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Enderman normal
An enderman.
Health Points 40HP (20x Heart)
Attack Strength Easy:8HP (4x Heart)

Normal:14HP (7x Heart)
Hard:20HP (10x Heart)

Drops 0-1Ender Pearls,
A block, if it is holding one
Spawn Overworld or The End (Light level 7 or less)


An Enderman is a Minecraft mob who hates being looked at, has long legs, purple eyes, and carries Blocks.


Endermen will wander and teleport around randomly, until a player attacks or "stares" at them. "Staring" at an Enderman is defined as aiming the cross hair over the Enderman's face [1]. Once a player makes eye contact with an Enderman, it becomes hostile toward them. An Enderman will not be alerted if you look at any other part of its body.
End Stone

A large group of hostile Endermen.

Since 1.4.2, the Enderman will make a sound upon being provoked. The sound sounds similar to a loud running engine and is a warning to brace for sudden attacks. Even if the sounds have stopped, it does not guarantee that the Enderman is no longer aggressive. It may have teleported far away from the player, or gotten stuck somewhere such as a nearby Cave. If you leave the world and then come back while being attacked by an Enderman, it may have calmed down or teleported away. An aggressive Enderman can be distracted from attacking the player if it is attacked by another mob, or if it is touched by sunlight. Endermen don't like sunlight and will usually teleport to a cave or other covered location during the daytime.

Endermen will take damage from both Water (including rain) and Fire or Lava, and will teleport away when they take most types of damage, but interestingly, they do not teleport away when coming into contact with fire or lava. If is raining, an Enderman will teleport wildly until they teleport to a location where the rain doesn't hit them. Most likely to a cave. Endermen cannot get hit by any type of projectile including arrows, snowballs, eggs, and negative splash potions. They will always teleport away immediately before getting hit. However it is possible in console versions of the game to hit ann Enderman with an arrow by aiming slightly above them so they don't teleport from being looked at.

Endermen will occasionally pick up blocks at random times (even when aggressive), then later place them somewhere else. If the Enderman is killed with a block in hand it will drop it. An Enderman can pick up a block from any space directly adjacent to it (Including above its head or below its feet), and can pick up some pretty unexpected blocks, such as Cacti.

Endermen will attack Endermites as long as there isn't a survival mode player nearby, in which case it prioritizes the player, even if not aggressive.

As of The Frostburn Update (PC only), endermen can spawn in The Nether.

Grass Block







Brown Mushroom

Red Mushroom


Added in 1.7 [1]
Red Sand

Blue Orchid


Azure Bluet

Red Tulip

Orange Tulip

White Tulip

Pink Tulip

Oxeye Daisy


  1. - Whats New In Minecraft 1.9.4 YouTube Video

Protection from Endermen

One way to protect yourself from Endermen is to build "Enderman Proof Shelters". Two simple Enderman Proof Shelters are 1, a 2-block high, at least 2-block wide area (2 blocks wide because an Enderman could reach in with its long arms), and 2, which is just a pool of water, but also needs to be at least 2 blocks wide. Some Enderman Proof Shelters can be found naturally, but there are other ways to protect yourself from Endermen, too.

The best way to protect yourself from Endermen is to prevent attacks before they happen. One way to do that is to wear a Pumpkin in your helmet armor slot, which will prevent Endermen from getting hostile even if you look directly at them, but it also greatly hinders your view. Pumpkins will not stop Endermen from attacking if they have already been provoked.

Enderman In Rain

Enderman being hurt in Rain

If an Enderman is already hostile and attacking you, then cornering yourself might actually be a good idea, as the Enderman will not be able to teleport behind you. After you have yourself cornered, remember that the best weapon against an Enderman is not a Diamond Sword, but a Bucket of water.


  • In snapshot 14w11a, their speed was improved.
  • The Enderman was introduced in Beta 1.8, as part of the Adventure Update.[1][2]
  • Endermen would burn in sunlight until the 1.9 pre-release 4.
  • At first, when Notch was still designing the Endermen, he thought that they were not "creepy" enough, coming up with the idea that having a situation which the player would want to avoid could make the Endermen significantly more scary. This gave Notch the idea to implement the staring feature where aiming the crosshairs on the Enderman's face would cause a suspense in which breaking eye contact would trigger an attack, as well as the Enderman having the ability to teleport, so that when the player stares at the Enderman, they will have to face the consequences.[3]Also, when looking at an Enderman, its mouth will open and its eyes turn to a pure bright violet color, as well as the mouth looking like it goes through the whole head, makes it even creepier.
  • In the Beta 1.8 demo at PAX, Endermen dropped Diamonds as a placeholder.
  • Endermen originally had green eyes and a smoke particle effect. The release of Beta 1.8 changed the eyes to purple, and the smoke particles have been replaced with purple particles, similar to the particles emitted from Nether Portals.
  • In Beta 1.8 Pre-releases, Endermen were able to pick up any block, including bedrock.
  • Before the Sound Update, Endermen used zombie sounds as a place holder. On November 13, 2011, Endermen did receive their own audio scheme, most notably a long moan overlaid with static.
  • The End Dimension was not actually added until Beta 1.9.pre4frequently.[4][5]
  • Endermen were modified in Beta 1.9pre3 to have 40 hp (instead of 20), requiring 6 hits from a Diamond Sword to defeat. That, when combined with their teleportation aspect, gives players more incentive to be careful around Endermen.
  • Before Beta 1.9 pre-release, Endermen could be hit by projectiles.
  • Endermen were added to Pocket Edition in 0.9.0.
  • When Endermen were first added to Pocket Edition, they were actually attracted to water, and then that later changed to being afraid of water and rain.
  • When faced with water, Endermen can teleport through the blocks, even the Bedrock.


Minecraft 101:01

Minecraft 1.8 Enderman Gameplay

Enderman shelter



  • If an Enderman gets stuck in a cobweb, it cannot teleport away.
  • If you look at an Enderman through a transparent block, it will not become hostile.
  • The exact size of an Enderman is 0.6 x 0.6 x 2.9 blocks.
  • A duplication glitch can cause an Enderman to pick up a block of Mycelium, but leave a Dirt block behind.
  • If an Enderman dies from a cause other than water and its body falls in water, then it will still teleport immediately before death.
  • If Endermen pick up non-full blocks such as Flowers or Mushrooms, then they will appear as if they are floating.
  • Similarly to enchanted items, hostile Endermen will move in single player even when the game is paused.
  • Endermen were the first 3-block tall mob ever added to Minecraft.
  • Endermen take less damage from fire and lava than they do from water.
  • Endermen were the eleventh mob added to the game, and were added at the same time as Jukeboxes and Note Blocks.
  • It is said that the sounds that an Enderman makes when idle are actually recordings of people saying "Hi", "Hey", "What's up?", "Hiya", "this way", "forever!", and "uh oh!" that have been tweaked in different ways.
  • Some fans say that Endermen "Dimension Jump" when teleporting, meaning that they switch between dimensions, walk somewhere, and then switch back.
  • If an Enderman has the Invisibility effect, its eyes will still be visible.
  • A group of Endermen is called a haunting.
  • Endermen are inspired from the horror myth Slenderman.
  • It is impossible to hit Endermen with Bows, Eggs, or Snowballs. However, you can do all this in the old versions.
  • It is possible to kill an Enderman in one hit. However, it is rather expensive. If you have a Diamond Sword with the Sharpness V Enchantment, and have the Strength II Effect active, landing a Critical Hit will kill an Enderman instantly.
  • Endermen are the only mob that can naturally spawn in all 3 dimensions.


  1. - Whats New In Minecraft 1.9.4 YouTube Video
  1. - Notch's Google+ page
  2. - /r/Minecraft thread about the screenshot released by Notch
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