Hammer artwork from Tri Force Heroes
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The Hammer, also known as the Magic Hammer in some games, is a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series. It can be used to press switches, destroy certain obstacles such as boulders, or be used as a weapon.
- 1 Location and Uses
- 2 Non-Canon Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Etymology
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See Also
- 7 References
Location and Uses
The Adventure of Link
In The Adventure of Link, the Hammer is found within the Death Mountain region of western Hyrule. It is used to smash large boulders that are occasionally found in Hyrule's overworld, often unblocking pathways and revealing new objects underneath. It can also be used to cut trees down in the overworld.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, the Magic Hammer is found in the Palace of Darkness. It serves many purposes as both a tool and a weapon. In both dungeons and the overworld, it can remove obstacles from Link's path, allowing him to pass into otherwise inaccessible areas. As a weapon, it can be used to dispatch enemies such as Helmasaurs, and is essential in defeating Terrorpins in the Palace of Darkness. It is also capable of shattering the faceplate of the Helmasaur King. Against most enemies, it deals as much damage as the Tempered Sword, but its reach is much shorter. Freezing enemies with the Ice Rod and then breaking them with the Magic Hammer instantly defeats them, often yielding a Magic Jar.
Ocarina of Time
In Ocarina of Time, the Megaton Hammer is found in the Fire Temple. It is used to break certain boulders and smash in rusted switches. It can also be used to smash blocks for access to new areas and to open Secret Grottoes. It does as much damage as the Master Sword, but it has slow speed compared to Link's Swords. It can be used against certain enemies, such as Tektites, to flip them over and attack them. If used on the ground close to a wall with a Skullwalltula, it will knock the spider off and defeat it without hitting it directly.
According to Goron legends, a mythic hero of the Gorons and an ancestor to Darunia, patriarch of the Gorons, used the Megaton Hammer in battle against Volvagia. Wielding the powerful Hammer, he was victorious and sealed the dragon in the fires of Death Mountain. Thus, it is necessary to defeat Volvagia. The Megaton Hammer is also effective in the final battle with Ganon for attacking his tail.
The Wind Waker
In The Wind Waker, the Skull Hammer is found upon returning to the Forsaken Fortress and defeating Phantom Ganon. It is used for hitting switches and enemies. When used, it causes shockwaves which can stun nearby enemies. It can also be swung sideways to knock enemies. If Link hits a Miniblin with a vertical attack, it will flatten. 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. It is necessary to defeat the Helmaroc King, as it is the only weapon that can break its faceplate.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, the Magic Hammer is one of the items the Links have the option of picking up. It can smash stakes, stumps, and several other obstacles. By holding the A Button, the Links can charge the Hammer which, upon release, sends out a shockwave which dazes enemies momentarily. It can be upgraded to the L2 Hammer, which makes it more powerful, sending much larger shockwaves. The Magic Hammer can also knock Force Gems from their hiding spot beneath the soil. Shadow Link can also use the Hammer to interrupt the Links by sending unavoidable but harmless dazes.
In Phantom Hourglass, the Hammer can be found in Mutoh's Temple, where it is used to defeat the temple's boss, Eox. It is also used to pound at objects, including switches and springboards that will propel Link into the air if he stands on it and pounds it with the Hammer. It is one of the most powerful weapons in the game. The Hammer is controlled by holding and moving the Stylus on the DS screen, which will drag Ciela around as she aims it and prepares to smash it. It is possible to pound on objects and enemies that are far away from Link. When held for a while longer, the Hammer will grow into a gigantic size and will make a much stronger pound. It cannot be used while on stairs.
The Hammer is an effective weapon against certain enemies. Stalfos can be defeated with the Hammer in a single hit. By using it in conjunction with the Phantom Sword, it is also possible to defeat a Phantom without being seen by hiding in a Safe Zone.
A Link Between Worlds
In A Link Between Worlds, the Hammer can be rented in Ravio's Shop. It is needed to progress through the Tower of Hera. It can be used to pound Moles into the ground, and if Link stands on it, the platform will spring back up. lifting him into midair. Big Moles can also take him to the next upper floor. If Link buys the Hammer, he can upgrade it to the Nice Hammer, which does more damage to enemies and sends a shockwave to stun them.
Tri Force Heroes
In Tri Force Heroes, the Magic Hammer deals double damage to enemies. It creates a shock wave when used, which can destroy bushes and stones. It can also stun enemies. The Magic Hammer can be used to pound down stakes, destroy ice crystals, defeat Deadrocks, and make use of Moles. It first appears in the Ice Cavern's Silver Shrine, in which all three Links must use it. It later appears in the Ice Temple, the Desert Temple, Dragon Citadel, and the Sky Temple, as well as in the Coliseum's Ice Cavern and The Ruins arenas. The effects of the Magic Hammer is improved while wearing the Hammerwear. This Outfit doubles the item's shockwave size and damage output, while it can be swung quicker.
- In The Wind Waker, the Skull Hammer was originally a standard Hammer, since its skull-like appearance was added later in development.
In the Japanese version of A Link to the Past, the Magic Hammer is known as the "M.C. Hammer," which is the name of an American rapper.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Hammer||Magic Hammer||Megaton Hammer||Skull Hammer|
|Japanese|| ハンマー (Hammer)
セイナルハンマー (Holy Hammer) (TAoL)
| マジックハンマー (Magic Hammer) (ALttP)
Ｍ、Ｃハンマー (M.C. Hammer)
ハンマー (Hammer) (FSA)
|メガトンハンマー (Megaton Hammer)|
|SpanishEU||Martillo||Martillo mágico||Martillo Megatón||Martillo|
|Martillo mágico||Martillo Megatón (OoT3D)||Martillo|
|Marteau Magique||Masse des Titans||Masse|
Marteau de luxe
|Masse des titans (OoT3D)|
|Italian||Martello||Martello Magico||Martello Megaton (OoT3D)||Martello Magico|
|Hammer gameplay from Hyrule Warriors|
- "It can break rocks and cut down trees on the landscape map." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 46)
- "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! He ate Gorons! Using a huge hammer, the hero of the Gorons... BOOOM! Destroyed it just like that. This is a myth from long ago, but it's true! I know, because my dad is a descendant of the hero!" — Link the Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "Instead of Link using the Hammer, though, your spirit actually hoists the mallet and brings it crashing down." (Phantom Hourglass Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 12)
- "Good offense, strong single strikes, but a short reach." — Sword description (Soulcalibur II)
- Images from SpaceWorld 2001. The revealing of celda., Zelda Chaos, retrieved December 31, 2010.