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This article is about the in-game items. For program enhancing software, see Programs and Editors.

A tool is an item used by the player while held to perform actions faster and more efficiently, to gather materials not obtainable by hand, to gain information, or to perform completely new actions. With the exception of the clock, compass, empty bucket, and lead, tools do not stack in the inventory. Tools can be repaired; see Item Repair.

Obtaining[]

Mob loot[]

Main article: Drops

Some tools can be obtained by killing mobs that carry the equipment.

Crafting[]

Most tools can be obtained through crafting. (Netherite recipes not present)

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Flint and Steel Iron Ingot +
Flint


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Damaged Flint and Steel


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any stone-tier block +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Cobblestone or
Blackstone or
Cobbled Deepslate +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Damaged Wooden Hoe or
Damaged Stone Hoe or
Damaged Iron Hoe or
Damaged Golden Hoe or
Damaged Diamond Hoe or
Damaged Netherite Hoe


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any stone-tier block +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Cobblestone or
Blackstone or
Cobbled Deepslate +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Damaged Wooden Axe or
Damaged Stone Axe or
Damaged Iron Axe or
Damaged Golden Axe or
Damaged Diamond Axe or
Damaged Netherite Axe


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any stone-tier block +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Cobblestone or
Blackstone or
Cobbled Deepslate +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Damaged Wooden Pickaxe or
Damaged Stone Pickaxe or
Damaged Iron Pickaxe or
Damaged Golden Pickaxe or
Damaged Diamond Pickaxe or
Damaged Netherite Pickaxe


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks or
Iron Ingot or
Gold Ingot or
Diamond +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any stone-tier block +
Stick

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Damaged Wooden Shovel or
Damaged Stone Shovel or
Damaged Iron Shovel or
Damaged Golden Shovel or
Damaged Diamond Shovel or
Damaged Netherite Shovel


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Gold Ingot +
Redstone Dust

Clock
Ingredients Crafting recipe
String +
Slimeball
Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick +
String

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Damaged Fishing Rod


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot +
Redstone Dust

Compass
Ingredients Crafting recipe
String +
Rabbit Hide

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Iron Ingot

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Damaged Shears


Upgrading[]

Netherite tools can be obtained only through upgrading.

Ingredients Smithing recipe
Diamond Pickaxe or
Diamond Hoe or
Diamond Axe or
Diamond Shovel +
Netherite Ingot
Upgrade Gear


Usage[]

Best tools[]

Main article: Breaking

Many blocks have a preferred tool to break them. Some blocks can be broken only with certain tools. The tool's material also affects how fast a block is mined. Materials from worst to best in terms of mining speed are wooden, stone, iron, diamond, netherite, gold.

Item durability[]

Main article: Item durability

Different tools have different amounts of durability. Some uses require more durability to be used than others. A tool's durability is also affected by its material. Materials from worst to best in terms of durability are gold, wooden, stone, iron, diamond, netherite.

Some tools are not block-breaking tools: This includes bows, fishing rods, carrots on sticks, flint & steel, and buckets. Such tools are no better than bare fists at breaking blocks, but they do not take damage from doing so—they take damage from being used in their own intended manners.

Item enchantability[]

Materials from worst to best in terms of enchantability are diamond, stone, iron, wooden/netherite, gold.

Smelting[]

Main article: Smelting

Iron or golden tools can be smelted into nugget.

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Iron Nugget Any iron tools +
Any fuel


0.1
Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Gold Nugget Any golden tools +
Any fuel


0.1
Fuel
  • Wooden tools can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1 item per tool.
  • A fishing rod can be used as fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5‌[JE only]/1‌[BE only] items per fishing rod.

History[]

This section is missing information about earlier Java history between indev and 1.3.1. 
Please expand the section to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page.
Java Edition Indev
0.3120091231-2Iron shovels added.
20100110Iron axes and pickaxes added.
20100128Wooden, stone, and diamond tools added.
20100129Crafting recipes for wooden, stone, iron, and diamond tools added.
20100130Golden tools added.
20100131Tier system for wooden, stone, iron, diamond, and gold tools added. Each tier has a different mining speed multiplier and durability.
20100201-2Tools are now required to break blocks and ores.
Java Edition
1.0.0RC1Tools now make a breaking sound and have a breaking animation.
All tools now also have breaking animation.
RC2Tools no longer break quickly after loading a world that was saved in RC1.
1.3.112w17aTools now have infinite durability in creative mode.
12w18aWooden tools became able to be used as fuel for furnaces in case players didn't want to repair them or finish using them.
12w24aBreaking a block that can be instantly mined by hand (tall grass, torch, etc.) while holding a block-breaking tool no longer reduces the tool's durability.
1.6.113w21aInstead of replacing the barehanded damage (1♥), pickaxes, shovels, axes and swords now add their damage onto the barehanded damage.
1.11.116w50aGolden and iron tools now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
1.1418w48aTools cannot be repaired by crafting.
1.14.3Pre-Release 3Tools can be once again be repaired by crafting.
1.16.220w29aTools have a new arrange in the creative inventory
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.2.0Added stone tools and shears.
v0.3.0Added wooden tools.
v0.3.2Added iron, diamond, and golden tools.
v0.3.3Added bows.
v0.4.0Added flint and steel and all hoe types.
v0.7.0Added buckets.
v0.7.4Flint and steel now ignite creepers.
v0.8.0build 2Added flint and steel and shears to the creative inventory.
v0.11.0build 1Added fishing rod.
v0.15.0build 1Added carrot on a stick and leads.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0Golden and iron tools now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.
Legacy Console Edition
TU53CU43 1.49 Patch 231.0.3Golden and iron tools now smelt down into one of their respective nuggets.

Issues[]

Issues relating to "Tool" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[]

  • Gold tools are actually ranked as superior to diamond tools on the Legacy Console Edition's crafting screen.
  • Wooden tools can be burned in a furnace regardless of its durability; this means the player can burn a wooden tool that has only 1 use left.

See also[]

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