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Wooden Shovel.pngStone Shovel.pngIron Shovel.pngGolden Shovel.pngDiamond Shovel.png




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

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

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

Damaged Matching Shovel

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

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Shovels have different amounts of uses based on the type:

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

Digging[edit | edit source]

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.

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

Grass Path
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

Coarse Dirt
0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1

0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1

Red Sand
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.

Grass paths[edit | edit source]

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.

Weapon[edit | edit source]

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.

Java Edition[edit | edit source]

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)

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)





Legacy Console and Bedrock editions[edit | edit source]

In the Legacy Console and Bedrock editions, shovels always attack instantly and do the following damage:
Attack damage

2 (Heart.svg)

3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Enchantments[edit | edit source]

A shovel can receive the following enchantments:

  1. a b Fortune and Silk Touch are mutually exclusive.
  2. a b Only available using enchanted books and an anvil, or by finding an enchanted shovel in an End city chest.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

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

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

Bedrock Edition and Legacy Console Edition only.
Shovel represents an oar.

Fuel[edit | edit source]

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

Smelting ingredient[edit | edit source]

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

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 Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

MOAR ToolsConstruct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe).YesYesYesWii U, Switch15GBronze

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
1.3.1 12w18a Wooden shovels can now be used as fuel in a furnace.
12w21a Blacksmith villagers now sell diamond shovels for 7 emeralds, and iron shovels for 4–5 emeralds.
1.8 14w02a Tool smith villagers now sell enchanted iron shovels for 5–7 emeralds. The previous trades are unavailable, making diamond shovels 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.
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.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Iron and golden shovels are now smeltable.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added shovels (all five types).
TU53CU431.49Patch 23Patch s3Iron and golden shovels are now smeltable.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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