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Elytra
Elytra

Type

Transport Tool/Item

Stackable

No

Placeable

No

First Appearance

Update 1.0

The Elytra is an Item that was added in Update 1.0. It is a transportation item which allows the Player to glide.

Obtaining

A pair of Elytra spawns naturally and exclusively in the Treasure Rooms of End Ships in an Item Frame.

Usage

Elytra can be equipped in the Chestplate Slot; once equipped, the Player can jump from any height and in midair the direction can be controlled by looking up, down, left or right.

Increasing Altitude

Looking up temporarily increases the Player's altitude, but looking up for a prolonged duration causes the Player to stall in mid-air and descend at a faster velocity.

Durability and Repair

Broken Elytra

The tattered Broken Elytra texture

An Elytra has 431 Durability points, and consumes one point per second. Once Durability is exhausted, the

item will turn into a "Broken Elytra" which has a tattered texture.

An Elytra which has lost durability can be repaired by placing two pairs of damaged Elytra in a Crafting Table together. Doing so will add their durability and add an extra 5%.

A "Broken Elytra" item, however, can be repaired using Leather, with 4 Leather being required to completely restore its durability.

Trivia

  • The word "Elytra" is actually derived from the word "Elytron", which means a beetle's wings.
  • Elytras can be Enchanted, but only with Unbreaking and mending, in an Anvil.
  • Elytras appear grey unless the Player is wearing a Cape. The Elytra will then 'adopt' the colour of the Cape.
  • Easter Egg: According to a tweet by Tommaso Checchi[1], the controls for the Elytra are almost entirely based on the Wing Cap from Super Mario 64.
  • As of Update 1.0.5, Mobs can wear Elytra with the help of a Command Block.

References

  1. https://mobile.twitter.com/_tomcc/status/651042141397979136

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