A player can craft Eyes of Ender and throw them into the air to gradually lead them to a nearby end portal inside a stronghold. Once the end portal is located, a player can place Eyes of Ender into each slot of the end portal frame to activate the portal. The Eye of Ender is capable of floating through solid blocks, as it leads a player to a stronghold, so digging may be required. It's even possible for it to float straight into the End Portal itself.
When an Eye of Ender is thrown, it will float diagonally upwards for about 15 blocks in the direction of the nearest stronghold, emitting a trail of purple particles. Eyes of Ender will float in the air approximately three seconds before either falling back to the ground as a collectible item that can be used again or shattering (an explosion of particles, which has a 1⁄5 chance of occurring). When a player throws an Eye of Ender within around 20 blocks of a stronghold, the Eye of Ender will float towards (or into) the ground.
| Eye of Ender
|None||Ender Pearl||None||Obsidian||Eye of Ender||Obsidian|
- The Eye of Ender was first added as an item in Beta 1.9 Pre-release 3 but had no use until the 4th Pre-release when each Eye could be placed in a portal block or used to home in on a Stronghold.
- In the beta version of Minecraft, the Eye of Ender looked slightly larger when viewed in the 3rd person view.
- Eyes of Ender are green, and before Beta 1.9 pre-release, an Enderman's eyes used to be green, so this item's appearance may not be a coincidence.
- Sometimes, the Eye of Ender can be obtained through trading with Villagers, though this is not common.