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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 (Most‌[upcoming: 1.16]) 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 Matching Damaged Pickaxes


The durability of the two pickaxes is added together, plus an extra 5% of the tool type's total durability.
Netherite Pickaxe Diamond Pickaxe +
Netherite Ingot


[upcoming: BE 1.16.0]
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.
Netherite Hoe Diamond Hoe +
Netherite Ingot


[upcoming: BE 1.16.0]
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.
Netherite Axe Diamond Axe +
Netherite Ingot


[upcoming: BE 1.16.0]
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.
Netherite Shovel Diamond Shovel +
Netherite Ingot


[upcoming: BE 1.16.0]
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


Upgrading[edit]

Netherite tools can only be obtained through upgrading.‌[upcoming: 1.16]

Ingredients Smithing recipe Description
Diamond Pickaxe or
Diamond Hoe or
Diamond Axe or
Diamond Shovel +
Netherite Ingot
Upgrade

[upcoming: JE 1.16]

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. 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. Materials from worst to best in terms of durability are: 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.

Item enchantability[edit]

Materials from worst to best in terms of enchantability are: diamond, stone, iron, wooden, gold.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

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


0.1
Gold Nugget Any golden tools +
Any fuel


0.1

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.
1.6.2releaseInstead of replacing the barehanded damage (1♥), pickaxes, shovels, axes and swords now add their damage onto the barehanded damage.[is this the correct version?]
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 231.0.3Golden 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]