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Minecraft Shields

There are so many different types of tools in Minecraft. There are some tools that help you get materials like pickaxes and shovels. There are also combat tools. You can also construct offensive items such as swords and bows. There is also a defensive item that you can craft. This is the shield. Shields are great items to create to block damage from mobs. In this guide, you are going to learn how to craft and use a shield in Minecraft.

Required Materials to Craft a Shield

  1. 6 wooden planks
  2. 1 iron ingot

How to Craft a Shield In Minecraft

The first thing that you have to do to craft a shield is to get some wooden planks. It is really easy to get wooden planks. To get wooden planks, all you need to do is punch a tree and get oak wood. You can then turn one piece of oak wood into four wooden planks in your crafting table. Make sure you get 2 pieces of wood so that you can have enough wooden planks. This will craft eight wooden planks so you will have two extra left over.

Crafting a wooden plank in Minecraft


Now that you have your six wooden planks, all you need to do is get an iron ingot. To get an iron ingot, you need a stone pickaxe. To get a stone pickaxe, you are going to need to get a wooden pickaxe. To get a wooden pickaxe, all you need to do is get two sticks and three wooden planks. Take these items to your crafting table and follow the crafting recipe below.

Crafting a wooden pickaxe

The next pickaxe in line is the stone pickaxe. To make a stone pickaxe, you actually have to use a wooden pickaxe. You only need three pieces of cobblestone and to get that, you have to mine three pieces of stone in a cave. Caves are lined with stone so it shouldn’t be difficult at all to get stone. The stone in a cave will be any of the gray blocks that you see below.

Minecraft Cave

Once you have obtained three cobblestones, and of course two sticks, you can head back to your crafting table. Each pickaxe has the same recipe but you just have to switch the crafting material. In this case, instead of wooden planks, you are using cobblestone blocks. You can use the recipe below to craft a stone pickaxe.

Crafting a stone pickaxe

Now that you have your stone pickaxe, you need to go mining. In your cave, you need to find one block of iron ore. Once you have mined your one iron ore, you need to get eight pieces of cobblestone and make a furnace. Then, you need to smelt your iron ore into an iron ingot in the furnace. One iron ore will turn into one iron ingot. Now that you have your iron ingot and your six wooden planks, make your way to your crafting table. You can follow the crafting recipe below to craft your shield.

crafting a shield in Minecraft

How to Use a Shield in Minecraft


Congratulations, you have successfully crafted your shield in Minecraft. Now let’s learn how to use it. To use your shield, you want to put it in your offhand. To do this, press “E” and it will open your inventory. You are going to way to put the shield in the slot in the center of the screen, to the right of your player model. That is the offhand slot in Minecraft.

How to Use a Shield in Minecraft

Now that you have your shield in your offhand, all you need to do is right-click. Holding right-click will make you hold your shield in front of you. Now, the damage that mobs will try to inflict on you will be either reduced or negated.

How to Make a Custom Shield in Minecraft

Making a custom shield is really easy in Minecraft. All you have to do is combine a shield in your crafting table with a banner. Doing this will place the banner on your shield.

How to Repair a Shield in Minecraft

To repair your shield, all you have to do is combine them together in your crafting table. This will combine the two shield’s durability. The combined shield will lose its pattern if it has one on it.


Q. What is the best enchantment for a shield?

The two best shield enchantments are either mending or unbreaking. Mending makes the shield repair itself when you gain experience. Unbreaking will give the shield more durability and therefore it can take more hits.

Q. How many hits can a shield take in Minecraft?

A shield has 337 durability points without any enchantments on it.


Now that you have successfully learned how to construct and use a shield, you can use it to block damage from other Mobs. You can use it to block the explosion of a creeper or deflect arrows from skeletons. Make sure you craft a shield so that you can save yourself.


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