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A hammerhood is a monster who appears in the Dragon Quest game series. Introduced in Dragon Quest V, it is a gnome-like creature armed with a large, wooden mallet.

Characteristics

Hammerhoods are fairly diminutive creatures, often reaching only knee-high to the average person. They have tan-colored bodies and wear purple fur masks, or a hood as its name would suggest, and have small eyes and small limbs. One of their most outstanding traits is the wooden hammer they carry, often considered larger than the Hammerhood holding it.

Since their introduction, Hammerhoods have been portrayed as incompetent monsters that deal laughable damage but, often when given the chance, can inflict crushing blows to their enemies. With this in mind, players have to be genuinely unlucky or very careless for these monsters to pose a threat.

Hammerhoods are typically portrayed as being timid and easily shaken in their resolve, something especially noticeable with the Hammerhood in Waterfall Cave of Dragon Quest VIII. They tend to stutter syllables in their speech, though if this is due to their nerves or done as a form of emphasis is unknown.

Strategy

Hammerhoods have the ability to Psyche Up and potentially deal more damage to party members. However sometimes, they may trip whilst attempting to attack party members and waste their turn.

Tips to Combat:

- Treat with Low Priority.

Main game appearances

Dragon Quest V

#5 - Hammerhood
Humanoid Family
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HP MP Attack Defense Agility
18 0 2 2 10
Exp Gold Drop Medicinal herb
6 3 G
Note:
Abilities
Normal attack
Desperate attack
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Whealbrook Adit
Roundbeck area
Talon Tower area

They are first encountered in the lower reaches of Whealbrook Adit. Their normal attacks can only deal a point or so of damage, while their desperate attacks can deal 10, a devastating amount for players who haven't taken the time to gain a few levels on the first floor of the dungeon. 

Dragon Quest VIII

#22 - Hammerhood
Humanoid Family
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HP MP Attack Defense Agility
33 0 32 16 10
Exp Gold Drop Oaken club (Common)
Giant mallet (Rare)
21 9 G
Note: Not the largest monster in the world, but amongst the strongest. Their bodies seem even smaller next to the massive wooden mallets they carry. The unwieldness of these weapons mean they frequently miss.
Abilities
Normal attack
Desperate attack
Psyche Up
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Alexandria Region

Hammerhoods show up in the Alexandria region and can prove problematic since their normal attacks can deal decent damage, too, though they can still pull out a crippling desperate attack. A single Hammerhood also appears as a guard in the Waterfall Cave, but will quickly stand down if the player decides to confront it. Talking to it afterwards will give you the opportunity of fighting it, though there is liable to be no reward beyond spoils and the knowledge of beating a monster that appears in an area not too far off. Additionally, his dialogue is given audio in the Nintendo 3DS Version. 

Dragon Quest IX

#13 - Hammerhood
Humanoid Family
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HP MP Attack Defense Agility
20 0 12 18 17
Exp Gold Drop Leather kilt (Common, 1.56%)
Oaken club (Rare, 1.56%)
20 20 G
Description: Their huge great hammers have them hitting the dirt more often than not, but if they do score a direct hit... They're discerning fans of good comedy, which is why they think the bag o' laughs' rubbish routine is the biggest joke going.
Abilities
Normal attack
Desperate attack
Psyche Up
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Western Stornway
Zere


Dragon Quest X

Normal

# - Hammerhood
Humanoid Family
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HP MP Attack Defense Weight
13 5 10 23 106
Exp Gold Drop Medicinal herb (Common)
Copper coin (Rare)
5 3 G
Note: None
Abilities
Normal attack
Desperate attack
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Unknown


Vicious

# - Vicious Hammerhood
Humanoid Family
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HP MP Attack Defense Weight
2505 {{{MP}}} 390 335 0
Exp Gold Drop Fine fur
Densinium (item)
1353 5 G
Note: None
Abilities
Normal attack
Desperate attack
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Unknown


Dragon Quest XI

Normal

#9 - Hammerhood
Humanoid Family
DQXI - Hammerhood 2D
HP MP Attack Defense Agility
17 0 17 15 4
Exp Gold Drop Medicinal herb (Common)
Hardy hide (Rare)
7 7 G
Note: They've got hammers, and they wear hoods...making this description more or less redundant.
Abilities
Normal attack
Desperate attack
Blocks attacks
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Heliodor Region (Early game)
The Kingsbarrow (Mid game)
Insula Incognita (Early game)


Malicious

#396 - Malicious hammerhood
Humanoid Family
DQXI - Hammerhood 2D
HP MP Attack Defense Agility
368 16 181 250 97
Exp Gold Drop Strong medicine (Common)
Hardy hide (Rare)
1032 286 G
Note: Hammerhoods who have morphed into a truly malevolent form under the malign influence of infinite evil.
Abilities
Normal attack
Desperate attack
Blocks attacks
Spells
None
Haunts at:
Cobblestone Tor (3DS only, Post game)
Heliodor Region (Post game, Daytime) (Early game)


Monster series appearances

Dragon Warrior Monsters


Dragon Warrior Monsters 2

Caravan Heart


Joker

Hammerhoods appear as rank F members of the Beast family and can be found inside the shrine on Xeroph Isle. They are noteworthy as being one of a select few monsters in the game that can psyche themselves up, increasing the damage they can deal and their effectiveness when scouting monsters. Synthesizing a Hammerhood with a member of the Nature family can be done to obtain a Brownie

Joker 2

Joker 2 Professional

Terry's Wonderland 3D

Super Light

Joker 3

The Last Hope

Shōgeki no Shippo Dan

Rocket Slime

Hammerhoods can be encountered early on in the game and can prove to be formidable both in and outside of tank battles, provided they lose their hammer amidst the battle. While an armed Hammerhood is capable of slow strikes with its hammer, one which has had its hammer knocked from its hands, typically by collision, will proceed to bawl and rush after enemies in a hand-flailing tantrum that can send piles of bricks flying and utterly demolish the insides of an opponent's tank. 

Monster Battle Road Victory

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below

Caliburgh Meadow
Recruit

Other languages

Other languages
French Marteleur
German Hämmerling
Spanish Mazador
Italian Martellus
Dutch Unknown
Swedish Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean 큰나무망치

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