How to Make an Ender Chest in Minecraft

In Minecraft, like regular chests, an ender chest stores items, but has an added perk. It shares the inventory with other ender chests put anywhere in the world, including in other dimensions such as the Nether or the End. 

If an ender chest is destroyed, the contents do not drop as they do in standard wooden chests. Instead, you can retrieve them at another ender chest in your world or by simply creating a new ender chest. The main drawback is that it's far more difficult to make an ender chest than a chest, since it requires obsidian blocks and an ender eye, with both of them being harder to find than most items. 

Required Materials to make Ender Chest

Items you will need in order to make Ender Chest are:

  1. 8 blocks of Obsidian
  2. Eye of Ender

How to get Obsidian?

Obsidian can be mined at places where water meets lava, which means that you can also initiate the production of obsidian. With a bucket, scoop up the lava and dump it into a four-block pit. Pour the water such that it flows down into the lava from a certain height. Doing this will result in the lava turning into obsidian, which can then be mined with a diamond pickaxe. Moreover, it can also be acquired on the Nether Portal, or in an unlimited form on the platform in the End region that is created every time you enter The End.

Obsidian can be mined at places where water meets lava

How to get Eye of Ender?

In Minecraft, The Eye of Ender has many applications. One being an ingredient used to craft other objects such as the ender chest seen above. The Eye of Ender can be obtained by crafting. You need to gather a blaze powder and an ender pearl to craft the eye of ender in Minecraft. Ender pearls are dropped by Endermen, tall and slender mobs when they die. Blaze powder is an item made from a blaze rod obtained from blazes. Blazes are golden flying hostile mobs found in nether fortresses that drop blaze rods upon being killed. Use the blaze rods to craft blaze powder. Once you have the blaze powder and the ender pearl, using the crafting recipe show below:

You need to gather a blaze powder and an ender pearl to craft the eye of ender in Minecraft

How to make Ender Chest in Minecraft?

In a Nutshell:

To make an Ender chest, place eight pieces of Obsidian around the outside perimeter of the crafting GUI, leaving a blank space in the middle square. In the empty box in the center of the grid, place an Eye of Ender to complete the crafting process. Now simply click the ender chest to collect the block out of the crafting table and drag it into your own inventory.

Step-by-Step Guide(with Pictures):

Here is the step-by-step pictorial guide you need to follow to make an Ender Chest in minecraft:

Step-1 Open the crafting table

Open your crafting table to begin crafting the ender chest with the obtained ingredients contained in your inventory. To find out how to make a crafting table, click here.

Once you open your crafting table you will have the 3x3 crafting grid similar to the picture below:

Open your crafting table

Step-2 Place the Obsidian

Given that you have at least 8 obsidian blocks in your inventory, place them on the grid filling up every spot except the one in the centre of the grid. Follow the picture below:

Place the Obsidian

Step-3 Place the eye of ender

Once you place the obsidian, one spot on the grid is empty. This is where our second item will be placed: the eye of ender. As soon as you place it, the ender chest will appear on the other side.

Place the eye of ender

Step-4 Place the ender chest in your inventory

You have the ender chest crafted, now drag it in your inventory.

Place the ender chest in your inventory

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Q. What is the difference between an ender chest and a normal chest?

There are two major differences between the chests. One is that items do not drop if an ender chest is destroyed; however, they do drop in a regular chest. The other difference is the resistance to the explosion. Ender chest cannot be destroyed by an explosion, while a normal chest can be.

Q. What do you put in an ender chest?

A. Although you can place anything within an ender chest. Items of a higher value should be given the priority, such as diamonds, emeralds, enchanted tools, armour. As well as a stack of food, so that if your some chests are destroyed and items lost, you do not run out on food and always have a backup. 


Congratulations! You are now a proud owner of an ender chest. It is suggested that you use ender chests over standard chests for resource storage and access if you have access to blocks of obsidian at an effective rate. Make sure to always have an ender chest handy, whether it be sitting in a player's inventory or one at each of their bases. An ender chest facilitates 729 individual storage spaces making them the best storage system available inside of Minecraft.

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