The 5 types of pickaxes







First Appearance

Update 0.2.0

Pickaxes are Tools that were added in Update 0.2.0.



Pickaxes can be crafted, or found naturally in generated Chests. Diamond and Iron Pickaxes may also be Traded for using Emeralds.



Pickaxes are used to mine Stone-related blocks and Ores. They can be used as a weapon, but this will increase the number of Durability points used as it is not an intended use.


Pickaxes can get several Enchantments such as Unbreaking and Silk Touch. This will cost ExperienceLapis Lazuli, and sometimes Enchanted Books if the Player is using an Anvil or an Enchantment Table.

  • Silk Touch allows the Player to mine an Ore without turning it into an Item.
  • Efficiency allows the Player to mine faster.
  • Fortune increases the drop rate of Ores.
  • Unbreaking makes the durability decrease slower by 10 percent. It can be Enchanted on all Tools, Armor and weapons.


  • Before Update 0.6.1, if a Diamond Pickaxe was used on Bedrock, the Pickaxe would break within 20 minutes, due to Bedrock being unbreakable.
  • The Golden Pickaxe is the fastest when mining Stone-related and Sandstone-related items, but has only 33 uses, making it the weakest Pickaxe.
  • If the Player mines a Block of a certain Ore with a lower-tier Pickaxe (e. g. mining Iron Ore with a Wooden Pickaxe), the ore will merely be destroyed.
  • Iron Pickaxes are sometimes found in Village Chests.
  • Golden Pickaxes are the only Pickaxes that cannot mine their corresponding Ore.
  • There is an Achievement in which the Player has to craft any kind of Pickaxe, called, 'Time to Mine!'
    • A successor to this Achievement is 'Getting an Upgrade’, which is obtained by crafting a better Pickaxe.
  • When a Pickaxe is Enchanted with Silk Touch it cannot be Enchanted with Fortune, and vice-versa.
  • Even though the Golden Picaxe is the weakest, it can get better enchantments.

Sword | Pickaxe | Axe | Shovel | Hoe | Flint and Steel | Shears | Compass | Clock | Carrot on a Stick | Fishing Rod

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