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dec: 359 hex: 167 bin: 101100111



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]

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,[upcoming 1.9] leaves, tall grass, ferns (both normal and 2-high), dead bushes and vines. Note that (until 1.9[upcoming]) 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. In 1.9, shears will no longer be able to be enchanted with Silk Touch, and cobweb is dropped when destroyed with normal shears.

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.

In Pocket Edition, shearing a snow golem will remove its pumpkin.

Enchantments[edit | edit source]

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

  • Efficiency
  • Unbreaking
  • Silk Touch (not after 1.8.8: removed from shears in 1.9[upcoming])

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 Durability loss (before 1.9[upcoming]) Right click with shears

20 s 0.4 s 0.4 s[note 1] Yes

Dead Bush
0 s 0 s No

0 s 0 s Yes

0 s 0 s Yes[note 2]

0.3 s 0.05 s Yes

0 s 0 s[note 3] Yes

0.3 s 0.35 s Yes

1.2 s 0.25 s Yes

Yes 5
Red Mushroom

Yes 1–3
  1. Shears with Silk Touch until 1.9[upcoming]
  2. Not on double grass (bug?)
  3. Using shears won't trigger a redstone pulse.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. None Xbox, PS4 and Windows 10 15G Bronze

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

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 Breaking wool blocks with shears now reduces the shear's 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]
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.
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).
Console Edition
TU3 Added shears.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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