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Generated Structure


Hidden underground

First Appearance

Version 0.9.0

Strongholds are Generated Structures added in Update 0.9.0. They are the rarest generated structures in Minecraft Pocket Edition.


Generally only a few Strongholds, often just one, is generated in a World, making them hard to find. Sometimes they are generated in connection with a Village well.

As Update 1.0.0 it is possible to be located using the Eyes of Ender.



Almost no outward indications exists, making them hard to find. However sometimes the Player can dig around a Village Well and locate the Stronghold. Sometimes even a door exist at the bottom of such a Well.

Rarely, the Stronghold will intersect with an Abandoned Mineshaft.


Strongholds vary in size but are generally large and complex like a maze, containing multiple rooms often with walls of Iron Bars, corridors, Libraries, stairwells, fountains, dead ends, and other features. Strongholds are lit by enough Torches to provide visibility in most areas, though not enough to suppress Mob from spawning.

They are mostly built out of Stone Bricks, Mossy Stone Bricks, and Cracked Stone Bricks. Some of these blocks are Monster Egg (AKA Silverfish Stone) which spawns Silverfish.

Of the more essential structures within a Stronghold are the End Portal room, and one or two Libraries with Loot Chests. The Libraries might contain several hundred Bookshelves.


It is possible to get loot from Chests present in Strongholds. They are:

Storage room Chests

Item Weight Chance Count
Apple icon32 Apples 15/62 50.0% 1-3
Bread2 Bread 15/62 50.0% 1-3
CoalFinal Coal 10/62 35.6% 3-8
Ironitm Iron Ingots 10/62 35.6% 1-5
Redstone (Dust) Redstone 5/62 19.0% 4-9
GOLD Gold Ingots 5/62 19.0% 1-3
Book enchant Enchanted Books 1/62 4.0% 1
Mcpeironpickaxe Iron Pickaxe 1/62 4.0% 1

Library Chests

Item Weight Chance Count
Paper Paper 20/52 94.6% 2-7
Book Books 20/52 94.6% 1-3
Book enchant Enchanted Books 10/52 72.2% 1
Compass Compass 1/52 11.0% 1
Map Map 1/52 11.0% 1

Slab Altar Chests

Item Weight Chance Count
Apple icon32 Apples 15/99 33.7% 1-3
Bread2 Bread 15/99 33.7% 1-3
Ironingot Iron Ingot 10/99 23.4% 1-5
Ender Pearl Ender Pearl 10/99 23.4% 1
Redstone (Dust) Redstone 5/99 12.2% 4-9
GOLD Gold Ingot 5/99 12.2% 1-3
Mcpeironpickaxe Iron Pickaxe 5/99 12.2% 1
Iron sword Iron Sword 5/99 12.2% 1
Iron Helmet Iron Helmet 5/99 12.2% 1
Iron Chestplate Iron Chestplate 5/99 12.2% 1
Ironleggings Iron Leggings 5/99 12.2% 1
Iron Boots Iron Boots 5/99 12.2% 1
Diamond (Gem) Diamonds 3/99 7.4% 1-3
Book enchant Enchanted Books 1/99 2.5% 1
Saddle Saddles 1/99 2.5% 1
Iron Horse Armor Iron Horse Armor 1/99 2.5% 1
Gold Horse Armor Gold Horse Armor 1/99 2.5% 1
Diamond Horse Armor Diamond Horse Armor 1/99 2.5% 1
Golden apple Golden Apple 1/99 2.5% 1


  • Strongholds are by far the biggest Generated Structures, often being larger than Villages.
  • Bug: There was an Android-exclusive bug in which Strongholds could not spawn.
    • If a Player leaves a World where there was supposed to be a Stronghold, it would crash the game.
  • In the Beta Version of Update 0.16.0, it was impossible to create a World with Strongholds at all, the game would crash and even deleting the World was impossible.
  • As of Update 1.0, Strongholds generate randomly across a World, even as far as the Far Lands, instead of exclusively underneath Villages.
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