Ever since the first version of the game, Minecraft has come a long way in terms of storage. There are plenty of chest types, and although some are more convenient than others when you’re lacking space in the inventory, every type of storage is welcome, especially if you’re far away from home in The End. This is where Ender Chest comes in. It’s incredibly useful but not easy to get your hands on. Let’s see how to craft Ender Chest and what it does in the first place.
Editor’s Note: This post was updated in October 2023, and it reflects the most up-to-date state of the game.
What makes Ender Chests so special?
Ender Chests were introduced later in the game, and their introduction opened several useful possibilities in terms of exploring End Cities and multiplayer game modes.
Ender Chests typically have less storage than double chests but have one peculiar feature: all Ender Chests share one single storage, meaning that items stored in the Ender Chest in the Overlord will appear in the Ender Chests in the End.
Additionally, even if every chest in the vicinity is destroyed, you’re not at risk of losing your stuff since items are presumably stored somewhere in the void instead of in the chest in the physical sense, which is why items are accessible anywhere.
The only downside compared to a regular chest is that you can’t combine two Ender Chests into a single large one. Ender Chest also can’t be put Donkeys, mules, and llamas.
Despite having limited storage, Ender Chests can be expanded with shulker boxes.
How do you craft an Ender Chest?
Ender Chests are crafted by combining 6x Obsidian block and 1x Eye of Ender. And while Obsidian can easily be obtained, even generated by the players, Eye of Ender is a different thing altogether. Eye of Ender is created by combining 1x Blaze Powder and 1x Ender Pearl and is usually used to locate strongholds and end portals.
If you’re not in a position to craft an Ender Chest, you can always locate one in End City. Ender Chest can generally be mined only with a pickaxe. If broken with a sword or hands, it will drop nothing.
You should have Silk Touch on your pickaxe to make the most out of mining Ender Chest.
How do you add Ender Chest with a command?
If you’re not able to get the resources needed to craft Ender Chest and you’re too early in the playthrough to have access to End City, you can always add Ender Chest by using commands. Here’s how it’s done:
- Press “T” to access the console.
- Type /give @p Minecraft:ender_chest 1.
- Press enter, and 1 Ender Chest should appear in your inventory.
This is pretty much it. Remember, Ender Chests are worth it, even if they require a little extra effort.