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How to make a pickaxe in Valheim

How to make a Valheim pickaxe
(Image credit: Iron Gate Studio)

Wondering how to make a pickaxe in Valheim? Iron Gate's Viking survival game is full of possibilities. And, aside from a few hints from the friendly Hugin, you're pretty much left to figure things out on your own. New crafting recipes are revealed to you as you gather new materials, and more are opened up as soon as you make your first Valheim workbench.

But as the pickaxe doesn't appear in the list straight away, you may be scratching your head when it comes to mining stone and ores such as Valheim copper—but luckily, this guide will help you out. Here's how to unlock the Valheim pickaxe, including what you need to make one.

How to make a Valheim pickaxe  

If you want to mine materials in the Viking afterlife, you need to kill the first boss, Eikthyr. He drops several 'hard antlers', and this is the material you need to unlock the crafting recipe and make your first antler pickaxe. Here's what you need:

  • Workbench level 1
  • Hard Antler x1
  • Wood x10

Luckily, Eikthyr isn't a challenging boss, and the altar to summon it can be found relatively close to your original spawn in the Meadows—you can even click on the glowy stone tablet found there to mark the location on your map. You'll need deer trophies to summon it, and leather armour is a good idea too. This Valheim boss guide should help you out if you want more details before taking it on.

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How to make a Valheim pickaxe

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How to make a Valheim pickaxe

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Once you've crafted your antler pickaxe, you can use it to mine rocks as well as copper, tin, and iron. This pickaxe cannot be upgraded, but it is perfectly viable for early game mining. It's also more convenient than a bronze or iron pickaxe as it only requires a workbench to repair rather than a forge.

Sarah's earliest gaming memories involve playing Jet Set Willy on the ZX Spectrum at a friend's house. These days, and when not writing guides, most of her spare time goes into MMOs—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. She has spent much of the last decade playing the likes of Star Wars: The Old Republic, TERA, Final Fantasy 14, and World of Warcraft. Sarah has been writing about games for several years and, before joining PC Gamer, freelanced for the likes of TechRadar, GamingBible, and Rock Paper Shotgun. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.