Pickaxes (often abbreviated as picks) are used to mine ore in Gielinor. Pickaxes can be held in the inventory, stored in the tool belt, or wielded. Storing in the tool belt or wielding the pickaxe provides an extra inventory space, allowing one extra ore to be held. The pickaxe in the tool belt has a right-click option to remove it, and adding a new pickaxe to the tool belt will return the previous one to your inventory.
Although they can be wielded, pickaxes are not useful as weapons. They have the same speed and damage as barehanded attacks.
Players can smith their own pickaxes, using 2 bars of the desired metal. The dwarven army axe, sacred and volatile clay pickaxes, dragon pickaxes, inferno adze, Imcando pickaxe, Pickaxe of Earth and Song, and crystal pickaxe cannot be smithed.
Types of pickaxes[edit | edit source]
Gilded pickaxes[edit | edit source]
Metal pickaxes from bronze through to dragon can be gilded by the Liquid Gold Nymph encountered in the Lava Flow Mine. Before the nymph will offer to gild a pickaxe, the player must already own all five pieces of the golden mining suit.
Gilded pickaxes have a different appearance, but are otherwise identical to their non-gilded equivalents. Gilded pickaxes are untradeable, but can have the gilding removed by Foreman Jaak to return them to their normal, non-gilded state.
The dwarven army axe, sacred clay pickaxe, inferno adze, orikalkum, crystal, necronium, bane, and elder rune pickaxes cannot be gilded. The Imcando pickaxe is always gilded, as it is created from a gilded dragon pickaxe.
Stealing Creation pickaxes[edit | edit source]
These pickaxes can only be obtained and used in the Stealing Creation minigame.
|Icon||Class||Level to use||Level to make|
|Class 1||1 Mining||1 Smithing|
|Class 2||20 Mining||20 Smithing|
|Class 3||40 Mining||40 Smithing|
|Class 4||60 Mining||60 Smithing|
|Class 5||80 Mining||80 Smithing|
Rewards[edit | edit source]
These can be used outside of the minigame.
Dungeoneering pickaxes[edit | edit source]
These pickaxes can only be obtained and used during Dungeoneering.
|Tier||Item||Levels to use|
|1||Novite pickaxe||1 Mining|
|2||Bathus pickaxe||10 Mining|
|3||Marmaros pickaxe||20 Mining|
|4||Kratonite pickaxe||30 Mining|
|5||Fractite pickaxe||40 Mining|
|6||Zephyrium pickaxe||50 Mining|
|7||Argonite pickaxe||60 Mining|
|8||Katagon pickaxe||70 Mining|
|9||Gorgonite pickaxe||80 Mining|
|10||Promethium pickaxe||90 Mining|
|11||Primal pickaxe||99 Mining|
Maintenance[edit | edit source]
Previously, players needed to repair their pickaxe if it had been damaged during the exploding rock random event. Players had to visit Nurmof in the Dwarven Mine or Bob at the Bob's Brilliant Axes in Lumbridge to repair it for a small cost. Players also used to find their pickaxe head flying off their handle, which they then needed to pick up and rejoin to the handle. However, pickaxes no longer get damaged or lose their heads, due to the removal of random events.
Update history[edit | edit source]
- patch 9 March 2020 (Update):
- ninja 1 April 2019 (Update):
- The rate you receive warning messages for getting reduced rates due to your pickaxe level when mining has been lowered.
- patch 14 January 2019 (Update):
- It is no longer possible to attempt to store pickaxes on your toolbelt in free to play worlds if you have a member's only pickaxe already stored.
- When having a high-level members pickaxe on your toolbelt on F2P, when mining, this will now default to runite.
- patch 7 January 2019 (Update):
- ninja 9 October 2017 (Update):
- Free players can now smith bronze, iron, steel, mithril, adamant and rune pickaxes after completing The Perils of Ice Mountain.
- hotfix 12 September 2016 (Update):
- Non-combat augmented pickaxes can now be equipped with level 1 Attack.
- patch 12 September 2016 (Update):
- Removed the attack requirement for wielding an augmented non-combat pickaxe.
- patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
- patch 9 July 2013 (Update):
- Dondakan will now recognise pickaxes stored in your tool belt during the Between a Rock... quest.
- patch 3 July 2013 (Update):
- Players can now use a dragon keepsake key with two-handed crossbows, pickaxes, javelins, throwing darts, axes and knives, and chinchompas.
- patch 13 May 2013 (Update):
- Mining picks and woodcutting hatchets no longer appear on the players back as well as in their hand when using them.
- patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
- Pickaxes are now crushing weapons instead of stabbing weapons to help players kill *TokTz-Ket-Dill / TokHaar-Ket-Dill creatures.
- patch 20 October 2009 (Update):
- Improved the Mining code regarding the wielding of pickaxes (no animation changes).
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the early days of Runescape Classic there was only one type of pickaxe available, simply named Pickaxe. It looked like a steel pickaxe and could not be equipped. When different types of pickaxes were released in May 2003, all pickaxes in the bank became the bronze pickaxes commonly found today.
- The TzHaar Tourist Guide in Varrock Palace Library makes references to an obsidian pickaxe.
- Prior to the Mining and Smithing Rework, pickaxes required certain attack levels to be wielded, depending on their type. They had the same accuracy as other weapons of their type, but only did about half as much damage.