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Shears are a type of Tool added in Update 0.2.0.


Shears are mainly obtained through Crafting. After Update 1.0.4, Shears can be Traded for using Emeralds.



Shears have many uses:

  • Shears are used to harvest Wool from Sheep without killing them. Upon shearing a Sheep, the Player will get 1-3 Wool, with the color of the Wool depending on the color of the Sheep Sheared.
  • Shears are the only way to harvest LeavesVines, Dead Bushes, Tall Grass, and Ferns to obtain them as a placeable Block.
  • Shears can be used on a Snow Golem to remove the Pumpkin from its head.
    • Doing this drops the Pumpkin.
  • Shears can be used on Mooshrooms to turn them into Cows and obtain Mushrooms.
  • When used to destroy Wool Blocks, Shears are the fastest and take no durability damage while doing so.
  • Shears can remove String from Tripwire Hooks without activating it.
  • Shears can be used on melon blocks to get 9 melons from it, opposed to only up to 7 without them.
  • After Update 1.3, shears will be usable on pumpkins to turn them into Carved Pumpkins. When doing this, pumpkin seeds will be dropped.


  • Shears break Stone slightly faster than hand, due to Shears being an Iron Tool.
    • However, the Block itself will not drop if the Player does this.
  • Bedrock Exclusive: Until Minecraft Java Edition  1.9, and as of Update 0.12.1, Shears can be used to remove the head of a Snow Golem.
  • Shears make a snipping sound when used after Update 0.12.1.
  • Shears cannot be Enchanted through Enchantment Tables, but can be though Anvils and Enchanted Books.
    • However, they can only be Enchanted using the Unbreaking, Mending, and Efficiency enchantments.
  • Unlike most tools, Shears don't lose durability when breaking Blocks they aren't meant for, such as Glowstone, Glass and so on.
  • If a Dispenser containing a Shear is activated when a sheep is in front of the Dispenser, the sheep will be sheared leaving the pieces of wool on the floor.

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