How to Make a Shield in Minecraft – Complete Guide

Want to learn how to make a shield in Minecraft? Shields are a state of the art defensive tool to aid in pixelated combat, used instead of blocking with swords. Minecraft shields are not upgradable, so it’s one size fits all, but they can be customized using a Minecraft banner.

Minecraft shields will completely negate all front-facing attacks of up to four damage, with the shield taking damage equal to the strength of the attack if the incoming attack exceeds that value. Minecraft shields can be used to deflect some incoming attacks, including arrows that will ricochet and deal damage back at the enemy who fired it, and melee combat which will knock an enemy backward.

All non-damage effects through a ranged attack, such as being set on fire or poisoned by an arrow, are prevented when blocking with the shield. Knockback from melee attacks or projectiles is negated, except explosions, which are reduced to one block or less. Find out how to create, customize, and enchant your shield in Minecraft with these handy tips on creating a Minecraft banner.

How To Make A Shield In Minecraft Pe
How To Make A Shield In Minecraft Pe

How to Craft Minecraft Banners

Crafting a banner in Minecraft is easy, although there are countless designs to choose from, which makes it a little bit tricky. First, you’ll want plenty of wool and one stick. Go into your crafting table screen and arrange the pieces with the stick in the bottom middle slot, and the top six slots all occupied by wool. To choose a design, you need to craft a loom, interact with it, place the banner in the full left space, and any dye materials in the top-right slot, which should bring up a menu of possible designs. Alternatively, you can use the crafting table and arrange dyes around your banner until you find the pattern that’s right for you.

Minecraft Banner Patterns

There are a vast number of Minecraft banner patterns out there, from simple brickwork backgrounds to skull and crossbones designs, and you can even match the two. Most patterns and designs are easy to figure out by simply arranging your dyes around the banner in various quantities and positions, but here are some more complex banner patterns:

  • Brickwork pattern: combine brick block and banner
  • Colorful brickwork pattern: combine brick block, dye, and banner
  • Fancy border: mix dye, vine, and banner
  • Creeper face: incorporate Creeper head and flag (paint optional)
  • Skull and crossbones: combine Wither head and banner
  • Flower: combine oxeye daisy and banner
  • Mojang logo: mix an enchanted golden apple and banner

Remember, you can mix and match any of these designs by simply layering over the top of your banner with a new system, meaning you can mix borders, colors, and logos.

Minecraft Banner Letters

If you get creative, then you can even create letters for your Minecraft banners. While the limited space means it’s hard to make every letter convincingly, but most are possible, so if you want your initial on your shield, it’s doable. Although bear in mind you’ll need a lot of resources for these designs.

Minecraft Shield Recipe

If you require to create a shield from scratch, you’ll need the following seven ingredients for your Minecraft shield recipe:

  • Six wood planks
  • One iron ingot

Arrange your six wood planks into a Y shape in your crafting grid and then place the iron ingot into the top slot. If you have a damaged shield, it can be repaired using either an anvil or by combining two damaged shields in your crafting grid.

How To Make A Custom Shield In Minecraft
How To Make A Custom Shield In Minecraft

How to Make a Shield in Minecraft

First off, the ability to customize shields is exclusive to Minecraft Java Edition, which is only available on PC. Console and Windows Edition players will not be able to customize their shields as the feature is not available on Bedrock Minecraft. But for Java players, the first step is acquiring a shield that requires six wooden planks and one iron ingot. The wood needs to be placed in a crafting table in the shape of a fork or a field goal with the iron ingot placed in the top middle space.

Next players will need to make a banner using six wool and one stick. The wool can be any color, but all six pieces need to be the same color. Place the wool in the top two rows of the crafting table and place the stick in the bottom middle slot. This will make a solid colored banner that players can customize by utilizing a loom. The loom is a work station that players can craft or find in a village. Using dyes, players can make different patterned banners.

All that’s left to do is put the shield and banner next to one another on the crafting bench and, voila, the player’s shield is not customized. Be wary, a shield that is destroyed will also destroy the banner. Players can make copies of their banners by placing a black banner next to an existing banner on a crafting table. The banners have to be the same base color, and the blank banner has to be free of any patterns.


[wps_faq style=”classic” question=”Q: Can you make a shield in Minecraft Pocket Edition?”]A: Shields are not available in Pockets Edition.[/wps_faq][wps_faq style=”classic” question=”Q: Can Shields enchant?”]A: You can enchant a shield that you are taking by using the enchant command. For instance, you can use the enchant command to enchant the shield that the player called DigMinecraft is holding with Unbreaking III. The order would result in the shield held by DigMinecraft to be enchanted with Unbreaking III.[/wps_faq][wps_faq style=”classic” question=”Q: How do you put a shield on a pattern?”]A: To make a custom shield, place one shield and one banner in the 3×3 crafting grid. When making a custom shield, the shield and banner must be placed in the exact pattern as the image below. In the second row, there should be one banner in the first box and one shield in the second box.[/wps_faq][wps_faq style=”classic” question=”Q: How do you build a skull banner in Minecraft?”]A; In the crafting menu, you should view a crafting area that is made up of a 3×3 crafting grid. To make the Skull Charge banner pattern, place one paper and 1 wither skeleton skull in the 3×3 crafting grid.[/wps_faq]

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