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In Minecraft 1.7, do I now have to kill sheep to collect wool?

I've not played Minecraft in a while so I'm not sure if this is new in 1.8, but I don't seem to have the shearing touch anymore with sheep. Is there a new way to get wool or do I have to murder all the sheep?

  • I think you mean "new in 1.7.3", the latest version as of today. I actually thought 1.8 might be out, and had to go check - nope. (I'd have tried an edit, but single-character edits 1.7->1.8 aren't allowed...) – Cyclops Sep 10 '11 at 12:58
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    @Cyclops While it's technically true that 1.8 hasn't been released, Notch and Jeb have confirmed that the buggy, unofficial 1.8 that's been circulating lately was deliberately leaked to whet peoples' appetites/locate additional bugs, and therefore the version number as listed is very possibly the one Rapida is actually playing. – jsnlxndrlv Sep 10 '11 at 14:15
  • Dang, I didn't get the memo - I'm out of the loop :( – Cyclops Sep 10 '11 at 14:26

In 1.7 the Shears got introduced. They will not only let you shear sheep, but also cut off leaves which you will be able to pick up and place again.


As of 1.7 you have to use shears to get more than 1 block of wool from a sheep; without shears you will have to kill the sheep to get only 1 block wool.

Shears are also the only legit way of obtaining leaves.

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