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Shovel
Shovel Anim.gif
Wooden ShovelStone ShovelIron ShovelGolden ShovelDiamond Shovel
Type

Tools

Durability

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

Renewable

Diamond: No
All Others: Yes

Stackable

No

Data values

See Data values

Name

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 +
Stick


Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond
Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden ShovelStone ShovelIron ShovelGolden ShovelDiamond Shovel

Stick

Stick

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




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden ShovelStone ShovelIron ShovelGolden ShovelDiamond Shovel
Wooden ShovelStone ShovelIron ShovelGolden ShovelDiamond Shovel Wooden ShovelStone ShovelIron ShovelGolden ShovelDiamond Shovel



Grid layout Shapeless.png

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

Usage[edit | edit source]

A shovel is used to break some materials faster. When breaking a block, it takes 1 damage. Shovels have different amounts of uses based on the type:

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

In the Pocket Edition, a shovel can also be used on a grass block to produce a grass path.

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:

  • Wooden and Golden: 2 (Heart.svg)
  • Stone: 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
  • Iron: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)
  • Diamond: 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

Clay
0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1

Farmland
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

Gravel
0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1

Mycelium
0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1

Dirt
0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1

Sand
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

Snow
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, wooden shovels will be used as "paddles" when crafting the boat.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Boat

Any Wood Planks +
Wooden Shovel




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Boat
Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks Wooden Shovel Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks
Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks Oak Wood PlanksSpruce Wood PlanksBirch Wood PlanksJungle Wood PlanksAcacia Wood PlanksDark Oak Wood Planks

Pocket Edition only. The boat as an entity, but not as an item, will be a different color depending the type of wood used.

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 15G Bronze

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Indev
0.31 Shovels are added.
January 11, 2010 Iron shovels now gather different materials 400% faster.
Official release
1.8 14w02a Villagers no longer trade diamond shovels, making them non-renewable.
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 Added shovels (all five types).

Issues[edit | edit source]

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