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How to make a Shield in Minecraft

This Minecraft tutorial explains how to craft a shield with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.

In Minecraft, a shield is a defensive item and is one of the many items of armor that you can make. It is used to protect a player against attacks.

Let’s explore how to make a shield.

Supported Platforms

A shield is available in the following versions of Minecraft:

PlatformSupported (Version*) Java Edition (PC/Mac)Yes (1.9) Pocket Edition (PE)Yes (1.10.0) Xbox 360No Xbox OneYes (1.10.0) PS3No PS4Yes (1.90) Wii UNo Nintendo SwitchYes (1.10.0) Windows 10 EditionYes (1.10.0) Education EditionYes (1.12.0)

* The version that it was added or removed, if applicable.NOTE: Pocket Edition (PE), Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows 10 Edition are now called Bedrock Edition. We will continue to show them individually for version history.

Where to find a Shield in Creative Mode

Required Materials to make a Shield

In Minecraft, these are the materials you can use to craft a shield:

How to craft a Shield in Survival Mode

1. Open the Crafting Menu

First, open your crafting table so that you have the 3×3 crafting grid that looks like this:

3x3 crafting area

2. Add Items to make a Shield

In the crafting menu, you should see a crafting area that is made up of a 3×3 crafting grid. To make a shield, place 1 iron ingot and 6 wood planks in the 3×3 crafting grid.

When crafting with wood planks, you can use any kind of wood planks, such as oak, spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, dark oak, mangrove, bamboo, crimson, warped or cherry planks. In our example, we are using oak planks.

When making a shield, it is important that the iron ingot and wood planks are placed in the exact pattern as the image below. In the first row, there should be 1 wood planks in the first box, 1 iron ingot in the second box and 1 wood planks in the third box. In the second row, there should be 3 wood planks. In the third row, there should be 1 wood planks in the second box. This is the Minecraft crafting recipe for a shield.

Now that you have filled the crafting area with the correct pattern, the shield will appear in the box to the right.

3. Move the Shield to Inventory

Once you have crafted a shield, you need to move the new item to your inventory.

Congratulations, you have made a shield in Minecraft! Now customize it with patterns, stripes and colors.

Item ID and Name

Give Command for Shield

Enchantments for Shield

In Minecraft, you can enchant a shield with the following enchantments:

Enchantment Description Curse of Vanishing Cursed item will disappear after player dies Mending Uses xp to mend your tools, weapons and armor Unbreaking Increases durability of item, in effect, by decreasing the chance of the tool, weapon, or armor taking durability damage when used

See a complete list of Minecraft Enchantments that is interactive and searchable.

Things to Make with Shields

You can use shields to make items in Minecraft such as:

Things to Do with Shields

Here are some activities that you can do with shields in Minecraft:

Command Generators

If you need help, you can use this tool to automatically generate custom shield commands for you: