There's no doubting the hammer as the hardest hitting weapon in all of Monster Hunter World, but it can be pretty tricky to master. The Hammer typically requires precise timing, and it can leave you open to a counterattack if you're caught by a monster while charging up the weapon. The hammer might be a tough weapon, but in our Monster Hunter World Hammer build page, we'll be providing you with all the information you need to construct the best hammer build in Monster Hunter World.
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Monster Hunter World Hammer Build
The Hammer is one of the major damage weapons of MHW—it might not be incredibly quick, but it can nearly always stun a monster that you manage to hit in the head. Your first choice of armor to go with the Hammer should be the Nergigante armor set, mainly because when put together it features the Attack Boost level 4 skill, which increases both your attack and your Affinity. The Nergigante Hunger skill will let you increase health while attacking, meaning you can continue to lay into monsters, and the Stamina Surge skill boosts your stamina recovery speed by 30%, so you can keep on attacking and dodging with little pause.
The Vaal Hazak armor set is also a viable choice to pair up with the Hammer, as it has the nice Peak Performance ability, which grants you a hefty +20 attack when your health of full. The Vaal Hazak Vitality skill lets you health recover all the way back up to full on its own, and the Recovery Speed ability triples the rate at which you heal naturally, meaning as long as you can hold off from being attacked for a few seconds, you’ll nearly always have that Peak Performance skill active.
The Teostra armor set can also work well alongside the Hammer, mainly because it has the Weakness Exploit skill which increases damage to the monster’s weak points by 50%. The Teostra armor set also prevents your weapon from losing sharpness during critical hits, and also gives you a nice defense bonus of +15, giving you much needed protection while you’re up close against a monster.
As for the Charms that you should take with you when using the Hammer, the Challenger Charm 1 is a good option, since it can boost you attack power and Affinity when a monster becomes enraged. The Unscathed Charm 1 is also a solid choice, since it has the same Peak Performance ability that the Vaal Hazak armor set has, which only increases when the two are equipped in conjunction.
Monster Hunter World Best Hammer Build
We might’ve given you several items options for the Hammer just above, but which are the best items to go with the powerful weapon in MHW? Just below, we’ll list what are, in our opinion, the best items you can equip in each slot when using the Hammer:
- Headgear: Nergigante Helm
- Chest armor: Vaal Hazak Mail
- Gauntlets: Nergigante Vambraces
- Coil: Vaal Hazak Coil
- Greaves: Nergigante Greaves
- Charm: Challenger Charm 1