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Sledgehammer (Dead Rising)
Dead rising Sledgehammer
Type Melee
Damage 500 (Primary)
250 (Secondary & Thrown)
750 (Primary Headshot)
375 (Secondary Headshot)
Uses 30 hits
Location McHandy's Hardware
Crislip's Home Saloon
Maintenance Tunnels
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The sledgehammer is a weapon in Dead Rising, found in several hardware stores such as Crislip's Home Saloon and McHandy's Hardware, in addition to the Warehouse and Maintenance Tunnels.

A headshot will instantly kill any zombie or survivor.


  • Primary: Tap the 360 X button button to perform a powerful skull cracking vertical smash. This attack is capable of instantly killing a zombie or a survivor by crushing their head.
  • Secondary: Make a wide arc horizontal swing by holding the attack key 360 X button. This attack is also capable of instantly killing a zombie or a survivor by crushing their head, although the target must be kneeling or at a lower elevation than the player.
  • Thrown: Hold down the Righttrigger trigger to go into aim mode then press the 360 X button button to throw the sledgehammer.

If used correctly, the sledgehammer is extremely deadly, but can take a while to master.


  • The official guide has this weapon as one word.[1]
  • This weapon appears in Tatsunoko vs Capcom from time to time during one of Frank's attacks, during which he strikes his opponent with a random item.
  • The attacks for the sledgehammer are switched from Dead Rising to Dead Rising 2. In Dead Rising, tapping 360 X button will make frank swing downward, whereas in Dead Rising 2 you must HOLD 360 X button.



  1. Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 114