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Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide to know the best & recommended armor skills for the melee weapon - Hammer!!!

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Hammer Features & Overview

Heavy Blunt Weapon With High Damage

Heavy Blunt Weapon With High Damage

The Hammer is a heavy blunt type of weapon that specializes in dealing massive amounts of damage to a monster. It will be able to knock down or stun a monster. However, some of its attacks require you to charge before unleashing them.

Possesses Power Charge Feature

The Hammer also possesses the Power Charge feature. You will be able to boost your attack power until you sheathe your weapon or take damage. In the right hands, the hammer is an extremely deadly weapon!

Recommended Skill List For Hammer

Skill Recommendation Criteria
SluggerIncreases hunting efficiency due to higher stun power of the weapon
Attack BoostFurther increases your weapon's attack power, allowing you to deal much more damage
Weakness ExploitAttacking the monster's weak spots increases your affinity, which in turn increases your DPS
HandicraftWith a bigger sharpness gauge, you will be able to focus more on hunting the monster instead of sharpening your weapon
EarplugsNullifies monster roars, allowing you to take use the roar as an opportunity to attack or continue combos
Evade WindowIncreases your invulnerability window, allowing you to dodge incoming attacks better
Stamina ThiefIncreases hunting efficiency due to easily exhausting monsters
Critical BoostIncreases damage dealt in critical hits
AgitatorIncreases attack and affinity, allowing you to deal more damage in hunts
FocusIncreases gauge fill rate and reduces charge times, allowing you to land hits and power up much faster
BludgeonerAttack increases as your weapon becomes less sharp. Highly recommended for the Diablos Shatterer II

Best Hammer Skills To Equip


Lvl Effect
1Stun power +10%
2Stun power +20%
3Stun power +30%

Easier To Perform Stuns

This skill increases your stun values when attacking monster heads. This works best when paired with hammers as they are highly increase the stun values when attacking the monster's head.

Attack Boost

Lvl Effect
1Attack +3
2Attack +6
3Attack +9 and Affinity +5%
4Attack +12 and Affinity +5%
5Attack +15 and Affinity +5%

Useful For Any Weapon Type

This skill is a must-have for all weapons as the skill raises your attack power and affinity at higher levels. This skill will do exceptionally well to amp up the hammer's damage!

Weakness Exploit

Lvl Effect
1Attacks that hit weak spots have 15% increased affinity
2Attacks that hit weak spots have 30% increased affinity
3Attacks that hit weak spots have 50% increased affinity

Increases Damage When Hitting Heads

Hammers are best used for stunning monsters by hitting their heads. Since several monsters have their heads as weak spots, you can pair this skill with the hammer to massively increase your affinity rate when hitting monster heads!


Lvl Effect
1Weapon sharpness +10
2Weapon sharpness +20
3Weapon sharpness +30
4Weapon sharpness +40
5Weapon sharpness +50

Increase Your Weapon's Sharpness Gauge

This skill will give your weapon a longer sharpness gauge so it will take longer for it to dull. This is especially handy for hammers as they are weapons that can easily lose their sharpness when fighting monsters.

Alternative Hammer Skill List


Lvl Effect
1Slightly reduces the effects of weak monster roars
2Reduces the effects of weak monster roars
3Nullifies weak monster roars
4Nullifies weak monster roars and reduces the effects of strong monster roars
5Nullifies weak and strong monster roars

Opportunity To Attack The Head

Earplugs at the highest level will negate the roar effects of any monster that you encounter. You can use this opportunity to attack the monster's head and stun it.

Evade Window

Lvl Effect
1Very slightly increases invulnerability window
2Slightly increases invulnerability window
3Increases invulnerability window
4Greatly increases invulnerability window
5Massively increases invulnerability window

Excellent For Avoiding Attacks

The Hammer will not be able to block attacks like other weapons. Hammer users will spend a good amount of time attacking a monster's head making them vulnerable to multiple attacks. Since evasion is the only option, this skill is very useful.

Stamina Thief

Lvl Effect
1Exhaust power +10%
2Exhaust power +20%
3Exhaust power +30%

Useful For Long Drawn-Out Battles

This skill will be useful for longer drawn-out battles as it helps you easily exhaust the monster that you're hunting. However, remember to replace this skill when facing elder dragons as this skill will not work against them.

Critical Boost

Lvl Effect
1Increases damage dealt by critical hits to 30%
2Increases damage dealt by critical hits to 35%
3Increases damage dealt by critical hits to 40%

Pair With Other Skills For Maximum Effect

Critical Boost is very useful when paired with other skills such as Weakness Exploit. The more often you land critical hits, the better as this skill will increase the damage that you deal when you crit!


Lvl Effect
1While active, grants attack +4 and increases affinity by 3%
2While active, grants attack +8 and increases affinity by 6%
3While active, grants attack +12 and increases affinity by 9%
4While active, grants attack +16 and increases affinity by 12%
5While active, grants attack +20 and increases affinity by 15%

Useful For Enraged Monsters

There may be times when a monster goes into an enraged state while being hunted. This will increase their attack power, and they will become more aggressive. This skill will increase your DPS when a monster is enraged!


Lvl Effect
1Increases gauge fill rate by 5% and reduces charge times by 5%
2Increases gauge fill rate by 10% and reduces charge times by 10%
3Increases gauge fill rate by 20% and reduces charge times by 15%

Excellent Skill For Charged Attacks

The Focus skill will shorten your charged attacks wind up time while simultaneously increasing gauge fill rate. This is useful as your attack speed will increase with a slow weapon.


Lvl Effect
1Raises attack as your weapon loses sharpness. Also boosts ranged weapon melee attacks and odds of stunning

Excellent With the Diablos Shatterer

The Bludgeoner skill is a situational skill that is perfect for the Diablos Shatterer hammer. Please note that this is a skill acquired from Diablos Mastery so you will need to have 2 pieces of Diablos equipment on your hunter.

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