Quote from DMahalko
I am sure you already know that it's really annoyingly time-consuming and boring to collect ender pearls.
On a given night I never see an enderman wandering around outside, and this is in a wide open desert biome. When I do see one and kill it...... oh, no pearl this time either.
Oh hey, well we finally got one or two pearls, and found a nether fortress with blazes So let's go find the portal.
Ooops, that eye of ender disappeared when you used it. That one too. Too bad. Time to wait through another 20 or so nights to get a few more pearls.
Is it supposed to take you literally months of real time, to find enough pearls to reach The End?
This game is "fun" in how the learning curve is basically straight up, and probably logarithmic too at the same time.
Like all other mobs, there is a way. I personally have not tried it, but it can be done. Just don't look at them, or the will teleport out of your mob grinder/trap thing and murder you O_O.
Check out this video:
It seems you do need to be in the 'End' however for this to work. (Not sure on this, it probably would work above ground...just may not be as efficient; as it would spawn other mobs.)