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Dwarven army axeBronze pickaxeIron pickaxeSteel pickaxeMithril pickaxeAdamant pickaxeRune pickaxeDragon pickaxePickaxe (class 5)Inferno adzeImcando pickaxeCrystal pickaxe
Slot Main-hand
Style Crush
Interval: 3.6 seconds
Attack speed average

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.

Mainhand infoOff-hand info Attributes Strength bonusPrice
Style Dmg Acc Style Dmg Acc Defence-icon Constitution-icon Prayer-icon Attack-icon Ranged-icon Magic-icon
Dwarven army axeDwarven army axe11 Slash 183 160 - - - 0 0 0 - - -Obtained during Troll Warzone
Bronze pickaxeBronze pickaxe11 Crush 29 110 - - - 0 0 0 - - -199 [view]
Iron pickaxeIron pickaxe110 Crush 74 150 - - - 0 0 0 - - -1,313 [view]
Steel pickaxeSteel pickaxe620 Crush 149 202 - - - 0 0 0 - - -2,008 [view]
Mithril pickaxeMithril pickaxe2130 Crush 223 257 - - - 0 0 0 - - -2,532 [view]
Adamant pickaxeAdamant pickaxe3140 Crush 298 316 - - - 0 0 0 - - -5,051 [view]
Rune pickaxeRune pickaxe4150 Crush 372 381 - - - 0 0 0 - - -18,644 [view]
Inferno adzeInferno adze41?1 Slash 447 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - -Beacon network reward
Volatile clay pickaxeSacred/Volatile clay pickaxe501 Crush 24 110 - - - 0 0 0 - - -20 Stealing Creation points
Dragon pickaxeDragon pickaxe6160 Crush 447 454 - - - 0 0 0 - - -8,823,057 [view]
Crystal pickaxeCrystal pickaxe7170 Crush 521 536 - - - 0 0 0 - - -4000 harmonic dust & a dragon pickaxe
Imcando pickaxeImcando pickaxe8160 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.

Table of pickaxes
IconClassLevel to useLevel to make
Pickaxe (class 1)Class 11 Mining-iconMining1 Smithing-iconSmithing
Pickaxe (class 2)Class 220 Mining-iconMining20 Smithing-iconSmithing
Pickaxe (class 3)Class 340 Mining-iconMining40 Smithing-iconSmithing
Pickaxe (class 4)Class 460 Mining-iconMining60 Smithing-iconSmithing
Pickaxe (class 5)Class 580 Mining-iconMining80 Smithing-iconSmithing

These can be used outside of the minigame.

Dungeoneering pickaxesEdit

These pickaxes can only be obtained and used during Dungeoneering.

Table of pickaxes
TierItemLevels to use
1Novite pickaxe Novite pickaxe1 Attack-icon Attack; 1 Mining-icon Mining
2Bathus pickaxe Bathus pickaxe10 Attack-icon Attack; 10 Mining-icon Mining
3Marmaros pickaxe Marmaros pickaxe20 Attack-icon Attack; 20 Mining-icon Mining
4Kratonite pickaxe Kratonite pickaxe30 Attack-icon Attack; 30 Mining-icon Mining
5Fractite pickaxe Fractite pickaxe40 Attack-icon Attack; 40 Mining-icon Mining
6Zephyrium pickaxe Zephyrium pickaxe50 Attack-icon Attack; 50 Mining-icon Mining
7Argonite pickaxe Argonite pickaxe60 Attack-icon Attack; 60 Mining-icon Mining
8Katagon pickaxe Katagon pickaxe70 Attack-icon Attack; 70 Mining-icon Mining
9Gorgonite pickaxe Gorgonite pickaxe80 Attack-icon Attack; 80 Mining-icon Mining
10Promethium pickaxe Promethium pickaxe90 Attack-icon Attack; 90 Mining-icon Mining
11Primal pickaxe Primal pickaxe99 Attack-icon Attack; 99 Mining-icon 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 that are commonly found today.
  • Upon the release of the Dragon pickaxe, all the other pickaxes underwent an animation change, except the crush attack and mining animation, the latter of which 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.

A TzHaar using an obsidian pickaxe.

  • It is believed that higher tier pickaxes in Daemonheim have a lower chance of accidentally 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 surprising because the dwarves are very oriented around mining.
  • After the release of 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.

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