Pickaxes are required to obtain any stone related blocks and to mine ores.
Wooden pickaxes with full durability and damaged stone pickaxes can be found in a bonus chest.
Pickaxes are used to mine stone related blocks and ores. These blocks that pickaxes mine faster would usually not drop if not mined with one. Successive types include the abilities of previous ones but can mine faster, and give the player the ability to collect drops from some blocks.
- Bedrock cannot be broken by any means in Survival mode.
- Some blocks drop nothing even with a diamond pickaxe, such as the mob spawner.
Here are all the pickaxes in order of how many blocks they can mine. While the golden pickaxe is the fastest, there are some blocks it can't mine, which only the diamond pickaxe can mine.
|Pickaxe||Material||Speed||Breaks without dropping||Breaks faster||Collects|
|Wooden planks||Slowest||Iron, lapis, redstone, obsidian, topaz, ender gem.||Glowstone, odd rock ore, bone block.||Stone/cobblestone (dropping cobblestone), coal ore, sandstone, enderstone.|
|Cobblestone||Second slowest||Lapis lazuli ore, redstone ore, gold ore, diamond ore, ender gem ore||Glowstone, odd rock ore, bone block, stone/cobblestone (dropping cobblestone), coal ore, sandstone, enderstone.||Iron ore, coral|
|Iron ingot||Fast||Obsidian||Glowstone, odd rock ore, bone block, stone/cobblestone (dropping cobblestone).||Lapis lazuli ore, redstone ore, gold ore, diamond ore, ender gem ore. It can break anything but obsidian.|
|Gold ingot||Fastest||Same as the iron pickaxe||Same as the iron pickaxe||Same as the iron pickaxe|
|Diamond||Second fastest||(All possible collectable blocks are collected)||Fastest possible speed for everything||Can mine obsidian, as well as all other blocks(apart from bedrock)|
Pickaxes have different durability depending on which tool material they were made out of.
Different pickaxes have different item ids.
Here is a table:
|5||Craft a Wooden Pickaxe.||Make a wooden pickaxe.|
|6||Craft a Stone Pickaxe.||Make a stone pickaxe.|
|7||Craft an Iron Pickaxe.||Make an iron pickaxe.|
|Prior to 1.4.34||Day 10||
|Prior to 1.4.34||Day 11||
- In the image files of Mine Blocks there is a purple pickaxe, labeled "pickaxe6"