Tools are items that are used by a player to enhance or perform a specific action in-game. There are currently three main types of tools and four other tools in-game: pickaxes, hammers, shovels, IKEA manual, watering can, bucket and wrench. All upgrades for tools improve the efficiency with each upgrade. All tools, with the exception of the wooden pickaxe, wooden spear, and wooden sword require a workbench to craft. It is notable that amethyst tools can destroy all structures, however, this is not advised as it is a very slow process.
Pickaxes are tools that allow the player to obtain mining resources. They are also able to destroy structures of any tier, although much slower than hammers. Pickaxes have five tiers, ranging from wood to amethyst. 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||Reidite
Hammers are tools used for breaking structures. Hammers have six tiers, from stone to the super hammer. 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.
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Shovels are tools used to gather ice cubes in the winter, sand on the beach and ground in the forest. They also have a small chance of digging up stone, gold or diamond instead. Starting with stone, shovels can be upgraded up to amethyst tier. The further upgraded the shovel, the more ground resources (Sand, Ground (soil), and Ice Cubes) are obtained with each use. This is useful for making a base in the Winter, Lava or Ocean biomes. Out of all of the tools, shovels are the least resource-consuming to craft.
IKEA Manual, (also referred to as "the book"), makes crafting 3x faster while equipped. This can prove highly useful when crafting structures, seeds and cooking meat.
Due to the long time it takes to craft amethyst tools, the IKEA Manual is necessary in avoiding to either starve or freeze to death during the crafting process.
Watering can is a tool used to water plants. Currently, they can water small berry bushes, wheat, pumpkins, and their respective planted seeds. The watering can can be filled with water at water sources, or with ice cubes.
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, but it's still possible.
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.
Wrench is a tool that allows players to repair any damaged walls or doors of any material. To do this, players must hold the wrench and hit the structure. This item was added in the My House, My Castle update. The wrench is also known as a spanner.
To repair a wall or door, it must first be damaged which is indicated when a circle is around the structure. Players must walk up to a damaged structure with a wrench equipped and hit the structure. Hitting other items with the wrench will not deal any damage.
Bucket is a tool which is currently only used for carriage of water and to fill the well, a player-made source of water. The bucket can only be filled at a lake, or the ocean (in other words, you cannot melt ice cubes into it). Each bucketful in a well equates to 12 bottles worth. This item was added in the Sounds Good update.
The pitchfork is a tool that is highly recommended for farming. It costs 100 wood and 50 stone. When you equip the pitchfork, it does not slow you down, but it does not do any damage, so it is useless in player versus player. It gives you double harvest points. (does not work on wild berry bushes.) It has longer range than a spear. The item was added in the The Market update. However, in the Desert update, we were introduced to the golden pitchfork, which is basically just an upgrade to the pitchfork.
The Machete doubles the material you get from any animal. It does zero damage to animals, but after they are dead you can equip the machete and kill the animal box. If you do you get double of everything that would normally drop. So 4 thread rather than 2 thread from spiders. 8 feathers rather than 4 feathers.
|Pickaxes|| Wooden pickaxe · Stone pickaxe · Golden pickaxe · Diamond pickaxe|
|Hammers||Stone Hammer · Golden Hammer · Diamond Hammer · Amethyst Hammer Reidite Hammer . Super Hammer|
|Shovels||Stone Shovel · Golden Shovel · Diamond Shovel · Amethyst Shovel|
|Miscellaneous||IKEA Manual · Watering Can · Wrench · Bucket · Machete|