Shears are one of the 8 types of tools.
The main use of Shears is to harvest Wool from Sheep without killing them. The Sheep will be rendered with no coat, but will grow it back after they eat Grass. Upon shearing a Sheep, you will get 1-3 Wool, the color of which will depend on the color of the Sheep sheared. Shears can also be used on Leaves, Vines and Tall Grass. When Leaves and Tall Grass are harvested with Shears, you will get a placable Leaf or Tall Grass block. Shears will dig Leaves and Wool faster than any other tool.
Shears are not used in any crafting recipes.
- Unlike most other tools, Shears only have one upgrade (pickaxes have wooden pickaxes, stone pickaxes, and so on while Shears only have one).
- Shears mine Stone faster than hand, however it's recommended to use a pickaxe as it's faster and the Stone is dropped.
- Shearing Sheep is more efficient than killing them, because if you were to kill a Sheep it would only drop 1 Wool upon death, while with Shears you can get from 1-3 Wool, and the Sheep will eventually regrow their Wool, making it renewable.
- Shears are unique in that they are one of two tools to not require Sticks to craft, the other being Flint and Steel.