Minecraft banners: how to create and customize Minecraft shields

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Do you want to learn how to create and customize your own Minecraft shields? Shields are a state-of-the-art defensive tool to aid in pixelated combat, used instead of blocking with swords. Minecraft shields are not upgradeable, so it comes in one size, but can be customized using a banner in Minecraft.

Minecraft shields will completely negate all frontal attacks with a maximum of 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 bounce and deal damage to the enemy who shot it, and hand-to-hand combat that will knock an enemy back.



All harmless effects caused by a ranged attack, such as being set on fire or poisoned by an arrow, are prevented when blocking with the shield. Knockback from melee or projectile attacks is canceled, with the exception of explosions, which are reduced to one block or less. Find out how to create, customize and enchant your shield in Minecraft with these practical tips.

Minecraft shield recipe

If you want to make a shield from scratch, you will need the following seven ingredients for your Minecraft shield recipe:

  • 6 wooden planks
  • 1 iron ingot

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

How to make a custom shield in Minecraft

You can use banners in Minecraft to create custom shields. Minecraft banners are made from wool and the color of the wool will affect the design of your banner. The banner can be placed on the shield in the crafting grid, side by side in the 3 × 3 grid, with the shield directly in the center and the banner on the left.



How to create Minecraft banners

Making a banner in Minecraft is easy, although there are countless designs to choose from, which makes it a little tricky. First, you will want a lot of wool and a stick. Go to your worktable screen and arrange the pieces with the stick in the lower center slot and the six upper slots all occupied by wool. To choose a design you need to create a frame, interact with it, place the banner in the top left slot and any coloring material in the top right slot, which should bring up a menu of possible designs.

How to enchant a shield in Minecraft

It is possible to enchant shields in Minecraft using an anvil or spell table, the following Minecraft spells can be applied to your shield.

Enchantment Result Curse of Disappearance Cursed shield disappears when you die Mending Repair the shield using your XP Unbreaking Increase the duration of your shield

How to use a shield in Minecraft

Your newly made Minecraft shield is used to defend the enemies of Agaisn and other players. The best home for your shield is in the off-hand slot, and once equipped it can be accessed quickly using the right-click feature in the Java Edition or crouch in the Bedrock Edition to block incoming attacks, however the movement speed will be greatly reduced while squatting.

The weakness of the shield is an ax attack, the hit will deactivate the shield for five seconds, leaving you exposed to incoming attacks. Blockable attacks that use your shield in Minecraft include:

  • Melee attacks
  • Arrows (without the piercing spell)
  • Fireballs
  • trident
  • Snowballs
  • Thorns
  • explosions
  • TNT (not triggered by yourself or a redstone mechanism)
  • Non-magical bullets
  • Laser for guardian / senior guardian

Using your newly created shield you are able to defend against enemy melee attacks, prevent ranged damage, and recover quickly using spells or repairing your shield.



If you're looking for other ways to use the crafting grid, our guide to making Minecraft brewing and using a brew booth will provide you with all the potions you need to prepare for combat.

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