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Tools are items used by the player while held to perform actions faster and more efficiently, to gather materials not obtainable by hand, to gain information, or to perform completely new actions. With the exception of the clock, compass and bucket, tools do not stack in the inventory. Tools can be repaired; see Item Repair.

Obtaining[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Axe

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

Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond
Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden AxeStone AxeIron AxeGolden AxeDiamond Axe
Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond Stick

Stick

Wooden Axe or
Stone Axe or
Iron Axe or
Golden Axe or
Diamond Axe

Damaged Wooden Axe or
Damaged Stone Axe or
Damaged Iron Axe or
Damaged Golden Axe or
Damaged Diamond Axe




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden AxeStone AxeIron AxeGolden AxeDiamond Axe
Wooden AxeStone AxeIron AxeGolden AxeDiamond Axe Wooden AxeStone AxeIron AxeGolden AxeDiamond Axe



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

Clock

Gold Ingot +
Redstone


Gold Ingot
Grid layout Arrow (small).png Clock
Gold Ingot Redstone Gold Ingot

Gold Ingot

Compass

Iron Ingot +
Redstone


Iron Ingot
Grid layout Arrow (small).png Compass
Iron Ingot Redstone Iron Ingot

Iron Ingot

Fishing Rod

String +
Stick



Stick Grid layout Arrow (small).png Fishing Rod

Stick String
Stick
String

Fishing Rod

Damaged Fishing Rod




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Fishing Rod
Fishing Rod Fishing Rod



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

Flint and Steel

Iron Ingot +
Flint




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Flint and Steel
Iron Ingot Flint



Grid layout Shapeless.png

Flint and Steel

Damaged Flint and Steel




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Flint and Steel
Flint and Steel Flint and Steel



Grid layout Shapeless.png

The durability of the two flint and steels is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.

Hoe

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

Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond
Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe

Stick

Stick

Wooden Hoe or
Stone Hoe or
Iron Hoe or
Golden Hoe or
Diamond Hoe

Damaged Wooden Hoe or
Damaged Stone Hoe or
Damaged Iron Hoe or
Damaged Golden Hoe or
Damaged Diamond Hoe




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe
Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe Wooden HoeStone HoeIron HoeGolden HoeDiamond Hoe



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

Lead

String +
Slimeball

String String
Grid layout Arrow (small).png Lead2
String Slimeball


String

Pickaxe

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

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

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



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

Shears

Iron Ingot




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Shears

Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot

Shears

Damaged Shears




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Shears
Shears Shears



Grid layout Shapeless.png

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

Shovel

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


Oak Wood PlanksCobblestoneIron IngotGold IngotDiamond
Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden ShovelStone ShovelIron ShovelGolden ShovelDiamond Shovel

Stick

Stick

Wooden Shovel or
Stone Shovel or
Iron Shovel or
Golden Shovel or
Diamond Shovel

Damaged Wooden Shovel or
Damaged Stone Shovel or
Damaged Iron Shovel or
Damaged Golden Shovel or
Damaged Diamond Shovel




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Wooden ShovelStone ShovelIron ShovelGolden ShovelDiamond Shovel
Wooden ShovelStone ShovelIron ShovelGolden ShovelDiamond Shovel Wooden ShovelStone ShovelIron ShovelGolden ShovelDiamond Shovel



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

Best tools[edit]

Fastest tools to mine specific blocks:

Tool Material Blocks Notes

Axe
Plants
Cocoa


Jack o'Lantern


Pumpkin


Vines
Shears are required to collect vines.
Wood
Bookshelf


Chest


Crafting Table


Daylight Sensor


Fence


Fence Gate


Huge Mushrooms


Jukebox


Note Block


Sign


Trapdoor


Wood


Wooden Door


Wood Planks


Wooden Pressure Plate


Wooden Slabs


Wooden Stairs

Pickaxe
Ice
Ice


Packed Ice
Must have Silk Touch enchantment to drop an item.
Metal I
Anvil


Block of Redstone


Brewing Stand


Cauldron


Iron Bars


Iron Door


Hopper


Weighted Pressure Plate
Pickaxe is required to collect a block.
Door can also be collected by destroying their top part without a pickaxe.
Metal II
Block of Iron


Lapis Lazuli Block
Stone, iron, or diamond pickaxe is required to collect a block.
Metal III
Block of Diamond


Block of Emerald


Block of Gold
Iron or diamond pickaxe is required to collect a block.
Rail
Activator Rail


Detector Rail


Powered Rail


Rail
Rock I
Block of Coal


Block of Quartz


Bricks


Coal Ore


Cobblestone


Cobblestone Wall


Dispenser


Enchantment Table


End Stone


Ender Chest


Furnace


Hardened Clay


Monster Spawner


Moss Stone


Nether Brick


Nether Brick Fence


Nether Quartz Ore


Netherrack


Sandstone


Slabs
(non-wooden)

Stained Clay


Stairs
(non-wooden)

Stone


Stone Brick


Stone Pressure Plate
Pickaxe is required to collect a block.
Monster spawner cannot be collected, it will instead drop xp.
Rock II
Iron Ore


Lapis Lazuli Ore
Stone, iron or diamond pickaxe is required to collect a block.
Rock III
Diamond Ore


Emerald Ore


Gold Ore


Redstone Ore
Iron or diamond pickaxe is required to collect a block.
Rock IV
Obsidian
Diamond pickaxe is required to collect a block.

Shears
Leaves
Leaves
Shears are required to collect a block.
Leaves will drop their alternative items if any other tool is used.
Web
Cobweb
Shears or sword is required to collect string.
Silk Touch enchantment is required to collect cobweb.
Wool
Wool

Shovel
Ground
Clay


Dirt


Farmland


Grass Block


Gravel


Mycelium


Podzol


Sand


Soul Sand
Must have Silk Touch enchantment to drop grass block, mycelium or podzol and not get dirt as a result.
Snow
Snow


Snow (cover)
Shovel is required to collect snowballs from snow and snow cover.

Sword
Plants
Melon
Web
Cobweb
Shears or sword is required to collect string.
Any (all tools are equally efficient) Circuits
Button


Lever
Glass
Beacon


Glass


Glass Pane


Glowstone


Redstone Lamp
Other
Bed


Cake


Carpet


Hay Bale


Ladder


Mob head


Monster Egg


Sponge
Piston
Piston


Sticky Piston
Plants
Cactus
Any (instantly breaks; doesn't damage tools) Circuits
Redstone Comparator


Redstone Repeater


Redstone Torch


Redstone Wire


Tripwire


Tripwire Hook
Destroying the tripwire while not holding shears will trigger a redstone pulse.
Other
Fire


Flower Pot


TNT


Torch


Slime Block
Plants
Carrots


Dead Bush


Fern


Flowers


Lily Pad


Melon Stem


Mushrooms


Nether Wart


Potatoes


Pumpkin Stem


Saplings


Sugar Cane


Tall Grass


Wheat
Dead bush, fern and tall grass must be mined with shears; or they will drop nothing.
None (unbreakable) Dragon Egg
Dragon Egg
Dragon Egg cannot be mined directly - hitting the egg causes it to teleport.
Liquid
Lava


Water
The source block can be picked up with a bucket.
Other
Bedrock


Command Block


End Portal


End Portal (block)


Nether Portal

Item durability[edit]

Some tools are not block-breaking tools: This includes the hoe, bow, fishing rod, carrot-and-stick, and flint-and-steel. Such tools are no better than bare fists at breaking blocks, but they do not take damage from doing so—they only take damage by being used in their own various manners.

For block-breaking tools, a use is counted only if a player completely breaks apart one block or hits a mob. If a block is partially broken this is not counted as a full use.

Note that certain uses cause either no damage or extra damage to the tool:

  1. Axes, pickaxes, and shovels:
    • Breaking a block that breaks instantly counts as no uses.
    • Breaking other blocks counts as one use.
    • Hitting a mob (hostile, neutral or farm animal) counts as two uses.
  2. Hoes:
    • Tilling dirt or grass counts as one use.
    • Breaking a block counts as no uses.
    • Hitting a mob counts as no uses.
  3. Shears:
    • Shearing a sheep counts as one use.
    • Breaking cobweb, leaves, tall grass, tripwire, wool and vines counts as one use.
    • Breaking other blocks counts as no uses.
    • Hitting a mob counts as no uses.
  4. Swords:
    • Breaking a block that breaks instantly counts as no uses.
    • Breaking other blocks counts as two uses.
    • Hitting a mob counts as one use.
  5. Fishing Rods:
    • Breaking a block counts as no uses.
    • Casting the line and reeling it in empty, counts as no uses.
    • Reeling in a fish counts as one use.
    • Catching the bobber/hook on a block, then reeling it in, counts as two uses.
    • Using the line to yank on a mob counts as three uses.
  6. Buckets have no durability.

Proper use of tools will maximize their durabilities. Assuming a player uses a tool appropriately, the following list shows the maximum durabilities for tools of each material type.

  • Gold - 33 uses
  • Wood - 60 uses
  • Stone - 132 uses
  • Iron - 251 uses
  • Diamond - 1562 uses

Diamond tools vs. gold tools[edit]

Gold tools mine blocks the fastest of all tools in the game and have the highest enchantability (making it possible to get Silk Touch with a level 1 enchantment, which is impossible with another tool tier), however they also have the fewest uses (33) and cannot harvest most ores. Most players with the resources use diamond tools instead, which are nearly as fast and have 1562 uses before breaking. Since enchanted tools often gain unbreaking or efficiency, which are of limited use on a golden tool, making and enchanting a gold tool is wasteful, unless the player is trying to get silk touch with the fewest experience levels spent as possible. Fortune is also of little use on a golden pickaxe, which can't mine important ores like diamonds. However, since gold is now renewable, players may prefer gold tools over diamond tools in small scaled mining operations since they may want to reserve the rare, non-renewable diamonds for large scaled projects.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Unknown Jeb told us around 1:30 in his DreamHack presentation that it would be possible to upgrade tools, which is now known as Enchanting
Official release
1.3.1 12w18a Wooden tools became able to be used as fuel for furnaces in case players didn't want to repair them or finish using them.

Trivia[edit]

  • Using the /give command can give you tools with custom damage values. For example, /give <player name> diamond_pickaxe 1 1500 will give the player a diamond pickaxe with 62 uses left.
  • Although gold tools have the lowest durability, they make the fastest tools.
  • A diamond shovel does the same damage as a wooden sword. This might come in handy.
  • Minecraft 1.5.2 tools durability is 1 use less than normal. So gold = 32 uses, Wood = 59 uses, Stone = 131 uses, Iron = 250 uses and Diamonds = 1561 uses.

See also[edit]