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A standard warhammer used by Italian mercenaries

A war hammer, also spelled warhammer,[1] is a blunt weapon that is in essence a hammer with a long handle adapted for warfare.

Description

Templar knight Fredrick with his war hammer

Based on the design of a hammer, the war hammer, as its name suggests, is a melee weapon with a heavy hammerhead mounted atop a long rod. The handle may be as long as that of a polearm or not quite so, but in any case, its length always far surpasses that of the short haft of a normal hammer. Although often incorporating a pick on the rear side of its head, the war hammer otherwise has no sharp edges. It inflicts injury through blunt force trauma alone, shattering bones under crushing blows or cracking skulls open. Unlike the mace, another crushing weapon, the shaft of a war hammer was conventionally carved from wood rather than forged from metal.[1][2][3][4] In particular, the handles of Italian warhammers were commonly constructed from pine in the 15th and 16th centuries.[5]

History

War hammers were in use from at least the 13th century when the Templar commander Frederick the Red favored a Lucerne hammer as his personal weapon. He would wield one to his death in 1192 at the hands of the Assassin Mentor Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad while training his knights in Limassol.[6]

During the time of the Renaissance in Italy, the war hammer was a popular weapon of choice for mercenaries,[2][3] and it saw extended service in the Italian Wars especially among heavy cavalry.[5] By the time of the French Revolution centuries later, the war hammer was still being supplied in Parisian markets in spite of being phased out by firearms like other contemporary close combat weapons.[1]

Weapon statistics

Anglo-Saxon England (9th century)

Name Class Max Attack Max Speed Max Impact Max CRIT-PRC Availability
Blacksmith's Hammer Bear Loot chest in Bodilsburg Garrison, Lunden
Mjölnir Bear Retrieve from Hordafylke after collecting Thor's Set
Mournful Cry Wolf Purchase the Draugr Pack
Ohkwá:ri Club Bear Bought in Vinland
Ukonvasara Wolf Purchase for 350 Helix Credits
War Hammer Raven Loot chest in Marauder's Den, Rygjafylke

Italian Renaissance (15th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Mercenario War Hammer 1 1 3 1900ƒ Sequence 3
Condottiero War Hammer 5 3 4 35000ƒ Collect 50 feathers
Fredrick's Hammer 2 2 2 N/A Connect with Bloodlines game file

Italian Renaissance (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Mercenario War Hammer 1 3 5 2750ƒ Sequence 4
Lucerne Hammer 2 2 2 6370ƒ Sequence 5
Condottiero War Hammer 5 3 4 17200ƒ Sequence 8

Ottoman era

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Prussian War Hammer 1 3 3 2290 Akce.png Sequence 2
Mercenario War Hammer 2 1 1 7360 Akce.png Sequence 4

French Revolution

Name Level Damage Parry Speed Range Cost Modifiers Requirements
Warhammer ◆◆ 2 2 4 2 250₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A

Trivia

A warhammer from Project Legacy

Appearances

References

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