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Charge Blade (チャージアックス cyaaju akkusu, "charge axe") is a weapon category in Monster Hunter World (MHW). Like all Weapons, it features a unique moveset and an upgrade path that branches out depending on the materials used. Please see Weapon Mechanics for details on the basics of your hunter tools.
Sword mode boasts mobility and high guard capabilities, while axe mode boasts more powerful attacks. Store up energy while in sword mode, and then use it to deal high damage in axe mode.
Charge Blade Weapon Tree
For full details, please see Charge Blade Weapon Tree
Charge Blade Traits & Abilities
- A complex weapon with a sword & shield form and an axe form that both use a phial system.
- Sword & shield form strikes a balance between mobility, defense, and attack.
- Axe form trades out defense for powerful attacks, good reach, and the phial's bonus.
- Sword & shield form builds up charge that can be stored into phials and unleashed in axe form.
Charge Blade Guide
The most complicated melee weapon in the game, the Charge Blade has two forms and a phial system. Sword & Shield form is the default form and has a nice blend of mobility, defense, and attack. Its combos revolve around alternating between swift and charge strikes with the sword with the occasional shield jab. The main goal of sword & shield form is to build up charge by hitting the monster, and then storing the charge into the phials. The phials are then used in axe form. Axe form has impressive reach and a bit of mobility, but its true power comes from the phials. Some axe attacks use phials, and cause explosions when they impact. The Charge blade only has 5 phials, so these explosive attacks are limited. A third option is also available, where instead of unleashing the phials in the axe, they are used to energize the shield. An energized shield causes phial damage when you block and jab with it, and certain sword attacks will also have the phial's explosive bonus. If a hunter can build up more phials before the shield's energy wears off, they can unleash all phials and the shield's energy in a massive explosion while in axe form.
Sword: Condensed Element Slash
By chaining a Charge into a Condensed Element Slash while Element Boost is active, your attacks in Sword Mode will also temporarily benefit from phial effects.
Guard Reaction Combos
When blocking an attack, the guard reaction can be chained into a Sword: Morph Slash, an Axe: Amped Element Discharge, or various other attacks.
Attacks with a charge blade are harder to deflect when its phial effects are active, which is useful when targeting tough body parts.
Charge Blade Advantages
- Sword & Shield form is versatile; has excellent guarding and extremely rewarding counters
- Axe form is capable of massive damage
- Phial effects can be accessed in both forms and provide anything from extra damage to stunning power
Charge Blade Disadvantages
- Complex moveset takes time to learn
- Flustered hunters can mess up their combos in a pinch
- Long windups on axe mode (Super-) Amped Elemental Discharge can be punished by nearly all monsters' attacks.
Charge Blade Controls
- or Y: Standard Attack (Can be chained up to three times, third attack blocks at the end of the animation). Estimated Damage:
- Rising Slash: 12
- Return Stroke: 15
- Roundslash: 28
- or B (Hold): Charged Double Slash (Must be timed, can start combos, abnormally high charge build up). Estimated Damage:
- Charged Single Slash: 13
- Charged Double Slash: 28 + 19
- + or Y+ B: Forward Slash (Can start combos and start slides into jumping attacks)
- Estimated Damage: 20
- Midcombo, + or Y + B: Shield Thrust (Deals phial damage if shield is charged)
- Estimated Damage: 13 + 9
- Midcombo, L + or L + B: Sliding Slash
- Estimated Damage: 25
- + or R + Y: Sword Morph Slash (Start up animation can block attacks, changes to axe mode)
- Estimated Damage: 45
- + or R + B: Charge Phials (Requires charge, yellow charge fills 3 phials while red fills all 5)
- or R: Guard (Deals phial damage if shield is charged, costs sharpness)
- During Charge Phials, or Y(Hold): Condensed Element Slash (Must be timed, imbues the sword with the phial's damage for a short time)
- Estimated Damage: 75
- or Y: Standard Attack (First attack changes if hunter is moving or stationary, can be chained up to 3 times, can be chained with Element Discharges). Estimated Damage:
- Rising Slash: 36
- Overhead Slash: 37
- Slam Attack: 45
- or B: Element Discharge (Expends one phial if available, causes explosions if phial is spent, can be chained up to 3 times, can be chained with Stardard Attacks). Estimated Damage:
- Element Discharge I: 21 + 4 Explosion damage
- Element Discharge II: 11 + 68 + 4*2 Explosion damage
- Wait during Element Discharge II until your character backs up then press to perform Smash
- + or Y + B: Amped Element Discharge (Large wind up, expends all phials for a massive explosion, has a special Super version if shield is charged, ends in sword & shield mode, can also be done after Shield thrust)
- Estimated Damage: 102 + 10*3 Explosion damage
- During the start of Amped Element Discharge, Back on L + : Cancels Amped Element Discharge into tier 3 Element Discharge
- During the start of Amped Element Discharge, or R: Elemental Roundslash (Stores phials in shield making it charged, ends in sword and shield mode)
- or R: Axe Morph Slash (Changes to sword & shield mode, end of animation can block attacks)
Charge Blades are a type of Weapon in Monster Hunter World (MHW). This page shows a visual gallery of all different styles for Charge Blades. Weapons are often upgraded based on previous decisions, with different paths leading to different looks and necessitating different materials. You can find detailed upgrade path information in the Charge Blade Weapon Tree or by clicking each individual weapon below.
Charge Blades Gallery MHW
Charge Blade Ore Weapons
Charge Blade Bone Weapons