Mastering Terraria Hardmode: A Guide to Obtaining the Most Powerful Pickaxe

Terraria is an expansive sandbox game that offers players a wide range of tools and weapons to explore and conquer its challenging world. As players progress through the game, they will eventually reach the challenging Hardmode phase, where new enemies, biomes, and resources become available. One of the key objectives in Hardmode is obtaining the most powerful pickaxe, which allows players to mine valuable ores and progress further in their journey. In this guide, we will explore the different pickaxes available in Terraria’s Hardmode and discuss how to obtain the strongest one.

The Importance of a Powerful Pickaxe

In Terraria’s Hardmode, players will encounter tougher enemies and face new challenges. To overcome these obstacles, it becomes crucial to upgrade your equipment. A powerful pickaxe not only allows you to mine valuable ores but also grants access to new areas by breaking through hard blocks. It is a fundamental tool for progression in the game.

The Journey Begins: Molten Pickaxe

Once you have defeated the Wall of Flesh and entered Hardmode, it’s time to start upgrading your pickaxe. The first step is crafting the Molten Pickaxe. This pickaxe requires Hellstone Bars, which can be obtained by mining Hellstone in the Underworld biome.

To reach Hellstone, you’ll need a Nightmare or Deathbringer Pickaxe (depending on your world’s evil biome). These can be crafted using Demonite or Crimtane Bars respectively, which are obtained by defeating bosses such as Eater of Worlds or Brain of Cthulhu.

Once you have acquired enough Hellstone Bars (20 bars are required for crafting), head over to an Anvil and craft your Molten Pickaxe. This fiery tool boasts a mining power of 100%, making it significantly stronger than any pre-Hardmode pickaxes.

Taking it Up a Notch: Picksaw

The next step in your pickaxe journey is obtaining the Picksaw. This powerful tool is an upgrade from the Molten Pickaxe and has a mining power of 210%, making it one of the strongest pickaxes available in Hardmode.

To obtain the Picksaw, you’ll need to defeat the mechanical boss known as The Golem. The Golem can be summoned by using a Lihzahrd Power Cell at the Lihzahrd Altar located in the Jungle Temple. Defeating The Golem will reward you with this formidable pickaxe.

With its increased mining power, you’ll be able to mine Chlorophyte Ore, which is essential for crafting some of the game’s most powerful equipment.

The Ultimate Power: Drax and Pickaxe Axe

The final stage of your journey for the strongest pickaxe in Terraria’s Hardmode leads to two options: Drax or Pickaxe Axe. These pickaxes have a mining power of 200% and are capable of breaking through even tougher blocks like Plantera’s Bulb and Lihzahrd Bricks.

To craft the Drax, players need 18 Hallowed Bars, which are obtained by defeating mechanical bosses (The Destroyer, Skeletron Prime, and The Twins). Combine these bars with 1 Soul of Fright, Soul of Might, and Soul of Sight each at an Adamantite or Titanium Forge to create this formidable tool.

Alternatively, players can craft the Pickaxe Axe using 12 Chlorophyte Bars at a Mythril or Orichalcum Anvil. This option allows players to skip defeating mechanical bosses but requires acquiring Chlorophyte Ore from underground jungles instead.

Both options offer incredible mining power and versatility, enabling players to explore previously inaccessible areas and gather rare resources needed for advanced crafting recipes.


In Terraria’s Hardmode, obtaining a powerful pickaxe is crucial for progression. Starting with the Molten Pickaxe, players can gradually upgrade to stronger options like the Picksaw, Drax, or Pickaxe Axe. Each pickaxe offers increased mining power, allowing players to mine valuable ores and break through tougher blocks. Mastering Hardmode pickaxes not only enhances your mining capabilities but also opens up new opportunities and challenges in Terraria’s vast world. So gear up, prepare for battle, and embark on your journey to acquire the most powerful pickaxe in Terraria’s Hardmode.

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