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The Dragon pickaxe is the second best mining pickaxe in OSRS, just behind the crystal pickaxe. This OSRS Dragon Pickaxe Guide covers everything you need to know about this pickaxe.

The Dragon Pickaxe Specs

osrs dragon pickaxe guide

The dragon pickaxe requires 60 attack to equip and 61 mining if you want to use it for mining ores. 

The dragon pickaxe offers a 5.88% increase in mining speed over the rune pickaxe which requires 41 mining. 

It has a special attack (Rock Knocker) which can be used every 5 minutes and increases the players mining level by 3. 

The cool thing about the special attack is that it lets you use the dragon pickaxe from level 58 mining instead of 61 mining when used. As long as you have the 60 attack to equip the pickaxe of course. 

*The dragon pickaxe special attack boost does not stack with that of the mining cape boost

Upgrading The Dragon Pickaxe Into Infernal Pickaxe

how to upgrade the dragon pickaxe into the infernal pickaxe using a smouldering stone

By using a smoldering stone on a dragon pickaxe (requires 85 smithing), players can upgrade their dragon pickaxe into an infernal pickaxe.

Doing so, you will have a 1/3 chance of smelting the ores while you’re mining, giving you smithing experience on top of your mining experience. 

This is a good way to combine mining and smithing training.

The infernal pickaxe has 5000 charges in total, meaning you smelt 5000 ores (or mine 15000 ores) before the infernal pickaxe degrades back into a dragon pickaxe.

The smouldering stone currently costs 1.1M gp at the grand exchange. 

Please note: turning the dragon pickaxe into an infernal pickaxe makes the infernal pickaxe untradeable and you cannot undo this process.

Other skilling items that have “infernal” equivalents are: the infernal axe (woodcutting) and the infernal harpoon (fishing).

Upgrading The Dragon Pickaxe Into Crystal Pickaxe

upgrading the dragon pickaxe into the crystal pickaxe

While the infernal pickaxe is a good way to train smithing and mining simultaneously, if you want the best experience rates it’s best to go for the crystal pickaxe instead, as this is the best pickaxe in the game. 

The dragon pickaxe can be created at a singing bowl by combining the dragon pickaxe with 120 crystal shards and a crystal tool seed (1.6m). This process requires you to have 76 smithing and crafting.

If you can’t do this because you don’t have the skill requirements you can ask one of these two NPC’s to do it for you: Conwenna & Reese, they are found near the singing bowl in Priffdinas. 

They will charge you an extra 60 crystal seeds as a transaction fee. 

How To Get The Dragon Pickaxe On An Iron Man? 

Of course, not everyone can just go to the grand exchange and purchase the dragon pickaxe. 

Iron man accounts can’t access the grand exchange and therefore have to get the dragon pickaxe through monster drops or (if they are lucky) through master clue scrolls.

The following monsters drop the dragon pickaxe:

  • Callisto (lvl 470) 0.75/128 drop rate
  • Venenatis (lvl 464)  0.75/128 drop rate
  • Vet’ion (lvl 454)  0.75/128 drop rate
  • Chaos elemental (lvl 305) 1/256 drop rate
  • King Black Dragon (lvl 276) 1/1,500 drop rate

What Is The Price Of The Dragon Pickaxe At The Grand Exchange? 

At time of writing, the dragon pickaxe is valued at 4.4Mgp. Making it a pretty pricey skilling item and the most expensive one out of all the dragon skilling items.

Please keep in mind this price might not be accurate as the prices are constantly changing. Click here for a more accurate pricing of the dragon pickaxe on the grand exchange. 


Hopefully, this quick guide on the OSRS Dragon Pickaxe has answered the questions you may have had about the dragon pickaxe, how it works in mining, how you can upgrade it into a crystal pickaxe or infernal pickaxe and how to obtain it on an iron man account.

Be sure to check out our mining guide as well for more info. 


Dean started playing Runescape in 2006 when he was just 10 years old and has been playing ever on and off ever since (you never quit OSRS, right?) In 2013 he switched to OSRS Servers and never looked back. Dean has spent over 20,000 hours in the game now and frequently revisits his favourite portion of OSRS; the early-to-mid game through new account builds. You can also find bite-sized runescape guides on Deans' YouTube channel

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