Great Sword


A mighty sword that makes up for it slack 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 Damage
Upgrades Bone Blade
Buster Sword

Great Sword (大剣) 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.


Great Sword Weapon Tree

For full details, please see Great Sword Weapon Tree


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 basic attacks can be combo-ed indefinitely while leaving plently of time to dodge out of danger and into a better position to resume the barrage. The true power of the Greatsword lies in it's charge attacks. While charging, hunters are immoblie and vulnerable to attack. The hunter's body will flash red three times. On the third flash, the charge attack is at it's strongest, dealing more damage than any other weapon could do in a similar amount of time. However, waiting til after the third flash will result in a weaker attack, so timing is critical.



On defense, the Greatsword can block, however it is the weakest block in the game. The hunter will take significant chip damage and lose a fair amount of stamina and sharpness. Blocking should be a last resort, and hunters should rely on dodging instead.


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Great Sword Advantages

  • Highest damage per hit in the game.
  • Can be used to Block, and can be drawn for "Instant Guard" to shield (at the cost of sharpness).
  • It has good range for a melee weapon.
  • Can be used in Charge Attacks, that deal massive damage and make monsters loose balance.
  • Sharpness deterioriation is the lowest of all weapons due to low attack speed.


Great Sword Disadvantages

  • The High Damage output comes at the expense of mobility: Hunters are slow to attack and evade
  • The Charge Attacks are slow to wound up, leaving hunters open to attack.
  • Deceptively long reaching and deceptively short at times, players must practice to understand its capabilities to the fullest.


Great Sword Controls

  • Triangle: Overhead Slash
  • Triangle after Overhead Slash or Jumping Wide Slash: Side Blow (Blunt damage)
  • Triangle (Hold) after Overhead Slash, Side Blow: Charge Attack 1
  • Triangle (Hold): Charge Attack 1
  • Triangle (Hold) after complete Charge Attack 1: Charge Attack 2
  • Triangle (Hold) after complete Charge Attacks 1 and 2: Cartwheel Charge Attack
  • Triangle + Circle: Rising Slash
  • Circle: Wide Slash
  • Circle while charging or after a Wide Slash: Tackle (has hyper armor and skips current charge attack. IE: Charge attack 1 will turn to 2 and 2 will turn into the Cartwheel)
  • Circle after Tackle: Jumping Wide Slash
  • R2: Block (Cost starpness and stamina, and has chip damage)

Note: Wide Slash, Rising Slash and Overhead Slash can be combo-ed for forever with each other.


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