Nightmare Pickaxe

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Nightmare Pickaxe
Nightmare Pickaxe.png
Type Tool
Damage 9
Power 65%
Knockback 3
Max stack 1
Rarity Rarity Level: 1
Use time 19 (Very Fast)
Tooltip Able to mine Hellstone
Sell 36 Silver Coin
Internal Item ID: 103

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, the Deathbringer Pickaxe, and the Reaver Shark are the only pre-Hardmode pickaxes able to mine Ebonstone Blocks, Obsidian, Hellstone, Crimstone, 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
  • Crimstone
  • Ebonstone
  • Dungeon Bricks



Crafting Station
Lead Anvil.png Lead Anvil /
Iron 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


  • 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.


Demonite Ore.png Ore • Demonite Bar.png Bar • Demonite Brick.png Brick • Demonite Brick Wall.png Brick Wall • Nightmare Pickaxe.png Nightmare Pickaxe • War Axe of the Night.png War Axe of the Night • The Breaker.png The Breaker • Fisher of Souls.png Fisher of Souls

Light's Bane.png Light's Bane • Demon Bow.png Demon Bow • Ball O' Hurt.png Ball O' Hurt • Shadow Scalemail.png Armor (Ancient Shadow Scalemail.png Ancient)
Tools: Iron Pickaxe.png Usual Tools • Dual Hook.png Grappling Hooks • Shadow Orb (item).png Summoning Tools • Wrench.png Other Tools