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Infiltrating the Stronghold v1.0.2 | Strongholds as stealth dungeons!!!

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Galdeveer avatar Galdeveer
Level 27 : Expert Dragonborn
What if strongholds were stealth dungeons? Whether your sneaking your way around to avoid detection or choosing to get caught in a calculated way, just remember, the stronghold is more afraid of you than you are of it.

The Watchers

The Stronghold is monitored by the Watchers. These eyeball mobs work in pairs. One End Watcher and one Sculk Watcher. The End Watcher phases through walls and cries obsidian tears which inflict weakness. It targets both allies and enemies, so think carefully before killing it. The Sculk Watcher hangs from the ceiling like a security camera watching your movements. Hide if you can and try not to make it cry. It's fearful tears may not pose any threat to you, but what comes to protect it will.


Think of silverfish like the queen in a hive. Each infested block (in the stronghold only) has one silverfish and multiple endermites. The endermites fight, and the silverfish will choose either fight or flight. As long as the silverfish escapes and infests a block, it can return with more endermites later. Be wary of their numbers.

Shelled Endermite

Similar to endermen, endermites have an odd liking for blocks. They can be seen wearing a particular block on their backs like a shell.

Infested Chiseled Stone Bricks

"You know target blocks; kind of looks like one right? I wonder what would happen if I shot it." - Tetimur Durn
Famous last words. (only happens in stronghold)


The corpses of the watchers can be stored in stasis chambers just like ender pearls can in vanilla. They continue to function as they did when they were alive, so go right ahead and make a farm out of it. Sculk Watchers are particularly useful for automating silverfish mining.

There are a couple ways to keep from being detected, but they all only work at a distance. Close up the only thing that will help you is being behind blocks so it can't see you. While at a distance there are ways to make yourself sneaky, and ways to prevent yourself from being sneaky.

Sculk Watchers drop Sculk Sensors. End Watchers drop ender pearls. Endermites drop Endermite Eyes. Chest loot has currently been left untouched. Silverfish still drop nothing, but silk touch can be used to obtain infested blocks.

Tell the story of one of your attempts at infiltrating the stronghold down below in the comments. This is the best kind of feedback because it allows me to walk through an attempt in your shoes!
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CompatibilityMinecraft 1.17

2 Update Logs

v1.0.2 : 09/22/2021 6:19:23 pmSep 22nd

- Warning Sound now only has a 30% chance of triggering (grace period still occurs regardless)

- You can't be stealthy while making eye contact with the End Watcher.

Explanation: The mechanic added in the previous update made it to easy to react during the grace period when an End Watcher sees you. The grace period has not been changed, but the sound now only occurs often enough to help teach the mechanic. Since the grace period is still there, other forms of observation than sound are still rewarded by allowing you the opportunity to react before your seen.

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09/22/2021 7:38 pm
Level 23 : Expert Mage
SpiritTheMan avatar
Some more challenge for a boring place in minecrft is what vinila needs!
09/22/2021 8:32 pmhistory
Level 27 : Expert Dragonborn
Galdeveer avatar
Thanks. Bastions have definitely put the difficulty of dungeons like the Stronghold into perspective. I want to get the challenge level right so feedback is much appreciated.
09/21/2021 2:08 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Miner
Drakio-X avatar
This looks really cool and interesting
09/21/2021 4:54 pmhistory
Level 27 : Expert Dragonborn
Galdeveer avatar
Thanks! :D

If you choose to play it I'd be very interested in hearing what happens when you tried to take on the stronghold.
09/20/2021 5:11 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Shifu avatar
N i c e b u t u h a v e t o k i l l t h e e n d w a t c h e r
i f u w a n t t o g o t o t h e e n d ?
09/20/2021 3:32 pm
Level 27 : Expert Dragonborn
Galdeveer avatar
You mean for the ender pearls?
09/19/2021 1:18 pm
Level 20 : Expert Cake
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09/19/2021 1:54 pm
Level 27 : Expert Dragonborn
Galdeveer avatar
Thanks! :D
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