King Dedede wields his hammer up, charges it, and when released he swings it like a baseball bat, slightly out of control because of the hammer's rocket boosters. Dedede can even walk around and jump with it charged up, but he can't save the charge with the shield button. If it is charged up too much, it will cause one percent of damage to King Dedede every second until the attack is activated or his damage reaches 150%; only then he will no longer be damaged by the minor damage. Fully charged, the hammer does massive damage and knockback. Although his Forward Smash has more knockback and range, this attack allows him to move, making it easier to edgeguard with it, or hit a falling enemy. It can also reflect projectiles. In addition, it has much less windup lag, although, in return, like Quick Draw, it is easily telegraphed.
A little known fact is that an almost fully charged Jet Hammer (does 30% damage) has greater knockback than a fully charged one (which does 31%).
|King Dedede's Special Moves|
|Standard Special Move:||Inhale|
|Side Special Move:||Waddle Dee Toss|
|Up Special Move:||Super Dedede Jump|
|Down Special Move:||Jet Hammer|
|Final Smash:||Waddle Dee Army|
Kirby is seen performing a similar move with the hammer in Kirby Super Star, Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, and Kirby: Squeak Squad. The jet engine inside the hammer is a new feature shown in Super Smash Bros Brawl. In the latest Kirby installment, Kirby Super Star Ultra, revenge of the king where King Dedede made an appearance with a new mechanical mallet for his revenge match with Kirby. However, its appearance is much more exaggerated. It had the ability to shoot missiles and spew fire, as well as being electrified and having a jet powered spen attack. King Dedede appears to have really thought the mach throw has an electric cage over the ring so Kirby couldn't get out of the mechanical mallet's range. Since Kirby Super Star Ultra was released 6 months after Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the mechanical hammer was exclusive to Brawl, but it is possible that this was inspired by it.
There is a glitch that increases the effectiveness of this move by allowing King Dedede to skid across the stage at incredible speeds while retaining a full charge. This is done by charging the hammer until Dedede begins damaging himself, and then tilting the control stick in a direction just barely enough to allow Dedede to move. If done properly, Dedede will continuously take only the first step in his walking animation and move across the ground at an incredible speed.
- In slower speeds, it can be clearly seen that the top end of the hammer disappears as before the jet pops out.