A Pickaxe is a tool used to mine stone-type blocks and ores in any Minecraft world. They are required to gather stone resources for crafting and building, as well as gathering mineral resources such as Iron Ore and Coal. Pickaxes can also be used to gather other blocks, but they aren't as effective. As with all types of tools, there are various types of Enchantments available for the pickaxe. Of all the tools, the pickaxe is the tool that deals the third highest amount of damage when compared to other tools of the same composition.
Listed from lowest mining strength to highest. The materials used are:
Place any type of tip on the above in the three slots in the first row with two sticks as it were the handle in the center column.
Speed and Durability
The following table shows the time it takes to break each type of block. A block marked with a red background indicates that it cannot be harvested by that certain pickaxe and the block will be destroyed. A green background indicates the quickest tool types for the corresponding block. Note that some blocks will not drop anything regardless of the tool used.
All solid blocks can be mined with a Pickaxe except for Bedrock and End Portal Frames. The speed and efficiency of any type of block or ore to be mined depends on the type of pickaxe being used. With most blocks, Gold Pickaxes mine faster than others.
A wooden pickaxe must be the first type of pickaxe created when first starting a new world, and the second type made must be stone pickaxe. The third type created must be an iron pickaxe, but either diamond or gold pickaxes can be made after this. This order is made assuming the player does not find or trade for any pickaxes.
Gold pickaxes can mine quickly, but their durability is very low compared to other pickaxes, and they only work on the weakest stone blocks. However, they are often easier to enchant.
There is a rare glitch were, when a pickaxe breaks, it will instantly re-appear in your inventory. This can be fixed by simply quitting the map and then re-opening it.
A pickaxe is one of the most familiar weapons/tools for a player. Another common Tool for a player is the Sword.