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Squall Hammer

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Squall Hammer
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Squall Hammer in Ultimate.
User Ice Climbers
Universe Ice Climber

Squall Hammer (トルネードハンマー, Tornado Hammer) is the side special move of the Ice Climbers.


The controlled Ice Climber spins around like a top and travels forward a distance, with the hammer extended so that opponents take damage if they come into contact with the hammer. If the CPU-controlled Ice Climber is present, the pair will whirl around back-to-back together and the two hammers will make it so the attack hits twice as many times.

Squall Hammer can be used as a recovery move that doesn't risk separating the two Ice Climbers like Belay can, and it becomes a lone Ice Climber's only recovery move (as Belay becomes next to useless). If the special move button is pressed repeatedly while the Ice Climbers are in their spinning animation, they will rise vertically in addition to their horizontal movement, somewhat similar to Doctor Tornado and Luigi Cyclone. The vertical boost is considerably greater when both Ice Climbers are present. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, a lone Ice Climber can gain height from using Squall Hammer; in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, using Squall Hammer as a recovery move with a single Ice Climber will not gain any height.

Instructional quotes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee instruction booklet IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png Join Nana in this attack for a powerful succession of blows.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl instruction booklet IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png Use this attack when Nana is present to achieve maximum damage.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png Twirl with their hammers extended. Directional input can move them left and right.


While the Ice Climbers have never used such a spinning attack in any of their non-Smash appearances, the term "squall" is used to define a "sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet"; this fits the "ice-based/mountain climber" motif of the character, and can somewhat describe the Climber's action of spinning to lift themselves up into the air. Squalls also appear in VS. Ice Climber, with certain mountains having a blizzard effect that gradually pushes the Climbers to the side.

The move may also be based on Kirby's Hammer ability, as the dashing 'Hammer Swing' attack has him twirl his hammer horizontally while moving in a similar manner.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese トルネードハンマー, Tornado Hammer
UK English Squall Hammer
France French Coup de marteau
Germany German Holzhammer
Spain Spanish Ráfaga martillo
Italy Italian Martello turbine
China Chinese (Simplified) 龙卷锤
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 龍捲錘
South Korea Korean 토네이도 해머, Tornado Hammer
Netherlands Dutch Hamertornado
Russia Russian Шквал-молот