For the weapon type, see Cudgel.
For other uses, see Hammer (disambiguation).

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"Oh! What's a child like yerself doing in a place like this?"
— Hammer to Soma Cruz in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Hammer (ハマー Hamā?) serves as the vendor to Soma's journeys and is generally a less serious character in the Sorrow sub-series.

Background

Hammer is initially a soldier in the military and he is sent to the Hakuba Shrine in 2035 to investigate the events there. He is magically transported into Castlevania alongside all the other characters and he must be rescued by Soma Cruz from one of the castle's boss monsters. Hammer reveals that he has been thinking about quitting the army and opening up his own shop, and he decides to set up a stall at the castle's front gate to sell Soma powerful items and potions he had found previously for gold that Soma racks up during his quest in the castle. He makes deals with Soma throughout the 2035 event and he is eventually transported out of Castlevania alongside everyone else once Soma is victorious.

In 2036, Hammer has left the military and is acting as an independent merchant. He locates the giant Castlevania replica constructed by the cult that is after Soma, and Soma soon makes him give that information so that Soma can find the castle and take the fight to them. Hammer follows and decides to set up a shop at the base of the castle, much like he did the year earlier, and Soma regularly comes to him to buy the potions and equipment Hammer acquired previously. Hammer displays a not-so-subtle crush and affection for Yoko Belnades, who has a shop facing his nearby, and Soma must contend with their concerns for each other the entire game.

According to a text dump of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Hammer was likely to be included as a playable character in the hidden Julius Mode. Julius Mode in this game is very much like Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse: Trevor/Julius Belmont, Sypha/Yoko Belnades, and Alucard. Thus, Hammer would have been Grant Danasty's counterpart. In addition, Soma's cut opening line to Hammer before the battle implied that Soma, or rather, Dracula, didn't bother to address Hammer by name.

Appearances

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Soma meets Hammer after defeating the Great Armor in the Study. He introduces himself and then heads for his shop near the entrance. From this point on, Soma can talk with Hammer whenever he is at the entrance. Hammer sells a variety of maps, use items, weapons and equipment. More powerful items become available as Soma defeats certain bosses or meets certain conditions. The most expensive item at Hammer's shop is the Soul Eater Ring, which at 300,000 gold, is 20 times more expensive than any other item at the shop. Soma can sell almost any item he has in his inventory for half of its purchasing price (does not include souls).

Hammer's shop features a rather bizarre glitch where, if the player has exactly two items in their inventory, it is possible to press R and then move the cursor outside the menu area onto Hammer's portrait to sell Soma's vertical and horizontal coordinates as if they were items. This will jump Soma across the room when he exits the store and has the more useful side-effect of giving him 255 Potions. It should be noted these are two specific "items" and selling some of the other "items" in this menu will crash the game when Soma exits the room, as they are data like the memory address for the current room.[1]

Shop

Item Data: Hammer's Shop
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Stock available at start
Castle Map AoS Icon.png CASTLE MAP 1 (Illustrated Map 1) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
One portion of the castle's floor plan is written on it. Map
Soma 
Sell: (cannot be sold)  Buy: $100 Find: Castle Corridor, Hammer's shop
Castle Map AoS Icon.png CASTLE MAP 2 (Illustrated Map 2) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
One portion of the castle's floor plan is written on it. Map
Soma 
Sell: (cannot be sold)  Buy: $100 Find: Hammer's shop
Potion AoS Icon.png Potion (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 100 HP. Magical Item
Soma 
HP +100
Sell: $100 
Buy: $200 Find: Hammer's shop
Rare Drop: Cockatrice
Common Drop: Arachne
Mind Up AoS Icon.png Mind Up (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 20% of your MP. Magical Item
Soma 
MP +20%
Sell: $75 
Buy: $150 Find: Hammer's shop
Rare Drop: Bone Pillar, Tiny Devil
Common Drop: Student Witch, Imp
Anti-Venom AoS Icon.png Anti-Venom (Antidote) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Counteracts the effects of poison. Magical Item
Soma 
Sell: $50  Buy: $100 Find: Hammer's shop, Chapel (Double-Jump needed)
Common Drop: Poison Worm
Uncurse Potion AoS Icon.png Uncurse Potion (Uncurse) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Nullifies the effects of curse. Magical Item
Soma 
Sell: $50  Buy: $100 Find: Study, Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Ectoplasm, Cagnazzo
Baselard Icon.png Baselard (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Your standard dagger. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +19
Sell: $300 
Buy: $600 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Zombie, Evil Butcher
Combat Knife AoS Icon.png Combat Knife (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Knife designed to hand-to-hand combat. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +24
Sell: $500 
Buy: $1,000 Find: Hammer's shop
Rare Drop: Zombie Soldier
Common Drop: Zombie Officer
Rapier AoS Icon.png Rapier (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Sword made for stabbing. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +14
Sell: $500 
Buy: $1,000 Find: Chapel, Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Skeleton Knight
Hammer AoS Icon.png Hammer (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Your standard hammer. Weapon
Soma 
ATK +32
Sell: $600 
Buy: $1,200 Find: Hammer's shop, Study (Double Jump required)
Common Drop: Rock Armor
Broadsword AoS Icon.png Broadsword (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Wide-bladed sword. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +20
Sell: $700 
Buy: $1,400 Find: Hammer's shop, Study (Double Jump required)
Spear AoS Icon.png Spear (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Standard spear. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +17
Sell: $750 
Buy: $1,500 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Winged Skeleton
Gladius AoS Icon.png Gladius (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Ancient Roman sword. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +22
Sell: $900 
Buy: $1,800 Find: Hammer's shop
Rare Drop: Manticore
Scimitar AoS Icon.png Scimitar (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Curved blade with a sharp edge. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +25
Sell: $950 
Buy: $1,900 Find: Hammer's shop
Katana AoS Icon.png Katana (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
No-descript sword. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +31
Sell: $1,100 
Buy: $2,200 Find: Hammer's shop
Leather Plate AoS Icon.png Leather Plate (Leather Breastplate) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Breastplate made of leather. Armor
Soma 
DEF +10
Sell: $700 
Buy: $1,400 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Axe Armor
War Fatigues AoS Icon.png War Fatigues (Military Uniform) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Sturdy clothing made specially for the battlefield. Armor
Soma 
DEF +15, STR +3 (...)
Sell: $800 
Buy: $1,600 Find: Hammer's shop
Copper Plate AoS Icon.png Copper Plate (Copper Breastplate) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Breastplate made of hammered copper. Armor
Soma 
DEF +18
Sell: $940 
Buy: $1,880 Find: Hammer's shop
Rare Drop: Rock Armor
After beating Headhunter
Cutall AoS Icon.png Cutall (Katar) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Short sword for stabbing. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +20
Sell: $850 
Buy: $1,700 Find: Hammer's shop, Dance Hall (Sliding required)
Warhammer Icon.png Warhammer (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Hammer designed to hand-to-hand combat. Weapon
Soma 
ATK +45
Sell: $1,000 
Buy: $2,000 Find: Hammer's shop
Estoc AoS Icon.png Estoc (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Sword with a thin, needle-like blade. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +31
Sell: $1,000 
Buy: $2,000 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Dead Crusader
Trident AoS Icon.png Trident (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Spear with a three-pronged tip. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +28
Sell: $1,050 
Buy: $2,100 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Triton
Lance AoS Icon.png Lance (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Long spear used by cavalry soldiers. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +32
Sell: $1,500 
Buy: $3,000 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Nightmare
Claymore AoS Icon.png Claymore (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Well-balanced longsword. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +32
Sell: $1,750 
Buy: $3,500 Find: Hammer's shop
Partizan AoS Icon.png Partizan (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Spear with an extra-wide tip. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +39
Sell: $1,900 
Buy: $3,800 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Valkyrie
Gram AoS Icon.png Gram (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Famous blade known as "Gram". Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +38
Sell: $2,000 
Buy: $4,000 Find: Hammer's shop
Soldier Uniform AoS Icon.png Soldier Uniform (Combat Uniform) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Uniform worn by a soldier fought in the Demon Castle War. Armor
Soma 
DEF +23, STR +2 (...)
Sell: $1,400 
Buy: $2,800 Find: Hammer's shop
Iron Plate AoS Icon.png Iron Plate (Iron Breastplate) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Breastplate of iron. Armor
Soma 
DEF +25
Sell: $1,400 
Buy: $2,800 Find: Hammer's shop
Rare Drop: Valkyrie
Common Drop: Great Armor
Army Jacket AoS Icon.png Army Jacket (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Jacket woven from a special fiber that is difficult to cut. Armor
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
DEF +23
Sell: $1,400 
Buy: $2,800 Find: Hammer's shop
Rare Drop: Zombie Officer
Steel Plate AoS Icon.png Steel Plate (Steel Breastplate) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Breastplate forged from steel. Armor
Soma 
DEF +31
Sell: $2,100 
Buy: $4,200 Find: Hammer's shop
Drop: Bomber Armor
Crimson Cloak AoS Icon.png Crimson Cloak (Crimson Mantle) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Blood-red cloak. Goods
Soma 
DEF +3, INT +1
Sell: $300 
Buy: $600 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Ripper
After beating Death
High Potion AoS Icon.png High Potion (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 400 HP. Magical Item
Soma 
HP +400
Sell: $500 
Buy: $1,000 Find: Hammer's shop, Dance Hall (Slide needed)
Rare Drop: Golem, Stolas
High Mind Up AoS Icon.png High Mind Up (Mind High Up) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 50% of your MP. Magical Item
Soma 
MP +50%
Sell: $400 
Buy: $1,000 Find: Hammer's shop, Inner Quarters
Rare Drop: Devil, Arc Demon
Ascalon AoS Icon.png Ascalon (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Famous sword of the dragon slayers. Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
ATK +92, STR +10 (...)
Sell: $6,000 
Buy: $12,000 Find: Hammer's shop
Armor of Water AoS Icon.png Armor of Water (Water Dragon Armor) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Stronger against water-attributed attacks. Armor
Soma 
Attrib: Water
DEF +33
Sell: $2,600 
Buy: $4,200 Find: Hammer's shop, Underground Reservoir
Silver Plate AoS Icon.png Silver Plate (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Breastplate of pure silver. Armor
Soma 
DEF +35
Sell: $4,000 
Buy: $8,000 Find: Hammer's shop
Gold Plate AoS Icon.png Gold Plate (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Breastplate of pure gold. Armor
Soma 
DEF +38
Sell: $7,000 
Buy: $14,000 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Final Guard
Soul Eater Ring AoS Icon.png Soul Eater Ring (Soul Eater) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Increases the appearance rate of spirits. Goods
Soma 
LCK +5
Sell: $150,000 
Buy: $300,000 Find: Hammer's shop
Effect: Increased soul drop rate

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Main article: Hammer/Dawn of Sorrow

Hammer sets up shop again in Dawn of Sorrow. His shop is located in The Lost Village right across from Yoko's shop and is available right after the first boss battle against the Flying Armor. He sells much the same kind of stuff that he did in Aria of Sorrow.

One new feature is that he became interested in a crypto-zoological magazine, which can give hints on how to find rare monsters. Other issues can be found elsewhere in the castle. Most basic weapon types in their class are available in Hammer's shop, which can be synthesized into greater weapons at Yoko's shop. Some more advanced weapons can also be found. Of note are several kinds of throwing weapons and guns that cannot be synthesized are now available at the shop. The Soul Eater Ring is still the most expensive item at his shop.

Quotes

Note: If quotes are separated, then someone else talks between them (save for shop).

Aria of Sorrow

  • (Subsequent times) Welcome back.

Shop menu

  • (BUY) Wanna buy somethin'?
  • I'll give ya a good deal.
  • (SELL) If ya have somethin' of value,
  • I'll buy it of ya for a fair price.
  • (EXIT) Ya leavin' already?

Notes

Trivia

  • Hammer seems to be quite jealous of Arikado (if the player talks to Hammer after encountering Arikado in the Demon Guest House, he will refer to Arikado as a "pretty boy", since Yoko is "always" following him).
  • From audio voice files found in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, it appears that Hammer was originally planned to be a playable character in downloadable content. However, Konami announced on February 3, 2011 that The Legend of Fuma (Chapter 11) and Getsu Fuma would be the last DLC pack for the game.
    • The same would later go to Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, as he was slated to appear as an Assist Summon alongside Mina Hakuba. However, Konami announced on September 9, 2020 that service for the game would be discontinued.
  • His name is probably a reference to Hammer Film Productions, a British film production company best known for a series of Gothic horror films made from the mid-1950s until the 1970s, many of these involving classic horror characters such as Count Dracula, Baron Frankenstein and the Mummy.
  • Hammer resembles Umibozu from the City Hunter series; besides being bald men dressed in military fatigues, both are shy with women.

References

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Characters
Protagonists
Soma CruzMina HakubaJ./Julius BelmontYoko BelnadesGenya Arikado (Alucard) • Hammer
Antagonist
Graham Jones
Bosses
Creaking SkullManticoreGreat ArmorBig GolemHeadhunterDeathLegionBaloreGrahamBelmontChaos
Areas
Castle CorridorChapelStudyDance HallInner QuartersFloating GardenClock Tower
Underground ReservoirUnderground CemeteryThe ArenaTop FloorForbidden AreaChaotic Realm
Music
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Original Soundtrack
Guides
Futabasha Official GuideNTT Pub Official Guide
Archives
BestiaryInventoryIn-Game FormulaJulius ModeVoice Translations
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Characters
Protagonists
Soma CruzMina HakubaJulius BelmontYoko BelnadesGenya Arikado (Alucard) • Hammer
Antagonists
Celia FortnerDario BossiDmitrii BlinovSoma Cruz (Julius Mode)
Bosses
Flying ArmorBaloreMalphasPuppet MasterRahabGergothZephyrBat Company
ParanoiaAguniAbaddonDeathMenace
Areas
The Lost VillageWizardry LabGarden of MadnessThe Dark ChapelDemon Guest HouseCondemned Tower
Cursed Clock TowerSubterranean HellSilenced RuinsThe PinnacleMine of JudgmentThe Abyss
Music
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Original Soundtrack
Guides
DoubleJump Books Dawn of Sorrow Official Strategy Guide
Konami Akumajō Dracula: Sōgetsu no Jūjika Official Guide
Archives
BestiaryInventoryJulius ModeVoice Translations
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