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|This feature is exclusive to Java Edition, Bedrock Edition and PlayStation 4 Edition.|
|— Duncan Geere|
Shields are tools used for protecting the player against attacks.
|Any Planks +
|Damaged Shield||The durability of the two shields is added together, plus an extra 5% durability. The repaired shield has no pattern.|
Shields are used for blocking incoming attacks. Using one causes the player to slow to a sneaking pace, and after five ticks (0.25 seconds), blockable attacks coming from in front of the player will be negated, dealing no damage. When the shield blocks an attack which is 4 or stronger, it takes damage equal to the strength of the attack (rounded down) plus 1.
All non-damage effects of ranged attacks (such as being set on fire or poisoned by a poisonous arrow) are prevented. Knockback from both melee attacks and projectiles is entirely nullified, while knockback from explosions is reduced to one block or less. When a melee attack is blocked, the attacker will be knocked back slightly, one block away.
The shield blocks any directional attacks coming from up to (but not including) 90° away from the horizontal direction the player is facing, i.e. it covers almost a full hemisphere in front of the player. The player's vertical rotation normally makes no difference to the direction of blocked attacks, however, a player facing straight up or straight down might be unable to block attacks from any direction. Similarly, an attack coming from directly above or directly below cannot be blocked as it has no horizontal direction.
Blockable attacks include mob/player melee attacks, arrows, fireballs, thrown items such as tridents and snowballs (all non-magical projectiles), damage from Thorns, which also includes spines of pufferfish, and some explosions (e.g. creeper explosions or TNT ignited by another player are blockable, but not TNT ignited by yourself or by a redstone mechanism). Shields block guardian/elder guardian lasers, but like armor, doesn't protect against any other magical damage.
When hit by an arrow or trident, the projectile will ricochet off the shield and may hit other entities.
Piercing enchantment (Any level) on crossbows can allow the arrow to "pierce" the shield and make it useless. However this will not reduce the durability.
Bedrock & PS4 Editions
In the Bedrock and PS4 Editions, shields are activated by sneaking. Shields stay activated when riding mobs since sneaking would normally make the player dismount. Unlike in Java Edition, shields cannot be disabled when attacked by axes.
|This feature is exclusive to Java Edition.|
|Applies the banner pattern to the shield. The banner is consumed.|
The shield must have no preexisting patterns.
Does not change existing durability or enchantments on the shield.
Unlike with banners, shields cannot be repainted or washed in a cauldron. Shields have only half the resolution of banners, making patterns look slightly different. In the game files, the pattern textures can be found in a separate directory called entity/shield.
Shields with patterns can also be obtained using the same commands as banners, except
banner has to be replaced with
A shield can receive the following enchantments, but only through an anvil:
|Curse of Vanishing[JE & PS4 only]||I|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Internal ID|
|Not Today, Thank You||Deflect an arrow with a shield||Suit Up||Deflect any projectile with a shield.|
|July 10, 2011||During an interview, Jeb says that "shields for the left arm" might be added.|
|1.9||15w33c||Added shields, which replace the blocking functionality of swords, although blocking more damage.|
|Their original crafting recipe included wool, producing 16 possible colored shields; there was no blank, uncolored shield.
|Any of the colored base shields could be crafted with a banner of the same base color, to produce a patterned shield.|
|15w34c||When an attack is blocked by a shield, the attacker may be knocked back.|
|Being attacked with an axe may disable shield use for 5 seconds.|
|15w37a||The crafting recipe was changed.|
|Crafting now produces a base wooden shield that can be crafted together with any banner.|
|Cooldown reduced from 0.5s to 0.25s.|
|Blocking now prevents some side effects.[verify]|
|Arrows now ricochet off shields|
|15w44a||Shields can be repaired by combining with other shields. This removes any banner that had been applied.|
|15w45a||Crafting a banner onto a shield now consumes the banner.|
|15w47b||Added shield blocking sounds.|
|16w07a||Added more variation of shield blocking sounds.|
|1.9-pre1||Increased durability from 181 to 337.|
|1.11||16w33a||Crafting a shield with a banner no longer changes the durability, nor does it remove enchantments from it.|
|16w35a||Shields now block 100% of damage/knockback/debuffs dealt in melee combat.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 442.|
|1.14||?||Shields can now be bought from armorer villagers.|
|1.14.3||1.14.3-pre3||They now block flaming arrows.|
|1.10.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Added shields, though they cannot be customized with banners.|
|Shields are activated by crouching or mounting mobs.|
|1.11.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Shields can now be bought from armorer villagers.|
|PlayStation 4 Edition|