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Not to be confused with Drill Containment Unit.

Drills are a type of Hardmode tools and an alternative to pickaxes. On Desktop version Desktop and Mobile version Mobile, they have shorter range than pickaxes, however they mine out blocks much faster. Note that these only account for their base use speed, and do not account for other speed modifiers.

It should be noted that drills damage enemies with a projectile based on an NPC immune timer and NOT with a weapon collision using the item's usetime (animationtime). This makes drills considerably more effective at damaging enemies. The immune timer is flat for all drills and is equivalent to a 10 usetime.Verify

Tools (hammers, axes, pickaxes, drills, chainsaws, jackhammers, etc.) use the item's actual usetime (as apposed to the animationtime) to perform their jobs. In the case of the Mythril Drill, the usetime is 10 and the animationtime is 25 minus 1 or 24. This is most noticeable when using high level pickaxes and hammers as they will hit tiles/walls several times per swing (swing is based on animation time).

The Drax is available pre-Hardmode, found in Shadow Chests.


There are currently 13 different drills available in Terraria, all of which are Hardmode-exclusive.

Name Max Block Pickaxe
Damage Bonus Use time Mining
Knockback HM Rarity Sell
Cobalt Drill Cobalt Drill
Internal Item ID: 385
Mythril Ore Orichalcum Ore 110% - 10 -1 range 15
(Very fast)
7 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 4 18
Palladium Drill Palladium Drill
Internal Item ID: 1189
Mythril Ore Orichalcum Ore 130% - 12 -1 range 15
(Very fast)
7 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 4 144
Mythril Drill Mythril Drill
Internal Item ID: 386
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 150% - 15 -1 range 15
(Very fast)
6 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 4 162
Orichalcum Drill Orichalcum Drill
Internal Item ID: 1196
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 165% - 17 -1 range 15
(Very fast)
5 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 4 198
Adamantite Drill Adamantite Drill
Internal Item ID: 388
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 180% - 20 -1 range 15
(Very fast)
4 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 4 216
Titanium Drill Titanium Drill
Internal Item ID: 1203
Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore 190% - 27 -1 range 15
(Very fast)
4 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 4 252
Chlorophyte Drill Chlorophyte Drill
Internal Item ID: 1231
Chlorophyte Ore 200% - 35 - 15
(Very fast)
4 1
(Extremely weak)
Rarity level: 7 432
Drax Drax
Internal Item ID: 579
Chlorophyte Ore 200% 110% 35 -1 range 15
(Very fast)
4 4.75
Rarity level: 4 440
Vortex Drill Vortex Drill
Internal Item ID: 2774
Lihzahrd Brick 225% - 50 +2 range 15
(Very fast)
2 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 10 7
Nebula Drill Nebula Drill
Internal Item ID: 2779
Lihzahrd Brick 225% - 50 +2 range 15
(Very fast)
2 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 10 7
Solar Flare Drill Solar Flare Drill
Internal Item ID: 2784
Lihzahrd Brick 225% - 50 +2 range 15
(Very fast)
2 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 10 7
Stardust Drill Stardust Drill
Internal Item ID: 3464
Lihzahrd Brick 225% - 50 +2 range 15
(Very fast)
2 0
(No knockback)
Rarity level: 10 7
Laser Drill Laser Drill
Internal Item ID: 2798
Lihzahrd Brick 230% 150% 35 +11 range 25
6 4.75
Rarity level: 8 10


Pickaxe hits required to destroy blocks
Block Molten Pickaxe Cobalt Drill Mythril Drill Adamantite Drill Drax Laser Drill
Dirt BlockDirt Block
Sand BlockSand Block
Clay BlockClay Block
Mud BlockMud Block
Silt BlockSilt Block
Ash BlockAsh Block
1 1 1 1 1 1
Stone BlockStone Block
Candy Cane BlockCandy Cane Block
Green Candy Cane BlockGreen Candy Cane Block
Snow BlockSnow Block
Pearlsand BlockPearlsand Block
Ebonsand BlockEbonsand Block
1 1 1 1 1 1
Copper OreCopper Ore
Iron OreIron Ore
Silver OreSilver Ore
Gold OreGold Ore
1 1 1 1 1 1
Demonite OreDemonite Ore 1 1 1 1 1 1
MeteoriteMeteorite 2 2 2 2 1 1
ObsidianObsidian 1 1 1 1 1 1
Ebonstone BlockEbonstone Block
Pearlstone BlockPearlstone Block
Dungeon BrickDungeon BrickDungeon BrickDungeon Brick
2 2 2 2 1 1
Cobalt OreCobalt Ore 2 2 2 2 1 1
Mythril OreMythril Ore 3 2 2 2 2
Adamantite OreAdamantite Ore 3 3 2 2
Chlorophyte OreChlorophyte Ore 3 3
Lihzahrd BrickLihzahrd Brick 2
Gray BrickGray Brick
Red BrickRed Brick
Obsidian BrickObsidian Brick
Mudstone BrickMudstone Brick
Iridescent BrickIridescent Brick
Pearlstone BrickPearlstone Brick
Snow BrickSnow Brick
Copper BrickCopper Brick
Silver BrickSilver Brick
Gold BrickGold Brick
Demonite BrickDemonite Brick
Hellstone BrickHellstone Brick
Cobalt BrickCobalt Brick
Mythril BrickMythril Brick
1 1 1 1 1 1


  • Appearance, sound, and possible modifiers aside, drills are functionally identical to their pickaxe counterpart. The Orichalcum Drill is the exception from this rule, being significantly slower than the Orichalcum Pickaxe.
  • Unlike a pickaxe, whose animation (swinging around the player) will be the same no matter where the player "aims" it, a drill will follow the cursor. Although more realistic, this detail may cause digging to become slightly harder because the cursor is nearly always obscured by the drill head (unless the smart cursor is used).
  • If a drill is used for a minute without stopping, it will stop working and need to be restarted by pressing the Use / Attack button again. This is because drills are actually long-lasting channel projectiles when used, similar to the Magic Missile.
  • Drills may mine slightly slower than pickaxes because they are not affected by melee-speed modifiers. Players who want to maximize mining speed should avoid using drills, because the benefits provided by melee speed enhancements apply only to pickaxes.
    • However, clicking "resets" the digging process, so clicking rapidly on a stronger block (such as Adamantite) can mine far quicker than a pickaxe with no modifiers, albeit with a little more effort.


  • Desktop
    • All drills and chainsaws now dig faster than their non-mechanical counterparts, but have shorter range.
    • Additionally, optimized digging loadouts still perform better on pickaxes/axes, but drills and chainsaws will be faster on non-optimized loadouts.
    • The Luminite Drills are now obtainable.
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced with all corresponding drills up to Desktop 1.2.