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Pick of Destiny is the subject of the band's 2006 motion-picture, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. It is a sacred guitar plectrum which has supernatural powers, notably aiding the careers of many musicians throughout the history of music. Due to its powers, it is considered secretive amongst musicians.


The Pick of Destiny was conceptualized by Kyle Gass based on The Holy Lance, which is also referred to as the Spear of Destiny. The Holy Lance is the pole which pierced the side of Jesus during his crucifixion.

During the fifth episode of the band's TV series, The Fan, Black throws his precious clear guitar pick out into the audience, effectively losing it. The connection was made between Gass' suggestion and the guitar pick in the episode, inspiring the Pick of Destiny and the film's narrative.


Warning: spoilers for Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny appear below.

The Pick of Destiny was created in the dark ages, when a wizard used black magic to summon Satan. After almost being defeated, a nearby Blacksmith heard the commotion, and managed to break the devil's tooth using a horseshoe. The wizard cursed the demon using a spell, effectively making the devil incomplete by missing his tooth. The wizard would repay the blacksmith by turning the tooth into a lute pick, to allow the blacksmith to attract a woman.

Following the death of the blacksmith, the pick randomly would make appearances many years later, notably starting the birth of the blues by appearing in Robert Johnson's fingers. The pick would then take rotations amongst many musicians, before being purchased at auction by the Rock & Roll History Museum alongside a guitar. The pick is stolen by Black and Gass. The devil then proceeds to reclaim the pick from Black and Gass back into his tooth outside Al's Bar.



  • There is an official non-functioning replica of the pick made by Steve Clayton, who also produces the band's regular on-stage guitar picks. A slightly different version of the pick (still non-functioning) is available in the deluxe version of The Pick of Destiny album, though is unclear whether this pick was also made by Clayton. Clayton also offers a non-functioning LED light-up necklace variant of the pick, as well as a selection of functional guitar picks with the Pick of Destiny design, including one on a string necklace.
  • The beta version of the pick was originally flat-shaped, and this can still be seen in the posters for the film, as well as on the artwork of the album and POD single.
  • The UK version of the Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny 2007 Calendar offers another beta version of the pick on the reverse, notably of a different size and is slightly more of a brighter green. This version of the pick is notably not seen anywhere else.
  • According to the Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny graphic novel by Titan Books, the pick has been held by Eddie Van Halen, Mozart, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Brian Jones, John Lennon, Jimmy Page, Johnny Ramone, Tony Iommi, Angus Young, Randy Rhoads, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
  • The pick was culturally referenced in the 2011 video-game Dead Island, where The Pick of Destiny appears as the name for an axe.