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General Information

Hammers are one of seven specialized nodes of the Hammer Family with a strong focus on crowd control abilities, and additional options for area damage, threat generation and sustainability.


Item Tier
Journeyman's Hammer 3
Adept's Hammer 4
Expert's Hammer 5
Master's Hammer 6
Grandmaster's Hammer 7
Elder's Hammer 8

First Slot Abilities

Q Slot
Image Name Description
Energy Cost Cast Time Range Cooldown
Bash Knee Instantly slows the target enemy by 30% for 5.56s, and deals 155 Physical Damage.
8 Instant Melee 3s
Threatening Strike An attack that increases your generated threat for 3s and deals 305 damage.
15 Instant Melee 3s
Iron Breaker Slams the hammer into the ground in front of the caster. Reduces resistances by 43 for 5s and deals 235 Physical Damage to all enemies in a 3m radius.
15 Instant Melee 5s

Second Slot Abilities

W Slot
Image Name Description
Energy Cost Cast Time Range Cooldown
Heavy Cleave Unleashes a heavy attack that deals 869 damage to all enemies in front of you.
32 1s Melee 15s
Slowing Charge Dash to a ground target destination. While you are dashing, you will slow all enemies in your way by 50% for 4.57s.
33 Instant 12m 15s
Power Geyser After a short delay, a 3m radius Power Geyser will break through the ground at a desired location. The geyser knocks all enemies into the air and knocks group members 8m away. Deals 168 magical damage to enemies.
30 Instant 11m 10s
Knockout Attacks a target's head, striking for 173 damage and putting the target to sleep. The sleep breaks on damage. Sleep duration vs Players: 6.64s. Sleep duration vs Mobs: 13.27s.
37 Instant Melee 15s
Inertia Ring Creates a slowing ring on the ground around the caster. The area has a 2.5m width, an 8m radius, and lasts for 4s. When enemies try to move through the ring, their movespeed is reduced by 90% (ignores crowd control resistance).
11 0.5s 8m 20s

Third Slot Ability

E Slot
Image Name Description
Energy Cost Cast Time Range Cooldown
Earth Shatter Shatters the earth, dealing 155 damage to all enemies in a 5.5m radius around the caster and stunning them for 3.13s.
42 Instant Self 15s

Passive Abilities

Passive Slot
Image Name Description
Stunning Strike Every 5 normal attacks, your attack stuns the enemy for 0.6s.
Energetic Every normal attack, you restore 5 energy.
Life Leech Receive 15% of your normal attack damage as Life Steal.
Dreadladen Fighting Every 4 normal attacks, your Crowd Control effects are increased by 50% for 2s.

Related Patch Notes

Patch LinkDatePatch NamePatch Notes
9 January 2023Beyond the Veil Patch 3
  • Iron Breaker (all Hammers)
    • Now also removes enemy shields
8 June 2022Into the Fray UpdateForge Hammers have been underrepresented recently. Their low cooldown and moderate damage on each hit in giant form meant it was too easy for enemies to evade the effect area. Therefore, Giant Smash now also knocks enemies into the air and deals more damage, making the ability more threatening and making it easier to stick to targets. To offset this buff, the cooldown between each Smash has been increased. The cooldown of Threatening Strike has been reduced further to provide a better Q-slot option for a bruiser tank, which synergizes with Giant Steps.
  • Threatening Strike (all Hammers):
    • Hit Delay 0.4s → 0.1s
    • Standtime: 0.4s → 0.1s
    • Cooldown: 3s → 2s
  • Giant Steps (Forge Hammers):
    • Giant Smash:
      • Cooldown: 1.2s → 3s
      • Now knocks players airborne for 0.6s
      • Damage: 75 →  110
13 October 2021Call to Arms Patch 11Hammers have been the main tank in 5v5 Crystal League play for a while. To make them somewhat less powerful, the damage and armor reduction of Iron Breaker, which could generate heavy pressure over the course of a fight, has been reduced. The cooldown of Power Geyser has been increased by 2 seconds to reduce the up-time of this ranged displacement. The stun duration of Tackle, meanwhile, has been reduced slightly as that, along with its mobility on a relatively low cooldown, made it more valuable than other Hammer E-abilities.
  • Iron Breaker (all Hammers):
    • Resistance Reduction: 0.14 → 0.12
    • Damage vs Players: 120 → 90 (Damage vs Mobs stays unchanged)
  • Power Geyser (all Hammers):
    • Cooldown: 8s → 10s
  • Tackle (Great Hammer):
    • Stun Duration: 2.35s → 2.10s
31 May 2021Call to Arms Patch 5/6 & Hotfix 6.1Hammers

The jump time of the Grovekeeper has been reverted based on feedback that it felt too slow. As the impact radius had already been slightly reduced and an indication area was added, it should still be more reactable than it was before Patch 4.

  • Ground Pound (Grovekeeper):
    • Jump Time: 0.66s → 0.5s
6 May 2021Call to Arms Patch 4 (Balance Patch)Hammers

Ground Pound made it fairly easy to hit enemy clumps in large fights. It has been toned down in various ways to make it more reactable for enemies, especially in smaller group sizes, while staying incredibly strong in large fights.

Iron Breaker offered too much armor shred for its low cooldown, and has been reduced slightly.

Heavy Cleave is now called Heavy Smash. The area was improved to make it easier to land, and a sweet spot was added in the center that deals extra damage. This makes interactions with this ability a bit more interesting and increases the potential maximum damage slightly. Additionally, the entire cast time now also reflects until the weapon hits the ground, making this interaction more consistent. Finally, as a small quality-of-life improvement, normal attacks of One-handed Hammers have received a minor buff.

  • One-handed Hammer Normal Attacks:
    • Attacks per Second: 0.8 → 1
    • Damage per Attack: 49 → 39
  • Iron Breaker (all Hammers):
    • Resistance Reduction: 0.17 → 0.14
  • Heavy Cleave (all Hammers) - ability is now called "Heavy Smash":
    • Area increased slightly; it now extends further, but the cone is also slightly slimmer
    • Cast Time: 1s → 1.4s
    • Hit Delay: 0.5s → 0s
    • Standtime: 1s → 0.5s
    • Now deals more damage directly at the Hammer impact spot:
      • Damage at the center of the impact: 271.95 → 290
      • Damage in the rest of the cone: 271.95 → 266
  • Ground Pound (Grovekeeper):
    • Jump time: 0.5s → 0.66s
    • Radius: 6m → 5.5m
    • Now indicates impact area during the jump
2 February 2021Rise of Avalon Patch 13 (Balance Patch)Hammers
  • Iron Breaker (all Hammers):
    • Resistance Reduction: 0.2 → 0.17
  • Groundbreaker (Polehammer):
    • Stun Duration: 2.85s → 2.5s
  • Grasp of the Undead (Tombhammer):
    • Cast Range: 16m → 12m
    • Stun Duration: 2.9s → 2.48s
2 December 2020Rise of Avalon Patch 10 and Hotfix 10.1Hammers
  • Auto-attack (Forge Hammers):
    • Attacks per second: 0.8→ 1.4
    • Damage: 49→ 28
21 October 2020Rise of Avalon Patch 7 / Brimstone & Mist Midseason Update and Hotfix 7.1Hammers
  • Iron Breaker (all Hammers):
    • Resistance Reduction: 0.15 → 0.20
    • Debuff Duration: 5s → 4s
    • Damage: 77.08 → 120.00
    • Cooldown: 5s → 6s
    • Hit Delay: 0.35s → 0.4s
    • Standtime: 0.45s → 0.5s
  • Slowing Charge (all Hammers):
    • Slow Duration: 3s → 4s
  • Onslaught (Hand of Justice):
    • Cooldown: 40s → 30s
12 August 2020Rise of Avalon Update and Hotfix 1, 2
  • Iron Breaker (all Hammers):
    • Hit delay: 0.4s → 0.35s
    • Standtime: 0.5s → 0.45s
  • Power Geyser (all Hammers):
    • Cooldown: 9s → 8s
    • Hit delay: 0.45s → 0.4s
    • Standtime: 0.6s → 0.5s
  • Grasp of the Undead (Tombhammer):
    • Hit delay: 0.5s → 0.35s
    • Standtime: 0.6s → 0.5s
  • 19 May 2020Queen Patch 12 (Season 9 Balance Patch) and Hotfix 12.1Hammers
    • Power Geyser (all Hammers):
      • Cooldown: 10s → 9s
      • Hit Delay: 0.5s → 0.45s
      • Standtime: 0.8s → 0.6s
    • Earth Shatter (One-handed Hammer):
      • Standtime: 1.2s → 0.8s
    • Groundbreaker (Polehammer):
      • Hit Delay: 0.5s → 0.3s
      • Standtime: 1s → 0.6s
    25 March 2020Queen Patch 8Hammers
    • Ground Pound (Grovekeeper):
      • Stun Duration: 3.25 seconds → 2.5 seconds
    29 November 2019Percival Patch 11Hammers
    • Giant Steps (Forge Hammers):
      • Physical Resistance: 0.59 → 0.35
    10 July 2019Percival UpdateHammers
    • Added new W-Spell: Inertia Ring (formerly listed as "Ring of Tar")
      • Creates a ring of tar in an 8m radius around the caster. This ring lasts for 4s and has a 2.5m width. When enemies pass through the ring, their move speed is reduced by 90% (ignores crowd control resistance).
      • Cast Time: 0.5s
    • Life Leech (Passive):
      • Steals 15% of damage dealt
    • Bash Knee (all Hammers):
      • Slow Strength: 32% → 30%
      • Slow Duration: 3s → 4s
    • Giant Steps (Forge Hammers):
      • Now also increases attack range by 50%
    10 July 2019Percival UpdateSeven new skills have been added to a range of player weapons:
    • Axes: Spinning Blades
    • Frost Staffs: Ice Shard
    • Hammers: Inertia Ring (formerly listed as "Ring of Tar")
    • Nature Staffs: Rejuvenating Breeze
    • Quarterstaffs: Rising Blow
    • Spears: Impaler
    • Swords: Parry
    9 May 2019Oberon Patch 5 (Midseason Patch)Hammers
    • Iron Breaker: (all Hammers):
      • Hit Delay: 0.5s → 0.4s
      • Standtime: 0.6s → 0.5s
      • Resistance Reduction: 0.12 → 0.15
    • Ground Breaker (Polehammer):
      • Stun Area Width: 1.5m → 2m
    • Life Leech (Passive):
      • Heal per Attack: 5.86 → 7.00
    20 February 2019Nimue Balance Patch (Patch #7)Hammers
    • Power Geyser (all Hammers)
      • Hit Delay: 0.6s → 0.5s
    • Grasp of the Undead (Tomb Hammer)
      • Reworked the ability: A giant Undead Hand comes out of the ground, hitting enemies in a 2.5m radius. Dealing 110 physical damage and stunning for 2.9s.
      • Cooldown: 15s → 14s
      • Hit Delay: 0.4s → 0.5s
    21 November 2018Nimue UpdateHammers
    • Giant Steps (Forge Hammers)
      • Now ignores Crowd Control Resistance
    26 September 2018Merlyn Preseason Balance PatchHammers:
    • Giant Steps (Forge Hammers)
      • Slow Strength: 35% → 50%
    31 July 2018Merlyn UpdateHammers:
    • Iron Breaker (New Q-slot spell)
      • Slams the hammer into the ground in front of the caster. Reduces resistances for 6s and deals physical damage to all enemies in a 3m radius.
      • Hit Delay: 0.5s
      • Cooldown: 5s
    2 May 2018Lancelot Midseason PatchHammers
    • Giant Steps:
      • The spell can't be purged anymore
      • Attack Damage Increase: 146% -> 135%
      • Slow Radius: 7m -> 5m
      • Slow Strength: 50% -> 35%
      • Standtime: 0.6s -> 0s
    11 April 2018Lancelot Patch #4
  • Hammers:
    • Threatening Strike:
      • Damage: 66.69 -> 100.04
  • 14 December 2017Kay Patch #1
    • Grovekeeper
      • Ground Pound:
        • Cast Time: 0.7s -> 0.4s
        • Jump Time: 0.7 -> 0.5s
    6 December 2017Kay UpdateHammers:
    • Knockout:
      • Doubled sleep duration vs mobs
    27 September 2017Joseph Update
  • Removed the Threat Generation Passive
  • Added Energetic Passive
  • Ground Breaker:
    • Stun Area Width: 1m -> 1.5m
    • Stun Duration: 3.14 -> 2.85