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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 be used to gather any other blocks, but they aren't as effective as the preferred tool type (e.g. using a pickaxe to break dirt). As with all types of tools, there are various types of enchantments available for the pickaxe. The pickaxe is the tool that deals the third-highest amount of damage when compared to other tools.

Types

Listed from lowest mining strength to highest, the materials are:

Crafting

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Wooden Pickaxe
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Gold Pickaxe
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Wood Planks
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Wood Planks
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Wood Planks
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Gold Ingot
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Gold Ingot
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Gold Ingot
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Stick
None None
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None None
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Stone Pickaxe
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Iron Pickaxe
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Cobblestone
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Cobblestone
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Cobblestone
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Iron Ingot
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Iron Ingot
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Iron Ingot
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Stick
None None
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None None
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Diamond Pickaxe
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Diamond
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Diamond
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Diamond
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Speed

If a pickaxe is the recommended tool for the current block being broken, the mining speed is increased as shown below:

Wood Stone Iron Diamond Netherite Gold
12×

If the wrong tier pickaxe is used to mine a block, the mining speed is decreased by 70%.

The following table shows the time it takes to break each block.

  • A red background indicates that the block cannot be harvested with that type of pickaxe.
  • A yellow background indicates that the block cannot be harvested normally, but the breaking speed is still faster.
  • A green background indicates that the block can be harvested with that type of pickaxe.
Block Hardness Tool Breaking time (seconds)
Default Wood Stone Iron Diamond Netherite Gold
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Ender Chest
22.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
112.5 16.9 8.45 5.65 4.25 3.75 2.85
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Anvil
5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Block of Coal
5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Block of Diamond
5 IPickaxegraphic.png
25 12.5 6.25 1.25 0.95 0.85 2.1
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Block of Emerald
5 IPickaxegraphic.png
25 12.5 6.25 1.25 0.95 0.85 2.1
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Block of Iron
5 This block requires a Stone Pickaxe to be mined
25 12.5 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 2.1
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Block of Redstone
5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Enchantment Table
5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Iron Bars
5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Iron Door
5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Iron Trapdoor
5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Spawner
5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Dispenser
3.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
17.5 2.65 1.35 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.45
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Dropper
3.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
17.5 2.65 1.35 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.45
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Furnace
3.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
17.5 2.65 1.35 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.45
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Block of Gold
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15 7.5 3.75 0.75 0.6 0.5 1.25
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Coal Ore
3 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
15 2.25 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 0.4
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End Stone
3 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
15 2.25 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 0.4
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Hopper
3 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
15 2.25 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 0.4
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Lapis Lazuli Block
3 This block requires a Stone Pickaxe to be mined
15 7.5 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 1.25
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Nether Quartz Ore
3 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
15 2.25 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 0.4
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Blue Ice
2.8 This block requires Pickaxe to be mined
4.2 2.1 1.05 0.7 0.55 0.5 0.35
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Brick
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Brick Stairs
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Cauldron
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Cobblestone
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Cobblestone Stairs
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Cobblestone Wall
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Mossy Cobblestone
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Nether Brick
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Nether Brick Fence
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Nether Brick Stairs
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Shulker Box
2 This block requires Pickaxe to be mined
3 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Slabs
(non-wooden)
2 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Concrete
1.8 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
9 1.35 0.7 0.45 0.35 0.3 0.25
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Andesite
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Dark Prismarine
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Diorite
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Granite
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Polished Andesite
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Polished Diorite
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Polished Granite
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Prismarine
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Prismarine Brick
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Smooth Stone
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Stone
1.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Glazed Terracotta
1.4 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
7 1.05 0.55 0.35 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Terracotta
1.25 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
6.25 0.95 0.5 0.35 0.25 0.25 0.2
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Block of Quartz
0.8 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Quartz Stairs
0.8 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Red Sandstone
0.8 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Red Sandstone Stairs
0.8 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Sandstone
0.8 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Sandstone Stairs
0.8 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Activator Rail
0.7 This block requires Pickaxe to be mined
1.05 0.55 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Detector Rail
0.7 This block requires Pickaxe to be mined
1.05 0.55 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Powered Rail
0.7 This block requires Pickaxe to be mined
1.05 0.55 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Rail
0.7 This block requires Pickaxe to be mined
1.05 0.55 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Brewing Stand
0.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
2.5 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Frosted Ice
0.5 This block requires Pickaxe to be mined
0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Ice
0.5 This block requires Pickaxe to be mined
0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Packed Ice
0.5 This block requires Pickaxe to be mined
0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Weighted Pressure Plates
0.5 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
2.5 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Netherrack
0.4 This block requires a Wooden Pickaxe to be mined
2 0.3 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.05

Obtaining via Commands

Players can obtain pickaxes via commands, as long as they have cheats enabled on their game/server.

Trivia

  • In abandoned mineshafts, villages, and strongholds, iron pickaxes can be found inside chests. Bonus chests often have wooden pickaxes and sometimes stone pickaxes, while End Cities may contain enchanted iron and diamond pickaxes. The newly added bastion remnant structure may contain enchanted diamond and golden pickaxes.
  • All blocks can be mined with a pickaxe, except for air, bedrock, barriers, 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.
  • 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.
  • A pickaxe is one of the most familiar weapons/tools for a player. Another common tool for a player is the sword.
  • Pickaxes are renewable because wood, gold, and iron are all renewable, and one can obtain multiple pickaxes through trading with villagers.
  • A gold pickaxe has the fastest mining speed, but its durability is low makes other materials preferred.

Gallery

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