Learn all you need to know in mastering the Hammer in this tutorial; including combos, play tips, weapon mechanics, recommended Hammer and more!
Weapon Guide & Combo
Table of Contents
Hammer - Weapon Overview & Mechanics
Slow Heavy Hitting Weapon For Staggering
What the Hammer lacks in speed is greatly made up for by its raw damage. The hammer is one of the heaviest hitters among the weapon classes, and is great for staggering Behemoths. Hitting Behemoth heads will be your priority as a Hammer wielder.
Has A Close Range Blast for Interrupting
The Hammer in Dauntless is not a traditional hammer. You can load up ammo into the weapon and fire it at close range to disrupt Behemoths when Concussive Salvo is equipped. You can also use Evasive Blast to interrupt and at the same time evade an attack.Check Out How To Boop Here!
Blasts Can Be Used For Movement
A loaded Hammer can also be used to maneuver around and perform evasive actions, such as a Hammer Jump and Double Jump. These moves consume stamina and ammo.
Cannot Sever Tails Or Tusks
Unfortunately, as a blunt weapon, the hammer cannot cut off Behemoth tusks and tails. However, it can still build up part damage on these parts for other members of the party to cut off.
Top 3 Recommended Hammers
1. Skarn's Vengeance
Skarn's Vengeance has +3 Knockout King which increases your Stagger damage - one of the most important uses of the Hammer. It also has a power slot, allowing you to +6 your Knockout King or add another useful power Cell.Check Out Skarn's Vengeance Weapon Stats!
Defense Slot Works Well With Guardian
The Skarn's Vengeance has a unique ability to generate a stackable shield based on the amount of damage you deal on enemies. The Guardian Cell fitted in the weapon's Defense slot works great as it allows you to share this shield to a nearby party member!
2. Inferno's Burden
For Slayers who want to go all-out damage, Inferno's Burden is a must-have Hammer. It has 2 power slots, so you can max out power Cells instantly plus it also has Overpower, increasing your damage to staggered Behemoths.Check Out Inferno's Burden Weapon Stats!
3. Thundering Maul
The Thundering Maul is very effective weapon in hunts where Slayers are targeting Behemoth heads. It does 30% more damage to Behemoth heads, making it useful in breaking tough horns and Behemoth head parts.Check Out Thundering Maul Weapon Stats!
Hammer - Combos & Movesets
Horizontal Hammers + Aetherslam Finish
Combo For Hitting Multiple Parts At Once
A slow combo that covers multiple parts in a sweeping motion. Great for damaging multiple parts at once on staggered Behemoths.
Lunging Strikes + Aetherslam Finish
Combo For Poking & High Damage
A combo that's great for closing a small bit of distance. The first two strikes of this combo allows you to confirm if your combo will connect since it's a poke. If the first strike misses, reposition and try again.
Repeating Uppercuts + Aetherslam Finish
High Power Combo for Staggered Behemoths
A basic combo that delivers heavy horizontal strikes, and a powerful Aetherslam to finish the combo. You can press Triangle in between strikes to load up ammo to the hammer to make each strike even more powerful.
Hammer Jump + Aerial Strike Finish
Close Gaps & Hunt Initiator
A quick combo that can close in to Behemoth at range. Best used to initiate Behemoth encounters.
Hammer - Play Tips & Techniques
Focus on Behemoth Heads
As a Hammer wielder, your role is to focus on breaking horns and head parts, and cause Behemoths to stagger. Perks such as Knockout King will greatly benefit this role.
Dish Out Full Combos On Staggered Monsters
Since you'll most like stagger Behemoths, dish out your hammer's entire combo string on knocked down Behemoths, and further amplify your damage with Overpower perk.
Practice & Master The Art of Booping
Your Concussive Salvo and Evasive Blast are great for booping Behemoths. However, this requires precise timing and can be risky since the blast requires very close range unlike the Axe & the War Pike's missile.
Anticipate Behemoth Attacks Before Every Strike
One of the major weaknesses of the hammer is that they strike slow, and takes a longer time to complete the attack animation. This leaves you vulnerable for an attack, so dodge in between strikes as needed.