The consumable digging implements could vary in the following attributes:

  • Power (how many swings to break a block)
  • Durability
  • Effect size

The size is evident, every pick I've found has a 3x3 size. But I'm not immediately certain how the picks vary in power & durability.

  • They definitely differ in power. The effect size and range seems to be identical. I am not sure about durability.
    – Philipp
    Oct 25, 2016 at 14:05

1 Answer 1


The official wiki, Starbounder, currently answers this question on the Tools page.

For convenience, the relevant text is quoted below (2017-10-05, current Starbound version 1.3.2)

Pickaxes mine blocks in a 3x3 square 10 times per 3 seconds and break after 200 swings, which is about 1 minute of continuous use.

Drills mine blocks in a 2x2 square 10 times per second and break after 1000 ticks of damage, which is about 1 minute and 40 seconds of continuous use.

Damage dealt per hit depends only on the material composition of the tool. Copper, silver, gold, platinum and diamond tools deal, respectively, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 damage per hit.

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