The answer ? Statistically speaking... the axe !!! Now in practice it is a lot easier to chain hits and get crits with the sword... Here is the accumulated damage over time: (there are 100 data points per line, one every 0.05 seconds, this is a graph of the first 5 seconds) In the graph, 0.400 corresponds to 40 HP or 20 hearts. Multiply the damage by 100 to have the correct value :/ The way to read this graph: Spoiler You follow a line of the weapon you want to compare until you reach a spike (a strike at 100%) Imagine a vertical line at that point. compare the damage with the last strikes of the other weapons behind that vertical line. Example (here of the iron axe): This is for people clicking at regular intervals, clicking as soon as the weapon is charged at 100% This was based off the data of the weapon damage and the time it takes to achieve 100% from this wiki page : http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Damage Technical stuff : Spoiler For each point I multiplied the % of damage at a the time in $C17 by the damage of the item in D$3 =$C17*D$3 I then used an if function on the table : if(condition; if true; if false) =IF(AT12=1;$D12;IF(AT12+$C12>1;1;AT12+$C12)) AKA : "If the value in the precedent cell is equal to 1 (100%) then check if, when increased by the increment of damage/time between the two cells, the percentage is superior to 100% if it is, input 100% if it is not, input increased %. If the value in the precedent cell is not equal to 1 input increased %" Basically when the weapon reaches 100% it restarts the % at the original starting % at the beginning of a hit. I then multiplied the damage of the weapon by the calculated % per time and added it to the orginal. I made a third table with the accumelated damage which is just cells with an addition formula. ex: =E69+F41

this is really good, we all can be sure now of what's better, even tough axe may be better i still don't think anyone that prefers using a sword should be changing to axe bc of this. but it really is usefull to know

I'm surprised at how powerfull the diamond shovel is to be honest, and exactly how weak the hoes are.

Guys please read the post and the comments entirely before posting and don't assume you understand the graph.