Merciless Hammer

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PvP Menu Bar icon.pngWvW Menu Bar icon.png This trait has a PvP and WvW version — see Merciless Hammer (PvP).
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Merciless Hammer

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Strength
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Deal increased damage with a hammer when attacking a foe that is dazed, knocked down, launched, or stunned. Hammer skills gain reduced recharge. Inflict confusion when you interrupt enemy skills.
This trait can only confuse enemies with defiance bars once per interval.

 Damage.png Damage Increase: 20%
 Confusion.png4 Confusion (8s): 150 Damage On Skill Use, 704 Damage
 Count Recharge.png Recharge Reduced: 20%
 Interval.png Interval: 3s

— In-game description


Skill Recharge Traited recharge
Fierce Blow.png
 Fierce Blow
6 Recharge time 40.75¾ Recharge time
Hammer Shock.png
 Hammer Shock
10 Recharge time 8 Recharge time
Staggering Blow.png
 Staggering Blow
18 Recharge time 140.5½ Recharge time
25 Recharge time 20 Recharge time

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 06, 2018
  • Confusion inflicted by this trait has been split and will now apply 6 stacks for 4 seconds in PvP and WvW only.
December 12, 2017
  • Skills, traits, and sigils that have bonus effects when interrupting foes will now activate when used against foes with defiance bars as though they had been interrupted, with a 3-second cooldown.
  • Merciless Hammer: Confusion application only.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This trait has moved to the Strength line and takes the slot previously taken by Axe Mastery.
  • In addition to its previous functionality, this trait now also causes interrupts to inflict 4 stacks of confusion for 8 seconds.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
  • This trait has been moved to the Grandmaster tier.
April 15, 2014
  • Damage to stunned and knocked down foes has been decreased from 25% to 20%.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Merciless Hammer has been added to the game.