The Pickaxe is a fundamental Support Tool available to every class. By default, it is bound to the right mouse button when using a Keyboard and Mouse, and the Left Trigger on controllers. Swinging the Pickaxe at terrain will destroy it, allowing the player to shape the environment around them. The Pickaxe is also used to mine veins of resources, such as Morkite, where destroying them will immediately transfer the mined material into your mineral inventory. Normally only 40 of each resource can be carried at a time, but the inventory can be emptied by depositing into the M.U.L.E., Drop Pod, or Mine Head, and carry capacity can be improved through the Deep Pockets Perk and an Armor Rig upgrade.
The Pickaxe can also be used as a basic melee weapon to damage enemies. It does 27.5 damage per swing, instantly killing weak enemies such as Glyphid Swarmers. You will be slowed by 50% for a second after attacking with your Pickaxe, making you vulnerable to attacks. With the "Power Attack" upgrade the Pickaxe is capable of dishing out much more damage by pressing the Right Mouse Button and then immediately followed by Left Mouse Button (Left Trigger followed by Right Trigger on an Xbox Controller). The "Power Attack" has a larger damage radius and much higher damage but there's a 30 second cooldown applied after each use. Both attacks can be used to unfreeze teammates.
There are currently two tiers and up to three mods per tier.
Driller, Engineer, Gunner, Scout Upgrades
Tier 1 4
+ Power Attack
Power Attack Area Damage: 120
Power Attack Effect Radius: 1m
Power Attack Stun Chance: 50%
Power Attack Stun Duration: 1.5s
Power Attack Cooldown: 30s
Channel your dwarven rage through your pickaxe. While holding the mining button, press fire to activate.
Tier 2 8
+120 Power Attack Area Damage
Power Attack does more direct damage to your target.
+1m Power Attack Effect Radius
Power Attack affects a larger area.
Better Weight Balance
-10s Power Attack Cooldown
Thanks to better ergonomics it takes less effort to swing your pickaxe and as a consequence your Power Attack recharges faster.