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Wood: 60 Uses
Stone: 132 Uses
Iron: 251 Uses
Golden: 33 Uses
Diamond: 1562 Uses


Diamond: No
All Others: Yes



Data values

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See Data values

Shovels are tools used to ease the process of collecting dirt and other blocks.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Zombies[edit | edit source]

Zombies may rarely spawn with an iron shovel. They have a rare chance of dropping one if they spawned with it. It will usually be badly damaged, and may be enchanted.

Trading[edit | edit source]

Tool smith villagers sell enchanted iron shovels for 5 to 7 emeralds as part of their tier 1 trades. The enchantments will be the same as might be obtained from an enchantment table at levels 5–19.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Any Wood Planks or
Cobblestone or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +

Damaged Wooden Shovel or
Damaged Stone Shovel or
Damaged Iron Shovel or
Damaged Golden Shovel or
Damaged Diamond Shovel

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

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

In 1.9,[upcoming] enchanted iron shovels can be found in 13.4% of End city chests in groups of 1.[upcoming]

In 1.9,[upcoming] enchanted diamond shovels can be found in 13.4% of End city chests in groups of 1.[upcoming]

Usage[edit | edit source]

A shovel is used to break some materials faster or to create grass path blocks. When breaking a block or making a grass path, it uses 1 durability. Shovels have different amounts of uses based on the type:

  • Golden: 33
  • Wooden: 60
  • Stone: 132
  • Iron: 251
  • Diamond: 1562

Weapon[edit | edit source]

If you hit a mob while holding a shovel, it increases your attack damage. Shovels take 2 damage when used as a weapon. Shovels deal different damage based on the type:

Attack damage

2 (Heart.svg)

3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

In 1.9[upcoming], damage done when using a shovel as a weapon has increased. Shovels have an attack speed modifier of -3, meaning they take 1 second to recover.

Attack speed Attack damage Damage/Second (DPS)

2.5 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

3.5 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

4.5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

5.5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)





Speed[edit | edit source]

The following table summarizes the speed at which different quality shovels perform on different block types. Values with a red background indicate that no resource will be dropped when the block is destroyed without a shovel.

Block Breaking time[note 1]
Hand Wooden Stone Iron Diamond Golden

0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1

0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1

Grass Block
0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1

0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1

0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1

0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1

0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1

Soul Sand
0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1

1 0.2 0.1 0.05 0.05 0.05

Snow (layer)
0.5 0.1 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Enchantments[edit | edit source]

A shovel can receive the following enchantments:

  1. a b
    Fortune and Silk Touch are mutually exclusive.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

In Pocket Edition and Computer Edition[upcoming], wooden shovels are used as "paddles" when crafting the boat.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Any Boat

Matching Wood Planks +
Wooden Shovel

Pocket Edition only.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Item ID Name Numerical ID
Wooden Shovel wooden_shovel 269
Stone Shovel stone_shovel 273
Iron Shovel iron_shovel 256
Diamond Shovel diamond_shovel 277
Golden Shovel golden_shovel 284

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
MOAR Tools.png MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe). Benchmarking Xbox, PS and Windows 10 15G Bronze

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.31 January 11, 2010 Added wooden and stone shovels.
January 29, 2010 Added crafting recipes for wooden and stone shovels.
Added iron, diamond and golden shovels.
January 31, 2010 Shovels now take damage.
Shovels are now tiered - better shovels last longer.
Official release
1.8 14w02a Villagers no longer trade diamond shovels, making them non-renewable.
1.9 15w31a A shovel can be used on a grass block to create grass path blocks.
Enchanted iron or diamond shovels can now be found in end city chests.
15w34a Shovels now use the "attack strength" combat mechanic meter. The time it takes for the meter to fill up for a shovel is 0.8 seconds.
15w34c Shovels do more damage and take longer to recover.
15w35a Shovel damage reduced.
15w41a Wooden shovels are now used to craft boats.
15w50a Added sound: item.shovel.flatten.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added stone shovels.
0.3.0 Added wooden shovels.
0.3.2 Added diamond, iron and gold shovels.
0.11.0 build 1 Wooden shovels are now used to craft boats.
Iron shovels are now available in the creative inventory.
A shovel can be used on a grass block to create grass path blocks.
build 11 Wooden, stone, golden, and diamond shovels are now available in the creative inventory.
build 12 Removed all shovels from creative.
build 13 Re-added shovels to creative mode.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Added shovels (all five types).

Issues[edit | edit source]

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