Dual Blades


A weapon that blitzes a target with a flurry of attacks. Activate Demon Mode, continue the offensive to go into Archdemon Mode, which raises your attack speed and power.

Weapon Type Melee
Damage Type Cut Damage
Upgrades ??

Dual Blades (双剣 sou ken, "paired swords") 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.

Use dual blades to unleash a whirlwind of combo attacks on your enemy. Though they're lightweight and relatively simple to use, they cannot be used to guard.


Dual Blades Weapon Tree

For full details, please see Dual Blades Weapon Tree



Dual Blades Traits & Abilities

  • Fast and agile, the dual blades are perfect to chain long and high-damage combos
  • Demon Mode and Archdemon mode allow hunters to get even more attack speed and damage
  • Their rapid nature make Dual Blades ideal for applying status effects.


Dual Blades Guide

The Dual Blades are a whirlwind of blades that never stops. They forgo all defense for a relentless offense with the highest attack speed in the game. Dual Blades chain together attacks rapidly, and rack up dozens of hits in the span of seconds. In their normal form, their attacks are basic slashes that can be adjusted on the fly and they have normal dodges. Hunters can also go into Demon Mode, which increases their attack damage, changes their attack moves, grants resistance to knockback and changes their dodge to a quick dash. While in Demon Mode, hunters chain together even longer attacks, and build up a meter which lets them enter Archdemon Mode. Archdemon mode further increases attack damage, and changes the moveset even when not in Demon Mode. The meter for Archdemon Mode will decay over time, requiring Demon Mode to keep it full. Demon Mode drains stamina while it's active. Mastering the flow of combat, and the flow from basic mode to Demon Mode and then to Archdemon mode, will turn hunters into an unstoppable flurry of blades.


Demon Dodge

You can perform a Midair Spinning Blade Dance after jumping off a ledge with a Demon Dodge.


Archdemon Mode

You can enter Archdemon Mode by landing attacks while in Demon Mode and maxing out the Demon Gauge. There are some special attacks only available in this mode.


Heavenly Blade Dance

Heavenly Blade Dance is an impressive flurry of slashes that carves a path down the full length of a monster. 


Dual Blades Advantages

  • Deals fast and High Damage if combos connect.
  • "Demon" and "Archdemon" modes can chain combos causing extremely high damage without fear of bouncing off the target.
  • Certain Dual Blades have a different element or status effect on each blade.


Dual Blades Disadvantages

  • Each attack is low in damage
  • Cannot guard or block - meaning players must roll instead, which cannot be done when mid-combo.
  • Sharpness deterioration is fast
  • Shortest range of all melee weapons.
  • The "Demon" mode drains stamina until the player manually stops it.


Dual Blades Controls

Each move has its own hidden Combo Move multiplier (CM), which is used when calculating Raw (physical) Damage. See the article on Attack Power for more information.

Note: These figures are estimations reached through community testing.

  • : Standard Attack (Can be chained up to 4 times) CM:
    • Double Slash: 9 + 10
    • Double Slash Return: 10 + 10
    • Rotation Slash: 10 + 11 + 11
    • Demonized Reverse Slash: 13
    • Demonized Double Slash: 15 + 9
    • Demonized 6-Step Slash: 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 16 + 16
  • While moving, : Lunging Strike (Can be chained up to 4 times) CM:
    • Draw Slash: 4 + 4 + 5 + 5
    • Demon Rush Slash (during Arch Demon): 5 + 5 + 4 + 4 + 9 + 9
    • Rotation Slash (after Rush Slash): 16 + 8 + 5
  • While jumping from a ledge in Demon Mode, : Cartwheel Attack (Attack extends if first few swings hit) CM:
    • Aerial Rotation Demon Dance: 11 * number of hits
    • Rotating Demon Dance Finish: 21 + 21 + 11
  • While in Demon/Archdemon Mode, + : Blade Dance. CM:
    • Demon Dance (in Demon Stance): 18 + 18 + 6 + 6 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 11 + 11 + 13 + 13 + 8 + 21
    • Demon Continuous Slash (in Archdemon Stance): 10 + 10 + 8 + 8 + 4 + 18 + 18
  • : Enter Demon Mode/Cancel Demon Mode

Note 1: Demon Mode changes your basic moves and dodge ability, but the controls are the same.

Note 2: and attacks can be chained together freely.


Dual Blades are a type of Weapon in Monster Hunter World (MHW). This page shows a visual gallery of all different styles for Dual 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 Dual Blades Weapon Tree or by clicking each individual weapon below.

Dual Blades Gallery MHW


Dual Blades Ore Weapons




Dual Blades Bone Weapons






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



Dual Blades
Anja Cyclone  ♦  Arcanaria  ♦  Blacksteel Twins  ♦  Blazing Hatchets  ♦  Bone Hatchets  ♦  Chrome Slicers  ♦  Dark Ripper  ♦  Diablos Clubs  ♦  Diablos Hatchets  ♦  Dragonbone Twinblade  ♦  Dragonbone Twinblades  ♦  Dual Destroyers  ♦  Dual Slicers  ♦  Freeze Chain  ♦  Freeze Daggers  ♦  Garon Hatchets  ♦  Jyura Hatchets  ♦  Kadachi Claws  ♦  Kirin Bolts  ♦  Lava Cyclone  ♦  Luminous Daggers  ♦  Madness Pangas  ♦  Magda Ungulae  ♦  Mahda Ungulae  ♦  Matched Slicers  ♦  Nergal Gouge  ♦  Pulsar Hatchets  ♦  Rending Beaks  ♦  Strong Hatchets  ♦  Taurus Pangas  ♦  Wild Hatchets

    • Anonymous

      17 May 2019 06:57  

      I don't like the demon theme at all. I would get rid of it if I were you. Too many Christian players to miss out on.

      • Anonymous

        25 Nov 2018 13:43  

        Here's a thought: STOP making the "Controls" section show just the PS4 buttons. This game is available on Xbox, too, and Xbox controllers use entirely different button shapes. Do you have any clue how USELESS PS4 control diagrams are for Xbox players?!

        • Anonymous

          19 Apr 2018 10:37  

          One of the few weapons you can get animation locked into. Nothing is more embarrassing than doing your combo only to have yourself swinging at the air because of a long chain you missed.

          • Anonymous

            09 Apr 2018 23:13  

            While in demon mode, if you hold left or right on the stick during the triangle-triangle-triangle combo, the third trianlge turns into the "fade slash" which allows you to infinite.

            • Anonymous

              06 Feb 2018 03:58  

              It should be noted that you can infinitely stay in demon mode even with no stamina by simply spamming your Circle, Triangle, Triangle, Circle, etc combo. As long as you do not fail to keep the combo going, or get staggered from a hit, you can stay in demon mode with zero stamina.

              • Anonymous

                04 Feb 2018 00:43  

                While in demon mode, you can also O dash onto pillars and walls to run up them and then whirlwind dash off of them.

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