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Shears are tools used primarily to shear sheep to get wool and mine a few types of 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.


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[]

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%


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


Shearing is 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 wool block.

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

Shearing a pumpkin turns it into a carved pumpkin, dropping 4 pumpkin seeds in Java Edition or 1-3 pumpkin seeds in Bedrock Edition.

Shearing a snow golem removes its pumpkin, dropping it and revealing its true face. The snow golem cannot get its pumpkin back unless through a command, such as /data[Java Edition only].

Shearing either a beehive or bee nest at honey level 5 drops 3 honeycombs. This does not break the hive or nest.

Shears can shear sheep, snow golems, mooshrooms, beehives, and bee nests when dispensed using a dispenser. This decreases its durability.

Cropping growing plants[]

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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition. 

Using shears on the tip of cave vines, kelp, weeping vines, or twisting vines sets its age value to 25 and stops further growth, reducing the shears' durability by one point.

Breaking blocks[]

Shears can also be used to harvest blocks of wool, cobweb, leaves, grass (both normal and 2-high), seagrass (both normal and 2-high), ferns (both normal and 2-high), dead bushes, nether sprouts, vines, weeping vines, twisting vines, glow lichen and hanging roots. They can also be used to break tripwire connected to a tripwire hook without activating it.

When used to break weeping vines and twisting vines, the block always drops as an item, instead of a 33% chance by normal means.

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

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).
  • 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


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Shears clickPlayersPlays when shearing mooshroomsentity.mooshroom.shearsubtitles.item.shears.shear??16
Shears clickPlayersPlays when shearing sheepentity.sheep.shearsubtitles.item.shears.shear??16
Shears clickPlayersPlays when shearing snow golemsentity.snow_golem.shearsubtitles.item.shears.shear??16
Shears scrapeBlocksPlays when harvesting honeycombsblock.beehive.shearsubtitles.block.beehive.shear??16
Shears carveBlocksPlays when carving pumpkinblock.pumpkin.carvesubtitles.block.pumpkin.carve??16
Plant croppedBlocksPlays when cropping growing plantsblock.growing_plant.cropsubtitles.block.growing_plant.crop??16
Item breaksPlayersWhen durability is exhaustedentity.item.breaksubtitles.entity.item.break1.00.916

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


This video is outdated, since snow golems drop carved pumpkins when sheared, and cobwebs drop itself when broken with shears


This article is missing information about shears can use to pick up hanging roots. 
Please expand the article to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page.
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.png 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.
1.8Pre-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.
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.png 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.
1.1821w37aShears 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.png 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.png 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.png Added shears.
TU69 1.76 Patch 38Shears can now be used to turn regular pumpkins into carved pumpkins.
1.90 Shears JE2 BE2.png 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.png Added shears.


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