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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]

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]

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


Screenshots and videos will be added post-release.


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.

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