In a survival game like Minecraft, having a defensive item like a shield can be game-changing. It can protect you from incoming attacks, and you can also use it to craft a superior shield like the Enchanted or Custom shield, further increasing your defense.

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Making a shield in Minecraft is a relatively easy process and it requires materials that you can easily find in the early game. In this article, we will show you exactly how you can make a shield in Minecraft.

How to Make a Shield

To make a shield in Minecraft, players need an iron ingot and six planks. Depending on the tree, you may get a different variety of planks, such as Oak Planks, Spruce Planks, Birch Planks, Jungle Planks, etc. Thankfully, for making a shield, you can use any plank.

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Once you have the required materials, follow the below steps to craft a shield for yourself.

  • Open Crafting Menu.
  • In the first row, middle block add the Iron Ingot.
  • Fill the first and second row with planks.
  • The Last row will have a single plank in the middle block.
  • Once the crafting process is complete, you can move the shield into your player inventory.

That’s all you have to do to make a shield in Minecraft. While you are here, make sure to read our guide on how to create a big map in Minecraft.

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