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Shields in Minecraft 1.9

Mar 9, 2016

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Among the most exciting new items in Minecraft 1.9 are the Shields that can now be crafted.

Crafting Shields

You might see a number of outdated recipes out there, as crafting shields changed a lot in the preview phases, but this is how Mojand decided shields should be crafted:

Decorating Shields

1.8 meets 1.9: you can place your Banner design on a shield by simply combining the tow together.

Using Shields

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.

The full details are on our new Shields page