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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 and will destroy blocks as as swiftly as an item not related to the tool's category or the player's hand. 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 gives 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

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


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 Wpickaxe
112.5 16.9 8.45 5.65 4.25 3.75 2.85
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Anvil
5 Wpickaxe
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Block of Coal
5 Wpickaxe
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Block of Diamond
5 IPickaxegraphic
25 12.5 6.25 1.25 0.95 0.85 2.1
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Block of Emerald
5 IPickaxegraphic
25 12.5 6.25 1.25 0.95 0.85 2.1
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Block of Iron
5 AChievement Pick
25 12.5 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 2.1
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Block of Redstone
5 Wpickaxe
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Enchantment Table
5 Wpickaxe
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Iron Bars
5 Wpickaxe
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Iron Door
5 Wpickaxe
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Iron Trapdoor
5 Wpickaxe
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Spawner
5 Wpickaxe
25 3.75 1.9 1.25 0.95 0.85 0.65
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Dispenser
3.5 Wpickaxe
17.5 2.65 1.35 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.45
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Dropper
3.5 Wpickaxe
17.5 2.65 1.35 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.45
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Furnace
3.5 Wpickaxe
17.5 2.65 1.35 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.45
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Block of Gold
3 IPickaxegraphic
15 7.5 3.75 0.75 0.6 0.5 1.25
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Coal Ore
3 Wpickaxe
15 2.25 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 0.4
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End Stone
3 Wpickaxe
15 2.25 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 0.4
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Hopper
3 Wpickaxe
15 2.25 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 0.4
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Lapis Lazuli Block
3 AChievement Pick
15 7.5 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 1.25
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Nether Quartz Ore
3 Wpickaxe
15 2.25 1.15 0.75 0.6 0.5 0.4
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Blue Ice
2.8 Pickaxe Graphic
4.2 2.1 1.05 0.7 0.55 0.5 0.35
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Brick
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Brick Stairs
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Cauldron
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Cobblestone
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Cobblestone Stairs
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Cobblestone Wall
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Mossy Cobblestone
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Nether Brick
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Nether Brick Fence
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Nether Brick Stairs
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Shulker Box
2 Pickaxe Graphic
3 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Slabs
(non-wooden)
2 Wpickaxe
10 1.5 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.35 0.25
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Concrete
1.8 Wpickaxe
9 1.35 0.7 0.45 0.35 0.3 0.25
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Andesite
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Dark Prismarine
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Diorite
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Granite
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Polished Andesite
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Polished Diorite
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Polished Granite
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Prismarine
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Prismarine Brick
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Smooth Stone
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Stone
1.5 Wpickaxe
7.5 1.15 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Glazed Terracotta
1.4 Wpickaxe
7 1.05 0.55 0.35 0.3 0.25 0.2
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Terracotta
1.25 Wpickaxe
6.25 0.95 0.5 0.35 0.25 0.25 0.2
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Block of Quartz
0.8 Wpickaxe
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Quartz Stairs
0.8 Wpickaxe
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Red Sandstone
0.8 Wpickaxe
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Red Sandstone Stairs
0.8 Wpickaxe
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Sandstone
0.8 Wpickaxe
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Sandstone Stairs
0.8 Wpickaxe
4 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Activator Rail
0.7 Pickaxe Graphic
1.05 0.55 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Detector Rail
0.7 Pickaxe Graphic
1.05 0.55 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Powered Rail
0.7 Pickaxe Graphic
1.05 0.55 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Rail
0.7 Pickaxe Graphic
1.05 0.55 0.3 0.2 0.15 0.15 0.1
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Brewing Stand
0.5 Wpickaxe
2.5 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Frosted Ice
0.5 Pickaxe Graphic
0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Ice
0.5 Pickaxe Graphic
0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Packed Ice
0.5 Pickaxe Graphic
0.75 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Weighted Pressure Plates
0.5 Wpickaxe
2.5 0.4 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1
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Netherrack
0.4 Wpickaxe
2 0.3 0.15 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.05

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 sometimes have enchanted iron and diamond 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.
  • 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 a 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.
  • 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.
  • Despite common belief, a gold pickaxe is actually faster than a netherite pickaxe.
    • However, the low durability makes the netherite pickaxe a much better choice.

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