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




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





Data values

See data values


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 | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

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

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

Damaged Matching Pickaxe

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

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

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 26.0% of village blacksmith chests, 7.0% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts, 12.2% of stronghold altar chests, and 4.0% of stronghold storeroom chests, all in groups of 1.

Enchanted iron pickaxes can be found in 13.4% of End city chests in groups of 1.

Enchanted diamond pickaxes can be found in 13.4% of End city chests in groups of 1.

Trading[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Mining[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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)

2 (Heart.svg)

3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)





Console and Bedrock editions[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

A pickaxe can receive the following enchantments:

  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 | edit source]

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

Smelting ingredient[edit | edit source]

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

Achievements[edit | edit source]

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 pickaxePick up any type of pickaxe from a crafting table output.YesYesYesYes10GBronze

Getting an UpgradeConstruct a better pickaxePick up a pickaxe from a crafting table output that is not a wooden pickaxe.YesYesYesYes15GBronze

MOAR ToolsConstruct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe).YesYesYesWii U, Switch15GBronze

Advancements[edit | edit source]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Stone AgeMine stone with your new pickaxeMinecraftGet cobblestone in your inventory.minecraft:story/mine_stone
Getting an UpgradeConstruct a better pickaxeStone AgeGet a stone pickaxe in your inventory.minecraft:story/upgrade_tools
Isn't It Iron PickUpgrade your pickaxeAcquire HardwareGet an iron pickaxe in your inventory.minecraft:story/iron_tools

Data values[edit | edit source]

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

ID[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.31 January 11, 2010 Added wooden and stone pickaxes.
January 29, 2010 Added crafting recipes for wooden and stone pickaxes.
Added iron, diamond and golden pickaxes.
January 31, 2010 Pickaxes now take damage.
Pickaxes are now tiered - better axes last longer.
February 1, 2010 Better pickaxes are required to mine harder materials.
1.2 Before, the pickaxe had much less durability (usually half as much).
Gold pickaxes now mine certain materials much faster.
1.8 pre1 Iron pickaxes are now found in the new stronghold storeroom chests, and in the new mineshaft chests.
Official release
1.0 Beta 1.9-pre3 Iron pickaxes can now be found in the new stronghold altar chests.
1.0.0-RC1 Pickaxes and other tools make a sound when they break.
1.1 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 now sell 1 diamond pickaxe for 10–11 emeralds, and 1 iron pickaxe for 7–8 emeralds.
1.8 14w02a Tool smith villagers now sell 1 enchanted diamond pickaxe for 12–15 emeralds, and 1 enchanted iron pickaxe for 9–11 emeralds. Unenchanted pickaxes are no longer sold.
1.9 15w31a Enchanted iron and diamond pickaxes can now be found in end city ship chests.
15w34a Pickaxes 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 do less damage but recover quicker.
15w35a Pickaxes recover more slowly.
15w44a Decreased average yield of wood and stone pickaxes in bonus chests.
Increased average yield of iron pickaxes in mineshaft chests.
1.11.1 16w50a Golden and iron pickaxes now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
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 Removed all pickaxes from creative.
build 13 Re-added pickaxes to creative mode.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Iron and golden pickaxes are now smeltable.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added pickaxes (all five types).
TU53CU431.49Patch 23Patch s3Iron and golden pickaxes are now smeltable.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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

Publicity[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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