Charge Blade

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A powerful weapon that morphs between a sword / shield combo and an axe. Accumulate energy with the nimble sword, and then switch to axe mode to unleash a thunderous, energy-filled attack.

Weapon Type Melee
Damage Type Cut Damage
Upgrades ??

Charge Blade (チャージアックス chyaaji 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, including the Rare 9 and above Iceborne Expansion Weapons please see Charge Blade Weapon Tree

See the new Master Rank Iceborne Charge Blades.



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.


Phial Effects

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 with decent offensive capability, excellent mobility as well as guarding
  • Guard pointing allows experienced hunters to counter attack against monster offenses
  • Axe form is capable of massive damage
  • Has 3 different power-up forms, and one can pick and choose which one(s) to activate depending on personal preferences and the circumstances of the fight
  • Phial effects can be accessed in both forms and provide extra damage and/or stunning power 


Charge Blade Disadvantages

  • Complex moveset takes time to learn
  • Guarding against attacks deteriorates sharpness
  • Sword & Shield form has limited range
  • Long windups on axe mode (Super-) Amped Elemental Discharge


Charge Blade Controls

Each move has its own Motion Value (MV), which is used when calculating Raw (physical) Damage. See the article on Attack Power for more information.

Sword Form

  • : Standard Attack (can be chained up to three times). MVs:
    • Weak Slash: 12
    • Return Stroke: 15
    • Spinning Slash: 30 (guard point)
  •  (Hold): Charged Slash. MVs:
    • Charged Rising Slash: 13
    • Charged Double Slash: 27 + 18
      • triangle-ps4-controls-small after any Charged Slash: Spinning Slash
  • + : Forward Slash. MV: 20
  • triangle-ps4-controls-small + circle-ps4-controls-small down a slope: Sliding Slash. MVs: 18 + 16
    • triangle-ps4-controls-small after Sliding Slash: Jumping Rising Slash (can be followed with midair attacks). MV: 21
  • +  after any attack: Shield Thrust. MVs: 12 + 8
    • triangle-ps4-controls-small + circle-ps4-controls-small after Shield Thrust: Amped/Super Amped Element Discharge
      • r2-ps4-controls-small during AED/SAED windup: Element Roundslash. MV: 30 (guard point)
      • back-ps4-controls-small + triangle-ps4-controls-small during SAED windup: Amped Element Discharge
      • l2-ps4-controls-small during AED/SAED windup: Savage Axe Slash (consumes one phial, activates Power Axe mode). MV: 30 (guard point)
  • left-stick-ps4-controls + circle-ps4-controls-small after any attack: Sliding Slash. MV: 30 (guard point)
  • r2-ps4-controls-small: Guard
  • + : Charge Phials (Requires charge, yellow charge fills 3 phials while red fills all 5)
    •  (Hold) during Charge Phials: Condensed Element Slash. MV: 60
  • r2-ps4-controls-small + triangle-ps4-controls-small: Sword Morph Slash (morphs to Axe). MV: 50 (guard point)

Axe Form

  • : Standard Attack (can be chained indefinitely). MVs:
    • Rising Slash: 38
    • Overhead Slash: 48
  • forward-ps4-controls-small + triangle-ps4-controls-small: Dash Slam. MV: 52
  • : Element Discharge (expends one phial if available, can be chained up to 3 times or into Stardard Attacks). MVs:
    • Element Discharge I: 25
    • Element Discharge II: 20 + 66
      • (triangle-ps4-controls-small a while after ED2) Smash: 50
    • Amped Element Discharge (consumes one phial if available): 82
    • (Charged Shield) Super Amped Element Discharge (consumes all phials if available): 15 + 82 + 66
      • (back-ps4-controls-small + triangle-ps4-controls-small during SAED windup) Amped Element Discharge
      • (r2-ps4-controls-small during AED/SAED windup) Element Roundslash (morphs into Sword) (guard point)
      • (l2-ps4-controls-small during AED/SAED windup) Savage Axe Slash (guard point)
  • forward-ps4-controls-small + circle-ps4-controls-small: Rushing Element Discharge I (same MV and follow-ups as Element Discharge I)
  • triangle-ps4-controls-small + circle-ps4-controls-small: Amped/Super Amped Element Discharge 
  • : Morph Slash (morphs into Sword). MV: 30 (guard point)
  • l2-ps4-controls-small after any attack: Slinger Burst

Both Forms

  • Midair triangle-ps4-controls-small: Jumping Slash. MVs: 22 (Sword) / 55 (Axe)
  • Midair r2-ps4-controls-small: Jumping Morph Slash (morphs and performs Jumping Slash) 


  • Phial explosions can't crit and are unaffected by affinity.
  • Power Axe mode doesn't add phial explosions but physical hits with a MV of 5 each.


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.


Iceborne Charge Blades are Master Rank Charge Blades in Monster Hunter World Iceborne (MHW). These rare 9 and above weapons were added with the Iceborne Expansion and can only be obtained by players who own the expansion. The weapons use Master Rank Materials that can be obtained by completing quests and doing endgame content.

Iceborne Charge Blades


Name Attack Affinity Element Rare
Chrome Fortress I gem_level_1gem_level_1
792 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 300 9
Chrome Fortress II gem_level_1gem_level_1
864 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 330 10
Chrome Fortress III gem_level_1gem_level_1
972 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 360 11
Usuper's Lightning gem_level_2
864 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 330 10
Usuper's Lightning + gem_level_2
900 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 360 11
Halberion Blade + gem_level_1
792 20% fireFire 270 10
Azure Soulbrand gem_level_1
864 20% fireFire 300 10
Deep Terrior I gem_level_2gem_level_1
792 0% waterWater 150 9
Deep Terrior II gem_level_2gem_level_1
936 0% waterWater 360 10
Hidden Guardian I n/a
792 15% poisonPoison 360 10
Hidden Guardian II gem_level_1
828 20% poisonPoison 420 10
Deep Schnegel I gem_level_2gem_level_1
756 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 360 9
Deep Schnegel II gem_level_2gem_level_1
900 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 480 10
Gigafrost III gem_level_2gem_level_2
720 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 270 9
Weissritter n/a
756 20% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 300 10
Weissritter + n/a
864 25% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 330 10
Elder Wolf Fang n/a
900 30% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 360 11
Dear Rose gem_level_2gem_level_2
792 10% poisonPoison 360 9
Dear Rosetta gem_level_2gem_level_2
936 10% poisonPoison 390 10
Wild Force I gem_level_2
828 0% waterblight Blast 270 9
Wild Force II gem_level_2
900 0% waterblight Blast 300 10
Wild Force III gem_level_2
972 0% waterblight Blast 330 11
Ice Guardian decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
936 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 210 11
Regal Daruq decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 240 12
Diablos Tyrannis III n/a
936 -30% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 210 10
Thanatos Force gem_level_2
1044 -30% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 240 10
Sulfurteinn Machmar decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 0% Paralysis 240 10
The Melting Grasp decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
1044 0% Paralysis 270 11
Saber's Maw I gem_level_3gem_level_2
792 0% Sleep Sleep 240 9
Saber's Maw II gem_level_3gem_level_3
936 0% Sleep Sleep 330 10
Scorching Demander gem_level_1
828 0% fireFire 240 10
Scorching Demander + gem_level_1
864 0% fireFire 300 10
Glavenus Bardred gem_level_1
936 0% fireFire 390 11
Gama Escudo I gem_level_3gem_level_2
756 0% waterblight Blast 210 9
Gama Escudo II gem_level_3gem_level_2
864 0% waterblight Blast 240 10
Rex Arms I n/a
900 -15% waterblight Blast 330 10
Rex Arms II gem_level_1
972 -15% waterblight Blast 360 10
Naaga Ghadab I n/a
720 20% Paralysis 330 9
Naaga Ghadab II n/a
864 20% Paralysis 420 10
Dios Strongarm n/a
792 0% waterblight Blast 300 10
Volatile Blade gem_level_1
936 0% waterblight Blast 390 11
Deathaxe Vaal Aspida gem_level_2gem_level_2
900 0% Dragon 420 11
Hydros Kardia n/a
972 10% waterWater 330 11
Kadachi Soul I gem_level_1
756 15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 300 9
Kadachi Soul II gem_level_1
828 15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 330 10
Viper's Venom I gem_level_1
828 15% poisonPoison 330 9
Viper's Venom II gem_level_1
900 15% poisonPoison 360 10
Odium + n/a
792 25% fireFire 210 10
Animus n/a
828 35% fireFire 300 10
Nether Candle n/a
828 25% Dragon 240 10
Grudge n/a
864 30% Dragon 330 11
Dragonseal Blade I gem_level_1gem_level_1
756 0% Dragon 450 10
Dragonseal Blade II gem_level_1gem_level_1
864 0% Dragon 510 11
Inescapable Karma gem_level_1gem_level_1
1008 0% Dragon 390 12
Daora's Worldbearer gem_level_2gem_level_1
936 15% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 240 11
Fate's Curtain n/a
1008 -30% Dragon 270 12
Brimstren Drakeclaw gem_level_2
900 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 270 11
Stygian Maledicta gem_level_2
972 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 360 12
Rajang Beastblade gem_level_2
1044 -15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 60 11
Rajang Beastblade Ikazuchi gem_level_2
1116 -15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 90 12
Despot's Thundergale   gem_level_2
936 0%  mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 390  12
Ruinous Devastation gem_level_1
1044 0% Dragon 270 12
Hellsire Blade gem_level_2
972 20% fireFire 330 12
Luna Eostre gem_level_2gem_level_2
1044 10% poisonPoison 420 12
Soulfire Brand "Blaze"gem_level_2gem_level_1
900 20% waterblight Blast 180 12
Soulfire Brand "Ruin"gem_level_2gem_level_2
972 0% waterblight Blast 150 12
Soulfire Brand "Styx"gem_level_3gem_level_3
900 10% waterblight Blast 240 12
Magda Manus Reforgedgem_level_2
1008 -10% waterblight Blast 330  11
Black Eaglegem_level_1gem_level_1
756 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 210 10
Black Eagle Lightninggem_level_1gem_level_1
864 10% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 270 12
Xeno Ra'atz + decoration_level_4_mhw_wikidecoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
1008 15% mhw-dragon-damageDragon 240 12
Safi's Dreamshield decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 5%   Sleep Sleep 120 12
Safi's Boltshield decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 5%   mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 120 12
Safi's Drakshield decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 5% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 120 12
Safi's Hellshield decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 5% fireFire 120 12
Safi's Frostshield decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 5% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 120 12
Safi's Bindshield decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 5%  Paralysis 120 12
Safi's Aquashield decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 5% waterWater 120 12
Safi's Shattershield decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 5% waterblight Blast 120 12
Safi's Venomshield decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
972 5% poisonPoison 120 12
Dante's Devil Sword +gem_level_2gem_level_2
1008 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 210 12
Accursed Arms gem_level_1
1008 -30% Sleep Sleep 240 11
Guild Palace Disc gem_level_3
900 10% waterWater 360 10
Royal Star Shield gem_level_3
972 15% waterWater 450 12
Demonlord Blade
1008 15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 390 12
Lightbreak Charge Blade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
1080 0% waterblight Blast 210 12
Alatreon Edge gem_level_2
900 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 390 11
Alatreon Morphblade gem_level_2gem_level_2
1008 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 510 12
Raging Wolf Fang
972 15% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 480 11




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Bow  ♦  Dual Blades  ♦  Great Sword  ♦  Gunlance  ♦  Hammer  ♦  Heavy Bowgun  ♦  Hunting Horn  ♦  Insect Glaive  ♦  Lance  ♦  Light Bowgun  ♦  Long Sword  ♦  Switch Axe  ♦  Sword & Shield



Charge Blades
Blacksteel Charger  ♦  Bone Strongarm  ♦  Diablos Tyrannis  ♦  Diablos Wall  ♦  Dragonbone Cutter  ♦  Elite Commission Axe  ♦  Everfrost Blade  ♦  Everfrost Blade I  ♦  Evergreen Blade  ♦  Gama Silt  ♦  Garon Strongarm  ♦  Garon Strongarm II  ♦  Gigafrost  ♦  Girros Nadja  ♦  Girros Strongarm  ♦  Hard Bone Strongarm  ♦  Hazak Aspida  ♦  Jagras Escudo  ♦  Jagras Strongarm  ♦  Jyura Depth  ♦  Kadachi Kaina  ♦  Mighty Strongarm  ♦  Mudslide Blade  ♦  Proto Commission Axe  ♦  Pulsar Strongarm



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    • Anonymous

      05 Jun 2020 04:31  

      Just a tip for iceborne version with savage axe mode. The savage axe slash should be done AFTER you charge your shield because if you do it beforehand and then convert you phials to your shield you will lose the savage axe mode and have to get it all over again. Another benefit to doing this after AED is that it will stay in axe mode and you can perform an SAED with the savage axe slash on the poor monster your fighting :)

      • Anonymous

        03 Jun 2020 13:38  

        How is this weapon eiser to use for me then the dualblades!?! I'm not even joking, I use dualblades I'm stuck in place swinging wildly in the wrong direction. When I use charge blade I can already do the SAED attack in less than a minute!

        • Anonymous

          26 Jan 2020 11:45  

          I'm returning to MHW: Iceborn after a long time and can't figure out what one of the CB's UI icons is. It's the sword icon beneath the sharpness, to the left of the shield and phials. I don't recall it being a thing before Iceborn and other weapons do not have a similar symbol.

          • Anonymous

            06 Dec 2019 23:23  

            What is this savage axe attack? Circle + Triangle + L2? I don't have this option in game. Is it Iceborne only?

            • Anonymous

              30 Jun 2019 19:46  

              Lol i see too many people strugling to use this weapon and try to use this weapon for every monster, sure this weapon is great once you master it, "but" its not the greatest weapon for all monster, like when you fight azure rathalos that keep flying or odogaron that moves around to fast if i use the CB sure i can finish it but if use IG on the A.rathalos and DB on odogaron it will be much quicker, so dont force yourself to only use one weapon try using many other, it will be fun. Oh and if you realy want to learn how to use this weapon i suggest try learning the basic first you can watch areks guide or someone else tutorial aboit it and then try hunting baroth using the CB after that hunt diablos, thats is the two easiest monster for me when i use CB, and after you r@pe those two monster go fight the spiky boi Nergigante once you can kill the spiky boi with CB without fainting then youll most likely have mastered the CB, and for tips learn GUARD POINT it will save your live especially from the dive bomb from the spiky boi

              • Anonymous

                28 Feb 2019 21:05  

                Just recently started using this weapon in the field, after days of training with it. It's so very satisfying when you can pull off your super-amped elemental discharge so cleanly. Very easy to get tripped up though, like when youre chasing down monsters running all over the place while either trying to build up your phials, or getting constantly punished by a raging/rushing/flying monster, missing your amped up attacks in axe mode. When you finally get those smacks in, watch those huge numbers add up, you'll feel like a barbarian!

                • Anonymous

                  21 Dec 2018 03:48  

                  Ok so I’ve been seeing this charge blade that has the shape of the Cheome Guardian but has the horns of the Diablos Tyrannis and also has a little bit of gold on it. Does anybody know what or which charge blade this is and how I can get it?

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Dec 2018 19:45  

                    Recently started the game and went directly for this weapon, and can say it's a lot easier that you'd think. the hardest part is nor choking and wasting phials

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Sep 2018 02:33  

                      Not to be “that guy” but the Japanese katakana translation should read “chyaaji akkusu” rather than “cyaaju”

                      • Anonymous

                        16 Sep 2018 18:44  

                        I believe it's strongest move is called the... LIMIT BREAKING ULTRA BURST OVERDRIVE ASCENDED ELEMENTAL COCKBLAST

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Aug 2018 23:43  

                          How to gain phials: Sword Form charged circle gives a lot, normal auto attacks give a bit. Press R2 and circle to enter Charge Phials stance. This gives you phials. How to cash in phials and charge your shield: Press R2 during Amped Element Discharge. Your hunter will pull his weapon back and do a weapon transformation. During this, press R2 to load up your phials into your shield. In sword form, the fastest way to charge your shield is Charge Phials > Shield Thrust > Amped Element DIscharge > Cancel with R2 into sword form. Technical Input: R2+Circle > Triangle+Circle > Triangle+Circle > R2 In Axe form, just press Triangle+Circle while standing still. Once your shield is charged, you can inbue your sword by doing Charge Phials > Condensed Element Slash Technical Input: R2+Circle > Hold triangle and release on second transform animation (the sword goes into the axe)

                          • Anonymous

                            08 Aug 2018 01:21  

                            I fought kushala daora a couple of times (without success) with different weapons I've used (p.s., I was HR14) and none did the job. Then I went on a guide and it said it was for more advanced, experienced players and I was like "... the time has come."

                            • Anonymous

                              03 Apr 2018 19:04  

                              If you have trouble with positioning the impact of your SAED
                              (assuming you're already had the shield charged)
                              lock on your hunt,
                              PS4: Triangle -> analogue stick + Circle (slide slash)
                              the trick is to make use of the slide slash animation to create small space from your mark before commiting into SAED.
                              This way you won't have to worry about being too close from the mark & missing a lot of damage.

                              • Anonymous

                                26 Mar 2018 17:40  

                                Amped elemental discharge does not consume all the phials immediately. It consumes only one phial like a regular discharge. It becomes Super Amped element discharge (all phials released) when phials have been loaded into the shield. The number of phials loaded into the shield depends on how many were remaining. More phials means the enhanced shield effects last longer. Also when mounting the monster, the finishing move is either Amped or Super Amped depending on the state of your shield.

                                • Anonymous

                                  17 Mar 2018 16:51  

                                  Note, the Capacity Boost skill (high metal coil) increases your phials by 1! it's not upgradeable, though.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    12 Feb 2018 23:55  

                                    cool Charge Blade , damage 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 x 900?! 0.o attack boost 7 Capacity Boost 1

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