Elytra are a pair of wings that allow a player to glide from high places. They are considered an end-game Item. Elytra will allow a 10–1 glide ratio, which means a player can go 10 blocks forward for every block down at maximum efficiency; however, swooping down at an angle and then swooping up will allow for hundreds of blocks to be travelled horizontally without losing much height. To use it, it must first be equipped, then a player must jump and hold while falling. (Pressing the jump button again in midair on consoles)
While an Elytra is equipped and a player is airborne, it is possible to actually fly, rather than glide, by using a Firework Rocket. This propels a player quickly, right in the direction they are looking; when the firework ends, however, and it has a firework star, a player will receive full explosion damage.
Elytra lose one durability point per second, and have 432 points of durability. They can be repaired with leather on an anvil. They can also be repaired by placing two damaged elytra side by side on a crafting table. Their Durability will be added together, and the two elytra will be merged into one.
- When a player is wearing an Elytra in Creative Mode, they can fly indefinitely by holding down the A/X button in Console Editions.
- On Console editions, players can press the right joystick to make their arm go forward into the superman position while gliding through the air.
- If a player is looking slightly upwards, jumping off the ground and pressing and holding the jump key while a player is falling will cause the elytra to activate, and bounce a player a little over 1.5 blocks off the ground, as opposed to the regular 1.25. This can be used for jumping Fences without another means of entry.
- Elytra in real life are the shell-like parts of a beetle's wing.
- There is a Mini game that uses Elytra wings.
- In Minecraft: Pocket Edition, if you turn while gliding and have headphones in, the wind sound will intensify in the opposite ear(e.g. right ear while turning left).