How to make a pickaxe in Minecraft: The pickaxe is one of the most basic tools you will ever make in Minecraft. It is needed to upgrade to newer and better types of tools and armor, since you need a pickaxe to get the materials in the first place. From slow wooden tools to nearly unbreakable netherite, it all starts with a humble pickaxe.
To craft a wooden pickaxe, place two sticks in the 2nd column of the crafting grid. Then place three wooden planks in a row above the sticks.
Necessary items for making a pickaxe in Minecraft
To make a pickaxe in Minecraft you will need:
- Appropriate material (wood planks, cobblestone, iron ingots, gold ingots, diamond and netherite);
- Blacksmith table (for improving netherite).
To make your first pickaxe in Minecraft, you will need to start with wood. To continue up the chain, you’ll need the best material your current pickaxe can mine. If you have wood, you can mine for stone; stone picks can mine to iron; iron can mine diamonds; finally, a diamond can mine ancient fragments from which netherite is made.
How to make a pickaxe in Minecraft
The recipe for each pickaxe is identical to the previous one, simply replacing the material on top with the next one. First, collect a few logs with your hands. Turn logs into wooden planks by placing them in the crafting menu.
Then make a workbench. Take four wooden planks and place them in the crafting menu.
Set up a workbench and make some sticks. Divide the boards into two columns in the crafting menu.
Once the sticks are made, you can use the rest of the wood planks to make a pickaxe.
To craft a pickaxe, place two sticks in the 2nd column as shown in the picture. Then place three wooden planks over the sticks in a row .
This pickaxe will help you mine almost everything in Minecraft. This wooden pickaxe can pick up stone. Stone can be crafted into a stone pickaxe. Find some exposed rock near the mountain, or dig under a layer of earth to find some rock. Use a pickaxe to mine it and it will fall like a cobblestone. Take at least three items.
Same layout as before, but use cobblestone instead of wood
Now you can mine iron ore. Iron can be found in cave systems and can be seen as brown spots. Place the iron ore in the furnace and wait for it to melt. To learn how to make an oven, refer to this guide. Link
To make an iron pick, nothing else needs to be changed. Use your iron ingots in the same order as the other two pickaxes and make an iron pickaxe.
Before moving on to diamond, let’s talk a little about gold. Gold only mines the same blocks as stone. It mines faster than iron, but does not last long. Gold ore can be found below level 31 “Y” and is easily spotted by yellow specks.
Smelt ore in an iron-like furnace to make gold ingots. Gold bars can be crafted into a gold pickaxe.
It stands out with its great badge, but is relatively useless as the iron lasts almost four times as long. Gold picks can’t mine diamonds, so it’s best to skip this one.
The next step is to search for diamonds. This process can take hours, even days, as diamond is one of the rarest materials in the game. Diamonds form below the 16th “Y” layer, and I personally have been most fortunate to find them next to lava.
Diamonds do not need to be melted. Just mine them with an iron pickaxe to get them. Be careful, try to dig around them to make sure there is no lava they can fall into before proceeding to break the diamond.
Place your diamonds on a workbench with multiple clubs to become the second best pickaxe in the game.
Diamond pickaxes can mine everything in the game except bedrock. You will also need a diamond pickaxe to mine ancient debris. If you want to make a Netherite Pickaxe, you will need a Diamond Pickaxe first.
How to Upgrade a Diamond Pickaxe to Netherite
In order to get the Nether Ingot, you will need to find Ancient Fragments in the Nether. Ancient Debris spawns below level 22 “Y” and you can find one to four pieces at a time. To get to the underworld, you will need to build a portal to the underworld. You can do this by placing obsidian four blocks wide and five blocks high.
Then light the portal to the underworld with flint and steel. To make flint and steel, you will need iron and flint. Just place a flint and an iron ingot in your crafting menu in any of the nine crafting slots and you can start your journey through the underworld.
To light up your portal, make sure you light one of the inner obsidian blocks, stand in the portal for a few seconds and get ready to face the fiery depths of the underworld.
Ancient debris will appear between levels 8 and 22 “Y”. The best place to find the most is to dig around “Y” level 15. This will require you to dig under several lava lakes. Try to find a spot where the earth is protruding from the lava and dig out from there.
Ancient debris has a rocky appearance, and the top and bottom of the block have a swirling texture.
To craft one Netherite Ingot, you will need to find four Ancient Fragments and four Gold Ingots. Mine the ancient wreckage with a diamond pickaxe. Smelt your ancient junk in the furnace to get Netherite Scrap.
After smelting the scrap, combine it with four gold ingots at the workbench. You can customize the recipe however you want.
Each ingot can upgrade any diamond tool or armor to Netherite Armor. For this you will need a blacksmith table. To make a blacksmithing table, combine four wooden planks with two iron ingots above it to upgrade your tool and armor.
Place the blacksmith table and right click to open it. Place the diamond pickaxe on the left and the netherite ingot on the right.
This will give you the best base pickaxe in the game. The smithing table will retain all the enchantments you had on the pickaxe, so don’t worry about losing anything when upgrading your pickaxe. Netherite has some special properties: it cannot be melted by lava or destroyed by fire. It will just float on top of the lava.
Congratulations! Now you know how to make any pickaxe in Minecraft. Until you find diamonds, iron pickaxes will be your favorite pickaxe, but once you find a diamond, you should look for ancient debris as soon as possible. Upgrading your tools to netherite will take some time, but making sure they don’t burn up in the lava can save you a lot of time if any accidents happen.