End City
An End city with an End Ship.

Accessible by:

End Gateway (after defeating the Ender Dragon)



Environmental Features:

End Stone island within a black void


One towering structure composed of multiple rooms, hallways, shafts and pillars

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The End Gateway.

End Cities are structures added in 1.9 - The Combat Update. It can be found in the Outer End after defeating the Ender Dragon.


The End City is made out of End Stone Bricks and Purpur Blocks. End Rods are used to light up the city. There are a few basic components that make up the End city. Each floor-based component is guarded by a single Shulker, to the left of the doorway. There are thin, single floor components that do not have loot in them. Stacked floors can hold Chests of loot, but not if they are directly below a column. One column is thin, contains no shulkers, and is made up of purpur Slabs that allow a player to jump one step at a time. The other column is much wider, and is filled with shulkers. These wider columns require a player either use end rods as platforms, or the shulkers' levitation effect to rise up. Wide columns also have openings on the sides, which lead to bridges to other components. The upper towers are lined with black and purple Banners, and hold a single upside-down shulker, giving the structure a bell tower appearance.

The "outer end" can contain more than one single end city structure, and each can be a completely different shape.

End Ship

Main article: End Ship

Floating above the End City is the End Ship. At the top of end city, a ramp will point to the End Ship. A player must use an Ender Pearl, levitation from nearby shulkers, or Flight (if in Creative mode) to reach the ship. The End Ship has a decorative Dragon Head on the hull, a tall mast, and a few Shulkers on the outside. Inside the ship, there is a Brewing Stand with two healing Potions, followed by another shulker between two chests of loot and a pair of Elytra.


The End city is home to mobs called the shulkers. They are only found in the city itself and on the End ship. Shulkers will give an effect called levitation. They disguise themselves as purpur blocks, but if a player gets close, their shell will lift off and they will shoot. If hit by this projectile, it will do 1 heart of damage and apply a levitation effect for 10 seconds. If a shulker is hit while its shell is closed, it will take significantly reduced damage. Shulkers may teleport away if attacked when at low health.


Blocks in the End city include End stone bricks and purpur blocks. There are many different variations of purpur blocks including slabs, blocks, pillars and stairs. There is also a decoration block called an End rod, which looks like an fence post and creates particles and light. This block can be placed upright, upside-down, or sideways.


Loot from chests within the End city itself can include enchanted iron/diamond Armor, Swords, Pickaxe, and Shovels; Beetroot Seeds, Diamonds, Iron Ingots, Gold Ingots, Emeralds, Saddles, and Horse Armor. The two chests inside of End ships usually contain more materials than Tools or armor. There is an Item Frame between the two chests with a pair of elytra inside of it. A decorative dragon head block can be collected from the front of the End ship.

Levitation Effect

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The Symbol for the levitation effect.

Levitation is an effect which is possible to attain in the End city. After a player is hit by a shulker's attack, he/she will levitate for 10 seconds. This grants the ability to fly. However, when the effect expires, a player will fall, and they could take serious fall damage as a result. It is recommended to place down Water on the ground before fighting with shulkers in order to avoid fall damage.



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  • Like Woodland Mansions, the parts of End cities are based on "structures", so if player knows the technical name of a part, it can be reconstructed.
  • You can get to the city without defeating the Ender Dragon. Here's how: You will need 1,000 blocks and then make a bridge out of the blocks and you will get there. This is because the island you spawn on has a 1,000 block gap between the city and the Island you spawn on.