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Ender Chest

Ender chests are a type of chest whose contents are exclusive to each player, and can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Obtaining [edit]

Breaking [edit]

Ender chests require a pickaxe to be mined. Otherwise, they drop nothing. Unless the pickaxe is enchanted with Silk Touch, the ender chest drops only 8 obsidian with no Eye of Ender. Any pickaxe allows the ender chest to drop either itself or 8 obsidian, despite obsidian itself only being obtainable with a diamond or netherite pickaxe.[1]

block Ender Chest
Hardness 22.5
Breaking time[A]
default 112.5
  1. ↑ Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation [edit]

Ender chests naturally generate alongside a chest in certain end city treasure rooms.

Crafting [edit]

Usage [edit]

Ender chests can be opened by pressing the use control. If a solid block is placed above an ender chest, it cannot open.

Ender chests can be used like normal chests, except all ender chests in the world are interconnected, including in different dimensions. The ender chest's inventory is also separate for each player; consequently, items stored in an ender chest cannot be seen or taken by other players. Also, items stored inside of an ender chest can be retained even if the player dies. Even if every single ender chest is destroyed in the world, the items inside the ender chest are still secure, and can be retrieved by placing another ender chest. Because of this player-specific property, ender chests are extremely useful on multiplayer servers to secure a player's most valuable items.

Donkeys, mules, and llamas cannot be equipped with ender chests; they support only normal chests.

Ender chests contain 27 slots for storage and can be placed next to other ender chests without joining; they cannot be combined into double chests.

Ender chests do not interact with hoppers, droppers, or comparators.

Despite being comprised largely of obsidian, they are not immune to destruction by the ender dragon, which Mojang has confirmed to be intentional.[2]

It is possible to greatly increase the space of an ender chest by pairing it with shulker boxes (i.e. filling the shulker boxes with desired items, then placing them inside the ender chest).

Light source [edit]

Ender chests with a light level of 7.

Note blocks [edit]

Ender chests can be placed under note blocks to produce "bass drum" sounds.

Piglins [edit]

Piglins become hostile toward players who open or mine an ender chest.

Piston interactivity [edit]

Ender chests cannot be pushed by pistons. They also cannot be pushed nor pulled by sticky pistons.

Sounds [edit]

Generic [edit]

Java Edition:

Bedrock Edition:

Unique [edit]

Java Edition:

Data values ​​[edit]

ID [edit]

Java Edition:

SurnameNamespaced IDBlock tags (JE)shapeTranslation key
Ender ChestBlock & Item

Bedrock Edition:

SurnameNamespaced IDNumeric ID shapeTranslation key
Ender ChestBlock & Item
SurnameSavegame ID
Block entity

Metadata [edit]

In Bedrock Edition, ender chests use the following data values:

Bits Values

A three-bit field storing a value from 2 to 5:

  • 2: Chest facing north
  • 3: Chest facing south
  • 4: Chest facing west
  • 5: Chest facing east

Invalid values ​​default to 2.

0x8 Unused.

Block states [edit]

Java Edition:

SurnameDefault valueAllowed valuesDescription

The direction of the ender chest's latch is on.
Opposite from the direction of the player faces when placing an ender chest.
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this ender chest.

Bedrock Edition:

SurnameDefault valueAllowed valuesDescription

The direction of the chest's latch is on.
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing a chest.

Block data [edit]

An ender chest has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.

  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities

Inventory [edit]

The contents of an ender chest are not stored in the block, but in the player-nbt under the tag. Thus ender chests can be viewed as "portals" to a player's 27 additional slots of secure and exclusive inventory.

History [edit]

  • The original suggestion for the ender chest.

Issues [edit]

Issues relating to "Ender Chest" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia [edit]

  • Because an ender chest's particles exist in a 1 block radius around the chest, the particles from a chest placed next to a wall are not seen on the other side.
  • Unlike chests, changes to an ender chest's name are not reflected in its inventory GUI.
  • Unlike chests, when broken, it does not drop the items inside it, due to the fact that the items aren't only in that chest.
  • Ender chests render as a full block when in the inventory, but not when held or placed.‌[Bedrock Edition only][8]
  • Ender chests cannot be locked by NBT tags.
  • The texture of ender chests, trapped chests, and normal chests texture does not change during Christmas.‌[Java Edition only]
  • Mining an ender chest with a wooden pickaxe takes the longest time in the game (16.9 seconds) to mine a block with the correct tool, without the effect of Mining Fatigue and other mining speed reduction events.

Gallery [edit]

  • An ender chest in the Nether.

  • Light from an ender chest.

  • An ender chest and regular chest in the End City.

References [edit]