When Thor debuted in the MCU, he was given Mjolnir, a legendary hammer forged in the heart of a dying star, to help him fight evil all across the Nine Realms. This was the first weapon he was given in the comics and has since become synonymous with the character. However, Thor is a character who was gone through a lot of changes both in the movies in the comics. Thor: Ragnarok just saw him lose his hammer, his eye, and a big portion of his cape. Because of this, the God of Thunder has learned to use several different weapons in his time.
On top of that, there are alternate versions of the God of Thunder who have variations of Mjolnir or different weapons entirely. Some of his other equipment is based in Norse mythology, while others were specifically created for the comics. The point here is that Thor is no slouch when it comes to using a diverse roster of hammers and other weapons. That said, we're only concerned with the best pieces of equipment in his armory. Get ready on a serious history lesson of Thor as we rank his 17 most powerful hammers and weapons ever.
17 ZOMBIE HAMMER
In an alternate reality, a zombie virus was exposed to the Marvel Universe. While the heroes of the world banded together to try and fight back the plague, it wasn't long before every single one of them was turned into a flesh-eating monster. This included the God of Thunder himself, who was one of the deadlier zombies.
Being an undead zombie, though, he was no longer worthy of Mjolnir. Because of this, he had to obtain another hammer to use in battle. With that in mind, the zombie hammer is much less potent than Mjolnir. Not being exclusive to those who are worthy, it doesn't come close to the power level of its predecessor. Zombie Thor was still quite dangerous, just not as strong as he was before.
16 MEDIEVAL MJOLNIR
The standard Marvel Universe isn't the only reality that exists in the comics. Earth-616 exists in a realm known as the Multiverse, which has multiple timelines under its belt. Among them was a Marvel Universe that was stuck in the Middle Ages. In this reality, there was a being named Kulan Gath who ruled over it.
However, not everyone liked his leadership style, leading to a group called the Exiles to overthrow him.
Gath wasn't going to go down with a fight, though. One of his guards was the Mighty Thor himself, albeit resembling a viking more than an Asgardian. In his hand was a variant of Mjolnir. It looked slightly different but seemed to function similarly. However, Thor was quickly dispatched by the Exiles, showing that this version of Mjolnir wasn't that powerful.
15 DECONSECRATOR HAMMER
Loki is known for using his magic to play tricks and transform the physical appearances of others. One such creation came from a young man by the name of Jeffrey Fischer who imagined him as the cover for his very first album. He was eventually put into a dream and needed to imagine someone to save them and he thought up the Deconsecrator who somehow embodied the vessel of Thor. Or something.
Thor's hammer also received a few changes in his transformation into the Deconsecrator. In terms of its power level, the hammer didn't change very much. Everything that it did differently was exclusive to its appearance. It gained more spikes and looked edgier to go along with the new design of Thor. If Loki were going to further torture his brother, wouldn't it make more sense to turn him into something useless?
Thor Odinson wasn't the only individual to take the mantle or powers of the God of Thunder. There was another, named Eric Masterson, who was also deemed worthy to an extent. Taking the name Thunderstrike (due to Thor already being taken), he got to use a different weapon than Mjolnir. However, the weapon was also named Thunderstrike.
Taking the appearance of a mace, Thunderstrike had similar abilities to Mjolnir, but wasn't quite as strong.
Thunderstrike was later given to Eric Masterson's son after his death as a way of passing down the torch. After Masterson died, Thor engraved "The World Still Needs Heroes" on the side of the mace as a way to honor Masterson's death. The mace was given a subtle reference in Thor: Ragnarok.
Believe it or not, there was a time where Loki turned Thor into a frog. Because of this, the God of Thunder had to look for help in the most unlikely of places: other animals. He came across a frog named Puddlegulp and the rest of Puddlegulp's friends. Together, they had to fight an army of rats to save the frogs and restore Thor's physical form.
After Thor left, a piece of Mjolnir fell off to the ground. Puddlegulp walked up to it and was deemed worthy to lift it. At that, he was granted with the power of Thor and the piece turned into a miniature Mjolnir. From that moment on, Puddlegulp was known as Throg, the Frog of Thunder and the rightful protector of the marshes. Yeah, we couldn't make this up even if we tried.
12 HAMMER OF THORR
You're reading that title correctly. We didn't misspell the name. On a different Earth, there's a different version of the Avengers known as the Tyrant Avengers. Their version of Thor is known as Thorr. No joke. Instead of using a version of Mjolnir that can only be used by those who are worthy, this hammer can only be used by those who are unworthy.
Due to having a much larger pool of influence, Thorr's hammer isn't nearly as strong as Mjolnir.
That said, after the Tyrant Avengers were sent back to their Earth, the unworthy hammer was left behind. After the "Original Sin" storyline, Thor was no longer worthy of Mjolnir. Because of this, he decided to find Thorr's unworthy hammer and lift it himself.
11 BLOOD AXE
Eric Masterson had a rough time as Thunderstrike. While he was primarily known for using a mace of the same name, that was not the only weapon he had at his disposal. There was a powerful axe known as the Blood Axe. The reason that most people were afraid to use it was because it turned its user into a bloodthirsty maniac, only motivated by killing others.
That said, Masterson knew that he wasn't strong enough for certain fights, and had the Blood Axe with him in case he needed the extra boost in power. Unfortunately, his use of the Blood Axe caused a dual personality to form -- one that was noble and the other that was a savage killer. Thor Odinson would eventually destroy the axe so no one would be corrupted.
Eric Masterson and Thor Odinson weren't the only ones to be worthy of the power of thunder. There was a Korbonite on another planet known as Beta Ray Bill. When he came across Mjolnir, he was shocked to find that he was worthy of it. However, Thor needed the hammer and the two fought over it, with the Asgardian coming out on top.
Beta Ray Bill felt that Mjolnir was Thor's right, so he left it.
That said, Odin wasn't prepared to let such a noble character leave so quickly. He had the dwarves forge a second hammer with similar attributes to Mjolnir. Known as the Stormbreaker hammer, it was bestowed on Bill and he was given the powers of Thor as well. Since then, Bill has been a useful ally to Thor.
We all know Thor as the guy who was deemed worthy of Mjolnir and gained all the powers to go along with it. However, he wasn't always worthy of the hammer, not even in the comics. Long before the Son of Odin ever gained use of that legendary weapon, he used an axe known as Jarnbjorn. Much like Mjolnir, it was forged by the dwarves, but didn't have the same level of power that the hammer did.
Still, Jarnbjorn was no slouch in battle. With a touch of Thor's blood, it was able to cut through Celestial beings like butter. While Thor stopped using it after he gained Mjolnir, he would later go back to the axe after he was no longer able to wield the hammer. This also seems to be the weapon Marvel is adapting for Thor in Avengers: Infinity War.
8 BLACK URU ARM
While technically not a hammer or axe, this did directly influence his use of his hammer. While he was using Jarnbjorn, he went up against Malekith the Dark Elf (that forgettable villain from Thor: The Dark World). However, the Dark Elf Lord was cunning and ready to fight the Son of Odin. By turning Jarnbjorn against him, Malekith managed to cut off Thor's arm and keep it for himself.
After he returned to Asgard, Thor was given a new arm forged out of Uru, which was the same material that made up Mjolnir.
The way the metal works allows its strength to fluctuate with Thor's. The stronger Thor became, so did the arm. It also enhanced any weapon that he used in that hand, making all other weapons he used that much stronger.
7 ULTIMATE MJOLNIR
In the Ultimate Universe, Mjolnir had a few re-writes to fit this new continuity. The hammer, this time around, was forged by Odin rather than the dwarves. It was created with the intent of giving its user immeasurable power as well as being the key to reviving Asgard once Ragnarok came into place and destroyed it.
The Ultimate Mjolnir had a piece of Asgard embedded in the metal, so that Thor would be able to rebirth it. On top of that, this version of the hammer had a few new tricks up its sleeve that the 616 version did not. For starters, it could be used by anyone and wasn't restricted to only those who were worthy. At the same time, it didn't sacrifice power to compensate.
We all know Mjolnir was the weapon forged in the heart of a dying star by the dwarves that was imbued with mystical power. When given to Odin, he stated that only those who were worthy of the hammer could wield it and that anyone who picked up would possess the power of Thor. Since then, it has been the trademark weapon of the God of Thunder, both in the comics and the MCU.
What made Mjolnir so special was that it was nearly indestructible.
This meant that Thor could go against almost any villain and blow right through them. On top of that, Mjolnir could return to Thor's hand at his call, meaning that he was incredibly overpowered in battle. Mjolnir also gave Thor the ability to fly. He lost all of those powers anytime he lost the ability to use his hammer.
5 JANE FOSTER MJOLNIR
You'd never know it by watching the Thor movies, but Jane Foster was actually much more useful in the comics. She ended up being worthy of Mjolnir and being known as the new Thor (while the God of Thunder took the name "Odinson"). Despite being a new take on the God of Thunder, she was able to use Mjolnir with the best of them.
However, the reason Jane Foster wielding Mjolnir ranks higher than Thor is because she was able to exercise a level of control over it previously unseen. This led to her unlocking abilities with the hammer that most thought were unattainable. She could change its velocity and trajectory mid-throw and even spin it around extremely fast to trap her foes and it seemed it had a deeper bond with her than with the Odinson.
4 STORMBREAKER (AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR)
At the beginning of Thor: Ragnarok, Hela escaped her prison and took over Asgard. While trying to stop her, Thor was shocked to see his sister crush Mjolnir in her first move. However, this allowed Thor to unlock his true lightning power and become the God of Thunder he was known as.
No need to worry though, Thor won't be left without a weapon for very long.
In Avengers: Infinity War, he will be getting a new weapon in the form of an axe-type weapon. Reportedly dubbed "Stormbreaker," it takes a few notes from weapons in the comics with some additions of its own. There is much information to suggest that Groot will help in the creation of the axe. We'd also wager that it will be more powerful than Mjolnir due to Thor having fully realized his powers.
3 CORRUPTED MJOLNIR (EARTH-5113)
One of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe is Dormammu. Being the master of the dark arts and the Dark Dimension, this fiery demon has been known to come to Earth to conquer it, always being fought by the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. However, there is another reality where Strange lost the fight and Dormammu went on to reign over the entire world.
Because of this, there are versions of classic Marvel heroes who have been corrupted by Dormammu. Among them is Thor, who resembles a monster more than an Asgardian. On top of that, Mjolnir has also been corrupted by Dormammu's dark magic, which led to it having much more impressive mystical abilities. It goes above and beyond what Mjolnir would normally be capable of.
2 THE HAMMER OF THORION
The Amalgam Universe was a reality created when Marvel and DC decided to work together for a major crossover event. It's in this reality that DC and Marvel characters were combined to make new hybrids. Characters like Batman and Wolverine were meshed together to create impressive hybrids. Among these amalgamations was a mix of Thor and Orion.
The resulting character, Thorion, had both the powers of the God of Thunder and DC's New God.
Their weapon of choice was a version of Mjolnir that was imbued with the power of both Thor and Orion. While the hammer itself was much shorter than Mjolnir, it was presumably much stronger. Couple that with the fact that Thorion is closely related to Thanoseid, and you have a recipe for a killer weapon.
1 MJOLNIR (EARTH-10190)
Earth-10190 is specifically related to Asgardians. After Loki was involved in a strange turn of events, he inadvertently created Earth-10190. The difference here is that Asgardians were generally a bit more savage and out for blood. However, at the top of the food chain on this Earth was the Mighty Thor himself.
While the Asgardians were much more willing to enter a fight, they still thought was extreme. He longed for the battle and killed whomever he wanted. In this world, Mjolnir was one of the strongest items in the world (even more so than in Earth-616). Having several spikes, Thor could kill whomever he wanted whenever he wanted and no one could stop him. One could only imagine what this Thor would end up doing to Loki.