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Dwarven army axe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dwarven army axeBronze pickaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bronze pickaxeIron pickaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron pickaxeSteel pickaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel pickaxeMithril pickaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril pickaxeAdamant pickaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant pickaxeRune pickaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune pickaxeDragon pickaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon pickaxePickaxe (class 5).png: RS3 Inventory image of Pickaxe (class 5)Inferno adze.png: RS3 Inventory image of Inferno adzeImcando pickaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Imcando pickaxeCrystal pickaxe.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal pickaxe
Slot main hand
Style Crush
Fastest (2.4s)

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.

Table of pickaxes
IconClassLevel to useLevel to make
Pickaxe (class 1).pngClass 11 MiningMining1 SmithingSmithing
Pickaxe (class 2).pngClass 220 MiningMining20 SmithingSmithing
Pickaxe (class 3).pngClass 340 MiningMining40 SmithingSmithing
Pickaxe (class 4).pngClass 460 MiningMining60 SmithingSmithing
Pickaxe (class 5).pngClass 580 MiningMining80 SmithingSmithing

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.

Table of pickaxes
TierItemLevels to use
1Novite pickaxe.png Novite pickaxe1 Mining-icon.png Mining
2Bathus pickaxe.png Bathus pickaxe10 Mining-icon.png Mining
3Marmaros pickaxe.png Marmaros pickaxe20 Mining-icon.png Mining
4Kratonite pickaxe.png Kratonite pickaxe30 Mining-icon.png Mining
5Fractite pickaxe.png Fractite pickaxe40 Mining-icon.png Mining
6Zephyrium pickaxe.png Zephyrium pickaxe50 Mining-icon.png Mining
7Argonite pickaxe.png Argonite pickaxe60 Mining-icon.png Mining
8Katagon pickaxe.png Katagon pickaxe70 Mining-icon.png Mining
9Gorgonite pickaxe.png Gorgonite pickaxe80 Mining-icon.png Mining
10Promethium pickaxe.png Promethium pickaxe90 Mining-icon.png Mining
11Primal pickaxe.png Primal pickaxe99 Mining-icon.png 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]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 9 March 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue that caused pickaxes stored in the toolbelt to not work as expected in F2P.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 11 June 2013 (Update):
    • Pickaxes and hatchets are now resheathed after use.
  • 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 22 November 2012 (Update):
    • Pickaxes now cost two bars to smith instead of one.
  • patch 4 October 2011 (Update):
    • The pickaxe animations for crush and stab have been swapped.
  • patch 20 October 2009 (Update):
    • Improved the Mining code regarding the wielding of pickaxes (no animation changes).
  • patch 19 May 2009 (Update):
    • Woodcutting and Mining now try to use the axe/pickaxe you're currently wielding. If you don't have one in your hands, it'll try to select the best one in your inventory.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A TzHaar using an obsidian pickaxe.
  • 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.