iron pickaxe

iron pickaxe Minecraft Item

Minecraft Item

A Pickaxe is a Tool used to mine stone-type blocks and ores in any Minecraft world. They are required to gather Stone resources for Crafting and building, as well as gathering mineral resources such as Iron Ore and Coal . Pickaxes can also be used to gather other blocks, but they aren't as effective as the preferred tool type. As with all types of tools, there are various types of Enchantments available for the pickaxe. Of all the tools, the pickaxe is the tool that deals the third-highest amount of damage when compared to other tools of the same composition.

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Type Tool
Uses Wood: 60 Stone: 132 Iron: 251 Gold: 33 Diamond: 1562
Stackable? No
Data Values Hex: Wood: 10E Stone: 112 Iron: 101 Gold: 11D Diamond: 116 Dec: Wood: 270 Stone: 274 Iron: 257 Gold: 285 Diamond: 278


Listed from lowest mining strength to highest. The materials are:

  • Wood
  • Gold
  • Stone
  • Iron
  • Diamond


Place any type of tip on the above in the three slots in the first row with two sticks as it were the handle in the center column.

Speed and Durability

A pickaxe will lose Durability at a faster rate if it is used to attack Mobs , opposed to mining.

The following table shows the time it takes to break each type of block. A block marked with a red background indicates that it cannot be harvested by that certain pickaxe and the block will be destroyed. A green background indicates the quickest tool types for the corresponding block. Note that some blocks will not drop anything regardless of the tool used.


  • In Abandoned Mineshafts , NPC Villages , and Strongholds , iron pickaxes can be found inside the chests.
  • All solid blocks can be mined with a Pickaxe except for Bedrock and End Portal Frames , which cannot be mined. The speed and efficiency of any type of block or ore to be mined depends on the type of pickaxe being used. With most blocks, Gold Pickaxes mine faster than others, though the durability is weaker and often breaks sooner.
  • A wooden pickaxe must be the first type of pickaxe created when first starting a new world, and the second type made must be  stone pickaxe. The third type created must be an iron pickaxe, but either diamond or gold pickaxes can be made after this. This order is made assuming the player does not find or trade for any pickaxes.
  • There is a rare glitch where, when a pickaxe breaks, it will instantly re-appear in your inventory. This can be fixed by simply quitting the map and then re-opening it.
  • Though golden pickaxes' durability is much weaker than other pickaxes, it is often easier to enchant.
  • A pickaxe is one of the most familiar weapons/tools for a player. Another common Tool for a player is the Sword .

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