Ultimate Ability: Earthshatter
Cast-time ultimate type
Area stunning ability type
50 damage per enemy
2 m, 20 m range
Lasts 2.5 seconds

Reinhardt forcefully slams his rocket hammer into the ground, knocking down and damaging all enemies in front of him.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Hammer down!"


Reinhardt knocks down all enemies within a 20-meter long cone in front of him. This deals damage and stuns for 2.5 seconds, and can be blocked by barriers.

When activating this ability, Reinhardt pounds the ground with his Rocket Hammer. An area of effect is created on the ground, going outward from the hammer's location. If a part of the area is blocked by a Barrier or a part of the environment before reaching the end of its range, it will be blocked and not stun enemies that it otherwise would have been able to. The area can hit targets 2 meters above the ground, can climb objects up to 2 meters high, and will phase through heroes. The effect is not active until Reinhardt strikes the ground.

A Reinhardt on the enemy team or a player-controlled Reinhardt will shout "Hammer down!", while an allied Reinhardt will have a distinctively louder noise from the hammer itself but will say nothing.


  • If "Gridironhardt" skin is equipped, Reinhardt will shout "Touch down!" instead.


Patch changes Edit

  • Overwatchemblem black September 11, 2018 Patch: Now consistently hits enemies near walls; No longer hits enemies that enter the damage cone after the “wave” has passed that area; No longer damages enemies behind barriers blocking it, even if the barrier is later dropped or destroyed; Always travels up inclines and around the payload.
  • Overwatchemblem black August 9, 2018 Patch: [UNDOCUMENTED] Visual effects changed.
  • Overwatchemblem black May 23, 2017 Patch: Effective height has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters. The height threshold of objects that Earthshatter can "climb" has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters, making Earthshatter less likely to climb tall objects as it moves along the ground.
  • Overwatchemblem black April 13, 2016 (beta) Patch: Reinhardt no longer gains ultimate charge from using Earthshatter
  • Overwatchemblem black March 22, 2016 (beta) Patch: Now ignores payloads during Line of Sight checks
  • Overwatchemblem black February 9, 2016 (beta) Patch: Damage decreased by 50%; Cone width decreased by 40%; Reinhardt can now turn while using Earthshatter; Now renders Reinhardt immune to Zarya's Graviton Surge - If Reinhardt activates Earthshatter while trapped inside a Graviton Surge, he will now be dropped to the ground and the ability will activate at that point (rather than it activating in mid-air)
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