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Golden Hammer

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This article is about the rare and powerful item. For the regular hammer, see Hammer (item).
For Kirby's side special move, see Hammer (move).
Golden Hammer
Golden Hammer artwork from Brawl.
Universe Wrecking Crew
Appears in Brawl
Item class Duration/Battering
Article on Super Mario Wiki Golden Hammer

The Golden Hammer (ゴルデンハンマー, Golden Hammer) is an item from Wrecking Crew.


The Golden Hammer as it originally appeared in Wrecking Crew.

The Golden Hammer made its appearance in Wrecking Crew as a stronger, golden variation of a normal hammer. It can be acquired by swinging the player's hammer a number of times, adding the stage number, dividing it by eight and then leaving a remainder of one. When used, it allows the player to swing faster, easily demolish walls with a single hit, and attack enemies and send them to the bottom of the screen. When it appears, it is accompanied by a short tune. When it is acquired, it is accompanied by a unique power-up theme.

Contrary to its depiction in the Super Smash Bros. series, the Golden Hammer cannot act "squeaky" in this game, nor can it otherwise malfunction.


As an item[edit]

Wario remains unaffected by the Golden Squeaky Hammer.

The Golden Hammer debuted as a duration/battering item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

When the Golden Hammer spawns, only its podium will appear before the actual hammer itself grows from it. It cannot be picked up until it is fully grown from the podium. When picked up, it forces the player's fighter to constantly swing the weapon back and forth, much like the standard Hammer. Unlike the Hammer, the fighter swings it twice as fast, and it also has considerably higher knockback, hitlag, and damage output. The knockback is also diagonal, as opposed to the Hammer's vertical knockback. While the fighters cannot use any attacks while swinging it, constantly tapping the jump button will cause the player to float in midair, for a limited time.

Like the Hammer, getting hit by attacks that inflict knockback can cause the wielder to drop the Golden Hammer. In addition, it is impossible to manually let go of the Golden Hammer unless the wielder is tumbling. If the Golden Hammer is dropped by its user, however, it will immediately disappear upon hitting the ground. Golden Hammers that are dropped can be grabbed by air-dodging players.

Similar to how the Hammer can lose its head, the Golden Hammer also has the small chance to backfire on its wielder. The Golden Hammer can randomly become the Golden Squeaky Hammer (ゴルデンピコピコハンマー, Golden Squeaky Hammer), which allows the fighters to float, but it does not inflict any damage or knockback to opponents; instead, it produces a squeaking noise upon striking them. Unusually, counters can still activate if hit by the Golden Squeaky Hammer, and in Smash 4, Golden Squeaky Hammers that are dropped and recaught have a chance of turning into regular ones.

In Challenges[edit]

Unlocking specific challenges will give players access to Golden Hammers to break other Challenge boxes. Each Golden Hammer can only be used once, and in the 3DS version of Smash 4, they can only be used on the grid section they have been unlocked on. Using the Golden Hammer allows the player to attain any rewards from the box without having to meet (or do) its unlock criteria for the two boxes next to it as usual. When a Golden Hammer is used once on a challenge, it's permanently erased from the player's Golden Hammer total and can't be unlocked again. Challenges cleared with a Golden Hammer are marked with a hammer symbol, which is removed when and if the unlock condition is eventually met in normal play.

In Brawl, some challenges cannot be broken with the Golden Hammers, particularly those that involve plot elements from the Subspace Emissary. In the PAL version of Brawl, this does not apply, and instead, Golden Hammers can unlock all challenges (without having to meet its unlock criteria).

In Ultimate, new Golden Hammers are unlocked as challenges are completed. They still cannot break some challenges related to Adventure Mode: World of Light, or the more difficult challenges on the other challenge pages.


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Golden Hammer Trophy can be obtained by hitting a combined distance of 15,000m/45,000 ft with all fighters' Home-Run Contest records.

Golden Hammer's trophy in Brawl
Golden Hammer
A hammer that glows with golden light. It's easier to swing than a normal hammer, and more powerful too. If you tilt the Control Stick and press the attack button repeatedly, you float in midair. It's a very powerful item, but one that rarely appears. There's also a Golden Squeaky Hammer that does absolutely no damage at all. It's what you would call a fake.
NES: Wrecking Crew

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Golden Hammer's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Golden Hammer's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Golden Hammer
NTSC This special hammer is several times stronger than the regular hammer. While wielding it, jumping repeatedly will let you float in the air. It doesn't appear often, so grab it when it does! However, watch out for the squeaky version. It looks like the normal one but is really useless.
NES: Wrecking Crew (10/1985)
PAL This special hammer is much stronger than the normal one. And on top of that, it has a special ability – press the jump button repeatedly while holding it to float in the air. These things don't show up often, though, so if you see one, grab it fast! Just watch out for Golden Squeaky Hammers – they look the same, but do exactly zero damage.
NES: Wrecking Crew (10/1987)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ゴルデンハンマー Golden Hammer
UK English Golden Hammer
France French (PAL) Marteau en or Gold Hammer
Quebec French (NTSC) Marteau d'or Golden Hammer
Germany German Goldener Hammer Golden Hammer
Spain Spanish Martillo dorado Golden Hammer
Italy Italian Martello d'oro Golden Hammer
China Chinese Golden Hammer
South Korea Korean 골든 해머 Golden Hammer
Netherlands Dutch Gouden hamer Golden Hammer
Russia Russian Золотой молот Golden Hammer


  • The special animations for when certain characters pick up a Hammer also apply to the Golden Hammer.
  • A Golden Hammer will, until hitting someone with it, flash gold while the user swings it around. The Golden Squeaky Hammer will instead flash white.
  • In SSB4, if Villager pockets a Golden Hammer, picks up another item, then uses Pocket to swap out the Golden Hammer with the item, he will use the Golden Hammer as normal, but the music will not play.
  • The Golden Hammer lasts long enough just to hear the first portion of the "Power-Up Music" track. However, by increasing the amount of time it remains active, such as by pausing or through hitstun, the rest of the song can be heard.
  • The Golden Hammer is one of three items that will change the music being played on the stage temporarily, the other two being the normal Hammer and the Super Star. Incidentally, all three come from Mario and its sub-universes.

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