The Hammer (ハンマー Hanmā?), later evolved into Hammer Flip (鬼ごろし火炎ハンマー Oni Goroshi Kaen Hanmā(but still known as Hammer in PAL regions of Smash 4), is Kirby's Side Special Move. Kirby swings the hammer he gains from his Hammer ability in the Kirby series.
On the ground, Kirby swings it horizontally (as opposed to in the games, where he swings it vertically over his head to the ground in front of him), but in mid-air, he swings it vertically, more like in the games. This is altered in Super Smash Bros. Brawl; while being used in the air, he swings the same way, and is useful for racking up damage with difficulty in punishing it. The grounded version move is much better in Brawl, because it's as fast and has no sourspot, unlike Melee, where the sweetspot was tiny and the sourspot was very weak and punishable. When the move hits an enemy, it gives very high knockback, making it a good finisher, and one of Kirby's best KO moves in Brawl.
It is similar to King Dedede's Jet Hammer: Kirby being now able to hold the hammer to build power and move while doing it. However, charging it too much will start to cause damage to Kirby. Overcharging Hammer Flip does not give Kirby damage if he has 150% of damage or more. Hammer Flip gives Kirby Super Armor when fully charged while in its attack animation. The animation of a fully charged Hammer Flip, instead of the usual sideways swing, is instead an upwards one for both the ground and midair versions. The move is able to KO Mario as early as 25% damage on the center of an Ω form stage, and can KO at an average of 40%. Unsurprisingly, Hammer Flip, knockback-wise, remains Kirby's most powerful attack. It has less knockback when used in the air, but Kirby still swings twice if the attack is not fully charged.
Unlike the previous version, it does not help in air stalling.
|Kirby's Special Moves|
|Side Special||—||Hammer||Hammer Flip|
|Up Special||Final Cutter|
|Final Smash||—||Cook Kirby||Ultra Sword|
One of the move's customizations is Giant Hammer, or Big Hammer in Japan (ビッグハンマー) . The move is a bigger, slower and stronger version of the Hammer, it can deal brutal damage.
- Very powerful, deals lots of damage
- Kills very early
- Very large hitboxes
- Super Armor while charging
- High starting and ending lag
- Slow execution
- Kirby is damaged while holding the move much faster than default
A slower and more powerful version of the Hammer Flip, the Giant Hammer has very high starting and ending lag, being slow to execute and making it poor for use against an opponent that is able to easily move around. The Grounding Stone and Ice Breath can help hold an enemy still for a powerful hit with the Giant Hammer, which deals more damage and kills much earlier than the regular Hammer Flip. The hitboxes are very large, which can make hitting an opponent with it easier to pull off, as well as the Super Armor while charging and holding the charge helping by keeping Kirby from losing the charge and hitting any opponent that tries to resist. Unfortunately, holding the charge damages Kirby just as it does with Hammer Flip, though the Giant Hammer racks up this self-inflicted damage much more quickly.
- Good damage on it
- Some horizontal movement in the air
- Kill move
- Cannot be charged up
- Kills later than default
Back from Melee and Brawl in the form of a custom variation, the Hammer Bash is the second custom move for Kirby's Hammer Flip. It cannot be charged up but is executed a bit faster. Much like the Hammer Flip, it is a kill move, but it deals less damage and kills much later than the Hammer Flip since the Hammer Bash is not able to be charged up. The move also has some horizontal movement in the air.
|Kirby's Custom Special Moves|
|Custom 1||Custom 2|
|Standard Special||Ice Breath||Jumping Inhale|
|Side Special||Hammer Bash||Giant Hammer|
|Up Special||Wave Cutter||Upper Cutter|
|Down Special||Grounding Stone||Meteor Stone|
Hammer is one of Kirby's many copied abilities from his various adventures. Kirby acguired this ability almost always from a gorilla-like miniboss called Bonkers. It is often one of the most powerful abilities, but is rather sluggish. The hammer is almost identical in appearance to King Dedede's.
The attack Kirby's using with the Hammer is based on Hammer Flip from Kirby Super Star, complete with fire-like aura bursting off when Kirby performs it in Brawl. Unlike in Kirby Super Star, Kirby doesn't swing it upwards, instead he swings swings the hammer horizontally on front.
The Double Hammer could be based on Hammer Swing from Kirby Super Star. Kirby wasn't able to use this move in the air in his games, though.
Usually in the Kirby games, Kirby would swing the hammer vertically when using on the ground, but when Kirby would use it in the air, he would perform Giant Swing. This makes Kirby spin while holding the hammer out and twirling it around his body. In Melee, when Kirby uses the Hammer in the air, he would perform a weaker but quicker Ultra Giant Swing from Kirby Super Star. This, along with Hammer Flip, seem to refer at the simple controls of Hammer from Kirby's Adventure.
Giant Hammer is likely based on the move of the same name from Squeak Squad when Kirby gets hammer's ability scroll. It may also be (a stretch, if anything) based on the Grand Hammer Super Ability from Return to Dreamland, where shaking the Wii remote will cause the hammer to become bigger.
In Brawl, while being used in mid-air, Kirby spins twice instead of once, and the hammer appears to be set aflame, akin to one of Kirby's attacks as Hammer Kirby. He also gains horizontal distance using Hammer. Of the two mid-air swings, the first does mainly vertical knockback and the second has great horizontal knockback. This is particularly useful against bosses like Ridley, as it can stall his fall time, allowing him to use Double Hammer again for a total of four hits. This is capable of taking out up to a third of Master Hand's HP.
- In the E3 2006 movie of Brawl, Kirby was seen using the Hammer move in midair, using it in the same fashion as in Melee, so the attack must have been modified later in development.
- In Smash 4, it is possible to perform a glitch that causes Kirby to be enveloped in flames. To perform it, the player must fully charge the Hammer and release it while being swallowed by another Kirby or King Dedede. If done correctly, Kirby will return covered in flames. The glitch will fade out if the player dies or uses Hammer again. It is a purely aesthetically glitch and doesn't affect gameplay.
- The way Kirby moves while charging Hammer Flip in Smash 4 is similar to unused animations found in the files for the character in Brawl, suggesting that Hammer Flip was meant to debut there instead.
- In early gameplay footage for Smash 4, Kirby initially used Hammer Flip and Final Cutter with his "default" expression; in the final build, his expression changes into a serious one as he swings and charges the Hammer.
- In Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, if Kirby swings his hammer before it is fully charged (or uses Hammer Bash) and destroys a destructible platform he is standing on (except for the bridge in Gerudo Valley), he will fly forward through the air. It is currently unknown if this occurs in other games.
Due to Kirby crouching slightly out of the Z-axis when Kirby is walking while charging this move, Thoron will miss him.  It can also miss while standing still if the Hammer is fully charged.
This is one of the few special moves that can be used by a non-playable character (in Smash 4 by Bonkers, a character who already had a variation of this move in the original Kirby universe).