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What are Fortnite pickaxes? When you get down to it, what really sets Fortnite apart is its blend of arcade feel with the battle royale genre and... that's basically it. Until you get to pickaxes, which allow you to not only destroy almost anything on the map around you, but also lets you harvest materials to build new structures.

Yes, the glorious pickaxe, breaker and builder of worlds, destroyer of cover, and the bane of my existence. Considering pickaxe skins come out just as fast as player-character skins, I figured it would be a good idea to show off the best Fortnite pickaxe skins we've gotten since the very beginning.

The best Fortnite pickaxes

We'll be updating this pickaxe best-of list as more come out, but in the meantime, here's how to get one of the game's most coveted pickaxes.

How to get the Fortnite Minty pickaxe

One of Fortnite's most highly sought after items, the Minty pickaxe is no simple harvesting tool you buy from the in-game item shop. It'll require you to actually get out of your own home (gasp!) and make a purchase, and even then it'll still take some luck. Here's how to get one.

Step 1: Find a participating retailer—like Gamestop, Smyths, Game—that sells Fortnite merchandise. It varies from region to region, so consult this list below:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom 
  • Ireland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Italy

Step 2: Check if that retailer is giving away promotion codes for the Minty Pickaxe with purchases of Fortnite merch. This is the only way to get one. It's probably worth a phone call before you drive across town.

Step 3: You'll either get a promo code on a card or the code will appear on your receipt.

Step 4: Redeem that code on the Epic Games' website.

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Is the Fortnite Minty Pickaxe still available?

As far as we've seen, there's nothing to suggest the Minty Pickaxe is sold out. That said, you'll want to give your retailer of choice a phone call to see if they actually still have any codes on hand before you drive all the way there and waste your time.

Hungry for more Fortnite? Check out the best Fortnite creative codes (opens in new tab), or everything we know about the Fortnite chapter 2 season 2 release date (opens in new tab), or check out the best Fortnite skins (opens in new tab).

Joseph Knoop is a freelance writer specializing in all things Fortnite at PC Gamer. Master of Creative Codes and Fortnite's weekly missions, Joe's always ready with a scoop on Boba Fett or John Wick or whoever the hell is coming to Fortnite this week. It's with a mix of relief and disappointment that he hasn't yet become a Fortnite skin himself. There's always next season...