Pickaxes (often abbreviated as picks) are used to mine any type of ore in Gielinor. Pickaxes can either be held in the inventory or wielded; but, to wield a pickaxe, the wielder's Attack level must be high enough to wield the metal. Wielding the pickaxe provides extra space in the inventory. This is useful when mining for a profit, as one extra ore can 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 and the imcando pickaxe cannot be smithed.
Types of pickaxesEdit
Note that the Dwarven army axe and Inferno adze also function as hatchets.
|Mainhand Info||Off-hand Info||Attributes||Strength bonus||Price|
|Dwarven army axe||1||1||Slash||183||160||N/A||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Obtained during Troll Warzone|
|Inferno adze||41*||1||Slash||447||454||N/A||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||Beacon network reward|
|Sacred/Volatile clay pickaxe||50||1||Crush||24||110||N/A||-||-||0||0||0||-||-||-||20 Stealing Creation points|
|Imcando pickaxe||81||60||Crush||447||454||N/A||-||-||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||Level to use|
|1||Novite pickaxe||1 Attack|
|2||Bathus pickaxe||10 Attack|
|3||Marmaros pickaxe||20 Attack|
|4||Kratonite pickaxe||30 Attack|
|5||Fractite pickaxe||40 Attack|
|6||Zephyrium pickaxe||50 Attack|
|7||Argonite pickaxe||60 Attack|
|8||Katagon pickaxe||70 Attack|
|9||Gorgonite pickaxe||80 Attack|
|10||Promethium pickaxe||90 Attack|
|11||Primal pickaxe||99 Attack|
In the past, players would need to repair their pickaxe only if it had been damaged during the exploding rock random event. In this situation, players would have 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 that are commonly found today.
- Upon the release of Dragon pickaxe, all the other pickaxes underwent an animation change, except the crush attack and mining animation, which the latter was already updated after release of HD. Still, mining and crushing action would use the new figures released.
- The Tzhaar tourist guide found in Varrock Palace Library makes references to an obsidian pickaxe.
- It is often believed that higher tier pickaxes in Daemonheim have a lower chance of accidently crushing ores while mining. This is yet to be confirmed.
- There is no such thing as a Black pickaxe. However, there are Black hatchets.
- The Elite Dwarven Guard seems to be wielding pickaxes (tactical) and shields. However, this is not as surprising because the dwarves are very orientated around mining.
- After the release of the Evolution of Combat, if a player had a pickaxe sheathed while mining, it would cause the pickaxe to appear in their hand and sheathed on their back simultaneously, giving the appearance of having two pickaxes equipped. This also happened with hatchets. This was fixed in an update on 13 May 2013, which caused pickaxes to be unsheathed when used for mining. A later update on 17 June caused them to be re-sheathed after use.