Pickaxes are tools which are used to mine dirt, stone, ores, and other blocks. They can also be used to harvest objects that aren't solid foreground blocks, such as Heart Crystals or furniture. The only objects which pickaxes cannot be used on are background walls and trees, which are collected by hammers and axes, respectively.

Newly spawned players will start with a Copper Pickaxe which may have a random prefix.

Technical info

Red border = Copper Pickaxe
Purple border = most pickaxes below Chlorophyte
Blue border = Picksaw and Chlorophyte Pickaxe
Green border = Spectre Pickaxe

Depending on which tool is being used, pickaxes can have a range of between 2 blocks (4 feet) vertically/4 blocks (8 feet) horizontally and 6 blocks (12 feet) vertically/8 blocks (16 feet) horizontally.

Different pickaxes also have maximum levels of ore which they can mine. For a full list of which pickaxe can mine which ore, refer to the table below.

Pickaxes generally have high speed (which also affects mining speed) but deal little damage relative to equivalently tiered weapons. All pickaxes have the autoreuse property, and draw from the melee table of prefixes.

List of pickaxes

Pickaxe Damage Pickaxe Power Speed Obtained Crafting materials Can mine
Terraria Copper Pickaxe.png Copper Pickaxe 4 30% Fast Starter item
Merchant
Crafting
12 Copper Bars, 4 Wood Gold/Platinum Ore and lower
Tin Pickaxe.png Tin Pickaxe 4 35% Fast Crafting 12 Tin Bars, 4 Wood Gold/Platinum Ore and lower
Cactus Pickaxe.png Cactus Pickaxe 5 35% Fast Crafting 15 Cacti Gold/Platinum Ore and lower
Terraria Iron Pickaxe.png Iron Pickaxe 5 40% Very Fast Crafting 12 Iron Bars, 3 Wood Gold/Platinum Ore and lower
Lead Pickaxe.png Lead Pickaxe 6 43% Very Fast Crafting 12 Lead Bars, 3 Wood Gold/Platinum Ore and lower
Terraria Silver Pickaxe.png Silver Pickaxe 6 45% Very Fast Crafting 12 Silver Bars, 4 Wood Gold/Platinum Ore and lower
Tungsten Pickaxe.png Tungsten Pickaxe 6 50% Fast Crafting 12 Tungsten Bars, 4 Wood Up to Meteorite
Bone Pickaxe(1).png Bone Pickaxe 8 50% Very Fast Drop from Undead Miner Up to Meteorite
Terraria Gold Pickaxe.png Gold Pickaxe 6 55% Very Fast Crafting 12 Gold Bars, 4 Wood Up to Demonite/Crimtane Ore
Candy Cane Pickaxe.png Candy Cane Pickaxe 7 55% Very Fast Found in Presents Up to Demonite/Crimtane Ore
Platinum Pickaxe.png Platinum Pickaxe 7 59% Very Fast Crafting 12 Platinum Bars, 4 Wood Up to Demonite/Crimtane Ore
Terraria Nightmare Pickaxe.png Nightmare Pickaxe 9 65% Very Fast Crafting 12 Demonite Bars, 6 Shadow Scales Hellstone, Obsidian, Ebonstone, Crimstone, and dungeon bricks
Terraria Deathbringer Pickaxe.png Deathbringer Pickaxe 12 70% Fast Crafting 12 Crimtane Bars, 6 Tissue Samples Hellstone, Obsidian, Ebonstone, Crimstone, and Dungeon Brick
Terraria Molten Pickaxe.png Molten Pickaxe 12 100% Fast Crafting 20 Hellstone Bars Up to Cobalt/Palladium Ore
Reaver Shark.png Reaver Shark 17 59% Fast Fishing in the Ocean Up to Cobalt/Palladium Ore
Item 776(1).png Cobalt Pickaxe 10 110% Fast Crafting 15 Cobalt Bars Up to Mythril/Orichalcum Ore
Item 1188(1).png Palladium Pickaxe 12 130% Fast Crafting 18 Palladium Bars Up to Mythril/Orichalcum Ore
Item 777(1).png Mythril Pickaxe 15 150% Fast Crafting 15 Mythril Bars Up to Adamantite/Titanium Ore
Item 1195(1).png Orichalcum Pickaxe 17 165% Fast Crafting 18 Orichalcum Bars Up to Adamantite/Titanium Ore
Item 778(1).png Adamantite Pickaxe 20 180% Fast Crafting 18 Adamantite Bars Up to Adamantite/Titanium Ore
Item 1202(1).png Titanium Pickaxe 27 190% Fast Crafting 20 Titanium Bars Up to Adamantite/Titanium Ore
Item 1230(1).png Chlorophyte Pickaxe 40 200% Fast Crafting 18 Chlorophyte Bars Everything but Lihzahrd Brick
Item 1506(1).png Spectre Pickaxe 32 200% Fast Crafting 18 Ectoplasm
Everything but Lihzahrd Brick
Pickaxe Axe.png Pickaxe Axe 36 200%
(+ 110% Axe power)
Fast Crafting 18 Hallowed Bar
1 Soul of Fright
1 Soul of Might
1 Soul of Sight
Everything but Lihzahrd Brick
Грибные когти.png Shroomite Digging Claw 45 200%
(+ 125% Axe power)
Very Fast Crafting 18 Shroomite Bar Everything but Lihzahrd Brick
Picksaw(1).png Picksaw 34 210%
(+ 125% Axe power)
Very Fast Drops from Golem (Old gen console)

9999

Lihzahrd Brick

Up to Lihzahrd Brick
Item 2781(0).png Nebula Pickaxe 80 225% Very Fast Crafting 12 Nebula Fragments
10 Luminite Bars
Up to Lihzahrd Brick
Item 2786(0).png Solar Flare Pickaxe 80 225% Very Fast Crafting 12 Solar Fragments
10 Luminite Bars
Up to Lihzahrd Brick
Item 3466(0).png Stardust Pickaxe 80 225% Very Fast Crafting 12 Stardust Fragments
10 Luminite Bars
Up to Lihzahrd Brick
Item 2776(0).png Vortex Pickaxe 80 225% Very Fast Crafting 12 Vortex Fragments
10 Luminite Bars
Up to Lihzahrd Brick

Notes

  • Some higher tier pickaxes have drill counterparts.
  • Best mining prefix is Light.

Update Info

v1.2.4

v1.2.3

v1.2.2

v1.2.0.3

v1.2

  • Can be used to interact with foreground objects.
  • Added several new pickaxes, including counterparts to drills.

PC release

  • Added to the game.
Pickaxes & Drills
Standard Pickaxes
Terraria Copper Pickaxe.png Copper Pickaxe

Tin Pickaxe.png Tin Pickaxe

Terraria Iron Pickaxe.png Iron Pickaxe

Lead Pickaxe.png Lead Pickaxe

Terraria Silver Pickaxe.png Silver Pickaxe

Tungsten Pickaxe.png Tungsten Pickaxe

Terraria Gold Pickaxe.png Gold Pickaxe

Platinum Pickaxe.png Platinum Pickaxe

Terraria Nightmare Pickaxe.png Nightmare Pickaxe

Item 798(1).png Deathbringer Pickaxe

Terraria Molten Pickaxe.png Molten Pickaxe

Item 776(1).png Cobalt Pickaxe

Item 1188(1).png Palladium Pickaxe

Item 777(1).png Mythril Pickaxe

Item 1195(1).png Orichalcum Pickaxe

Item 778(1).png Adamantite Pickaxe

Item 1202(1).png Titanium Pickaxe

Item 1230(1).png Chlorophyte Pickaxe

Item 1506(1).png Spectre Pickaxe

Picksaw(1).png Picksaw
Item 2781(0).png Nebula Pickaxe Item 2786(0).png Solar Flare Pickaxe Item 3466(0).png Stardust Pickaxe Item 2776(0).png Vortex Pickaxe
Drills

Cobalt Drill.png Cobalt Drill

Item 1189(1).png Palladium Drill

Mythril Drill.png Mythril Drill

Item 1196(1).png Orichalcum Drill

Adamantite Drill.png Adamantite Drill

Item 1203(1).png Titanium Drill

Item 1231(1).png Chlorophyte Drill

Hamdrax.png Drax

Item 2779(0).png Nebula Drill Item 2784(0).png Solar Flare Drill Item 3464(0).png Stardust Drill Item 2774(0).png Vortex Drill
Item 2798(0).pngLaser Drill
Special Digging Tools
Cactus Pickaxe.png Cactus Pickaxe Bone Pickaxe(1).png Bone Pickaxe Item 1917(0).png Candy Cane Pickaxe Reaver Shark.png Reaver Shark
Item 990(1).png Pickaxe Axe Shroomite Digging Claw.png Shroomite Digging Claw
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