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This article is about the item found in several Mario games. For Kirby's Side move in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Hammer (move). For the location from Mario Party Advance, see The Hammer.
"Hammers" redirects here. For information about the group of Sledge Bros from the Nintendo Adventure Book, Leaping Lizards, see Hammers (team).

First Appearance

Donkey Kong (1981)

Latest Appearance

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)

Hammers are items commonly used as weapons throughout the Mario franchise. It was the first item Mario ever used. They first appear in Donkey Kong, in which they are used to smash Barrels and enemies. Hammers are usually thrown by the Hammer Bros. and other enemies. However, Mario and Luigi have been known to effectively wield Hammers in combat. The item has appeared in every single Mario RPG game to date, and in the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi games, Hammer attacks are used as a counterpart to Jump attacks. Some enemies cannot be damaged by Jump attacks (usually due to having a spiky top), requiring the Mario Bros. to use their Hammers instead.


Donkey Kong[edit]

The Hammer, from the Donkey Kong titles

Also referred to an Invincible Hammer[1], the Donkey Kong arcade game features Hammers which Mario can use to destroy the barrels thrown by Donkey Kong, Fires created from the flaming Oil Drums, and Sand Piles in 50m. Mario is not invincible when using it, however. If attacked from the back, he will still lose a life. Mario also cannot climb or jump while wielding the Hammer. Hammers in this game can be found usually in the corners and some can only be reached by jumping.

In Donkey Kong for the Game Boy, Hammers make a reappearance. They can be used to defeat all enemies in the game. Super Hammers can even break brick walls. In this game, Mario can throw Hammers upwards. At several points in the game, the player has to throw the Hammer upwards, then quickly climb the ladder onto the next platform above to pick it up again. If the Hammer touches a floor, it disappears instantly.

Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi would have featured Pauline using a hammer, but the game went unreleased.

Super Mario series[edit]

Bowser can throw hammers and breathe fire in World 8-4 of Super Mario Bros..
Hammer Map SMB3.png

In the Super Mario series, hammers are mainly seen thrown by Hammer Bros. to hit Mario; in Super Mario Bros. 3, the Mario Bros. can throw these hammers themselves by gaining a Hammer Suit. They are extremely powerful, defeating most foes, including Thwomps, Boos, Lava Bubbles, Boom Boom and Bowser, in one to three hits.

Hammers are also used in Super Mario Bros. 3 as a map screen item to destroy boulders preventing access to hidden areas. Usually, a Hammer just allows Mario to produce a quicker route, but in some cases, it is the only way to access a part of a map. In Desert Land, a hammer can be used in the upper right corner to open up an area that contains a Toad House with a Frog Suit, and a Fire Bro battle containing the last Recorder. In Water Land, a rock near World 3-5 blocks off a boardwalk with a canoe which can take Mario or Luigi to several Toad Houses and Spade Panels.

Hammers also appear very rarely in Super Mario World. They are thrown by Amazing Flyin' Hammer Brothers, and Mario also uses one to destroy Lemmy Koopa's Castle in Vanilla Dome.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and New Super Mario Bros. U, Yoshi can eat Hammers and spit them out to defeat enemies.

In New Super Mario Bros. U, Morton Koopa Jr. uses a magical hammer in his battle.

In Super Mario Run, hammers are used to clear Thwomps in Kingdom Builder.

Club Nintendo[edit]

Mario repeatedly used a Hammer in the German Club Nintendo comics. In 1994 "Super Mario: Verloren in der Zeit", he smashes his alarm clock (due to his dream in which there was an alarm clock-looking Time Machine). Later, in the 1995 comic "Mario's Picross", Mario makes a more effective use of a Hammer when he smashes the wall in a pyramid, after reaching a dead end. While in the first comic the tool looks a lot like a regular Hammer, it resembles a Super Hammer in the latter.

Mario & Wario[edit]

During the bonus minigames after most stage areas, Wanda the fairy will hold a hammer rather than her usual wand and be able to whack Wario's plane for coins. She can collect forty coins before he flees.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Mario's first Hammer from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Mario's first and weakest weapon is called the Hammer. After Mario beat the Hammer Bros. blocking the exit of Mushroom Way, Mario receives a Hammer apparently dropped by them with the Hammer Bros. insignia on it. The plumber uses this weapon to pound enemies, at least until he finds the NokNok Shell. When equipped, the weapon adds ten attack points to Mario's attack rating. When Mario uses it with the Timed Hit, he swings it up and down twice, similar to the old style. Later on in the game, he finds more advanced Hammers: the Super Hammer, Masher and the Ultra Hammer, along with another Hammer with an added effect.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario / Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Mario finding Goompa's hammer.

In Paper Mario it is given by Goompa after finding him and his Hammer lost in the bushes. Jr. Troopa is the first one lucky enough to be tested on. Spy Guys also have Hammers, and these hammer attacks can cause Mario to lose one of his Action commands for about five or four turns. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door it is a default weapon and it is degraded again into a normal Hammer. The first Hammers in this series are wooden.

In these two games, Mario receives not only the Hammer, but the Super Hammer and Ultra Hammer as he progresses through the adventure. In Paper Mario, the Super Hammer is found in Dry Dry Ruins, and the Ultra Hammer is found in Mt. Lavalava. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the Super Hammer is given by Podler in Glitzville, who in turn received it from Jolene, and the Ultra Hammer is found in Rogueport, but Mario must use Spring Jump to get it.

In battle, Jump attacks can not work on every single enemy, so the Hammer is introduced as an alternative. It works on fire, spiked, and high defense enemies and is always stacked damage, but it cannot reach airborne or ceiling-bound targets. With a special badge, Hammer Throw, it can be used on all enemies.

The Hammer in Paper Mario.

Outside of battle, the Hammer can be used to knock items out of trees, break certain Blocks. The type of block Mario can break depended on what type of Hammer he had. In Paper Mario, Yellow Blocks can be broken by any Hammer, Stone Blocks by the Super Hammer and Ultra Hammer, and Metal Blocks by only the Ultra Hammer. In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, small yellow blocks can be broken by any Hammer, big yellow blocks by the Super Hammer and Ultra Hammer, and stone blocks (big and small) by only the Ultra Hammer. Metal blocks can't be broken by any Hammer. The move, Spin Hammer is introduced in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door as the way to destroy big blocks.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Main article: Cudge
The hammer that Cudge generates as he is the active partner.

In Super Paper Mario, with the help of the Pixl Cudge, every character can attack with a Hammer if the character is on the ground. Also in this game, Dark Mario can use a hammer to attack the player.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Mario using his hammer in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, multiple Hammer stickers can be found throughout the game. While Mario can still use his hammer within the overworld, there are a variety of Hammer stickers found in the game, including:

  • Hammer (usable in the overworld as well)
  • Eekhammer (strikes enemies five times with increasing damage)
  • Slaphammer (hits an enemy to the background)
  • Baahammer (puts enemies to sleep upon usage like the Sleepy Sheep)
  • Hurlhammer (throws the hammer like a Hammer Bro that can reach flying enemies)
  • Burnhammer (burns enemies upon usage like the Fire Flower, but with more damage)
  • Chillhammer (freezes enemies upon usage like the Ice Flower, but with more damage)

There are several different variations of the listed hammers; Worn-out (Hammer only), Shiny (not Baahammer, Burnhammer or Chillhammer), Flashy (not Baahammer, Burnhammer or Chillhammer), Big Shiny or Megaflash variants.

Concerning the overworld hammer, Mario obtains this at the beginning of the game, after recovering from Bowser's attack on Decalburg. In World 3-7, Rustle Burrow, Mario loses his overworld hammer; as such, he is unable to use Hammer stickers in battle.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

The Paint Hammer in Paper Mario: Color Splash.

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Mario, after apparently having lost his original hammer on the voyage to Prism Island due to Toad accidentally throwing it overboard, finds another hammer on top of a crate in Port Prisma at the beginning of the game. After Huey grants Mario the power of paint, however, it becomes the Paint Hammer.

In battle, the normal Hammer, Eekhammer, Hurlhammer, and Burnhammer (called Blazehammer in this game) return as cards. Additionally, the KO Hammer debuts in this game, working as the Super Hammer move in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door did. Similar to the previous game, hammer cards come in Worn-out (Hammer only), Big (not Worn-out Hammer nor Blazehammer), and Huge (not Worn-out Hammer nor Blazehammer) variations. They also come in multiples, allowing multiple uses of one attack with the same card: x2 (normal and Big Hammers and Eekhammers), x3 (normal and Worn-out Hammers, Eekhammer, and Hurlhammer), and x5 (Worn-out Hammer only).

Morton also uses a giant hammer in battle, which can also burst into flames, but can be put out using the fire extinguisher Thing Card. Also, a Claw Hammer Thing can be found in the Super Mario Bros. 3 section of the Green Energy Plant (initially looking as it did that game), which deals far more damage to enemies.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

On-screen instructions for hammer moves.

The Hammer is used by the Mario Bros. in every Mario & Luigi game to date. Unlike the Paper Mario series battle system, each Hammer upgrade doesn't affect in-battle damage and attack power.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario using a Hammer to smash a rock in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Hammers are crafted (and later upgraded to Super Hammers and, ultimately, Ultra Hammers, like in the Paper Mario series, though they are no stronger) by the Hammerhead Bros. out of Hoohoo Blocks. They are used to smash gray, tan, and black, respectively, rocks in Mario and Luigi's path, hit enemies in battle, and hit special buttons and switches. If used on an enemy in the overworld, its party will be stunned at beginning of the battle.

In battle, Mario or Luigi can do more damage by pressing their button when the hammer shakes; this attack has a chance of stunning the victim. Hammers are also used to counterattack certain foes' attacks.

After Cork and Cask teach them the advanced method of using their hammers, they can use more overworld and battle abilities. If Mario uses it behind Luigi, he buries Luigi; if Luigi uses it behind Mario, he shrinks Mario. However, if the following Bro hits the lead Bro prior to learning these moves, the lead Bro will get angry at the following Bro. The Mario Bros. also gain the Chopper Bros. and Knockback Bros. Bros. Attacks in battle.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Baby Mario using the Hammer.
Baby Bowser using his hammer.

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, two Hammers are given to Baby Mario and Baby Luigi by the Hammer Bros. These weapons can be used to tunnel underground to dig under walls and fences, dig up Beans, and hit switches etc. In battle, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi can use their Hammers to attack enemies. The hammer can be used overworld to potentially stun enemies for a first strike. Unlike the other Mario RPGs, these Hammers serve their purpose for the entire game and are never upgraded.

The action command for the hammer is the same: the player should press the button when the hammer shakes. If the babies are carried by the Mario Bros. during battle, the player must press a Mario bro's button to lift up the baby, then press his baby button.

At the end of the game, the Babies give the Bros their hammers.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

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In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Mario and Luigi gain Hammers much earlier than in the other Mario and Luigi games. Mario and Luigi find Hammers in the Trash Pit. Later, Luigi learns how to turn Mario into Mini-Mario by using his Hammer in Pump Works to free Toadsworth. The minigame in the Arm Center involves the use of the hammers.

Hammers in battle are used quite differently. Mario or Luigi must press their button at the very last moment before the hammerhead falls. Doing so gives the player an "Excellent".

The Star Menu description of the Hammers reads, "Hammers found in the Trash Pit. Use 'em to whack and break stuff!"

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Dreamy Bowser using his gigantic hammer.

In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, a Brock in Mushrise Park lost his hammers that he was supposed to use to smash rocks for his boss, Brickle, and ordered new ones. When Mario and Luigi found the lost hammers, he let the Bros. keep them. Also, after this point in the game, the player can go to shops and buy hammers like the Run-down Hammer and the So-So Hammer.

Later on in Dozing Sands, they also learn the Mario Dunk and Mini-Mario moves when they help some miners fight off some Sandoons.

In battle in the Real World, the hammer attack stays relative to how it was in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. In the Dream World, the hammer attack is amplified in power as after Mario hammers the ground with his hammer, a group of Luiginoids appear and smash the ground in unison with their own hammers, sending out a wave that damages the enemies at the front the most, and the ones at the back the least. During Giant Battles, the hammer is split into two forms of attack, those being the Hammer Chop and Hammer Uppercut techniques, each requiring a slightly different action command to execute successfully.

Earthwake, the third giant boss turns into a hammer sometimes and swings itself several times. Pi'illodium, a late-game boss also takes the shape of a hammer and counts down from a mere 4 to a generous 6 as an attack to smash Mario and Luigi. The final boss of the game, Dreamy Bowser uses a giant Hammer as one of his many attacks to try and crush Mario and Luigi. Unlike the other games, Mario and Luigi can hold their hammers indefinitely when counter-attacking.

  • Mario - Press the A Button when the hammer flashes! Time it well for an Excellent.
  • Luigi - Press the B Button when the hammer flashes! Time it well for an Excellent.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

A Hammer being used as a Trio Attack

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Mario and Luigi have their hammers from the start, as does Paper Mario. The three of them learn the Trio Move Trio Hammer after they find themselves hindered by large, cracked gray blocks in their path. It is executed by pressing A Button, B Button, and Y Button in succession. This results in Luigi slamming his hammer into Mario's and Paper Mario slamming his into Luigi's, the combined force creating massive shockwaves that can break the aforementioned gray blocks, flip objects over, and momentarily stun enemies on the field.

In battle, Mario and Luigi use their hammers the same way they did in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and the Real World of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Paper Mario, however, attacks multiple enemies, depending on how many copies he has of himself. Each copy raises its hammer one at a time in rapid succession, and the player must press Y Button right as the last clone's hammer is raised for an Excellent.

During their trek through Doop Doop Dunes, Nabbit swipes all three of their hammers. The trio have to chase him down to retrieve them before they can proceed.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]


Hammers appear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong and work the same way as in the Game Boy Donkey Kong. When in use, their characteristic tune from the original Donkey Kong game also plays.

In the rest of the series, they only come in pairs and are wielded by Minis in a similar fashion, banging them on the ground as they march. They can be used to destroy enemies and fragile Rocks. The Hammers eventually wear off, as they are a temporary power-up, and respawn where they were picked up from.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The Hammer in Super Smash Bros..

The Hammer from Donkey Kong is a powerful item in the Super Smash Bros. series. The player will swing the Hammer back and forth repeatedly, and will strike anything upward in its path. The character cannot double jump with it. Very rarely, in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the head of the Hammer will fall off, and the character will swing the Hammer's handle back and forth, leaving them completely vulnerable. However, the head will act as an item, and will have the same power as the regular thrown item. When the Hammer is used, the Hammer theme from the original Donkey Kong arcade game plays. The item returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, with the exact same effects. A much stronger variant originating from Wrecking Crew, the Golden Hammer, appears as an item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as well. Kirby and King Dedede use a hammer attack in the game.

Mario Party series[edit]

Bowser wielding his hammer in Mario Party: Island Tour.

In the Mario Party minigame Bash 'n' Cash, the three players attacking the first player in the Bowser Suit use Hammers.

In Mario Party 3, Toad uses a hammer as his weapon when he is a partner.

Hammers are also used in other minigames from Mario Party to Mario Party 3.

In Mario Party 4, a type of hammer called the MiniMega Hammer appears as an item. It provides the same affect as a Mini Mushroom or Mega Mushroom on its target, depending on timing.

Hammers reappear in Mario Party 9 in the minigame, Spike Strike, where players have to defeat the giant Spike using hammers. There is also one golden hammer for each round. If a character uses it, that character will earn three points, while iron ones are worth one.

In Mario Party: Island Tour, Bowser uses his hammer in the Bowser Challenge at Bowser's Peculiar Peak when players reach him.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

The Hammer in DK: Jungle Climber looks somewhat like a Barrel. Donkey Kong can take it and, with the help of Diddy Kong, use the Hammer to smash barrels, rocks and other solid elements that Donkey Kong cannot break in his own. This item can only be used for a limited time before Diddy Kong drops it.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

In Mario Power Tennis for the Nintendo GameCube and Mario Tennis: Power Tour for the Game Boy Advance, Mario uses a Hammer in his Offensive Power Shot, the Iron Hammer.

Trophy information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Hammer Trophy97.PNG Donkey Kong Arcade
If you grab the Hammer, you'll run across the screen swinging it back and forth nonstop. In Donkey Kong, Mario used the Hammer in exactly the same fashion. It's an extremely powerful item, but you have no recovery move when carrying it. Every now and then, the mallet head will fall off, and you'll end up completely vulnerable, swinging just the handle.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Hammer BrawlTrophy506.png NES Donkey Kong An item that, once grabbed, makes you swing nonstop. It's a powerful attack item that does terrific damage and sends opponents sailing. Once in a great while, the Hammer's head will fall off, leaving you nothing but the handle. Of course, you can't tell whether the head is securely fastened just by looking. Hammerheads that fall off can be picked up and thrown as weapons.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears in
(Wii U version only)
Hammer HammerTrophyWiiU.png NES Donkey Kong Classics (09/1988)
GBA Mario vs. Donkey Kong (05/2004)
Once you grab this hammer, you can't help but keep swinging and swinging. Who needs special moves when you've got a hammer? And forget your second jump–use that time to deliver a second lump! Oh, but the hammerhead isn't attached very well, so watch out if it pops off or something...
Hammerhead HammerheadTrophyWiiU.png Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl (03/2008)
Wii U Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
A hammer is just a stick until you add the top. That's where this item comes into play. Sometimes, however, the top comes off. If that happens, just grab this loose part and throw it at your enemies. For some poetic justice, make the guy swinging the hammer handle your first target.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハンマー
Spanish Martillo Hammer
French Marteau Hammer
German Hammer -
Italian Martello Hammer
Portuguese Marreta / Martelo Sledgehammer / Hammer
Korean 해머


  1. ^ Donkey Kong online instruction manual, section 5 "Items" (accessed 19 November, 2016)