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Hammer Bros. (or Hammer Brothers) are recurring enemies in the Mario series. They are specialized Koopa Troopas commonly found in pairs (though not exclusively so) who wear light armor and utilize hammers as their main weapons. Hammer Bros. first appear in the later levels of Super Mario Bros.. They look similar to a Boomerang Bro. or a Fire Bro. except they have different weapons and colors of their armor, Fire Bros and Boomerang Bros being red and blue respectively.

Hammer Bros are described in various games as being the elite of Bowser's army and often appear in games either as powerful generic enemies or as boss characters. A Hammer Bros.' attack pattern consists of guarding a small area and tossing hammers at the player, occasionally moving around or jumping. The Mario RPG games introduced a more varied attack pattern for Hammer Bros., such as the ability to throw a rapid volley of hammers or throw a single hammer with enough force to shrink the player. Beginning with Mario Superstar Baseball, Hammer Bros. infrequently appear as playable characters in spin-off Mario games. They appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as Assist Trophies. In Mario Superstar Baseball, They use a Hammer as a bat. They also appear as a boss in Mario Party DS and as an unlocked playable character in Mario Party 8.

In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 by DIC Entertainment, Hammer Bros. make sparse appearances as antagonists. Printed mediums such as Nintendo Comics System and Nintendo Adventure Books make more frequent use of Hammer Bros. In the Super Mario Bros. 1993 film, a reference to the Hammer Bros. appears in the form of a tattoo parlour known as "Hammer X Bros."; the helmets worn by some of King Koopa's troops in the film are also identical to those adorned by Hammer Bros.


Super Mario Bros.

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Hammer Bros. first appeared in Super Mario Bros. where they were semi-common enemies found in several levels. They usually appear in pairs (hence the name) and they will lob hammers in arcs. touching one of these hammers will result in Mario taking damage. Like any other enemy, Hammer Bros. can be easily defeated with a stomp, as well as the effects of a Starman or a fireball. If Mario is in front of a pair Hammer Bros. and waits long enough, the Hammer Bros. will begin to chase him.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Hammer Bros. reappear in the Japanese sequel to the previous game Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, playing the same role as they did in the past. Hammer Bros. can also be found underwater and in castles and are also found in larger numbers in this game. Just as before, the use of a Fire Flower or Starman can defeat them.

Super Mario Bros. 3

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Hammer Bros. make another appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3 where they are fought the same way as in the past. They can also be found on the world map, where of Mario runs into one, he will be transported to a level where Mario must defeat the Hammer Bros. in order to clear through. Three new variety of Hammer Bros. also appear in the game: The Boomerang Bros (which toss Boomerangs which return to the sender), the Fire Bros (which throw fireballs like Fire Mario), and the Sledge Bros (which toss sledgehammers and possess nasty ground pounds which can stun Mario if he's standing on the ground). Hammer Bros. can be found in various different levels, they can be defeated with stomps, the effects of the Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Tanooki Suit, Hammer Suit, and the Starman.

Super Mario World

Although regular Hammer Bros. are absent from Super Mario World, two new varities of Hammer Bro. called the Amazing Flyin' Hammer Brother and the Sumo Bro. appear. The A. F. H Bros. sit atop a flying platform and throw Sledgehammers every which way and resemble Sledge Bros. Sumo Bros. walk around stomping the ground creating shockwaves which Mario must avoid.

Super Princess Peach

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Hammer Bros. return in Super Princess Peach as a semi-common enemy. They act as they did before (hopping around and tossing Hammer). They can be defeated by whacking them with Perry or with the use of the Rage Vibe. Peach can also stomp on a Hammer Bro. and from there pick it up to toss it. The A. F. H. Bro. returns in this game alongside two new Hammer Bros. the Calm Hammer Bro. and the C. A. F. H. Bro. which are both asleep until approached.

New Super Mario Bros.

A Hammer Bro. from New Super Mario Bros.

After a long absence from the Super Mario games, Hammer Bros. reappear in New Super Mario Bros. where they attack in the same manner as they did in previous entries. They first appear in World 2-4 and can be defeated with the effects of the Fire Flower, Blue Shell, Starman, or the Mega Mushroom. Their Hammers are among the few hazards strong enough to damage Shell Mario while he's tucked in his shell. In World 5, World 6, World 7, World 8, they can also be found on the world map alongside the Flying ? Blocks traveling around the map, but if Mario encounters one, he will enter the level like normal but have a Hammer Bro near the beginning of the level standing in his way, defeating this Hammer Bro. will reward Mario with a random Power-Up or 1-Up Mushroom, like the Flying ? Blocks, Hammer Bros. never stop at Castles. The Boomerang Bros., Fire Bros., and Sledge Bros. also return in this game.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The Mario Crew and several Yoshis amidst several Hammer Bros. in the fields. (New Super Mario Bros. Wii)

Hammer Bros. appear again in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, playing the same role as they did in New Super Mario Bros. They can only be found in World 1-3. Yoshi can swallow the hammer that they throw and spit it back at them, defeating them. Other ways they can be defeated include stomps, as well as the effects of a Fire Flower or Starman. The effects of an Ice Flower can freeze a Hammer Bro. A new variety of Hammer Bro. was introduced called the Ice Bro. Boomerang Bros., Fire Bros., and Sledge Bros., also all return.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Mario up against a Hammer Bro in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Hammer Bros. appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 which is their 3D platformer debut. They throw hammers in an arc just as they do in the 2D platformers. This time, however, it takes two stomps to take out a Hammer Bro, (the first to knock it over and the second to finish it off). instead of just one. Just like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Yoshi can also eat the hammer that they throw and spit them back at them. This was also the first game to give Hammer Bros. a voice. Boomerang Bros. also make their 3D platformer debut alongside them. Hammer Bros. are commonly found in the Bowser and Bowser Jr. Galaxies such as Bowser's Lava Lair and Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker but also make appearances in other Galaxies such as the Grandmaster Galaxy. Spins and stomps can defeat a Hammer Bro. with ease.

Super Mario 3D Land

A Hammer Bro. guarding a Castle in Super Mario 3D Land.

Hammer Bros. appear in Super Mario 3D Land, acting just the same as they did in Super Mario Galaxy 2, with the exception being that they only take one stomp to defeat. Other ways to defeat Hammer Bros. in this game include the effects of the Fire Flower, Starman, Super Leaf, Statue Leaf, Boomerang Flower, and the Invincibility Leaf. Hammer Bros. are commonly found in several levels of them game regardless of the environment. In some Special Levels, Hammer Bros. may need to be defeated to earn + Clocks to increase the extra time.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Mario up against another Hammer Bro. as seen in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Hammer Bros. return in New Super Mario Bros. 2 where they behave the same as they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. If Mario were to go through a Gold Ring, Hammer Bros. will become Coin Bros. and will would toss coins at Mario instead of hammers, this also applies to the Boomerang Bros. and Fire Bros. as well. Defeating a Coin Bro. will award Mario with plenty bonus Coins. Hammer Bros. first appear in World 2-2 alongside the 3 other Bro. types. Hammer Bros. can be defeated with stomps or the effects of the Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Starman, Mega Mushroom, Gold Flower, or the Invincibility Leaf.

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Mario goes to obtain a Star Coin but watch out for Hammer Bros. (New Super Mario Bros. U)

Hammer Bros. reappear in the entries New Super Mario Bros. U New Super Luigi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, acting just the way they have in past New Super Mario Bros. games. Various other types of Bros. also return in this game including the Boomerang Bro., Ice Bro., Fire Bro., Sledge Bro., and the long-missed Sumo Bro. Hammer Bros. first appear in Rise of the Piranha Plants and can be defeated with either stomps, or the effects of the Fire Flower, Starman, Bubble Baby Yoshi's Bubbles, and they can also be frozen with the effects of the Ice Flower. Yoshi can also swallow a Hammer Bros'. hammer and pelt it back at one. Yoshi and Baby Yoshi cannot eat Hammer Bros. as they are too large. Boss Sumo Bro. (the apparent leader of the Bros.) also appears as a boss in this game.

Super Mario 3D World

A Hammer Bro. from Super Mario 3D World.

Hammer Bros. make their 3rd 3D Platformer appearance in Super Mario 3D World, acting the same as they did in the past 3D Games. Fire Bros. also make their 3D Platformer debut in this game. Hammer Bros. appear very commonly in this game and can be defeated with stomps or the effects of a Fire Flower, Invincibility Leaf, Super Bell, Super Leaf, Starman, Boomerang Flower, Invincibility Bell, and the Cannon Box. Hammer Bros. are first seen in World 2.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2

Mario wearing a Buzzy Beetle helmet against a Hammer Bro. in Super Mario Maker.

Hammer Bros. appear as placable enemies for players to spread around their levels in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. Hammer Bros. can be given wings to become Para Bros. which allows them fly in the air for a bit. Giving them a Super Mushroom turns them into Sledge Bros. Hammer Bros. can be placed anywhere in the levels, they can be defeated with stomps or the effects of a Fire Flower or Starman.

Super Mario Odyssey

Mario as a Hammer Bro.

Hammer Bros. appear once more in Super Mario Odyssey, being first found in the Luncheon Kingdom where they throw frying pans instead of hammers and where chef hats. Mario can throw Cappy at a Hammer Bro to knock it's hat off, revealing short, multicolored hair on their heads. Mario can also capture a Hammer Bro. As a Hammer Bro, the player can jump higher than normal and can throw and unlimited supply of Hammers/Pans, and can throw even faster and farther by shaking the controller. Hammer Bros. can also be found in the Moon Kingdom and the Dark Side. In any case if you need to defeat a Hammer Bro., a stomp on the head can defeat it easily.

Super Mario Maker 2

Hammer Bros. reappear in the sequel to Super Mario Maker Super Mario Maker 2, behaving the same as they did in the past games. In the Super Mario 3D World graphic style, the player can add Fire Bros as well. Once again stomps as well as the Fire Flower and Starman can beat them.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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Two Hammer Bros are fought on Mushroom Way as bosses in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Mario must fight them alone. Fortunately, they are weak to his Jump move. After he defeats the Hammer Bros, Mario gets a Hammer as his first weapon.

Paper Mario Series

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The oldest look for the Hammer Bros. in Paper Mario

Hammer Bros. appear in Paper Mario, where they are fought in Bowser's Castle. Hammer Bros also have the unique power to shrink Mario by throwing a flurry of hammer at him.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year-Door

The look for the Hammer Bros. in some earlier Paper Mario games.

Hammer Bros. reappear in the sequel to Paper Mario Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year-Door, where they're fought in the Sewers of Rogueport, as well as in the Glitz Pit. They're appearance has been tweaked slightly to where they now wear red shoes and have spiked wrist bands. They no longer hold the power to shrink Mario. They start appearing in the Rogueport Sewers after the completion of Chapter 4.

Super Paper Mario

Hammer Bros only appear in The BitLands and Castle Bleck, where they were mind controlled to obey Count Bleck by Nastasia. They behave just the same as they did in other 2D platformers and can be defeated with most attacks.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

The current look for the Paper Hammer Bros.

Hammer Bros. reappear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, where their designs is heavily based on their New Super Mario Bros. look. They're mostly found on Bowser Jr.'s Airship. They attack by tossing their Hammers at Mario. They are commonly found in World 2, World 5), and World 6.

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Hammer Bros. reappear once again in Paper Mario: Color Splash, acting the same as they did in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They are slightly more common in this game and usually come paired with other enemies but other than that, they attack in basically the same way. The first Hammer Bro found in the game appears in The Golden Coliseum, next to a ? Block, and in the same level, another one rides one of the three chariots during the Iggy Koopa battle, called Chariot Bro. Two Small Hammer Bros. attack Mario when he's about to get the second Mini Paint Star in Sacred Forest. Circus variations of Hammer Bros., called Juggler Bro, and Boomerang Bros., called Circus Bro, appear in Mossrock Theater and the Emerald Circus. The last one fights Mario in the black paint mixing room of Black Bowser's Castle next to a Boomerang Bro, two Fire Bros., and two Ice Bros. There is also another one in the background of that room monitoring to see that everything works correctly, but Mario does not fight him. A Hammer Bro is the third-round opponent in Roshambo Temple #4, although after Wendy O. Koopa is defeated, it is replaced by the Rock Paper Wizard until beaten.

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Hammer Bros. reappear in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where they act as allies to Mario, while origami Hammer Bros. appear as enemies. In battle, a Hammer Bro can attack using Hammer Throw, where the typical behavior is observed once more, or using Super Bro Throw. The latter involves the Hammer Bro grabbing another enemy, most often another type of Bro (e.g. a Fire Bro), and using it as a projectile to throw at Mario. The thrown enemy is defeated upon the user's execution of the move. Super Bro Throw is also known by Boomerang Bros., Fire Bros., and Ice Bros. to compliment their respective traditional projectile attacks. One friendly Hammer Bro in Shangri-Spa mentions that Hammer Bros' hammers "aren't just for throwing", as it is using the hammer to fix part of a small bridge.

Mario Party series

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Hammer Bro's first appearance in Mario Party was in a mini-game called Hammer Drop. The object of the mini-game was to catch the coins and money bags taken and thrown by Hammer Bro. while at the same time trying to avoid the hammers also thrown by Hammer Bro.

Mario Party 2

Hammer Bro's second appearance was in Mario Party 2 in a mini-game called Deep Sea Salvage, the object of this game is almost identical to the mini-game Hammer Drop from Mario Party. The player had to collect coins and money bags thrown by Hammer Bro while avoiding the hammers. This game was played in the water instead of on a tower.

Mario Party 3

In Mario Party 3 Hammer Bro once again made various appearances throughout the mini-games.

Mario Party 5

Mario Party 5 was the first game on the Nintendo GameCube that Hammer Bro made an appearance in. In the game, it appeared as a capsule. The capsules effect caused whoever stepped on it to get hit by Hammer Bro's hammers and lose 10 coins. Hammer Bro also appeared in the mini-game Fight Cards as a referee, where his role was to decide the winner of a round and who would be eliminated.

Mario Party 7

In Mario Party 7 Hammer Bro appeared as an Orb having the same effect as the capsule in Mario Party 5 except that the owner of the orb would receive the ten coins given instead of taken. Hammer Bro also appeared in the eight-player mini-game Hammer Spammer, where the eight players would have to dodge the multiple hammers thrown by the four Hammer Bros and the two giant hammers that would occasionally drop.

Mario Party 8

Hammer Bro. in the character selection screen of Mario Party 8.

Mario Party 8 is the first game in the Mario Party series that Hammer Bro was made a playable character. He was unlocked by beating the Star battle area on all boards. If you VS Blooper on Bowser's Warped Orbit you will unlock him instead of Hammer Bro.

Mario Party 9

In Mario Party 9, When landing on the Battle mini-game space, Hammer Bro on a floating pad appears and takes all your stars from you by throwing hammers. His rules are the person in 1st place receives 6 Mini Stars and the person in last place gets no stars. He allows a captain to choose a Free-For-All mini-game. When nearly finished, he allows the one last place to choose a Free-For-All mini-game.

Mario Party DS

The Hammer Bro. Boss Battle as seen in Mario Party DS

Hammer Bro was not playable in Mario Party DS, although he did appear as a boss of Toadette's Music Room. He had two spaces on the board that would send anyone who landed on them flying to another part of the board. To clear the board, Hammer Bro had to be defeated in a mini-game called Hammer Chime. In the mini-game, Hammer Bro would play on the five different colored drums and then the player had to copy. There were a total of three rounds. Hammer Bro spoke for the first time in Mario Party DS saying "Yo, yo!".

Super Smash Bros

In Super Smash Bros., Hammer Bros. occasionally appear in the background of the Mushroom Kingdom stage and make no contact with fighters.

==Super Smash Bros. Melee== In the Nintendo GameCube game Super Smash Bros. Melee, Hammer Bros. have the same role that they had on this game's predecessor, appearing only in the Mushroom Kingdom stage background and not harming the fighters.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Hammer Bro appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a trophy, an assist trophy, and an enemy. As an assist trophy, Hammer Bro will throw hammers all over the stage. In Subspace Emissary, a Hammer Bro will again throw large hammers at the players, but if a player stands too close to a Hammer Bro, he will hit the player with his head. One appears to have helped steal Donkey Kong's banana hoard and is tracked down by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Hammer Bros. continue to work for Bowser, as stated on the website. Also, unlike the Assist Trophy Hammer Bros., these Hammer Bros. can be damaged and defeated. They also serve Tabbu as shown in the great maze. It is possible they he brainwashed them.

Super Smash Bros. 4

Hammer Bros. reprise their role as Assist Trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. They once again attack by jumping and throwing hammers at players. However, this time the Hammer Bro can be attacked. After enough damage has been dealt, the Hammer Bro flips upside-down and falls off-screen, similar to how they act when defeated in Super Mario Bros.

Hammer Bros. also appear as enemies in Smash Run mode in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. They act just like their Assist Trophy counterparts, although defeating them in this mode causes them to bounce around rather than falling immediately off-screen.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Hammer Bro reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Assist Trophy. He also appears as an Advanced-class Grab-type primary spirit, which also grants the user slightly increased jump height. In the corresponding spirit battle, the player has to fight Yoshi on the Golden Plains stage, with the Hammer Bro Assist Trophy appearing 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.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix

In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix two Hammer Brothers block the entrance of Mushroom Park to stop Mario (or Luigi) and Toad from getting the next Music Key from Wario who has run lose with it. However, they only let them pass if Mario dances against them and wins. If the Hammer Brothers lose, Mario (or Luigi) can get into Mushroom Park.

Other Media

Hammer Bros also appear in the Mario TV series such as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. In their appearance in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, they are given a totally new visual.