Find the End Portal in Minecraft

Advanced players can enter Minecraft's final zone to challenge the ender dragon and explore treasure-filled cities in the sky. Before you can do this, however, you'll need to find a rare End Portal using eyes of ender. Make sure you're well equipped before you set out on this long and difficult quest.

Pocket Edition players: The End is only available in version 1.0 or later (released December 2016) and not in the "Old" world type.

Creative Mode players: If you can't get the portal to activate, build a new one around you while standing in the center. This guarantees that the blocks are facing the right direction.


Making Eyes of Ender

  1. Enter the Nether. Finding and activating an End Portal requires ingredients you can only find in the Nether, Minecraft's underworld. Make a Nether portal and travel through it to get started.
    • To make a Nether Portal, place obsidian blocks in a rectangle four blocks wide and five blocks high, skipping the corners and interior of the rectangle. Activate the lower obsidian blocks with a flint and steel.
    • The Nether is a dangerous area. Survive in the Nether (Minecraft) with high quality food and equipment.
  2. Fight-Mobs-in-Minecraft. Blazes are yellow, floating monsters surrounded by smoke. They are only found in Nether fortresses — structures supported by pillars over a lava ocean. Defeat blazes and collect the blaze rods they drop. You'll usually need at least five blaze rods to find and activate the end portal, and it often takes seven or more.
    • It's much easier to find Nether fortresses if you travel along the Find-Your-Coordinates-in-Minecraft (east or west).[1]
    • Killing blazes is difficult, and the rods only drop if you kill them directly or with a tamed wolf. It helps to have an enchanted bow, or plenty of snowballs (it takes seven to kill one blaze).[2]
  3. Safely-Kill-an-Enderman-in-Minecraft. Endermen are the black, tentacled mobs that only attack when you look at them. If you don't have plenty of ender pearls yet, kill Endermen until you do. You'll need two ender pearls for each blaze rod.
    • Endermen are more common in the Overworld (the regular Minecraft map) than in the Nether.
  4. Craft eyes of ender. Eyes of ender have the ability to locate end portals, and to activate them. You'll usually need at least nine eyes of ender for this, often more. Craft them using these recipes:
    • Place a blaze rod in the crafting area to turn it into two blaze powders.
    • Place a blaze powder and an ender pearl anywhere in the crafting area to make an eye of ender.

Finding an End Portal

  1. Use an eye of ender. Equip the eye of ender and use it. It will float up into the air, then travel a short distance horizontally in the direction of the nearest stronghold. (All end portals are found inside strongholds.)
    • In the Computer version of Minecraft, the closest strongholds are at least 1408 blocks away from the world's origin point.[3] Get to at least this distance before using any eyes of ender.
  2. Collect the eye of ender. Each eye of ender has a 20% chance of breaking each time you use it. The other 80% of the time, you can pick it up from where it fell.[4]
  3. Walk in the direction of the eye. Strongholds are very far apart in the Computer and Pocket editions, and there is only one in the entire world in Console edition. To avoid wasting eyes of ender, walk at least five hundred blocks before using an eye again.
    • Try to walk in the straightest line possible. If you keep your cursor on the eye as it floats, the direction you're pointed in should be perfect. Find-Your-Coordinates-in-Minecraft and keep the Facing as steady as you can.
  4. Keep throwing eyes until one travels downward. If the eye travels down to the ground, you are close to an underground stronghold. If the eye floats back the way you came, you passed the stronghold already.
  5. Dig out the stronghold. Dig a staircase down until you find a room in the stronghold. The eye of ender just points to the stronghold, not the end portal.[5] You might not see what you're looking for yet, but you're close.
  6. Find the portal room. Every stronghold has one portal room, with a staircase leading to a platform over a pool of lava. The end portal is on top of the platform, with a border of green squares. Be prepared to Fight-Mobs-in-Minecraft on the stairway.
    • Strongholds can have many rooms, and they are not necessarily all connected.[6] If you only find dead ends, dig around the surrounding area to find more rooms. It can take a long time to find the portal room.
    • There's a small chance that another structure (such as a mineshaft) breaks into the portal room. If it interrupts the portal, that portal is not usable. On a PC, you can find another stronghold. On a Console, there is only one stronghold per world, so you can't reach the End without Cheat-in-Minecraft.
  7. Activate the end portal. Unless you're very lucky, the portal won't be active when you first find it. To activate it, put an eye of ender into each of the twelve green squares (ender portal frames) around the portal. The portal usually spawns with a couple eyes of ender already attached, so you usually don't need to make all twelve yourself.
  8. Jump into the portal. When you place the last eye of ender in the portal, a starry black portal will appear. Jump into this when you're ready to enter the End and Defeat-Enderdragon-Mob-in-Minecraft.

Using Two Eye Throws (Computer Edition Only)

  1. Find-Your-Coordinates-in-Minecraft. Press F3 on the computer, or equip and use a map on the console. Locate the x, z, and Facing values on the number overlay.
    • On some Mac computers, you'll need to press Fn+F3, or Option+Fn+F3.
  2. Throw an eye of ender. Move your cursor to the point where the eye hovers. Write down the x, z, and Facing values on your screen. The x- and z-coordinates describe your position on the map, and Facing tells you the direction you are looking. You only need the first number listed after Facing, not the second.
  3. Repeat this at another location. Travel two or three hundred blocks away from your last position. Do not walk in the direction the eye traveled, or directly opposite it. Use an eye of ender again, move your cursor over the point where it hovers, and write down a new set of x, z, and Facing values.
  4. Enter these values into an online tool. The information you wrote down describes two lines on your Minecraft map, each pointing to the stronghold. Finding the intersection of the lines takes some trigonometry, but there are several online tools that will do the math for you. Try this one, or search online for "minecraft stronghold locator." The tool should give you the x and z coordinates of the nearest stronghold.
    • Since the Computer edition has many strongholds, there's a small chance that the two eyes were pointing to different ones. This is unlikely as long as the two points were less than a few hundred blocks away from each other.
  5. Calculate it yourself. If you can't find an online tool, you can calculate the coordinates using these formulas:[7]
    • Label one group of coordinates X0, Z0, and F0 and the other group X1, Z1, and F1.
    • If F0 > -90, add 90 to get DEG0. If F0 < -90, add 450 instead. Repeat with F1 to get DEG1. This sets the f-values to between 0 and 360 degrees.
    • Use a calculator to find <math>S_0 = \tan(DEG_0)</math> and <math>S_1 = \tan(DEG_1)</math>. Set the calculator to degrees, not radians.
    • The x-coordinate of the stronghold <math>X_S</math> is <math>\frac{Z_1 - Z_0 + S_0X_0 - S_1X_1}{S_0 - S_1}</math>.
    • The z-coordinate of the stronghold is <math>S_0X_S + Z_0 - S_0X_0</math>.

Finding a Stronghold Using Your World Seed

  1. Get your world seed. Each Minecraft world has a string of letters and numbers called a "seed." This determines the whole terrain layout, including the stronghold locations. Locate and copy (or write down) this string:
    • Computer edition: Type . If commands are not enabled, turn them on first using EscOpen to LANAllow CheatsStart LAN World.
    • Console edition: Go to the select world menu and look for the seed next to your world. (If it isn't listed there, you may need to download a seed finding tool.)
    • Pocket Edition: Go to the main menu. Hit Play, then Edit. The seed appears underneath each world name.[8]
  2. Create a Creative world with the same seed. Create a new world set to Creative mode. On the world creation screen, enter the seed exactly as it appears. (Click More World Options first in the Computer edition.)
    • Select the same world type as your main world.
  3. Locate a stronghold. Since you're in Creative mode, you can put unlimited eyes of ender in your inventory. Use them and fly in the direction they're moving until you reach a stronghold.
  4. Write down the x-, y-, and z- coordinates of the stronghold. Since you used the same world seed, your Survival world should have a stronghold in exactly the same coordinates.[9]
    • On the computer, press F3 to view your coordinates. On some Mac computers, press Fn+F3, or Option+Fn+F3 instead.
    • On a console, use a map item to find your coordinates.
    • On Pocket Edition, the easiest method is to Find-Your-Coordinates-in-Minecraft.


  • If you go to the End on peaceful, no Endermen will spawn.
  • Bring plenty of cobblestone or other building blocks that Endermen cannot move. If you spawn on a platform far away from the End island you'll need to build a path.
  • Unlike the Nether portals, you won't have a chance to back out of the End portal, so make sure you're ready.
  • Strongholds have 1/1000 chance of spawning under the well.
  • In Creative mode, you can make your own end portal. Find the "end portal frames" under Decoration Blocks and place them in a 4 x 4 horizontal square, leaving the corners and interior empty.
    • Place eyes of ender in each end portal frame to activate the portal. It is very important to place portal frame blocks and ender eye in right direction. Most people do not follow the right direction and their portal never works. Eyes should be pointing inwards to the portal. Try to find an image or video of working portal and you can see the correct directions to use.


  • Eyes of ender might not lead you to the right location in Computer worlds created before October 2011, or Console worlds created before April 2013.
  • The Pocket Edition /locate command (available if cheats are enabled) does not work for strongholds as of version 1.0.[10]

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