Hammer is a Copy Ability which provides Kirby with a wooden mallet to wield against foes and obstacles. Its mechanics work similar to the Sword ability, though it is slower, yet more powerful. First appearing in Kirby's Adventure, it is one of Kirby's oldest copy abilities in the series. Oddly, while most Copy Abilities were given a hat in Kirby Super Star, Hammer Kirby's sprite remained unaltered, except for the hammer itself. This was changed in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, which depicts Hammer Kirby with a white-blue striped headband. Hammer is a somewhat rare ability: normally, it can only be obtained from a mid-boss, Bonkers. There are rare instances of it being obtained from other sources, however: Dygclops (an enemy which exclusively appears in the boss fight against Heavy Mole), Storo (from a hammer he drops) in Kirby: Squeak Squad, and other sources such as a Copy Essence can provide it. It is one of the few abilities that can be used underwater, and it is also one of the few abilities that can push Stakes into the ground and destroy metal blocks.
Hammer also builds the base of the fighting style of King Dedede, Kirby's arch-rival and occasional nemesis.
Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby's Adventure marks the game of Hammer Kirby's first appearance, and the ability also returns in the game's remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. Like its lighter counterpart Sword it comes with two different attacks: A heavy swing when used on the ground, and a somersault attack when used in mid-air or underwater. The icon for the Hammer ability depicts Kirby during a jump, with a big hammer raised into the air and a determined expression on his face. The icon was changed for Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, where it shows Kirby with his headband, holding and swinging a giant mallet with both hands.
Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra
Hammer reappears in Kirby Super Star and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra. Like most Copy Abilities its move-set has changed and improved from its previous incarnation. Aside from regular attacks, the Hammer can now be charged and release a flame attack, which can even light fuses, and it can even be thrown at enemies, which, however, causes Kirby to lose the Hammer ability. Hammer Kirby can also summon Bonkers who then acts as a Helper.
The Hammer ability also plays a somewhat special role during Kirby's fight against Masked Dedede in Kirby Super Star Ultra. Before the fight begins, King Dedede offers Kirby a Hammer to battle, which is a spoof of Meta Knight's habit to give Kirby a Sword before the battle begins. Kirby can ditch the hammer after collecting it, though, and fight Masked Dedede the regular way. Hammer Kirby makes another appearance during the introduction cutscene of The True Arena.
|Hammer moveset in Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
Dash + B in air
Dash + B
(up) + B
B in air
Dash + X
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
The hammer ability makes its next appearance in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, where it is again one of the rarer Copy Abilities and can be obtained only from Bonkers, after Kirby has defeated him in a duel. Unlike in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, most of Hammer's moveset from Kirby Super Star is intact, removing only Hammer Throw and Ultra-Giant Swing. Kirby can also use a hammer via the very versatile Smash ability, the only disadvantage being that this hammer can not be used underwater.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Hammer makes another appearance in Kirby: Squeak Squad. Here, it can be dropped occasionally by Storo, in addition to Bonkers. Acquiring the Ability Scroll for Hammer grants an additional move, where Kirby can charge his hammer swing, making the hammer bigger before it comes down, dealing additional damage.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Hammer makes an appearance in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, obtained primarily from Bonkers. Hammer Kirby features its typical hammer usage move set, including a hammer throw that will sacrifice Kirby's ability. In addition to the standard Hammer ability, in some stages, Kirby may obtain a Super Ability called the Grand Hammer, obtained from Super Bonkers, which can destroy and hit stumps that are particularly large. King Dedede in this game has a move-set almost identical to that of Hammer Kirby, though he can perform the Hammer Throw as many times as he wishes without losing the ability.
|Hammer moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Skill||Button Execution||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution||Button Execution|
|Kirby slams his hammer in front of him once.||Ultra-Giant Swing||
Dash + 1 in midair
|Kirby somersaults three times with his hammer out essentially three Giant swings consecutive.|
↓ + 1
|Kirby spins his hammer on the ground to damage enemies below him while invulnerable.||Hammer Flip||
↑ + 1
|Kirby charges his hammer until it catches fire and swings it upwards in front of him capable of lighting fuses.|
Hold 1, release
|Kirby slams his hammer down three times during this he creates stars that add extra range to the attack.||Hammer Throw||
Dash + -
|Kirby spins around like Hammer Swing but lets go of the hammer sending it flying upwards at the cost of losing the ability.|
Dash + 1
|Kirby spins along the ground with his hammer harming enemies on contact while invulnerable.||Underwater Wheel||
|Kirby essentially does an underwater Giant Swing.|
1 in midair
|Kirby does a front flip with his hammer out to harm enemies ahead.|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Hammer once again returns in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, only obtainable from Bonkers and Bonkers DX. However, Triple Hammer is removed from Hammer's moveset in this game and future titles. King Dedede once again uses a nearly identical move-set, excluding that some attacks are renamed and that he can use Hammer Throw for an infinite amount of times. Additionally, Hammer Kirby appears as a collectable Keychain, using his sprite from Nightmare in Dream Land, The Amazing Mirror and Squeak Squad.
Hammer also appears in the sub-game Kirby Fighters as a selectable ability.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Hammer appears as one of the selectable Copy Abilities in this spin-off title.
Hammer Kirby's Rare Outfit replaces his headband with a black-yellow striped one, which are the contrast colors of his original white-blue one. In addition, the Rare Outfit replaces his original wooden hammer with a metal one that makes metal hitting sound effects on impact.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Hammer returns as an ability in this game, though it is rather rare. In addition, there is a custom variant of Hammer that makes Kirby resemble King Dedede, unlockable by scanning Dedede's amiibo in the game.
Kirby Battle Royale
|A big hammer and a headband. That look really suits you! If you've got a hammer, take a swing! Not at me, though!|
— Knuckle Joe's comment in Kirby Battle Royale
Hammer is one of the abilities usable in this action-multiplayer title. Hammer Kirby is notable for his attack power compared to other abilities. His Hammer Flip also has two levels of charge - the second one being capable of KOing in one hit - though it takes some time to charge up.
There are three additional pieces of Headgear for the Hammer ability in this game. These are the "Dedede Hammer", the "Toy Hammer", and the "Grand Hammer Replica".
|Hammer Moveset in Kirby Battle Royale|
|Skill||Button Execution||Skill||Button Execution|
|Big Hammer Drop|
Hold B, jump and release (2 lvl.)
B during jump
Hold/release B (2 lvl.)
Kirby Star Allies
Hammer returns in this title. While it is largely the same as it was in previous main series titles, the Hammer Flip has been changed somewhat. Kirby can now move and jump once while charging it, similar to the variant in the Smash ability, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Hammer Lord's version. Additionally, the hammer can be charged to several levels before releasing for very high damage output. However, if Kirby charges for too long, the hammer's head will actually break. Even if this happens, Kirby can still swing the handle to deal a small amount of damage. Afterward, the hammer will repair itself.
Kirby Fighters 2
Hammer returns in Kirby Fighters 2 as a selectable ability for Kirby. It is unlocked after attaining a Fighters Rank of 13. Its move-set is largely the same as before, though the Hammer Throw technique cannot be used.
For more precise competitive-oriented information on the Hammer ability in Kirby Fighters 2, see Mizuumi Wiki's page.
|Hammer move-set in Kirby Fighters 2|
|Skill||Button Execution||Description||Damage (unmodified)|
|Kirby swings his hammer vertically and pounds the ground in front of him.||30 |
12 (indirect hit)
↓ + B
|Kirby jumps on his hammer and spins it head-down a few times.||34 (if all hits connect)|
Dash + B
|Kirby slides forward while performing several spins with his hammer out.||34 (if all hits connect)|
B in midair
|Kirby performs a somersault with his hammer out, hitting foes all around him.||22|
Dash + B in midair
|Kirby performs several somersaults with his hammer out, hitting foes all around him.||25 (if all hits connect)|
↑ + B
|Kirby charges his hammer, and can release with an upward swing at varying levels of power, dealing huge damage if fully charged. If Kirby charges for too long, his hammer head breaks, and he can only swing with the handle, dealing small damage.||36 (uncharged) |
48 (partially charged)
76 (fully charged)
|Move While Charging||
←/→ during Hammer Flip
|While charging Hammer Flip, Kirby can shuffle slowly left or right. He can also jump a short distance.||N/A|
- Main article: Hammer Lord
Hammer also appears in the Clash series of spin-off titles as Hammer Lord. Functionally, these two abilities are the same, though there are a few key differences. Hammer Lord is much slower on his feet than standard Hammer Kirby, and cannot hover very well. Additionally, Hammer Lord's Hammer Flip can be charged to three levels of power to inflict massive damage, which can only be topped by the Team Meteor.
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
|That is Hammer Kirby!|
— Meta Knight in Dedede's Pet Threat
The Hammer ability makes three appearances in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, in the episodes Dedede's Pet Threat, Goin' Bonkers, and Shell-Shocked. It functions largely the same as it does in the games, though Kirby gains a solely white knotted headband. Kirby gains this ability by inhaling a hammer, whether it be from King Dedede or Bonkers. When Kirby gains this ability, he is typically able to dispatch his opponent(s) easily - which matches the power of the Hammer ability in the games - though it takes several concerted swings and then a Hammer Throw to crack the shell of the potent Maimaigon.
Notably, during Hammer Kirby's transformation sequence, he first cycles through several different weapons before finally landing on the hammer. These weapons include a serrated voulge, a trident with extra spikes, a battleaxe, a battle-rake, a demi-lune, and a quarterstaff.
Hammer Kirby riding his Warp Star
|Kirby's Adventure||This weapon is very powerful. Use it on stubborn bad guys to clear your path!|
|Kirby Super Star||Break through solid obstacles and pound in stakes to take Kirby to hidden areas.|
|Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land||Pound 'em to the ground! Pound pegs and break open new areas!|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Flatten your foes with these superspecial[sic] moves: → → + B ↑ + B|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||INSTANT K.O. It's almost unfair.|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||This Hammer packs a wallop! Punish stakes and blocks! When it's on fire, foes beware!|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Wield the hammer of kings! Pulverize hard objects! Drive down stakes! Light it on fire and you've got the Hammer Flip technique!|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||A giant hammer on loan from the king himself. Pound boulders into dust, or knock stakes flat into the ground. Send out a fiery burst with a special technique--the decisive Hammer Flip!|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||A giant hammer on loan from the king himself. Pound boulders into the dust, or knock stakes flat into the ground. Send out a fiery burst with the decisive Hammer Flip!|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Leaves you exposed when attacking, but it's incredibly powerful.|
|Kirby Star Allies||A giant hammer inherited from the king himself that can pound pegs flat! You can charge it up for a pulverizing blow, but be careful not to overdo it. Imbue it with a friend's power and use it to fight!|
Keychain from Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Hammer Kirby during the opening cutscene of The True Arena in Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Hammer is almost universally regarded as the best Copy Ability for inflicting damage quickly. Hammer Flip in particular is one of the most damaging attacks in the entire series that is not single-use.
- Despite being one of the most recurring Copy Abilities and having a 3D model in Kirby Super Star Ultra's cutscenes, Hammer Kirby did not have 3D artwork outside of in-game renders until Kirby Fighters 2.
- In Kirby Star Allies, if Hammer Kirby is chosen on the character select screen in The Ultimate Choice, Hammer Throw can be used infinitely; however, if Hammer is obtained by copying Bonkers as normal Kirby, Hammer Throw will still cause him to lose the ability.
Names in other languages
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- Nintendo Portugal - Kirby Battle Royale