How to find the Sledgehammer in Project Zomboid

How to find the Sledgehammer in Project Zomboid
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton

Last updated 

6th Feb 2024 10:47

Locating the Sledgehammer in Project Zomboid is a vital goal, as it's not only one of the best weapons in the game, but also a useful tool for getting into inaccessible areas. 

Very few items in Project Zomboid have a set spawn, with randomization doing a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to the loot you'll find when scavenging. However, there are places where certain items can be found more frequently, meaning you'll want to learn which locations are more likely to house the best weapons, tools, and more. 

So, if you need a breakdown of the Project Zomboid Sledgehammer location and need to know how to find this vital tool, we've got you covered.

Where can you find the Sledgehammer?

There is no set spawn where the sledgehammer will always be found in Project Zomboid, but the loot system is heavily grounded, meaning the item can often be found in tool shops, warehouses, sheds, and supply rooms.

Each of the starting locations has a construction store which can reward you with a sledgehammer, and warehouses are also full of large brown crates which often contain one along with other useful tools.

In more suburban areas, you can find the sledgehammer in sheds and supply closets, mostly on shelves or inside toolboxes. 

Another great way to find the sledgehammer is to travel down major roads until you find potholes or traffic cones. These usually have vans nearby, which sometimes contain a Sledgehammer in the back.

What is the Sledgehammer?

using the sledgehammer as a tool in Project Zomboid
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In Project Zomboid, the sledgehammer is a two-handed blunt melee weapon and tool. As a weapon, it has the highest average (and maximum) damage of all melee weapons in the game, but has a long swing time that can leave you vulnerable.

It's also the only weapon that can be used to hit three zombies at once too, but if the player is exhausted, then you cannot swing the hammer until you’ve regained some stamina. 

Outside its use as a deadly weapon, the sledgehammer has excellent utility as a tool. For instance, it can be used to knock down doors and walls, which is a feature exclusive to the sledgehammer, and can chop down trees - though the axe is still better for this function.

While using it to destroy blocks like walls and doors can be loud, it's extremely useful for extending buildings, accessing inaccessible areas, and escaping from tense situations.

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Check out our Project Zomboid homepage for more guides. We've also covered the best traits, how to find a sturdy stick, and how to cook.

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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