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Item durability is a property to which certain crafted items, including all tools, weapons and armor, as well as certain other usable items, are subject. It represents the number of useful actions an item can perform and depletes upon item use. For tools and weapons, item durability represents the number of available uses before the tool is destroyed. For armor, it represents the amount of damage that can be absorbed before the armor is destroyed.

The remaining durability of any item can be seen by looking at the item's durability bar on the bottom of the item icon in the inventory and action bar. An item that has not once been used will not display a durability bar. As the item's durability decreases, the bar shortens right to left, changing color from green to red. When the item has only small number of uses left the durability bar is an empty gray line.

The numeric durability of your items can be displayed in game by pressing F3+H. (This enables various additional information in the tooltips for items in the player's inventory.) Note that the durability value displayed there is one less than the actual durability of the item: after the value hits 0, the item can be used one last time.

Only players can reduce the durability of items. Weapons or tools picked up by mobs that are used against a player will not lower in durability; it will remain the same as when the weapon or tool was first picked up by the mob.

Armor durability[edit | edit source]

Armor durability is based on the armor's type (head, torso, legs, feet) and material (leather, gold, iron, diamond). Any time you take damage, each piece of armor you are wearing loses one point of durability.

Armor durability only decreases when its wearer takes damage that the armor is capable of reducing. This includes:

The following types of damage are not reduced by ordinary armor and have no effect on the armor's durability. Some enchantments can protect against them, but they still don't damage the armor.

Values represent the number of points of durability damage this armor must take before it is destroyed.

Note that every time the player takes damage that armor is capable of reducing (see above), it counts as one point of durability damage for every worn armor piece. Armor with the Thorns enchantment automatically loses another point of durability, and two more (for a total of four) if it reflects damage to the attacker.

Leather Gold Chainmail Iron Diamond
Helmet 56 78 166 166 364
Chestplate 81 113 241 241 529
Leggings 76 106 226 226 496
Boots 66 92 196 196 430

Tool durability[edit | edit source]

Some tools are not block-breaking tools: This includes hoes, bows, fishing rods, carrots on sticks, flint and steel and buckets. Such tools are no better than bare fists at breaking blocks, but they do not take damage from doing so—they only take damage by being used in their own various manners.

For block-breaking tools, a use is counted only if a player completely breaks apart one block or hits a mob. If a block is partially broken this is not counted as a full use.

Items with an Unbreaking Enchantment do not always lose durability when used; for a given enchantment level, the chance that they will use durability is 1 in (1+level). The result is that they will last an extra level times their original durability, give or take a few.

Note that certain uses cause either no damage or extra damage to the tool:

  1. Axes, pickaxes, and shovels:
    • Breaking a block that breaks instantly counts as 0 uses.
    • Breaking other blocks counts as 1 use.
    • Hitting a mob (hostile, neutral or farm animal) counts as 2 uses.
  2. Hoes:
    • Tilling dirt or grass counts as 1 use.
    • Breaking a block counts as 0 uses.
    • Hitting a mob counts as 0 uses.
  3. Shears:
    • Shearing a sheep counts as 1 use.
    • Breaking cobweb, leaves, tall grass, tripwire, wool and vines counts as 1 use.
    • Breaking other blocks counts as 0 uses.
    • Hitting a mob counts as 0 uses.
  4. Swords:
    • Breaking a block that breaks instantly counts as 0 uses.
    • Breaking other blocks counts as 2 uses.
    • Hitting a mob counts as 1 use.
  5. Fishing Rods:
    • Breaking a block counts as 0 uses.
    • Casting the line and reeling it in empty, counts as 0 uses.
    • Reeling in an item counts as 1 use.
    • Catching the bobber/hook on a block, then reeling it in, counts as 2 uses.
    • Using the line to yank on a mob counts as 3 uses.
  6. Carrot on a Stick
    • Breaking a block counts as 0 uses.
    • Attacking a mob counts as 0 uses.
    • Holding it for a certain amount of time while riding a pig counts as 1 use.
    • Using the boost counts as 7 uses.
  7. All other tools can be used indefinitely.

Proper use of tools will maximize their durabilities. Assuming a player uses a tool appropriately, the following list shows the maximum durabilities for tools of each material type.

  • Gold - 33 uses
  • Wood - 60 uses
  • Stone - 132 uses
  • Iron - 251 uses
  • Diamond - 1562 uses
  • Fishing rods - 65 uses
  • Flint and steel - 65 uses
  • Carrot on a stick - 26 uses
  • Bow - 385 uses

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History[edit | edit source]

Indev
When tools were introduced, they had a much lower durability than they do now. Wooden Tools had 33 uses, Stone Tools had 65, Iron Tools had 129, and Diamond Tools had 257.
Alpha
Diamond tools' durability was increased to 1025.
Beta
1.2 The durability of wood, stone, iron and diamond tools were increased to what they are now. The durability of gold tools were not increased, but they were given a speed boost.
When a tool breaks in single player, the game no longer considers the last block broken as if it had been done with your hands.
Official release
1.0.0 Previously, all armor materials offered the same base number of armor points, and the effective armor points of a character were equal to the sum of the base armor point values, times the sum of the current durabilities, divided by the sum of the base durabilities. This was no longer the case as of 1.9pre1. This led to some interesting cases where a single, badly damaged piece could reduce total armor points or a single, high-quality piece of armor could be greatly augmented with a set of low-quality, low-tier armor.
When a tool breaks in multiplayer, the game no longer considers the last block broken as if it had been done with your hands.

See also[edit | edit source]