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Pick

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A pick is a digging implement / weapon that can be forged (using the Weaponsmithing labour) from most weapon-grade metals, such as copper, iron, bronze, bismuth bronze, steel, and adamantine, but not silver, (although other weapons can be forged from silver). Picks are essential for a properly-functioning fortress: miners require picks to strike the earth, dig tunnels, carve staircases and everything else related to the removal of rock and soil tiles. You will need to purchase or create picks on embark, as miners won't bring their own. Without picks, your dwarves will be stranded on the surface, forced to live like elves. The quality and material of a pick have no effect on its speed when digging through rock; that depends solely on the user's Mining skill level.

Picks can also be used as weapons. They inflict EDGE type damage, tend to impale or dismember enemies, and gain damage bonuses dependent on the user's Mining skill level. Picks are brutally effective, combining slashing and impaling with velocity of blunt weapons and generally far better than anything that isn't a whip or scourge (and will be better than them if it's made from good materials and with good quality). Unlike when digging through rock, quality and material are both important when using a pick as a weapon. Since a steel pick can penetrate most armor, picks are effective weapons against any foe, armored, forgotten, bronze, or otherwise. Almost all dwarves can equip picks; some must use two hands (what makes them more similar to real-life ice axes then actual R-L heavy, two-handed human pickaxes).

Note that military dwarves will never select a pick as a weapon if allowed "individual choice". They must be specifically assigned picks as part of their uniform or on their equip screen.

Forging and Melting[edit]

  • Metal picks cost one metal bar to forge, or four adamantine wafers.
  • When a non-adamantine metal pick is melted down, it will return 1.2 metal bars, for an efficiency of 120%.
  • When an adamantine pick is melted down, it will produce 1.2 wafers, for an efficiency of 30%.
"Pick" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
Dwarven: tekkud
Elvish: mubara
Goblin: otez
Human: tekud
Ranged and ammunition
Blowgun and blowdart · Bow and arrow · Crossbow and bolt
Blunt
Edged (slashing)
Edged (piercing)
Dagger · Morningstar · Pick · Pike · Spear
See also: Attack types