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Version 0.2.0

Shears are a type of Tool in Minecraft Pocket Edition added in Update 0.2.0.


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 Sticks to Craft, the others being Flint and SteelClocks, and Compasses.
  • Shears make a snipping sound when used after Update 0.12.1.
  • Shears can be Enchanted through Anvils and Enchanted Books.

Sword | Pickaxe | Axe | Shovel | Hoe | Flint and Steel | Shears | Compass | Clock

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