I'm coming back to Minecraft after a long absence, and pursuing new objectives and opportunities. I've read that one can respawn the Ender Dragon, and I'd like to do this at some point. In order to prepare as best I can for the fight, and not lose resources unnecessarily, I'd like to know what parts of the End will change when I resummon the Ender Dragon.

  1. Will the exit portal stop working?

  2. I have read that the tops of the obsidian pillars will be reset to their original form, destroying any added blocks. What are the dimensions of the volume that is reset?

  3. Is there anything else that gets modified besides the exit portal and the tops of the pillars?

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    Meta note: I've already determined by watching videos that the answer to "will the exit portal stop working" is almost certainly (unless I landed on two fakes) "yes", but I could not find this question and answer written down anywhere on the Minecraft wiki or elsewhere, so I figured it was worth asking, plus a little bit more comprehensive info request. Hoping for a thorough answer that prepares players planning to do this.
    – Kevin Reid
    Jul 25, 2020 at 19:31
  • An additional point it would be nice to see answered: do the End Gateways disappear or stop working? Jul 26, 2020 at 1:34
  • I think one blatantly obvious thing is missing: The exit portal resumes working just fine after the dragon is killed again. It's only disabled for the duration of the fight!
    – SF.
    Jul 27, 2020 at 12:47

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  1. Yes, in that the portal disappears, but no; You can still teleport to the End Islands using the End Gateways (the ones you use Ender Pearls to teleport out into the islands), and exit the end itself by spawning in a portal (/setblock ~ ~ ~ minecraft:end_portal)
  2. For the 11x11x14 (WxLxH) area from top of the pillar (this is from where the top of the iron bar cage, even if it spawns or not), it removes ALL blocks. Anything below that, only the obsidian pillar itself is replaced. All surrounding blocks remains unaffected.
  3. The End Gateways lose their beacon effect, but still work. Also, they don't disappear.


Still a way to get out. But once you hop back into the End again, you can't leave until the dragon is defeated. That, and you lose your items (from death, obviously and if you don't have /gamerule keepInventory true on).

  • So does that mean that you cannot exit the End without cheats once the dragon is resummoned?
    – WarpPrime
    Jul 26, 2020 at 20:52
  • @fasterthanlight yes
    – aytimothy
    Jul 27, 2020 at 0:35
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    @fasterthanlight until you kill it again.
    – SF.
    Jul 27, 2020 at 12:48

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