I have a server and the Ender dragon has been defeated. However, returning to The End does not respawn the Ender Dragon. How can I get the final boss back on a vanilla server without using mods?

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    Possible duplicate of Respawning the Ender Dragon – pppery Jul 13 '19 at 1:30
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    @pppery I'm voting to leave this question open as per the current top-voted answer on the meta post, On ending Chronological Oppression with respect to the matter of Question Duplication where it says that the "the first question to reach [two upvotes] should be treated as the 'master' question and all others closed as a duplicate of that question." – galacticninja Jul 13 '19 at 6:02
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    @galacticninja And how can we make sure the up-to-date answer is moved to the older question? This is something that seems to be coming up a lot these days (thanks in part to pppery's incessant cleaning :). – Joachim Jul 13 '19 at 13:08
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    @Joachim The thing is, you can't, and even if the highest-scoring answer from the duplicate were moved here, it would only be second-highest scoring. It's objectively worse to have the first answer on the canonical "how to respawn the ender dragon" question be one that starts with "this answer is outdated" and then talks about editing the world files, as opposed to one with a nice, clear picture. – pppery Jul 13 '19 at 13:53
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    @pppery and `@Joachim: Edits can be suggested to existing answers and new answers can always be added to the original question. Merging is also an option. I've rarely seen an instance on the site where we mark a question that is: older (by 2 years in this case), more upvoted (both question and answers — in this case, 6 and 14 vs. 4 and 10), and having significantly more views (19k vs 2k) as a duplicate. – galacticninja Aug 1 '19 at 5:16

The below answer is relevant mostly for versions before 1.9. Since 1.9 the ender dragon can be summoned in-game by placing four ender crystals on the edges of the exit portal pool, one on each side.

Most servers I've seen just reset the whole dimension by deleting the DIM1 (vanilla) or world_the_end (CraftBukkit) folder.

There is another way to respawn the ender dragon, that will keep the player builds in The End, but it is a bit more complicated: You need an NBT editor (like NBT Explorer). You need to open DIM1\r.0.0.mca and edit in Chunk [0, 0] the TerrainPopulated property to 0:

NBT Explorer screenshot

When the chunk is loaded again, the dragon will be re-created. Note that this will also re-create the obsidian tower(s) in that (0, 0) chunk. Also note that when you kill the new dragon, a new exit portal with a new dragon egg will be created – you may want to switch to creative to remove the unnecessary ones.


It can be done from in game, and without deleting the -dim 1 folder. However you must have the plugin World Edit, as most servers do.

It's rather easy:

  1. Go through the end portal.
  2. //wand
  3. Left click on one corner of the end platform
  4. Go to opposite corner (at least 200m away) and make a pile of blocks roughly 20 high
  5. Right click top block on your pile
  6. //regen

And poof, everything in that entire area is as it original was. Hurry and /spawn before the dragon can generate and it wont even be there until a new player comes through the portal.

This way any structure you built out in the end away from the main platform are saved intact.


just do /summon EnderDagon ~ ~ ~

  • Can you explain your answer a bit? There already is an accepted answer, in what way is yours better? – Sentry Dec 8 '14 at 19:59

You can get a plain white spawn egg that reads Spawn Ender Dragon by typing /give [player] 383 1 63, which is the item ID. However, when you try to spawn it, you cannot and it does not really work as anything.
taken from the wiki: Minecraft Wiki Enderdragon

In vanilla Minecraft from in-game, it is not possible to spawn the Ender dragon.

There is a plugin that allow you to do it: EnderSpawn.

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    There is a contradicting (with an actual solution) answer that was posted 3 hours before you. – Resorath Aug 12 '13 at 17:08
  • @Resorath He did say IN GAME... – Anonymous Pi Oct 7 '13 at 18:13

When someone kills the ender dragon,the ender dragon left a egg when it died,basically,someone broke the egg.I would just try leaving the egg alone,till it hatches.

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    The egg doesn't hatch. – SirBenet May 17 '15 at 21:29

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