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Do we need to bold every instance of the word "blocking?" If this is some convention feel free to correct me, but as it is, it makes it look a bit over-formatted imo. Cleverlynamed1 20:30, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

"Fixed". :) Calinou - talk × contribs » 20:32, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Blocking gives half damage.[edit]

I have just tested this with zombies, spiders and skeletons and I have found this to be true. I take ~1 heart from zombies, half a heart from spiders and 1 heart from skeleton arrows. I cannot cite this, but I can confirm it. The only thing I have not yet tested is a creeper blast. Can we remove [citation needed]? Cleverlynamed1 18:02, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Just tested against two creepers at once. Results: [1]. This was on Normal difficulty. Blocking with a sword halves creeper explosion damage as well as any other attack. --Nicoli20 22:39, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Merge with Sword article[edit]

We should merge this with the sword article. There isn't a "dispensing" article for the dispenser, so why not merge them? It's awkward to have a semi-explanation of blocking in the sword article so lets just move it –Preceding unsigned comment was added by Harishimomo13763 (talkcontribs) 01:17, 17 September 2011‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Blocking is a gameplay mechanic, like mining and crafting, allowing it to have its' own article. In accordance with your example, "dispensing" is not a gameplay mechanic, so therefore it must be in the dispenser article. I hope that clears things up. Soandso2 (talk) 05:40, 10 November 2013 (UTC)


Is this the official name of this feature? Blocking isn't really a thing you can do with a sword.

Swords can block. They're especially good at it in Minecraft. FatherToast 21:07, 21 September 2011 (UTC)
The word you're actually looking for is Parrying. I think we should change the name of this action before 1.9 is finally released to avoid further confusion. This following sentence is especially confusing "You can mine blocks while blocking" --NipplesOfTheFuture 23:03, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
No. Parrying is a fencing term with no relevance to Minecraft swords. You can't literally parry anything other than a sword, and you certainly can't get damaged (hit) by something you've parried. FatherToast 03:18, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

Blocking and Fall Damage[edit]

I tested out that fall damage is also affected when blocking, however the damage can only be reduced to a minimun of 1/2 a heart. The test also concluded that the damage blocked is always rounded up, not down, as the damage I took the first time was 2.5 hearts and when I fell a second time it was 1.5.

That is a bug that is fixed in 1.9-pre. FatherToast 14:06, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

Completely blocking arrows?[edit]

I was playing, and I noticed that sometimes when I block, skeleton arrows appear to hit me and fall down into the block below me, as if I were invincible. I was thinking this might be occur you block right before it hits you. However, I need to retest, because I was on a server and there was more than one skeleton on me. Anyone else feel free to test as well -Harishimomo (dont know how to sign cuz im a noobie to wiki)

Even slower movement posible[edit]

If you add lava on top of the cobweb, then its slower

  • But then you die. And how about just standing still?

-- 07:21, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Blocking reduces half a heart of damage?[edit]

At the top it says "Blocked attacks deal only half the normal damage they normally would." then under trivia it says "Blocking reduces half a heart of damage."

Which is it? Most of the page seems to indicate the damage is halved, not reduced by a half heart. Carstenk 20:07, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

Fixed. hotdogPi-t--c--Try my quiz! Do not click! 20:19, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

Blocking NBT Tag?[edit]

I'm trying to figure out the NBT tag for blocking. I want to testfor blocking players. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by Dalmationblack (talkcontribs) at 00:16, 15 August 2014 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

As far as I can tell, it's never stored as an NBT tag. -- Orthotopetalk 01:15, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Delete page or significant rewrite[edit]

Once the full 1.9 update is released, I'd request deleting this page as it will contain redundant and outdated information at that point, due to 1.9 removing blocking from swords. Or, my second suggestion, maybe the page can go under a significant rewrite to match the blocking definition for shields. --MarioProtIV (talk) 18:38, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Depends on exactly how shields are implemented, but I'd probably go for a rewrite. The previous behavior should be moved to the history section or to removed features, not deleted entirely. -- Orthotopetalk 21:39, 2 August 2015 (UTC)