Speed definitely kills I never gave too much thought to weapon speed â€” I still consider myself a newcomer to Diablo II. I normally choose axes for my barbs and look at damage. Just for the heck of it I equipped a double swing barb with 2 scimitars and the killing speed difference compared to axes was noticeable. Axes are normal speed weapons and scimitars are rated very fast. However, axes have approximately 3.5 more damage. At least in the brief time I was observing, the scimitars were clearly better killing weapons. So what exactly is the difference between a normal speed weapon and one rated very fast? Hits per second? The only thing that concerns me by going the sword route is having to devote so many more points into dexterity that could be better spent in vitality. I guess if you're killing things very quickly, than life is not as important. Your thoughts?