Part 12 – Eye for an Eye
This is a very crucial part of the guide, so turn off that rap music you kids love so much and pay attention. This WILL help you win the game.
In the very first part of this guide, one of the things I focused on was enemies. The scariest (well, should be scariest, but The Creeper actually is, so let’s give this one the “most useful” award instead) of these is the Endermen. The Endermen is a tall, black figure with pink/purple eyes. Do NOT make eye contact with him, especially at a party because he will come over and you will be forced to hear him ramble on for houuuurs about his boring accountant job and his deaf girlfriend and how he doesn’t want to meet her children and just…just…you don’t want to get yourself into that.
Endermen are crucial to this game, and your success in its completion. Up to this point, you’ve probably seen them in the wild just milling about, but I hope you’ve ignored them like I told you to. If you didn’t, and you disobeyed me, then that’s 1 point from Gryffindor. But now is the time to stand up and fight back, because this is going to help you win Minecraft.
NOTE: You cannot actually “win” Minecraft. This is more of a pep talk than anything. Just thought you should know.
First thing is first. You need a Diamond Sword, and some armor, also preferably Diamond. Thankfully, I have covered you in this area up to this point, so you should already have all the necessary precautions. Endermen are not that hard to find, especially at night outside, so that’s where I recommend you start this hunt. Now be aware, when attacked, they will teleport away, so hopefully you can keep track of where they end up. If not, you may just not only have to find a new one to kill, but also may have pissed off one that will want revenge. Even with Diamond armor, you WILL die in about 5 seconds.
There are ways out of a fight with an Endermen, but I am not going to write about those, because to finish this thing, you NEED to fight them, so that knowledge is of no use to us right now.
There are 2 reasons to fight and kill Endermen, and they are to get:
- The Eye Of Ender
- Ender Pearls
Both of these are useful, and crucial, to the end of this game. Generally, attack their legs. They’re tall, so this won’t be hard, but do this because they will not teleport when their legs are attacked. If they do teleport, they only teleport a few blocks either ahead of behind you, so it’s not that difficult to keep track of them. Also, try to time your attacks so that the Enderman is continually knocked back, and cannot hit you. This usually results in their death fairly quickly and it is a relatively safe way for you to kill them.
If you want other strategies, you can look them up. I am giving you the easiest, quickest and safest way to accomplish your goal. Now, onto the rewards.
Let’s tackle the Ender Pearl first. It is usually dropped upon the death of the Endermen, but if you don’t get one, don’t feel discouraged. It happens sometimes. Throwing an Ender Pearl will cause you to teleport to the impact location, which will then consume the Pearl and give 5 hearts damage to the user. However, they are useful for using to teleport to hard to reach locations such as across ravines or maybe up a cliff. They’re also useful to escape death, like if you fall in a pit of lava or something.
However, they’re even more useful because they are necessary to craft the Eyes Of Ender (which sounds like an awesome metal band), which are used to locate strongholds and activate End Portals. So, you NEED to collect the Ender Pearls.
Now, to create an Eye Of Ender, you will need Blaze Powder (which you will have to venture into the Nether to get, unfortunately) and an Ender Pearl. Blaze Powder is crafted from Blaze Rods, which is dropped by Blazes in the Nether. They’re pretty tough, so make sure if you want to do this that you’re ready and don’t take anything super important with you. To find an End Portal, you simply need to make an Eye Of Ender, throw it into the air and it will fly in the direction of the nearest End Portal, leaving a trail of the Endermen’s copyright patented purple trail particle behind it. However, after two or three seconds of traveling, the Eye floats in the air and then either falls to be collected and used again or shatters in mid-air, which hasa 1/6 chance of happening. If this happens, you WILL need to create another Eye Of Ender. This is a time consuming mission, which is why I will suggest you wait until The End to do it.
Not only will you need to destroy a dozen Endermen, but also find an End Portal, which may take a good few Eye Of Enders to do, unless you’re lucky.
Once you find an End Portal, the Eyes Of Ender are what are needed to activate the thing. They require a total of 12 eyes, but they often contain 1-5 already, so that’s helpful. Thanks Endermen. You guys are bros. I will go into greater detail about the End Portal at a later point in this guide, but right now I want you to know what you are up against. Endermen are tough guys to kill, and it takes a lot of patience in order to successfully reach The End.
But for now, let’s just enjoy our time together that we have left before things get really ugly. Like you. OH. I’m sorry, that was uncalled for. You’re beautiful.