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. Pickaxes are rarely used as weapons, as they are significantly weaker and less accurate than weapons designed for combat such as swords.
After completion of the Perils of Ice Mountain quest, 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 pickaxesEdit
Note that the Dwarven army axe and Inferno adze also function as hatchets.
|Dwarven army axe||1||1||Slash||183||160||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Obtained during Troll Warzone|
|Inferno adze||41||1||Slash||447||454||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Beacon network reward|
|Sacred/Volatile clay pickaxe||50||1||Crush||24||110||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||20 Stealing Creation points|
|Crystal pickaxe||71||70||Crush||521||536||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||4000 harmonic dust & a dragon pickaxe|
|Imcando pickaxe||81||60||Crush||447||454||-||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Lava flow mine reward|
Stealing Creation pickaxesEdit
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|
These can be used outside of the minigame.
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|
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 Lumbridge axe shop 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.
- 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.