An Enderman (plural Endermen) is a three-block-high, humanoid, neutral mob. Endermen are known for their unique ability to teleport and pick up blocks.
Along with those abilities, they also have a peculiar way of becoming provoked; as well as becoming provoked when attacked, Endermen will also become hostile when a player looks at their upper legs, torso, or head.
Endermen frequently spawn in The End, their home world, but they still require a light level of seven or less in order to spawn. They will also spawn in the Overworld, although about 10 times more rarely in comparison to other mobs. They can be seen regularly at night in groups of up to five.
They have black patterned skin, long limbs and a thin body. Endermen have glowing pink eyes and emit a purple particle effect similar to Nether portals. When aggressive their mouths will open and their bodies will shake violently.
BehaviorEndermen will take damage from coming in contact with water and rain.
Endermen are neutral mobs that don't attack unless provoked, like Zombie Pigmen. The difference is how they can be provoked. Aside from attacking one, if the player simply looks at the head or body (upper legs in SSP) Endermen will proceed to attack. This "staring" provocation can occur from a surprisingly long distance, so be careful when scanning an open area, like Plains or aDesert.
When provoked, Endermen will open their mouths and shake with rage. They will continue to shake even when the game is paused. Endermen will never give up a chase once made hostile; even when moving several hundred kilometers from them they will continue to follow until killed or distracted by exterior elements such as water or rain. Be very wary when a hostile Enderman suddenly disappears. They are still angry at you, but may have teleported too far away, into a nearby enclosed area, or are stuck. If you are lucky, they probably teleported into water and died. Sometimes you may find Endermen while mining, so it is advisable to have a bucket of water in your arsenal.
If a skeleton or the Ender dragon attacks an Enderman while attempting to attack the player, the Enderman will completely stop chasing the player, even after it has killed the offending attacker.
Endermen can't see the player through transparent blocks such asglass.
Endermen's notable traits are the ability to pick up and move blocks and teleport.
TeleportationWhen teleporting, an Enderman will leave a faint trail of particles similar to those of a nether portal leading to itself from where it teleported, but, if an Enderman is holding a block it will not leave a trail. Endermen teleport when coming in contact with rain or water - though not if set on fire. Endermen can step up one full block without having to jump. The range in which an Enderman can teleport is 32 meters in most cases, however informal testing on superflat worlds shows they can travel much further on the Y axis. An Enderman can teleport onto any solid block, the only exceptions being blocks directly beneath water or lava.
An Enderman cannot teleport when it is in a minecart. However, if it is hit with a projectile, it will teleport out of the minecart and then immediately teleport back. It is nearly impossible to hit it with a projectile, even glitched.
Moving blocksEndermen will only pick up and move certain blocks, regardless of whether they were natural or placed by the player. They will pick up blocks horizontally and vertically nearby, within a short reaching distance similar to the player's (3 layers).
Endermen will not drop the block they are holding when enraged or slain. It will simply disappear.
Endermen can only pick up the following blocks: