Pickaxes

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For other items which have pickaxe power, see Drills.

Pickaxes are tools used to remove blocks and mine ores. They can remove placed Wood blocks, as well as placed furniture. However, they cannot remove background walls (this requires a hammer instead). They also double as basic melee weapons. Some of the Hardmode-tier pickaxes have drill counterparts. New players spawn with a Copper Pickaxe.

When evaluating the practical efficiency of a pickaxe, consider two things: the amount of hits required (from high pickaxe power); as well as the ticks per hit from low mining speed – see the respective pages for more details. Ignore the use time attribute, which reflects the weapon swing/animation and is not related to the hits for mining.

Pickaxes can use modifiers that increase speed, like Quick and Light. Accessories with a melee speed bonus will only affect the weapon swing, and will not affect mining hits (by affecting use speed not mining speed).

Types[edit | edit source]

Name Max Ore Pickaxe
Power
Axe
Power
Damage Bonus Use Time Mining
Speed
Knockback Autoswing Rarity Sell
Adamantite Pickaxe.pngAdamantite Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 778
Adamantite Ore.png Titanium Ore.png 180 0 20 n/a 24
(Fast)
7 5
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 4 Gold Coin 16 Silver Coin
Bone Pickaxe.pngBone Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1320
Meteorite.png 50 0 8 n/a 18
(Very Fast)
11 3
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 1 30 Silver Coin Desktop Version
36 Silver Coin Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version
Cactus Pickaxe.pngCactus Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 882
Gold Ore.png Platinum Ore.png 35 0 5 n/a 22
(Fast)
15 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0 Silver Coin
Candy Cane Pickaxe.pngCandy Cane PickaxeDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 1917
Crimtane Ore.png Demonite Ore.png 55 0 7 n/a 19
(Very Fast)
16 2.5
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0 20 Silver Coin
Chlorophyte Pickaxe.pngChlorophyte Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1230
Chlorophyte Ore.png 200 0 40 +1 range 24
(Fast)
7 5
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 7 Gold Coin 32 Silver Coin
Cobalt Pickaxe.pngCobalt Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 776
Mythril Ore.png Orichalcum Ore.png 110 0 10 n/a 24
(Fast)
13 5
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 4 Gold Coin Silver Coin
Copper Pickaxe.pngCopper Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3509
Gold Ore.png Platinum Ore.png 35 0 4 -1 range 22
(Fast)
15 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0 Silver Coin
Deathbringer Pickaxe.pngDeathbringer Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 798
Hellstone.png Obsidian.png Ebonstone Block.png
Crimstone Block.png Desert Fossil.png Blue Brick.png
70 0 12 n/a 21
(Fast)
14 3.5
(Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 1 36 Silver Coin
Gold Pickaxe.pngGold Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3521
Crimtane Ore.png Demonite Ore.png 55 0 6 n/a 19
(Very Fast)
17 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0 20 Silver Coin
Iron Pickaxe.pngIron Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1
Gold Ore.png Platinum Ore.png 40 0 5 n/a 19
(Very Fast)
13 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0  Silver Coin
Lead Pickaxe.pngLead Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3497
Gold Ore.png Platinum Ore.png 43 0 6 n/a 18
(Very Fast)
12 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0 Silver Coin
Nebula Pickaxe.pngLuminite PickaxesDesktop VersionConsole Version Lihzahrd Brick.png 225 0 80 +4 range 11
(Very Fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 10 Gold Coin
Molten Pickaxe.pngMolten Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 122
Cobalt Ore.png Palladium Ore.png 100 0 12 n/a 22
(Fast)
18 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 3 54 Silver Coin
Mythril Pickaxe.pngMythril Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 777
Adamantite Ore.png Titanium Ore.png 150 0 15 n/a 24
(Fast)
10 5
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 4 Gold Coin 62 Silver Coin
Nightmare Pickaxe.pngNightmare Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 103
Hellstone.png Obsidian.png Ebonstone Block.png
Crimstone Block.png Desert Fossil.png Blue Brick.png
65 0 9 n/a 19
(Very Fast)
15 3
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 1 36 Silver Coin
Orichalcum Pickaxe.pngOrichalcum Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1195
Adamantite Ore.png Titanium Ore.png 165 0 17 n/a 24
(Fast)
8 5
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 4 Gold Coin 98 Silver Coin
Palladium Pickaxe.pngPalladium Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1188
Mythril Ore.png Orichalcum Ore.png 130 0 12 n/a 24
(Fast)
11 5
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 4 Gold Coin 44 Silver Coin
Pickaxe Axe.pngPickaxe Axe
Internal Item ID: 990
Chlorophyte Ore.png 200 110 35 n/a 24
(Fast)
7 4.75
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 4 Gold Coin 40 Silver Coin
Picksaw.pngPicksaw
Internal Item ID: 1294
Lihzahrd Brick.png 210 125 34 +1 range 15
(Very Fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 7 Gold Coin 32 Silver Coin
Platinum Pickaxe.pngPlatinum Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3485
Crimtane Ore.png Demonite Ore.png 59 0 7 n/a 18
(Very Fast)
15 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0 30 Silver Coin
Reaver Shark.pngReaver Shark
Internal Item ID: 2341
Cobalt Ore.png Palladium Ore.png 100 0 16 n/a 21
(Fast)
18 3
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 3 Gold Coin 50 Silver Coin
Shroomite Digging Claw.pngShroomite Digging ClawDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 2176
Chlorophyte Ore.png 200 125 45 -1 range 11
(Very Fast)
4 6
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 8 Gold Coin
Silver Pickaxe.pngSilver Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3515
Gold Ore.png Platinum Ore.png 45 0 6 n/a 18
(Very Fast)
11 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0 10 Silver Coin
Spectre Pickaxe.pngSpectre Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1506
Chlorophyte Ore.png 200 0 32 +3 range 23
(Fast)
10 5.25
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 8 Gold Coin 32 Silver Coin
Tin Pickaxe.pngTin Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3503
Gold Ore.png Platinum Ore.png 35 0 5 n/a 20
(Very Fast)
14 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0 Silver Coin 50 Copper Coin
Titanium Pickaxe.pngTitanium Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1202
Adamantite Ore.png Titanium Ore.png 190 0 27 n/a 24
(Fast)
7 5
(Average)
Yes Rarity Level: 4 Gold Coin 52 Silver Coin
Tungsten Pickaxe.pngTungsten Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3491
Meteorite.png 50 0 6 n/a 20
(Very Fast)
19 2
(Very Weak)
Yes Rarity Level: 0 15 Silver Coin


Effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Block Hit Points Pickaxe Hits Required
(minimum pickaxe power required)
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5 Tier 6 Tier 7 Tier 8 Tier 9 Tier 10 Tier 11
Copper Pickaxe.png Tungsten Pickaxe.png Gold Pickaxe.png Nightmare Pickaxe.png Deathbringer Pickaxe.png Molten Pickaxe.png Cobalt Pickaxe.png Mythril Pickaxe.png Chlorophyte Pickaxe.png Picksaw.png Nebula Pickaxe.png
(35) (50) (55) (65) (70) (100) (110) (150) (200) (210) (225)
Dirt Block.pngDirt Block
Sand Block.pngSand Block
Clay Block.pngClay Block
Mud Block.pngMud Block
Silt Block.pngSilt Block
Ash Block.pngAsh Block
Snow Block.pngSnow Block
Slush Block.pngSlush Block
50% 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Stone Block.pngStone Block
Ebonsand Block.pngEbonsand Block
Gold Ore.pngGold Ore
Gray Brick.pngGray Brick
Many blocks not listed here
100% 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Meteorite.pngMeteorite 100% 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Demonite Ore.pngDemonite Ore
Crimtane Ore.pngCrimtane Ore
100% 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Obsidian.pngObsidian 100% 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Ebonstone Block.pngEbonstone Block
Crimstone Block.pngCrimstone Block
Pearlstone Block.pngPearlstone Block
Desert Fossil.pngDesert FossilDesktop VersionConsole Version
Hellstone.pngHellstone
Blue Brick.pngGreen Brick.pngPink Brick.pngDungeon Brick
200% 4 3 2 2 2 1 1 1
Cobalt Ore.pngCobalt Ore
Palladium Ore.pngPalladium Ore
200% 2 2 2 1 1 1
Mythril Ore.pngMythril Ore
Orichalcum Ore.pngOrichalcum Ore
300% 3 2 2 2 2
Adamantite Ore.pngAdamantite Ore
Titanium Ore.pngTitanium Ore
400% 3 2 2 2
Spike.pngSpike
Wooden Spike.pngWooden Spike
400% 12 8 8 7 6 4 4 3 2 2 2
Lihzahrd Brick.pngLihzahrd Brick 400% 2 2
Chlorophyte Ore.pngChlorophyte Ore 500% 3 3 3

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Pickaxes now used to remove furniture and wood blocks.
    • Hardmode metals can be made into pickaxes as well as drills.
    • Added pickaxes and drills for all the new alternate ores.
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