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Smash is a rune effect in Hammer of the Ancients, a Fury-spending Barbarian skill.

This rune effect reduces the radius of damage while greatly increasing the damage. This turns the skill into essentially a one-enemy attack, but hits for considerable damage. The only thing that limits this from being a great anti-Elite skill is the high Fury cost which makes it impossible to spam for very long.

Post-Release Changes[edit | edit source]

Patch 1.0.4 buffed the base skill and increased the damage of Smash as well:

v1.04 changes: [1]

  • Hammer of the Ancients
    • Weapon damage increased from 200% to 325%
  • Skill Rune – Smash
    • Weapon damage increased from 270% to 406%

Skill Rune Effects[edit | edit source]

See the Hammer of the Ancients rune effects article for thorough descriptions of all the rune effects in this skill, including screenshots and videos.

Name Level Description

<skill class="Barbarian">Hammer of the Ancients</skill> <skill class="Barbarian" rune="Smash">Hammer of the Ancients</skill>

Media[edit | edit source]

Screenshots and videos will be added post-release.

Development[edit | edit source]

Prior to the February 2012 skill and rune system overhaul, this effect was granted by the An Crimson Rune, which created the following effect:



Strike a smaller area for 396% weapon damage.