Green Hell: How to Craft a Stone Pickaxe

What is the Stone Pickaxe, and what is it used for?

So, you’ve been using stone tools for a while in Green Hell, and now you’re ready to start forging your own metal. Unless you have a bunch of empty cans lying around, you’ll need a way to mine those iron veins lining the cave walls. You need a Stone Pickaxe.

This guide will walk you through how to craft a Stone Pickaxe in Green Hell and offer tips on how it can be used.

How to craft a Stone Pickaxe

Stone Pickaxes are multi-functional tools capable of helping you perform several different tasks. Before you can craft this useful item, though, make sure you know where to find its component resources.

First, gather the following components:

  • 1 Stick
  • 1 Rope
  • 1 Stone Blade

Sticks can be found on the ground around the rainforest, collected by cutting down trees or harvested from Long Sticks and Logs. Rope can be gathered by collecting Liana vines hanging from large trees. Stone Blades are primitive tools created by combining two rocks.

Once you’ve collected the proper components, craft the Stone Pickaxe by:

  1. Opening the radial menu (by holding the C key)
  2. Select crafting from the options
  3. Drag the stick, rope, and stone blade to the crafting rock from the backpack
  4. Press the craft button above the crafting rock

Note: The crafting menu can also be opened from the inventory sidebar or by holding the alt-select button (default RMB) over one of the ingredients and pressing craft.

How to equip a Stone Pickaxe

Equipping the Stone Pickaxe from the Inventory Screen
Equipping from the Inventory Screen

The Stone Pickaxe can be found in the tools tab of the inventory and occupies one of the four standard tool slots (numbered 1-4). It can be equipped at any time by pressing the number key corresponding to the slot this tool occupies.

Tips and tricks for using the Stone Pickaxe

Using the Stone Pickaxe on an Ore Vein in Green Hell
Using the Stone Pickaxe on an Ore Vein

The primary use of the Stone Pickaxe is harvesting iron ore from veins. These ore deposits can sometimes be found lining the walls of caves and can be identified by their distinct orange coloration. These ore veins can only be harvested using a pickaxe. Once mined, this ore can be smelted at a mud forge for use in crafting metal tools, such as the Metal Pickaxe.

While not as effective as a proper axe, the pickaxe can be used to split wood and chop down trees. Since it is technically a member of the “axe” family, it can also be used to destroy structures and slash through the underbrush.

Stone Pickaxes can be used for combat if necessary, but we don’t recommend it. Dealing only slightly more damage than a Stone Axe, we suggest using them as a throwing weapon rather than for melee combat, as it deals much more damage if you can strike an enemy in the head.

Final thoughts on the Stone Pickaxe

Creepy Jar was looking ahead when they created this item; what kind of survival game doesn’t include mining? If you want a more reliable source of metal than scrounging old cans, find a cave and make yourself a pick.

Looking for some more pointers to help you survive Green Hell? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our walkthrough on How to Survive Your First Day.

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Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

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