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Pickaxes

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For other items which have pickaxe power, see drills.

Pickaxes are tools used to remove ("mine") blocks and furniture, normally converting them to item form. They cannot remove background walls (this requires a hammer instead), nor cut down trees (which requires an axe or chainsaw). They also double as basic melee weapons. Some of the Hardmode-tier pickaxes have drill counterparts, which as of 1.4Desktop version will mine faster than their pickaxe counterparts. New players spawn with a Copper Pickaxe; in Journey ModeDesktop version with an Iron Pickaxe instead.

When evaluating the practical efficiency of a pickaxe, two things should be taken into consideration: 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. The use time attribute can safely be disregarded, because it 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]

There are currently 31 different pickaxes available in Terraria, 15 of which are Hardmode-exclusive.

Name Max Block Pickaxe
power
Axe
power
Damage Bonus Use time Mining
speed
Knockback HM Rarity Sell
Cactus Pickaxe Cactus Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 882
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 35% % 4 - 25
(Fast)
16 2
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 400*4
Copper Pickaxe Copper Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3509
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 35% % 4 -1 range 23
(Fast)
15 2
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 100*1
Tin Pickaxe Tin Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3503
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 35% % 5 - 21
(Fast)
14 2
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 150*150
Iron Pickaxe Iron Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 40% % 5 - 20
(Very fast)
13 2
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 400*4
Lead Pickaxe Lead Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3497
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 43% % 6 - 19
(Very fast)
12 2
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 600*6
Silver Pickaxe Silver Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3515
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 45% % 6 - 19
(Very fast)
11 2
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 1000*10
Tungsten Pickaxe Tungsten Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3491
Meteorite 50% % 6 - 21
(Fast)
19 2
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 1500*15
Gold Pickaxe Gold Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3521
Crimtane Ore Demonite Ore 55% % 6 - 20
(Very fast)
17 2
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 2000*20
Candy Cane Pickaxe Candy Cane PickaxeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 1917
Crimtane Ore Demonite Ore 55% % 7 - 20
(Very fast)
16 2.5
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 2000*20
Fossil Pickaxe Fossil PickaxeDesktop version
Internal Item ID: 4059
Crimtane Ore Demonite Ore 55% % 8 - 18
(Very fast)
14 4
(Weak)
No 1*Rarity level: 1 3000*30
Bone Pickaxe Bone Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1320
Crimtane Ore Demonite Ore Desktop Version
Meteorite Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version
55% Desktop Version
50% Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version
% 8 - 19
(Very fast)
11 3
(Very weak)
No 1*Rarity level: 1 3000*30 Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
3600*36 Old-gen console version3DS Version
Reaver Shark Reaver Shark
Internal Item ID: 2341
Crimtane Ore Demonite Ore Desktop version
Cobalt Ore Palladium Ore Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version
59% Desktop version
100% Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version
% 16 - 22
(Fast)
18 3
(Very weak)
No 3*Rarity level: 3 15000*150
Platinum Pickaxe Platinum Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3485
Crimtane Ore Demonite Ore 59% % 7 - 19
(Very fast)
15 2
(Very weak)
No 0*Rarity level: 0 3000*30
Nightmare Pickaxe Nightmare Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 103
Hellstone Obsidian Ebonstone Block
Crimstone Block Desert Fossil Dungeon Bricks
65% % 9 - 20
(Very fast)
15 3
(Very weak)
No 1*Rarity level: 1 3600*36
Deathbringer Pickaxe Deathbringer Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 798
Hellstone Obsidian Ebonstone Block
Crimstone Block Desert Fossil Dungeon Bricks
70% % 12 - 22
(Fast)
14 3.5
(Weak)
No 1*Rarity level: 1 3600*36
Molten Pickaxe Molten Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 122
Cobalt Ore Palladium Ore 100% % 12 - 23
(Fast)
18 2
(Very weak)
No 3*Rarity level: 3 5400*54
Cobalt Pickaxe Cobalt Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 776
Mythril Ore Orichalcum Ore 110% % 10 - 25
(Fast)
13 5
(Average)
Yes 4*Rarity level: 4 10800*18
Palladium Pickaxe Palladium Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1188
Mythril Ore Orichalcum Ore 130% % 12 - 25
(Fast)
12 5
(Average)
Yes 4*Rarity level: 4 14400*144
Mythril Pickaxe Mythril Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 777
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 150% % 15 - 25
(Fast)
10 5
(Average)
Yes 4*Rarity level: 4 16200*162
Orichalcum Pickaxe Orichalcum Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1195
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 165% % 17 - 25
(Fast)
9 5
(Average)
Yes 4*Rarity level: 4 19800*198
Adamantite Pickaxe Adamantite Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 778
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 180% % 20 - 25
(Fast)
8 5
(Average)
Yes 4*Rarity level: 4 21600*216
Titanium Pickaxe Titanium Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1202
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 190% % 27 - 25
(Fast)
7 5
(Average)
Yes 4*Rarity level: 4 25200*252
Spectre Pickaxe Spectre Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1506
Chlorophyte Ore 200% % 32 +3 range 24
(Fast)
10 5.25
(Average)
Yes 8*Rarity level: 8 43200*432
Chlorophyte Pickaxe Chlorophyte Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1230
Chlorophyte Ore 200% % 40 +1 range 25
(Fast)
7 5
(Average)
Yes 7*Rarity level: 7 43200*432
Pickaxe Axe Pickaxe Axe
Internal Item ID: 990
Chlorophyte Ore 200% 110% 35 - 25
(Fast)
7 4.75
(Average)
Yes 4*Rarity level: 4 44000*440
Shroomite Digging Claw Shroomite Digging ClawDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 2176
Chlorophyte Ore 200% 125% 45 -1 range 12
(Very fast)
4 6
(Average)
Yes 8*Rarity level: 8 40000*4
Picksaw Picksaw
Internal Item ID: 1294
Lihzahrd Brick 210% 125% 34 +1 range 16
(Very fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Yes 7*Rarity level: 7 43200*432
Vortex Pickaxe Vortex PickaxeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 2776
Lihzahrd Brick 225% % 80 +4 range 12
(Very fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Yes 10*Rarity level: 10 70000*7
Nebula Pickaxe Nebula PickaxeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 2781
Lihzahrd Brick 225% % 80 +4 range 12
(Very fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Yes 10*Rarity level: 10 70000*7
Solar Flare Pickaxe Solar Flare PickaxeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 2786
Lihzahrd Brick 225% % 80 +4 range 12
(Very fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Yes 10*Rarity level: 10 70000*7
Stardust Pickaxe Stardust PickaxeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 3466
Lihzahrd Brick 225% % 80 +4 range 12
(Very fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Yes 10*Rarity level: 10 70000*7

Effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Block Hit points
Pickaxe hits required
(minimum Pickaxe power required)
Copper Pickaxe
(35)
Tungsten Pickaxe
(50)
Gold Pickaxe
(55)
Nightmare Pickaxe
(65)
Deathbringer Pickaxe
(70)
Molten Pickaxe
(100)
Cobalt Pickaxe
(110)
Mythril Pickaxe
(150)
Pickaxe Axe
(200)
Picksaw
(210)

Dirt BlockDirt Block
Sand BlockSand Block
Clay BlockClay Block
Mud BlockMud Block
Silt BlockSilt Block
Ash BlockAsh Block
Snow BlockSnow Block
Slush BlockSlush Block
Hardened Sand BlockHardened Sand BlockDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions

SpikeSpike

Wooden SpikeWooden Spike

50% 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Stone BlockStone Block
Ebonsand BlockEbonsand Block
Gold OreGold Ore
Gray BrickGray Brick
all blocks not listed here

100% 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
MeteoriteMeteorite 100% - 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Demonite OreDemonite Ore
Crimtane OreCrimtane Ore
100% 3[1] 2[1] 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
ObsidianObsidian 100% - - - 2 2 1 1 1 1 1

Ebonstone BlockEbonstone Block
Pearlstone BlockPearlstone Block
HellstoneHellstone
Crimstone BlockCrimstone Block

200% - - - 4 3 2 2 2 1 1

Dungeon BricksDungeon Bricks

200% 6[2] 4[2] 4[2] 4 3 2 2 2 1 1
Cobalt OreCobalt Ore
Palladium OrePalladium Ore
200% - - - - - 2 2 2 1 1
Mythril OreMythril Ore
Orichalcum OreOrichalcum Ore
300% - - - - - - 3 2 2 2
TombstoneTombstones 300% 10 7 6 5 5 4 3 2 2 2
Adamantite OreAdamantite Ore
Titanium OreTitanium Ore
400% - - - - - - - 3 2 2
Lihzahrd BrickLihzahrd Brick 400% - - - - - - - - - 2
Chlorophyte OreChlorophyte Ore 500% - - - - - - - - 3 3

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.0.1:
    • Reaver Shark can no longer mine Hellstone.
    • Drills now mine faster than Pickaxes of the same tier, but have smaller range and do not benefit from mining speed bonuses.
  • 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.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Demonite and Crimtane Ore can only be mined with < 55% Pickaxe Power if it is above 0ft in elevation
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dungeon Bricks can only be mined with < 65% Pickaxe Power if it is within the 30% of world width centered at world spawn point.