Among the most exciting new items in Minecraft 1.9 are the Shields that can now be crafted.
You might see a number of outdated recipes out there, as crafting shields changed a lot in the preview phases, but this is how Mojand decided shields should be crafted:
1.8 meets 1.9: you can place your Banner design on a shield by simply combining the tow together.
Using a shield will help to protect you against any attack coming from in front of you.
To use a shield, right click. When using a shield:
- damage from melee (or hand-to-hand) attacks will be reduced by 66%
- you will take no damage from projectiles such as arrows
- you will be protected from some other attacks suck as flame or punch effects on arrows
- your movement will be slowed as if you were sneaking
Sound good? It should - especially since Skeletons seem to have become a lot harder to fight in the new update. However, there are some complications, such as even if you have a shield equipped in your Off hand, you may not be able to use it with your main hand.