Getting to The End
To gain access to The End, a player must first locate a rare End Portal, which leads to this realm. Due to the large scale of a Minecraft world, End portals are nearly impossible to stumble upon by chance, as they are located in randomly-generated Strongholds deep underground (Unless a player found it with a specific seed). To find an End portal, a player needs to acquire and use one or more Eye of Ender. This is a craftable item, created by combining Blaze Powder and an Ender Pearl. The End portal can be located by throwing an Eye of Ender into the air (by right-clicking while holding the item), which will send it flying through the air and other Blocks until it eventually falls down. A player will need to throw multiple eyes of ender and pick them up, multiple eyes needed because there is a 1/5 chance the eye of ender will break and vanish. It will likely take multiple throws to become close to a stronghold, indicated when an eye of ender hovers in one place after being thrown. Use each throw to get the general direction in which to go, and travel a fair distance before throwing it again.
Once a player finds the End portal within the stronghold, a player must repair it with several more Eyes of Ender. Activating the End portal requires 12 eyes of ender, however, there is a possibility of finding some Eyes of Ender inside of chests in the stronghold. It is best to be prepared with a surplus of Eyes of Ender before journeying forth. The 12 Eyes of Ender must be placed in the End Portal Frames surrounding the End portal. Once all 12 are in place, the portal will become active. By jumping into the portal, a player will be teleported to The End.
As soon as a player enters the End, a long purple bar (health) can be seen on top of the screen. This indicates the health of the ender dragon flying above (unless a player has already killed it previously). A player will spawn in a random location, sometimes in a small room underground, surrounded by end stone. The only ways to leave the end are to either kill the ender dragon and then take the exit portal, or to die.
There are tall pillars of obsidian scattered throughout the End. These pillars have ender crystals on top of them that will regenerate the ender dragon's health when it is nearby. These crystals can be destroyed by hitting them once. However, because they explode upon being destroyed, it is advised to use a Bow with the infinity enchantment. They can also be safely destroyed by a thrown Egg or Snowball.
After defeating the ender dragon, an Exit Portal will spawn directly under the spot where it was killed, along with a single Dragon Egg. Stepping through the portal will trigger the End Credits, giving a player the "The End" achievement before returning a player to the Overworld at the place of a player's spawn point. Before defeating the ender dragon, it is impossible to return to the overworld without dying. That being said, it is most advisable to create a few Ender Chests in which items can be stored, and then accessed from any dimension to avoid losing any important items while destroying the healing crystals.
- The portal appearing after defeating the ender dragon can be destroyed in Creative mode. However, the only way to get back to the overworld, if the portal is destroyed, is death.
- If a Bed is placed in The End and is "slept" in, it will explode as it would in the Nether. This is a useful tactic if you want to deal some quality damage to the Ender Dragon.
- Just like in The Nether, the dial of Clocks and Compasses will move back and forth between day and night rapidly.
- Above the portal to 'The Dream and Credits', is an Ender Dragon egg. Clicking on the egg will teleport it to another area in the End. There are one of two ways to get the egg which is by either making a platform around the egg, then placing a Piston that is facing the egg, and then activating the piston; or by finding the egg in the new area (5-10 blocks away) and putting a torch under it (can be underground).
- It is impossible to make a Nether Portal in the End, but it is possible to make an End portal in the Nether.
- The portal back to overworld is surrounded by Bedrock, but in the overworld, the portal is surrounded by End Portal Frames.
- Drinking a Potion of Night Vision in the End makes everything appear pink/inverts colours.
- It's possible to spawn Ghasts in the End via using cheats. However, the ghasts will automatically attack the ender dragon.
- If an End portal is built in The End in creative mode, it will lead to the End credits, similar to the portal spawned when the ender dragon is killed.
- Stepping through an End portal has a similar 3D-particle effect to when stepping through a Nether portal.
- The End was first added to 1.0.0 (Beta 1.9 prerelease 4).