Only then did Gabriel deliver his famous, final blow... We became heroes, and eventually legends.
~ Soren the Architect to Jesse about the Ender Dragon fight.

The Ender Dragon is the main antagonist of the famous sandbox video game, Minecraft.

She is the first boss to be added to the game and is dragon mob who rules over a dimension named the End, where the Endermen are spawned. When Steve travels to the End and kills her, the End Poem is revealed, revealing the end of the game.

The Ender Dragon also serves as a posthumous antagonist in Season 1 of Minecraft: Story Mode, where a battle between her and Gabriel is referred to.

History (Minecraft)

Since Beta 1.9 pre-release 6, a single Ender Dragon appears in each world's End, and can be fought and killed. She swoops at the player, destroying any blocks she passes through, except Obsidian, indestructible blocks (such as Bedrock), Iron Bars, and End Stone. Once an Ender Dragon is killed, an End Gateway appears in the vacinity, with a dragon egg on top. The end gateway leads to the "Outer End".

Upon defeat, the Ender Dragon drops around 12,000 Experience Orbs (which take a player with no experience to around level 72), activates the Exit Portal, and spawns a dragon egg on top of the portal frame.

When one Ender Crystal is placed on each edge of the exit portal—for a total of 4—then the dragon will respawn; however, when defeated, she drops a lot less experience and no dragon egg.==Appearance== The Ender Dragon is a huge black dragon that dominates the End. She is speculated to be the leader of the Endermen; however, this is not confirmed.

After entering The End, Steve, Alex, or any player, must fight the Ender Dragon and kill her, or he will die/be trapped in the End forever; the game will not allow any player to exit the End alive unless the Ender Dragon is slain, except in cases if they don't have any more resources.


The Ender Dragon is a giant, black dragon with glowing purple eyes. She is the second-largest mob in the game; only the unimplemented Giant is larger. She has a few dark gray features, such as the large wings and spikes, and various other parts of her body. Similar to the eyes of Endermen and Spiders, the Ender Dragon's eyes are visible through darkness, so the player can see her coming from anywhere in The End.


The Ender Dragon lives in the dark dimension known as The End, which serves as the End stage of sandbox-style game. The Ender Dragon can destroy almost any block (excluding End Stone, Obsidian, and Bedrock) in the game and therefore the player cannot make their own structure until the dragon is defeated.

The Ender Dragon flies around The End and is healed by Ender Crystals on top of Obsidian pillars. While she has the same color scheme of a Enderman, she does not have the same ability of teleporting like one. The Ender Dragon is extremely hostile and will try to kill the player at all costs.

When the Ender Dragon is finally slain, she will drop enough experience for the player to get to over level 75 and leaves a portal back to the Overworld.


The Ender Dragon is an extremely destructive and dangerous creature who will destroy any blocks she comes into contact with, except obsidian, end stone, bedrock, command blocks, barriers, and iron bars, end portal blocks, end portal frames, and end gateway blocks. Instead of destroying them, the Ender Dragon passes through them. When hit, an Ender Dragon makes roaring, growling and snarling noises. The flapping of its wings can also be heard as the dragon moves.

The Ender Dragon has a purple health bar that appears at the top of the player's screen. This bar indicates the remaining health of the resident Ender Dragon. Each End dimension houses a single Ender Dragon whose health is periodically healed by nearby ender crystals. Destroying an ender crystal while the Ender Dragon is being healed by it (indicated by a series of circles appearing between the ender crystal and the Ender Dragon) will cause the Ender Dragon to take 10 damage.

The Ender Dragon takes 1-4 normal damage +1 when hit in any part except the head.

Any living entities hit by the dragon's wings will be dealt 5 damage and thrown through the air, sometimes to fatal heights or off the island. Living entities hit by the dragon's head will take 10 damage. Neither of these effects is applied for 1-2 second after the dragon takes damage.

The dragon has a 10-second-long breath attack that does damage (like a Lingering Potion of Harming) after the first half-second, and an exploding fireball that acts much like a Lingering Potion of Harming II. The dragon doesn't take damage from snowballs, eggs, or other attacks that normally deal no damage.

The dragon has four states: circling, strafing, charging, and landed. It begins in the circling state. When landed and cumulative damage while landed exceeds 50, it will take off (to start circling) and reset the accumulator. The accumulator is not reset if the dragon takes off naturally.

When circling, the dragon will circle outside the ring of pillars if ender crystals remain or inside the ring if not. With increasing chances as crystals are destroyed it will land on the empty portal or will strafe a player within 64 blocks of the portal.

When strafing, the dragon will fly towards the target player and shoot a fireball when within 64 blocks before resuming circling.

When charging, the dragon will fly rapidly towards the target player's position at the start of the charge, then resume circling whether or not the player was actually hit.

She will not target other mobs, but should it hit an enderman, the enderman will turn hostile towards the Ender Dragon. Blazes, wolves, and zombie pigmen will also turn hostile to the Ender Dragon. Whenever the dragon finds itself nearer than 10 blocks to is current target or more than 150 blocks away, it will choose a new target. When damaged it will target a point just behind itself, causing it to turn away and choose a new target.

To land, the dragon flies to the empty portal (approaching from the side opposite the player, if applicable) and perches on top. After 1.25 seconds, if a player is within 20 blocks of the portal it will roar (2 seconds) and then use its breath attack for 3 seconds. While the dragon is using its breath attack, the player can obtain dragon's breath by using a glass bottle on the breath. If no player is near enough for 5 seconds, the dragon will charge at a player within 150 blocks or will take off and begin circling if no player is found. It will also take off and begin circling after the fourth consecutive breath attack. While landed, the dragon is immune to arrows.

If it is not landed and takes fatal damage, it will fly to the vicinity of the portal before actually dying.

The dragon can be respawned as often as desired by placing player-made craftable ender crystals, but subsequent dragons only drop 500 XP and don't place a dragon egg. When the dragon is respawned, a series of explosions reset the obsidian pillars, iron bars, and ender crystals.


Ender Dragons can attack by charging at the player's lower waist, with their wings tucked in and diving downward. If hit with anything while swooping towards the player, even a fist, they will turn around and fly away. Ender Crystals that sit on top of the Obsidian Towers will heal them. Ender Dragons have the ability to fly around the sky and shoot purple fire charges (Ender Acid) at her victims. After a while, they will go down and hover above the inactive End Portal while constantly spraying Ender Acid out of their mouths, similar to how a dragon breathes fire when attacking. They would also be continuously healed by the Ender Crystals.


The Ender Dragon only spawns in the End, and spawns immediately as the first player enters the End. Players can also respawn the dragon by placing four Ender Crystals atop the exit portal, one on each side.


Once defeated, the Ender Dragon will appear to have beams of light spontaneously erupting from her body. She will then explode, dropping enough experience to bring a player from no experience to level 78 (12000 - 10 drops of 1000 experience, one drop of 2000 experience).

She will also activate the exit portal, and drop a dragon egg onto the top. This portal is found at X=0 and Z=0, at the Y-coordinate of the surface of the island.


Once the player has entered the End, it is crucial to destroy as many of the Ender Crystals as possible before going after the boss, preferably with a bow or snowballs, although it will be necessary to climb some of the towers to break Iron Bars around some of the crystals. Afterwards, the player must defeat the actual Ender Dragon. A skilled bowman with a powerful bow can deal a lot of damage to the Ender Dragon; however, when the dragon is perched on the exit portal, it becomes necessary to use a sword.

Here are a few tips for fighting the Dragon:

  • Take anything to The End that could be possibly needed. The worst thing about The End is the potential to run out of resources and get stuck.
  • Wear a pumpkin in the end so that Endermen won't attack, but beware that this reduces how much armor the player can have and impairs vision.
  • Pay attention to the Endermen as well as the Ender Dragon. The Enderman have just as much of a chance to kill the player as the Ender Dragon if a pumpkin isn't being worn.
  • Never stay in one place. If timing movements accordingly, it is very hard for the Ender Dragon to score a hit.
  • Have enchanted weapons and armor. Enchanted bows and swords cause more significantly more damage to Endermen and the Ender Dragon, while enchanted armor offers more protection from damage.
  • If possible, fight the dragon as a group. Attempts to kill the Ender Dragon with just one person is considerably more difficult.
  • Hitting the head of the dragon deals the full damage of the weapon; hitting her anywhere else deals a quarter of the regular damage.
  • Look up as much as possible to limit attention received by Endermen if not wearing a pumpkin.
  • The only way out is death if there are no more resources.


  • There is a very rare glitch where dying during the fight and returning to The End causes multiple Ender Dragons to spawn ( up to 6 have been known to appear), and in order to finish the game and reach the end credits, they must all be defeated one by one by one.
  • If the game is saved just as the death animation starts, then reload the world, the Ender Dragon will be curled up in a ball and spinning, instead of the light show displaying.
  • When the Ender Dragon is killed, multiple portals may appear.

History (Minecraft: Story Mode)

In the game Minecraft: Story Mode, the Order of the Stone's last mission was to kill the Ender Dragon, but she proved too powerful for them, so their leader, Soren the Architect, used a Command Block to blink it out of existence. However, the Order wanted too much fame, so they lied to the entire world about killing the Ender Dragon in more epic ways. Because of their lies, Ivor quit being a member, and wanted revenge on them by creating an advanced Wither: the Wither Storm.

Killed By

  • Soren the Architect (Caused)
  • Command Block
  • Gabriel the Warrior (Lie)

After the Order of the Stone entered The End, Soren zapped the Ender Dragon out of existence using the Command Block. Ivor took the Ender Crystals and the Ender Dragon was not seen thereafter. In Soren's story, the Order helped destroy the Ender Crystals. Gabriel finished the battle by "tapping" the Ender Dragon with his sword.




  • Despite being considered a female, the Ender Dragon is rated genderless.
    • However, Notch has also stated that genders do not exist in Minecraft. Despite this, most players still refer to the dragon as a female.
  • Originally, the Ender Dragon was planned to be a normal red dragon. However, Notch later changed its texture to be like that of an Enderman.
  • The Ender Dragon can lay eggs like any other dragons, apparently. A Dragon Egg can be seen on top the fountain-like portal that leaves The End and returns to the Overworld.
    • Intriguingly, Dragon Eggs can teleport like Endermen. This could hint that the Ender Dragon is capable of teleporting, but chooses not. Why they do not is unknown.
  • The Ender Dragon may not be evil, but rather mad; to get the End, you must kill at least 12 Endermen, and the Ender Dragon may simply be after vengeance (however, she still committed evil acts that counts her as a villain).
    • If this is true, it would make the Ender Dragon an Anti-Villain.
  • The Ender Dragon, along with Shulkers, are the only hostile mobs able to spawn naturally in a Peaceful difficulty setting and will not despawn when the difficulty is set to Peaceful, both unable to damage the player.
  • If, through modding/hacking/commands, the Ender Dragon is spawned in the Overworld, when killed, the portal that spawns under it will lead to The End. However, this is no longer the case as of the 1.9 Combat Update.
  • If the Ender Dragon flies into or over any Overworld blocks that the Player has placed, they will be destroyed without dropping anything. The only legitimate exception is Obsidian, which can be found in The End as well.
  • It is possible to get a Wither to fight it, but the wither will deal close to no damage as the Ender Dragon does not take damage from status effects and/or mob attacks.
  • Ender Dragons can be used as somewhat inefficient tunnel borers or mining devices. If players mod their game, they can make the Ender Dragon destroy ores as drops to make things better.
  • If Ghasts are spawned in The End via Spawn Eggs or commands, their fireballs may hit the Ender Dragon, though the fireballs will cause little (if any) damage.
  • The Ender Dragon was the first boss to be released. Many speculate that the Giant was meant to be the first boss. However, this has never been confirmed.
  • The Ender Dragon cannot destroy entities, such as the Minecart.
  • There is an Ender Dragon Plush toy that was recently made available for the public.
  • Notch made a Reddit post about the dragon, referring to it as a "she", and calling her Jean.
  • The Ender Dragon is able to fly past the world border and past the max terrain generation distance.
  • If the Ender Dragon is killed above an obsidian tower, a portion of the tower will be removed, as shown.
  • The Ender Dragon is thought to not the final boss, as the Wither comes after the Ender Dragon in the achievement set, and the Wither is considerably more challenging. However, this has not been confirmed yet.
  • In 1.9, the Ender Dragon can shoot Dragon's Breath that works like Instant Damage combined with Knockback III, making it virtually impossible to kill.
  • There is a way to inflict good damage to the Ender dragon by placing a bed and waiting until the Ender dragon gets too close and gets damaged by the explosion of the bed.
  • Red dragons were originally going to be in Minecraft.
  • It is now possible in Minecraft to re-spawn the Ender Dragon using 4 Ender Crystals.

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           Minecraft Villains

Wither | Ender Dragon

Minecraft: Story Mode
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