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Location(s) Forsaken Fortress (TWW)
Use(s) Attacking
Pressing Switches
Destroying Boulders
Comparable Item(s) Hammer

Hammers,(TAoL | PH | ALBW | TFH)[1][citation needed] also known as Skull Hammers,(TWW)[1] and Magic Hammers,(TFH)[2] are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series. They can be used to press Switches, destroy certain obstacles such as Boulders, or be used as a weapon.

Location and Uses

The Adventure of Link

The Hammer is found within the Death Mountain region of western Hyrule in The Adventure of Link. 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.[3]

The Wind Waker

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 the Hammer can break its mask.

When used, the Skull Hammer will produce a shock wave, which can stun nearby enemies. The Skull Hammer 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 Attacks 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.

Phantom Hourglass

The Hammer can be found in Mutoh's Temple in Phantom Hourglass, 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.[4] 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 to 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

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The Hammer can be rented in Ravio's Shop in A Link Between Worlds. 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

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The Magic Hammer deals double damage to enemies in Tri Force Heroes. 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.

Breath of the Wild

Other Appearances

Zelda's Adventure

In Zelda's Adventure, the Hammer is a Spell that Zelda can cast as a projectile with her Wand. It is a slow-moving Spell, but can potentially inflict a lot of damage onto enemies. It is dropped by Warbane after encountering him for the first time in the Shrine of Fire. It costs two Rupees to use.

Hyrule Warriors

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Darunia wielding the Hammer
This section is about the Weapon used by Darunia in Hyrule Warriors. For the Weapon used by Ravio, see Rental Hammer.

In Hyrule Warriors, the Hammer is a class of Weapon used by Darunia. It is associated with Fire.

A different Hammer also appears as an item in Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. This item is mainly used to smash objects, but can also be used as a weapon to attack enemies. It is also used to weaken the Helmaroc King.

Ravio also uses a unique Hammer as his class of Weapon, referred to as the Rental Hammer.


The default form of the Hammer is the Magic Hammer. The second form of the Hammer is the Igneous Hammer, followed by the Megaton Hammer.

The Lv.★ form of the Hammer is the 8-Bit Food, which is modeled after the 8-bit Food from The Legend of Zelda. It was added to Hyrule Warriors with the Majora's Mask Pack DLC. In Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, instead of appearing as a separate Weapon, the 8-Bit Food replaces the Darkfire Hammer when the "8-Bit Weapons" Setting is turned on in Game Settings within the Settings menu.

In Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, the fourth form of the Hammer is the Darkfire Hammer, which is associated with both the Elements of Fire and Darkness.

Weapon Power
Weapon Number of Stars
Tier Icon Element(s) 0 1 2 3 4 5
Lv.1 HW Magic Hammer.png
Magic Hammer
HWDE Fire Element Icon.png Fire 80 88 96 104 112 120
Lv.2 HW Igneous Hammer Icon.png
Igneous Hammer
HWDE Fire Element Icon.png Fire 150 165 180 195 210 225
Lv.3 HW Megaton Hammer Icon.png
Megaton Hammer
HWDE Fire Element Icon.png Fire 280 308 336 364 392 420
Lv.★ (HW | HWDE) HW 8-Bit Food Icon.png
8-Bit Food
HWDE Fire Element Icon.png Fire 280 308 336 364 392 420
Lv.4 (HWL | HWDE) HW Megaton Hammer Icon.png
Megaton Hammer +
HWDE Fire Element Icon.png Fire 500 550 600 650 700 750
Lv.4+ (HWL | HWDE) HW Megaton Hammer Icon.png
Darkfire Hammer
HWDE Fire Element Icon.png Fire
HWDE Darkness Element Icon.png Darkness
500 550 600 650 700 750

Attack Combinations

Attack Pattern Effect
Special Attack
Main article: Special Attack

Darunia performs a quick dance to get himself pumped up. He then swings his Hammer down hard at his foes four times, the final strike causing a small explosion ahead of him. This attack does damage in a small range ahead of Darunia, and carries the Fire Element, making the thrown enemies take additional damage as they land.


  • During The Wind Waker's development, the Skull Hammer was designed to resemble a standard Hammer.[5]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese セイナルハンマー (Seinaru Hanmā) (TAoL)
ハンマー (Hanmā) (TWW)
Sacred Hammer
French Republic FrenchEU Masse (TWW) Mallet
Federal Republic of Germany German Stahlhammer (TWW) Stallhammer
Italian Republic Italian Martello (TWW) Hammer
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Martillo (TWW) Hammer


Video Gallery

Hammer gameplay from Hyrule Warriors

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 126 (TAoL | TWW | PH | ALBW | TFH)
  2. "You got a Magic Hammer! Smash things with Ⓨ. Go on, you know you want to!" — N/A (Tri Force Heroes)
  3. "It can break rocks and cut down trees on the landscape map." (The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 46)
  4. "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)
  5. Images from SpaceWorld 2001. The revealing of celda., Zelda Chaos, retrieved December 31, 2010.