Hammer of Wrath
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  • Hammer of Wrath
  • Level 46 paladin ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 7.5 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Hurls a divine hammer that strikes an enemy for (120% of Attack power) Holy damage. Only usable on enemies that have less than 20% health

    Rank 2 (Level 58):
    or during Avenging Wrath

    Generates 1 Holy Power.
Usable by
Class Paladin
School Holy
Cooldown 7.5 seconds
Other information
Level learned 46
You cannot run from the divine hand of justice.[1]

Hammer of Wrath TCG.jpg

Hammer of Wrath is a level 46 paladin ability. It is a Holy direct damage paladin spell that flings a hammer crackling with Holy power at a wounded enemy, but can only be used when the target is at or below 20% health, or during [Avenging Wrath].

Tips and tricks

  • Hammer of Wrath is a fast and powerful attack, the main constraint of which is that it can only be used on enemies at or below 20% health. Its large burst of instant damage makes it an excellent execute.
  • Nothing is as devastating as running away with a few hundred health only to be tagged with a paladin's Hammer from long range. Paladins may make full use of the Hammer on fleeing targets, as well as mobs and bosses who are in their death throes.
  • There is no minimum range on the Hammer; it can be used at point-blank distance.
  • The attack is resolved as a ranged special-attack that does non-physical damage, similar to a Hunter's [Arcane Shot]. It can miss, it can be blocked (if the target is facing you), it can be dodged, and it does double damage on a crit.

Related equipment

  • The Retribution Tier 8 Paladin Armor Set Conqueror's Aegis Battlegear (level 80) includes a 2-piece set ability that increases the damage dealt by your Exorcism and Hammer of Wrath ability by 10%.
  • The Retribution-centric Tier 6 Paladin Armor Set Lightbringer Battlegear (level 70) includes a 4-piece set ability that increases the damage dealt by your Hammer of Wrath ability by 10%.


  • Hammer of Wrath is a basic Paladin spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "A good paladin has many tools. Hammer of Wrath, Pliers of Vengeance, Hacksaw of Justice, etc."

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): changed to a baseline ability, now available to all specs.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Re-added as Retribution talent. Now deals damage based on attack power instead of spell power, and no longer generates a charge of Holy Power.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Damage has been increased by 8%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-10-17): Damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): New icon.
    Previous icon: Inv hammer 04.png
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Now can't be used until the target is below 20% health.
    Tooltip has not been updated accordingly.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Hammer of Wrath is now considered a Retribution spell, moved from Holy, mana cost reduced, now instant cast, global cooldown increased to 1.5, missile speed increased, now usable on targets below 35% health and now scales with attack power and spell power.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Hammer of Wrath mana cost reduced.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): Hammer of Wrath cast time reduced to .5 seconds, global cooldown reduced to .5 seconds.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Hammer of Wrath: Rank 4, damage increased.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): Added.

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