Game Theory: The Lost History of Minecraft's Wither

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Now that I have started to dive into the deep lore of Minecraft, I think I will be able to map out the ENTIRE in-world history of the game. We've talked about the corrupted music discs and the origin of the Enderme. Today I want to solve the mystery of what started EVERYTHING. What created Minecraft? Well there is this thing called the Wither...
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  1. Snow luna nights

    Snow luna nights

    3 jam yang lalu

    who else forgot this is a theory and not a story? ;w;

  2. Noops Krof

    Noops Krof

    4 jam yang lalu

    ok i wanna say that villagers can hold blocks too when you trade you can see a dirt or a sponge.

  3. Kai Ryan

    Kai Ryan

    4 jam yang lalu

    maybe the reason for beacons was that the builders made it so if the wither was ever killed they could send a signal to the other builders. idk might be stupid.

  4. Sciencezoid


    7 jam yang lalu

    MatPat: Theory About Endermites and Enderman rivarly Me: WOW, Thats better than my best theorizing skills MatPat: Thats Just a Theory, a MINI THEORY, AND IM JUST GETTING STARTED. Me: 0_0

  5. Mysterious Chicken

    Mysterious Chicken

    11 jam yang lalu

    The biggest question is why the developers decided they should put a silverfish in their game....

  6. Lavee 400

    Lavee 400

    11 jam yang lalu

    at 12:07 it didn't work because there were multiple souls of other things...

  7. Jackson Worthman

    Jackson Worthman

    14 jam yang lalu

    Here's my headcanon for Minecraft. As the precursors, who lived in harmony with the villagers, who were a seperate humanoid species that acted as the merchant and farmer castes, extended their empire into the nether, some of their own were lost. When they buried the dead, they inadvertently created the Wither skeletons and soul sand, who only knew to defend the Fortresses their former people had constructed as jump off points for their expeditions across the nether. When they found these, the precursors thought they could use them to ressurect the dead, in time they became obsessed with resurrecting the dead, even making pacts with witches, many of which were exiled from villager society, so that they could learn magic and create potions. When they created the Withers their original plan was to bring back the dead, but they created weapons of death, causing a massive extinction level event, with the Withers leaving the new undead in their wake. This angered the gods of the Minecraft world, who then made the sea levels rise, killing anyone who sought shelter in the ocean monuments along the coast, creating the drowned, and the guardians were created to defend these sites. In time, many of the cities that the humans used were in ruins, with many survivors fleeing into the vast wilderness to escape the Withers and their undead legions. Eventually the last of the humans of the fighting, ruling, building, religion, and magician castes built the strongholds, sealing themselves off from the surface world and its threats, they also created the Ender portals, accidentally bringing silverfish, who were a local pest in the strongholds, with them, bringing horses and gems with them, but they couldn't leave. As generations passed, the Withers died off from a lack of souls, bringing peace to the overworld, but their actions left behind the undead who would plague the villagers, who had spread out across the world in smaller groups to avoid detection by the Withers, with the Wandering Traders moving between villagers to create a sort of economy between seperate villages, meanwhile in the End, the humans and silverfish had evolved into the Endermen and Endermites, respectively, while the humans had also built the end cities while they were still getting used to living in this new realm.

  8. Flutter shy The gardivoir

    Flutter shy The gardivoir

    18 jam yang lalu

    Wait wut if we summon the wither in the end?

  9. Watermelon Overlord94

    Watermelon Overlord94

    19 jam yang lalu

    10:23 *ahem*

  10. Faid Awaye

    Faid Awaye

    20 jam yang lalu

    The enderman aka builder man story would explain why one time I made a Minecraft world and there was a nether brick house just sitting at the edge of the ocean and it had a piano in it and a chest

  11. Nate Wilson

    Nate Wilson

    20 jam yang lalu

    - Endermites Aren't Silverfish - Even if this was mostly a joke, it still sounds good enough that someone could be fooled by it (a general rule on this channel). The theory is absolutely wrong. It could only work if endermites spawn naturally. Endermites do not spawn naturally, they may only have the chance when an ender pearl is thrown. Since they are made from endermen's eyes backfiring, that might explain their hostility toward each other. So, in summary: -Endermites are made of ender pearls and couldn’t be silverfish. -Endermites aren’t silverfish This theory starts with a small misconception. Mobs (at least villagers) can most likely mine, but they just don’t. They have built their own structures, such as villages, and they can’t have built all that out of nothing. There’s not much to say about this theory, since the great builders definitely found the nether and built a wither as evidenced by the red chiseled sandstone. They could have made the nether forts, definitely. But the soul sand could be the dead souls of any dead sentient creature, not just the builders and not just the creatures living in the nether. Creatures that die on the surface may also be inside. However, I disagree that the builders were ended by the wither. They wouldn’t be able to take the time to put it on their chiseled sandstone if they were running from a wither, and they wouldn’t put that in their temples. It’s more likely they defeated the wither, then wrote of their triumph over the creature of the gods in their temples and their castles. It is also silly to say that they would build strongholds with portal blocks. They did not (a single ring of portal frames is not a good hide-&-seek spot), and could not even make portal blocks. Besides, obsidian is also wither proof. They would make the entire stronghold out of obsidian if they were hiding from an enemy that can break blocks using explosions. So, in summary: -Mobs can probably mine -The builders made a wither -The builders could have made the nether forts -Soul sand is likely the souls of all dead creatures -The builders probably defeated the wither -There are better ways to protect from a wither -The wither didn’t force the ancient to go anywhere

  12. Book Chomp

    Book Chomp

    21 jam yang lalu

    Matpat withers cant destroy barriers

  13. Benedek Kovács

    Benedek Kovács

    23 jam yang lalu

    Is it just me or the Minecraft opening music in this video hits hard

  14. Alexis PlayS

    Alexis PlayS

    Hari Yang lalu

    you forgot to mention the jungle temple!

  15. Natalia Wojcik-Smith

    Natalia Wojcik-Smith

    Hari Yang lalu

    What if the silverfish weren't enemies to the ancient builders, but were meant to be guard dogs? Why else would they build the strongholds with silverfish spawners? They were trained to defend against anyone who didn't look like the ancient builders. Once the builders became endermen, they fit that bill, so the endermites attack them?

  16. buddieminecraft


    Hari Yang lalu

    Have you READ the Minecraft books from 2012?

  17. Maria


    Hari Yang lalu

    I love ur theories my guy 🥀🥀❤️❤️

  18. Jonathan Rosen

    Jonathan Rosen

    Hari Yang lalu

    oh my jesus... 10:45

  19. Alia Thanos

    Alia Thanos

    Hari Yang lalu

    Well I’m scard for life but I like the vid

  20. Kamara Wood

    Kamara Wood

    Hari Yang lalu

    Ah, yes, minecrafts lore

  21. Red Animations

    Red Animations

    2 hari yang lalu

    For all they know the wither could be all their friend mixed together and its angry at them for making them share a body

  22. Electric EC

    Electric EC

    2 hari yang lalu

    But if they spawned the wither why isnt it still haunting us in the overworld and why dont the enderman run away from their old enemy?

  23. Pierre De Agostini

    Pierre De Agostini

    2 hari yang lalu

    his minecraft account's username is Mastermichael64 thanks to the end poem (5:52)

  24. Rainier Vargas

    Rainier Vargas

    2 hari yang lalu

    But how did the wither die

  25. Sunil Kumar

    Sunil Kumar

    2 hari yang lalu

    Also the old builders are weak

  26. Sunil Kumar

    Sunil Kumar

    2 hari yang lalu

    What about bees

  27. Asher Smith

    Asher Smith

    2 hari yang lalu

    What if the ocean monuments used to be above ground?

  28. Haikal Hensem

    Haikal Hensem

    2 hari yang lalu

    Endermites is mouse. Human hate mouse

  29. Antonio Isabella’s Brother

    Antonio Isabella’s Brother

    3 hari yang lalu

    And bees for arthropod

  30. Aubrey Hardy

    Aubrey Hardy

    3 hari yang lalu

    What's the ship in the sky all about there's no way you can get up that unless you had two stacks of blocks

  31. Vibe-rent Colors !

    Vibe-rent Colors !

    3 hari yang lalu


  32. Fortnite is terriballz

    Fortnite is terriballz

    3 hari yang lalu

    I think there should be an episode about the blaze. What are they doing around the fortresses? Did the ancient builders make them? Are they guarding something bigger?

  33. JOSE D. Martinez

    JOSE D. Martinez

    3 hari yang lalu

    mat pat: says that the only remaining structures are all but the jungle temple, me, who live in a transformed mega jungle temple that I built from survival: NANI!!??!!??!!

  34. Cool6oy678


    3 hari yang lalu

    ShOOTs LAmE bUFfs, nah, beacons are awesome and give good buffs

  35. ginger Something

    ginger Something

    3 hari yang lalu

    Souls are in minecraft dungeons

  36. Dantiel82


    4 hari yang lalu

    Psychologist: steve with fingers isn't real, he can't hurt you Steve with fingers: 2:14

  37. Marvin Chua

    Marvin Chua

    4 hari yang lalu

    Sliver fish more like sliver mat

  38. Super Soap

    Super Soap

    4 hari yang lalu

    Ancient builders: AHhHHHHH ITS THE WITHER! Steve: one touch with netherite sword. Wither dies*

  39. Ofelia Rivera

    Ofelia Rivera

    4 hari yang lalu

    Endermites can spawn from ender pearls and Spawn from a egg

  40. DogBone


    4 hari yang lalu

    I have come to the conclusion that my math class was built from soul sand

  41. sir cam

    sir cam

    4 hari yang lalu

    What if the end portal is supposed to be like the nether in storymode a way for our protagonists to get away

  42. Saarika Nori

    Saarika Nori

    4 hari yang lalu

    Wait but if they were fleeing from the Wither, then that means they never really killed it, right? So how come the Wither isn't already in the world when the player spawns? Did it die of age?? ;-;

  43. Alberto Duro

    Alberto Duro

    4 hari yang lalu

    Tiny face madpat

  44. Seb Redome

    Seb Redome

    5 hari yang lalu

    Maybe they are ender mouses and endermen hate those endermites like us humans hate mice

  45. Da beaver

    Da beaver

    5 hari yang lalu

    I have something to add onto the mini theori the main screen sometimes says endearment language is English backwards

  46. Olivia Cai

    Olivia Cai

    5 hari yang lalu

    what are villagers tho

  47. ꧁Chocolate Coffee꧂

    ꧁Chocolate Coffee꧂

    5 hari yang lalu

    5:33 Wait if that’s true how did they to the end if Enderman did not not exist? ( ͠° ͟ʖ ͡°)

  48. Yali Eyal

    Yali Eyal

    5 hari yang lalu

    This is the most scary Minecraft theory but it has the most evidence. Coincidence? I think not!

  49. Justin Easley

    Justin Easley

    5 hari yang lalu

    If the builders don’t respawn then why do we? I feel like it’s because the builders built us with the materials they had as their last hope, letting us live forever/respawn, hoping that we would rebuild their society and continue the human race.

    • TheShermanTanker


      4 hari yang lalu

      Canonically, we can't Respawn either. Hardcore mode is the canonical mode of Minecraft. Survival mode and the ability to Respawn is just a convenience given to us players who don't care so much about the story and just want to play

  50. Trent Huntsman

    Trent Huntsman

    5 hari yang lalu

    The wither has 3 heads 3 heads=3 heads of billders.

  51. The Wary Traveler

    The Wary Traveler

    5 hari yang lalu

    Odd wuestion. You explain a lot of the mobs in the game (main mobs at least). But... why are villagers so derpy?

  52. Gabes2000


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  53. Douglas Tan

    Douglas Tan

    5 hari yang lalu

    Actually Withers are worse than Ender Dragons Withers have 300 HP and Ender Dragons have 200 HP Ender Dragons have a wider moveset but...ok yes Ender Dragons are worse than Withers

  54. TheIceKing503


    5 hari yang lalu

    Silverfish: I want defeat dragon Portal: I hate you fish * silverfish turns to endermite * Endermite: oh hi enderman Enderman Grandma: Sonny! Where’s me slipper!

    • TheIceKing503


      3 hari yang lalu

      Gene TULLOCH 🤣🤣🤣

    • Gene TULLOCH

      Gene TULLOCH

      4 hari yang lalu


  55. Xecryo


    5 hari yang lalu

    Here's a theory proposition with the recent Nether patch they did. You can now encounter half destroyed nether portals in the overworld with netherrack sorta leaked from them. So I feel the implication is that these were 1)Intentionally dismantled or 2) Destroyed in an accident/battle. Given the leaking I would be inclined to think the latter. The portal was made and something came out and the portal was violently destroyed it to prevent further contamination/invasion. I think the Builders had a civilization spanning 3 worlds (Overworld, End, Nether) with Nether and End being more alien like but still habitable. From their I think one of a few things happens: 1. They find or create a Wither and after its rampage they create the End Dragon to counter it. Since they both destroy blocks this completely devastates the Nether and End hence both of their destroyed world like states. 2. The inverse, they find or create an End Dragon, make Wither hoping to destroy it yadda yadda yadda. 3. The civil war theory. societies change and adapt for where they live. So imagine builders colonize all three worlds. The Nether seems more closely associated with dark magic between the illagers, the undead, souls etc. So what is some builders adapted to the Nether by using dark magic. Civil war erupts between them and a more science minded or light magic society. Over time they retreat to their respective worlds. Their descendants which were trapped in the Overworld remember this war and thus outcast dark magic practitioners.

  56. Courtney Douglas

    Courtney Douglas

    5 hari yang lalu

    Do a video of where the villagers come from because that’s what I’m wondering

  57. Bailey De Nicola

    Bailey De Nicola

    6 hari yang lalu

    I have a different theory about the strongholds. What if a group of evil players built that stronghold to test out and experiment on animals and accidentally created zombie pigmen and the wither and the good players went to the nether and the bad players went to the end creating endermen and wither skeletons.

  58. Tamon Pearson

    Tamon Pearson

    6 hari yang lalu

    To play off of the “mite” part of the name: what if Endermen were the old builders and these endermites carried some kind of disease that partially aided in turning normal builders into what they became. They attack because they’re defending themselves and the mites attack to infect the builders

  59. Redwolf0925


    6 hari yang lalu

    What if the beacon isn’t useless? What if it’s used to send a signal throughout the world that the wither has been killed?

  60. Jake Gunn

    Jake Gunn

    6 hari yang lalu

    its just a theory a old sad theory

  61. Logan Heinemann

    Logan Heinemann

    6 hari yang lalu

    What if it is the parrelal universe of story mode

  62. Juan Vasquez

    Juan Vasquez

    6 hari yang lalu

    Yes kids this is Minecraft

  63. The S Factor yt

    The S Factor yt

    6 hari yang lalu

    But the silverfish and endermite don’t get allong.

  64. Father and Son Games

    Father and Son Games

    6 hari yang lalu

    So by my logic the timeline is MC Story mode, MC, MC Dungeons

  65. noiwvern sonic

    noiwvern sonic

    6 hari yang lalu

    wait, none of this makes any sense! they went to the nether first right? and the chests in the nether fortresses have DIAMOND SWORDS then they created the wither but that means they were able to slay it so they never would have needed to go to the end. that means they should still be around!

  66. Sean Hess

    Sean Hess

    6 hari yang lalu

    MORE EVIDENCE: when you go to a bastion (a safe place) remnant,you get the achievement: "Those were the days"

    • TheShermanTanker


      4 hari yang lalu

      The Bastion was constructed by the Pigs after they went to the end though, not by the ancient ones. The Bastions fly the Pig insignia, which indicates that it belongs to the Pigs and not us

  67. OmniDrone Gaming

    OmniDrone Gaming

    6 hari yang lalu

    anyone else wanting matpat to remake this theroy because of the new nether update?

  68. Kakarot 7692

    Kakarot 7692

    6 hari yang lalu

    You can spawn builders

  69. Arianna O'Connell

    Arianna O'Connell

    6 hari yang lalu

    If this is true then why are villages still left on the surface??? BAM. lol

  70. Zatake


    6 hari yang lalu

    Mat, i've said this before, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASEEEEEEEEE just make a theory on the Nether Striders or something Nether related, I love the Minecraft theories, it makes sense every video, and I REALLY love your content, keep it up!

  71. Jakab Kovács

    Jakab Kovács

    7 hari yang lalu

    But who killed the first wither?

  72. Michelle Armistead

    Michelle Armistead

    7 hari yang lalu

    Is herobrie the aincent bulder

  73. Alex Hargreaves

    Alex Hargreaves

    7 hari yang lalu

    “The creatures can’t mine nor craft” Villagers: “what you talking bout YOU can’t craft bells?”

  74. nightmarepi


    7 hari yang lalu

    When I'm watching this you have a nice number of views

  75. Oreo Pax

    Oreo Pax

    7 hari yang lalu

    So Minecraft is a post apocalyptic open world game with a huge prequel.

  76. Lucia Batres

    Lucia Batres

    7 hari yang lalu

    but you can't craft end portal block... so?

  77. Michael Koturbasz

    Michael Koturbasz

    7 hari yang lalu

    The creepiest part is that we don't know what happened to that wither

  78. SilentCodeLockTC


    7 hari yang lalu

    wait what if the reason they where trying to figure out immortality was because a plague was turning some of the ancient builders into zombies and stuff so if hey no one dies no more zombies or skeletons

  79. Deirdre Behan

    Deirdre Behan

    7 hari yang lalu

    actually, some strongholds DON'T have a portal much to my dismay, in one of my worlds i found a stronghold with no portal

    • _xSpeed


      7 hari yang lalu

      There is a portal in EVERY stronghold. Sometimes they're just extremely big and you get lost in them.

  80. OldMercian


    7 hari yang lalu

    ok guys we all know who will destroy the wither and enderdragon herobrine