dec: 359 hex: 167 bin: 101100111
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.
Shears can be found in 12.3% of village shepherd chests in groups of 1.
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|
|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|
- 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|
|Java Edition Beta|
|June 3, 2011||Shears 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, 2011||Jeb 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.|
|1.8||Pre-release||Shears can now be used to harvest a fern, vines and grass.|
|1.0.0||?||Shears will now harvest red mushrooms from a mooshroom and turn it back into a normal cow.|
|1.1||11w49a||Sheep 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.|
|1.2.1||12w06a||Shears can now be used to harvest dead bushes.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Shears can now be bought from farmer villagers for 3 emeralds each.|
|12w22a||Shears can now 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 has been changed: Shepherd villagers will now sell shears for 3–4 emeralds each.|
|Farmers will now no longer trade shears.|
|pre1||Shears 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.|
|1.9||15w34a||Shears may now be used in a crafting grid to zoom in maps.|
|15w45a||Shears will now no longer zoom in maps.|
|15w47b||Shears 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).|
|15w47c||Shears will now harvest cobweb without requiring Silk Touch.|
|15w49a||Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.|
|1.13||17w47a||When 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.|
|1.14||18w43a||Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.|
|Changed the texture of shears.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.2.0||Added shears to survival mode.|
|0.8.0||build 3||Added shears to creative mode.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Shears can now be used to transform mooshrooms into cows.|
|0.12.1||build 3||Shearing a snow golem will now remove its pumpkin.|
|Shears can now be enchanted in an anvil.|
|0.13.0||build 1||Shears can now be used to break tripwire string without triggering it.|
|0.15.0||build 1||Shears will now lose durability when used to break any block.|
|1.0.4||alpha 188.8.131.52||Shears can now be bought from shepherd villagers.|
|1.1.0||alpha 184.108.40.206||Breaking a melon block with shears will now always yield 9 melons.|
|1.4.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Shears can now be used to turn un-carved pumpkins into carved pumpkin and spit out 4 pumpkin seeds.|
|1.10.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.|
|Changed the texture of shears.|
|1.11.0||beta 22.214.171.124||Shears can now be found in village shepherd houses.|
|beta 126.96.36.199||Shears sold by shepherd villagers now only cost 2 emeralds.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU3||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added shears.|
|TU69||1.76||Shears 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|
|1.90||Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|