Shovels are used to break soil, gravel, clay, and sand blocks quicker than by hand. They can be created before basic metals are collected using flint. They can also be cast into clay molds, or forged at an anvil. Clay is considered soil for the purpose of tool speed, as clay is embedded in the soil, and not a block in its own right. Since there currently are no dirt-type blocks that require stronger shovels, all shovels are tier 0 and work on any dirt-type block.
There are several variants that you can craft. Each variant has a different durability and attack power. A stone shovel head can be crafted via knapping and the metal variants have to be crafted using smithing.
|Variant||Durability||Tier||Speed (Soil + Sand)||Speed (Gravel)||Attack Damage (HP)|
|Vintage Story: Vanilla Game Content|
|Terrain blocks||Soil Clay Peat Rock Gravel Sand|
|Construction Blocks||Soil Blocks Ceramic Blocks Planks Stone Blocks Plaster Glass|
|Functional Blocks||Firepit Loot Vessels Containers Bed Barrel Quern Forge Ore blasting bomb|
|Metal Working Blocks and Items||Anvil Bloomery Crucible Molds Forge Metal|
|Tools & Weapons||Axe Bow Chisel Club Hammer Hoe Knife Pickaxe Prospecting Pick Saw Scythe Shears Shovel Spear Sword|
|Craftable Resources||Boards Firewood Charcoal Ingots Leather Linen|
|Plants||Trees Berry Bushes Cooper's Reed (Cattail) Flowers Wild Foods Grass Other Plants|
|Mobs||Bees Bighorn sheep Chicken Wild Pig Fox Hare Hyena Wolf Drifter Locust|
|Starter Guide Crafting Recipes Ruins Combat Light sources Fuel Farming Cooking BeekeepingAnimal Husbandry Knapping Clay Forming Leather Working Ore Deposits Mining Casting Smithing|