The Valheim Pickaxe is a useful tool that lets you break rocks and mine ore. Unlocking the Pickaxe can be a bit of a challenge, but it's definitely worth doing — this guide tells you how to get it!
Why Do You Need the Pickaxe?
The Valheim Pickaxe primarily serves three purposes in the game. Two of its functions just have to do with shaping the land, but one of them is absolutely essential to moving forward in the game.
First and foremost, you're going to need the Pickaxe in order to mine ore for metal tools and armor. You simply won't be able to survive the more challenging areas of the game without upgrading to something sturdier than the basic leather gear that you can get at the beginning of the game.
Secondly, the Pickaxe can be used to break up those troublesome rocks laying around on the ground everywhere. Aside from clearing the land, these big rocks also serve as a good source of Stone.
Finally, the Pickaxe can also be used to lower the ground. You could dig a trench to surround your base, flatten out the land a little better, or something else entirely — the Valheim Pickaxe opens up a world of terraforming possibilities!
How to Get the Valheim Pickaxe Unlocked
You can get the Valheim Pickaxe by acquiring the Hard Antler item. Unfortunately, the only way to get the Hard Antler is by defeating the first boss Eikthyrnir.
Preparing to fight Eikthyrnir will involve building your first base, making sturdy armor and weapons, and preparing for battle with a variety of good food. You can read more about how to defeat Eikthyrnir in our Valheim Guide for Beginners.
How to Craft the Valheim Pickaxe
You'll get a few Hard Antlers once you've defeated Eikthyrnir. Crafting it is pretty easy — you just need to make your way to a Workbench with the appropriate materials.
The Pickaxe costs 1 Hard Antler and 10 Wood to make. Eikthyrnir actually drops a few Hard Antlers, too, so you'll be able to make a few spares without having to worry about finding more of them. Craft your Pickaxe, stash the extra Hard Antlers in a safe place, and get to mining!