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[edit]Pickaxe
Pickaxe Anim.gif
Wooden PickaxeStone PickaxeIron PickaxeGolden PickaxeDiamond Pickaxe
Type

Tools

Durability

Wood: 60 Uses
Stone: 132 Uses
Iron: 251 Uses
Golden: 33 Uses
Diamond: 1562 Uses

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

No

Data values
Wooden
dec: 270 hex: 10E bin: 100001110
Stone
dec: 274 hex: 112 bin: 100010010
Iron
dec: 257 hex: 101 bin: 100000001
Golden
dec: 285 hex: 11D bin: 100011101
Diamond
dec: 278 hex: 116 bin: 100010110
Name
Wooden
wooden_pickaxe
Stone
stone_pickaxe
Iron
iron_pickaxe
Golden
golden_pickaxe
Diamond
diamond_pickaxe

Pickaxes are one of the most commonly used tools in the game, being required to mine all ores and many other types of blocks. Different qualities of pickaxe are required to successfully harvest certain ores and blocks. For example, while stone can be mined with any pickaxe, gold ore must be mined with an iron pickaxe or better, or else the player will harvest no ore. Different pickaxes also mine many materials at different speeds (see the Speed and durability table below). To see the durability press F3 and H.

Contents

[edit] Obtaining

[edit] Crafting

Pickaxes are crafted using 2 sticks and 3 units of a tool material.

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Stick +
Wood Planks,
Cobblestone,
Iron Ingot,
Gold Ingot, or
Diamond

Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden PickaxeStone PickaxeIron PickaxeGolden PickaxeDiamond Pickaxe

Stick

Stick

[edit] Natural occurrence

A naturally generated pickaxe.

Iron pickaxes can spawn inside chests in Abandoned Mine Shafts, Strongholds, or a Village's blacksmith. Iron and Diamond pickaxes can also be traded from villager blacksmiths.

[edit] Bonus chest

A bonus chest may contain wooden and/or stone pickaxes.

[edit] Usage

The pickaxe is used in the game to mine blocks. Blocks mineable by the pickaxe are listed in the table below.

The pickaxe does one full heart less damage to mobs than the sword of the same material.

The pickaxe cannot mine bedrock or the End Portal Frame.

[edit] Speed and durability

The following table shows the time it takes to break each type of block.

  • A red background indicates that the block cannot be harvested with that tool.
  • A yellow background indicates that the block cannot be harvested with that tool, but still drops something.
  • A blue background indicates that the block can only be harvested with a tool that has the silk touch enchantment.
Fists Wood Stone Iron Diamond Golden
Durability 60 132 251 1562 33

Obsidian
250 s 250 s 250 s 250 s 9.4 s 250 s

Ender Chest
112.5 s 16.9 s 8.45 s 5.65 s 4.25 s 2.85 s

Anvil
25 s 3.75 s 1.9 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 0.65 s

Block of Coal
25 s 3.75 s 1.9 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 0.65 s

Block of Diamond
25 s 25 s 25 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 25 s

Block of Emerald
25 s 25 s 25 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 25 s

Block of Iron
25 s 25 s 1.9 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 25 s

Block of Redstone
25 s 3.75 s 1.9 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 0.65 s

Enchantment Table
25 s 3.75 s 1.9 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 0.65 s

Iron Bars
25 s 3.75 s 1.9 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 0.65 s

Iron Door
25 s 3.75 s 1.9 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 0.65 s

Monster Spawner
25 s 3.75 s 1.9 s 1.25 s 0.95 s 0.65 s

Dispenser
17.5 s 2.65 s 1.35 s 0.9 s 0.7 s 0.45 s

Dropper
17.5 s 2.65 s 1.35 s 0.9 s 0.7 s 0.45 s

Furnace
17.5 s 2.65 s 1.35 s 0.9 s 0.7 s 0.45 s

Block of Gold
15 s 15 s 15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 15 s

Coal Ore
15 s 2.25 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 0.4 s

Diamond Ore
15 s 15 s 15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 15 s

Emerald Ore
15 s 15 s 15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 15 s

End Stone
15 s 2.25 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 0.4 s

Gold Ore
15 s 15 s 15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 15 s

Hopper
15 s 2.25 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 0.4 s

Iron Ore
15 s 15 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 15 s

Lapis Lazuli Block
15 s 15 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 15 s

Lapis Lazuli Ore
15 s 15 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 15 s

Nether Quartz Ore
15 s 2.25 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 0.4 s

Redstone Ore
15 s 15 s 15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 15 s

Brick Stairs
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Bricks
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Cauldron
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Cobblestone
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Cobblestone Stairs
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Cobblestone Wall
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Moss Stone
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Nether Brick
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Nether Brick Fence
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Nether Brick Stairs
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Stone Slabs
10 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Stone
7.5 s 1.15 s 0.6 s 0.4 s 0.3 s 0.2 s

Stone Brick
7.5 s 1.15 s 0.6 s 0.4 s 0.3 s 0.2 s

Stone Brick Stairs
7.5 s 1.15 s 0.6 s 0.4 s 0.3 s 0.2 s

Hardened Clay
6.25 s 0.95 s 0.5 s 0.35 s 0.25 s 0.2 s

Stained Clay
6.25 s 0.95 s 0.5 s 0.35 s 0.25 s 0.2 s

Block of Quartz
4 s 0.6 s 0.3 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s

Quartz Stairs
4 s 0.6 s 0.3 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s

Sandstone
4 s 0.6 s 0.3 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s

Sandstone Stairs
4 s 0.6 s 0.3 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s

Rail
(any type)
1.05 s 0.55 s 0.3 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s

Brewing Stand
2.5 s 0.4 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.1 s

Ice
0.75 s 0.4 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.1 s

Packed Ice
0.75 s 0.4 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.1 s

Stone Pressure Plate
2.5 s 0.4 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.1 s

Weighted Pressure Plate
2.5 s 0.4 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.1 s

Netherrack
2 s 0.3 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.1 s 0.05 s

[edit] Achievements

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Achievement-plain.png
Grid Wooden Pickaxe.png
Time to Mine! Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe Benchmarking Pick up any type of Pickaxe from a Crafting Table output. None 10G Bronze
Achievement-plain.png
Grid Stone Pickaxe.png
Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe Time to Mine! Pick up a Pickaxe from a Crafting Table output that is not a wooden pickaxe. None 15G Bronze
MOAR Tools.png
ConsoleOnly.png MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe). Benchmarking Xbox & PS 15G Bronze

[edit] Video

[edit] History

Indev
0.31 Pickaxes are added.
January 11, 2010 Iron pickaxes now gather different materials 400% faster.
Beta
1.2 Before, the pickaxe had much less durability (usually half as much). Also before this update, Gold pickaxes acted like wooden ones.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre6 Obsidian is quicker to mine (from 15 to 10 seconds).
1.0.0-RC1 Pickaxes and other tools make a sound when they break.
1.3 Before, it was impossible to obtain Ice, even with Silk Touch.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added stone pickaxes.
0.3.0 Added wooden pickaxes.
0.3.2 Added diamond, iron and gold pickaxes.
Console Edition
TU1 Added pickaxes (all five types).

[edit] Trivia

  • It is sometimes possible to complete the game without using it, e.g. by using TNT and creepers for mining (and perhaps getting iron by killing golems), and making the nether portal by casting it in place; but doing all that without using the pickaxe to mine anything, and finding a stronghold without it, is extremely tedious and remarkably dangerous due to limited resources. Some players take this as a challenge to their knowledge of alternative ways to advance in-game.

[edit] Publicity

  • Foam Stone pickaxes are official Minecraft merchandise.[1]
  • In the game Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise, you can buy a diamond pickaxe which, according to the game, is made by Kick it up a Notch Pickaxes, referring to Notch.
  • In the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can find, a pickaxe called the "Notched Pickaxe", evidently an easter egg.
  • In the game Offensive Combat, a stone pickaxe can be used as a melee weapon with the name of "The Notch Carver".
  • In the game The Binding of Isaac, an obtainable item named "Notched Axe", also with a drawn 8-bit look, can be used to destroy rocks.

[edit] References