Yes, today sees the return of the Encyclopedia Minecraftia. We are going to take a look at the Endermen, a strange, otherworldly race of creature that has recently started appearing across the world of Minecraftia.
What IS Are The Endermen?
The Endermen are strange creatures indeed. Around one-and-a-half times as tall as the average person, they are almost completely composed of some dark material, appearing quite often to be little more than shadow. These tall, thin creatures have great long arms with which they carry seemingly useless materials around. Their purpose in doing so remains unknown…
While seeming at first to be passive entities, content to observe the denizen(s) of Minecraftia and carry about their work, they become instantly alert if paid too much attention. If stared at, there is a likelihood that they will turn hostile.
Some scholars believe they do not wish to be followed back to wherever they are taking their materials. Regardless of reason, a hostile Enderman is a terrifying sight at first, as they fly into a terrible rage, opening their mouths to loose a hideous sound. This may be their attempt at scaring their prey into submission, as a well-supplied adventurer can easily fell one of the creatures. Many of the Endermen carry upon them a pearl, which appears to be how they identify each other. Collection of this pearl upon the death of an Enderman is an idea with much merit, as the the Endermen seem much less inclined to attack while it is held.
N.B. – The above sketch of an Enderman, as some may know, is incorrect in that their eyes glow a darkish purple.
Due to their ability to move materials, Endermen can cause damage to the natural environment and the unguarded shelters of less prepared adventurers. For those with access to significant resources, the Endermen may not represent a real threat in combat, being considered mere pests. However, while the Enderman itself is an easy issue to avoid, if it breaks a hole in your wall, suddenly your home becomes a lot less safe.
This is why many adventurers take it upon themselves to eradicate the Endermen from the area they live in as soon as is possible. Some take this to such an extent as to become “Ender Hunters”, devoting almost all of their effort to ridding the land of Minecraftia of these strange beings. I had the fortune to discuss with one of these “hunters”, who explained several ways to defeat an Enderman quickly.
It’s not known why, but water has a strange effect on Endermen, slowly hurting them and disabling them from attacking you until they ‘shift’ away.
2. Particle Trails
Even when an Enderman ‘shifts’, the weird purple trail that seems to follow them lingers. Watch which way it moves, and you can know where it shifted to. This gives you crucial extra time to locate them before they attack again.
While Endermen might do quite a large amount of damage, they don’t attack until right up against you. Hit them first and they’ll go down fast enough.
He left us with this word of advice: As long as you can keep them from getting the drop on you, the only trick you need to know is “hit them with something pointy.”
~This is PointlessMatters, Happy Hunting.
Important Edit: It has been discovered that possession of an Ender Pearl is what enables their ‘shifts’. If in possession of such a pearl, throwing it away from you will instantly send you to that location. Sadly, it is not yet known how to get multiple uses from a pearl like the Endermen seem able.
Panda’s Advice Section!
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Protip 1: Do NOT engage fights with other types of mobs whilst fighting Endermen. You could fight 20 endermen and still be likely to win, but against an enderman and a [insert other mob here]? Nuh-uh.
Protip 2: While water is useful, buckets aren’t. Only use water if it’s readily available. Or if you do insist on using a bucket, place it underneath yourself to avoid being pushed around.
Protip 3: Endermen deal damage in metric fucktons, just keep hitting them.
Protip 4: Bows work surprisingly well
Protip 5: Keeping eye contact and walking up to attack tends not to work. They just teleport away when you swing.
Protip 6: If you still don’t want to fight an Enderman… don’t look at it, silly!