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[view] A Pickaxe is a tool used to mine blocks wielding the stone configuration 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.

Types

Listed from lowest mining strength to highest. The materials used are:


Crafting

Pickaxe
Piaxxeanimationsgif
Type
Durability
Stackable?
Wood Pickaxe Gold Pickaxe
BlockCSS
Wooden Plank
BlockCSS
Wooden Plank
BlockCSS
Wooden Plank
ItemCSS
Gold Ingot
ItemCSS
Gold Ingot
ItemCSS
Gold Ingot
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None None
ItemCSS
Stick
None
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None None
ItemCSS
Stick
None


Stone Pickaxe
BlockCSS
Cobblestone
BlockCSS
Cobblestone
BlockCSS
Cobblestone
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None


Iron Pickaxe
ItemCSS
Iron Ingot
ItemCSS
Iron Ingot
ItemCSS
Iron Ingot
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None


Diamond Pickaxe
ItemCSS
Diamond
ItemCSS
Diamond
ItemCSS
Diamond
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None


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.

Pickaxes None Wood Stone Iron Diamond Gold
Durability 60 132 251 1562 33
Obsidian 250 secs 125 secs 62.5 secs 41.7 secs 9.375 secs 20.85 secs
Iron Door 25 secs 7.5 secs 7.5 secs 7.5 secs 7.5 secs 7.5 secs
Block of Diamond 25 secs 12.5 secs 62.5 secs 1.25 secs 0.95 secs 2.08 secs
Block of Iron 25 secs 12.5 secs 2.5 secs 1.25 secs 0.95 secs 2.08 secs
Monster Spawner 25 secs 7.5 secs 7.5 secs 7.5 secs 2 secs 7.5 secs
Dispenser 17.5 secs 5.25 secs 5.25 secs 5.25 secs 5.25 secs 5.25 secs
Furnace 17.5 secs 5.25 secs 5.25 secs 5.25 secs 5.25 secs 5.25 secs
Coal Ore 15 secs 2.25 secs 1.15 secs 0.75 secs 0.6 secs 0.4 secs
Diamond Ore 15 secs 7.5 secs 3.75 secs 0.75 secs 0.6 secs 1.25 secs
Gold Ore 15 secs 7.5 secs 3.75 secs 0.75 secs 0.6 secs 1.25 secs
Iron Ore 15 secs 7.5 secs 1.15 secs 0.75 secs 0.6 secs 1.25 secs
Lapis Lazuli Ore 15 secs 7.5 secs 1.15 secs 0.75 secs 0.6 secs 1.25 secs
Redstone Ore 15 secs 7.5 secs 3.75 secs 0.75 secs 0.6 secs 1.25 secs
Block of Gold 15 secs 7.5 secs 3.75 secs 0.75 secs 0.6 secs 1.25 secs
Lapis Lazuli Block 15 secs 7.5 secs 1.15 secs 0.75 secs 0.6 secs 1.25 secs
Brick 10 secs 3 secs 3 secs 3 secs 3 secs 3 secs
Nether Brick 10 secs 3 secs 3 secs 3 secs 3 secs 3 secs
Cobblestone 10 secs 1.5 secs 0.75 secs 0.5 secs 0.4 secs 0.25 secs
Stone-related Slabs, Moss Stone, and Stone Stairs 10 secs 3 secs 1.5 secs 0.75 secs 0.375 secs 0.1875 secs
Stone 7.5 secs 2.25 secs 1.125 secs 0.5625 secs 0.28125 secs 0.1875 secs
Sandstone 4 secs 1.2 secs 0.6 secs 0.3 secs 0.15 secs 0.1 secs
Ice (drops only with silk touch enchantment on pickaxe) 0.75 secs 0.375 secs 0.1875 secs 0.09875 secs 0.049375 secs 0.0246875 secs
Stone Pressure Plate 2.5 secs 0.75 secs 0.375 secs 0.1875 secs 0.09375 secs 0.0625 secs
Netherrack 2 secs 0.6 secs 0.3 secs 0.15 secs 0.075 secs 0.05 secs

Trivia

  • In Abandoned Mineshafts, NPC Villages, and Strongholds, iron pickaxes can be found inside the chests.
  • 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.

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