Mining speed

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Mining speed (also known as tool speed) is an invisible statistic that determines how fast the player can mine (or break walls, or chop down trees/cacti). Its value shows the time per hit in 60ths of second. It is therefore something of a misnomer: it is presented in the form of the amount of time taken for a certain event, whereas speed is the number of events that take place in a certain amount of time (or, in mathematical terms, the number that is seen is the reciprocal of the speed). This means that faster tools have smaller numbers, not larger. For example, a mining speed of 15 means that the tool will hit the block every 15/60 of a second, or four times per second. A mining speed of 20, on the other hand, means that the tool will hit the block every 20/60 of a second, or three times per second.

When breaking walls, its value is cut in half, then any numbers after the decimal point removed (e.g. 2.8 would be rounded down to 2). Thus, walls break at least twice as fast as blocks.

The final mining speed is determined by the following:

  • The tool's base tool speed, which is hidden in the game's code and not normally visible in game (but can be looked up on this wiki, referred to as "tool speed" on each tool's page and as "mining speed" as a column header in a table of tools).
  • Any speed-modifying modifier on the tool (the best being "Light," with a 15% increase. Note that for some tools, there are other modifiers which will work just as well. Details below). Changing other stats via a modifier (e.g. damage) has no effect on mining speed.
  • Buffs and items specifically affecting mining speed. Note that these only apply to tools (except drills) that have pickaxe power. Interestingly, tools that can function as both pickaxes and axes will always benefit from these bonuses - regardless of if they are being used pickaxes as axes.

In particular, a tool's mining speed is independent of how quickly it swings, which is the speed visible in the in-game tooltip (e.g. "Copper Pickaxe—Fast Speed") which can also be referred to as "use time." Speed-modifying modifiers affect both mining speed and use time, potentially leading to the misconception that "melee speed" bonuses from armor and accessories improve mining speed. In truth, melee speed bonuses affect only use time, which is useful for combat but has no influence on mining speed.

What this wiki refers to for clarity's sake as "use time" is represented by an item's useAnimation property in the game's source code, and what it refers to as "mining speed" or "tool speed" is actually represented by useTime. Thus, "use time" and useTime are two separate things and should not be confused.

Useful modifiers

Pickaxes (including the Pickaxe Axe, Shroomite Digging Claw, and Picksaw), axes, hammers, and hamaxes (including The Axe) can be reforged with speed bonuses to improve their mining speed. Drills (including the Drax), chainsaws, and the Chlorophyte Jackhammer cannot. The speed-increasing modifiers are displayed in the following table.

Displayed values in-game may differ due to rounding.

Modifier Damage Speed Critical strike chance Size Knockback Tier Value
Light-+15%---10%-+7.12%
Legendary+15%+10%+5%+10%+15%+2+209.85%
Deadly+10%+10%---+2+46.41%
Agile-+10%+3%--+1+35.96%
Quick-+10%---+1+21%
Nasty+5%+10%+2%--10%+1+16.87%
Murderous+7%+6%+3%--+2+44.54%
Nimble-+5%---+1+10.25%

While the best modifier for mining in general is Light, certain tools will achieve the same speed with lesser modifiers due to rounding, which means it is much easier (and cheaper) to reforge these tools, since there are more modifiers that tie for "most optimal." This is complicated by the fact that tool speed is halved and floored when hammering, but the long and short of it is this:

Speed-increasing buffs and items

These are the buffs and items which improve mining speed (pickaxes only):

This increase is capped at 70%, even though all items together add 135% ((Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)) / 90% ((Old-gen console and 3DS versions)).

Modification formula

1. Start with the tool's base tool speed (as documented on its page on this wiki).
2. Multiply by [1 - speed modification from tool modifier].
3. Round to the nearest whole number.

If the tool is a pickaxe or axe:

4. Add up all the bonuses to mining speed from buffs and items.
5. Use 70% if the answer was anything higher than 70%.
6. Multiply the number from step 3 by [1 - the number from in step 5].
7. Round down.

If the tool is a hammer:

4. Divide by 2.
5. Round down.
Example A

Digging a tunnel with a Light Shroomite Digging Claw, having drunk a Mining Potion and wearing a Celestial Stone.

  1. The Claw's tool speed is 4.
  2. The Light modifier has +15% speed. 4×(1-0.15) = 3.4.
  3. 3.4 is rounded to 3.
  4. The Mining Potion adds 25% and the Celestial Stone adds 15%. These total 40%.
  5. 40% is less than 70%, so nothing happens in this step.
  6. 3×(1-0.40) = 1.8.
  7. 1.8 is rounded down to 1.

Performance will be one hit every 1/60s (e.g. it will mine 60/1 = 60 dirt blocks per second).

Example B

Chopping trees with an Annoying Pickaxe Axe, having drunk a Mining Potion.

  1. The Pickaxe Axe's tool speed is 7.
  2. The Annoying modifier has -15% speed. 7×(1-(-0.15)) = 8.05.
  3. 8.05 is rounded to 8.
  4. The Mining Potion adds 25%.
  5. 25% is less than 70% so nothing happens in this step.
  6. 8×(1-0.25) = 6.
  7. 6 is already a whole number, so nothing happens in this step.

Performance will be one hit every 6/60s, or 60/6 = 10 hits per second.
Trees have 500% hit points and the Pickaxe Axe has 110% axe power, so it will take CEILING(500%/110%) = 5 hits to chop down a tree, which will take (6×5)/60 = 0.5 seconds.

Example C

Breaking background walls with a Murderous The Axe, wearing full Mining armor.

  1. The Axe's tool speed is 7.
  2. The Murderous modifier has +6% speed. 7×(1-0.06) = 6.58.
  3. 6.58 is rounded to 7.
  4. 7/2 = 3.5.
  5. 3.5 is rounded down to 3.

Step 3 illustrates why some tools do not have their speed improved by some modifiers.
The Mining armor was a red herring: it has no effect on The Axe. Since the bonus it provides is mining speed, and axes are not affected by mining speed
Performance will be one hit every 3/60s, so it will break 60/3 = 20 walls per second.

Mining speed tables

The Legendary, Deadly, Agile, and Nasty modifiers have exactly the same impact on mining speed as Quick.

Pickaxes/Drills

All drills' mining speeds are not affected by modifiers.

Pickaxe Source Pickaxe
power
Range
bonus
Mining
speed
Best speed
(Minimum modifier)
Can mine
Cactus PickaxeCactus Pickaxe 15 Cactus ( @ Work Bench ) 35% 0 16 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 15 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 14 (Quick) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 13 (Quick) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Everything below Meteorite
Copper PickaxeCopper Pickaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Copper Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 12 Copper Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )

35% −1 15 13 (Quick) Everything below Meteorite
Tin PickaxeTin Pickaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Tin Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 12 Tin Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
35% 0 14 12 (Light) Everything below Meteorite
Iron PickaxeIron Pickaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 10 Iron Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 12 Iron Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
40% 0 13 11 (Light) Everything below Meteorite
Lead PickaxeLead Pickaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 10 Lead Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 12 Lead Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
43% 0 12 10 (Light) Everything below Meteorite
Silver PickaxeSilver Pickaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 10 Silver Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 12 Silver Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
45% 0 11 9 (Light) Everything below Meteorite
Tungsten PickaxeTungsten Pickaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 10 Tungsten Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 12 Tungsten Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
50% 0 19 16 (Light) Meteorite
Gold PickaxeGold Pickaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 10 Gold Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 12 Gold Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
55% 0 17 14 (Light) Meteorite, Demonite, Crimtane
Candy Cane PickaxeCandy Cane Pickaxe(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
  • Present
55% 0 16 14 (Quick) Meteorite, Demonite, Crimtane
Platinum PickaxePlatinum Pickaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 10 Platinum Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 12 Platinum Bar + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
59% 0 15 13 (Quick) Meteorite, Demonite, Crimtane
Fossil PickaxeFossil Pickaxe(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 12 Sturdy Fossil + 4 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 55% 0 14 12 (Light) Meteorite, Demonite, Crimtane
Reaver SharkReaver Shark Fishing 59% 0 13 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 18 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 11 (Light) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 15 (Light) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Meteorite, Demonite, Crimtane
Bone PickaxeBone Pickaxe
  • Undead Miner
55% 0 11 9 (Light) Meteorite, Demonite, Crimtane
Nightmare PickaxeNightmare Pickaxe 12 Demonite Bar + 6 Shadow Scale ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 65% 0 15 13 (Quick) Hellstone,
Ebonstone/Crimstone
Deathbringer PickaxeDeathbringer Pickaxe 12 Crimtane Bar + 6 Tissue Sample ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 70% 0 14 12 (Light) Hellstone,
Ebonstone/Crimstone
Molten PickaxeMolten Pickaxe 20 Hellstone Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 100% 0 18 15 (Light) Cobalt, Palladium
Cobalt PickaxeCobalt Pickaxe 15 Cobalt Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 110% 0 13 11 (Light) Mythril, Orichalcum
Cobalt DrillCobalt Drill 15 Cobalt Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 110% −1 7 7 (None) Mythril, Orichalcum
Palladium PickaxePalladium Pickaxe 18 Palladium Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 130% 0 12 10 (Light) Mythril, Orichalcum
Palladium DrillPalladium Drill 18 Palladium Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 130% −1 7 7 (None) Mythril, Orichalcum
Mythril PickaxeMythril Pickaxe 15 Mythril Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 150% 0 10 8 (Light) Adamantite, Titanium
Mythril DrillMythril Drill 15 Mythril Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 150% −1 6 6 (None) Adamantite, Titanium
Orichalcum PickaxeOrichalcum Pickaxe 18 Orichalcum Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 165% 0 9 8 (Murderous) Adamantite, Titanium
Orichalcum DrillOrichalcum Drill 18 Orichalcum Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 165% −1 5 5 (None) Adamantite, Titanium
Adamantite PickaxeAdamantite Pickaxe 18 Adamantite Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 180% 0 8 7 (Quick) Adamantite, Titanium
Adamantite DrillAdamantite Drill 18 Adamantite Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 180% −1 4 4 (None) Adamantite, Titanium
Titanium PickaxeTitanium Pickaxe 20 Titanium Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 190% 0 7 6 (Quick) Adamantite, Titanium
Titanium DrillTitanium Drill 20 Titanium Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 190% −1 4 4 (None) Adamantite, Titanium
Pickaxe AxePickaxe Axe 18 Hallowed Bar + Soul of Fright + Soul of Might + Soul of Sight ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 200% 0 7 6 (Quick) Chlorophyte
DraxDrax 18 Hallowed Bar + Soul of Fright + Soul of Might + Soul of Sight ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 200% −1 4 4 (None) Chlorophyte
Chlorophyte PickaxeChlorophyte Pickaxe 18 Chlorophyte Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 200% +1 7 6 (Quick) Chlorophyte
Chlorophyte DrillChlorophyte Drill 18 Chlorophyte Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 200% 0 4 4 (None) Chlorophyte
Spectre PickaxeSpectre Pickaxe 18 Spectre Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 18 Ectoplasm + 18 Chlorophyte Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil )
200% +3 8 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 10 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 7 (Quick) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 9 (Murderous) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Chlorophyte
Shroomite Digging ClawShroomite Digging Claw(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) 18 Shroomite Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 200% −1 4 3 (Light) Chlorophyte
PicksawPicksaw
  • Golem
  • Treasure Bag (Golem)
    (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
210% +1 6 5 (Quick) Lihzahrd Brick
Luminite PickaxesLuminite Pickaxes(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 12 Solar Fragment + 10 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
12 Vortex Fragment + 10 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
12 Nebula Fragment + 10 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
12 Stardust Fragment + 10 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
225% +4 6 5 (Quick) Lihzahrd Brick
Luminite DrillsLuminite Drills(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 12 Solar Fragment + 10 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
12 Vortex Fragment + 10 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
12 Nebula Fragment + 10 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
12 Stardust Fragment + 10 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
225% +2 2 2 (None) Lihzahrd Brick
Laser DrillLaser Drill(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Brain Scrambler
  • Gigazapper
  • Gray Grunt
  • Martian Engineer
  • Martian Officer
  • Martian Walker
  • Ray Gunner
  • Scutlix Gunner
230% +11 6 6 (None) Lihzahrd Brick

Axes/Chainsaws

Modifiers aside, all chainsaws which have a corresponding axe are functionally identical to that axe and have therefore been omitted, except for the Chlorophyte Chainsaw.

Axe Source Axe
power
Range
bonus
Mining
speed
Best Speed
(Minimum modifier)
Tree time
(No modifier)
Tree time
(Best modifier)
Copper AxeCopper Axe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 6 Copper Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 9 Copper Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )

35% −1 21 18 (Light) 5.25s 4.50s
Tin AxeTin Axe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 6 Tin Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 9 Tin Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
40% 0 20 17 (Light) 4.33s 3.68s
Iron AxeIron Axe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Iron Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 9 Iron Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
45% 0 19 16 (Light) 3.80s 3.20s
Lead AxeLead Axe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Lead Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 9 Lead Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
50% 0 19 16 (Light) 3.17s 2.67s
Silver AxeSilver Axe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Silver Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 9 Silver Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
50% 0 18 15 (Light) 3.00s 2.50s
Gold AxeGold Axe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Gold Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 9 Gold Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
55% 0 18 15 (Light) 3.00s 2.50s
Tungsten AxeTungsten Axe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Tungsten Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 9 Tungsten Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
55% 0 18 15 (Light) 3.00s 2.50s
Platinum AxePlatinum Axe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Platinum Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 9 Platinum Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
60% 0 17 14 (Light) 2.55s 2.10s
Cobalt WaraxeCobalt Waraxe 10 Cobalt Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 70% 0 8 7 (Quick) 1.07s 0.93s
Sawtooth SharkSawtooth Shark Fishing 70% −1 4 4 (ineligible) 0.53s 0.53s
Blood Lust ClusterBlood Lust Cluster 10 Crimtane Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 75% 0 15 13 (Quick) 1.75s 1.52s
Palladium WaraxePalladium Waraxe 12 Palladium Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 75% 0 8 7 (Quick) 0.93s 0.82s
War Axe of the NightWar Axe of the Night 10 Demonite Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 75% 0 15 13 (Quick) 1.75s 1.52s
Mythril WaraxeMythril Waraxe 10 Mythril Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 85% 0 8 7 (Quick) 0.80s 0.70s
Orichalcum WaraxeOrichalcum Waraxe 12 Orichalcum Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 90% 0 7 6 (Quick) 0.70s 0.60s
Adamantite WaraxeAdamantite Waraxe 12 Adamantite Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 100% 0 6 5 (Quick) 0.50s 0.42s
Meteor HamaxeMeteor Hamaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 20 Meteorite Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 35 Meteorite Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
100% 0 16 14 (Quick) 1.33s 1.17s
Titanium WaraxeTitanium Waraxe 13 Titanium Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 105% 0 6 5 (Quick) 0.50s 0.42s
Pickaxe AxePickaxe Axe 18 Hallowed Bar + Soul of Fright + Soul of Might + Soul of Sight ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 110% 0 7 6 (Quick) 0.58s 0.50s
Chlorophyte GreataxeChlorophyte Greataxe 18 Chlorophyte Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 115% +1 6 5 (Quick) 0.50s 0.42s
Chlorophyte ChainsawChlorophyte Chainsaw 18 Chlorophyte Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 115% 0 4 4 (ineligible) 0.33s 0.33s
PicksawPicksaw
  • Golem
  • Treasure Bag (Golem)
    (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
125% +1 6 5 (Quick) 0.40s 0.33s
Shroomite Digging ClawShroomite Digging Claw(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) 18 Shroomite Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 125% −1 4 3 (Light) 0.27s 0.20s
Lucy the AxeLucy the Axe(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 150% 0 15 13 (Quick) 1.00s 0.87s
Molten HamaxeMolten Hamaxe 15 Hellstone Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 150% 0 14 12 (Light) 0.93s 0.80s
Axe of RegrowthAxe of Regrowth(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Staff of Regrowth + Copper Axe + 12 Jungle Spores + 3 Vine ( @ Work Bench )
or
Staff of Regrowth + Tin Axe + 12 Jungle Spores + 3 Vine ( @ Work Bench )
150% 0 12 10 (Light) 0.80s 0.67s
Spectre HamaxeSpectre Hamaxe 18 Spectre Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 18 Ectoplasm + 18 Chlorophyte Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil )
150% +3 8 7 (Quick) 0.53s 0.47s
Luminite HamaxesLuminite Hamaxes(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 14 Solar Fragment + 12 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
14 Vortex Fragment + 12 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
14 Nebula Fragment + 12 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
14 Stardust Fragment + 12 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
150% +4 7 6 (Quick) 0.47s 0.40s
Butcher's ChainsawButcher's Chainsaw(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Butcher
150% −1 4 4 (ineligible) 0.27s 0.27s
The AxeThe Axe
  • Plantera
  • Treasure Bag (Plantera)
    (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
175% +1 7 ((Desktop, Console and Mobile versions))
6 ((Old-gen console and 3DS versions))
6 (Quick) ((Desktop, Console and Mobile versions))
5 (Quick) ((Old-gen console and 3DS versions))
0.35s ((Desktop, Console and Mobile versions))
0.30s ((Old-gen console and 3DS versions))
0.30s ((Desktop, Console and Mobile versions))
0.25s ((Old-gen console and 3DS versions))

Hammers

  • The hit points of a wall are more than 65% and at most 68% (the exact value is unknown). Therefore, tools with at least 68% hammer power (Molten Hamaxe/Rockfish or better) will break a wall in one hit, the Wooden Hammer will take three hits, and all other hammers will take two hits.
  • The Chlorophyte Jackhammer is the only jackhammer in the game.
  • While the Meteor and Molten Hamaxes do not further improve their hammer performance with modifiers beyond Nimble, they can improve their axe performance.
  • While the Luminite Hamaxes and The Axe do not improve their hammer performance with modifiers, they can improve their axe performance.
Hammer Source Hammer
power
Range
bonus
Mining
speed
Effective
speed
Best effective speed
(Minimum modifier)
Wooden HammerWooden Hammer 8 Wood ( @ Work Bench ) 25% −1 25 12 10 (Light)
Boreal Wood HammerBoreal Wood Hammer(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) 8 Boreal Wood ( @ Work Bench ) 35% 0 23 11 10 (Quick)
Copper HammerCopper Hammer Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Copper Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 10 Copper Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
35% −1 23 11 10 (Quick)
Palm Wood HammerPalm Wood Hammer(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) 8 Palm Wood ( @ Work Bench ) 35% 0 23 11 10 (Quick)
Rich Mahogany HammerRich Mahogany Hammer 8 Rich Mahogany ( @ Work Bench ) 35% 0 23 11 10 (Quick)
Tin HammerTin Hammer Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Tin Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 10 Tin Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
38% 0 21 10 9 (Quick)
Ebonwood HammerEbonwood Hammer 8 Ebonwood ( @ Work Bench ) 40% 0 20 10 8 (Light)
Iron HammerIron Hammer Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Iron Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 10 Iron Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
40% 0 20 10 8 (Light)
Shadewood HammerShadewood Hammer 8 Shadewood ( @ Work Bench ) 40% 0 20 10 8 (Light)
Lead HammerLead Hammer Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Lead Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 10 Lead Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
43% 0 19 9 8 (Quick)
Ash Wood HammerAsh Wood Hammer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 8 Ash Wood ( @ Work Bench ) 45% 0 20 10 8 (Light)
Pearlwood HammerPearlwood Hammer 8 Pearlwood ( @ Work Bench ) 55% 0 19 9 8 (Quick)
Silver HammerSilver Hammer Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Silver Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 10 Silver Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
45% 0 19 9 8 (Quick)
Tungsten HammerTungsten Hammer Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Tungsten Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 10 Tungsten Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
50% 0 25 12 10 (Light)
Flesh GrinderFlesh Grinder 10 Crimtane Bar + 5 Tissue Sample ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 55% 0 19 9 8 (Quick)
The BreakerThe Breaker 10 Demonite Bar + 5 Shadow Scale ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 55% 0 19 9 8 (Quick)
Gold HammerGold Hammer Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Gold Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 10 Gold Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
55% 0 23 11 10 (Quick)
Platinum HammerPlatinum Hammer Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 8 Platinum Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 10 Platinum Bar + 3 Any Wood ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
59% 0 21 10 9 (Quick)
Meteor HamaxeMeteor Hamaxe Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version: 20 Meteorite Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 35 Meteorite Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil )
60% 0 16 8 7 (Nimble)
RockfishRockfish Fishing 70% 0 14 7 6 (Nimble)
Molten HamaxeMolten Hamaxe 15 Hellstone Bar ( @ Iron Anvil / Lead Anvil ) 70% 0 14 7 6 (Nimble)
PwnhammerPwnhammer
  • Wall of Flesh
80% 0 14 7 6 (Nimble)
HaemorrhaxeHaemorrhaxe(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Blood Eel
  • Hemogoblin Shark
80% 0 11 5 4 (Light)
HammushHammush
85% 0 14 7 6 (Nimble)
Chlorophyte WarhammerChlorophyte Warhammer 18 Chlorophyte Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 90% +1 14 7 6 (Nimble)
Chlorophyte JackhammerChlorophyte Jackhammer 18 Chlorophyte Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil ) 90% 0 4 2 2 (None)
Spectre HamaxeSpectre Hamaxe 18 Spectre Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil )
or
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version: 18 Ectoplasm + 18 Chlorophyte Bar ( @ Mythril Anvil / Orichalcum Anvil )
90% +3 8 4 3 (Quick)
Luminite HamaxesLuminite Hamaxes(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 14 Solar Fragment + 12 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
14 Vortex Fragment + 12 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
14 Nebula Fragment + 12 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
14 Stardust Fragment + 12 Luminite Bar ( @ Ancient Manipulator )
100% +4 7 3 3 (none)
The AxeThe Axe
  • Plantera
  • Treasure Bag (Plantera)
    (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
100% +1 7 ((Desktop, Console and Mobile versions))
6 ((Old-gen console and 3DS versions))
3 3 (none) ((Desktop, Console and Mobile versions))
2 (Quick) ((Old-gen console and 3DS versions))

Fastest mining tools

The Legendary, Deadly, Agile, and Nasty modifiers have exactly the same impact on mining speed as Quick.

Pre-Hardmode

Pickaxes

  • Light Bone Pickaxe for things that it can break in one hit (e.g. Dirt, Mud, Sand, Snow), as well as things that will take two hits regardless of pick strength (e.g. Grass).
  • If the Bone Pickaxe is too difficult to obtain, substitute a Light Reaver Shark.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) If using a Bone Pickaxe, also use it for everything else that it can mine (namely, Meteorite Ore and below, plus Spikes).
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) If using a Deathbringer Pickaxe, also use it for things it mines in three hits: Ebonstone, Crimstone, Hellstone Ore and Dungeon Brick.
  • Light Molten Pickaxe for everything else.
  • Keep in mind that Bombs and Dynamites can mine faster than pickaxes when used well. It is also possible to make them more intuitive to use by combining them with gel to make Sticky Bombs and Sticky Dynamites.

Axes

Hammers

Hardmode

Pickaxes

Axes

  • Light Shroomite Digging Claw.
  • Quick/Light The Axe if the player finds the Claw's -1 range unfavorable.
  • If The Axe is too hard to obtain or too frustrating to use (due to its sound effect), a Quick/Light Picksawcan be substituted.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Quick/Light Luminite Hamaxe when post-Moon Lord and if more range than the Picksaw or The Axe (do not get confused: with the best modifiers on everything, the Picksaw is a faster axe than the Luminite Hamaxes, but a slower pickaxe than the Luminite Pickaxes) is an absolute must.
  • Pre-Plantera, a Quick/Light Chlorophyte Greataxe (a Quick/Light Adamantite/Titanium Waraxe has the same speed but lacks a range bonus).
  • When pre-Mechanical Bosses, the Quick/Light Adamantite/Titanium Waraxe are useful.

Hammers

  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) The Chlorophyte Jackhammer is the fastest hammer in the game, though it lacks a range bonus.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) A Quick The Axe, is the fastest hammer available.
  • When pre-Mechanical Bosses, a Light Haemorrhaxe is the best option.
  • If the Haemorrhaxe is too difficult to obtain, the Hammush/Pwnhammer/Molten Hamaxe/Rockfish with any speed-increasing modifier are useful.

Trivia

  • Despite being presumably higher-tech, Chainsaws are generally inferior to Axes made out of the same material: they have the same or worse tool speed and they cannot be reforged to increase that speed. They do have the advantage that clicking "resets" the digging process, so the player can theoretically make up the difference (and then some) by clicking rapidly. However, faster tools require faster clicking to keep up, and realistically, doing this with even Cobalt tools is very demanding, most likely requiring two hands on the mouse for any player not thoroughly seasoned in rapid clicking from other games. As of 1.4(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), all drills are faster than pickaxes, though they still do not benefit from speed boosts.
  • Using the Drill Containment Unit is probably a better, albeit more expensive alternative. But it does not benefit from any upgrades that are given.