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||The durability of the two shears is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.|
Shepherd villagers sell shears for 3–4 emeralds as part of their initial tier trades.
Shearing a snow golem will remove its pumpkin, without dropping the pumpkin.
Speed and durability
The following table shows various things about shears. Colors indicate what will be dropped when the block is broken:
- White: The original block.
- Blue: The Block's normal drop (i.e. string, sticks, seeds, sapling, apple).
- Red: Nothing.
|No shears breaking time||Shears breaking time||Right click with shears|
|20 s [note 1]||0.4 s||—|
|0 s||0 s||—|
|0 s||0 s||—|
|0 s||0 s||—|
|0.3 s||0.05 s||—|
|0 s||0 s[note 2]||—|
|0.3 s||0.35 s||—|
|1.2 s||0.25 s||—|
- Breaking cobwebs with a sword is as fast as breaking with shears, and yields string. This costs double durability.
- Using shears won't trigger a redstone pulse.
Shears can receive the following enchantments, but only through an anvil.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Have a Shearful Day||Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||15G||Bronze|
|1.7||Shears were introduced into the game. They were first mentioned by Jeb on Twitter The tweet revealing Jeb's work on shears was written in Swedish (Jag jobbar på shears nu) which translates to "I'm working on shears now". Shears were originally planned as a way to defuse TNT, but Jeb dropped this shortly after deciding TNT would only detonate with redstone or fire.|
|Before Beta 1.7, sheep would drop 1-3 wool blocks at most when hit, but shears can harvest up to 4 wool blocks per sheep.|
|1.8||?||They can be used to harvest fern, vines and grass.|
|1.0.0||?||They can harvest red mushrooms from a mooshroom and turn it back into a normal cow.|
|1.1||11w49a||Sheep drop only 1-3 wool blocks when sheared, but they can also regrow their wool by eating grass, which is part of a plan to have animals stay in the game longer.|
|1.2.1||12w06a||Shears can now be used to harvest dead bushes.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Shears can now be bought from farmer villager for 3 emeralds each.|
|12w22a||Shears can be used to break tripwire string and not set it off.|
|1.4.2||12w38a||Added a sound when using shears on sheep.|
|1.4.6||12w50a||Shears can now be enchanted.|
|1.8||14w02a||Trading changed: Shepherd villagers now sell shears for 3–4 emeralds each. Farmers no longer trade shears.|
|pre1||Shears now lose durability when breaking wool blocks. In previous versions shears only took durability damage when they destroyed or broke tall grass or leaves, the damage remaining the same for all other blocks.|
|1.9||15w34a||Shears may be used in a crafting grid to zoom in maps.|
|15w45a||Shears no longer zoom in maps.|
|15w47b||Shears can no longer be enchanted with Silk Touch.|
|Shears now lose durability when used to break any block (formerly only lost durability on leaves, web, grass, vines, tripwire, and wool).|
|15w47c||Shears now harvest cobweb without requiring Silk Touch.|
|15w49a||Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.13||17w47a||When an un-carved pumpkin is right-clicked with a shear, it will now turn into a carved pumpkin and spit out 4 pumpkin seeds.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.2.0||Added shears to survival mode.|
|0.8.0||build 3||Added shears to creative mode.|
|0.12.1||build 3||Shearing a snow golem will remove its pumpkin (version exclusive).|
|0.15.0||build 1||Shears now lose durability when used to break any block.|
|1.1||build 3||Breaking a melon block with shears now always yields 9 melons.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU3||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added shears.|