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Wooden Axe.pngStone Axe.pngIron Axe.pngGolden Axe.pngDiamond Axe.png



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






Strip wood

Data values

See Data values


See Data values

Axes are tools used to ease the process of collecting wood-based items.



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

Damaged Matching Axe

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


A vindicator spawns with an iron axe, and has a 8.5% (9.5% with Looting I, 10.5% with Looting II and 11.5% with Looting III) chance of dropping it upon death by player. It will usually have some level of damage, and will not be enchanted. However in Bedrock Edition and 1.14[upcoming], the iron axe will sometimes be enchanted.


Weapon Smith villagers sell iron axes for 6–8 emeralds as one of their initial tier trades, and enchanted diamond axes for 9–12 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.

Natural generation[edit]

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

Stone axes can be found in 30.2% of small underwater ruins chests, 14.7% of igloo chests, and 25.0% of bonus chests, all in groups of 1.

In woodland mansions, a room can appear that has a chest always containing an Efficiency I iron axe.


Chopping wood[edit]

An ахе is used to break logs and blocks derived from it faster than by using other tools. An axe uses 1 durability to break a block. For blocks that break instantly, it uses 0 durability.

Speed and durability[edit]

The following table summarizes the speed at which axes of different qualities perform.

Axes Hand Wood Stone Iron Diamond Golden
Durability 60 132 251 1562 33
Wooden Door 4.5 s 2.25 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 0.4 s
Wooden Trapdoor 4.5 s 2.25 s 1.15 s 0.75 s 0.6 s 0.4 s
Chest 3.75 s 1.9 s 0.95 s 0.65 s 0.5 s 0.35 s
Crafting Table 3.75 s 1.9 s 0.95 s 0.65 s 0.5 s 0.35 s
Fence 3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s
Fence Gate 3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s
Jukebox 3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s
Wood 3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s
Planks 3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s
Wooden Slabs 3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s
Wooden Stairs 3 s 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.5 s 0.4 s 0.25 s
Bookshelf 2.25 s 1.15 s 0.6 s 0.4 s 0.3 s 0.2 s
Banners 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.4 s 0.25 s 0.2 s 0.15 s
Jack o'Lantern 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.4 s 0.25 s 0.2 s 0.15 s
Pumpkin 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.4 s 0.25 s 0.2 s 0.15 s
Sign 1.5 s 0.75 s 0.4 s 0.25 s 0.2 s 0.15 s
Note Block 1.2 s 0.6 s 0.3 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s
Wooden Pressure Plate 0.75 s 0.4 s 0.2 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.1 s
Cocoa 0.3 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.05 s 0.05 s 0.05 s
Daylight Detector 0.3 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.05 s 0.05 s 0.05 s
Mushroom Block 0.3 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.05 s 0.05 s 0.05 s
Vines 0.3 s 0.15 s 0.1 s 0.05 s 0.05 s 0.05 s

Stripped logs/wood[edit]

Using an axe on a log or wood block will cause it to become a stripped log or a stripped wood block, respectively. This will consume one durability from the axe.


Java Edition[edit]

Damage done when using an axe as a weapon is more than that of a sword, though they take longer than a sword to recover. Axes lose 2 points of durability when used as a weapon, and deal different amount of damage and have different cooldown times based on the type:

Material Wooden Gold Stone Iron Diamond
Attack damage 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Attack Speed 0.8 1.0 0.8 0.9 1.0
Recovery time 1.25 s 1.0 s 1.25 s 1.11 s 1.0 s
DPS 5.6 7.0 7.2 8.1 9.0
Lifetime damage inflicted[note 1] 210 (Heart.svg × 105) 119 (Heart.svg × 59.5) 594 (Heart.svg × 297) 1134 (Heart.svg × 567) 7029 (Heart.svg × 3514.5)
  1. The formula to find the total lifetime damage is (Durability / 2) × Damage per hit = Lifetime damage minimum. The durability is halved because axes take double durability when used as a weapon. The formula also ignores enchantments and critical hits, and assumes the axe is at maximum charge
Disabling a shield[edit]

Attacking a shield user with an axe has a chance to disable the use of the shield for 5 seconds. The base chance is 25%, plus 5 percentage points per level of Efficiency on the axe, plus 75 percentage points if attacking while sprinting.

Legacy Console and Bedrock editions[edit]

In the Bedrock and Legacy Console editions, axes always attack instantly (without a cooldown) and do less damage than a sword of the same quality:

Attack damage
4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)


An axe can receive the following enchantments:

  1. a b Silk Touch and Fortune are mutually exclusive
  2. a b c Sharpness, Smite and Bane of Arthropods are mutually exclusive
  3. a b c d e Only available using enchanted books and an anvil


Wooden axes can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1 item per axe.

Smelting ingredient[edit]

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

Data values[edit]

Item Name ID Numericic ID‌[BE only]
Wooden Axe wooden_axe 271
Stone Axe stone_axe 275
Iron Axe iron_axe 258
Diamond Axe diamond_axe 279
Golden Axe golden_axe 286


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
MOAR ToolsConstruct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one shovel, one axe and one hoe).YesYesYesWii U, Switch15GBronze


Note: This video is outdated, since as of 15w34c axes actually deal more damage than a sword.


Java Edition Indev
0.31 2010-01-11 (1) Added iron axes, they can neither be obtained nor do they have any use.
An axe is used to gather wood 400% faster than by hand.
When starting in a new world the player is given one of each tools.
2010-01-22 Half of the axe head is removed.
2010-01-24 The other axe head is used instead.
A complete toolset is no longer given to the player on starting a new world. Instead there are multiple chests in the later called "Indev House" containing a stack of every available block / item including tools.
2010-01-28An axe held by the player appears more 3d like.
2010-01-29 Tools have tiers, in addition to iron, axes can now be made from wood, stone and diamond.
Added crafting recipe for iron axes as well as the newly introduced variants.
2010-01-30 Axes can now be made out of gold.
2010-02-01Tools take damage when being used. Better tools last longer.
Java Edition Beta
1.2 Gold tools, including axes, remove blocks faster than diamond tools.
1.5 Axes deal more damage to mobs and players than by hand, which means of all non-weapon tools, axes deal the most damage.
1.8 ?The damage increase was reverted.
Java Edition
1.3.1 12w16a Wooden and stone axes are now found in the new bonus chests.
12w18a Wooden axes can now be used as fuel in a furnace.
12w21a Blacksmith villagers now sell 1 diamond axe for 9–11 emeralds, and 1 iron axe for 6–7 emeralds.
1.8 14w02a Weapon smith villagers now sell 1 enchanted diamond axe for 9–12 emeralds, and 1 iron axe for 6–8 emeralds. Unenchanted diamond axes are no longer sold.
1.9 15w34a Axes now use the attack speed combat mechanic meter. The time it takes for the meter to fill up for an axe is 1.2 seconds.
15w34b Axes now have an attack speed of 0.8, taking about 1.25 seconds to fill the attack meter.
15w34c Axes do 4 more damage than previously
Axes now have an attack speed of 0.85.
Axes can temporarily disable shield use.
15w35a Damage reduced by one and speed increased to 0.9.
15w37a Stone and diamond axes now both do 9 damage, instead of the previous 8 and 10 respectively.
Axes now have attack speed based on the tier, with wooden and stone having a speed of 0.8, iron having a speed of 0.9, and diamond having a speed of 1
15w43a Stone axes may now be found in igloo basement chests.
15w44a Decreased average yield of stone and wooden axes from bonus chests.
1.11.1 16w50a Golden and iron axes now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, these items' numeral IDs were 271, 275, 258, 279 and 286.
18w07a Using an axe on bark or a log will now turn it into a stripped log.
18w09a Stone axes now can generate in the chests of underwater ruins.
pre2 Using an axe on a bark will now turn it into a stripped bark.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added stone axes.
0.3.0 Added wooden axes.
0.3.2 Added iron, diamond and golden axes.
0.11.0 build 11 All axes are now available in the creative inventory.
build 12 Removed all axes from creative.
build 13 Re-added axes to creative mode.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0 alpha Stone Axe now can be found inside Igloo basement chest.
1.0.4 alpha Iron axe and Enchanted Diamond Axe now sold by Weaponsmith Villager.
1.1.0 alpha Iron and golden axes are now smeltable.
Iron Axe with Efficiency I enchantment can be found inside a chest in woodland mansion.
Added Vindicator which rarely drop Iron Axe.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0 beta Wooden axe and Stone Axe can be found in a bonus chest.
1.4.0 beta Using an axe on a log will now turn it into a stripped log.
beta Stone Axe can be found inside underwater ruins chest.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.00Patch 11.0.1Added axes (all five types).
TU53CU431.49Patch 23Patch 1.0.3Iron and golden axes are now smeltable.


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  • Before 1.13, in the language files, axes were referred to as Hatchets.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.8/assets/minecraft/lang/en_US.lang, line 915: Iron Axe