Gold Spade Statistics

Gold tools are better than diamond picks. Don’t believe me? Mining a titanium ore with a diamond pick gets 18 (12 in expert mode) ore. Mining that same ore with a gold shovel averages about 40 ore, and you an still finish the block with a diamond pick to get ~60!

That said, there isn’t very much information on the best use of these tools. The wiki page provides a frequency chart, but it was compiled in 2013 and still includes Time Crystals on the drop list, which no longer drop. I suspected the frequencies were out of date. Cate’s analysis also only covers stone.

For every ore block + stone, I went through 100 gold shovels to get a better understanding of their utility.

Analysis

Since when mining each ore you have a chance to get 10 of that ore, unsurprisingly you will get the most of that ore. Besides that distinction though, the numbers are remarkably close. This indicates that it is highly likely that the chances for bonuses that are not related to the ore being mined are consistent no matter what ore you are mining. The two outliers are diamonds for stone and titanium. Stone provided 5 diamonds while titanium gave 0. However, since the chance for diamonds is so low, and all of the other numbers are consistent between blocks, I suspect that this is purely a statistical anomoly.

For all ores except gold, the mining result was a gold loss. In expert mode gold shovels take 4 gold ingots each to craft, so while mining gold ore gave 1880/5+132 = 508 gold ingots back, only 108 of those were profit.

Two blocks I did not collect statistics on are Red Marble and Lapis Lazuli. Both of these blocks give great rewards for gold tools, but are much harder to find in the world.

Raw Data

Unmined stone
Item Drop count
Copper ore 143
Tin ore 124
Iron ore 130
Gold ore 123
Titanium ore 19
Platinum ore 10
Coal 132
Copper ingots 127
Tin ingots 129
Bronze ingots 116
Iron ingots 145
Steel ingots 135
Gold ingots 113
Titanium ingots 1
Platinum ingots 0
Amethysts 37
Sapphires 20
Emeralds 10
Rubies 12
Diamonds 5
Copper Ore
Item Drop count
Copper ore 2110
Tin ore 120
Iron ore 111
Gold ore 117
Titanium ore 13
Platinum ore 10
Coal 138
Copper ingots 106
Tin ingots 119
Bronze ingots 129
Iron ingots 121
Steel ingots 134
Gold ingots 139
Titanium ingots 1
Platinum ingots 2
Amethysts 23
Sapphires 21
Emeralds 9
Rubies 5
Diamonds 3
Tin Ore
Item Drop count
Copper ore 128
Tin ore 1958
Iron ore 120
Gold ore 107
Titanium ore 14
Platinum ore 17
Coal 126
Copper ingots 137
Tin ingots 115
Bronze ingots 124
Iron ingots 131
Steel ingots 125
Gold ingots 126
Titanium ingots 2
Platinum ingots 1
Amethysts 28
Sapphires 14
Emeralds 6
Rubies 8
Diamonds 3
Coal
Item Drop count
Copper ore 120
Tin ore 129
Iron ore 112
Gold ore 125
Titanium ore 13
Platinum ore 14
Coal 1723
Copper ingots 121
Tin ingots 132
Bronze ingots 118
Iron ingots 131
Steel ingots 124
Gold ingots 114
Titanium ingots 0
Platinum ingots 0
Amethysts 35
Sapphires 7
Emeralds 5
Rubies 8
Diamonds 3
Iron ore
Item Drop count
Copper ore 125
Tin ore 117
Iron ore 1814
Gold ore 142
Titanium ore 14
Platinum ore 13
Coal 118
Copper ingots 123
Tin ingots 113
Bronze ingots 137
Iron ingots 129
Steel ingots 138
Gold ingots 107
Titanium ingots 1
Platinum ingots 1
Amethysts 35
Sapphires 18
Emeralds 5
Rubies 9
Diamonds 3
Gold ore
Item Drop count
Copper ore 133
Tin ore 116
Iron ore 126
Gold ore 1880
Titanium ore 12
Platinum ore 13
Coal 110
Copper ingots 121
Tin ingots 124
Bronze ingots 132
Iron ingots 126
Steel ingots 104
Gold ingots 132
Titanium ingots 0
Platinum ingots 2
Amethysts 34
Sapphires 23
Emeralds 8
Rubies 5
Diamonds 3
Titanium ore
Item Drop count
Copper ore 132
Tin ore 123
Iron ore 110
Gold ore 123
Titanium ore 1618
Platinum ore 5
Coal 120
Copper ingots 125
Tin ingots 116
Bronze ingots 121
Iron ingots 247
Steel ingots 115
Gold ingots 102
Titanium ingots 2
Platinum ingots 3
Amethysts 28
Sapphires 22
Emeralds 12
Rubies 9
Diamonds 0
Platinum ore
Item Drop count
Copper ore 124
Tin ore 120
Iron ore 134
Gold ore 130
Titanium ore 13
Platinum ore 1755
Coal 105
Copper ingots 99
Tin ingots 117
Bronze ingots 121
Iron ingots 97
Steel ingots 123
Gold ingots 115
Titanium ingots 1
Platinum ingots 2
Amethysts 24
Sapphires 18
Emeralds 10
Rubies 4
Diamonds 2

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How long did it take you to mine all of the ores and stone for this information?

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as usual @Bibliophile you go above and beyond

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Each spade takes about one minute to break, while on coffee energy. Thankfully, I was able to use multiple blockheads to cut down on the time significantly. Still took several hours though.

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Nah, even farther than that! :smiley:

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