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This article is about content that ended up unused or was removed during production.

The Pickaxe is a cut item from Amnesia: The Dark Descent.


The Pickaxe is a leftover from Penumbra: Overture, a previous game developed by Frictional Games. It was mainly used to bash down doors/obstacles, and/or stun/kill certain enemies. An inventory icon exists for it, which is seen in the gameplay footage found in the Super Secret file.

The Pickaxe was likely used to kill Spiders in a section of the Archives, noted on a map of the area in the Super Secret file as "spider territory". This area was recycled as the Cellar Archives in the final game. The player would have had to use acid to dissolve a large, tough web blocking the path to the area (a concept that would later be reworked for the Shadow's fleshy webbing in the Entrance Hall) and the gameplay footage shows the Pickaxe in the player's inventory while in the Wine Cellar, so the Pickaxe was presumably found somewhere in the Wine Cellar. It is likely that obtaining the Pickaxe was required to access the Laboratory (which was part of the Wine Cellar at the time), in order to make sure the player would be prepared to enter the spider lair.

The "hand object" (first-person) model for the Pickaxe can be found in the following location in the game files:

Amnesia The Dark Descent/models/hand_objects/pickaxe