Shields are especially useful in 1.9+ PvP – they allow players to block attacks further and with greater purpose. With the 1.9 update to Minecraft, PvP took a drastic turn from rapid clicking to well-timed hits, making critical hits far more important in the game. Holding a shield to defend against any incoming Dual-wielding has never been an option in Minecraft until it was implemented as of Update 1.9, which came out in 2015.
Required Materials for Craft a Shield.
In order to create a shield, you will need:
- 3 logs
- A furnace
- 1 coal (or other form of fuel)
- 1 iron ore
To create a shield, the first item you will need is a crafting table. The starting step to create a crafting table is converting logs into wooden planks.
To make wooden planks, first place collected logs into the appropriate slots in the crafting table located on the survival inventory screen.
A crafting table is a common starting point in Minecraft for any player. This guide provides more information on how to make one in Minecraft, for this you need to convert logs into wooden planks.
You will need a crafting table to make the pickaxe for collecting your first piece of cobblestone. Then you can use them to craft a furnace.
To make a pickaxe, the first thing that you must do is create sticks to attach to the handle. You can use your survival inventory crafting table or the table that you just created in order to make them.
To build a stick, put these two blocks of planks above each other on either the left or right side of the square.
Now you’ll create a pickaxe to use for collecting cobblestone. This can be possible by interacting with a crafting table. First, put three planks on the top of the crafting GUI and then place two sticks under the middle plank. This will create your new pickaxe for collecting cobblestones to make a furnace!
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Next you need to find some coal and iron.
Collecting iron ore is a necessary part of this recipe, but it’s recommended that you collect as much of it as possible. To collect iron ores you need to use a stone pickaxe.
To create a stone pickaxe, follow the same recipe as before but use cobblestone instead of wood. An example is provided below.
Iron and coal are a common resource and can be found in caves, cliffsides, or rock-topped biomes.
Once coal is found, mine it, start looking for iron.
Iron ore is mined in the same locations as coal, and can be found very easily both at or near the surface as well below.
Once you’ve searched for your iron, you have to smelt it.
To smelt, Use your furnace to turn the iron into ingots.
Open the furnace GUI
To smelt iron, place the item in the top slot.
Then fill up your form of fuel (i.e., coal) in the bottom slot.
Collect your iron after the progress bar fills.
After you have your iron ingot, you can finally make your shield!
How to Create a Shield in Minecraft?
A shield can be crafted in the crafting area. There will need to be an iron ingot placed in the second slot of row one, while all other slots are filled by planks. Once complete, you’ll have to move it into your inventory.
Step-by-step pictorial guide to crafting a shield in Minecraft:
Place your planks in a Y-shape in the crafting table, filling all spots of row one with wood and every other spot (except the center) of row two. Fill the center of row three with an iron ingot
This will make a shield!
What can you do with a shield?
Shields are used to protect against both melee and ranged attacks. Raising your shield when a skeleton shoots an arrow at you will prevent you from taking damage.
Each hit to the shield decreases its durability, so make sure you pay attention to your defense.
Congratulations! You have now made a shield. Shields protect you from enemies during your adventures and are great for exploring any world.