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Pickaxe
Pickaxe Anim
Type Tool
Uses Wood: 60
Stone: 132
Iron: 251
Gold: 33
Diamond: 1562
Stackable
No
Data Values Hex:
Wood: 10E
Stone: 112
Iron: 101
Gold: 11D
Diamond: 116

Dec:

Wood: 270
Stone: 274
Iron: 257
Gold: 285
Diamond: 278
Technical Name minecraft:wooden/gold/
iron/diamond/stone
pickaxe

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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 the preferred tool type. 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 are:


Crafting

ItemCSS
Wooden Pickaxe
ItemCSS
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


ItemCSS
Stone Pickaxe
ItemCSS
Iron Pickaxe
BlockCSS
Cobblestone
BlockCSS
Cobblestone
BlockCSS
Cobblestone
ItemCSS
Iron Ingot
ItemCSS
Iron Ingot
ItemCSS
Iron Ingot
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None None
ItemCSS
Stick
None
None
ItemCSS
Stick
None None
ItemCSS
Stick
None


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


Speed and Durability

A pickaxe will lose Durability at a faster rate if it is used to attack Mobs, opposed to mining.

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 type(s) 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 12.5 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 chests. Bonus Chests often have wooden pickaxes and sometimes stone pickaxes, while End Cities sometimes have enchanted iron and diamond pickaxes.
  • All solid blocks can be mined with a pickaxe, except for Bedrock and End Portal Frames, which cannot be mined. The speed and efficiency of any type of block or ore to be mined depend on the type of pickaxe being used.
  • A wooden pickaxe must be the first type of pickaxe created when first starting a new world, and the second type made must be a 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.
  • There is a rare glitch where, when a pickaxe breaks, it will instantly re-appear in one's inventory. This can be fixed by simply quitting the map, and then re-opening it.
  • Though golden pickaxes' durability is much weaker than other pickaxes, it is often easier to enchant.
  • A pickaxe is one of the most familiar weapons/tools for a player. Another common Tool for a player is the Sword.
  • Despite common belief, a Gold Pickaxe is actually very slightly faster than a Diamond Pickaxe.
    • However, the time difference is only a matter of milliseconds, and the low durability makes the Diamond Pickaxe a much better choice.

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