The sledgehammer is one of the best weapons for cracking skulls.
|Power Attack Entity Damage||104|
|Power Attack Block Damage||191.3|
|Explosion Range Entities|
|Explosion Range Blocks|
|Attacks per Minute||34|
|Rounds per Minute|
|Power Attack Stamina Usage||81|
|Damage Multiplier: Earth|
|Damage Multiplier: Metal|
|Damage Multiplier: Stone|
|Damage Multiplier: Wood|
|Butcher Damage Multiplier|
|Butcher Resource Multiplier|
|Vehicle Sprint Speed|
|Stamina Regen Reduction|
|Effect on Fullness|
|Effect on Hydration|
|Effect on max Stamina|
|Effect on Stamina regen|
|Effect on Health|
|Effect on Max Health|
|Dysentery Chance (%)|
|Durability (Min Quality)||207|
|Durability (Max Quality)||581|
|Degradation per Use||1|
|Compatible Mods||Long Shaft|
|Repaired Using||Repair Kit|
|Electrical Power Required|
|Scraps into||Steel Sledgehammer Parts|
|Burn Time||04′ 10"|
|Time to grow|
|Obtainable Through||Crafting, Looting, Trading|
The Steel Sledgehammer is a tier 3 sledgehammer - a melee weapon used to flatten your enemies and an effective tool for destroying blocks.
As a Weapon
The Steel Sledgehammer is an extended range melee weapon and can strike multiple Zombies at close quarters. The Steel Sledgehammer does the most damage of any melee weapon in the game, and even more than many guns, but attacks are slow, with a short delay from when the attack is initiated to when the swing occurs. It can kill an average Zombie with one direct hit to the head or two hits or more to the body. It is able to do massive damage with the stealth bonus multiplier, despite only dealing 1.5x damage when sneak attacking, likely for balance purposes. There is a chance that the Steel Sledgehammer will cause the target to be dismembered. Power attacks tend to send zombies flying backwards if it kills or otherwise ragdolls them.
As a Tool
The Steel Sledgehammer has a reach of up to 3.5 blocks away and is very effective when used to destroy blocks. However, it is only slightly more effective than the Stone Axe for harvesting the materials from these blocks, since it has a 75% penalty to resources harvested. While it is not the appropriate tool for harvesting either stone-based or concrete blocks, it is an alternative due to its speed. If the player has a stamina boosting effect or skill points invested in offsetting the high stamina cost, it is one of the quickest ways to break into safes and through vault doors.
The recipe listed above is for crafting a quality 1 Steel Sledgehammer. With each level of the Skull Crusher perk, the player is able to craft a higher quality Steel Sledgehammer, which requires more materials, up to quality 5. Every increasing tier uses 50% more materials.
The Durability of an Steel Sledgehammer deteriorates with each use. When its Durability reaches zero, it becomes unusable until repaired. Repairing an Steel Sledgehammer requires 1 Repair Kit. Repairing restores its Durability back to Max Durability.
|Weighted Head Mod||Damage||Adds a chance to stun and slow victims.|
|Structural Brace Mod||Durability||Moderately decreases degradation rate.|
|Burning Shaft Mod||Fire||A melee item can double as a light source and set enemies on fire.|
|Fortifying Grip Mod||Health||When health is below 50% gain additional health regeneration.|
|Ergonomic Grip Mod||Health||Decreases melee stamina usage and increases weapon handling of bows.|
|Rad Remover Mod||Special Damage||Temporarily disables regeneration ability of radiated zombies.|
- The Steel Sledgehammer appears to be made of common household objects duct taped, welded, and otherwise attached to each other. The head is a heavy metal dumbbell used for exercising and training strength, while the handle appears to be a pipe of some sort.