Opinion: The Endermen (1.8 Mob!)

This is what we know…

This is a picture taken of Notch talking about the Endermen on twitter about how they function. this is all we know so far.



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The Bad

The addition of the “Endermen” mob (as they have been so ironically named. Endermen > end > the end > A mob that “could” turn out a Major game breaker.) seem like fresh and great addition to Minecraft; but what are the greater implication of adding such a mob. We all know we have been waiting for more creatures in this game to kill and slaughter but, really, a mob which can run fairly fast and can even teleport towards you have after having looked at it and then away is a serious leap from any other mob we have had so far. It could be amazing… or amazingly game breaking.

I feel as if my nightmare as come true and Weeping Angels (Dr.Who reference guys!) are going to be creeping about in my Minecraft world. Now, it may be to early to make such assumptions, but, if these where both day time and night time, we could be in for mayhem (I mean seriously, look at them!). Now all we need is a darlek/creeper invasion to top of the terrifying, teleporting menaces which will be invading our game in the 1.8 adventure update.

Edging away from the Dr. Who references, we can also see, in an enhanced picture, that these creature can hold blocks. If so, does this mean they can destroy block? can they destroy out creations and tear apart our homes?Along with a creeper blowing up our homes, is this really what we need as well? You obviously have your own opinion but I believe the cons of this far out way the pros. Imagine going in your mine for a Minecraft night because you’d rather not traverse the horrid, terrifying land at night only to find your house is in bits when you get back to the surface. Now, I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking, “Oh crap!” right about now. I understand we need tougher mobs to face (as it gets easy after your first few nights) but adding a creature that can literally destroy livelihood (over-dramatising for-the-win).

Anyway, ending my rant on the “Endermen”, it is nice to see Notch taking steps in the right direction in adding content to the game. Whether the content will work with the community is yet to be seen.

-By AxaT

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The Good

The Endermen are the newly revealed addition to Mincraft 1.8. The release has yet to be determined but, due to this new mob, some people don’t want it to happen. Seriously though, it’s not all bad!

For example, Minecraft is extremely easy after the first 15-20 days. By this time, you’ll have a base that can deflect all attacks, some food and an iron/diamond sword. So, this new addition gives a whole new reason to be better prepared. Now the player will need more food, armour, weaponry and much more. If it’s true that they can literally destroy your base, then you may need obsidian or, maybe, a new block that can’t be picked up. You may be thinking, “how is this good?”. Well, it adds a lot more difficulty and adventure into Minecraft and a reason to actually improve your crummy old house now. It also seems to replace creepers on the fear factor for future video series and LP’s. Altogether, this will be a great new addition to the game that will give Minecraft depth, fear and more need to buy new pants!

It is believed that these new mobs can pick up and place blocks. Perhaps they even make their own base. It is also believed that they only attack if you look at them they look away. Apparently, they can even sprint and teleport. This makes them, easily, the most hostile mob out there. Now tell me how that isn’t great!

-By Cameron Walker

Original picture

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Enhanced Picture

Endermen close up
Close up

Fun little tid-bit!

Saw this while looking through Notches recent posts! looks like punching pigs just got more satisfying :)

Disclaimer: Pictures of Endermen taken from



  1. By: Pacifist Heavy

    on: July 29, 2011 . Reply

    How is naming the mob “EnderMan” Ironic in any way?

    • By: AxaT

      on: July 29, 2011 . Reply

      As I suggested in the article, Endermen > end > the end > this due to a mob that “could” turn out a Marjor game breaker. Also, it is pretty much the end of you if you look at one and look away… You’ll be (pretty much) dead a few seconds after you turn away.

  2. By: NuclearFajita

    on: July 29, 2011 . Reply

    Mabey Notch could add a button that turns in or off Endermen. Just a thought though

  3. By: Rafe

    on: July 29, 2011 . Reply

    Lets assume for a moment they do remove blocks, even brick(i’de like to thank notch for giving us clay back).

    There are methods to home construction that might render their abilities more of a nuisance and less of a threat. This would call for changes in how you make your home. Rather then trying to make a log cabin in the middle of a flat land environ it might be best to burrow into the wall of a mountain side leaving up to 5 or 4 blocks thick of wall between the darkness outside and your domicile.

    Windows can be placed high up and enderman cannot fly it seems so he won’t be jumping up 9 meters to grab blocks of a wall on your clifside base.

    another possibility is to just build underground and have a shaft leading up to the ground.

    Whatever the case adaptations in building will make it so that enderman would have to remove 20 or so blocks from “KEY” locations to get to you. Notches AI is bad enough it seems unlikely that enderman will know the path of least resistant to access your domicile because the AI cannot distinguish domicile from lava pit.

    Also it seems unreasonable that enderman will go around randomly destroying everyting in its’ path. Notch seems to be of the mindset that he likes to create these beautiful but dangerous paradises so much so that he makes water behave unrealistically just so waterfalls can exist. After a few nights of Enderman social gatherings the landscape woudl look like a mortar range. Somethign tells me notch would change this behavior, when he sees the outcome.

    There is also the possibility notch will just tone this threat down tremendously ( I hope not). He did back peddle offa finite torches despite giving us access to infinite lighting netherrack.

  4. By: Dajaker

    on: July 31, 2011 . Reply

    Even if its to bad WE did ask for more mobs…

  5. By: Vechs

    on: July 31, 2011 . Reply

    I’m surprised nobody in the article mentioned the possibility of the Endermen ruining custom maps. Can you imagine the plethora of adventure, puzzle, and other custom maps that would be ruined by these monsters removing blocks from the environment?

    • By: Wookie

      on: August 2, 2011 . Reply

      i feel like we all fear this, but notch is a smart guy and loves creating in his own game as much as we do. there’s ether probably blocks it can and can’t move, or maybe it can’t move player placed blocks at all?

      or maybe we’re all doomed. haha

  6. By: (›^.^)›

    on: August 6, 2011 . Reply

    Personally, heres my theory of how the Endermen will work.

    When they pick up a block, it can’t be one placed by a user, under another block, or a heavy block I.E. Stone, Obsidian, etc. I personally think that the Endermen will only be able to move Grass, Dirt, Sand and Gravel. None of which are common building materials. But I don’t think we should be afraid of the fact they can move stuff, we should be afraid of what they’re building. Maybe Crop Circles, Towers, Temples, the possibilities are both fascinating and horrifying.

    Also, is anyone else afraid of the ‘scary mob’ we were told of? I don’t think it was referring were talking to the Endermen, since from the sound of Notch’s blog, these guys were made on a whim. Also, if I were you guys, I wouldn’t be afraid of the Endermen greifing as much as the soon-to-be silverfish. Make sure to hide your wood houses, and pray to Notch this bug spawns in the lower 25 layers.

  7. By: exphautaz

    on: August 7, 2011 . Reply

    i agree with some of you and i think i like it and doesnobody remember wearing the rare yet livle pumpkin keeps them from attacking and only teleport when they could other wise reach you and i doubght his unintelligent ai could build temples maybe a small hut but no manision no offense to you though notche

  8. By: tufb

    on: August 12, 2011 . Reply

    I think that the Enderman will be cool but scary at the same time. But i’m just wondring will thay be able to pick up glass blocks cos if they couldnt u could just make a glass wall around ur house
    so i would make it so they can move glass block, just a sugestion

    • By: Wookie

      on: August 12, 2011 . Reply

      similar to what you said, we will probably have to surround our houses with fence! Or fire? Maybe he’s trying to make it so we must build fortresses to defend ourselves.

      • By: CiaranKimberlin

        on: August 16, 2011 . Reply

        yes, I think this is why he’s putting it in the adventure update, it adds spice to the game! You can’t just expect to build a house in Minecraft, and it to survive on non-peaceful :P

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  9. By: Stormchef

    on: August 14, 2011 . Reply

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