"You got a hammer! It's small, but it packs a punch!"
— In-game description

The Hammer is a recurring item in the Legend of Zelda series, useful for destroying obstacles and defeating enemies.


Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Hammer (The Adventure of Link)
Link finds it at Spectacle Rock. It is one of only two items found outside dungeons and is used to destroy Boulders. There are a total of four boulders in the game. One is beside the Town of Rauru, another leads to the Harbor Town of Mido, one is in front of the cave that contains the Water of Life and the last is beside Spectacle Rock that leads to a cave containing a Magic Container. It can also be used to destroy forest tiles and is used when finding the Hidden Town of Kasuto.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Though the Hammer do not appear as a weapon used by Link himself, he can control the Hammer Guardian Statues that appear in the Temple of Time with the Dominion Rod, which allows him to manipulate them into using their Hammers to attack enemies with while he is guiding them through the temple.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Hammer (Phantom Hourglass)

This weapon is obtained in Mutoh's Temple, and is needed for Link to defeat the boss there, Eox. When the Hammer is selected, Ciela always carries it, even if Leaf or Neri is equipped, extending its range beyond Link. Tapping the stylus on the screen selects where the Hammer will hit. The hammer can be charged by holding it in midair for a few seconds, when fully charged, it noticeably doubles in size. The Hammer is the only way to smash in rusty Foot Switches, as Link's weight alone cannot push them in. The Hammer is very useful in combat, and can even stun Phantoms when fully charged. Inside Mutoh's Temple exclusively, the hammer is used to solve puzzles on the floor involving colored tiles. It is perhaps the strongest weapon in Link's arsenal, able to take down enemies such as Zora Warriors in one powered-up strike.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds Ravio Wooden Hammer (Artwork)

The Hammer appears as an item in the game. It can stun enemies and pound stakes into the ground. It is the main item of the Tower of Hera and can be bought or rented at Ravio's Shop. If Link brings ten Lost Maiamais to Mother Maiamai, she can upgrade the Hammer into the Nice Hammer. The Hammer can crush most enemies but like Link's sword, it won't work on some foes including Buzzblobs and Bari.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

TFH Hammer

The Hammer in Tri Force Heroes

The Hammer appears in Tri Force Heroes, and can be found on Item Podiums. It creates small shock waves that can stun opponents, and if struck directly, some enemies will be instantly defeated. Wearing the Hammerwear increases the size and power of the hammer, creating more powerful shock waves and can defeat even more powerful enemies.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Weapon Type

Breath of the Wild Hammer Iron Sledgehammer

In Breath of the Wild, hammers are a type of melee weapon. Two types of hammer appear in Breath of the Wild, the two-handed Iron Sledgehammer and single-handed Spring-Loaded Hammer. Iron Sledgehammers are the most common type of hammer Link can find and can be used to break Ore Deposits in one hit to mine minerals such as Flint and Rock Salt or Gemstones such as Amber, Diamond, Opal, Luminous Stone, Ruby, Sapphire, and Topaz easily. Iron Sledgehammers are a type of mining tool as they can break Ore Deposits, Weak Walls, breakable rubble, cracked pillars, and cracked blocks easily. The Goron blacksmith Rohan forges Iron Sledgehammers for the Goron Group Mining Company and will allow Link to take ones he messed up on that appear near his anvil, though despite this they are standard quality Iron Sledgehammer implying Rohan holds his work to high standards and can presumably forge much stronger Iron Sledgehammers when he crafts one without messing up. Presumably his higher quality Sledgehammers would have weapon bonuses which are implied to be the result of their overall craftsmanship at the time they were forged. However Rohan's skill is so great that even Sledgehammers that do not meet his standards still have base stats and are of decent quality.

Iron Sledgehammers are the most common type of hammer and spawn in a variety of locations including the Great Plateau, Kakariko Graveyard, Link's House in Hateno Village, Southern Mine, Abandoned North Mine, Goron City, Gerudo Town, Lurelin Village, Tanagar Canyon Course, the Lake Totori island east of Rito Village, under Zora's Domain, certain Stables, and certain Shrines.

The single-handed Spring-Loaded Hammers can only be purchased from the Fang and Bone shop for 199 Mon after freeing at least one Divine Beast making it the only Hammer and one of few weapons that can be purchased. Spring-Loaded Hammers only one point of attack power thus cause little damage but its fourth swing can send enemies flying and it can be wielded one-handed allowing Link to wield a Shield. For the first time in the series, Hammers are breakable, though Link can obtain replacements if they break.

Breath of the Wild Hammer (Kilton's Novelty Hammer) Spring-Loaded Hammer (Icon)

Hammers are effective weapons to use against Pebblits and Talus. They can also be used as weapons against other enemies. In addition to Ore Deposits, Hammers can break Metal or wooden Crates, Barrels, and Pots. Like most two-handed weapons, Link will perform a Great Spin Attack as a Charged Attack when wielding hammers, though it lacks the cutting power, though they can still break objects. One effective way to attack Talus is the perform a charge attack with a hammer. Like other two handed weapons, their sheer weight can knock enemies off their feet. The Spring-Loaded Hammers are designed to provide extra knockback, though with the cost of having low attack power, though has high durability and can be wielded in conjunction with a Shield as it is a single-handed weapon. While enemies rarely wield hammers, they will pick one and wield it if unarmed and one is in the area or lying on the ground.

The Dragonbone Moblin Club has fossilized bone that gives it a hammer-like profile, however it is classified as a two-handed club.

Hammer Swords

Daruk Artwork (Breath of the Wild)

In Breath of the Wild, there are Goron made swords that double as Hammers and thus are a sort of Hammer-Sword hybrid. Unlike conventional swords such as the Goron made Biggoron's Sword, hammer swords have a blunt edge and cannot cut. Instead they rely on their sheer weight and blunt force to smash opponents. However like Biggoron's Sword, these hammer swords are so heavy that Link must wield them with two hands, another hammer-like trait. However due to their strength Gorons can wield them easily with one hand, thus they are single handed weapons when wielded by Gorons. Additionally, Bokoblins, Moblins, and Lizalfos are strong enough to hold these swords with one hand, though often swing them two-handed. Like hammers, hammer swords can be used to break Ore Deposits and other breakable objects. Presumably this is so Gorons can use them to combat Pebblits and Talus native to areas of Eldin province and double as mining tools allowing Goron warriors and soldiers to clear rubble should they become trapped by geologic activity.

The Cobble Crusher is the weakest and most common hammer sword as one spawns in Goron City and is occasionally wielded by enemies in certain areas. The Stone Smasher is the second strongest hammer sword, though is far less common as it can be found mainly in Treasure Chests, though a Fire-Breath Lizalfos encountered in Eldin Mountains area wields one and it respawns when the Fire-Breath Lizalfos is revived after a Blood Moon. The Boulder Breaker is the strongest hammer sword and is a legendary weapon once wielded by the Goron Champion Daruk which Link can obtain from Goron Patriarch Bludo after completing the Quest "Divine Beast Vah Rudania" as a reward for freeing the Divine Beast Vah Rudania from the control of Fireblight Ganon. Like the other Champion armaments, Link can reforge the Boulder Breaker if it breaks by speaking to the Goron Blacksmith Rohan. Rohan requires a Cobble Crusher, 5 pieces of Flint, and a Diamond to reforge the Boulder Breaker.

Breath of the Wild Lynel Maces Savage Lynel Crusher (Icon)

Lynels occasionally wield hammer-like maces known as Lynel Crushers. In addition to the basic Lynel Crusher, there are two stronger versions called Mighty Lynel Crusher and Savage Lynel Crusher which are wielded by stronger Lynel variants. Like hammers, they are blunt two-handed weapons and can break Ore Deposits in a single hit.

Non-canonical appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

Darunia (Hyrule Warriors) 2

The Hammer appears as a weapon type used by the Sage of Fire, Darunia as his default weapon type. Darunia's use of a Hammer as a weapon is a reference to his legendary ancestor, the Hero of the Gorons who used the mighty Megaton Hammer to defeat the Goron eating dragon, Volvagia. Fitting his role as the Sage of Fire, the Hammer has a Fire Elemental Attribute and in addition to pounding enemies. Along with Darunia's Hammer weapons, Zelda can summon Hammer Guardian Statue and command it with the Dominion Rod to use its Hammer to attack enemies as part of her Dominion Rod.

Weapon Level

Hyrule Warriors Legends

"With a hammer you can press a switch to trigger various events. You can also attack certain foes."
— Tutorial description
Hyrule Warriors Legends Ravio Rental Hammer (Render)
Hyrule Warriors Legends Hammer Hammer (Icon)

The Hammer appears as a new item obtained in story mode and is used to fight Helmaroc King. It can be found in a Treasure Chest located in Wind Waker: A New Disturbance story scenario in the Forsaken Fortress stage. In order to access it, Link and/or Tetra must capture the Bomb Shop keep, which will open a gate that leads to a small alcove containing the chest. In addition to damaging and attacking enemies, it can also be used to activate Hammer Switches to activate certain devices.

Its Item Power-Up is the Upgraded Hammer. The Skull Hammer from The Wind Waker also appears as an Item Card on the Great Sea Adventure Mode map.

As part of the A Link Between Worlds DLC, Ravio's Level 1 Rental Hammer the Wooden Hammer is based on the Hammer from A Link Between Worlds


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