Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - Recommended Armor Sets for Hammer

Recommended armor sets for when using the hammer in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Included are the best armor pieces to use as you progress from early to late game.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne - Hammer Armor Sets

Hammer Armor Sets

The hammer is a blunt weapon that deals large amounts of damage with charged attacks. It also allows you to stun monsters by consistently landing blows on their heads. Because of this, the weapon greatly benefits from the slugger skill to easily disorient foes with enhanced stunning power. Since charged attacks with the hammer consume stamina, any skills that reduce its consumption are welcome additions.

Recommended Skills

Skill Effect
Weakness Exploit Increases affinity when attacking monster weak points.
Handicraft Increases the sharpness of your weapon for more damage.
Critical Boost Increases critical hit damage. Synergizes well with weakness, exploit, maximum might, and critical eye skills.
Slugger Increases stunning power when landing attacks on a monster’s head.
Earplugs Prevents monster roars from interrupting you during charging.

Rarity 3

Equipment Skill Decorations
Head Jagras Helm Speed Eating (Level 1)
Chest Bone Mail Attack Boost (Level 1)
Arms Bone Vambraces Slugger (Level 1)
Waist Hunter Coil Scenthound
Legs Hornetaur Greaves Handicraft (Level 1)

Activated Skills

Attack Boost (Level 1) Slugger (Level 1) Speed Eating (Level 1)
Handicraft (Level 1) Scenthound

Basic equipment set that grants a moderate boost in stunning power by attacking a monster’s head. Attack boost and handicraft give a decent increase in damage potential as well. A good overall set, especially with utility skills like scenthound and speed eating.

Rarity 5

Equipment Skill Decorations
Head Baan Helm Slugger (Level 1)
Chest Diablos Mail Slugger (Level 1)
Arms Bone Vambraces Slugger (Level 1)
Waist Odogaron Coil Critical Eye (Level 1)
Legs Hornetaur Greaves Handicraft (Level 1)

Activated Skills

Critical Eye (Level 1) Slugger (Level 3) Handicraft (Level 1)

Greatly increases stunning power when landing hits on a monster’s head. Critical eye and handicraft are also good additions to this attack-focused armor set.

Rarity 7

Equipment Skill Decorations
Head Rathalos Helm β Attack Boost (Level 2) Health Jewel (1)
Chest Rathalos Mail β Weakness Exploit (Level 2) Health Jewel (1)
Arms Rathalos Vambraces α Fire Resistance (Level 2), Attack Boost (Level 1)
Waist Odogaron Coil α Critical Eye (Level 2), Speed Sharpening (Level 1)
Legs Rathalos Greaves α Jump Master, Weakness Exploit (Level 1)
Charm Attack Charm I Attack Boost (Level 1)

Activated Skills

Attack Boost (Level 4) Weakness Exploit (Level 3) Critical Eye (Level 2)
Fire Resistance (Level 2) Speed Sharpening (Level 1) Health Boost (Level 2)
Jump Master Rathalos Power (Set Bonus)

An armor set consisting mostly of Rathalos armor pieces. Its combination of skills makes it a solid choice for taking on most high-rank monsters, including Nergigante, during the main story. Attack power and affinity are increased thanks to attack boost, critical eye, and weakness exploit. The Rathalos power set bonus also allows you to capitalize on a monster’s elemental weaknesses by enhancing damage dealt with elemental weapons.

Rarity 8

Equipment Skill Decorations
Head Dragonking Eyepatch α Weakness Exploit (Level 2) Critical Boost Jewel (2)
Chest Diablos Mail β Slugger (Level 2) Critical Boost Jewel (2), Health Boost Jewel (1)
Arms Kaiser Vambraces β Weakness Exploit (Level 1) Critical Boost Jewel (2)
Waist Bazel Coil β Earplugs (Level 2) Handicraft Jewel (3)
Legs Diablos Greaves α Tremor Resistance (Level 2), Slugger (Level 1) Health Boost Jewel (1)
Charm Earplug Charm Earplugs (Level 3)

Activated Skills

Earplugs (Level 5) Slugger (Level 3) Weakness Exploit (Level 3)
Tremor Resistance (Level 2) Health Boost (Level 2) Critical Boost (Set Bonus)
Handicraft (Level 1) Bludgeoner (Set Bonus)

Slugger armor set that includes earplugs to avoid being interrupted by monster roars when charging. Offers good damage potential with weakness exploit, critical boost, and handicraft.

End Game

Equipment Skill Decorations
Head Bazel Helm β Earplugs (Level 2) Exploiter Jewel (2), Health Jewel (1)
Chest Drachen Mail α Critical Eye (Level 2), Critical Boost (Level 1) Exploiter Jewel (2)
Arms Drachen Vambraces α Critical Eye (Level 2), Attack Boost (Level 2) Health Jewel (1), Health Jewel (1)
Waist Drachen Coil α Critical Eye (2), Power Prolonger (Level 1) Exploiter Jewel (2)
Legs Nergigante Greaves γ Attack Boost (Level 3) Critical Boost (2), Critical Boost (2)
Charm Earplug Charm III Earplugs (Level 3)

Activated Skills

Critical Eye (Level 6) Earplugs (Level 5) Attack Boost (Level 4)
Critical Boost (Level 3) Health Boost (Level 3) Weakness Exploit (Level 3)
Power Prolonger (Level 1) Soul of the Dragoon (Set Bonus)

This end-game armor set consists of Behemoth armor pieces. It is complete with all essential damage-boosting skills at the cost of switching out slugger. Earplugs allow you to consistently land charged attacks without being interrupted by monster roars.

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