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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. Note that removing blocks includes both ores and placed wood blocks. However, 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. 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 Rarity Sell
Cactus Pickaxe Cactus Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 882
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 35 - 5 - 23
(Fast)
15 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 400*4 Silver Coin.png
Tin Pickaxe Tin Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3503
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 35 - 5 - 21
(Fast)
14 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 150*1 Silver Coin.png 50 Copper Coin.png
Copper Pickaxe Copper Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3509
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 35 - 4 -1 range 23
(Fast)
15 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Iron Pickaxe Iron Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 40 - 5 - 20
(Very Fast)
13 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 400*4 Silver Coin.png
Lead Pickaxe Lead Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3497
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 43 - 6 - 19
(Very Fast)
12 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 600*6 Silver Coin.png
Silver Pickaxe Silver Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3515
Gold Ore Platinum Ore 45 - 6 - 19
(Very Fast)
11 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 1000*10 Silver Coin.png
Bone Pickaxe Bone Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1320
Meteorite 50 - 8 - 19
(Very Fast)
11 3
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 1 3000*30 Silver Coin.png Desktop VersionConsole Version
36 Silver Coin Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version
Tungsten Pickaxe Tungsten Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3491
Meteorite 50 - 6 - 21
(Fast)
19 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 1500*15 Silver Coin.png
Candy Cane Pickaxe Candy Cane PickaxeDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 1917
Crimtane Ore Demonite Ore 55 - 7 - 20
(Very Fast)
16 2.5
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 2000*20 Silver Coin.png
Gold Pickaxe Gold Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3521
Crimtane Ore Demonite Ore 55 - 6 - 20
(Very Fast)
17 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 2000*20 Silver Coin.png
Platinum Pickaxe Platinum Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 3485
Crimtane Ore Demonite Ore 59 - 7 - 19
(Very Fast)
15 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 0 3000*30 Silver Coin.png
Nightmare Pickaxe Nightmare Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 103
Hellstone Obsidian Ebonstone Block
Crimstone Block Desert Fossil Dungeon Brick
65 - 9 - 20
(Very Fast)
15 3
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 1 3600*36 Silver Coin.png
Deathbringer Pickaxe Deathbringer Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 798
Hellstone Obsidian Ebonstone Block
Crimstone Block Desert Fossil Dungeon Brick
70 - 12 - 22
(Fast)
14 3.5
(Weak)
Rarity level: 1 3600*36 Silver Coin.png
Reaver Shark Reaver Shark
Internal Item ID: 2341
Cobalt Ore Palladium Ore 100 - 16 - 22
(Fast)
18 3
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 3 15000*1 Gold Coin.png 50 Silver Coin.png
Molten Pickaxe Molten Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 122
Cobalt Ore Palladium Ore 100 - 12 - 23
(Fast)
18 2
(Very Weak)
Rarity level: 3 5400*54 Silver Coin.png
Cobalt Pickaxe Cobalt Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 776
Mythril Ore Orichalcum Ore 110 - 10 - 25
(Fast)
13 5
(Average)
Rarity level: 4 10800*1 Gold Coin.png 8 Silver Coin.png
Palladium Pickaxe Palladium Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1188
Mythril Ore Orichalcum Ore 130 - 12 - 25
(Fast)
11 5
(Average)
Rarity level: 4 14400*1 Gold Coin.png 44 Silver Coin.png
Mythril Pickaxe Mythril Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 777
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 150 - 15 - 25
(Fast)
10 5
(Average)
Rarity level: 4 16200*1 Gold Coin.png 62 Silver Coin.png
Orichalcum Pickaxe Orichalcum Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1195
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 165 - 17 - 25
(Fast)
8 5
(Average)
Rarity level: 4 19800*1 Gold Coin.png 98 Silver Coin.png
Adamantite Pickaxe Adamantite Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 778
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 180 - 20 - 25
(Fast)
7 5
(Average)
Rarity level: 4 21600*2 Gold Coin.png 16 Silver Coin.png
Titanium Pickaxe Titanium Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1202
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 190 - 27 - 25
(Fast)
7 5
(Average)
Rarity level: 4 25200*2 Gold Coin.png 52 Silver Coin.png
Chlorophyte Pickaxe Chlorophyte Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1230
Chlorophyte Ore 200 - 40 +1 range 25
(Fast)
7 5
(Average)
Rarity level: 7 43200*4 Gold Coin.png 32 Silver Coin.png
Pickaxe Axe Pickaxe Axe
Internal Item ID: 990
Chlorophyte Ore 200 110 35 - 25
(Fast)
7 4.75
(Average)
Rarity level: 4 44000*4 Gold Coin.png 40 Silver Coin.png
Shroomite Digging Claw Shroomite Digging ClawDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 2176
Chlorophyte Ore 200 125 45 -1 range 12
(Very Fast)
4 6
(Average)
Rarity level: 8 10000*1 Gold Coin.png
Spectre Pickaxe Spectre Pickaxe
Internal Item ID: 1506
Chlorophyte Ore 200 - 32 +3 range 24
(Fast)
10 5.25
(Average)
Rarity level: 8 43200*4 Gold Coin.png 32 Silver Coin.png
Picksaw Picksaw
Internal Item ID: 1294
Lihzahrd Brick 210 125 34 +1 range 16
(Very Fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Rarity level: 7 43200*4 Gold Coin.png 32 Silver Coin.png
Nebula Pickaxe Nebula PickaxeDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 2781
Lihzahrd Brick 225 - 80 +4 range 12
(Very Fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Rarity level: 10 50000*5 Gold Coin.png
Solar Flare Pickaxe Solar Flare PickaxeDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 2786
Lihzahrd Brick 225 - 80 +4 range 12
(Very Fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Rarity level: 10 50000*5 Gold Coin.png
Stardust Pickaxe Stardust PickaxeDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3466
Lihzahrd Brick 225 - 80 +4 range 12
(Very Fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Rarity level: 10 50000*5 Gold Coin.png
Vortex Pickaxe Vortex PickaxeDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 2776
Lihzahrd Brick 225 - 80 +4 range 12
(Very Fast)
6 5.5
(Average)
Rarity level: 10 50000*5 Gold Coin.png

Effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Power/speed comparison of pickaxes and drills
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)
Chlorophyte Pickaxe
(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 VersionConsole Version

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

Blue BrickGreen BrickPink Brick Dungeon Brick

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
Adamantite OreAdamantite Ore
Titanium OreTitanium Ore
400% - - - - - - - 3 2 2
SpikeSpike
Wooden SpikeWooden Spike
400% 12 8 8 7 6 4 4 3 2 2
Lihzahrd BrickLihzahrd Brick 400% - - - - - - - - - 2
Chlorophyte OreChlorophyte Ore 500% - - - - - - - - 3 3
  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.

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.