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.
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.
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.
- + with weapon sheathed: Overhead Slash. MV: 48
- (Hold): Charged Slash. MVs: 48/77/110
- + (Hold) after Charged Slash: Strong Charged Slash. MVs: 82/111/131
- after Strong Charged Slash: Strong Wide Slash. MVs: 59/66/78
- + (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
- after Overhead Slash/Charged Slash (any)/Jumping Wide Slash: Side Blow (blunt damage). MV: 16 (18 after Strong Charged Slash)
- : Guard
- + : Kick (blunt damage). MV: 5
- Midair : Midair Charged Slash (can be repeated indefinitely off a ledge). MVs: 58/69/87
- while sliding: Charged Rising Slash. MVs: 48/72/98
- after Charged Rising Slash: Plunging Thrust. MVs: 16/22/27 * number of hits
- + : 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
Great Sword Gallery MHW
Great Sword Ore Weapons
Great Sword Bone Weapons
Kulve Taroth Great Swords