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Hammer - Best Loadout Build & Skill Guide

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Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Hammer guide on the best loadout & armor build for this weapon. Includes recommended equipment, decorations, & skills.

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Recommended Iceborne Starter Hammer Builds

Taroth Hammer Sleep Build

Taroth Hammer Sleep Build
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WeaponDecorations
Taroth Hammer Sleep BuildKO Jewel 2
ArmorDecorations
Bone Helm β +Expert Jewel 1
Alloy Mail β +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 1
Alloy Vambraces β + Tenderizer Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 1
Beo Coil α +Slider Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 1
Nergigante Greaves γTenderizer Jewel 2
Elementaless Jewel 2
Master's Charm 3-
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 6Critical Lvl 5
Health Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Earplugs Lvl 1Defense Boost Lvl 1
Water Resistance Lvl 1Partbreaker Lvl 1
Slugger Lvl 1Affinity Sliding Lvl 1
Non-elemental Boost Lvl 1-

Points Of Recommendations

  • Easily accessible in the early-game
  • Nergigante Greaves increases damage
  • Can utilize terrain and do jumping-related moves with Affinity Sliding

Iceborne Middle Phase (MR~70) Build

Kaiser Master's Touch Build

WeaponDecoration
Dawning TranquilityVitality Jewel 1
Vitality Jewel 1
ArmorsDecorations
Kaiser Crown β +Flight/Expert Jewel 4
Kushala Cista β +Critical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Kaiser Vambraces β +Crisit/Expert Jewel 4
Brace Jewel 3
Kaiser Coil β +Critical Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Garuga Greaves β +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Elementless Jewel 2
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lv7Handicraft Lv5
Weakness Exploit Lv3Health Boost Lv3
Critical Boost Lv3Blast Attack Lv2
Flinch Free Lv1Resuscitate Lv1
Heat Guard Lv1Airborne Lv1
Non-elemental Boost Lv1Latent Power Lv1
Master's Touch
(Set Bonus)

Points Of Recommendations

  • Forgeable with materials under MR70
  • Long lasting purple sharpness with Master's Touch
  • Max Affinity is 90%
  • Able to beat monsters until MR100
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Iceborne Endgame Build

WeaponDecoration
Ruinous ObliterationExpert Jewel 1
ArmorDecoration
Rex Roar Helm β+Expert Jewel 4
Rex Roar Mail β+Challenger Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Rex Roar Braces β+Flight Jewel 2
Diablos Nero Coil β+Vitality Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Garuga Greaves β+KO Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Challenger Charm IV-
Skill
Critical Eye Lv7Attack Lv6
Slugger Lv3Weakness Exploit Lv3
Health Boost Lv3Free Meal Lv2
Agitator Lv1Airborne Lv1
True Free Meal
(Set Bonus)

Extremely High Power Build

Attack Lv.6 raises its base attack and Critical Eye, Weakness Exploit, and Agitator realizes 100% affinity when attacking wounded part.

Decent Survivability With Health Boost & Free Meal

Easily manage your health with Health Boost and Free Meal.

Taroth Hammer Sleep Build For Hammer

*Following information are Monster Hunter World's best loadout, not Iceborne.

Taroth Hammer Sleep Build
WeaponDecoration
Taroth Hammer SleepElementaless Jewel 2
ArmorDecoration
Drachen Armet αCritical Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Drachen Mail αTenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Vambraces αMighty Jewel 2
Mighty Jewel 2
Kushala Cocoon γExpert Jewel 1
Expert Jewel
Nergigante Greaves γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Attack Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 7
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Handicraft Lvl 2Maximum Might Lvl 2
AirborneNon-elemental Boost

Unleash the Weapon's True Damage Potential

The Taroth Hammer Sleep boasts one of the highest damages in the hammer category. This loadout will further increase the damage output of the weapon, and make you a force to be reckoned with!

Non-elemental Earplug Build For Hammer

Non-elemental Earplug Build
WeaponAugmentation
Decoration
Taroth Hammer SleepAttack Increase
Critical Jewel 2
ArmorDecoration
Bazel Helm βCritical Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Drachen Mail αTenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Vambraces αTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Zorah Spine γElementaless Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Nergigante Greaves γAttack Jewel 1
Attack Jewel 1
Earplugs Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 6
Earplugs Lvl 5Critical Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Bombardier Lvl 2
Non-elemental BoostElemental Airborne

Use The Roar To Your Advantage

This build will give you an advantage when the monster roars. Negate the effects and use the roar as an opportunity to continue attacking the monster! Deal as much damage as you can due to the skills that increase your DPS!

Devil's Crush Build For Hammer

Devil
WeaponAugmentation
Devil's CrushAffinity Increase
ArmorDecoration
Gala Suit Top Hat αMighty Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Drachen Mail αMighty Jewel 2
Drachen Vambraces αTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Coil αHandicraft Jewel 3
Drachen Greaves αTenderizer Jewel 2
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 4
Handicraft Lvl 4Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Critical Boost Lvl 3Maximum Might Lvl 2
Power Prolonger Lvl 1Master's Touch
Elemental Airborne-

Build Focusing On Weapon Sharpness

The Handicraft skill increases the weapon's sharpness, prolonging the time you can deal substantial damage to the monster. The Master's Touch skill will also prevent the lowering of your weapon's sharpness when dealing critical hits!

Survival Build For Hammer

WeaponAugmentation
Decoration
Empress Mace "Styx"Health Regen
Critical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
ArmorDecoration
Guild Cross Circlet βMedicine Jewel 1
Medicine Jewel 1
Medicine Jewel 1
Nergigante Mail γMighty Jewel 2
Mighty Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Zorah Claws γBrace Jewel 3
Protection Jewel 1
Kulve Taroth's Malice γTenderizer Jewel 2
Empress Greaves αTenderizer Jewel 2
Friendship Jewel 1
Earplugs Charm III-
Skills
Earplugs Lvl 5Health Boost Lvl 3
Recovery Up Lvl 3Critical Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Wide-Range Lvl 3
Divine Blessing Lvl 3Maximum Might Lvl 3
Flinch FreeRazor Sharp

Fight Longer With Survival Focused Skills

This build puts a heavy emphasis on survival. Since the hammer can be slow at times, this build will help you absorb more attacks so that you can focus on dealing damage to the monster!

Kjarr Hammer "Gyre" Attack Build

WeaponAugmentation
Decoration
Kjarr Hammer "Gyre"Affinity Increase
Expert Jewel 1
ArmorDecoration
Drachen Armet αMinds' Eye Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 1
Drachen Mail αBlaze Jewel 1
Drachen Vambraces αTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Coil αBlaze Jewel 1
Nergigante Greaves γTenderizer Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Blaze Charm III-
Skills
Master's TouchElemental Airborne
Attack Boost Lvl 5Critical Eye Lvl 7
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Fire Attack Lvl 5Power Prolonger Lvl 1
AirborneCritical Element
Mind's Eye/Ballistics-

Deal Maximum Fire Damage

With the Fire Attack skill at level 5, you will be able to utilize the Kjarr Hammer "Gyre"'s fire damage to its full potential! Aim for the weak spots to deal a large amount of critical damage!

Kjarr Hammer "Water" Attack Build

Kjarr Hammer Water Attack Build
WeaponAugmentation
Kjarr Hammer "Water"Affinity Increase
ArmorDecoration
Kaiser Crown γCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Kulve Taroth's Ire βTenderizer Jewel 2
Stream Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces γTenderizer Jewel 2
Kushala Cocoon γStream Jewel 1
Stream Jewel 1
Kaiser Greaves γTenderizer Jewel 2
Stream Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Master's TouchCritical Element
Handicraft Lvl 5Critical Eye Lvl 7
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Water Attack Lvl 4Stun Resistance Lvl 2

Deal Maximum Water Damage

The skills in this build allow you to deal the maximum water damage using one of the strongest water element hammers in the game. Make sure to aim for weak spots to deal bonus damage when you crit!

Kjarr Hammer "Ice" Attack Build

Kjarr Hammer Ice Attack Build
WeaponAugmentation
Kjarr Hammer "Ice"Affinity Increase
ArmorDecoration
Kaiser Crown γCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Kushala Cista γCritical Jewel 2
Kaiser Vambraces γExpert Jewel 1
Kushala Cocoon γExpert Jewel 1
Frost Jewel 1
Kaiser Greaves γTenderizer Jewel 2
Frost Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Master's TouchHandicraft Lvl 5
Ice Attack Lvl 5Critical Eye Lvl 6
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Evade Extender Lvl 1Critical Element

Deal High Amounts Of Ice Damage

This build will push the Kjarr Hammer "Ice" elemental damage to its limit! You will be able to deal a huge amount of damage to monsters, especially when landing hits on their weak spots!

Kjarr Hammer "Thunder" Attack Build

Kjarr Hammer Thunder Attack Build
WeaponAugmentation
Kjarr Hammer "Thunder"Affinity Increase
ArmorDecoration
Kaiser Crown γCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Drachen Mail αTenderizerJewel 2
Kaiser Vambraces γBolt Jewel 1
Kushala Cocoon γBolt Jewel 1
Bolt Jewel 1
Kaiser Greaves γBolt Jewel 1
Bolt Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Master's TouchCritical Element
Handicraft Lvl 5Critical Eye Lvl 6
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Thunder Attack Lvl 5-

Deal Highly Amped Up Lightning Damage

This build will push the weapon's thunder damage to its maximum. This is especially useful when engaging monster that are weak to the lightning element! Make sure to hit their weak spots for maximum damage!

Kjarr Hammer "Decay" Attack Build

WeaponAugmentation
Decoration
Kjarr Hammer "Decay"Affinity Increase
Dragon Jewel 1
ArmorDecoration
Drachen Armet αHandicraft Jewel 3
Dragon Jewel 1
Drachen Mail αHandicraft Jewel 3
Drachen Vambraces αTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Vaal Hazak Coil γTenderizer Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Drachen Greaves αExpert Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Master's TouchElemental Airborne
Attack Boost Lvl 5Critical Eye Lvl 7
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Dragon Attack Lvl 3Handicraft Lvl 5
AirborneCritical Element
Recovery Speed Lvl 2-

High Dragon Type Damage Output

This build will allow you to deal the maximum amount of dragon damage to enemies. Furthermore, bonus damage will be applied when you are landing hits on a monster's weak spots!

Best Skills For Hammer

Recommended Skills For Attacking

Skill Recommendation / Overview
Attack Boost
★★★

Increases attack power plus affinity rate at higher levels
Weakness Exploit
★★★

Hitting monster weak spots can do critical hits & increased damage
Critical Eye
★★★

Increases you affinity rate
Critical Boost
★★★

Strengthens damage of critical hits
Non-elemental Boost
★★★

Increases attack damage of non-elemental weapons
Peak Performance
★★・

Increases attack damage
Latent Power
★★・

Increases affinity and reduces stamina depletion
Agitator
★★・

Increases attack damage and affinity
Airborne
★★・

Increases jumping attack power
Affinity Sliding
★★・

Increases affinity for a short time after sliding

Recommended Supporting Skills

Skill Recommendation / Overview
Handicraft
★★★

Elongates weapon's sharpness gauge but not beyond its maximum
Earplugs
★★・

Nullifies and negates monster roars
Focus
★★・

Increases gauge fill rate and reduces weapon charge times
Speed Sharpening
★・・

Shortens the time it takes to sharpen your weapon

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