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Shears are a tool.
The durability of the two shears is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.
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.
Shears can receive the following enchantments, but only through an anvil.
- Silk Touch
Speed and durability
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|
|20 s||0.4 s||0.4 s[note 1]||Yes||—|
|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||0.3 s||Yes||—|
|1.2 s||0.25 s||Yes||—|
- Shears with Silk Touch
- Not on double grass (bug?)
- Using shears won't trigger a redstone pulse.
|1.7||Shears were introduced into the game. They were first mentioned by Jeb on Twitter 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". 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.2.0||Added shears to survival mode.|
|0.8.0||build 3||Added shears to creative mode.|
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