Great Sword

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A mighty sword that makes up for its lack of mobility with huge, punishing attacks. The Great Sword can also block attacks, making it a good all-around weapon.

Weapon Type Melee
Damage Type Cut & Blunt Damage
Upgrades Bone Blade
Buster Sword

Great Sword (大剣 dai ken, "big sword") 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.

The great sword has a long reach and powerful attacks. Because its sheer weight limits the speed of your movement and attacks, it lends itself well to hit-and-run combat tactics.

 

Great Sword Weapon Tree

For full details, including tier 9 and above weapons added with Iceborne please see Great Sword Weapon Tree

You can also see Master Rank Iceborne Great Swords.

 

Great Sword Traits & Abilities

  • Large, heavy sword that has the highest damage per hit of all the weapons.
  • It is capable of quickly blocking at the expense of sharpness. 
  • Has powerful charge attacks. 

 

Great Sword Guide

A slow, heavy weapon with massive damage potential, the Greatsword is the heavy artillery of melee weapons. While simple at first, the Greatsword requires skilled timing and spacing in order to get the most out of it. On offense, the Greatsword attacks with slow, ponderous swings that hit with high damage and stagger.

 

Charged Attacks

The true power of the Greatsword lies in its charged attacks. You can chain Charged Slashes up to three times for a powerful finishing blow, the True Charged Slash. 

 

Tackle

Great Sword can make up for its slow mobility by its defensive abilities. Tackle allows the weapon to hyperarmor through any attack all while maintaining the charge level for your Charged Slash combos.  

 

 

 

 

Great Sword Advantages

  • Highest damage per hit in the game
  • Great range
  • High stagger multipliers make part breaks and flinching easier
  • Can be used to guard, although it's very sharpness consuming
  • Very low sharpness consumption if you're not guarding

 

Great Sword Disadvantages

  • Poor mobility with the weapon unsheathed
  • Charged attacks are slow to wind up, leaving hunters open to attack
  • Missing a big hit means missing a lot of damage

 

Great Sword 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.

Note: most Greatsword attacks can be charged up to 3 levels. The MVs are shown for Lv1/2/3 respectively when available.

  • forward-ps4-controls-small +  with weapon sheathed: Overhead Slash. MV: 48
  •  (Hold): Charged Slash. MVs: 48/77/110
  • forward-ps4-controls-small +  (Hold) after Charged Slash: Strong Charged Slash. MVs: 82/111/131
    • circle-ps4-controls-small after Strong Charged Slash: Strong Wide Slash. MVs: 59/66/78
  • forward-ps4-controls-small +  (Hold) after Strong Charged Slash: True Charged Slash. MVs:
    • 1st hit: 15/20/22
    • 2nd hit: 120/175/211
    • 2nd hit (if 1st hit connects with a weakspot): 144/210/264
  • + : Rising Slash. MV: 38 (41 after Strong Charged Slash)
  • : Wide Slash. MV: 26 (29 after Strong Wide Slash)
  • while charging or after rolling/attacking: Tackle (deals blunt damage, has hyperarmor and can replace one step of the Charged Slash combo). MVs: 26/35/48
  • after Tackle: Jumping Wide Slash. MVs: 75/98/118
  • triangle-ps4-controls-small after Overhead Slash/Charged Slash (any)/Jumping Wide Slash: Side Blow (blunt damage). MV: 16 (18 after Strong Charged Slash) 
  • : Guard
  • r2-ps4-controls-small + triangle-ps4-controls-small: Kick (blunt damage). MV: 5
  • Midair triangle-ps4-controls-small: Midair Charged Slash (can be repeated indefinitely off a ledge). MVs: 58/69/87
  • triangle-ps4-controls-small while sliding: Charged Rising Slash. MVs: 48/72/98
    • triangle-ps4-controls-small after Charged Rising Slash: Plunging Thrust. MVs: 16/22/27 * number of hits
  • l2-ps4-controls-small + : Slinger Burst (can be performed after a Charged Slash to go directly into True Charged Slash)

 

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

Iceborne Great Swords are Master Rank Great Swords 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 Great Swords

 

Name Attack Affinity Element Rare
Chrome Deathscythe I gem_level_1gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1056 0% poisonPoison 480 9
Chrome Deathscythe II gem_level_1gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 0% poisonPoison 510 10
Chrome Deathscythe III gem_level_1gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1248 0% poisonPoison 540 11
Purgation's Atrocity gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
1008 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 150 8
Lightning Punisher IV gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1108 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 270 9
Severing Bolt I gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 390 10
Severing Bolt II gem_level_2gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 510 11
Frost Blaze III gem_level_3 
 
 
 
 
 
960 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 420 9
Icicle Fang -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1008 20% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 480 10
Icicle Fang + -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 30% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 510 10
Paladire -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 35% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 540 11
Jagras Deathclaw I gem_level_3gem_level_3 
 
 
 
 
 
1104 0% waterWater 450 9
Jagras Deathclaw II gem_level_3gem_level_3 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1248 0% waterWater 600 10
Mammoth Greataxe I decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 450 9
Mammoth Greataxe II decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 600 10
Naaga Guillotine I -- 
 
 
 
 
 
960 20% Paralysis 480 9
Naaga Guillotine II -- 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 25% Paralysis 510 10
Hidden Blade I -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1008 20% poisonPoison 480 10
Hidden Blade II gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 25% poisonPoison 660 10
Pyre Cleaver I decoration_level_4_mhw_wikigem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
1104 0% fireFire 630 10
Pyre Cleaver II decoration_level_4_mhw_wikigem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% fireFire 660 10
Glavenus Blaze I gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1104 0% fireFire 420 10
Glavenus Blaze II gem_level_1gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% fireFire 450 10
Datura Hellspine I gem_level_2gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
960 0% poisonPoison 600 9
Datura Hellspine II gem_level_2gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 0% poisonPoison 660 10
Nyx Razor I gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1056 0% Sleep Sleep 510 9
Nyx Razor II gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 0% Sleep Sleep 540 10
Rathalos Glinsword + gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
1056 15% fireFire 300 10
Rathflame Glinsword gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 20% fireFire 330 10
Ogre's Jaw I gem_level_3 
 
 
 
 
 
1104 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 390 9
Ogre's Jaw II gem_level_3 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 420 10
Ogre's Jaw III gem_level_3 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 480 11
Icewing decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki  
 
 
 
 
 
 
1248 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 330 11
Winged Seraphyd decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1296 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 450 12
Tiger Jawblade -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 -20% waterblight Blast 390 10
Tiger Jawblade + -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1248 -20% waterblight Blast 420 10
Tigrex Great Sword -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 -20% waterblight Blast 450 11
Monstrous Madness gem_level_2gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1104 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 420 11
Don Monstro gem_level_2gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 570 12
Gnashing Flammenzahn + -- 
 
 
 
 
 
1104 -30% fireFire 600 9
Lohenzahn -- 
 
 
 
 
 
1296 -30% fireFire 720 10
Donnerzahn -- 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 10% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 300 10
Donnerzahn + -- 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 20% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 330 10
Fulguration's Edge -- 
 
 
 
 
 
1248 25% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 360 11
Water Golem IV gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1008 0% waterWater 360 9
Laguna Golem I gem_level_2gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1056 0% waterWater 480 9
Laguna Golem II gem_level_2 gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 0% waterWater 510 10
Beo Slasher I gem_level_2gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1008 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 390 9
Beo Slasher II gem_level_2gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 480 10
Barroth Greatedge I gem_level_2gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 -20% Paralysis 450 9
Barroth Greatedge II gem_level_2gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
1296 -20% Paralysis 600 10
Acid Shredder I decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki 
 
 
 
 
 
1296 0% Paralysis 390 10
Acid Shredder II decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki 
 
 
 
 
 
1392 0% Paralysis 420 11
Radobaan Grindblade I -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1056 0% Sleep Sleep 330 9
Radobaan Grindblade II -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% Sleep Sleep 390 10
Dios Blade -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1056 0% waterblight Blast 360 10
Brach Attack gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% waterblight Blast 570 11
Dragonseal Sword I gem_level_1gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
1008 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 600 10
Dragonseal Sword II gem_level_1gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 720 11
Immovable Dharma gem_level_1gem_level_1 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 540 12
Emperor Thundersword -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 720 11
Daora's Tughril Beg gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1248 15% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 330 11
Consummate Blade -- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 -30% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 390 12
Rathalos Gleamsword gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1296 25% fireFire 390 12
Accursed Blade 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 -30% Sleep Sleep 330 11
Wildbite 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1392 -30% Sleep Sleep 390 12
Magdaros Volcanblade 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 -20% waterblight Blast 580 11
Ultra Wyvern Jawblade 
 
 
 
 
 
1392 0% waterblight Blast 360 11
Infernal Executioner gem_level_2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% Dragon 330 11
Infernal Executioner + gem_level_2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1296 0% Dragon 420 12
Soulfire Edge "Blaze" 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 25% waterblight Blast 390 12
Soulfire Edge "Ruin" 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1296 0% waterblight Blast 330 12
Soulfire Edge "Styx" 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 15% waterblight Blast 480 12
Ruinous Atrocity -  gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon  240 12
Demon Rod gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1392 -15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 150 11
Great Demon Rod gem_level_2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1488 -15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 180 12
Frozen Speartuna gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
912 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 510 9
Freezer Speartuna gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1008 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 570 10
Xiphias Gladius gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1152 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 690 11
Xeno Maliq + decoration_level_4_mhw_wikidecoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 20% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon  330 12
Safi's Hellsplitter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1296  5%  fireFire 150  12
Safi's Aquasplitter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1296 5%   waterWater 150 12 
Safi's Boltsplitter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1296 5%   mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 150 12 
Safi's Frostsplitter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1296 5%   iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 150 12 
Safi's Draksplitter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1296 5%  mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 150 12 
Safi's Bindsplitter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1296 5%    Paralysis 150 12 
Safi's Dreamsplitter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1296 5%   Sleep Sleep 150 12 
Safi's Shattersplitter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1296 5%   waterblight Blast 150 12 
Safi's Venomsplitter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 1296 5%   poisonPoison 150 12 
Guild Palace Blade gem_level_3
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 10% waterWater 480 10
Royal Venus Blade gem_level_3
 
 
 
 
 
 
1296 15% waterWater 570 12
Demonlord Goldrod
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1015 15% mhw-thunder-damage_s300 12
Lightbreak Blade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1440 0% waterblight Blast 360 12
Alatreon Greatsword gem_level_2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1200 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 600 11
Alatreon Revolution gem_level_2gem_level_2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1344 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 810 12
Glacial Demon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1296 15% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 630 11

 

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Weapons
Bow  ♦  Charge Blade  ♦  Dual Blades  ♦  Gunlance  ♦  Hammer  ♦  Heavy Bowgun  ♦  Hunting Horn  ♦  Insect Glaive  ♦  Lance  ♦  Light Bowgun  ♦  Long Sword  ♦  Switch Axe  ♦  Sword & Shield
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Aqua Slasher  ♦  Barroth Shredder  ♦  Blacksteel Chopper  ♦  Blooming Blade  ♦  Bone Blade  ♦  Bone Slasher  ♦  Buster Blade  ♦  Buster Sword  ♦  Carapace Buster  ♦  Chrome Razor  ♦  Datura Blaze  ♦  Dragonbone Cleaver  ♦  Flame Blade  ♦  Flammenzahn  ♦  Freeze Blade  ♦  Frost Blade  ♦  Frost Blaze  ♦  Giant Jawblade  ♦  Girros Blade  ♦  Jagras Blade  ♦  Jagras Hacker  ♦  Jawblade  ♦  Lava Blaze  ♦  Lightning Punisher  ♦  Magda Potestas  ♦  Malady's Kiss  ♦  Radobaan Slab  ♦  Spiked Blade  ♦  Thunder Blade  ♦  Thundersword  ♦  Water Golem



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    • Anonymous

      20 Oct 2020 04:02  

      sometimes when im tired of doing combos with other weapons, GS helps to collate all the effort into 1 big damage. Using quick sheath to run around monster for an opening/weakness. also to kick anjanath in the throat or rajang's butthole

      • Anonymous

        13 Jun 2020 05:02  

        You can use a longsword to do spirit helmbreaker and charge blade to do the SAED attack and the switch axe's elemental discharge but why do all that when you can do the GREAT SWORD'S MIGHTY KICK!!

        • Anonymous

          21 Sep 2018 19:25  

          I only use greatsword and dual blade. Dps/status ailments when needed and being able to break parts when needed; best combo.

          • Anonymous

            21 Sep 2018 04:06  

            All the weapons are ok but lot of times using a greatsword at a high rank seems so unfair it makes me feel less like a "monster hunter" and more "like a monster abuser". Although I suppose I always feel a little like that. Idk, it just seems like the guy who came sailing out of nowhere with a gigantic weapon made of corpses and began savagely stabbing and disfiguring an unsuspecting animal in its natural habitat then waiting until it desperately limps away and passes out to continue pummeling it can't possibly be the good guy.

            • Anonymous

              08 Sep 2018 09:48  

              Just a fun aside I'd never realized until recently: with the GS you can actually charge not only your jumping attacks (which also conveniently propels you for a bit in whichever direction you're attacking), but also your mounted finishers. Yes, when your character goes to bash whichever unlucky monster you're riding, for the first attack you're supposed to hold triangle/Y/whatever then release it with the timing you would a normal charged attack to do full damage. The follow up "finisher" attack very much seems like it might require some input as well, but I'm not totally sure what it is. All of which I learned from actually looking at the button prompts in the upper right hand side of the screen, which told me to hold Y during said attacks. Who know being too lazy to shut off the beginner control display after 70 hours of playing would pay off?

              • Anonymous

                06 Sep 2018 13:41  

                The lame *****s made the hitbox on the low damage move on true charged sword larger so that you wake up monsters and ***** up the attack because they will wake up and scream or wake up and move backwards.

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