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Pickaxe
Wooden Pickaxe.pngStone Pickaxe.pngIron Pickaxe.pngGolden Pickaxe.pngDiamond Pickaxe.png





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. They allow you to mine blocks at faster speeds, with the speed increasing depending on the material it is made out of.

Obtaining[edit]

Crafting[edit]

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

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










































Damaged Matching Pickaxe
























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

Natural generation[edit]

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

Stone pickaxes can be found in 25.0% of bonus chests in groups of 1.

Iron pickaxes can be found in 12.1% of stronghold altar chests, 25.6% of village blacksmith chests, 4.0% of stronghold storeroom chests, and 7.0% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts, all in groups of 1.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 11.8% of stronghold altar chests and 3.2% of stronghold storeroom chests in groups of 1.

Enchanted iron pickaxes[note 1] can be found in 13.3% of End city chests in groups of 1.

Enchanted diamond pickaxes[note 1] can be found in 13.3% of End city chests in groups of 1.

Notes
  1. a b Enchantment probabilities are the same as a level-20 to level-39 enchantment would be on an enchantment table that had no cap at level 30, and that was able to apply treasure enchantments, and where the chance of multiple enchantments is not reduced.

Trading[edit]

Tool Smith villagers sell enchanted iron pickaxes for 9–11 emeralds as one of their second tier trades, and enchanted diamond pickaxes for 12–15 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.

Usage[edit]

Mining[edit]

A pickaxe is used to break stone and metal based materials faster. When a block is broken using a pickaxe, the pickaxe uses 1 durability. For blocks that break instantly, it uses 0 durability. 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:

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 type of pickaxe.
  • A yellow background indicates that the block cannot be harvested with that type of pickaxe, but still drops something.
  • A green background indicates that the block can be harvested with that type of pickaxe.

Weapon[edit]

If you hit a mob while holding a pickaxe, it will be a stronger attack than if barehanded. Pickaxes use 2 durability when used as a weapon.

Java Edition[edit]

Pickaxes have an attack speed modifier of -2.8, meaning they take about 0.83 seconds to recover. They deal different damage based on the type:

Attack speed Attack damage Damage/Second (DPS)
1.2

2 (Heart.svg)

3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)


2.4

3.6

4.8

6

Console and Bedrock editions[edit]

In the Console and Bedrock editions, pickaxes always attack instantly and do the following damage:

Attack damage


3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Enchantments[edit]

A pickaxe can receive the following enchantments:

Notes
  1. a b Fortune and Silk Touch are mutually exclusive.
  2. a b Only available using enchanted books and an anvil, or by finding an enchanted pickaxe in an End city chest.

Fuel[edit]

Wooden pickaxes can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1 item per pickaxe.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

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











Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Time to Mine! Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe Pick up any type of pickaxe from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 10G Bronze

Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe Pick up a pickaxe from a crafting table output that is not a wooden pickaxe. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe). Yes Yes Yes Wii U, Switch 15G Bronze

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png
Stone Age Mine stone with your new pickaxe Minecraft Get cobblestone in your inventory. minecraft:story/mine_stone
Advancement-plain-raw.png
Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe Stone Age Get a stone pickaxe in your inventory. minecraft:story/upgrade_tools
Advancement-plain-raw.png
Isn't It Iron Pick Upgrade your pickaxe Acquire Hardware Get an iron pickaxe in your inventory. minecraft:story/iron_tools

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 Numeral ID[Bedrock Edition only]

Wooden Pickaxe
wooden_pickaxe 270

Stone Pickaxe
stone_pickaxe 274

Iron Pickaxe
iron_pickaxe 257

Diamond Pickaxe
diamond_pickaxe 278

Golden Pickaxe
golden_pickaxe 285

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 (December 31, 2009, 1) Added iron pickaxes, they can neither be obtained nor do they have any use.
0.31 (January 11, 2010, 1) A pickaxe is now used to gather stone materials 400% faster than by hand.
When starting in a new world, the player is now given one of each tools.
0.31 (January 24, 2010) A complete tool set is now no longer given to the player on starting a new world. Instead, there are multiple chests in the (later called) "Indev House", which contains a stack of every available block and item, including tools.
0.31 (January 28, 2010) A pickaxe held by the player will now appear more 3d like.
0.31 (January 29, 2010) Tools will now have tiers. In addition to iron, pickaxes can now be made from wood, stone and diamond.
Added crafting recipe for iron pickaxes as well as the newly introduced variants.
0.31 (January 30, 2010) Pickaxes can now be made out of gold.
0.31 (February 1, 2010, 1) Tools will now take damage when being used.
Better tools will now last longer.
0.31 (February 1, 2010, 2) Better pickaxes are now required to mine harder materials.
Beta
1.2 Before, the pickaxe had much less durability (usually half as much).
Gold pickaxes will now mine certain materials much faster.
1.8 Pre-release Iron pickaxes are now found in the new stronghold storeroom chests, and in the new mineshaft chests.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3 Iron pickaxes can now be found in the new stronghold altar chests.
RC1 Pickaxes and other tools will now make a sound when they break.
1.1 12w01a Iron pickaxes are now found in the new village blacksmith chests.
1.3.1 12w16a Wooden and stone pickaxes are now found in the new bonus chests.
12w18a Wooden pickaxes can now be used as fuel in a furnace.
12w21a Blacksmith villagers will now sell 1 diamond pickaxe for 10–11 emeralds, and 1 iron pickaxe for 7–8 emeralds.
1.8 14w02a Tool smith villagers will now sell 1 enchanted diamond pickaxe for 12–15 emeralds, and 1 enchanted iron pickaxe for 9–11 emeralds.
Unenchanted pickaxes are now no longer sold by villagers.
1.9 15w31a Enchanted iron and diamond pickaxes can now be found in the end ship chests in end cities.
15w34a Pickaxes will now use the "attack strength" combat mechanic meter. The time it takes for the meter to fill up for a pickaxe is 0.8 seconds.
15w34c Pickaxes will now do less damage, but recover quicker.
15w35a Pickaxes will now recover more slowly.
15w44a The average yield of wood and stone pickaxes in bonus chests has been decreased.
The average yield of iron pickaxes in mineshaft chests has been increased.
1.11.1 16w50a Golden and iron pickaxes will now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, these items' numeral IDs were 270, 274, 257, 278 and 285.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added stone pickaxes.
0.3.0 Added wooden pickaxes.
0.3.2 Added diamond, iron and gold pickaxes.
0.11.0 build 11 All pickaxes are now available in the creative inventory.
build 12 All pickaxes have now been removed from creative.
build 13 Pickaxes have now been re-added to creative mode.
0.14.0 build 1 Iron pickaxes can now be found inside minecart with chests in abandoned mineshafts.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Enchanted iron pickaxes and enchanted diamond pickaxes can now be found in end cities.
1.0.4 build 1 Tool smith villagers will now sell enchanted diamond and iron pickaxes for emeralds.
1.1 build 1 Iron and golden pickaxes are now smeltable.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 ? Wooden and stone pickaxes can now be found inside bonus chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added pickaxes (all five types).
TU53 CU43 1.49 Patch 23 Patch s3 Iron and golden pickaxes are now smeltable.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Pickaxe" are maintained on the bug 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 mobile game Vlogger Go Viral clicker game, after buying the figurine shelf, there will be a model of a diamond pickaxe stuck to a grass block.
  • 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. The Notched Axe also makes a return in the game's remake, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.
  • In the game "Borderlands 2", you can find a secret area hidden away by blocks resembling Minecraft Dirt, also once inside you can fight Creeper and the Mother Creeper to get rare Minecraft-related weapons.

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