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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. All tools to the right and below (and including itself) of the Cobalt Pickaxe are Hardmode, with one exception: users playing on the Mobile only.pngMobile version and 3DS logo.svg version can obtain the Drax pre-hardmode by locating one in a Shadow Chest, provided they have a Shadow Key.

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 Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png 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 Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
Picksaw.png Picksaw Solar Flare Pickaxe.png Solar Flare Pickaxe Desktop Version Vortex Pickaxe.png Vortex Pickaxe Desktop Version
Nebula Pickaxe.png Nebula Pickaxe Desktop Version Stardust Pickaxe.png Stardust Pickaxe Desktop Version Laser Drill.png Laser Drill Desktop Version

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 Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Picksaw.png Picksaw Solar Flare Hamaxe.png Solar Flare Hamaxe Desktop Version
Vortex Hamaxe.png Vortex Hamaxe Desktop Version Nebula Hamaxe.png Nebula Hamaxe Desktop Version Stardust Hamaxe.png Stardust Hamaxe Desktop Version
The Axe.png The Axe Butcher's Chainsaw.png Butcher's Chainsaw Desktop Version Laser Drill.png Laser Drill Desktop Version

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 Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Palm Wood Hammer.png Palm Wood Hammer Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
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 Desktop Version Vortex Hamaxe.png Vortex Hamaxe Desktop Version
Nebula Hamaxe.png Nebula Hamaxe Desktop Version Stardust Hamaxe.png Stardust Hamaxe Desktop Version 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 Desktop Version
Wire Cutter.png Wire Cutter Multicolor Wrench.png Multicolor Wrench Desktop Version The Grand Design.png The Grand Design Desktop Version Actuation Rod.png Actuation Rod Desktop Version

Painting[edit | edit source]

These items allow players to place or remove Paint.

Paintbrush.png Paintbrush Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Paint Roller.png Paint Roller Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Paint Scraper.png Paint Scraper Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
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 Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
Ivy Whip.png Ivy Whip Slime Hook.png Slime Hook Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Spooky Hook.png Spooky Hook Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
Candy Cane Hook.png Candy Cane Hook Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Christmas Hook.png Christmas Hook Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Bat Hook.png Bat Hook
Skeletron Hand.png Skeletron Hand Web Slinger.png Web Slinger Worm Hook.png Worm Hook Desktop Version
Tendon Hook.png Tendon Hook Desktop Version Thorn Hook.png Thorn Hook Desktop Version Illuminant Hook.png Illuminant Hook Desktop Version
Anti-Gravity Hook.png Anti-Gravity Hook Desktop Version Lunar Hook.png Lunar Hook Static Hook.png Static Hook Desktop Version

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 Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png Hotline Fishing Hook.png Hotline Fishing Hook Golden Fishing Rod.png Golden Fishing Rod

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]


Ice Mirror.png Ice Mirror Desktop Version

Magic Mirror.png Magic Mirror

Cell Phone.png Cell Phone Desktop Version

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 Desktop Version

Living Mahogany Wand.png Living Mahogany Wand Desktop Version

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 Desktop Version Blood Water.png Blood Water Desktop Version
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 Desktop Version Super Absorbant Sponge.png Super Absorbant Sponge Desktop Version

Bug Net.png Bug Net

Golden Bug Net.png Golden Bug Net Desktop Version

Breathing Reed.png Breathing Reed

Sickle.png Sickle

Binoculars.png Binoculars

Portal Gun.png Portal Gun Desktop Version

Money Trough.png Money Trough Desktop Version

Unobtainable[edit | edit source]

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

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