Shears are tools used primarily to shear sheep to get wool and mine a few types of blocks.
Obtaining [ edit ]
Crafting [ edit ]
Crafting recipe Description
The durability of the two shears is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.
Trading [ edit ]
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 ]
iron in its crafting recipe, it cannot be smelted into iron nuggets.
Shearing [ edit ]
Shears are the most efficient way to get
wool from a sheep, producing 1–3 wool. 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.
mooshroom drops 5 mushrooms of the same color and turns it into a normal cow.
pumpkin turns it into a carved pumpkin after dropping 4 pumpkin seeds in or 1-3 pumpkin seeds in Java Edition Bedrock Edition.
snow golem removes its pumpkin, dropping it.
Shearing either a
beehive or bee nest at honey level 5 drops 3 honeycombs. This does not break the hive or nest.
Minecraft Earth, shears can be used to get Buttercups from Mooblooms and Wool from Wooly Cows and variant Sheep.
Breaking Blocks [ edit ]
Shears can also be used to harvest
glow lichen, cobweb, leaves, tall grass, seagrass, ferns (both normal and 2-high), dead bushes, nether sprouts and vines. They can also be used to break Tripwire connected to a Tripwire Hook without activating it.
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, sapling, apple).
↑ Breaking cobwebs with a sword is as fast as breaking with shears, and yields string. This costs double durability.
Bedrock Edition, the item drops when breaking it with fists.
↑ Using shears does not trigger a redstone pulse.
Enchantments [ edit ]
Shears can receive the following
enchantments via an anvil.
Data values [ edit ]
Name Namespaced ID Form Translation key Shears
Name Namespaced ID Numeric ID Form Translation key Shears
Achievements [ edit ]
Achievement In-game description
Actual requirements (if different)
Trophy type (PS)
Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. — 15G Bronze
This video is outdated, since snow golems drop carved pumpkins when sheared, and cobwebs drop itself when broken with shears
History [ edit ]
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 detonate only with redstone or fire.
Java Edition Beta 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 Beta 1.9 Prerelease Shears now harvest red mushrooms from a mooshroom and turn it back into a normal cow.
1.1 11w49a Sheep 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 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 would take durability damage only when destroyed or when breaking 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 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 lost durability only from 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 shears are used on an un-carved pumpkin, it now turns into a carved pumpkin and drops 4 pumpkin seeds.
Prior to , this The Flattening item's numeral ID was 359. 1.14 18w43a Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.
The texture of shears has been changed.
1.15 19w34a Shears can now be used on bee nests and beehives to harvest honeycomb.
1.16 20w15a Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear mooshrooms and snow golems.
1.16.2 pre1 Shears are now required in order to pick up roots.
pre2 Shears are no longer required to tick up roots.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.2.0 Added shears.
v0.3.2 Survival players no longer start out with infinite durability shears in the inventory.
v0.4.0 Removed shears from the creative inventory.
v0.8.0 build 3 Readded shears to creative mode.
v0.9.0 build 1 Shears can now be used to transform mooshrooms into cows. v0.12.1 build 3 Shearing a snow golem now removes its pumpkin.
Shears can now be enchanted in an anvil.
v0.13.0 build 1 Shears can now be used to break tripwire string without triggering it.
v0.15.0 build 1 Shears 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 now always drop 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.
? Shears now harvest cobweb without requiring Silk Touch. 1.10.0 beta 18.104.22.168 Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.
The texture of shears has been changed.
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 cost only 2 emeralds.
1.14.0 beta 188.8.131.52 Shears can now be used on bee nests and beehives to harvest honeycomb.
Legacy Console Edition
TU3 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 1.0.1 Added shears.
TU69 1.76 Patch 38 Shears can now be used to turn regular pumpkins into carved pumpkins. 1.90 The texture of shears has been changed.
Shears placed in a dispenser can now shear sheep.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added shears.
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Gallery [ edit ]
An enchanted pair of shears.
References [ edit ]