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Iron Pickaxe
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Damage5 (Melee)
Knockback2 (Very weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time20 (Very fast)
Tool speed13
RarityRarity level: 0
Research1 required

The Iron Pickaxe is an early-game pickaxe that is stronger than the Copper and Tin Pickaxes, but weaker than the Silver and Tungsten Pickaxes. Compared to its alternate ore version, the Lead Pickaxe, it has less pickaxe power, deals 1 less damage, and is slightly slower in terms of mining speed. Like other low-tier pickaxes, it can only mine blocks and ores weaker than Meteorite (which requires a pickaxe with at least 50% pickaxe power, e.g. a Tungsten Pickaxe).

In Journey ModeDesktop and Mobile versions, the Iron Pickaxe replaces the Copper Pickaxe as a starting item for new characters.

Its best modifier is Light for harvesting purposes and Legendary for combat purposes.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Iron PickaxeIron Pickaxe (Console versionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version)Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Iron PickaxeIron Pickaxe (Desktop version)
total: 2 row(s)


  • The Iron and Lead Pickaxes only require 3 Wood to craft, unlike the rest of the early-game pickaxes which all require 4 Wood.
  • This item was the first item added going by Item ID.


  • Desktop 1.4.1: Iron Bars needed to craft decreased from 12 to 10.