Shears

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Shears
Shears.png

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 | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Iron Ingot











Damaged Shears












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

Trading[edit | edit source]

Shepherd villagers sell shears for 3–4 emeralds as part of their initial tier trades.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Shearing[edit | edit source]

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 cobweb, leaves, tall grass, ferns (both normal and 2-high), dead bushes and vines. Also, leaves harvested by shears do not decay when placed.

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.

Shearing a snow golem will remove its pumpkin, without dropping the pumpkin.[Computer and Pocket editions]

Speed and durability[edit | edit source]

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, sticks, seeds, sapling, apple).
  • Red: Nothing.
No shears breaking time Shears breaking time Right click with shears

Cobweb
20 s 0.4 s

Dead Bush
0 s 0 s

Fern
0 s 0 s

Grass
0 s 0 s

Leaves
0.3 s 0.05 s

Tripwire
0 s 0 s[note 1]

Vines
0.3 s 0.35 s

Wool
1.2 s 0.25 s

Mooshroom
5
Red Mushroom

Sheep
1–3
Wool
  1. Using shears won't trigger a redstone pulse.

Enchantments[edit | edit source]

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

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
PC Xbox PS Pocket Wii U
Achievement-plain.png
Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

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 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 Shears now lose durability when breaking wool blocks. 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]
1.9 15w34a Shears may be used in a crafting grid to zoom in maps.
15w45a Shears no longer zoom in maps.
15w47b Shears can no longer be enchanted with Silk Touch.
Shears now lose durability when used to break any block (formerly only lost durability on leaves, web, grass, vines, tripwire, and wool).
15w47c Shears now harvest cobweb without requiring Silk Touch.
15w49a Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added shears to survival mode.
0.8.0 build 3 Added shears to creative mode.
0.12.1 build 3 Shearing a snow golem will remove its pumpkin (version exclusive).
0.15.0 build 1 Shears now lose durability when used to break any block.
Console Edition
TU3 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added shears.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Shears” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/76570646074765312
  2. https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/78154891637436416
  3. https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/76647002317930496
  4. https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-5313