Compared with a regular chest, a shulker box adds an extra level of convenience by remaining 'intact' (with all of the items still inside of it) when it is broken. It can be carried around with the items inside of it, and it can be placed in the world again with the items still inside of it as well. When it is pushed by a piston, it will be destroyed, but when it is dispensed by a dispenser, it will be placed, thus allowing redstone-powered shulker box "replacement systems" (with pistons, hoppers and dispensers) that cycles through various shulker boxes.
A shulker box can be dyed a particular color by placing it in a crafting table with a dye of a player's choice.
Shulker Boxes can be mined with any tool or by hand, but using a pickaxe is the quickest method.
Dyed shulker boxes can be undyed using a cauldron.[Java Edition only][upcoming: BE 1.16.0] To do this, use a dyed shulker box on a cauldron that has water in it. This causes the cauldron's water level to decrease by 1, and the shulker box loses its dye color.
|Shulker Box|| (Dyed) Shulker Box|
|None||Shulker Shell||None||None||Shulker Box||None|
|None||Chest||None||None||Any type of Dye||None|
- The shulker box cannot be crafted down the sides of the Crafting Table. The ingredients have to be down the middle.
- A shulker box cannot be placed inside a shulker box.
- When the shulker box is opened, the opening animation is the same as the shulker's attacking animation.
- When in Creative Mode and you have a shulker box full of items, break it, and it will duplicate.