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Pickaxe Aliens,[DM 1] also known as Pickaxers,[2][1] are minions of Vulkanus. They use pickaxes for weapons, hence their name.


They are small aliens of red and black color, they are short about the height of an Arachnachimp, being thin and lacking in strength. They have large eyes similar to those of a Galvan, but in only gray and yellow in addition to having large teeth with which they make clicks and sounds to communicate with each other.

Occasional Appearances[]

In Mud is Thicker Than Water, Pickaxe Aliens were seen wearing jetpacks.

In The Ballad of Mr. Baumann, three Pickaxe Aliens collectively wore a gray trenchcoat, with the one on top wearing a fedora.



At some point, the Pickaxe Aliens came to Earth in a spaceship.[DM 1]

Five Years Prior to Omniverse[]

Following the destruction of his body, Vulkanus was found and placed into his regeneration suit by the Pickaxe Aliens.

Alien Force[]

The Pickaxe Aliens first appear in Kevin's Big Score, where Kevin meets them to make a deal with Vulkanus for a Grandpa Max hologram device, but Vulkanus instead double-crossed Kevin and makes him absorb a piece of Taydenite, where he was transformed into a Taydenite monster. The Pickaxe Aliens began gathering pieces of Taydenite from Kevin's back. Ben and Gwen arrive to save Kevin. Gwen fought the Pickaxe Aliens while Ben was fighting Vulkanus as Big Chill. They manage to defeat the aliens and Vulkanus, where he was throwing small pieces of Taydenite in the air in joy.

The Pickaxe Aliens reappear in Inferno, where Vulkanus is attempting to increase Earth's temperature by planting a giant bomb inside the Earth's core. While Gwen and Kevin were busy fighting the Pickaxe Aliens, Ben defeated Vulkanus and was able to destroy the bomb before it could explode.

In Con of Rath, when the group were trying to get some pieces of Taydenite to fuel their ship in order to deliver the Prince of Lewoda, Vulkanus and the Pickaxe Aliens showed up after Gwen remarked that whenever there was Taydenite, Vulkanus would be there. Vulkanus insulted Rath, and then a short fight ensued, but Gwen and Kevin were able to convince Rath to go with them.

Ultimate Alien[]

They return in Hit 'Em Where They Live, where Vulkanus brings out his biggest army of them to fight Ben (as Big Chill), who was looking for his mother when she was kidnapped by Zombozo, Charmcaster and Vulkanus. Since Gwen was fighting Zombozo, and Kevin was fighting Charmcaster, Big Chill was alone to fight them. When Big Chill realized there were too many to fight, he became Ultimate Big Chill and froze the aliens and Vulkanus in ice, after which Vulkanus surrendered.


In The More Things Change: Part 2, Pickaxe Aliens are seen as part of Psyphon's Gang in Undertown.

In Special Delivery, during the auctioning of the Dwarf Star, a Pickaxe Alien can be seen behind Fistrick.

In Rad, a Pickaxe Alien can be seen in the background of the Undertown bar where Rook and Diamondhead were waiting for Rad.

In Return to Forever, a Pickaxe Alien appears in Undertown.

In Mud is Thicker Than Water, a Pickaxe Alien helped Psyphon get the Annihilarrgh.

In Cough It Up, a Pickaxe Alien was among the members of Psyphon's gang seen approaching Argit's office.

In The Ballad of Mr. Baumann, three of them helped Vulkanus get the Element X from Sheelane's ship.

In Fight at the Museum a Pickaxe Alien is seen at the Bellwood Museum.

Powers and Abilities[]


The Pickaxe Aliens carry their pickaxes with them at all times.

Some Pickaxe Aliens were seen with jetpacks.

When dismantling Sheelane's ship, the Pickaxe Aliens were equipped with breathing equipment: a mouthpiece connected to a tank, that allowed them to survive and work a mile down in water.[1]


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Immobilized by Ice

Pickaxe Aliens can be immobilized by a Necrofriggian's ice breath, and that of an Evolved Necrofriggian.[3]

Notable Members[]


Alien Force[]

Season 1[]

Season 2[]

Ultimate Alien[]

Season 1[]

Season 2[]


Season 1[]

Season 3[]

Season 4[]

Season 6[]

Season 7[]

Video Games[]

Video Games[]

Ben 10: Alien Force[]

The Pickaxe Aliens make their first video game appearance in Ben 10: Alien Force (Video Game), where they are still working for Vulkanus and try to make sure Ben and his team do not steal a water-conditioning system for Gorvan.

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction[]

They make another video game appearance in Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction, where they are still working for Vulkanus and fight Ben in the Catacombs.


  • In the Alien Force game, they are erroneously named to as "PickAxe Aliens".
  • Their small stature, eyes and relation to underground areas likens them to the Moloids from Marvel.


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