Shears

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Shears
Shears TextureUpdate.png
Type

Tools

Rarity

Common

Durability

238

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

No

Sounds
Data value

dec: 359 hex: 167 bin: 101100111

Namespaced ID

shears

Shears are a tool used primarily to shear sheep and mine a few types of blocks.

Obtaining[edit]

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Shears Iron Ingot

Shears Damaged Shears


The durability of the two shears is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.‌[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only][upcoming: JE 1.14.3]

Trading[edit]

Novice-level Shepherd villagers have a 40% chance to sell shears for 2 emeralds in Java Edition, and the trade is always offered in Bedrock Edition.

Natural generation[edit]

Shears can be found in 12.3% of village shepherd chests in groups of 1.

Usage[edit]

Despite using iron in its crafting recipe, it cannot be smelted into iron nuggets.[1]

Shearing[edit]

Shears are the most efficient way to get wool from sheep, producing 1–3 wool blocks (as opposed to killing a sheep which produces only 1 wool block).

Shears can also be used to harvest cobweb, leaves, tall grass, seagrass, ferns (both normal and 2-high), dead bushes and vines. Also, leaves harvested by shears do not decay when placed.

Shearing a red mooshroom drops 5 red mushrooms and turns it into a normal cow.

Shearing a brown mooshroom drops 5 brown mushrooms and turns it into a normal cow.

Shearing a tripwire connected to tripwire hooks doesn't trigger them.

Shearing a pumpkin will turn it into a carved pumpkin after dropping 4 pumpkin seeds.

Shearing a snow golem will remove its pumpkin, without dropping the pumpkin.

Speed and durability[edit]

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
Cobweb 20 s [note 1] 0.4 s
Dead Bush 0 s 0 s
Fern 0 s 0 s
Grass 0 s 0 s
Leaves 0.3 s 0.05 s
Tripwire 0 s 0 s [note 2]
Vines 0.3 s 0.35 s
Wool 1.2 s 0.25 s
Red Mooshroom or Brown Mooshroom 5 Red Mushroom or Brown Mushroom
Seagrass 0 s 0 s
Sheep 1–3 Wool
  1. Breaking cobwebs with a sword is as fast as breaking with shears, and yields string. This costs double durability.
  2. Using shears won't trigger a redstone pulse.

Enchantments[edit]

Shears can receive the following enchantments, but only through an anvil.

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Have a Shearful DayUse Shears to obtain wool from a sheep.YesYesYesYes15GBronze

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
June 3, 2011Shears 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".
June 7, 2011Jeb tweets about how shears were originally planned as a way to defuse TNT, but he dropped this shortly after deciding TNT would only detonate with redstone or fire.
1.7 Shears have been introduced into the game.
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.
1.8Pre-releaseShears can now be used to harvest a fern, vines and grass.
Java Edition
1.0.0?Shears will now harvest red mushrooms from a mooshroom and turn it back into a normal cow.
1.111w49aSheep will now 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.[2]
1.2.112w06aShears can now be used to harvest dead bushes.
1.3.112w21aShears can now be bought from farmer villagers for 3 emeralds each.
12w22aShears can now be used to break tripwire string and not set it off.
1.4.212w38aAdded a sound when using shears on sheep.
1.4.612w50aShears can now be enchanted.
1.814w02aTrading has been changed: Shepherd villagers will now sell shears for 3–4 emeralds each.
Farmers will now no longer trade shears.
pre1Shears will now lose durability when breaking wool blocks. In previous versions, shears would only take durability damage when they became destroyed or broke tall grass or leaves, the damage remaining the same for all other blocks.[3]
1.915w34aShears may now be used in a crafting grid to zoom in maps.
15w45aShears will now no longer zoom in maps.
15w47bShears can now no longer be enchanted with Silk Touch.
Shears will now lose durability when used to break any block (formerly only lost durability on leaves, web, grass, vines, tripwire and wool).
15w47cShears will now harvest cobweb without requiring Silk Touch.
15w49aSnow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.
1.1317w47aWhen an un-carved pumpkin is right-clicked with shears, it will now turn into a carved pumpkin and spit out 4 pumpkin seeds.
Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 359.
1.1418w43aShears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.
Shears TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of shears.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added shears to survival mode.
0.8.0build 3Added shears to creative mode.
0.9.0build 1Shears can now be used to transform mooshrooms into cows.
0.12.1build 3Shearing a snow golem will now remove its pumpkin.
Shears can now be enchanted in an anvil.
0.13.0build 1Shears can now be used to break tripwire string without triggering it.
0.15.0build 1Shears will now lose durability when used to break any block.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha 1.0.4.0Shears can now be bought from shepherd villagers.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Breaking a melon block with shears will now always yield 9 melons.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.13.8Shears can now be used to turn un-carved pumpkins into carved pumpkin and spit out 4 pumpkin seeds.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.
Shears TextureUpdate.png Changed the texture of shears.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Shears can now be found in village shepherd houses.
beta 1.11.0.4Shears sold by shepherd villagers now only cost 2 emeralds.
Legacy Console Edition
TU3CU11.0Patch 1 Added shears.
TU691.76Shears can now be used to turn regular pumpkins into carved pumpkins. It will spit out only one piece of pumpkin seeds, unlike Java and Bedrock Editions.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added shears.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Shears" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

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