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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.|
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.
Java EditionShovels 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)|
Legacy Console and Bedrock editionsIn the Legacy Console and Bedrock editions, shovels always attack instantly and do the following damage:
A shovel can receive the following enchantments:
In Bedrock Edition, wooden shovels are used as "paddles" when crafting the boat.
|Boat||Matching Wood Planks +
|Bedrock Edition and Legacy Console 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 +
|Item||ID Name||Numerical ID|
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
||MOAR Tools||Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe).||Yes||Yes||Yes||Wii U, Switch||15G||Bronze|
|December 31, 2009||Added iron shovel, they can neither be obtained nor do they have any use.|
|January 11, 2010||A shovel is used to gather materials like dirt, sand and gravel 400% faster than by hand.|
|When starting in a new world the player is given one of each tools.|
|January 24, 2010||A complete toolset 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 every available block / item including tools.|
|January 28, 2010||A shovel held by the player appears more 3d like.|
|January 29, 2010||Tools have tiers, in addition to iron, shovels can now be made from wood, stone and diamond.|
|Added crafting recipe for iron shovels as well as the newly introduced variants.|
|January 30, 2010||Shovels can now be made out of gold.|
|January 31, 2010||Tools take damage when being used. Better tools last longer.|
|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: |
|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.|
|1.1||build 1||Iron and golden shovels are now smeltable.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added shovels (all five types).|
|TU53||CU43||1.49||Patch 23||Patch s3||Iron and golden shovels are now smeltable.|
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