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 Pickaxe


The durability of the two pickaxes 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

Clock Gold Ingot +
Redstone Dust

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.
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.
Fishing Rod Stick +
String

Fishing Rod Damaged Fishing Rod


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

Item durability[edit]

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
1.3.1 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.
1.6.2 Instead of replacing the barehanded damage (1 (Half Heart.svg)), pickaxes, shovels, axes and swords now add their damage onto the barehanded damage.
1.11.1 16w50a Golden and iron tools now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added stone tools and shears.
0.3.0 Added wooden tools.
0.3.2 Added iron, diamond, and golden tools.
0.3.3 Added bows.
0.4.0 Added flint and steel and all hoe types.
0.7.0 Added buckets.
0.7.4 Flint and steel will now ignite creepers.
0.8.0 build 2 Added flint and steel and shears to the creative inventory.
0.11.0 build 1 Added fishing rod.
0.15.0 build 1 Added carrot on a stick and leads.
Pocket Edition
1.1 alpha 1.1.0.0 Golden 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]

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