Nightmare Pickaxe

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Nightmare Pickaxe
Nightmare Pickaxe.png
Type Tool
Damage 9
Power 65%
Knockback 3
Max stack 1
Rarity Blue
Use time 19 (Very Fast)
Tooltip Able to mine Hellstone
Sell 36 Silver Coin

The Nightmare Pickaxe is the fifth tier of Pickaxe, being one tier above the Gold Pickaxe and one tier below the Molten Pickaxe. Like all pickaxes, it is used to mine a majority of blocks and ores. Its Crimson world equivalent is the Deathbringer Pickaxe. This, the Molten Pickaxe, and the Deathbringer Pickaxe are the only non-Hardmode pickaxes able to mine Ebonstone Blocks, Obsidian, Hellstone, and Dungeon Bricks.

One hit needed
@ 3.6 blocks per second
Two hits needed
@ 1.9 blocks per second
Four hits needed
@1 block per second
  • Ash
  • Clay
  • Dirt
  • Mud
  • Sand
  • Silt
  • Bricks
  • Demonite
  • Gems
  • Grass
  • Ores
  • Obsidian
  • Stone
  • Hellstone
  • Meteorite
  • Ebonstone
  • Dungeon Bricks


[edit] Crafting

[edit] Recipe

Crafting Station
Lead Anvil.pngIron Anvil.png Iron Anvil
Ingredient(s) Amount
Demonite Bar.png Demonite Bar 12
Shadow Scale.png Shadow Scale 6
Nightmare Pickaxe.png Nightmare Pickaxe 1

[edit] Notes

  • The Nightmare Pickaxe is actually much faster than the higher-tier Molten Pickaxe at mining weak block types: Ash, Clay, Dirt, Mud and Sand. It is still slower at mining stronger block types, which includes everything that requires more than one hit. Therefore, even when you can acquire the Molten Pickaxe, it is advisable to keep this one around so they can be swapped as needed. Rapid swapping is possible by selecting the pick which is later in your inventory and then holding shift to swap to the other pick as needed.
    • After reaching hardmode and acquiring a Cobalt/Palladium Drill or Cobalt/Palladium Pickaxe, however, you can discard both of your pickaxes as drills are stronger and faster than both the molten and nightmare pickaxes.
  • One tactic for getting the Nightmare Pickaxe relatively early on is to defeat the Eye of Cthulhu to obtain the ore required to make the Demonite Bar (the eye may need to be defeated twice depending on how much ore is dropped). Then fight the Eater of Worlds to obtain the Shadow Scales. The Eater of Worlds drops items after each of it's segments are destroyed, therefore, the player needs only to destroy 6 segments to obtain the scales required to make the pickaxe. The same applies for getting the Deathbringer Pickaxe, as each eye of the Brain of Cthulhu will drop a Tissue Sample. Upon leaving the Corruption or Crimson biome, the boss should de-spawn. A player could use the Magic Mirror for this, which is a fairly common item.

[edit] History

Demon Bow • War Axe of the Night • Light's Bane • Nightmare Pickaxe • The Breaker
Shadow Armor
Iron Pickaxe.png Usual Tools • Dual Hook.png Grappling Hooks • Wrench.png Other Tools
Usual Tools
Digging Tools Pickaxes Copper • Tin • Cactus • Iron • Lead • Silver • Tungsten • Bone • Candy Cane • Gold • Platinum • Nightmare • Deathbringer • Molten • Cobalt • Palladium • Mythril • Orichalcum • Adamantite • Titanium • Chlorophyte • Spectre
Drills Cobalt • Palladium • Mythril • Orichalcum • Adamantite • Titanium • Chlorophyte
Cutting Tools Axes Copper • Tin • Iron • Lead • Silver • Tungsten • Gold • Platinum • War Axe of the Night • Blood Lust Cluster • Cobalt • Palladium • Mythril • Orichalcum • Adamantite • Titanium • Chlorophyte
Chainsaws Cobalt • Palladium • Mythril • Orichalcum • Adamantite • Titanium • Chlorophyte
Hammers Wooden (Rich Mahogany • Ebonwood • Shadewood • Pearlwood) • Copper • Tin • Iron • Lead • Silver • Tungsten • Gold • Platinum • The Breaker • Flesh Grinder • Pwnhammer • Hammush • Chlorophyte (Warhammer • Jackhammer)
Multi-use Tools Pickaxe and Axe Pickaxe Axe • Drax • Shroomite Digging Claw • Picksaw
Hammer and Axe Meteor Hamaxe • Molten Hamaxe • Spectre Hamaxe • The Axe