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I am embarking on a construction project that will require hundreds and hundreds of blocks of colored wool. Thus far, after all my adventuring, I have about 70. Is there a way I can practically mass-produce wool? I don't want to have to roam around looking for 500 sheep.

Sheep seem to spawn and despawn randomly, and they don't breed on XBox, so I don't know if they are farmable. Even if they're not, is there a way to encourage them to spawn or congregate? Or, is there any other way to get wool?

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I don't have the Xbox edition, but I think that in the version of MC you're running there's no way to farm sheep - they don't regrow their wool so it's just a matter of hunting them down. Remember to dye sheep before killing them - it's more economical on dye. –  fredley Jul 24 '12 at 14:47
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In order to prevent animal abuse on the xbox, it it now more profitable to use shears rather than punching sheep in the face to get their wool. Just a heads up to all you sheep punchers out there. –  hammythepig Jul 24 '12 at 14:48
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@hammythepig Actually, murdering sheep would be better - after you've shorn them of course. As sheep don't regrow their wool you want more to spawn sooner, so reducing mob-count is more efficient! Face-punch away! –  fredley Jul 24 '12 at 15:52
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@QAdley You mean there is actually an excuse? :D You'd be an inspiration at our Sheep Punchers Anonymous meetings. 6 o'clock Thursdays. –  hammythepig Jul 24 '12 at 15:54
    
@hammythepig The murdererer the merrier. –  fredley Jul 24 '12 at 15:56
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  1. Create a well lit area of grass in the middle of a desert biome.
  2. Wait until nightfall.
  3. Many passive mobs will spawn, as it's the only place they can.
  4. Shear any sheep that spawn, then brutally murder them.
  5. Also brutally murder all other passive mobs, to up the spawn rate
  6. ???????
  7. Profit.
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desert biome, never thought of that. No one to hear them scream! ... or baaa –  hammythepig Jul 24 '12 at 15:59
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You can use wheat on them to make them breed with other sheep.

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Just get one wool and do what it tells you to do do and you will have a billion wool for ever.

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I appreciate the answer, but first off, this is a glitch at best, and cheating at worst. Second off, I believe this glitch was fixed in the July update and no longer works. –  Wikwocket Jul 28 '12 at 22:53
    
It still works for me but if you don't want to cheat that's fine I understand –  The deadric warrior Aug 22 '12 at 13:19
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Sheep will only spawn on grass blocks, so creating an area where the only grass blocks are in an enclosed area will ensure that you have a supply of sheep to shear.

I suggest an island or in the ocean to create you sheepy paradise.

If you were to set to a mob farmer you can separate your sheep and cows from other mobs using their size and floating abilities.

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Would a large underground area work, if I could get some grass down there? I have a great island but not sure if I want to pave over it. –  Wikwocket Jul 24 '12 at 19:09
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Sheep tend to spawn a lot more in mountainous regions and plains. Since sheep don't regrow their wool yet, the best method would be to use shears, kill them, then wait for more to respawn.

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