Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Arch-Illager

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Minecraft Dungeons:
The Rise of the Arch-Illager

Matt Forbeck

Audio read by

Dan Bittner

Cover artist

M.S. Corley


United States





Set in

Minecraft Dungeons


Del Rey Books


July 7, 2020 (North America)
July 9, 2020 (UK)

Media type

Hardcover, e-book, audiobook







One of the things about Minecraft is that it doesn’t really have a story. There are all sorts of things you can do, but it doesn’t have a plot or characters, so Minecraft Dungeons was interesting because hey, we actually have a plot and characters and things happen in a sequence!

Matt Forbeck, author of Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Arch-Illager[1]

Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Arch-Illager is a Minecraft Dungeons novel. It is authored by Matt Forbeck and was published by Del Rey Books on July 7, 2020 in North America and July 9, 2020 in the United Kingdom.[1][2] An audiobook was also released on July 7, 2020, with narration provided by Dan Bittner.[2]

The novel expands upon the opening cinematic in the game, acting as a prequel.


Brave heroes have banded together to take a perilous journey through the war-riven overworld to defeat the Arch-Illager and his formidable army. But how did that army come to be? And just where did the Arch-Illager come from?

The terrible truth behind the Arch-Illager is that he never asked for ultimate power. Known as Archie, this little Illager is bullied by his fellow Illagers and mistrusted by fearful Villagers. Archie only ever wanted a place to call home but he finds himself shunned by all. As he wanders through deep forests and up craggy mountains, he stumbles upon a dark cavern—with a sinister secret waiting inside. Archie discovers an object which whispers to him promises of power: the Orb of Dominance. With it, Archie realizes he can wield incredible magic and reshape a world that turned its back on him. All he needs to do is exactly what it tells him.

After all, it’s called the Orb of Dominance for a reason, right? But is it named for the way Archie uses it—or is it using him?


Spoiler warning
Spoiler warning! This section contains detailed information about Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Arch-Illager that may spoil your enjoyment of it. Read at your own risk!

Prologue and Chapters 1–7

First Interlude and Chapters 8–14

Chapters 15–18, Second Interlude, and Chapters 19–21

Chapters 22–27 and Epilogue