Having trouble defeating the Ender Dragon in Minecraft? This trick involving beds will kill it in no time. Here's how to do it.

Minecraft: How to Kill the Ender Dragon With Beds

Having trouble defeating the Ender Dragon in Minecraft? This trick involving beds will kill it in no time. Here's how to do it.
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Minecraft developers at Mojang long ago added trapped beds to the game to kill players who attempted to sleep in the Nether or End. Interacting with them meant they would explode instantaneously and could kill anyone not properly protected. Now, experienced players have turned the tables on these traps, instead using these beds to defeat the Ender Dragon.

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This method of taking down the Ender Dragon is very inexpensive, but it is the method of choice for speedrunners, due to how incredibly quick and easy it is. Because of differing dragon behavior in Bedrock Edition, the setup detailed in this guide is intended for the Java version of the game.

How to Kill the Ender Dragon With Beds

The Enderdragon exploding in Minecraft.

To kill the Ender Dragon with beds, you’ll need some beds. First-timers should bring along 12-15 beds. These beds can be stolen from villager houses or crafted with just three wool and three wooden planks each. Other than the beds, you’ll need to bring some cobblestone blocks, a bow and arrows, a bucket of water in case you upset some Endermen, a pickaxe, and food.

While it isn’t absolutely necessary, it’s recommended that you take down the crystals atop the obsidian pillars in the End before taking on the dragon with beds. These crystals can be used by the dragon to regenerate health

Use your bow and arrows to blow up the crystals. Alternatively, you can pillar up to the crystals and punch them to destroy them, though the explosion can hurt you or knock you off into a long fall.

The crystals that are encased in iron bars can be shot from the ground. Just aim your shot up through the holes in the corners of the cages. 

Once the crystals are dealt with, head to the bedrock fountain in the center of the island and place one piece of cobblestone on the third block from the top, just beneath the torches. This is the block you will be standing on. The beds will be placed on the top of the bedrock above you.

A bedrock fountain with torches in a desert biome in Minecraft.

Stand a fair distance away and keep an eye on the dragon, dodging any attacks. Make sure your hotbar is filled with nine beds. Eventually, the dragon will fly directly overtop the fountain and begin to slowly spiral down toward it. You will know the dragon is coming down when it begins to make very abrupt jerking motions to the side directly above it.

As soon as you see the dragon spiraling down, run in and jump up onto your cobblestone, then jump up and place a bed atop the peak of the bedrock.

A bed on top of the bedrock fountain in Minecraft.

Wait until the dragon is at the bottom of its descent and is spiraling just a few blocks above the fountain. Interact with the bed when its head is as close to the pillow of the bed as possible to maximize damage. Immediately jump up and place another bed in the same spot and blow it up when its head is close by. 

With as many beds as you brought with you, you should have absolutely no problem in killing the Ender Dragon. No need to stock up on armor or a decked-out bow and sword. All you need is some wood and wool and you can take down Minecraft’s final boss in mere minutes.

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