Portal Room


Generated Structure


Hidden underground

First Appearance

Update 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 of Update 1.0, it is possible to locate them using Eyes of Ender or using the /locate Command.



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:

Stronghold Crossing

Item Weight Chance Count
Group count: 1-4
Ironitm Iron Ingots 10/77 13.0% 1-5
GOLD Gold Ingots 5/77 6.5% 1-3
Redstone (Dust) Redstone 5/77 6.5% 4-9
CoalFinal Coal 10/77 13.0% 3-8
Bread2 Bread 15/77 19.5% 1-3
Apple icon32 Apples 15/77 19.5% 1-3
Mcpeironpickaxe Iron Pickaxe 1/77 1.3% 1
Book enchant Enchanted Books 1/77 1.3% 1
Ink Sack Ink Sac 15/77  19.5% 1-3

Stronghold Library

Item Weight Chance Count
Group count: 1-4
Book Books 20/52 38.5% 1-3
Paper Paper 20/52 38.5% 2-7
Map Map 1/52 1.9% 1
Compass Compass 1/52 1.9% 1
Book enchant Enchanted Books  10/52 19.2% 1

Stronghold Corridor

Item Weight Chance Count
Group count: 2-3
Ender Pearl Ender Pearl 10/99 10.1% 1
Emerald Emerald 3/99 3.0% 1
Ironingot Iron Ingot 10/99 10.1% 1-5
GOLD Gold Ingot 5/99 5.1% 1-3
Redstone (Dust) Redstone 5/99 5.1% 4-9
Bread2 Bread 15/99 15.2% 1-3
Apple icon32 Apples 15/99 15.2% 1-3
Mcpeironpickaxe Iron Pickaxe 5/99 5.1% 1
Iron sword Iron Sword 5/99 5.1% 1
Iron Chestplate Iron Armor Chestplate 5/99 5.1% 1
Ironarmor Iron Helmet 5/99 5.1% 1
Ironleggings Iron Leggings 5/99 5.1% 1
Iron Boots Iron Boots 5/99 5.1% 1
Golden apple Golden Apple 1/99 1.0% 1
Saddle Saddles 1/99 1.0% 1
Iron Horse Armor Iron Horse Armor 1/99 1.0% 1
Gold Horse Armor Gold Horse Armor 1/99 1.0% 1
Diamond Horse Armor Diamond Horse Armor 1/99 1.0% 1
Book enchant Enchanted Books 1/99 1.0% 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.
  • Strongholds were the only Generated Structure that could be found by the /locate Command prior to Update 1.1.
Generated Structures
Lava PoolsTree (Fallen)CavesIce SpikesGiant MushroomsMoss Stone BouldersMineral VeinRavineFossil
Small Structures
Witch HutDesert WellIglooLibraryDungeon
Large Structures
Abandoned Mineshaft (Mesa)Woodland Mansion • Temples (Jungle | Desert)StrongholdOcean MonumentVillage
Nether Structures
Nether FortressGlowstone Cluster
End Structures
End CityChorus TreeEnd PortalEnd Gateway Portal

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