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Shovels are tools used to ease the process of collecting dirt and other blocks.
- 1 Obtaining
- 2 Usage
- 3 Data values
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Video
- 6 History
- 7 Issues
|Any Wood Planks or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
|Damaged Matching Shovel||The durability of the two shovels is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.|
Enchanted iron shovels can be found in 13.4% of End city chests in groups of 1.
Enchanted diamond shovels can be found in 13.4% of End city chests in groups of 1.
Zombies have a 0.67% (3.33% in Hard difficulty) chance of spawning with an iron shovel. They have an 8.5% (9.5% with Looting I, 10.5% with Looting II and 11.5% with Looting III) chance of dropping that shovel if they are killed by the player. It will usually be badly damaged, and may be enchanted: 0%–25% on Normal difficulty and 3.125%–25% on Hard difficulty, varying with regional difficulty, and enchanted as if on an enchantment table at level 5–22.
Shovels have different amounts of uses based on the type:
- Golden: 33
- Wooden: 60
- Stone: 132
- Iron: 251
- Diamond: 1562
A shovel can be used to break some materials faster. When breaking a block, it uses 1 durability. For blocks that break instantly, it uses 0 durability.
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]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.
If you hit a mob while holding a shovel, it will be a stronger attack than if barehanded. Shovels take 2 damage when used as a weapon.
Shovels have an attack speed modifier of -3, meaning they take 1 second to recover. Shovels deal different damage based on the type:
|Attack speed||Attack damage||Damage/Second (DPS)|
Console and Pocket editions
A shovel can receive the following enchantments:
- Fortune and Silk Touch are mutually exclusive.
- Only available using enchanted books and an anvil, or by finding an enchanted shovel in an End city chest.
In Pocket Edition, wooden shovels are used as "paddles" when crafting the boat.
|Boat||Matching Wood Planks +
|Pocket Edition only. Shovel represents an oar.|
Wooden shovels can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1 item per shovel.
|Iron Nugget or
|Iron Shovel or
Golden Shovel +
|Computer Edition only|
|Item||ID Name||Numerical ID|
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Prerequisites[until 1.12]||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|PC[until 1.12]||Xbox||PS||Wii U|
|MOAR Tools||Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe).||Benchmarking||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||15G||Bronze|
|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.|
|1.3.1||12w18a||Wooden shovels can now be used as fuel in a furnace.|
|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.|
|16w04a||Wooden shovels are no longer used to craft boats.|
|1.11.1||16w50a||Golden and iron shovels now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.|
|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.|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added shovels (all five types).|
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