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Sheep
WhiteSheep.pngOrangeSheep.pngMagentaSheep.pngLightBlueSheep.pngYellowSheep.pngLime-sheep.pngPink sheep.pngGreySheep.pngLightgreysheep.pngCyanSheep.pngPurpleSheep.pngBluesheep.pngBrown-sheep.pngGreenSheep.pngRedsheep.pngBlackSheep.png
Sheep (Sheared).png
Babysheep.png
Health points

8 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Spawn

Opaque blocks with a (Minimum) two block space above them.

Score points

10

First appearance

Classic 0.27 Survival Test (October 25, 2009)

Network ID

91

Savegame ID

Sheep

Drops


Wool
(1-3) upon shearing

Wool
(1) upon death, if not sheared.

Experience

1 - 3

Sounds Idle/Hurt/Die

Sheep are passive mobs that supply wool when sheared or killed and can be dyed with any of the 16 colors before shearing to produce colored wool. Sheep are 1.25 blocks tall, 0.625 blocks wide and 1.4375 blocks long, and they naturally spawn in the following colors: white, black, gray, light gray, brown, and pink. Killing an adult sheep will drop a single block of wool, whereas shearing them yields 1-3 blocks each time. Killing a lamb gives nothing.

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[edit] Appearance

82% of sheep upon natural generation have white wool. Others can naturally spawn in black, gray, light gray, brown or pink wool. They have light tan skin, are wall-eyed and have a pink square on their face, some see this as an open mouth while others call it a nose. When sheared the sheep's wool will be gone and will be seen in spots upon the sheep's back in a mottled pattern. However, this will stay white no matter what color the sheep's wool (In Pocket edition it will stay the same colour even if it has been sheared) is and you can see its tanned skin. Also, when sheared, ears on the head are exposed and can be seen. In the free version of Pocket Edition they can be seen in even a wooly sheep. If you use a splash potion of invisibility on it, its wool will remain visible unless sheared.

[edit] Usage

Wool is easiest to obtain from sheep, as it can be tedious to craft wool using four string which is obtained by killing a spider or breaking cobwebs with shears or a sword. Wool can be obtained from sheep by using Shears on the sheep or killing the sheep. Shearing a sheep will produce 1-3 wool (1-4 blocks of wool in the Xbox 360 Edition). If you attack a sheep until it is down to 1 health, then hit it with shears, it is possible to shear the sheep as it dies, and produce more wool than usual. Sheep regrow wool if exposed to grass, and may eat it, turning it into a dirt block; they can also eat tall grass, destroying the block itself. Lambs eat grass much faster than adults. The sheep's head also moves down and shakes to imitate eating, but a lamb's head goes inside the block.

Sheep will drop one wool when killed even if they are killed by fire, cacti or wolves. Wool can also be crafted using 4 pieces of string, but it is less hazardous for the player to shear sheep rather than hunt down spiders constantly. However, if you have a spider farm, this can be more useful in the long run, especially if you leave your computer on overnight. However, the string will have to be crafted into wool, and string takes up 4 times as much space, so it is advised to have a large storage device at the ready. A large sheep farm, on the other hand, can produce wool much quicker, especially if an automatic shears dispenser is used.

Beds can be important items on higher difficulties, especially when just starting as they allow you to avoid the danger of night. Thus, it is wise to shear/kill sheep in the first day on Survival.

A block of white wool can be crafted with a unit of dye to produce colored wool. However, a much more efficient method is to apply the unit of dye directly to an un-sheared sheep by right-clicking on a sheep (any color) while holding it. The dyed sheep can drop 1-4 blocks of colored wool when sheared. When the dyed sheep regrows its wool it will retain the dyed color, supplying an endless supply of colored wool. For this reason, sheep farms can produce infinite amounts of wool and sheep when bred. So if you like to decorate, sheep farms are recommended. (Do keep in mind that in the console and pocket versions, coloured wool cannot be bonemeal bleached.)

Sheep, along with horses, are the only farm animals that don't drop meat. However, Jeb states that he may add mutton as a sheep's drop item.[1]

[edit] Behavior

Sheep tend to be one of the lesser intellects in the game, and have been known to walk into lava. Like other passive land mobs, sheep wander around aimlessly, often spawning in flocks of 2—8. They can be heard bleating occasionally, even from some distance away. When they encounter an obstacle, they will often try to jump over it, which may cause some odd, and rather humorous, behaviour at obstacles they cannot overcome. This can be used with Pressure Plates to create constantly flashing redstone pulses, however the mobs will stop jumping after a while. Sheep can swim and make no attempt to stay out of water, therefore a common sight is several sheep bobbing in the sea. A sheep's color has no effect on its behavior. Sheep will eat grass, turning it into dirt. This will make their wool grow back. The regrown wool will be of the same color as before the sheep was sheared, regardless of the original color. Packs of wolves may attack the occasional individual loner. If you are trying to capture a sheep for breeding or shearing, it will follow you as long as you are holding wheat or have a lead attached to the sheep. Keep in mind this can get very overwhelming if you are near a large flock of sheep as they will all try to follow you. You might also make a trench with trapdoors to capture farm animals in a wheat-free way, however if there are sheep near there is almost certainly the tall grass that can be used to grow wheat. This however can be used to trap pigs in a carrot-free area, or to trap horses since they cannot be lured without the expensive lead.

[edit] Breeding

An example of how a bred sheep will be a mixture of its parents' colors when possible.

Sheep can be bred with wheat and can be bred every 5 minutes. If the parents have 'compatible' wool colors (meaning that the corresponding dye items could be combined into a third dye color), the resulting lamb will be a mix of their colors (e.g., blue sheep + white sheep = light blue lamb). Otherwise, the lamb will be the same color as one of the parents, chosen at random. It doesn't matter if either parent has been sheared. This can be used to obtain large quantities of colored wool, rather than relying heavily on potentially rare dyes. (Lapis Lazuli requires fairly deep mining, and most of the others may be absent from your local biomes.)

The majority of sheep are white, with a 81.836% chance of spawning. The light grey, dark grey, and black sheep have a 5% chance of spawning. Using a spawn egg to get one of these sheep types lies at a reasonable 15%. Brown sheep have an uncommon 3% chance to spawn. Pink sheep have a 0.164% of naturally spawning - it is more common to find a zombie/skeleton wearing any diamond clothing. Because of this, it is much more reasonable to use dyes.

Note that if you spawn sheep using cheats or command blocks and specify wool color a white sheep will still have the same chance as usual to spawn grey, light grey, black, brown or pink. If a custom made villager buying different color wool for different prices is made the offer for white wool will also apply to all other colors, even if the color white is specified. Note: As of 14w02a this has changed.

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[edit] History

Classic
0.27 Sheep were added.
Alpha
1.1.0 (Seecret Friday 9) Sheep drop 1-3 wool when hit instead of always dropping 2.
1.2.2 In SMP, hitting sheep will drop unobtainable wool. However, casting a fishing rod will drop obtainable wool, while the sheep still appears to have wool.
Beta
1.2 Gray, light gray, and black sheep were added.
Colored sheep drop their corresponding wool color.
1.4 Sheep can rarely spawn in the color pink or brown.
1.7 Sheep drop 2-4 wool when sheared.
Sheep no longer drop wool when hit.
Sheep drop one wool block when killed while not sheared.
Baby sheep were added.
Official release
1.0.0 1.9pre3 Sheep became breedable.
Sheep have 4 hearts of health (formerly 5 hearts).
1.1 11w49a Sheep eat grass and tall grass in order to re-grow their wool. As a counterbalance, shearing sheep yields 1-3 wool blocks instead of 2-4.[2]
Spawn eggs became available for sheep in Creative Mode.
11w50a Baby sheep eat more than adult sheep.
1.2.1 12w07b The sheep eating animation in SMP was fixed.
Sheep have a new AI.
1.4.2 12w38a Added new step sounds.
1.4.4 Lambs will have a mix of the parents' colors, if the parents' colors are 'compatible' (able to be crafted together as dyes).
1.7.4 13w48b Sheep named as 'jeb_' will cycle through all possible sheep colors in a fading rainbow effect.
Upcoming
1.8 14w02a Baby sheep growth can be accelerated using wheat.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Along with the zombie, sheep were the first mobs added.
0.6.0 Fixed the overlay for a sheep with wool on its head.
Sheep now display their colors and can be dyed.
0.7.0 Sheep spawn eggs are in creative mode.
0.8.0 If a sheep is dyed a colour other than white, the previously white patches on its face, along with the spots on its body when sheared, will also change colour (currently exclusive feature).

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[edit] Trivia

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  • Sheep named as 'jeb_' will cycle through all possible sheep colors in a fading rainbow effect.
  • Sheep were the second mob to spawn with both a separate body and armor file, the first being the pig; the sheep's "armored" state is wooly, while the pig's "armored" state is when they are wearing a saddle. Other mobs, like charged creepers, have armored states.
  • Sheep were the second-to-last mob added in Survival Test, before Giants.
  • After being sheared, all sheep (regardless of their original color), will have remnants of white wool color on their head and legs. This does not happen in Pocket Edition as of 0.8.0.
  • Sheared sheep have a more slender head and exposed ears.
  • If you damage the sheep 7 hits (3 1/2 hearts) you can get 4 wool blocks by clicking both mouse buttons at the same time while holding shears, though it requires practice as you have 1/20 of a second between each mouse click.
  • Sheep are the only mob that give a block as a drop; all other mobs give items.
  • If a sheep spawner is placed via modifications, there will be a black sheep model spinning inside, but it will spawn only white sheep. As of 1.7 using cheats or command blocks with NBT tags can create proper sheep spawners. For example /setblock ~0 ~-1 ~1 mob_spawner 0 replace {EntityId:Sheep,SpawnPotentials:[{Type:Sheep,Weight:1,Count:1,Properties:{Color:1}},

{Type:Sheep,Weight:1,Count:1,Properties:{Color:2}},]}. That will give you 2 possible colors (values 1 and 2). If you want more copy everything starting from "{Type" and ending with the comma a few spaces after "Color" and paste it in after the last comma, changing the number after color each time (any number from 0-15). If just want the natural colors remove everything from ",SpawnPotentials" on, then add 1 more "}" to the end.

  • Lambs could be sheared in older versions of Minecraft, however this has since been fixed. They can still be dyed as with adult sheep.
  • Currently, if one were to sprint and knock back a sheep while the sheep is in its grass eating stance, it will eat the grass it gets knocked into, and it will take no attempt to run away after/while eating.
  • Sheep can eat grass through slabs, snow, and other partial blocks.
  • The bottom of the feet to sheep aren't rotated 180 degrees. A sheep hoof is split in the front.
The bottom of the feet.
  • Sheep can still eat grass even while moving in minecarts.
  • Sheep cannot fit through the gap if the 90 degree intersection of two fences is removed whereas the player can get through easily. This means you can have a sheep pen without needing a fence gate, although since this would allow creepers, skeletons & zombies to enter, it is not advisable.
  • Sheep are able to climb ladders.
  • Lambs grow seemingly faster than other baby animals.
  • Due to Potions of Invisibility only affecting the main texture of mobs, the wool of a sheep will still be visible while under its effect. Removing the wool by shearing will allow it to be completely invisible.
  • In Survival Test sheep used to graze and eat grass, turning it into a dirt block, and after eating three grass blocks, sheep would regrow their wool.[3]
  • Sheep were originally planned to drop meat when killed.[4]
  • A sheep will suffocate if spawned in an 1x1x1 space. This is because sheep are a little bit taller than 1 block.
  • There are 3 sound files for sheep. There are two "meheheheh" noises, one slightly higher pitched than the other, and a third "Behhh!"
    • The third "Behhh!" seems to be used slightly more often if the sheep takes damage.
      • It also sounds more like a "Baa" as it gets lower pitched.
  • Surprisingly, when a sheep walks or runs on ice it actually moves slower than it normally would. This is most likely due to ice being "slippery".
  • When a sheep is spawned on a fence, it will not fall off the fence but it can move to any adjacent fences.You can make it fall off the fence by leading it off with wheat.
  • When a sheep is spawned on a cobblestone or mossy cobblestone stone wall, it will fall "through" it.
  • When attracting a sheep with wheat, if a barrier is constructed between the sheep and the player, if it is one block high it will jump on and over the barrier. if it is a fence, cobblestone wall, mossy cobblestone wall, or over two blocks high it will maneuver around it.
  • In the free version of Pocket Edition, ears can be seen in the sheep's wooly state.
  • When spawning sheep in Pocket Edition, it will be as if they spawned naturally: 81.836% are white, 15% are grey or black, 3% are brown, and 0.164% are pink.
  • It is impossible to have an upside down rainbow sheep.

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