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Hammer Bro

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Hammer Bro
Hammer Bro SSBU artwork.png
Artwork from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Franchise Mario
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Species Koopa
Super Smash Bros. appearances

Hammer Bros. are enemies from the Mario franchise, and they are Koopas who throw hammers at other characters. Their first appearance in a Super Smash Bros. game is Super Smash Bros. Brawl (not including the first two games, where they only cameo in the background of each game's Mushroom Kingdom stage). A Hammer Bro appears as an Assist Trophy in every Super Smash Bros. game from Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward.

Background information

Screenshot of the Hammer Bros.' debut in Super Mario Bros.

Hammer Bros. first appear as enemies in the Nintendo Entertainment System game, Super Mario Bros. and would appear in most later Super Mario 2D installments. In the games, Hammer Bros. attack Mario or Luigi by throwing hammers at them. Hammer Bros. can jump high, allowing them to reach a higher platform before dropping back to the platform or ground beneath.

On July 2, 2007, the Smash Bros. DOJO!! revealed Assist Trophies and a Hammer Bro as one of their characters for the then-upcoming Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The post has three screenshots, all of which take place in the Delfino Plaza stage, that demonstrate the use of an Assist Trophy. The first image shows Kirby holding up an Assist Trophy, then the second image shows a close-up of a Hammer Bro, and the third screenshot shows that Hammer Bro throwing a hammer at Fox.

Game appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, aside from being an Assist Trophy, Hammer Bros. are enemies in some The Subspace Emissary levels, in order of The Jungle, The Lake, The Cave, The Swamp, and lastly The Great Maze. Hammer Bros. are the only character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl to be both an Assist Trophy and an enemy in The Subspace Emissary. In the opening cutscene of The Jungle, a Hammer Bro is seen loading bananas onto the cargo. The Hammer Bros. in The Subspace Emissary act the same as their Assist Trophy counterpart, but can be attacked and defeated. The player earns 500 points for each Hammer Bro that their fighter defeats.

There is a Hammer Bro sticker, which reuses its New Super Mario Bros. artwork. There is also a Hammer Bro trophy, which mentions New Super Mario Bros. as one of its appearances. The Hammer Bros. were designed after their New Super Mario Bros. appearance and other Mario spinoff titles released around that time.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

A Hammer Bro in Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Hammer Bros. return as an Assist Trophy. Opponents can now attack a Hammer Bro, like in the previous game's Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, and doing this enough times defeats the Hammer Bro, causing it to flip upside-down and fall off-screen, just like how they are defeated in Super Mario Bros.. The same trophy of Hammer Bro also appears in both games.

In the Smash Run mode of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Hammer Bros. return as an enemy. They retain a similar behavior, although like with many other enemies, defeating the Hammer Bro causes it to bounce around several times before disappearing.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hammer Bro returns as an Assist Trophy again. It is also featured as an Advanced-class Grab-type primary spirit, which depicts its New Super Mario Bros. U artwork, and grants the user slightly increased jump height. In the corresponding spirit battle, the player has to fight Yoshi on the Golden Plains stage, and the Hammer Bro Assist Trophy appears when the opponent is highly damaged.

The core extracted from a Hammer Bro spirit can be used with a Reporter & Wrestler core to summon Masked Dedede's spirit.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy

Name Image Game Description
Hammer Bro SSBB Trophy Hammer Bro.png NES SSBB graphic.png Super Mario Bros.
NDS SSBB graphic.png New Super Mario Bros.
A character who throws a seemingly endless stream of hammers. Hammer Bros. have also been known to jump every so often. Since they throw their hammers in a high arc, if you manage to get in close, the hammers can't hit you. Unlike Koopas and Buzzy Beetles, Hammer Bros. don't reduce to their shells when jumped on. As the name suggests, most Hammer Bros. are found in pairs.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker

Name Image Game Effect
Hammer Bro SSBB Sticker Hammer Bro.png New Super Mario Bros. [Weapon] Attack + 6

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy

Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Hammer Bro SSB3DS Trophy Hammer Bro.png SSBWU Trophy Hammer Bro.png Assist Trophy NES SSBWU graphic.png Super Mario Bros. (10/1985)
Wii SSBWU graphic.png Super Mario Galaxy 2 (05/2010)
8: Bowser's Minions Flag of USA.png These elite trooper turtles usually appeared in pairs in Super Mario Bros., wearing helmets and chucking hammers at Mario. When summoned, they'll advance on the nearest opponent and lob hammers in a graceful arc. Sometimes they'll throw in a jump to mix things up.
Flag of Europe.png Hammer Bros. usually appear in pairs in Super Mario Bros. games. With helmets on heads and hammers in hand, Bowser's elite troops never leg it when Mario shows up. In this game, they appear solo, flinging hammers at the nearest target. They can also jump and throw, so stay sharp!

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U tips

  • Nintendo 3DS: "Hammer Bros. won't move from side to side, so you can move around them and out of range."
  • Wii U: "The Hammer Bro won't move from side to side, so you'll be safe as long as you stay out of range."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
38 Hammer Bro SSBU Spirit Hammer Bro.png Super Mario Series Primary (1) Advanced Grab
Jump ↑
Spirit Board Yoshi Rule: Assist Trophy Enemies (Hammer Bro)
  • Hostile assist trophies will appear when the enemy's at high damage
  • The enemy favors up specials
Golden Plains (Battlefield) Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros. 3