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Shears
Shears.png
Shears
Type

Tools

Durability

238

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

No

First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 359 hex: 167 bin: 101100111

Name

shears

Shears are a tool.

Obtaining[edit]

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Iron Ingot




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Shears

Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot

Damaged Shears




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Shears
Shears Shears



Grid layout Shapeless.png

The durability of the two shears is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.

Usage[edit]

Shears are the most efficient way to get wool from sheep, producing 1-3 wool blocks (as opposed to killing a sheep which produces only 1 wool block).

Shears can also be used to harvest leaves, tall grass, ferns (both normal and 2-high), dead bushes and vines. Note that when harvesting dead bushes it does not use up durability on the shears. Also, leaves harvested by shears do not decay. If leaves are sheared with shears, they will not drop saplings, unlike using a tool with a Silk Touch enchantment on leaves, which will occasionally drop saplings.

Cobwebs can be destroyed by shears in half a second, dropping one piece of string. With a Silk Touch enchantment the cobweb drops itself instead.

Shearing a mooshroom drops 5 red mushrooms and turns it into a normal cow.

Shearing a tripwire connected to tripwire hooks doesn't trigger them.

Enchantments[edit]

Shears can receive the following enchantments, but only through an anvil.

  • Efficiency
  • Unbreaking
  • Silk Touch

Speed and durability[edit]

The following table shows various things about shears. Colors indicate what will be dropped when the block is broken:

  • White: The original block.
  • Blue: The Block's normal drop (i.e. string, seeds, sapling, apple).
  • Red: Nothing.
No shears breaking time Shears breaking time Durability loss Right click with shears

Cobweb
20 s 0.4 s 0.4 s[note 1] Yes

Dead Bush
0 s 0 s No

Fern
0 s 0 s Yes

Grass
0 s 0 s Yes[note 2]

Leaves
0.3 s 0.05 s Yes

Tripwire
0 s 0 s[note 3] Yes

Vines
0.3 s 0.3 s Yes

Wool
1.2 s 0.25 s Yes

Mooshroom
Yes 5
Red Mushroom

Sheep
Yes 1–3
Wool
  1. Shears with Silk Touch
  2. Not on double grass (bug?)
  3. Using shears won't trigger a redstone pulse.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Beta
1.7 Shears were introduced into the game. They were first mentioned by Jeb on Twitter[1] The tweet revealing Jeb's work on shears was written in Swedish (Jag jobbar på shears nu) which translates to "I'm working on shears now".[1] Shears were originally planned as a way to defuse TNT, but Jeb dropped this shortly after deciding TNT would only detonate with redstone or fire.[2]
Before Beta 1.7, sheep would drop 1-3 wool blocks at most when hit, but shears can harvest up to 4 wool blocks per sheep.
1.8 They can be used to harvest fern, vines and Long Grass.
Official release
1.0.0 They can harvest red mushrooms from a mooshroom and turn it back into a normal cow.
1.1 11w49a Sheep drop only 1-3 wool blocks when sheared, but they can also regrow their wool by eating grass, which is part of a plan to have animals stay in the game longer.[3]
1.2.1 12w06a One can use shears to harvest dead bushes.
1.3.1 12w21a The Player can purchase shears from villagers with emeralds.
12w22a Shears can be used to break tripwire string and not set it off.
1.4.2 12w38a Added a sound when using shears on sheep.
1.4.6 12w50a Shears can now be enchanted.
1.8 1.8-pre1 Breaking wool blocks with shears now reduces their durability. In previous versions shears only took durability damage when they destroyed or broke tall grass or leaves, the damage remaining the same for all other blocks.[4]
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added shears to survival mode.
0.8.0 build 3 Added shears to creative mode.
Console Edition
TU3 Added shears.

Issues[edit]

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References[edit]

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