
Ender chests currently share the same inventory for all players on a server. Jeb stated that this would be changed to a separate inventory for every player in snapshot 12w24a.[4]
Ender chests are based on a suggestion thread on Reddit.[5][6] This idea was previously made into a mod by Ecu and ChickenBones.[7]
In response to some users' feelings on the functionality of ender chests, Jeb plans to test a feature he has yet to specify in relation to them.[8]
12w24aEnder chests now work per-player in multiplayer (holds an inventory per player instead of shared across the world).
Ender chests now drop 8 obsidian when destroyed, except when mined with a pickaxe enchanted with Silk Touch.
1.814w29aEnder chests now show the cracking animation.
1.915w31aEnder chests now naturally generate in End cities.
The item model of ender chests has been rotated, to have the front face in view of the player.
1.10pre2Ender chests now have unique sound effects.
1.1116w32aThe tile entity ID has been changed from EnderChest to ender_chest.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 130.
17w50aXmas Chest Ender chests now look like presents between December 24th and 26th to suit Christmas.
18w10dWater can now be placed on the same block as an ender chest.
1.1418w43aEnder Chest The texture of ender chests has been changed.
1.1519w39aThe ender chest texture layout has been changed.
1.18.222w03aEnder chests no longer look like presents between December 24th and 26th.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha Chest JE1 BE1 Added ender chests.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13beta chests now have unique sound effects.
1.4.0beta can now be placed on the same block as an ender chest.
1.10.0beta Chest JE2 BE2 The texture of ender chests has been changed.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.20.40beta chests now use the minecraft:cardinal_direction block state instead of facing_direction.
Legacy Console Edition
TU14CU1 1.04 Patch 1Ender Chest JE1 BE1 Added ender chests.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Ender Chest JE2 BE2 The texture of ender chests has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Ender Chest JE1 BE1 Added ender chests.


Issues relating to "Ender Chest" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Because an ender chest's particles exist in a 1 block radius around the chest, the particles from a chest placed next to a wall are not seen on the other side.
  • Unlike chests, changes to an ender chest's name are not reflected in its inventory GUI.
  • Unlike chests, when broken, it does not drop the items inside it, due to the fact that the items aren't only in that chest.
  • Ender chests render as a full block when in the inventory, but not when held or placed.‌[Bedrock Edition only][9]
  • Ender chests cannot be locked by NBT tags.
  • The texture of ender chests does not change during Christmas in contrast to trapped chests and normal chests.‌[Java Edition only]
  • Mining an ender chest with a wooden pickaxe takes the longest time in the game (16.9 seconds) to mine a block with the correct tool, without the effect of Mining Fatigue and other mining speed reduction events.