Valheim: Pickaxes, Wood Axes, and Battleaxes | How to craft every axe

By Rebecca Jones, Friday, 12 February 2021 12:26 GMT

Axes are one of the most versatile types of tool in Valheim. Wood axes chop lumber, while pickaxes help you mine stone and metals. And of course you can always whack a monster in the face with one, whether it’s technically a battleaxe or not.

In true Viking fashion, there are a lot of axes to be had in Valheim. But because this is a survival game, you’re going to need to craft them for yourself.

On this page:

Valheim: How to craft Wood Cutting Axes

In-game these are referred to just as “axes”, but for clarity in this guide, we’ll refer to them as “wood cutting axes”, since that’s their primary use.

You begin Valheim with access to only one type of axe — the basic stone axe. Having plenty of wood to start building shelter and crafting better tools with is important from the get-go in Valheim. Don’t underestimate the importance of investing in a good wood cutting axe early on.

Keep crafting new axes as they unlock and by the time you’ve progressed to the fifth and best axe — the blackmetal axeyou’ll be in possession of one of the most powerful tools in the game, which also doubles as a very decent melee weapon.

Item NameHow to unlock recipeWhere to craftMaterials needed
Stone AxeStarting toolIn inventoryStone x4
Wood x5
Flint AxeCraft a workbenchWorkbenchFlint x6
Wood x4
Bronze AxeUnlock miningForgeBronze x8
Leather Scraps x2
Wood x4
Iron AxeDiscover IronForge (Level 2)Iron x20
Leather Scraps x2
Wood x4
Blackmetal AxeDiscover Black Metal Bars and Linen ThreadForge (Level 4)Black Metal Bar x20
Fine Wood x6
Linen Thread x5

Valheim: How to craft Pickaxes

Pickaxes are primarily mining tools in Valheim. You can mine a few simple resources using your starting hammer tool, but to really get to the good stuff you’re going to need a proper pickaxe.

Item NameHow to unlock recipeWhere to craftMaterials needed
Antler PickaxeDefeat Eikthyr and collect its Hard AntlersWorkbenchHard Antler x1
Wood x10
Bronze PickaxeDiscover Bronze and upgrade the Antler PickaxeForgeBronze x10
Core Wood x3
Iron PickaxeDiscover Core Wood and IronForge (Level 2)Core Wood x3
Iron x20

A starting Stone Pickaxe was originally present in the game but has been removed. This might be related to the fact that Valheim doesn’t really want you to progress to mining until after you’ve finished the first boss fight.

Bearing in mind this is an Early Access game, the Stone Pickaxe might re-emerge one day. But for the time being, the Antler Pickaxe is the first one you’ll get. For more information on how unlock it, see our guide to defeating Eikthyr the Stag.

Valheim: How to craft the Battleaxe

Similar to the warhammer (Stagbreaker), the battleaxe is currently a one-off. This two-handed weapon is comparatively resource-intensive to build, and is the only axe in the game that can’t be used for gathering materials, but it makes up for that by packing a significant punch.

Item NameHow to unlock recipeWhere to craftMaterials needed
BattleaxeDiscover IronWorkbench (Level 2)Ancient Bark x30
Iron x35
Leather Scraps x4

For more Valheim tips, here’s our full guide hub.

Wondering what to do with all those raw materials you just mined with your pickaxe? Check out our guides on building a longship, crafting a farmland cultivator, and creating bronze alloys.

Or if you want to know how to keep your axes in top condition, see our guide on repairing and maintaining your tools in Valheim.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Buy our t-shirts, yeah

They're far more stylish than your average video game website tat.

VG247 Merch