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Update 0.2.0

Shears are a type of Tool in Minecraft Pocket Edition that were 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 in Minecraft Pocket Edition:

  • 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 on its head.
  • 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 break Stone slightly faster than hand.
  • After Update 0.12.1, Shears can be used to remove the head of a Snow Golem. This is no longer a Version Exclusive feature as of PC Update 1.9. 
  • Shears are unique in that they are one of the few Tools that do not require a Stick to Craft, the others being Flint and SteelClocks, and Compasses.
  • 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 enchant.

Sword | Pickaxe | Axe | Shovel | Hoe | Flint and Steel | Shears | Compass | Clock | Carrot on a Stick | Fishing Rod

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