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The Skull Hammer is an item in The Wind Waker.[1]

Location and Uses

The Skull Hammer is obtained after defeating Phantom Ganon in the Forsaken Fortress. It is used to push down Switches in order to clear paths for Link to advance. It is necessary to fully traverse the Forsaken Fortress, which is scattered with peg-shaped Switches. The Skull Hammer is also necessary to defeat the Helmaroc King, as only it can break the boss's mask.

When used, the Skull Hammer will produce a shock wave, which can stun nearby enemies. It can be used much like a Sword, as Link is able to swing it both horizontally and vertically to damage enemies. Link can also perform Jump Slashes and Spin Attacks while wielding the Skull Hammer. However, he cannot use a Shield as it is a double-handed weapon. If Link hits a Miniblin with a vertical attack, it will be flattened. If he hits with a horizontal attack, the Miniblin will fly a long distance in the air and explode. If he hits the ground near a Miniblin, it will fly high in the air, coming down after a few seconds. The Skull Hammer can also defeat frozen enemies and the heads of Stalfos in a single swing.

The Skull Hammer is required to access the Fairy Fountains on Thorned Fairy Island and Western Fairy Island.


  • During The Wind Waker's development, the Skull Hammer was designed to resemble a standard Hammer.[2]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ハンマー (Hanmā) Hammer
French Republic FrenchEU Masse Sledgehammer
Federal Republic of Germany German Stahlhammer Steel Hammer
Italian Republic Italian Martello Magico Magic Hammer
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Martillo Hammer


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 126
  2. Images from SpaceWorld 2001. The revealing of celda., Zelda Chaos, retrieved December 31, 2010.