Originally designed for sub-surface drift mining, this weapon can focus several hundred metric tons of pressure into the space of a few square centimeters. The impact, an resulting shock wave, easily destabilizes solid stone to speed ore separation and excavation. After several mining accidents highlighted the Hammer's devestating effect on the human body, the N.E.G military took interest.
To improve the Hammer's effectiveness against vehicles with shock-absoring armor, an alternate electromagnetic pulse (EMP) mode was added. The EMP violently scrambles onboard computer systems, quickly leading to engine failure. Field testing showed the EMP has a smilar effect on infantry powerups, knocking them off soldiers and enabling battlefield recovery.