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Sharpness in Monter Hunter World is what determines the cutting power of your weapon and the damage output. Unlike the hammer or hunting horn that does more damage to monsters heads it is more important to keep your trusty blade at its max sharpness with whetstones so you can cut parts off easier. The sharpness level of a weapon will degrade as you fight. There are 7 levels of sharpness. To be able to damage some monsters you will need to be at a certain level of sharpness. Damage will increase along with the chance of attacks being successful at each higher level.

 

Low Level Sharpness

 

 

Red - This is the first and lowest level of sharpness possible. Most if not all attacks made at this sharpness will cause your blade (or blunt weapon) to bounce off the hides of monsters. 

 

Orange - The second level of sharpness that is not much better than red. You will still find most of your attacks bouncing.

 

Yellow - The third level of sharpness. At this level you will be able to land some hits on a monster in the early stages of the game.

 

Medium Level Sharpness

 

 

Green - The fourth level of sharpness. This is where most attacks will be successful. 

 

Blue - The fifth level of sharpness. Attacks will be even more successful unless you are striking monsters hard parts.

 

High Level Sharpness

 

 

White - The sixth level of sharpness. All attacks will be successful unless striking some monsters hard parts. 

 

Purple - The seventh and final level of sharpness. All attacks will be successful and there are a very limited amount of monsters that have parts that can deflect this level of sharpness.

 

Sharpness Raw Damage Multiplier

This table is based off MH4:U - will be updated for MHW

Red Orange Yellow Green Blue White Purple
0.50 0.75 1.00 1.05 1.20 1.32 1.45

Sharpness Elemental Damage Multiplier

This table is based off MH4:U - will be updated for MHW

Red Orange Yellow Green Blue White Purple
0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 1.20

 

Weapons with the best Sharpness

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