Are there more stronghold with end portals or just one? If there are more than one, does that mean that using an eye of ender points the closest stronghold?

  • Please note that dungeons contain chests, mossy cobble and spawners, while strongholds contain end portals. Which are you talking about? Jul 2, 2015 at 11:39

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Default Minecraft world generates three "end dungeons" (strongholds), about 1000 blocks from the centre of the world, spread equally. That means that when you're standing at X/Z 0,0 coordinates and looking in the direction of one, the other two will be at 120° to the left and to the right. All of them have a portal to the End. The Eye of Ender, when thrown, points to the closest one.

  • Thank,but I forgot to mention that I'm playing on Large Biomes. @Martin Sojka
    – John
    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:07
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    @John: If I remember correctly (don't have the code to check here ATM), that doesn't matter. It only scales up the biomes themselves, not - for example - where features like villages, abandoned mineshafts, temples or dungeons try to spawn. Jul 2, 2015 at 11:11
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    No. You can see it this way: one stronghold is generated randomly in a random direction between about 600 and 1200 blocks from the origin, then the other two are placed at roughly 120° angles, also a random distance between those margins away. Jul 2, 2015 at 15:16
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    @JohnOdom: They are in random directions. You'll still need the Eye of Ender (or a tool like AMIDST) to find them. It's just that relative to each other, they lie in predictable directions - once you know where one is, you can find the other two relatively easy. Jul 8, 2015 at 8:13
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    This answer becomes outdated from 1.9 version on.
    – John
    Feb 18, 2016 at 8:53

From the 1.9 version on, there are no longer just 3 strongholds.

They are now 128 per world, distributed in 8 rings (see the link above for how many generate per each ring). Their distribution is:

  • The First (1st) ring with 3 strongholds ranging from 1408 to 2688 blocks away from origin.
  • The Second (2nd) ring with 6 strongholds ranging from 4480 to 5760 blocks away from origin.
  • The Third (3rd) ring with 10 strongholds ranging from 7552 to 8832 blocks away from origin.
  • The Fourth (4th) ring with 15 strongholds ranging from 10624 to 11904 blocks away from origin.
  • The Fifth (5th) ring with 21 strongholds ranging from 13696 to 14976 blocks away from origin.
  • The Sixth (6th) ring with 28 strongholds ranging from 16768 to 18048 blocks away from origin.
  • The Seventh (7th) ring with 36 strongholds ranging from 19840 to 21120 blocks away from origin.
  • The Eight (8th) ring with 9 strongholds ranging from 22912 to 24192 block away from the origin.
  • I think it would be great if you could expand the answer a little, mostly regarding these rings.
    – MrLemon
    Feb 18, 2016 at 8:57
  • Thanks for your edit. I'll also do what you suggested. @MrLemon
    – John
    Feb 19, 2016 at 15:00

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