Minecraft Pickaxe

Pickaxes are useful tools that allow players to efficiently harvest a number of blocks, including various ores, building materials and rare resources. The quality of a pickaxe is determined by the material it is crafted from. Diamond pickaxes have more uses than any other type and are faster than every material except gold, which has very limited durability.


Type: Tools
Stackable: No
Renewable: Yes
Data Values
Wooden – dec: 270 hex: 10E
Stone – dec: 274 hex: 112
Iron – dec: 257 hex: 101
Gold – dec: 285 hex: 11D
Diamond – dec: 278 hex: 116

Minecraft Pickaxe


Pickaxes are a primary tool for any player in survival or single player mode. It is practically impossible to progress without at least using an iron pickaxe. Pickaxes are useful for harvesting the following blocks:
Ores: Coal, diamond, gold, iron, lapis lazuli and redstone.
Stone: Cobblestone, end stone, moss stone, nether brick, nether brick fence, netherrack, obsidian, sandstone, slabs, stone and stone brick.
You can also attack mobs with a pickaxe, but it is not as effective as axes and swords.


Crafting a pickaxe: Combine 2 sticks with 3 wooden planks, cobblestone, iron ingots, gold ingots or diamond gems.

Name Ingredients Input >> Output
Pickaxes Sticks and Wooden Planks or Cobblestone or Iron Ingots or Gold Ingots or Diamond Gems. Crafting Pickaxes from Several Resources

Makes mining stone-type blocks faster.

Speed and Durability

The table below shows how long it takes for each type of pickaxe to harvest all block and ore types. Red highlighting means that the ore cannot be collected using that type of pickaxe. Yellow highlighting means that the block will not drop anything regardless of what tool is used.

Minecraft Pickaxe Durability and Speed

Interesting Facts

  • When the Beta 1.2 version was released, pickaxes practically doubled in average durability.
  • Players need to use a pickaxe in order to earn two different achievements: “Time to Mine!” and “Getting an Upgrade.”
  • You can find pickaxes in chests that spawn in villagers and mineshafts.

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