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Tools are an association of items that are used to perform the various non-combat tasks involved in Spirit gameplay, such as construction and exploration, among others. Tools are generally wielded via the Use / Attack key while they are held as the active hotbar item; though they are differentiated from weapons, whose primary use is instead to inflict damage upon enemies. Tools are also differentiated from accessories, which provide passive abilities, while tools are used proactively.

Pickaxes, axes, and hammers are tools that are essential at all stages of gameplay for their ability to precisely dismantle world tiles, like placed blocks, background walls, plants, or placed furniture, and convert them all to collectible inventory items for re-placement in other locations, or for other uses, such as crafting. They also double as weak melee weapons and generally inflict far less damage than actual weapons of corresponding tiers.

Other important tools include hooks, which aid travel above and below ground. Many of these tools are generally used throughout all stages of the game.

Pickaxes and Drills

Pickaxes and drills are used to free placed blocks or furniture for collection. When used on blocks, this is often referred to as "mining" or "digging". Their tier determines which types of blocks they can mine, as well as the number of hits it takes to remove each block type. Drills function identically to pickaxes, but with an alternate animation and sound effect.


Axes are used to harvest background plants like Trees, Cacti, and Giant Glowing Mushrooms (Wood blocks are removed with a pickaxe/drill instead). Hamaxes function as both axes and hammers.


Hammers are used to free background walls for collection, to destroy background walls which cannot be collected, to shape foreground blocks to create slopes and half-tiles, and to shape platforms. They are also used to destroy Shadow Orbs and Crimson Hearts.


Hooks are used to surmount tall obstacles and negotiate gaps, by latching and hoisting the player onto remote surfaces.


These tools cannot break tiles, but they are used in other tactical ways.

Movement Items
Tools: Brilliant Harvester.png Usual Tools • Magnet Hook.png Grappling Hooks • Shadow Collar.png Summoning Tools • Astral Clock.png Other Tools