A stormhammer being tossed, as seen in Hearthstone.

Stormhammer sprite when tossed by a Gryphon Rider in Warcraft II.

The mystic stormhammers (or storm hammers) are forged deep within the secret chambers of gryphon aviaries.[1] They are used by gryphon riders of the Wildhammer clan[2] and by the eagle riders of the frostborn dwarves.[3]


Most sacred to the dwarves is the enchanted forge that lies at the heart of each gryphon aviary. It is here that the magical weapons known as stormhammers are fashioned. A stormhammer, when thrown, strikes with the fury of lightning and the force of thunder. The weapon then comes back into the hand of its holder.[4] This destructive weapon, combined with the indomitable spirit of the gryphon riders, justifies their position as masters of the skies.[1]

Lieren of Aerie Peak, a human raised among the Wildhammer clan from infancy, was the first known human to have earned their own stormhammer.[5]

During the Burning Legion's third invasion, human gryphon riders also used storm hammers.[6]

In World of Warcraft

In the RPG

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The Wildhammer dwarves' signature weapon, this dwarven battle hammer is beautifully crafted, with a lightning bolt patter carved into the polished wooden haft and clouds and lightning etched into the faceted metal head. Even the leather-wrapped around the handle is mottled to suggest clouds and rain. The wielder swinging the hammer can cause a copy of the weapon to appear and fly towards the target, allowing it to be used as a ranged weapon.[7]

The signature weapon of elite gryphon teams, storm hammers must be rededicated to their owners each year. The ceremony is held every solstice in the great halls of the gryphon aviaries. The details of the ceremony are secret, but they are said to involve chanting, solemn oaths, and terrible hangovers the next day.[8]

The mountain king can use storm hammers as a spell-like ability.[9]

In Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

The stormhammer appears as an epic hunter weapon in the Descent of Dragons expansion for Hearthstone. Its flavor text reads: "It brings the storm before the calm."


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