The Sledge Hammer is a two-handed blunt melee weapon. It is unlocked by rolling a LEGENDARY while opening a case.
Sledgehammers are heavy tools featuring a large head for applying massive amounts of force to an area. The word sledge is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "slægan", which essentially means "to strike violently". Sledgehammers, unlike standard hammers, are generally intended for the purpose of destruction. The incredible mass in the head of the sledgehammer combined with the amount of leverage makes the sledgehammer less about precision hammering and more about the indiscriminate destruction of whatever it hits.
Sledgehammers are commonly found in construction (or rather, destruction), such as when working with masonry, concrete, and drywall, where everything must go and precision is not required. Sledgehammers are also used when the maximum amount of force is required to dislodge and/or loosen an object that is stuck.
Law enforcement uses sledgehammers as well as battering rams in raids on a property to gain entry by force, commonly through barricaded doors. The level of kinetic force applied allows sledgehammers to destroy most locking mechanisms, or straight up destroy the obstruction in the first place.
The Sledge Hammer's in-game model is a generic sledgehammer that can be commonly found in hardware stores. It does not have any distinct coloring or markings that indicate it is from a certain company.
The Sledge Hammer has an incredibly long range, moderately slow striking time and can kill in one to two hits. The main attack focuses more on the torso, while the alternate attack focuses on the head. Due to its heavy weight, the weapon's movement speed is very low—a walkspeed of 14.5 compared to the average melee walkspeed, which is 16.
Usage and Tactics
Due to its slow attacking time, focus on the timing of the stroke before charging the enemy. To achieve efficient headshots, perform a dive and use the alternate attack altogether, so that the user strikes the hammer at the same time it lands from the dive. Unlike other melee weapons, it is not viable to gain mobility from using this weapon, due to it's walkspeed being slower than that of many primaries. Enemies running away from the player will likely be able to escape if they are wielding a very light weapon or a melee of their own.
With its attacking range, the Sledge Hammer can be deadly in the hands of a professional, especially when they know the exact timing and range to maximize its lethality.
Pros & Cons
- Longer range than other melee weapons.
- Highest front stab damage in its class.
- Slow movement speed.
- Slow attack rate.
- The sledgehammer has gained some popularity due to its usage by the character Sledge from Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
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