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Disambig This article is about the Save the World pickaxe. For Battle Royale harvesting tools, see Harvesting Tools.
Pickaxe icon
Type Melee Weapon

The Pickaxe is a tool that players can use to mine and break materials in the world of Fortnite. Players do not need to have a schematic or materials to craft a Pickaxe to use it, as all players of both Save the World and Battle Royale start the game with one.

Save the World[]

Players can upgrade their Pickaxe level in Save the World through the Upgrades, increasing the amount of damage the Pickaxe does to objects, and therefore allowing the player to break things faster and collecting the materials faster.


Perk Synergies[]

The Pickaxe works with and benefits from the following Hero Perks:

  • Work, Work increases Pickaxe Damage by 17% when a hero that has the perk is slotted as Support Team and increases Pickaxe Damage by 50% when a hero is slotted as a commander.

Battle Royale[]

The Pickaxe in Battle Royale offers cosmetic skins for players to purchase for their Pickaxe. These are purely cosmetic and do not affect the Pickaxe's function. All pickaxes in Battle Royale do 50 damage against environmental structures, or 100 when it's a critical hit. Base damage against player-built structures is 75 and 20 against enemy players. Critical hits do 150 damage when hitting the blue target marker that appears after the initial hit.


6.30 Patch Notes (November 14, 2018 )
Weapons + Items
  • Pickaxe damage against players has been increased from 10 to 20.

6.20 Patch Notes (October 24, 2018 )
Bug Fixes
  • Added gamepad tutorial text for switching to pickaxe in tutorial mission.

1.2 Patch Notes (July 20, 2017 )
  • Fixed an issue where loading into a zone with a full backpack would cause players to equip the default pickaxe

Patch 5.10 (July 24, 2018)

  • Pickaxe damage against enemy and ally player built structures increased to 75 base damage and 150 critical damage. [Previously, 50/100 against enemy structures, and 25/50 against ally structures.]

Patch 4.0 (May 1, 2018)

Battle Royale
  • Bug Fixes
    • Increased pickaxe damage against Supply Llamas, now dealing 50 damage per hit.
    • Improved pickaxe swing responsiveness when switching from a weapon to the pickaxe and immediately holding the swing button.

Patch 3.1.0 (February 27, 2018)

  • Fixed an issue where the pickaxe would become unresponsive if players requeued actions mid swing..

Patch 2.2.0 (January 17, 2018)

  • Fixed an issue where the pickaxe heavy attack was not harvesting resources.