You have just found the Stronghold and jumped over the portal to the End in mine craft. You are now standing on a small obsidian platform right at the edge of the main island with an Ender Dragon flying overhead. More than a decade after release, fighting an ender dragon is pretty easy, but why would you?
Here we will look at some theories related to the End, as well as mobs and buildings that you can find inside. First, let’s take a look at Ender dragons and what they might be for in the End.
Who is the Ender Dragon?
Based on the game we know that there is one Ender Dragon in the End, tied to the main island with its “nest” and egg. This begs the question Is the Ender Dragon trapped or is it an omnipotent being in this dimension?
Reddit user Endersnake 77 thinks the Ender Dragon is just the last of its kind of dragon and trying to survive. There may have once been more dragons in the End, but now the Ender dragon we know is the last. This dragon has an egg to protect, so the dragon brought the egg to the central island and placed it in the “nest” for safety reasons.
The Ender Dragon has a name! In a Reddit thread from 2011, Notch himself said that the Ender dragon’s name is “Gene?”.
When the Ender Dragon is about to die, it heads to the center of the island where the nest is located. It could be a dragon one last try to save your future. Unfortunately, the player ends up killing the dragon and is able to retrieve the egg. Having studied the end most players return to the Overworld, which does not have the right conditions for the egg to hatch and remains dormant.
Tyrant Ender Dragon
Many gamers believe that the Ender Dragon is tyrant of the End and all who live in it. Instead of being the last of your kind and desperately trying to survive, Endermen view the dragon as a deity to be worshipped. Because of this, the Endermen are on ‘pilgrimage’ to the End to see the Ender Dragon.
If the Ender Dragon is essentially the God of the Endermen, why don’t they attack you in the same way that you attack the Ender Dragon? This theory assumes that An enderman knows the strength of a dragon, so anyone who challenges must be just as strong.
When the Ender Dragon is killed, you will unlock the “Free the End” achievement. This may refer to freeing the End from the dragon’s tyranny as a deity who kills its subjects without hesitation.
The end is the future
What if the End was not another dimension, but the future? When you jump through the End Portal, you jump forward in time, towards the “end” of time.
In this future, the Ender Dragon is the last being left along with the Endermen. According to this theory, Endermen take care of the Dragon and can time travel without a portal, so you can see them in both the Overworld and the Nether.
A comment on this thread suggests that Endermen may have once been normal humans. An event (possibly caused by an Ender Dragon) then turned them into Endermen and they are now cursed to roam the barren world.
Based on this, we think the Dragon may have corrupted the inhabitants of the End, turning them all into endermen. Endermen attack the Ender Dragon, which could be the final push to destroy the creature that deprived them of their humanity.
One of the main reasons we explore the Nether after defeating the Ender Dragon is to search for the Edge Cities. These are giant floating cities with powerful armor, weapons and elytra.
In a Minecraft forum thread, user bigbadaud21 suggested that before the game started in the world lived an ancient race of master builders. This race has become technologically advanced as well as master of alchemy.
Soon these builders went to the End through the strongholds they had created. According to the theory, these builders did not know that they could not return to the Overworld, and were trapped in the end.
Now this race had to adapt to the End, evolving to have long and slender bodies in order to reach the Fruit of Horus. Though their appearance changed, they still retained their knowledge of technology, creating the End Cities we know before succumbing to the End and becoming Endermen.
This theory is consistent with the idea that the Ender dragon corrupted the Enders. Perhaps the builders created the tether poles on the central island as a last resort to control the dragon.
End Cities airports?
If these builders created the End Cities, what are they? Another Minecraft forum thread by Byeforever2 suggests that these cities are actually “airports”.
End cities float and emit the emergence of “control towers”, often found at airports. Some of these cities have ships, while others do not. There is a possibility that the End Cities without a ship have already been sent, and some ships have not reached. This explains why the ship is at the very top of these cities along with the Elytras.
Shulkers don’t seem to fit into any particular theory. Many threads write off the shulker as a creature that just lives in the End.
Instead of being just creatures what if shulkers were created by these builders? The shells of shulkers have a pattern that is incredibly similar to chiseled deep schist, which may indicate that the shulkers were made by builders and used as guards for their End Cities.
General, Minecraft doesn’t officially confirm any of these theories.. At its core, Minecraft is a sandbox game where you can do whatever you want. With a little narration, you can decide the story for yourself, and adapt your world to what you believe.
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