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Shears are tools required to obtain some organic blocks or otherwise mine them faster as well as to shear certain entities and 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.

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


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

Chest loot[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Shears Village Shepherd's chest 1 12.3%
Bedrock Edition
Shears Village Shepherd's chest 1 12.3%



Shears lose 1 durability when used to shear something.

Shears can be used on a sheep to remove its coat and drop 1–3 wool of the corresponding color. The same sheep can be sheared again after it eats from a grass block to regenerate its coat.

Shearing a mooshroom drops 5 mushrooms of the corresponding color and irreversibly turns it into a normal cow.

Shearing a snow golem irreversibly removes its pumpkin, dropping it and revealing its face.

Shearing either a beehive or bee nest that is full of honey makes it drop 3 honeycombs and resets it to honey level 0. The same beehive or bee nest can be sheared again if it is able to reach full honey again. If sheared by hand without a campfire below the hive or nest all bees within will exit and all nearby bees will attack the offending player.

Dispensers can use shears in any of the above listed ways, interacting with any valid block or entity in front of the dispenser's face. This decreases the shears' durability. A dispenser shearing a beehive or bee nest will not anger bees or cause them to leave even if there is not a campfire below it.

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

In Java Edition, shearing the tip of cave vines, kelp, weeping vines, or twisting vines sets its age value to 25 and stops further growth.

Breaking blocks[]

Shears use 1 durability when is used to break any block, even if it breaks instantly by hand.

Shears can be used to harvest cobwebs, leaves, grass, tall grass, seagrass, tall seagrass, ferns, large ferns, dead bushes, nether sprouts, vines, glow lichen or hanging roots and obtain them in item form. They can also be used to break tripwire connected to a tripwire hook without activating it.

When shears are used to break weeping vines or twisting vines they are guaranteed to drop in item form instead of the usual 33% chance. This only applies to vines directly broken by shears and not vines that are broken due to the destruction of their supporting vines.

The following table shows information about blocks that can be broken with shears. 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, saplings, apples).
  • Red: Nothing.
No shears breaking time Shears breaking time
Cobweb 20 s[note 1] 0.4 s
Dead Bush 0 s 0 s
Fern 0 s 0 s
Grass 0 s 0 s
Nether Sprouts 0 s[note 2] 0 s
Leaves 0.35 s 0.05 s
Tripwire 0 s 0 s[note 3]
Vines 0.35 s 0.35 s
Wool 1.25 s 0.25 s
Seagrass 0 s 0 s
Glow Lichen 0.3 s 0.3 s
Hanging Roots 0 s 0 s
Twisting Vines
Weeping Vines
0 s 0 s[note 4]
  1. Breaking cobwebs with a sword is as fast as breaking with shears, and yields string. This costs double durability.
  2. In Bedrock Edition, the item drops when breaking it with fists.
  3. Using shears does not trigger a redstone pulse.
  4. Using shears will increase the chance of dropping from 33% to 100%.


Shears can receive the following enchantments:

Name Max Level Method
Efficiency V
Unbreaking III
Mending I
Curse of Vanishing I
Silk Touch[BE only] I


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Shears clickPlayersWhen a mooshroom is shearedentity.mooshroom.shearsubtitles.item.shears.shear1.01.016
Shears clickPlayersWhen a sheep is shearedentity.sheep.shearsubtitles.item.shears.shear1.01.016
Shears clickPlayersWhen a snow golem is shearedentity.snow_golem.shearsubtitles.item.shears.shear1.01.016
Plant croppedBlocksWhen a growing plant is croppedblock.growing_plant.cropsubtitles.block.growing_plant.crop1.01.016
Shears scrapeBlocksWhen honeycombs are harvested from a beehiveblock.beehive.shearsubtitles.block.beehive.shear0.81.0/0.8/0.916
Shears carveBlocksWhen a pumpkin is carvedblock.pumpkin.carvesubtitles.block.pumpkin.carve1.01.016
Item breaksPlayersWhen a pair of shears' durability is exhaustedentity.item.breaksubtitles.entity.item.break0.80.8-1.216

Bedrock Edition:
Pumpkins do not have carve sounds.

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
PlayersWhen something is shearedmob.sheep.shear1.01.0
BlocksWhen honeycombs are harvested from a beehiveblock.beehive.shear0.80.8-1.0
PlayersWhen a pair of shears' durability is exhaustedrandom.break1.00.9

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormTranslation key


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other
Have a Shearful DayUse Shears to obtain wool from a sheep.15GBronze


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.
Java Edition Beta
1.7Shears JE1 BE1 Added shears.
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
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseShears 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]
1.2.112w05aShears can now be used to harvest dead bushes.
12w06aShears are now renewable, due to zombies occassionally dropping iron ingots.
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 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 golem's 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 JE2 BE2 The texture of shears has been changed.
18w49aShears can now be found in chests in village shepherd houses.
1.1519w34aShears can now be used on bee nests and beehives to harvest honeycomb.
1.1620w15aShears placed in a dispenser can now shear mooshrooms and snow golems.
1.16.2pre1Shears are now required in order to pick up roots.
pre2Shears are no longer required to pick up roots.
1.17?Shears are now required in order to pick up hanging roots.
1.1821w37aShears can now stop cave vines, kelp, weeping vines, and twisting vines from aging.
1.1922w11aShears are now required in order to pick up mangrove leaves.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.2.0Shears JE1 BE1 Added shears.
v0.3.2Survival players no longer start out with infinite durability shears in the inventory.
v0.4.0Removed shears from the creative inventory.
v0.8.0build 3Re-added shears to creative mode.
v0.9.0build 1Shears can now be used to transform mooshrooms into cows.
v0.12.1build 3Shearing a snow golem now removes its pumpkin.
Shears can now be enchanted in an anvil.
v0.13.0build 1Shears can now be used to break tripwire string without triggering it.
v0.15.0build 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 JE2 BE2 The texture of shears has 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
TU3CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Shears JE1 BE1 Added shears.
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Shears can now be used to turn regular pumpkins into carved pumpkins.
1.90 Shears JE2 BE2 The texture of shears has been changed.
Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Shears JE1 BE1 Added shears.


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