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"Embrace the dark!"
(Reverend John in Season 3, just before attacking Xephos)

Reverend John is the supposed father of Israphel who lost his son to a creeper attack that also damaged his house. He lived in Terrorvale in a house on a hill and owned a church called St. Creeper's, where he preached the Word of Notch before he joined the Cult of Israphel.


Few things are known of the Reverend. If John is indeed Israphel's father, then it makes more sense for him to cover up his son's death and worship him as a god. It is unknown whether John may have always been involved in the occult, or his son's death drove him over to it.

However, it could be possible Israphel hypnotized Reverend John to divert Honeydew and Xephos while he set up his castle and the tunnel to their nether portal.

His weapon of choice in Season 1 is a golden sword which he claims to be holy, and in Season 3, after his sword breaks, he attempts to use a piece of Karpath's Map as a weapon.


John is first seen in Minecraft - Part 23: The House on the Hill, when Honeydew and Xephos discovered Terrorvale and are introduced to him by Old Peculier. He later asks the pair to retrieve a bible from his old abandoned house, where his son (later revealed to be Israphel) had died in a creeper attack, expecting them to die. When they returned they met at the basement of the church which had his family buried, they were puzzled because there was no bible in the house. He then attacked them, and Honeydew and Xephos were forced to kill him. When Honeydew burned down the graves, Xephos found Israphel's grave so there is a big chance that Israphel is Reverend John's son.

Upon death, he dropped a golden sword, and a full inventory worth of books, showing he already had the bible that he claimed to be in his abandoned house.

John returned in Minecraft - "Shadow of Israphel" Part 11: The Crumbling Ruin, as an undead member of the Cult of Israphel, living in the abandoned Crumbling Ruins next to Mistral City. Xephos and Honeydew found him in an empty room, and stared at him for a moment in confusion and fear, before running out of the room and slamming the door. Shortly after, they entered the room again, to hear John say, "You still live?" when Xephos answered "Yep!", Reverend John said "Embrace the dark" and attacked him. Xephos hit him back, and John fled into a hallway. Xephos and Honeydew chased him, and when they caught him, finally slew him, and discovered he had a piece of Karpath's Map. He also dropped many torches when they kill him, likely meaning he was the one who removed the torches from the Abandoned Mine.

If Isabel's story is true and Israphel was evil long before his "death" in Terrorvale, Reverend John may not actually be Israphel's father at all, rather a cultist following the backstory set by Israphel. Daisy Duke and Old Peculier's memories of Israphels "death" may only be Israphel's taint. If this is true, it would cover up a few plot holes, such as Old Peculier not remembering Israphel from his battle with Old Peculier's father, and the kidnapping of Peculier's mother.

Character PopularityEdit

In a poll that was held from January to February 2013 on this wiki with all Season 3 characters to choose from, Reverend John was placed equal 26th overall with 5 votes out of 4412 votes.


  • Reverend John was played by Andrew Smyth, who was a brief member of the Yogscast after impressing Lewis in a Vent interview.


  • "I am John, Disciple of Notch."
  • "I beseech you! Please go to my house and recover my belonging."
  • "The master promises eternity."
  • "You still live?"
  • "Embrace the dark..."
  • "Taste my holy blade!"


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Season 3


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