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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
Research1 required
Obtained from Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Treasure Bag
(Wall of Flesh)
Treasure Bag (Wall of Flesh)Treasure Bag
(Wall of Flesh)
Wall of FleshWall of Flesh.gifWall 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 is always dropped by the Wall of Flesh. It has a sparkle effect when used which gives off a good deal of light, even in complete darkness.

Its best modifier is Legendary. While Light may seem to provide a better speed boost by percentages, rounding reveals that Legendary and Light mine at equal speeds 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.
Achievement Stop! Hammer Time!.png
Stop! Hammer Time! • Obtain your first hammer via crafting or otherwise.
Obtain a hammer.


  • 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".