I'm playing a minecraft game in hard mode, and I can't seem to find any endermen. My game is on Windows 10 mode, and I think it's fully updated. I currently reside in a savanna right next to a desert. Every night, I go outside and hunt for endermen, but just find a whole lot of husks in the desert. I've been to the Nether, and I'm all prepared to go to the End- I even know where my stronghold is- but I just can't find any endermen to kill. Every website I go on has suggestions for an enderman "trap", involving slabs and hitting their feet. This would be a good method if I could find any endermen. Am I looking in the wrong place perhaps? There is some water around the desert area, but not that much. Do enderman need to spawn a certain amount away from water? If so, how many blocks away? And any other tips on finding them would be well appreciated. Thank you!
It will probably just be fastest to spawnproof a wide area of caves below the surface and attracting any endermen you can catch up with, but you could also build a mobgrinder to avoid having to run around the surface in the first place.
One very simple and fast design is to simply build a grid of bunkers, manholes, or hunting stands (very tiny enclosures to give you some protection if/when you need a rest or a timeout) all interconnected via a series of enclosed trenches. You can cache supplies (ie, arrows) at each station, and if you spot an enderman too far away or none at your current location you can move around to keep fighting instead of wasting starlight waiting for endermen to show up. Enclose each station with a small fence to keep other mobs away, and if you need to jump into no-man's land carpets can let you cross the fence easily. The fence can also be used to your advantage to filter aggro endermen to you without those other mobs getting in the way (endermen will just teleport inside the fence to get to you). The majority of this work will simply be the spawnproofing to force spawns to the surface and teleport-proofing to keep the endermen there.
But, you know, all that running around a large area can be pretty inefficient. A contained mob grinder, though it may require a bunch of time/materials upfront to set up plus all the spawnproofing to make the rates worthwhile, can free up all of your time to handle other things.
Yeah, the large, flat (and yellow) surface of a desert is the best place to find them. Also you don't have to worry about rain there. One thing you may have to do, since you mentioned so many husks, is to kill other mobs so that the endermen will have chances to spawn.