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Shovel
Wooden Shovel JE2 BE2.pngStone Shovel JE2 BE2.pngIron Shovel JE3 BE2.pngGolden Shovel JE3 BE2.pngDiamond Shovel JE2 BE2.pngNetherite Shovel JE2 BE1.png
Rarity

Common

Durability

Wood: 59
Stone: 131
Iron: 250
Golden: 32
Diamond: 1561
Netherite: 2031

Renewable

Netherite: No
All others: Yes

Stackable

No

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

Obtaining[edit]

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Any Planks or
Any Cobblestone or Blackstone or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Stick

Damaged Matching Shovel


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

Upgrading[edit]

Ingredients Smithing recipe
Diamond Shovel +
Netherite Ingot
Upgrade Gear


Repairing[edit]

Grinding[edit]

Ingredients Grinding recipe Description
2x Damaged Wooden Shovel or
2x Damaged Stone Shovel or
2x Damaged Iron Shovel or
2x Damaged Golden Shovel or
2x Damaged Diamond Shovel or
2x Damaged Netherite Shovel
The durability of the two shovels is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.

Unit repair[edit]

A shovel can be repaired in an anvil by adding units of the tiers' repair material, with each repair material restoring 25% the shovel's maximum durability, rounded down.

Natural generation[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Iron Shovel Village Toolsmith's chest 1 41.2%
Enchanted Iron Shovel[note 1] End city Chest 1 13.3%
Enchanted Golden Shovel[note 2] Ruined portal Chest 1 20.5%
Enchanted Diamond Shovel[note 1] End city Chest 1 13.3%
Damaged Enchanted Diamond Shovel[note 2][note 3] Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 1 4.8%
Java Edition 1.16.2[upcoming]
Diamond Shovel Bastion remnant Generic chest 1 6.7%
Damaged Enchanted Diamond Shovel[note 2][note 4] Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 1 17%
Bedrock Edition
Iron Shovel Village Toolsmith's chest 1 41.2%
Enchanted Iron Shovel[note 1] End city Chest 1 13.3%
Enchanted Golden Shovel[note 2] Ruined portal Chest 1 20.5%
Enchanted Diamond Shovel[note 1] End city Chest 1 13.3%
Damaged Enchanted Diamond Shovel[note 2][note 3] Bastion remnant Hoglin stable chest 1 4.8%
  1. a b c d Enchantment probabilities are the same as a level-20 to level-39 enchantment would be on an enchantment table that had no cap at level 30, and that was able to apply treasure enchantments (except Soul Speed), and where the chance of multiple enchantments is not reduced.
  2. a b c d e All enchantments are equally probable, including treasure enchantments (except Soul Speed), and any level of the enchantment is equally probable.
  3. a b The item has between 15% and 45% of its total durability.
  4. The item has between 15% and 80% of its total durability.

Drops[edit]

Equipment[edit]

Zombies and Husks 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. The dropped shovel is usually 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 enchanting table at level 5–22.

Raids[edit]

Vindicators and pillagers that spawn from raids have a 4.1% chance(5.12% on hard) to drop a badly-damaged iron shovel that is sometimes enchanted with a random enchantment.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Trading[edit]

Novice-level Toolsmith villagers have a 25% chance to sell stone shovels for one emerald, journeyman-level toolsmith villagers have a 25% chance to sell enchanted iron shovels for 2 emeralds, and expert-level toolsmith villagers have a 50% chance to sell enchanted diamond shovels for 5 emeralds as part of their trades.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Novice-level Toolsmith villagers have a 40% chance to sell stone shovels for one emerald, journeyman-level toolsmiths have a 40% chance to sell an enchanted iron shovel for 7-22 emeralds, and expert-level toolsmiths have a 23 chance to sell an enchanted diamond shovel for 11-27 emeralds.‌[Java Edition only]

The enchantments are the same as the ones obtained from an enchanting table at levels 5–19.

Usage[edit]

Digging[edit]

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.

Durability[edit]

Each different tier of shovel has a different durability:

Material Durability
Wood 59
Stone 131
Iron 250
Diamond 1561
Golden 32
Netherite 2031

Speed[edit]

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 is dropped when the block is destroyed without a shovel.

Block Breaking time[note 1]
Default Wooden Stone Iron Diamond Netherite Golden
Clay 0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1 0.1
Farmland 0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1 0.1
Grass Block 0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1 0.1
Grass Path 0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1 0.1
Gravel 0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1 0.1
Mycelium 0.9 0.45 0.25 0.15 0.15 0.1 0.1
Podzol 0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
Coarse Dirt 0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
Dirt 0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
Red Sand 0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
Sand 0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
Soul Sand 0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
Soul Soil 0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
Concrete Powder 0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
Snow Block 1 0.2 0.1 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05
Snow 0.5 0.1 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Grass paths[edit]

A shovel can be used to create a grass path by using (not digging) the shovel on a grass block. When creating a grass path, it uses 1 durability.

Campfire[edit]

A shovel can be used to extinguish a campfire.

Weapon[edit]

Hitting a mob while holding a shovel is a stronger attack than barehanded. Shovels take 2 damage when used as a weapon.

Java Edition[edit]

Shovels have an attack speed modifier of -3, meaning they take 1 second to recover. Shovels deal different damage based on the type:

Shovel type Attack damage Attack speed Damage per
second (DPS)
Wooden Shovel
Golden Shovel
2.5♥♥ 1 2.5
Stone Shovel 3.5♥♥ 3.5
Iron Shovel 4.5♥♥♥ 4.5
Diamond Shovel 5.5♥♥♥ 5.5
Netherite Shovel 6.5♥♥♥♥ 6.5

Bedrock Edition[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, shovels always attack instantly and do the following damage:

Attack damage
2♥ 3♥♥ 4♥♥ 5♥♥♥ 6♥♥♥

Enchantments[edit]

A shovel can receive the following enchantments:

Name Max Level
Fortune[note 1] III
Silk Touch[note 1] I
Efficiency V
Unbreaking III
Mending[note 2] I
Curse of Vanishing[note 2][JE only] I
  1. a b Silk Touch and Fortune are mutually exclusive
  2. a b Available only using enchanted books and an anvil, or by finding an enchanted shovel in an End city chest.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, wooden shovels are used as "paddles" when crafting the boat.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Boat Matching Overworld Planks +
Wooden Shovel

[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Fuel[edit]

Wooden shovels can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1 item per shovel.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Nugget or
Gold Nugget
Iron Shovel or
Golden Shovel +
Any fuel


0.1

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Shovel flattens? ? item.shovel.flattensubtitles.item.shovel.flatten? ? 16
Item breaks? When durability is exhaustedentity.item.breaksubtitles.entity.item.break1.00.916

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Wooden Shovelwooden_shovel item.minecraft.wooden_shovel
Stone Shovelstone_shovel item.minecraft.stone_shovel
Iron Shoveliron_shovel item.minecraft.iron_shovel
Diamond Shoveldiamond_shovel item.minecraft.diamond_shovel
Golden Shovelgolden_shovel item.minecraft.golden_shovel
Netherite Shovelnetherite_shovel item.minecraft.netherite_shovel

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Wooden Shovelwooden_shovel 269item.wooden_shovel.name
Stone Shovelstone_shovel 273item.stone_shovel.name
Iron Shoveliron_shovel 256item.iron_shovel.name
Diamond Shoveldiamond_shovel 277item.diamond_shovel.name
Golden Shovelgolden_shovel 284item.golden_shovel.name
Netherite Shovelnetherite_shovel 744item.netherite_shovel.name

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
MOAR ToolsConstruct one type of each tool.Construct one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe, and one hoe with the same material.15GBronze
Oooh, shiny!Distract a Piglin using gold.Give a piglin a gold item while it is aggressive toward the player.30GSilver

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Oh Shiny
Distract Piglins with goldNetherGive a piglin one of these 22 gold-related items while it is aggressive toward the player. Other gold-related items, if any, may be used, but are ignored for this advancement and by the piglin.nether/distract_piglin

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Indev
0.3120091231-2Iron Shovel JE1.png Added iron shovels which are located in the player's inventory.
Shovels cannot be crafted yet and are not functional in this version.
20100111-1Shovels are now functional and can now be used to gather materials like dirt, sand and gravel 400% faster than by hand.
20100124A complete tool set is no longer given to the player on starting a new world. Instead, there are multiple chests in the later called "Indev House" containing a stack of most accessible blocks/items including tools.
20100128Wooden Shovel JE1 BE1.png Stone Shovel JE1 BE1.png Diamond Shovel JE1 BE1.png Tools now have tiers. Shovels made from wood, stone, and diamond have been added.
Iron Shovel JE2 BE1.png The texture of iron shovels has been changed.
A shovel held by the player now appears more 3D like.
They cannot be crafted yet, but have been added to the item chest in Indev house.
20100129Wood, stone, iron, and diamond shovels can now be crafted.
20100130Golden Shovel JE1.png Shovels can now be made out of gold.
20100201-1Tools, including shovels, now take damage when being used.
Better tools, including shovels, now last longer.
20100206Golden Shovel JE2 BE1.png The texture of golden shovels has been changed.
Java Edition Alpha
1.0.5_01Shovels are now used to get snowballs out of snow layers.
Java Edition
1.3.112w18aWooden shovels can now be used as fuel in a furnace.
12w21aBlacksmith villagers now sell diamond shovels for 7 emeralds, and iron shovels for 4–5 emeralds.
1.814w02aTool smith villagers now sell enchanted iron shovels for 5–7 emeralds. The previous trades are now unavailable, making diamond shovels non-renewable.
1.915w31aA shovel can now be used on a grass block to create grass path blocks.
Enchanted iron or diamond shovels can now be found in end city chests.
15w34aShovels 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.
15w34cShovels now do more damage and take longer to recover.
15w35aThe damage of shovels has been reduced.
15w41aWooden shovels are now used to craft boats.
15w50aThe sound item.shovel.flatten has been added to shovels.
16w04aWooden shovels are no longer used to craft boats.
1.11.116w50aGolden and iron shovels now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, these items' numeral IDs were 269, 273, 256, 277 and 284.
1.1418w43aWooden Shovel JE2 BE2.png Stone Shovel JE2 BE2.png Iron Shovel JE3 BE2.png Golden Shovel JE3 BE2.png Diamond Shovel JE2 BE2.png The textures of all shovels have been changed.
1.1519w37aShovels can now be used to extinguish campfires.
1.1620w06aNetherite Shovel JE1.png Added netherite shovels.
Netherite shovels are obtained by combining one diamond shovel and one netherite ingot in a crafting table.
20w09aDiamond Shovel JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamond shovels has been changed.
Shovels can now break soul soil quickly.
20w10aNetherite Shovel JE2 BE1.png The texture of netherite shovels has been changed.
Netherite shovels can no longer be crafted.
Netherite shovels are now obtained by combining one diamond shovel and one netherite ingot in a smithing table.
20w15aStone shovels can now be crafted using blackstone.
20w16aNetherite shovels now generate randomly enchanted in bastion remnants chests.
Golden shovels now generate randomly enchanted in ruined portal chests.
20w17aDiamonds shovels now generate in place of netherite shovels in bastion remnant chests.
Upcoming Java Edition
Combat Tests1.14.3 - Combat TestThe attack speed for all shovels has been increased to 2.
The damage for all shovels has been decreased by 1♥.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0Stone Shovel JE1 BE1.png Added stone shovels.
0.3.0Wooden Shovel JE1 BE1.png Added wooden shovels.
0.3.2Iron Shovel JE2 BE1.png Golden Shovel JE2 BE1.png Diamond Shovel JE1 BE1.png Added iron, gold, and diamond shovels.
0.11.0build 1Wooden shovels are now used to craft boats.
Iron shovels are now available in the creative inventory.
A shovel can now be used on a grass block to create grass path blocks.
build 11Wooden, stone, golden, and diamond shovels are now available in the creative inventory.
build 12All shovels have been removed from creative.
build 13Shovel have been re-added to creative mode.
0.12.1build 1Shovels can now be enchanted.
Zombies now have a small chance to spawn holding an iron shovel.
0.15.0build 1Added husks, which have a small chance to spawn holding an iron shovel.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Enchanted iron and diamond shovels can now be found inside end city chests.
1.0.4alpha 1.0.4.0Enchanted iron shovels are now sold by toolsmith villagers for 4-5 emeralds.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Iron and golden shovels are now smeltable.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Wooden Shovel JE2 BE2.png Stone Shovel JE2 BE2.png Iron Shovel JE3 BE2.png Golden Shovel JE3 BE2.png Diamond Shovel JE2 BE2.png The textures of all shovels have been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Iron shovels can now be found in village toolsmith houses.
beta 1.11.0.4Vindicators and pillagers that spawn in raids can now drop iron shovels upon death.
Trading has been changed, toolsmith villagers now have a 25% chance to sell enchanted iron shovels for 2 emeralds as part of their third tier trades.
Stone shovels and enchanted diamond shovels can now be bought from toolsmith villagers.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Netherite Shovel JE2 BE1.png Added netherite shovels.
Netherite shovels are obtained by combining one diamond shovel and one netherite ingot in a crafting table.
Diamond Shovel JE3 BE3.png The texture of diamond shovels has been changed.
beta 1.16.0.57Netherite shovels can no longer be crafted.
Netherite shovels are now obtained by combining one diamond shovel and one netherite ingot in a smithing table.
Stone shovels can now be crafted using blackstone.
Netherite shovels now generate randomly enchanted in bastion remnants chests.
Golden shovels now generate randomly enchanted in ruined portal chests.
beta 1.16.0.63Diamonds shovels now generate in place of netherite shovels in bastion remnant chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Wooden Shovel JE1 BE1.png Stone Shovel JE1 BE1.png Iron Shovel JE2 BE1.png Golden Shovel JE2 BE1.png Diamond Shovel JE1 BE1.png Added shovels (all five types).
TU53CU431.49Patch 231.0.3Iron and golden shovels are now smeltable.
1.90Wooden Shovel JE2 BE2.png Stone Shovel JE2 BE2.png Iron Shovel JE3 BE2.png Golden Shovel JE3 BE2.png Diamond Shovel JE2 BE2.png The textures of all shovels have been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Wooden Shovel JE1 BE1.png Stone Shovel JE1 BE1.png Iron Shovel JE2 BE1.png Golden Shovel JE2 BE1.png Diamond Shovel JE1 BE1.png Added shovels.

Issues[edit]

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Gallery[edit]

Enchanted Shovels[edit]

References[edit]