Greetings hunters and welcome to another weapons tutorial. This time we’ll be covering the mighty Mjölnir (apologies Thor) or officially known as the hammer.
Just as most weapons in monster hunter the hammer also possesses the ability to branch off and attain different abilities and elements. Although not the prettiest or most elegant of weapons in the game, hammers do possess something that the others don’t, they are the best at smashing. Indeed these huge weapons of destruction have the capabilities of often not only stunning the monster but also breaking off parts of the monster such as horns. One of the only downfalls of being a hammer user, in my opinion, is that they do not possess cutting abilities. So if you thought you’d be cutting off a tail with the hammer think again! They are however extremely mobile as hunters will be able to power up and run a little with them before releasing a powerful attack (since this uses stamina). In all honesty, I never liked the hammer at all but in Monster Hunter World it’s become quite the monster slayer and in the words of the big green beast – HULK SMASH!
Let’s take a look at some of the weapons controls:
R2 + Circle = Power Charge (activate this before all attacks for more damage)
3 x Triangle = Standard Combo (a standard three hit combo)
5 x Circle = Big Bang Combo (every hit does more damage than the last but has to hit consecutively)
Hold down R2 = Charge Attack (this has 3 levels, the longer you hold it the higher the level becomes)
The three charge levels work as follows:
Level 1 – when released will be a side attack
Level 2 – will be a charged upswing
Level 3 – will be a charged Big Bang attack or if you have the Power Charge active it becomes a swing and above the head hit known as the Brutal Big Bang. However, if you’re moving whilst the charge is released it will become a swinging bludgeon which has the player spinning around fiercely while the hammer knocks everything in the way so watch out for your teammates.
The Hammer is truly a heavy hitting weapon and the key focus for every hunter that wields one should be to focus on the monsters head. The Power Charge mechanic boosts your attack power and charges some attacks. It also remains charged until you’re hit or decide to put your hammer away so make sure you make good use of it. Hunters should also keep in mind that some of the moves aren’t as fast as weapons such as the long sword so it would be wise to time yourself if you feel that you just can’t take another hit as some combos cannot be stopped once started. Good Luck out there hunters and May the Star Sapphire light your way.
If you missed the previous weapon tutorial on the long sword make sure to check it out right here and as with the previous tutorial I’ve added some actual hammer footage from the Monster Hunter veteran himself, Arekkz.