Hammer (move)

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Hammer
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Hammer Flip at full charge in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
User Kirby
Universe Kirby
Article on WiKirby Hammer
This article is about Kirby's side special move, Hammer. For other uses, see Hammer (disambiguation).
Swing a mighty hammer vertically in the air or side-to-side on the ground.
Melee's instruction manual
Attack with a giant hammer. The attack strikes horizontally in the air and on the ground.
Brawl's instruction manual
Attack with a hammer. Can be charged.
Smash for 3DS's foldout

Hammer (ハンマー, Hammer), known as Hammer Flip (鬼ごろし火炎ハンマー, Oni/Demon-Slayer Flame Hammer) in the NTSC version of Super Smash Bros. 4, is Kirby's side special move, introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee. When used, Kirby takes hold of a hammer and horizontally swings it forwards, dealing a strong blow to enemies at medium range.

Overview[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

When used on the ground, the hammer has a very punishable sourspot.

When used in the air, the attack takes on a new form, where Kirby swings the hammer in a vertical forward-somersaulting circle. This version of the attack strikes multiple times and can be used to slow Kirby's fall. Not only that, said midair version can be used to rack up decent damage via its wide hitbox after moves like Kirby's forward throw, regardless if it misses or not.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The sourspot from Melee's grounded version has been strengthened and is now harder to hit with. Overall, the move is one of Kirby's best KO moves.

When used in the air, Kirby swings the hammer horizontally twice, with the first hit being stronger with diagonal knockback and the second hit being a semi-spike. This version of the attack is useful against bosses, as it can deal a total of 32% damage when both hits connect, and it can be used multiple times in one jump. It also decreases Kirby's falling speed, and can aid Kirby's horizontal recovery by a small distance. However, it does not provide any distance when used without moving horizontally.

The non-bouncing Kirby glitch is a glitch that prevents Kirby from bouncing on springs. It is accomplished by using Hammer just before landing on any non-item spring.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Kirby's Hammer retains its function in Smash 4. However, it can now be charged with functionality like Jet Hammer, allowing Kirby to move around and jump while charging the move. Also like the Jet Hammer, Kirby will receive recoil damage if the move is charged for too long, though this damage is not inflicted if Kirby's damage reaches or is above 100%. An uncharged swing is significantly weaker than a swing in Brawl, and the aerial version has slower startup. The move now uses a flame effect., though not when uncharged. When fully charged, it's able to KO Mario as early as 25% damage on the center of an Omega form stage, and can KO at an average of 40%. The Hammer Flip is Kirby's most powerful attack. It has less knockback when used in the air, but Kirby still swings twice if the attack is not fully charged.

When fully charged, Kirby will bring his hammer further behind himself with brighter flames and Kirby will flash a reddish-orange color. The animation instead of the usual sideways swing is instead an upwards one for both the ground and midair versions. Unlike in Brawl, the hammer doesn't stall Kirby's momentum in the air, and therefore can no longer be used for recovery.

In the NTSC version of Smash 4, the move is called Hammer Flip, the same name as a different move usable by Hammer Kirby in the Kirby series that is his Up+B attack in the games. The move is still called Hammer in PAL regions, and the name "Hammer Flip" refers only to the fully charged version of the move.

The way Kirby moves while charging the move is similar to unused animations found in the files for the character in Brawl, suggesting that Hammer Flip was intended for inclusion in Brawl.

Customization[edit]

Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Hammer Flip 2. Hammer Bash 3. Giant Hammer
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"A powerful hammer attack that can launch foes. Dangerous when fully charged." "A hammer swing that sends victims flying skyward. Powerful, but can't be charged." "Swing an enormous hammer. It's slow but deals a lot of damage."
  1. Hammer Flip: Default.
  2. Hammer Bash: Nearly identical to Brawl version, except it does not semi-spike if used in the air. Does less damage if striking with the head of the hammer, but more damage if striking with the tip of the hammer. If used while Kirby has copied Shulk's Monado Arts, Kirby is able to rise indefinitely into the air until time runs out, massively aiding recovery.
  3. Giant Hammer: Kirby pulls out a much larger hammer, making it slower but much more powerful and has slightly more reach. Has super armor while charging. It can KO in some situations under 50% uncharged and 15% fully charged, making it the strongest custom move in the game.

Use by others[edit]

  • In Smash Run, the enemy Bonkers is also able to use a version of a fully charged Hammer Flip. Unlike Kirby's however, it has a high chance of an instant KO due to Bonkers being a more heavy hitter in general.

Origin[edit]

Kirby with the Hammer Copy Ability in Kirby's Adventure.

Hammer is one of Kirby's many Copy Abilities from his various adventures, most frequently obtained by inhaling the mini-boss Bonkers. It is often one of the most powerful ones, dealing massive damage to enemies. The hammer is almost identical in appearance to King Dedede's. The way Kirby swings his hammer is almost similar to the Hammer Flip move from the said ability (where Kirby swings upward/inwards with a flaming hammer), rather than swinging downward from above his head, like in the Kirby series. His midair version of the attack in Melee resembles the midair attack done with the ability, Giant Hammer Swing, though Kirby would only swing the hammer once in midair.

In Super Smash Bros. 4, the Hammer Flip is based on the move of the same name in the Kirby series, which deals the most damage of any move gained from a standard Copy Ability. In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, the aforementioned Bonkers as a helper is also able to perform his own version of the Hammer Flip due to sharing Hammer Kirby's moveset (but he brings his hammer down instead of swinging upwards with it like Kirby and in Smash Run).

The Giant Hammer custom variation is most likely derived off of one of the Hammer ability's moves only in Kirby: Squeak Squad, where Kirby can enlarge his hammer for a massive delayed smash (but the attack must be learned through its Copy/Ability Scroll first).

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Smash Bros. Kirby obtains the ability to charge his regular hammer strike into a fiery Hammer Flip, and also gains the ability to move around and jump while charging, referencing Kirby's updated moveset in Super Smash Bros. 4.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Kirby's beta Hammer in the E3 2006 trailer for Brawl.
  • In the E3 2006 movie of Brawl, Kirby is seen using the vertical spin version of the aerial Hammer, identical to its appearance in Melee.
  • In early gameplay footage for Smash 4, Kirby initially used Hammer Flip and Final Cutter with his "default" expression; in the final build, his expression changes into a serious one as he swings and charges the Hammer.
  • In Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, if Kirby swings his hammer before it is fully charged (or uses Hammer Bash) and destroys a destructible platform he is standing on (except for the bridge in Gerudo Valley), he will fly forward through the air. It is currently unknown if this occurs in other games.
  • Due to Kirby crouching slightly out of the Z-axis when Kirby is walking while charging this move, Thoron will miss him. [1] It can also miss while standing still if the Hammer is fully charged.
  • This is one of the few special moves that can be used by a non-playable character (in Smash 4 by Bonkers, a character who already had a variation of this move in the original Kirby universe).
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