Gravedigger's Shovel

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Gravedigger's Shovel
  • Gravedigger's Shovel item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage12 (Melee)
Knockback3.5 (Weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time22 (Fast)
TooltipDigs in a bigger area than a pickaxe
Only digs up soft tiles
'Can you dig it?'
RarityRarity level: 1
Research1 required
The Gravedigger's Shovel mining Dirt and attacking a Target Dummy.

The Gravedigger's Shovel is a tool that can be used to dig up "soft" blocks (see below) more efficiently than a pickaxe or drill, in a 3×3-tile rectangle centered on the cursor.

It takes 2 swings to dig up each "soft" block, and all blocks are mined at the same time.

Its best modifier is Legendary. While Light may seem to provide a better speed boost by percentages, rounding reveals that Legendary and Light mine at equal speeds for this tool.

Affected blocks

The following types of blocks can be dug up with the Gravedigger's Shovel:[1]



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Gravedigger's ShovelGravedigger's ShovelIron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
and Ecto Mist


  • The Gravedigger's Shovel cannot break Tombstones directly. They can only be removed with it by digging up the ground under them.
  • In For the worthy worlds, it only takes one swing to dig up blocks.



  • The tooltip, 'Can you dig it?', references a classic 50s and 60s slang phrase, which appears in many works then and since.
  • The Gravedigger's Shovel is the only tool that mines blocks without having pickaxe power.


  • Desktop Fixed an issue where, when digging, the Gravedigger's Shovel did not dig the center block at the same speed.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method DamageTileWithShovel() in Terraria.Player.cs and field Sets.CanBeDugByShovel in Terraria.ID.TileID.cs.