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Overview

Tools are items that are used by player to enhance or preform a specific action in game. There are currently five of tools in game: pickaxes, hammersshovel, IKEA manual, and watering can. Pickaxes have five tiers,from wood to amethyst, and hammers have five tiers from stone to the super hammer. All upgrades for tools improve the efficiency with each upgrade. All tools, with the exception of the wooden pickaxe, require a workbench to craft. It is notable that amythest tools can destroy all structures, however this is not advised as it is a slow process, and the owner may catch you breaking the wall and kill you.

Pickaxes

Pickaxes

Pickaxes are tools that allow the player to obtain mining resources. The pickaxe is arguably the most used tool in starve.io. While upgrading a pickaxe does not affect its speed or size, it does increase the amount harvested every hit. In late game, some players prefer to upgrade it last due to the fact that resources hold a maximum amount of materials and increasing the gather rate does not increase the total gather amount. 

Pickaxe Gathering Rates

Resources Hand Wooden pickaxe Stone pickaxe Gold pickaxe Diamond pickaxe Amethyst pickaxe
Wood 1 2 3 4 5 6
Stone X 1 2 3 4 5
Gold X X 1 2 3 4
Diamond X X X 1 2 3
Amethyst X X X X 1 2

Hammers

Hammers

Hammers are tools used for breaking structures. Out of all the tools, they cost the most resources to craft. Hammers are useful because most spears and swords are only able to minimally damage wooden structures. An exception is the amethyst tools, which are capable of destroying any structures, but they do this very slowly. Hammers do significantly more damage to structures.

Mineables
Item(s) Amount per hit
Inv dirt Ground 1
Inv sand Sand 1
Inv ice Ice Cube 1

 Shovels

Shovels are tool used to gather ice cubes in the winter, sand on the beach and ground in the forest. Starting with stone, shovels can be upgraded up to amethyst. The further you upgrade the shovel the faster you can gather ground resources (Sand, Ground, and Ice Cubes). This is useful for making a base in the Winter or Ocean biomes. Out of all of the tools, shovels are the least resource consuming to craft.

IKEA Manual

IKEA Manual, (also referred to as "the book"), makes crafting 3x faster while equipped. This can prove useful when crafting structures, seeds or cooking meat.

The IKEA Manual is required when crafting amethyst tools in order to avoid starving to death.

 Watering Can

Watering can is a tool used to water plants. Currently, they can water small berry bushes, wheat, and their respective planted seeds. The watering can can be filled with water at water sources, or with ice cubes.
Seeds Comparison

Top: dried Bottom: healthy

A button will appear in the left top corner of the screen just like crafting for players to fill watering cans with water. Once filled, the watering can will not return to its empty state, and will be able to infinitely water plants. It is illogical that you can fill a watering can with saltwater and then water your plants with that same saltwater.

To water plants, players just need to left click on the plants, as they do for mining. Players cannot harvest with a watering can on hand. Watering plants is necessary, as plants automatically dry up, and they will not be available for harvest when they are dried up.

More Information

See also:

Category Tools
Pickaxes Inv pickaxe wood Wooden pickaxe · Inv pickaxe stone Stone pickaxe · Inv pickaxe gold Golden pickaxe · Inv pickaxe diamond Diamond pickaxe ·

Inv amethyst pickaxe Amethyst pickaxe

Hammers Inv hammer stone Stone Hammer · Inv hammer gold Golden Hammer · Inv hammer diamond Diamond Hammer · Inv hammer amethyst Amethyst Hammer · Inv super hammer Super Hammer
Shovels Inv shovel stone Stone Shovel · Inv shovel gold Golden Shovel · Inv shovel diamond Diamond Shovel · Inv shovel amethyst Amethyst Shovel
Misc Inv book Ikea Manual · Inv can full Watering Can

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