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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

See data values

Name

See data values

Pickaxes are one of the most commonly used tools in the game, being required to mine all ores and many other types of blocks.

Obtaining[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Iron pickaxes can spawn inside chests in Abandoned Mine Shafts, Strongholds, or a Village's blacksmith.

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

Trading[edit]

Enchanted iron and diamond pickaxes can be bought from Tool Smith villagers for emeralds as part of their tier 2 and 3 trades.

Crafting[edit]

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

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

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

Damaged Wooden Pickaxe or
Damaged Stone Pickaxe or
Damaged Iron Pickaxe or
Damaged Golden Pickaxe or
Damaged Diamond Pickaxe




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden PickaxeStone PickaxeIron PickaxeGolden PickaxeDiamond Pickaxe
Wooden PickaxeStone PickaxeIron PickaxeGolden PickaxeDiamond Pickaxe Wooden PickaxeStone PickaxeIron PickaxeGolden PickaxeDiamond Pickaxe



Grid layout Shapeless.png

The durability of the two pickaxes is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.

Usage[edit]

A pickaxe is used to break stone based materials faster. When a block is broken using a pickaxe, the pickaxe takes 1 damage. Pickaxes have different amounts of uses based on the type:

  • Golden: 33
  • Wooden: 60
  • Stone: 132
  • Iron: 251
  • Diamond: 1562

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 or diamond pickaxe, or else the player will harvest no ore. Different pickaxes also mine many materials at different speeds (see the speed table below).

Weapon[edit]

If you hit a mob while holding a pickaxe, it increases your attack damage. Pickaxes take 2 damage when used as a weapon. They deal different damage based on the type:

  • Wooden and Golden: 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
  • Stone: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)
  • Iron: 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
  • Diamond: 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Speed[edit]

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.
Block Breaking time (seconds)
Hand Wooden Stone Iron Diamond Golden

Obsidian
250 125 62.5 41.667 9.375 20.833

Ender Chest
112.5 16.875 8.4375 5.625 4.2188 2.8125

Anvil
25 3.75 1.875 1.25 0.9375 0.625

Block of Coal
25 3.75 1.875 1.25 0.9375 0.625

Block of Diamond
25 12.5 6.25 1.25 0.9375 2.0833

Block of Emerald
25 12.5 6.25 1.25 0.9375 2.0833

Block of Iron
25 12.5 1.875 1.25 0.9375 2.0833

Block of Redstone
25 3.75 1.875 1.25 0.9375 0.625

Enchantment Table
25 3.75 1.875 1.25 0.9375 0.625

Iron Bars
25 3.75 1.875 1.25 0.9375 0.625

Iron Door
25 3.75 1.875 1.25 0.9375 0.625

Monster Spawner
25 3.75 1.875 1.25 0.9375 0.625

Dispenser
17.5 2.625 1.3125 0.875 0.6563 0.4375

Dropper
17.5 2.625 1.3125 0.875 0.6563 0.4375

Furnace
17.5 2.625 1.3125 0.875 0.6563 0.4375

Block of Gold
15 7.5 3.75 0.75 0.5625 1.25

Coal Ore
15 2.25 1.125 0.75 0.5625 0.375

Diamond Ore
15 7.5 3.75 0.75 0.5625 1.25

Emerald Ore
15 7.5 3.75 0.75 0.5625 1.25

End Stone
15 2.25 1.125 0.75 0.5625 0.375

Gold Ore
15 7.5 3.75 0.75 0.5625 1.25

Hopper
15 2.25 1.125 0.75 0.5625 0.375

Iron Ore
15 7.5 1.125 0.75 0.5625 1.25

Iron Trapdoor
15 2.25 1.125 0.75 0.5625 0.375

Lapis Lazuli Block
15 7.5 1.125 0.75 0.5625 1.25

Lapis Lazuli Ore
15 7.5 1.125 0.75 0.5625 1.25

Nether Quartz Ore
15 2.25 1.125 0.75 0.5625 0.375

Redstone Ore
15 7.5 3.75 0.75 0.5625 1.25

Brick Stairs
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Bricks
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Cauldron
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Cobblestone
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Cobblestone Stairs
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Cobblestone Wall
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Moss Stone
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Nether Brick
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Nether Brick Fence
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Nether Brick Stairs
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Stone Slab
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.375 0.25

Andesite
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Dark Prismarine
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Diorite
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Granite
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Polished Andesite
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Polished Diorite
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Polished Granite
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Prismarine
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Stone
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Stone Brick
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Stone Brick Stairs
7.5 1.125 0.5625 0.375 0.2813 0.1875

Hardened Clay
6.25 0.9375 0.4688 0.3125 0.2344 0.1563

Stained Clay
6.25 0.9375 0.4688 0.3125 0.2344 0.1563

Prismarine Bricks
6 0.9 0.45 0.3 0.225 0.15

Block of Quartz
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.1

Quartz Stairs
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.1

Sandstone
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.1

Sandstone Stairs
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.1

Rail
1.05 0.525 0.2625 0.175 0.1312 0.0875

Brewing Stand
2.5 0.375 0.1875 0.125 0.0938 0.0625

Ice
0.75 0.375 0.1875 0.125 0.0938 0.0625

Packed Ice
0.75 0.375 0.1875 0.125 0.0938 0.0625

Stone Pressure Plate
2.5 0.375 0.1875 0.125 0.0938 0.0625

Weighted Pressure Plate
2.5 0.375 0.1875 0.125 0.0938 0.0625

Netherrack
2 0.3 0.15 0.1 0.075 0.05
Block Breaking time (seconds)
Hand Wooden Stone Iron Diamond Golden

Enchantments[edit]

A pickaxe can receive the following enchantments:

  • Silk Touch*
  • Efficiency
  • Unbreaking
  • Fortune*

Note: Fortune and Silk Touch are mutually exclusive.

Achievements[edit]

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

Data values[edit]

Pickaxes have an item data field to determine durability, and use five different IDs

ID[edit]

Pickaxes use their ID to determine their grade.

Name ID Name Item ID
Wooden Pickaxe wooden_pickaxe 270
Stone Pickaxe stone_pickaxe 274
Iron Pickaxe iron_pickaxe 257
Golden Pickaxe golden_pickaxe 285
Diamond Pickaxe diamond_pickaxe 278

Item data[edit]

Pickaxes item data is used to determine the damage of the pickaxe. All pickaxes have a data value of 0 when they are fully repaired, and the value increases every time it takes damage. If a pickaxe is used when it only has one use left, it will break instead of increasing the damage. The data value of a pickaxe with only one use is different based on the type:

  • Golden: 32
  • Wooden: 59
  • Stone: 131
  • Iron: 250
  • Diamond: 1561

Any higher value will act as having only one use left.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

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.
1.3.1 12w17a Ice is now obtainable with a Silk Touch enchanted Pickaxe.
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).

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Pickaxe" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Publicity[edit]

  • 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.

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