Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - The Best Hammer Build For Beginners

Great for knocking monsters out in a jiffy.
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  • Playstation 4
  • Windows
  • Xbox One
  • Action
  • Open World
  • RPG
2018-01-26
MHW Hammer
Check out this great starting build for Hammer users on the PC version of Monster Hunter World. Capcom

We’re back with another Monster Hunter World beginner build guide, where we take your weapons of choice and turn them into absolute monster-killing machines at the beginning of endgame, where the best equipment and weapons lie. This time around prepare to knock some heads off with a guide for the best starter build for the Hammer, one of the more odd, yet incredibly amazing weapons in Monster Hunter World. Hammers work the best in the party, where they are the designated knockout kings for monsters thanks to the absolutely ridiculous stun rates for the weapon. That’s not to say the Hammer is useless in solo mode, though, as with the proper build you can still keep up with the rest of them.

Using the Hammer is very much reliant on the same principles as the Greatsword – for both weapons, power comes from charged attacks, all of which require precision when it comes to timing and placement. Hammers are extremely deadly in the hands of a seasoned player, one who knows which charged attack to use for the right situation, and one who’s aware of when to drop that fat bomb on the monster’s face for a lot of damage.

MHW Hammer Starter
A great starting point for a Hammer build. Weakness Exploit is always your priority skill. Photo: Honey Hunter World

Best Beginner Hammer Build

  • Weapon – Diablos Shatterer II
  • Headgear – Dragonking Eyepatch alpha
  • Mail – Dober Mail beta
  • Vambraces – Kaiser Vambraces beta
  • Coil – Nergigante Coil beta
  • Boots – Death Stench Heel beta
  • Charm – Handicraft Charm III

This is your best go-to build for the Hammer when starting out. It’s great to take the Diablos Shatterer II thanks to its incredibly high base damage. Weakness Exploit is a must, especially since Hammers always need to pick their target parts very carefully so as not to waste charged attacks. The build will also give full Handicraft, resulting in 20 hits of white and 50 hits of blue for your weapon. Attack Boost is also amazing, given that it adds raw attack power plus affinity after hitting level 4.

From here, you can start working into replacing your vambraces with the Xeno’jiiva Claws alpha, which gives Critical Boost. As for the slots, work towards two Critical Jewels to hit level 3, and get an Elementless Jewel to truly unlock the potential of the Diablos Hammer. Finally, you should also reinforce the build with a Tenderizer Jewel, since you’ll be removing the Kaiser Vambraces which gives a point in Weakness Exploit. Here’s a sample of how your improved starter build should look like.

MHW Hammer Improved
An improved Hammer starter build. Replace your vambraces once you get a Tenderizer Jewel to offset the missing point in Weakness Exploit. Photo: Honey Hunter World

If you want more weapons, you can also check out these other guides from us detailing fantastic starter builds for the Bow, Charge Blade, Long Sword, Switch Axe, Lance, Sword and Shield, Gunlance, Dual Blades and Greatsword.

Monster Hunter World is now available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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