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Wooden Axe.pngStone Axe.pngIron Axe.pngGolden Axe.pngDiamond Axe.png




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





First appearances

See History

Data values

See Data values


See Data values

Axes are tools used to ease the process of collecting wood based items.



Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Any Wood Planks or
Cobblestone or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +

Damaged Matching Axe

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


A vindicator spawns with an iron axe, and has a 8.5% (9.5% with Looting I, 10.5% with Looting II and 11.5% with Looting III) chance of dropping it upon death by player. It will usually have some level of damage, and will not be enchanted.


Weapon Smith villagers sell iron axes for 6–8 emeralds as one of their initial tier trades, and enchanted diamond axes for 9–12 emeralds as one of their third tier trades. The enchantments will be the same as might be obtained from an enchantment table at levels 5–19.

Natural generation

Wooden axes can be found in 75.0% of bonus chests in groups of 1.

Stone axes can be found in 14.9% of igloo chests and 25.0% of bonus chests in groups of 1.

In woodland mansions, a room can appear that has a chest always containing an Efficiency I iron axe.


Chopping wood

An ахе is used to break wood and blocks derived from it faster than by using other tools. An axe uses 1 durability to break a block. For blocks that break instantly, it uses 0 durability.

Speed and durability

The following table summarizes the speed at which different quality axes perform.

Axes Hand Wood Stone Iron Diamond Golden
Durability 60 132 251 1562 33

Wooden Door
4.5 s 2.25 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 0.4 s

Wooden Trapdoor
4.5 s 2.25 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 0.4 s

3.75 s 1.9 s 0.95 s 0.65 s 0.5 s 0.35 s

Crafting Table
3.75 s 1.9 s 0.95 s 0.65 s 0.5 s 0.35 s

3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Fence Gate
3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Wood Planks
3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Wooden Slabs
3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

Wooden Stairs
3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s

2.25 s 1.15 s 0.6 s 0.4 s 0.3 s 0.2 s

Jack o'Lantern
1.5 s 0.75 s 0.4 s 0.25 s 0.2 s 0.15 s

1.5 s 0.75 s 0.4 s 0.25 s 0.2 s 0.15 s

1.5 s 0.75 s 0.4 s 0.25 s 0.2 s 0.15 s

Note Block
1.2 s 0.6 s 0.3 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s

Wooden Pressure Plate
0.75 s 0.4 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.1 s

0.3 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.05 s 0.05 s 0.05 s

Daylight Sensor
0.3 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.05 s 0.05 s 0.05 s

Huge Mushrooms
0.3 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.05 s 0.05 s 0.05 s

0.3 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.05 s 0.05 s 0.05 s


Computer edition

Damage done when using an axe as a weapon is more than that of a sword, though they take longer than a sword to recover. Axes take 2 damage when used as a weapon, and deal different amount of damage and have different cooldown times based on the type:





Attack damage 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Attack Speed 0.8 1.0 0.8 0.9 1.0
Recovery time 1.25 s 1.0 s 1.25 s 1.11 s 1.0 s
DPS 5.6 7.0 7.2 8.1 9.0
Lifetime damage inflicted[note 1] 210 (Heart.svg × 105) 119 (Heart.svg × 59.5) 594 (Heart.svg × 297) 1134 (Heart.svg × 567) 7029 (Heart.svg × 3514.5)
  1. The formula to find the total lifetime damage is (Durability / 2) × Damage per hit = Lifetime damage minimum. The durability is halved because axes take double durability when used as a weapon. The formula also ignores enchantments and critical hits, and assumes the axe is at maximum charge
Disabling a shield

Attacking a shield user with an axe has a chance to disable the use of the shield for 5 seconds. The base chance is 25%, plus 5 percentage points per level of Efficiency on the axe, plus 75 percentage points if attacking while sprinting.

Console and Pocket editions

In the Console and Pocket editions, axes always attack instantly, and do not do as much damage as a sword:

Attack damage

4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)


An axe can receive the following enchantments:

  1. a b Silk Touch and Fortune are mutually exclusive
  2. a b c Sharpness, Smite and Bane of Arthropods are mutually exclusive
  3. a b c d e Only available using enchanted books and an anvil


Wooden axes can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1 item per axe.

Smelting ingredient

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe Description
Iron Nugget or
Gold Nugget
Iron Axe or
Golden Axe +
Any fuel

[Computer edition only]

Data values

Item ID Name Numerical ID
Wooden Axe wooden_axe 271
Stone Axe stone_axe 275
Iron Axe iron_axe 258
Diamond Axe diamond_axe 279
Golden Axe golden_axe 286


Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites[until 1.12] Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
PC[until 1.12] Xbox PS Pocket Wii U
MOAR Tools.png MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe). Benchmarking No Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze



0.31 January 11, 2010 Added wooden and stone axes.
January 29, 2010 Added crafting recipes for wooden and stone axes.
OldAxe.png Added iron, diamond and golden axes.
January 31, 2010 Axes now take damage.
Axes are now tiered - better axes last longer.
1.2 Gold tools, including axes, remove blocks faster than diamond tools.
1.5 Axes deal more damage to mobs and players than by hand, which means of all non-weapon tools, axes deal the most damage.
1.8 The damage increase was reverted.
Official release
1.3.1 12w16a Wooden and stone axes are now found in the new bonus chests.
12w18a Wooden axes can now be used as fuel in a furnace.
12w21a Blacksmith villagers now sell 1 diamond axe for 9–11 emeralds, and 1 iron axe for 6–7 emeralds.
1.8 14w02a Weapon smith villagers now sell 1 enchanted diamond axe for 9–12 emeralds, and 1 iron axe for 6–8 emeralds. Unenchanted diamond axes are no longer sold.
1.9 15w34a Axes now use the attack speed combat mechanic meter. The time it takes for the meter to fill up for an axe is 1.2 seconds.
15w34b Axes now have an attack speed of 0.8, taking about 1.25 seconds to fill the attack meter.
15w34c Axes do 4 more damage than previously
Axes now have an attack speed of 0.85.
Axes can temporarily disable shield use.
15w35a Damage reduced by one and speed increased to 0.9.
15w37a Stone and diamond axes now both do 9 damage, instead of the previous 8 and 10 respectively.
Axes now have attack speed based on the tier, with wooden and stone having a speed of 0.8, iron having a speed of 0.9, and diamond having a speed of 1
15w43a Stone axes may now be found in igloo basement chests.
15w44a Decreased average yield of stone and wooden axes from bonus chests.
1.11.1 16w50a Golden and iron axes now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added stone axes.
0.3.0 Added wooden axes.
0.3.2 Added iron, diamond and golden axes.
0.11.0 build 11 All axes are now available in the creative inventory.
build 12 Removed all axes from creative.
build 13 Re-added axes to creative mode.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.00 Patch 1 Added axes (all five types).


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  • In the language files, axes are referred to as Hatchets.[1]

See also


  1. 1.8/assets/minecraft/lang/en_US.lang, line 915: Iron Axe