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Data value

dec: 359 hex: 167 bin: 101100111



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



Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Iron Ingot

Damaged Shears

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.



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

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

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

In Bedrock Edition, shearing a melon block will drop all 9 melon pieces.

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

20 s [note 1] 0.4 s

Dead Bush
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

Red Mushroom

  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, but only through an anvil.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

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[1] 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".[1] 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.[2]
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 They can be used to harvest a fern, vines and grass.
Official release
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.[3]
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.[4]
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.
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.
Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 359.
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.
Pocket Edition
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.


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