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  • Pwnhammer item spriteold Pwnhammer item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
  • Pickaxe mask.png 0%
  • Hammer mask.png 80%
  • Axe mask.png 0%
Damage26 (Melee)
Knockback7.5 (Very strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time27 (Average)
Tool speed14
TooltipStrong enough to destroy Demon Altars
RarityRarity level: 4
Sell78 SC
Research1 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic Mode.png Classic
Wall of FleshWall of FleshWall of Flesh1100%

Demon Altars and Crimson Altars can't be destroyed with a normal hammer. You have to pwn them.

— A loading screen tip

The Pwnhammer is a Hardmode hammer that is able to destroy Demon Altars and Crimson Altars with a few hits, blessing the world with one of the six Hardmode ores. It has a sparkle effect when used which gives off a good deal of light, even in complete darkness. The Pwnhammer is always dropped by the Wall of Flesh.

Its best modifier is Legendary. However, due to rounding, Legendary, Light, Deadly, Agile, Quick, and Nasty provide equal boosts to mining speed for this tool.


  • While the tooltip states that it can break them, Altars can only be destroyed in Hardmode worlds, i.e. worlds where the Wall of Flesh has been defeated.


Achievement Begone, Evil!.png
Begone, Evil! • Smash a demon or crimson altar with a powerful, holy hammer.
Smash a Demon or Crimson Altar, using the Pwnhammer. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Explorer Explorer
Achievement Stop! Hammer Time!.png
Stop! Hammer Time! • Obtain your first hammer via crafting or otherwise.
Obtain a hammer. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Collector Collector


  • The name is a reference to a series of Metroid-based levels in a level pack named "The Invasion 2" for Super Mario Bros. X, a game Redigit has previously worked on.
  • The Pwnhammer shares the same color scheme as items crafted from Hallowed Bars, however it cannot be crafted itself.
  • The "pwn" part of the Pwnhammer's name was a popular gaming term from the unofficial language "leet". It is derived from a misspelling of "own", which denotes success and domination, usually in multiplayer. A succeeding player is "pwning" while a failing player is being "pwned".