Wooden pickaxes with full durability can be found in 52.2% of bonus chest in stacks of 1.
Stone pickaxes with 20-50 damage can be found in 52.2% of bonus chests in stacks of 1.
Stone pickaxes with 50-100 damage can be found in 21.8% of loot chests in stacks of 1.
Pickaxes are crafted using three tool materials and two sticks.
Two pickaxes of the same material can be combined in the crafting grid to combine their durability. This can also be done through use of the anvil, to preserve enchantments.
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.
Pickaxes have different durability depending on which tool material they were made out of. The greater the tier the greater the number of blocks it is able to mine.
|Pickaxe||Material||Uses||Speed||Breaks without dropping||Breaks faster||Collects|
|Wooden planks||60||Slowest||Iron, lapis, redstone, obsidian, topaz, ender gem.||Glowstone, odd rock ore, bone block.||Stone/cobblestone (dropping cobblestone), coal ore, sandstone, enderstone.|
|Cobblestone||130||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||251||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||33||Fastest||Same as the iron pickaxe||Same as the iron pickaxe||Same as the iron pickaxe|
|Diamond||1500||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 can be enchanted directly through the enchantment table.
Enchantments applicable to pickaxes include:
*Note: Silk touch and fortune are mutually exclusive.
|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.|
Pickaxes use their ID to determine their grade.
Item data is used to determine the durability of the pickaxe. If using the
/give command, this can be specified using the third parameter. Positive integers are how much durability the pickaxe has taken away from full durability, and negative integers are how much durability the pickaxe has left. For example, the command
/give wooden_pickaxe 1 10 gives one wooden pickaxe with ten durability taken away from full durability.
|Prior to 1.4.34||Day 10||
|Prior to 1.4.34||Day 11||
|1.19||Nov 19, 2011||
|1.23||Nov 13, 2015||
|1.27||Nov 13, 2015||
- There is an unobtainable obsidian pickaxe in the game's code. It has 3000 durability points, and breaks many blocks instantly, and could also mine bedrock. It was added and is currently the only known remnant of a Points system where players would get points through an unknown way then trade them in for special/useful items.