Hammer

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Artwork of Hammer Kirby from Kirby Squeak Squad.
Details
Debut Game Kirby's Adventure
Last Game Kirby: Star Allies
Other Game(s) Kirby Super Star, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby: Battle Royale
Type(s) Unlimited use (unless thrown)
Obtained from Bonkers, Heavy Mole (yellow missiles)
Power(s) Wielding a large wooden mallet, bashing stakes and metal blocks
Comparable to Hammer Lord, Grand Hammer
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Hammer is an ability which provides Kirby with a wooden mallet to wield against foes and obstacles. Its mechanics work similar to the Sword ability, though Hammer 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, since it can only be obtained from the mini boss Bonkers, Dygclops, an enemy which exclusively appears in the boss fight against Heavy Mole, and from bubbles in Kirby: Squeak Squad. It is one of the few abilities that can be used underwater, and it is also one of the two abilities that can push wooden Posts into the ground and destroy metal blocks.

Hammers also build the base of the fighting style of King Dedede, Kirby's arch-rival and occasional nemesis.

Game Appearances

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

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Hammer reappears in Kirby Super Star and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra. Like most Copy Abilities its moveset 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
Hammer
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B
Ultra-Giant Swing
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Dash + B in air
Hammer Swing
KirbyHammah Dash SSU.png
Dash + B
Hammer Flip
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(up) + B
Giant Swing
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B in air
Hammer Throw
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Dash + X

Kirby and the Amazing Mirror

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The hammer ability makes its next appearance in Kirby and 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. The game actually keeps most of Hammer's moveset from Kirby Super Star intact, removing only Hammer Throw and Ultra-Giant Swing. Kirby could also use a hammer through having the very versatile Smash ability, the only disadvantage being that this hammer could not be used underwater.

Kirby: Squeak Squad

Hammer makes another appearance in Kirby: Squeak Squad.

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 infinitely.

Hammer moveset for Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Skill Button Execution Skill Button Execution
Hammer
1
Ultra-Giant Swing
Dash + 1 in midair
Hammer Twirl
↓ + 1
Hammer Flip
↑ + 1
Triple Hammer
Hold 1, release
Hammer Throw
Dash + -
Hammer Swing
Dash + 1
Underwater Wheel
1 underwater
Giant Swing
1 in midair

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Hammer once again returns in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, only obtainable from Bonkers and Bonkers DX. King Dedede once again uses a nearly identical moveset, excluding that some attacks are renamed and that he can use Hammer Throw for an infinite amount of times.

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.

Appearance in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

Hammer Kirby during his transformation.

As many others, the Hammer ability appears in the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Kirby's transformation into Hammer Kirby is triggered whenever he inhales a mallet, which ends up being the personal hammer of King Dedede most of the time. The hammer ability makes three appearances in total during all 100 episodes. During the transformation, Kirby generates a smaller mallet and dons a headband which looks similar, but not exactly like the one he wears in the games. The main differences are the location of the headband's tie, which is located on the left side of Kirby's forehead instead of behind his head, and the color which is plain white instead of striped. While wielding the Hammer, Kirby usually shows a great potential of strength and is able to deal heavy damage against one or more foes. His repertoire ranges from basic hammer attacks to advanced techniques like Hammer Bash, Giant Swing and the particularly strong Hammer Throw, which serves as a finishing move.

Role in the series

The Hammer ability appears for the first time during the episode Dedede's Pet Threat. After King Dedede caused his pet-Scarfies to mutate by letting them eat the special food he received along with them, the Scarfies corner King Dedede and Escargoon on a balcony. King Dedede furiously tries to fight them off with his hammer, and when Kirby, Meta Knight, Tiff, and Tuff arrive on the scene, Tiff orders Kirby to inhale the King's hammer, which triggers Kirby's transformation. As Hammer Kirby, he is able to take on the Scarfies and knock the food that caused them to mutate out of them. That way he manages to get rid of the Scarfy plague.

The next appearance of Hammer takes place in Goin' Bonkers. In this episode Kirby has to fight against Bonkers who got turned into a Demon Beast by Nightmare Enterprises. Kirby is able to transform by inhaling Bonkers' mallet, though he only succeeds the second time he tries it after Tiff caused Bonkers' to lose his grip. While using powerful strikes, Kirby manages to trigger Bonkers' emotions and memories, thereby reverting Nightmare Enterprises' treatment and allowing Bonkers to return to his original self.

Hammer appears for the last time in Shell-Shocked when Kirby battles Maimaigon. While almost getting eaten by the beast, Kirby manages to inhale King Dedede's mallet once again, turning him into Hammer Kirby. He proceeds to use attacks like Hammer Bash against the giant snail, but the weapon is not able to penetrate the metal shell and do any damage at all. By using his most powerful hammer attack, Hammer Throw, he is finally able to crack open Maimaigon's shell and defeat the creature.

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Trivia

  • 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 isn't single-use.