Yes, if only because of the number of times I've wanted to destroy a load of smooth stone without the hassle of tons of cobble I don't need. Breaking with your bare hands takes far too long, so I'd appreciate a tool that destroys without giving a block, counter-productive as that may seem.
QFT and +1 on hammers.
Hammers uses would be destroying solid blocks (i.e, not blocks that shovels can be used on) and can be used as a weapon that pushes enemies very far at the cost of less damage.
For weapon usage, you can hold right click indefinitely and for everything else, holding left click will charge a hammer shot and destroy the block targeted when fully charged.
I wish block damage could be saved.
That would enable use of siege weapons, bombs, ranged wall attacks. Etc.
To be used it hypothetical PVP action. As the walls would degrade. Etc.
Would then need a way to repair.
Maybe a small hammer?
   maybe even a crafting tool?
I think the hammer idea is great, I've always been a fan of heavy warhammers^^
Maybe different weapons like arrows, swords or hammers should have different efficiency against different monsters even. Hammer, like in most cases, the slowest, but deadliest of the types.
this makes more sense. the o.p. says that recipe isn't used for the shovel, but the layout is. it's important to be intuitive and not have the same thing do completely different things.
I was thinking a hammer/mallet would be useful as well, primarily in the destruction of built blocks (cobblestone/wood/or metal blocks) but can work for dirt, sand, and gravel. It can't be used to mine ores or stone though.
how about instead of being a better pickaxe, it breaks blocks and shatters them so you can't pick them up. this will ensure you wont have 10000000 cobblestone in your chests. but the good thing is that it mines far faster.
I can't see Hammers being made into another tool, seeing as it appears to be focused just on destroying objects only. And as stated before, having it do some repairs would only be effective for lesser grades of tools.
However, I COULD see Hammers being put into the game as just a weapon, something that a player can choose to use in place of the sword. I suppose if you wanted to make a difference, you could have the Hammer weapon do slower but more powerful attacks; only problem with that is, the fact that anything you attack with will shove the enemy away, meaning that slow-down won't really mean anything.
And Tigranater had the right idea originally for the creation of such a weapon; three sticks down the middle, and two solid materials (wood, steel, diamond) at the left and right of the top stick.
I just scrolled down to the Post Reply thing but my pattern suggestion would be:
  
  
And an actual Battle Axe/WarHammer Could be
I had another post stating that you could add another  of to the side of a and placing a hammer would increase the durability any tool/weapon crafted, since the medieval times were filled with metallurgic discoveries it would fit too.
When you get the picture, tell me when you are in reality because this was poster before. Poor mallets, everyone thinks your a hammer, but really your more hard core than one. Why does everyone I know call mallets hammers? GYAH!
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I am just a guy looking for good suggestions that are original, creative, and match the theme of Mine-craft. I have some mob ideas that I need help forming which is a community project.
I made thread for my hammer idea but i did not see this but it covers most of my ideas + more. but I think crafting should be like this:
and so on.
But I did not think about it as a good mining tool. if you want I can show you my post but I really don't think I need to.
Fail?!?!?!?! wood hammer is already but its a "note"
Yeah... I noticed that... A few post I made in this thread I made while I was tired. I did some slily stuff like that. And sig'ed something in here that was sort of funny to me because I was really tired and I wanted something for my sig. lol...
Any way I do still want this. Even if it only bashes enemys far away. You have to love bashing stuff off cliffs! It could easily be like the axe where it does slightly less damage than a sword. But a big difference would be it bashes stuff far away. I could imagine a diamond hammer to be able to kill in one hit in the right place. if you are by a cliff you could easily bash them off it. The more I think about it the more I want it.
We could use more weapons in minecraft but with the way the game is it's hard to think of a good one. This is perfect. I love shoving stuff off cliffs and I think notch does too. I think I will get my mom to tweet notch about this thread. She has tweeted him before and he replied. If you see some one in twitter named SakeCharmers that's her.
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