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Tools are a loose association of items that are used to perform the various non-combat tasks involved in Terraria gameplay, such as construction and exploration, among many others. Tools are generally wielded via the key while they are held as the active hotbar item; though they are differentiated from weapons, whose primary use is instead to inflict damage upon enemies. Tools are also differentiated from accessories, which provide passive abilities, while tools are used proactively.

Pickaxes, axes, and hammers are tools that are essential at all stages of gameplay for their ability to precisely dismantle world tiles, like placed Blocks, background Walls, plants, or placed furniture, and convert them all to collectible inventory items for re-placement in other locations, or for other uses, such as crafting. They also double as basic melee weapons, although they generally inflict far less damage than actual weapons of corresponding tiers.

Other important tools include the Magic Mirror, which teleports the player back to their spawn point; Hooks and Mounts, which aid travel; Keys, used to open locked chests; the Bucket, which transports liquid; the Bug Net, used to catch Critters; the Wrenches, used to construct mechanisms; and the Shadow Orb, Fairy Bell, and Wisp in a Bottle, which summon light-providing entities that follow the player. See below for other examples.

Multi-use Tools[edit | edit source]

Some tools have combined functionality:

Pickaxes and Drills[edit | edit source]

Pickaxes and Drills are used to free placed blocks or furniture for collection. When used on blocks, this is often referred to as "mining" or "digging". Their tier determines which types of blocks they can mine, as well as the number of hits it takes to remove each block type (see Pickaxe and Drill for those details). Drills function identically to Pickaxes, but with an alternate animation and sound effect.

Copper Pickaxe.png Copper Pickaxe Tin Pickaxe.png Tin Pickaxe Cactus Pickaxe.png Cactus Pickaxe
Iron Pickaxe.png Iron Pickaxe Lead Pickaxe.png Lead Pickaxe Silver Pickaxe.png Silver Pickaxe
Tungsten Pickaxe.png Tungsten Pickaxe Bone Pickaxe.png Bone Pickaxe Gold Pickaxe.png Gold Pickaxe
Candy Cane Pickaxe.png Candy Cane Pickaxe Platinum Pickaxe.png Platinum Pickaxe Nightmare Pickaxe.png Nightmare Pickaxe
Deathbringer Pickaxe.png Deathbringer Pickaxe Reaver Shark.png Reaver Shark Molten Pickaxe.png Molten Pickaxe
Cobalt Pickaxe.png Cobalt Pickaxe Cobalt Drill.png Cobalt Drill Palladium Pickaxe.png Palladium Pickaxe
Palladium Drill.png Palladium Drill Mythril Pickaxe.png Mythril Pickaxe Mythril Drill.png Mythril Drill
Orichalcum Pickaxe.png Orichalcum Pickaxe Orichalcum Drill.png Orichalcum Drill Adamantite Pickaxe.png Adamantite Pickaxe
Adamantite Drill.png Adamantite Drill Titanium Pickaxe.png Titanium Pickaxe Titanium Drill.png Titanium Drill
Pickaxe Axe.png Pickaxe Axe Drax.png Drax Chlorophyte Pickaxe.png Chlorophyte Pickaxe
Chlorophyte Drill.png Chlorophyte Drill Spectre Pickaxe.png Spectre Pickaxe Shroomite Digging Claw.png Shroomite Digging Claw
Picksaw.png Picksaw Solar Flare Pickaxe.png Solar Flare Pickaxe Pc only.png Vortex Pickaxe.png Vortex Pickaxe Pc only.png
Nebula Pickaxe.png Nebula Pickaxe Pc only.png Stardust Pickaxe.png Stardust Pickaxe Pc only.png Laser Drill.png Laser Drill Pc only.png Pc only.png

Axes and Chainsaws[edit | edit source]

Axes and Chainsaws are used to harvest large plants like Trees, Cacti, and giant glowing mushrooms (Wood blocks are removed with a pickaxe instead). Chainsaws function identically to Axes, but with an alternate animation and sound effect. Hamaxes function as both Axes and Hammers.

Copper Axe.png Copper Axe Tin Axe.png Tin Axe Iron Axe.png Iron Axe
Lead Axe.png Lead Axe Silver Axe.png Silver Axe Tungsten Axe.png Tungsten Axe
Gold Axe.png Gold Axe Platinum Axe.png Platinum Axe War Axe of the Night.png War Axe of the Night
Blood Lust Cluster.png Blood Lust Cluster Meteor Hamaxe.png Meteor Hamaxe Molten Hamaxe.png Molten Hamaxe
Sawtooth Shark.png Sawtooth Shark Cobalt Waraxe.png Cobalt Waraxe Cobalt Chainsaw.png Cobalt Chainsaw
Palladium Waraxe.png Palladium Waraxe Palladium Chainsaw.png Palladium Chainsaw Mythril Waraxe.png Mythril Waraxe
Mythril Chainsaw.png Mythril Chainsaw Orichalcum Waraxe.png Orichalcum Waraxe Orichalcum Chainsaw.png Orichalcum Chainsaw
Adamantite Waraxe.png Adamantite Waraxe Adamantite Chainsaw.png Adamantite Chainsaw Titanium Waraxe.png Titanium Waraxe
Titanium Chainsaw.png Titanium Chainsaw Pickaxe Axe.png Pickaxe Axe Drax.png Drax
Chlorophyte Greataxe.png Chlorophyte Greataxe Chlorophyte Chainsaw.png Chlorophyte Chainsaw Spectre Hamaxe.png Spectre Hamaxe
Shroomite Digging Claw.png Shroomite Digging Claw Picksaw.png Picksaw Solar Flare Hamaxe.png Solar Flare Hamaxe Pc only.png
Vortex Hamaxe.png Vortex Hamaxe Pc only.png Nebula Hamaxe.png Nebula Hamaxe Pc only.png Stardust Hamaxe.png Stardust Hamaxe Pc only.png
The Axe.png The Axe Butcher's Chainsaw.png Butcher's Chainsaw Pc only.png Pc only.png Laser Drill.png Laser Drill Pc only.png Pc only.png

Hammers[edit | edit source]

Hammers are used to free background walls for collection, to destroy background walls which cannot be collected, to shape foreground blocks to create slopes and half-tiles, and to shape platforms to create stairs. They are also used to destroy Shadow Orbs and Crimson Hearts. The Pwnhammer, Hammush, and The Axe can additionally be used in Hardmode to destroy Altars, which triggers the spawning of new Hardmode Ores.

Wooden Hammer.png Wooden Hammer Boreal Wood Hammer.png Boreal Wood Hammer Palm Wood Hammer.png Palm Wood Hammer
Rich Mahogany Hammer.png Rich Mahogany Hammer Copper Hammer.png Copper Hammer Tin Hammer.png Tin Hammer
Ebonwood Hammer.png Ebonwood Hammer Shadewood Hammer.png Shadewood Hammer Lead Hammer.png Lead Hammer
Pearlwood Hammer.png Pearlwood Hammer Iron Hammer.png Iron Hammer Silver Hammer.png Silver Hammer
Tungsten Hammer.png Tungsten Hammer Gold Hammer.png Gold Hammer The Breaker.png The Breaker
Flesh Grinder.png Flesh Grinder Platinum Hammer.png Platinum Hammer Meteor Hamaxe.png Meteor Hamaxe
Molten Hamaxe.png Molten Hamaxe Rockfish.png Rockfish Pwnhammer.png Pwnhammer
Hammush.png Hammush Spectre Hamaxe.png Spectre Hamaxe Chlorophyte Warhammer.png Chlorophyte Warhammer
Chlorophyte Jackhammer.png Chlorophyte Jackhammer Solar Flare Hamaxe.png Solar Flare Hamaxe Pc only.png Vortex Hamaxe.png Vortex Hamaxe Pc only.png
Nebula Hamaxe.png Nebula Hamaxe Pc only.png Stardust Hamaxe.png Stardust Hamaxe Pc only.png The Axe.png The Axe

Wiring[edit | edit source]

These items aid the player in placing and removing Wire, as well as manipulating Actuators.

Wrench.png Wrench Blue Wrench.png Blue Wrench Green Wrench.png Green Wrench Yellow Wrench.png Yellow Wrench Pc only.png
Wire Cutter.png Wire Cutter Multicolored Wrench.png Multicolored Wrench Pc only.png The Grand Design.png The Grand Design Pc only.png Pc only.png Actuation Rod.png Actuation Rod Pc only.png Pc only.png

Painting[edit | edit source]

These items allow players to place or remove Paint.

Paintbrush.png Paintbrush Paint Roller.png Paint Roller Paint Scraper.png Paint Scraper
Spectre Paintbrush.png Spectre Paintbrush Spectre Paint Roller.png Spectre Paint Roller Spectre Paint Scraper.png Spectre Paint Scraper

Hooks[edit | edit source]

Hooks are used to surmount tall obstacles and negotiate gaps, by latching and hoisting the player onto remote surfaces.

Grappling Hook.png Grappling Hook Topaz Hook.png Topaz Hook Emerald Hook.png Emerald Hook
Amethyst Hook.png Amethyst Hook Sapphire Hook.png Sapphire Hook Ruby Hook.png Ruby Hook
Diamond Hook.png Diamond Hook Fish Hook.png Fish Hook Dual Hook.png Dual Hook
Ivy Whip.png Ivy Whip Slime Hook.png Slime Hook Spooky Hook.png Spooky Hook
Candy Cane Hook.png Candy Cane Hook Christmas Hook.png Christmas Hook Bat Hook.png Bat Hook
Skeletron Hand.png Skeletron Hand Web Slinger.png Web Slinger Worm Hook.png Worm Hook Pc only.png Pc only.png
Tendon Hook.png Tendon Hook Pc only.png Pc only.png Thorn Hook.png Thorn Hook Pc only.png Pc only.png Illuminant Hook.png Illuminant Hook Pc only.png Pc only.png
Anti-Gravity Hook.png Anti-Gravity Hook Pc only.png Pc only.png Lunar Hook.png Lunar Hook Pc only.png Pc only.png Static Hook.png Static Hook Pc only.png Pc only.png

Fishing Poles[edit | edit source]

Fishing Poles are used for Fishing.

Wood Fishing Pole.png Wood Fishing Pole Reinforced Fishing Pole.png Reinforced Fishing Pole Fisher of Souls.png Fisher of Souls
Fleshcatcher.png Fleshcatcher Fiberglass Fishing Pole.png Fiberglass Fishing Pole Mechanic's Rod.png Mechanic's Rod
Sitting Duck's Fishing Pole.png Sitting Duck's Fishing Pole Hotline Fishing Hook.png Hotline Fishing Hook Golden Fishing Rod.png Golden Fishing Rod

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]


Ice Mirror.png Ice Mirror Pc only.png

Magic Mirror.png Magic Mirror

Cell Phone.png Cell Phone Pc only.png Pc only.png

Rod of Discord.png Rod of Discord

Rope Coil.png Rope Coil

Umbrella.png Umbrella

Block Wands

Ice Rod.png Ice Rod

Dirt Rod.png Dirt Rod

Leaf Wand.png Leaf Wand

Living Wood Wand.png Living Wood Wand

Rich Mahogany Leaf Wand.png Rich Mahogany Leaf Wand Pc only.png Pc only.png

Living Mahogany Wand.png Living Mahogany Wand Pc only.png Pc only.png

Hive Wand.png Hive Wand

Bone Wand.png Bone Wand

Affects growth
Vile Powder.png Vile Powder Unholy Water.png Unholy Water
Vicious Powder.png Vicious Powder Pc only.png Blood Water.png Blood Water
Purification Powder.png Purification Powder Holy Water.png Holy Water
Staff of Regrowth.png Staff of Regrowth Clentaminator.png Clentaminator
Also see these for other non-combat items that are not held, swung, or thrown:

Empty Bucket.png Bucket

Bottomless Water Bucket.png Bottomless Water Bucket Pc only.png Pc only.png

Super Absorbant Sponge.png Super Absorbant Sponge Pc only.png Pc only.png

Bug Net.png Bug Net

Golden Bug Net.png Golden Bug Net Pc only.png Pc only.png

Breathing Reed.png Breathing Reed

Sickle.png Sickle

Binoculars.png Binoculars

Portal Gun.png Portal Gun Pc only.png Pc only.png

Money Trough.png Money Trough Pc only.png Pc only.png

Unobtainable[edit | edit source]

Red Potion.png
Red Potion.png
The item(s) or effects described in this section exist as functional game items, but cannot be acquired through normal gameplay.
Pc only.png Desktop-Only Content: This information (or parts of it) applies only to the desktop version of Terraria.
Nebula Axe.png Nebula Axe Nebula Chainsaw.png Nebula Chainsaw Nebula Drill.png Nebula Drill
Nebula Hammer.png Nebula Hammer
Solar Flare Axe.png Solar Flare Axe Solar Flare Chainsaw.png Solar Flare Chainsaw Solar Flare Drill.png Solar Flare Drill
Solar Flare Hammer.png Solar Flare Hammer
Stardust Axe.png Stardust Axe Stardust Chainsaw.png Stardust Chainsaw Stardust Drill.png Stardust Drill
Stardust Hammer.png Stardust Hammer
Vortex Axe.png Vortex Axe Vortex Chainsaw.png Vortex Chainsaw Vortex Drill.png Vortex Drill
Vortex Hammer.png Vortex Hammer

Tools: Iron Pickaxe.png Usual Tools • Dual Hook.png Grappling Hooks • Shadow Orb (item).png Summoning Tools • Wrench.png Other Tools