Merciless Hammer

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Merciless Hammer

Warrior icon small.png Strength (trait list)
Training cost
8 Hero points
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Hammer skills gain reduced recharge and deal increased damage when striking a disabled foe. Gain adrenaline when you disable a foe.
Disables include stun, taunt, daze, knockback, pull, knockdown, sink, float, fear, and launch.

 Damage.png Damage Increase: 20%
 Attribute bonus.png Adrenaline: 10
 Count Recharge.png Recharge Reduced: 20%
 Interval.png Interval: 3 seconds

— In-game description


  • Skills which apply crowd-control effects in an area like Earthshaker, Rupturing Smash, Stomp, Staggering Blow and Full Counter grant 10 adrenaline per foe hit.
  • There is no internal cooldown on any aspect of this trait. The 'interval' detail is a relic of when the skill applied confusion on interrupt, and is no longer relevant.
  • This trait reduces the cooldowns of the following skills:

Skill Traited recharge
Hammer Fierce Blow.png Fierce Blow (WvW, PvP) 4 3.2
Fierce Blow.png Fierce Blow (PvE) 6 4.8
Hammer Shock.png Hammer Shock 10 8
Staggering Blow.png Staggering Blow (WvW, PvP) 15 12
Staggering Blow.png Staggering Blow (PvE) 18 14.4
Backbreaker.png Backbreaker (WvW, PvP) 20 16
Backbreaker.png Backbreaker (PvE) 25 20

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
December 11, 2018
  • The part of this trait that inflicts confusion has been removed. Hammer skills now inflict increased damage on any disabled target, not just those who are dazed, knocked down, launched, or stunned. This trait now grants adrenaline when the warrior disables a foe, regardless of the weapon the warrior wields.
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.