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



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.


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.


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


Shears are the most efficient way to get wool from a sheep, producing 1–3 wool blocks. The same sheep can be sheared again after it eats from a grass block to regenerate its wool. In contrast, killing the sheep yields only 1 non-renewable 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 mooshroom drops 5 mushrooms of the same color, and turns it into a normal cow.

Shearing a tripwire connected to a tripwire hook does not trigger it.

Shearing a pumpkin turns it into a carved pumpkin after dropping 4 pumpkin seeds.

Shearing a snow golem removes its pumpkin, without dropping the pumpkin.

Shearing either a beehive or bee nest at honey level 5 drops 3 honeycombs.

Speed and durability[edit]

This section needs more information.
Information requested: missing pumpkin

The following table shows information about items on which shears can be used. Colors indicate what gets 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 Using with shears
Bee nest or Beehive 3 Honeycomb
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.


Shears can receive the following enchantments via an anvil.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Shears click entity.mooshroom.shear subtitles.item.shears.shear ? ? ? 16
Shears click entity.sheep.shear subtitles.item.shears.shear ? ? ? 16
Shears click entity.snow_golem.shear subtitles.item.shears.shear ? ? ? 16
Shears scrape block.beehive.shear subtitles.block.beehive.shear ? ? ? 16
No subtitle block.pumpkin.carve (Plays when carving pumpkin) ? ? ? 16


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Have a Shearful DayUse Shears to obtain wool from a sheep.15GBronze



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 detonate only with redstone or fire.
1.7Shears Revision 1.png 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 now harvest red mushrooms from a mooshroom and turn it back into a normal cow.
1.111w49aSheep 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 now been changed: Shepherd villagers now sell shears for 3–4 emeralds each.
Farmers no longer trade shears.
pre1Shears now lose durability when breaking wool blocks. In previous versions, shears would take durability damage only when destroyed or when breaking 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 no longer zoom in maps.
15w47bShears can no longer be enchanted with Silk Touch.
Shears now lose durability when used to break any block (formerly lost durability only from leaves, web, grass, vines, tripwire and wool).
15w47cShears now harvest cobweb without requiring Silk Touch.
15w49aSnow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.
1.1317w47aWhen shears are used on an un-carved pumpkin, it now turns into a carved pumpkin and drops 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.png The texture of shears has now been changed.
1.1519w34aShears can now be used on bee nests and beehives to harvest honeycomb.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0Shears Revision 1.png 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 now removes 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 now lose durability when used to break any block.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4alpha can now be bought from shepherd villagers.
1.1.0alpha a melon block with shears now always drop 9 melons.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta can now be used to turn un-carved pumpkins into carved pumpkin and spit out 4 pumpkin seeds.
?Shears now harvest cobweb without requiring Silk Touch.
1.10.0beta placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.
Shears.png The texture of shears has now been changed.
1.11.0beta can now be found in village shepherd houses.
beta sold by shepherd villagers now cost only 2 emeralds.
1.14.0beta can now be used on bee nests and beehives to harvest honeycomb.
Legacy Console Edition
TU3CU11.0Patch 1Shears Revision 1.png Added shears.
TU691.76Shears can now be used to turn regular pumpkins into carved pumpkins. It drops only one piece of pumpkin seeds, unlike Java and Pocket editions.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Shears.png The texture of shears has now been changed.
Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Shears Revision 1.png Added shears.


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