Pickaxes (often abbreviated as picks) are used to mine any type of ore in Gielinor. Pickaxes can be held in the inventory, stored in the tool belt, or wielded (provided the player's Attack level is high enough). 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 pickaxe to the tool belt will return the previous one to your inventory. Pickaxes are rarely used as weapons, as they have half the same damage compared to weapons of the same tier and speed.
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, and crystal pickaxe cannot be smithed.
Types of pickaxes[edit | edit source]
Gilded pickaxes[edit | edit source]
|Gilded bronze pickaxe||1||1||Crush||0||110||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Gilding a bronze pickaxe in Lava Flow Mine|
|Gilded iron pickaxe||10||10||Crush||0||150||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Gilding a iron pickaxe in Lava Flow Mine|
|Gilded steel pickaxe||20||20||Crush||0||202||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Gilding a steel pickaxe in Lava Flow Mine|
|Gilded mithril pickaxe||30||30||Crush||0||257||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Gilding a mithril pickaxe in Lava Flow Mine|
|Gilded adamant pickaxe||40||40||Crush||0||316||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Gilding a adamant pickaxe in Lava Flow Mine|
|Gilded rune pickaxe||50||50||Crush||0||381||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Gilding a rune pickaxe in Lava Flow Mine|
|Gilded dragon pickaxe||60||60||Crush||0||454||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Gilding a dragon pickaxe in Lava Flow Mine|
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 Attack; 1 Mining|
|2||Bathus pickaxe||10 Attack; 10 Mining|
|3||Marmaros pickaxe||20 Attack; 20 Mining|
|4||Kratonite pickaxe||30 Attack; 30 Mining|
|5||Fractite pickaxe||40 Attack; 40 Mining|
|6||Zephyrium pickaxe||50 Attack; 50 Mining|
|7||Argonite pickaxe||60 Attack; 60 Mining|
|8||Katagon pickaxe||70 Attack; 70 Mining|
|9||Gorgonite pickaxe||80 Attack; 80 Mining|
|10||Promethium pickaxe||90 Attack; 90 Mining|
|11||Primal pickaxe||99 Attack; 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 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):
- Pickaxes can be smithed as high as level 90, but smithable pickaxes can't be augmented.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the early days of Runescape Classic, there was only one type of pickaxe available, named simply 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.