jolder's hammer legendary review

Jolder’s Hammer Review

A machine gun forged in fire by the Lords of the Iron Banner.

Jolder’s Hammer is a Legendary heavy machine gun.

This weapon is purchasable from the Lord Saladin.


The good: High Impact, average range & stability.

The bad: Slow reload speed.

Conclusion: With Field Scout, it dominates.

Read the full review here

This is a Legendary Weapon
Machine Gun (Heavy Weapon)
Solar Base Damage/Upgraded272/331
Quality Lvl60
Rate of Fire
Magazine Size

Aim Assist
Equip Speed
Recoil Direction

Talent Upgrades Tree (from the vendor)

Solar Damage

This weapon causes Solar damage.


Greatly reduced recoil. Significant penalty to range.

+15 Stability
-10 Range


This weapon grows more accurate the longer it is fired.

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


Oversize rounds built to stagger targets and leave them reeling. Their mass makes a weapon harder to handle.


Kills with this weapon reduce the cooldown of your grenade.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


More range and Impact. Increased recoil.

+5% Damage
+5 Range
-10 Stability


Improved range and accuracy.

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


More range and Impact. Increased recoil.

+5% Damage
+12 Range
-15 Stability


This weapon can be drawn unbelievably fast.

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.


Video Review


Weapon Review

Jolder’s Hammer is a Legendary machine gun that can be purchased for 11,500 Glimmer. It comes with subpar perks, so you’ll probably want to use your Motes to Reforge it. Listed below are the recommended perks to watch out for when re-rolling it.

The default perks are listed above, click here to see all of its potential perks.

Be sure to check out our other Legendary weapon reviews as well.


Recommended Reforge Perks

Aggressive Ballistics
You’ll get more damage out of this ballistics upgrade.

Counterbalance / Rodeo
Even though the slow rate of fire helps you control the recoil, the base stability is below average, so any extra can only help you. Avoid Persistence since it’s practically useless in PvP.

Field Scout
The magazine size without this perk is only 26, very low compared to many other machine guns.

Crowd Control / Feeding Frenzy
CC is especially deadly in PvE. You’ll undoubtedly be getting multiple kills with this heavy-hitter, so the more damage, the better.

FF is arguably just as good as Crowd Control, the slow reload speed will be alleviated with this perk. Kills will be easy to get which means you shouldn’t have to worry about its slow base reload speed.

The Good

Jolder’s Hammer: Your enemy has no chance against it. It’s probably my personal favorite machine gun, not only for its looks, but because it can be Reforged to be so much better than most machine guns available.

This weapon is in the high Impact/low RoF archetype – matched with Against All Odds (full review) – which is arguably much better than the alternative. It’s able to take down Guardians in just 3-4 shots, and even though the stability isn’t great, the low rate of fire helps keep your aim steady.
jolder's hammer review
Its range is also above average, almost tied with Tunderlord. If you’re on a larger map or are taking out most of your foes from a distance, Hammer Forged and Rangefinder will do wonders for you.

The best perks to roll in column 3 are Counterbalance or Rodeo. There’s not much difference between the two, as they’ll both increase the stability when firing. Thankfully even without these perks, the slow rate of fire makes controlling the recoil fairly easy.

The default column 3 perk is Persistence, and while this is OK for PvE, you’ll hardly ever take advantage of it in PvP; you’ll kill someone in 3-4 shots.

Reforging for Field Scout is going to be essential too. It will nearly double the magazine size, obviously increasing your damage potential and reducing the amount of reloads.

The Bad

There’s really not much to dislike, unless you’re unable to Reforge the weapon because of a lack of Motes.

The main issue comes from its slow reload speed and average range, but both of these things can be improved with the proper perks. The base reload speed clocks in at a sluggish 5 seconds.
jolder's hammer pve damage
If you’re stuck with the default perks, as mentioned above, Persistence isn’t going to be useful in PvP. To make use of it you’ve got to continiously hold down the trigger, and by the time it starts to kick in, you’ve already killed your opponent.

Grenadier isn’t too bad, certainly not as useless as “Who’s Next?”


It’s got so much going for it already just because of its impressive stats, but since you’re able to re-roll Jolder’s Hammer, it has the potential to be the best Legendary machine gun.

If you’re unable to purchase this weapon, you’re definitely missing out. Rank up, farm some Glimmer, and experience greatness!

For PvP this weapon earns a 9/10 and for PvE a 9/10.