Monster Hunter World: Great Sword Guide

MHW Great Sword

The Great Sword is designed to cut and slash with a wider arching reach that fluidly incorporates these attacks with some footwork and stance changes.

Every strike that hits your enemy charges up your spirit gauge, increasing the power of your attacks and allowing you to chain your combos as well as unleash the helm splitter attack which slashes once with multiple instances of damage.

This guide will discuss the Great Sword’s of Monster Hunter World and the various attack styles you can perform along with their pros and cons.

Great Sword Trees

Defender

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental DamageSlot
Defender Great Sword V1056Immortal Dragon Scale x10%Blast390

0

Ore

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Buster Sword III

480 Earth Crystal x2, Machalite Ore x2, Iron Ore x 50%None00
Buster Blade III672Carbalite Ore x8, Dragonite Ore x5, Dragonvein Crystal x20%Poison(240)

1

Chrome Razor II

864 Elder Dragon Blood x2, Fucium Ore x13, Carbalite Ore x20, Firecell Stone x10%Poison(420)

2

Nergigante

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Purgation’s Atrocity

1008Xeno’jiiva Horn x2, Nergigante Horn+ x5, Nergigante Talon x5, Nergigante Gem x10%Dragon150

1

Thunder Element

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Thunder Blade II

624Monster Bone+ x2, Tobi-Kadachi Electrode x2, Tobi-Kadachi Membrane x2, Warped Bone x20%Thunder1500
Lightning Punisher II912Elder Dragon x3, Tobi-Kadachi Electrode+ x4 Tobi-Kadachi Claw+ x6, Wyvern Gem x10%Thunder240

1

Ice Element

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Freeze Blade II

624Carbalite Ore x5, Legiana Tail Webbing x2, Legiana Webbing x3, Shamos Scale+ x50%Ice2701
Frost Blaze768Elder Dragon Blood x3, Legiana Claw+ x5, Legiana Hide+ x3, Wyvern Gem x10%Ice390

1

Great Jagras

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Jagras Blade III

672Monster Bone+ x3, Great Jagras Scale x5, Great Jagras Claw x3, Great Jagras Mane x30%None00
Jagras Hacker III912Vaal Hazak Talon x2, Great Jagras Claw+ x8, Great  Jagras Hide+ x6, Nova Crystal x10%Water(300)

2

Great Girros

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Girros Blade II

624Diablos Fang x2, Great Girros Fang x3, Great Girros Hood x2, Paralysis Sac x215%Paralysis2400

Malady’s Kiss III

768Vaal Hazak Fang+ x2, Great Girros Fang+ x5, Great Girros Hood+ x3, Bird Wyvern Gem x120%Paralysis450

0

Lavasioth

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Lava Blaze II

864Teostra Mane x2, Lavasioth Fin+ x3, Lavasioth Fang+ x3, Wyvern Gem x10%Fire330

1

Pukei-Pukei

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Blooming Blade III

624Monster Bone+ x2, Pukei-Pukei Quill x4, Pukei-Pukei Sac x2, Poison Sac x20%Poison3600

Datura Blaz  III

816Vaal Hazak Wing x2, Pukei-Pukei Sac+ x4, Pukei-Pukei Wing x6, Bird Wyvern Gem x10%Poison540

2

Rathalos

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Flame Blade II

720Rathalos Scale x6, Rathalos Tail x2, Rathalos Plate x1, Inferno Sac x310%Fire1500
Rathalos Glin Sword266Azure Rathalos Scale+ x8, Azure Rathalos Tail x3, Teostra Horn+ x2, Rathalos Ruby x115%Fire240

1

Bone

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Bone Blade III

576Monster Bone M x2, Ancient Bone x10%None00
Bone Slasher III768Monster Keenbone x2, Monster Bone+ x2, Quality Bone x20%Ice(180)

1

Giant Jawblade II

912Elder Dragon Bone x4, Monster Hardbone x6, Quality Bone x20, Dragonbone Relic x10%Ice(300)

1

Vaal Hazak

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Leviathan’s Fury

960Xeno’Jiiva Veil x3, Vaal Hazak Talon x6, Vaal Hazak Tail x2, Vaal Hazak Gem x10%Dragon300

1

Anjanath

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Anja Scimitar III

693Anjanath Pelt+ x4, Vaal Hazak Fang+ x5, Anjanath Nosebone+ x2, Anjanath Gem x1-30%Fire480

0

Water Element

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Aqua Slasher III

672Monster Bone+ x2, Jyuratodus Fang x4, Jyuratodus Shell x3, Gaju Whisker x30%Water1800
Water Golem III912Elder Dragon Blood x3, Jyuratodus Fin+ x6,  Jyuratodus Fang+ x5 Wyvern Gem x10%Water300

1

Barroth Tree

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Carapace Buster III

720Diablos Shell x3, Barroth Claw x4, Barroth Scalp x2, Monster Bone+ x3-20%None00
Barroth Shredder III960Nergigante Horn+ x1, Barroth Claw+ x5, Barroth Ridge+ x5, Wyvern Gem x1-20%Paralysis(390)

2

Radobaan

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Spiked Blade II

672Monster Bone+ x3, Wyvern Bonemass x3, Radobaan Oilshell x2, Radobaan Marrow x10%Sleep1800
Radobaan Slab III912Elder Dragon Bone x5, Radobaan Carapace x6, Coma Sac x4, Wyvern Gem x10%Sleep270

0

Dragonbone

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Dragonbone Cleaver III

768Elder Dragon Bone x10, Brutal Bone x4, Dragonbone Relic x2, Wyvern Gem x10%Dragon4201

Kirin

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

King Thunder Sword

768Xeno’Jiiva Shell x4, Kirin Azure Horn x6, Kirin Thundertail x3, Novacrystal x20%Thunder540

0

Zorah Magdaros

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Magda Potestas II

1056Xeno’Jiiva Shell x4, Zorah Magdaros Ridge x2, Zorah Magdaros Pleura x2, Firecell Stone x3-20%Blast420

1

Black Steel

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Blacksteel Chopper II

576Firecell Stone x1, Fucium Ore x5, Carbalite Ore x10, Wyvern Gem x110%Dragon1200
Daora’s Decimator864Xeno’Jiiva Wing x2, Daora Horn+ x5, Daora Claw+ x4, Daora Gem x110%Ice270

1

Xeno’Jiiva

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Xeno Milq

816Xeno’jiiva Claw x4, Xeno’jiiva Shell x6, Xeno’jiiva Tail x2, Xeno’jiiva Gem x115%Dragon210

2

Workshop Weapon

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Great Wyvern Jawblade

960Ace Hunter Coin x5, Brute Coin x4, Flying Coin x4, Wyvern Gem x20%Blast(330)

1

Deviljho

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Anguish

1104Elder Dragon Blood x5, Deviljho Scalp x2, Deviljho Tallfang x5, Deviljho Gem x1-30%Dragon2400

Wyvern Ignition

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Wyvern Ignition “Impact”

1008Master Craftsman’s Blueprint x3, Elder Dragon Blood x2, Firecell Stone x5, Wyvern Gem x130%Fire(510)

2

Lunastra

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Empress Galea “Blaze”

864Research Commission Ticket x1, Lunastra Horn x2, Teostra Horn+ x3, Bazelgeuse Gem x120%Blast270

2

Lunastra/Nergigante

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Empress Galea “Ruin”

912Research Commission Ticket x1, Lunastra Wing x3, Nergigante Horn+ x3 Nergigante Gem x10%Blast210

2

Lunastra/Xeno’Jiiva

Weapon Name

AttackMaterials RequiredAffinityElementElemental Damage

Slot

Empress Galea “Styx”

864Research Commission Ticket x1, Lunastra Tail x2, Xeno’jiiva Horn x3, Xeno’jiiva Gem x110%Blast330

2

Attacks

Step Slash/Overhead Slash

This can be done before unsheathing or moving forward as you attack which is also your initial drawn attack before you can use your charged attacks.

Tackle

The Tackle attack is more of a defensive maneuver instead of an offensive one that allows the user to endure heavy attacks or counter attacking them and making monsters stumble instead.

Falling Slash/Charged Slash

This attack can either be a regular mounting attack but will change to a heavy Charged Attack if you hold down your attack as you fall and hit the monster instead, ignoring a mounting opportunity.

Charged Slash

The Charged Slash is a special attack of the Great Sword that increases the damage of your strike significantly.

Strong Charged Slash

After releasing your first Charged Slash you can chain this Strong Charged attack to deal another heavy attack towards your enemies.

True Charged Slash

As the final Charged attack chains the True Charged Slash, it will hit with the first swing dealing a small amount of damage.

It can then use that attack to propel the wielder forward a short distance using the full weight of the Great Sword to deal twice as much damage than the first two Charged slashes in the chain.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Heavy Attacks
  • Able to use the weapon to block damage
  • Wide and High arching attacks

Cons

  • Slow walk speed
  • Slow attack speed

Verdict

The Great Sword is a heavy hitting weapon and even though slow to wield, it is preferred by hunters that want to show their dominion over monsters.

This weapon is more of a cleaving weapon that can go through tough hide and easily cut off tails of monsters with ease and is certainly a weapon for more experienced hunters that can predict and anticipate openings for these slow but devastating attacks.

Overall, the Great Sword is certainly a powerful weapon in the right hands where you can be surprised on how quickly the user can slay monsters with its great power.

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