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Tools

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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 (when empty), tools do not stack in the inventory. Tools can be repaired; see Item Repair.

Obtaining[edit]

Mobs[edit]

Some tools can be obtained by killing mobs that carry the equipment.

Crafting[edit]

All tools can be obtained through crafting.

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Flint and Steel Iron Ingot +
Flint


Flint and Steel Damaged Flint and Steel


The durability of the two flint and steels is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.
Pickaxe Any Planks or
Cobblestone or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Stick

Pickaxe Damaged Matching Pickaxes


The durability of the two pickaxes is added together, plus an extra 5% of the tool type's total durability.
Hoe Any Planks or
Cobblestone or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Stick

Hoe Damaged Matching Hoe


The durability of the two hoes is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.‌[BedrockLegacy Console and Java editions only]
Axe Any Planks or
Cobblestone or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Stick

Axe Damaged Matching Axe


The durability of the two axes is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.
Shovel Any Planks or
Cobblestone or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Stick

Shovel Damaged Matching Shovel


The durability of the two shovels is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.
Compass Iron Ingot +
Redstone Dust

Fishing Rod Stick +
String

Fishing Rod Damaged Fishing Rod


The durability of the two fishing rods is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.
Clock Gold Ingot +
Redstone Dust

Shears Iron Ingot

Shears Damaged Shears


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

Usage[edit]

Best tools[edit]

Many blocks have a preferred tool to break them. Some blocks can only be broken with certain tools. The tool's material also affects how fast a block is mined. The best materials from worst to best in terms of mining speed are: wooden, stone, iron, diamond, gold.

Item durability[edit]

Different tools have different amounts of durability. Some uses require more durability to be used than others. A tool's durability is also affected by its material. The best materials from worst to best is: gold, wooden, stone, iron, diamond.

Some tools are not block-breaking tools: This includes hoes, bows, fishing rods, carrots on sticks, flint & steel, and buckets. 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.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Nugget Any iron tools +
Any fuel


Gold Nugget Any golden tools +
Any fuel


Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.3.112w18aWooden tools became able to be used as fuel for furnaces in case players didn't want to repair them or finish using them.
1.6.2?Instead of replacing the barehanded damage (1♥), pickaxes, shovels, axes and swords now add their damage onto the barehanded damage.
1.11.116w50aGolden and iron tools now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
1.1418w48aTools cannot be repaired by crafting.
1.14.3Pre-Release 3Tools can be once again be repaired by crafting.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0Added stone tools and shears.
0.3.0Added wooden tools.
0.3.2Added iron, diamond, and golden tools.
0.3.3Added bows.
0.4.0Added flint and steel and all hoe types.
0.7.0Added buckets.
0.7.4Flint and steel will now ignite creepers.
0.8.0build 2Added flint and steel and shears to the creative inventory.
0.11.0build 1Added fishing rod.
0.15.0build 1Added carrot on a stick and leads.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Golden and iron tools now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
Legacy Console Edition
TU53CU431.49Patch 23Patch s3Golden and iron tools now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Tools" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • Gold tools are actually ranked as superior to diamond tools on the Legacy Console Edition's crafting screen.
  • Wooden tools can be burned in a furnace regardless of its durability; this means the player can burn a wooden tool that has only 1 use left.

See also[edit]