Long Sword


A nimble weapon capable of extended combos.Charge up energy with each attack to use your powerful Spirit Blade. The long sword enables fast, fluid movement and combos, but it cannot be used to guard.

Weapon Type Melee
Damage Type Cut Damage

Long Sword (太刀 tachi) 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.


Long Sword Weapon Tree

For full details, including Iceborne Expansion Weapon Tree please see Long Sword Weapon Tree

See Iceborne Long Swords for a list of the expansion weapons.


Long Sword Traits & Abilities

  • Attacks charge up a Spirit Gauge that increases attack damage and unlocks Spirit Blade attacks
  • Well rounded moveset with good reach and vertical ability
  • Able to roll out of most attack chains


Long Sword Guide


An elegant weapon, the Long Sword is a well rounded weapon. Its attacks are relatively fast, deal decent damage, and have good reach. Hunters are able to roll out of most of the Long Sword's combos, making it a very mobile weapon. On top of its solid base move set, it has a unique Spirit Gauge system. Every non-Spirit attack from the Long Sword fills the Spirit Gauge a little bit. The Gauge decays overtime, however filling it completely locks it for a time, preventing the decay. This Gauge can be spent on Spirit Attacks. Spirit Attacks do extra damage, won't bounce off a monster's hide, raise the Spirit Gauge one level upon completing a full combo. Level zero is the starting level, level one will have a white glow on the Spirit Gauge and the Long Sword itself, level two will have a yellow glow, and level three is red. Each level raises the attack power of the Long Sword by a fair amount. If you don't do the Spirit Attack combo, the glow around the Spirit Gauge will decrease and when it's gone, the level will go down by one. The higher the level, the faster the Gauge's glow will deplete. Keeping the Spirit Gauge at level three is paramount to using the Long Sword effectively.


Spirit Roundslash

Landing a Spirit Roundslash on a monster will increase your Spirit Gauge by one level, increasing your attack power. Your attack can be boosted up to three levels.


Spirit Thrust

A high-powered attack that consumes one level of the Spirit Gauge to execute. It deals the most damage when the Spirit Gauge is red.


Foresight Slash

 Foresight Slash allows you to dodge an enemy attack and deliver an immediate counterattack. It can also be chained into a Spirit Blade. 



Long Sword Advantages

  • Well rounded with decent damage, attack speed, and mobility
  • Long range for a melee weapon
  • Spirit Blade and Spirit Gauge make you stronger as the fight wears on
  • Multiple moves with invulnerability windows, which also award the user when successfully dodging an attack
  • Most moves have fast recovery times


Long Sword Disadvantages

  • Average mobility
  • Low Elemental Damage, especially on Spirit Helmbreaker
  • Its wide sweeping moves are notorious for tripping teammates
  • Light weapon, hence requiring two clutch attacks to soften a part


Long 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.

  • : Standard Attack (can be chained indefinitely). MVs:
    • Step Slash: 24
    • Overhead Slash: 21
    • Thrust: 12
    • Rising Slash: 18
  • : Thrust (can be mixed into the standard chain).
  • + : Fade Slash (can be done in any direction). MV: 22
    • r2-ps4-controls-small after Fade Slash: Spirit Jumping Slash. MV: 18 (28 with 20+% spirit)
    • r2-ps4-controls-small after Spirit Jumping Slash: Spirit Blade III
  • : Spirit Blade (consumes spirit, can be chained up to 4 times; connecting Spirit Roundslash will raise the spirit gauge by one level). MVs:
    • Spirit Blade I: 14 (26 with 15+% spirit)
    • Spirit Blade II: 30
    • Spirit Blade III: 14 + 19 + 34
    • Spirit Roundslash: 38
  • l2-ps4-controls-small after any Spirit Blade attack: Slinger Burst
  • +  after any attack: Foresight Slash (fills the Spirit Gauge if an attack is dodged during the backstep, can be followed with Spirit Roundslash). MV: 12 (26 with 10+% spirit)
  • +  and if successful, : Spirit Thrust and Spirit Helmbreaker (costs one Spirit Gauge level, causes the gauge to refill gradually if it connects). MVs:
    • Spirit Thrust: 26
    • Helmbreaker (White gauge): 10 * 7
    • Helmbreaker (Yellow gauge): 15 * 7
    • Helmbreaker (Red gauge): 25 * 7
  • r2-ps4-controls-small + x-ps4-controls-small after any attack: Special Sheathe (can be followed with Iai attacks).
    • triangle-ps4-controls-small: Iai Slash (has iframes, gradually refills Spirit Gauge if it connects). MVs: 18 + 13
    • circle-ps4-controls-small: Iai Spirit Slash (has iframes and hyperarmor; consume a spirit level unless it successfully dodges an attack). MVs:
      • No gauge: 17
      • White gauge: 19 + 55
      • Yellow gauge: 31 + 72
      • Red gauge: 39 + 86
  • Midair triangle-ps4-controls-small : Jumping Slash. MV: 26
  • Midair r2-ps4-controls-small : Jumping Spirit Blade (can be performed repeatedly off a ledge with white gauge or higher).
    • No gauge: Jumping Spirit Blade. MV: 16 (30 with 15+% spirit)
    • White/Yellow gauge: Jumping Spirit Blade II. MVs: 4 + 16 (12 + 36 with 20+% spirit)
    • Red gauge: Jumping Spirit Blade III. MVs: 4 + 16 + 18 (12 + 36 + 38 with 20+% spirit)
  • triangle-ps4-controls-small while sliding: Jumping Rising Slash (can be followed up with midair attacks). MV: 20
  • r2-ps4-controls-small while sliding: Aerial Draw Spirit Blade. MV: 26 (48 with 20+% spirit)
    • r2-ps4-controls-small after Aerial Draw Spirit Blade: Spirit Roundslash


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

Iceborne Long Swords are Master Rank Long 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 Long Swords

Name Attack Affinity Element Rare
Iron Eschaton I gem_level_1gem_level_1
726 0% (waterWater 210) 9
Iron Eschaton II gem_level_1gem_level_1
792 0% (waterWater 240) 10
Iron Eschaton III gem_level_1gem_level_1
858 0% (waterWater 270) 11
Daito Crow gem_level_3
858 20% poisonPoison 210 10
Daito Wolf gem_level_3
891 25% poisonPoison 240 11
Usurper's Boltslicer gem_level_2
792 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 240 10
Usurper's Boltslicer + gem_level_2
825 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 180 11
Blinding Blaze I gem_level_3
726 0% (mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 450) 9
Blinding Blaze II gem_level_3
858 0% (mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 480) 10
Ambertooth I -
726 20% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 210 10
Ambertooth II gem_level_1
792 20% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 300 10
Rafiq al-Nasr I -
693 25% (Sleep Sleep 360) 9
Rafiq al-Nasr II -
825 25% (Sleep Sleep 420) 10
Hidden Saber -
726 10% (poisonPoison 360) 10
Hidden Saber + -
759 15% (poisonPoison 450) 10
Deepest Night -
792 20% (poisonPoison 540) 11
Brazenreach I decoration_level_4_mhw_wikigem_level_1
792 -10% fireFire 210 10
Brazenreach II decoration_level_4_mhw_wikigem_level_1
957 -10% fireFire 240 10
Glavenus Spada I gem_level_1
759 0% fireFire 240 10
Glavenus Spada II gem_level_1gem_level_1
825 0% fireFire 270 10
Wyvern Blade Blossom gem_level_1
759 10% poisonPoison 360 9
Wyvern Blade Blossom + gem_level_1
858 10% poisonPoison 390 10
Wyvern Blade Indigo + gem_level_1
726 15% fireFire 300 10
Wyvern Blade Empyrean gem_level_1
792 20% fireFire 330 10
Grand Khopesh I gem_level_3
759 0% (Sleep Sleep 300) 9
Grand Khopesh II gem_level_3
825 0% (Sleep Sleep 300) 10
Grand Khopesh III gem_level_3
924 0% (Sleep Sleep 300) 11
Icebrink decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
858 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 210 11
Reverent Elusarca decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 270 12
Tigrine Edge -
825 -20% (waterblight Blast 210) 10
Tigrine Edge + -
891 -20% (waterblight Blast 240) 10
Tigrine Need -
924 -20% (waterblight Blast 330) 11
Rooksearer Long Sword gem_level_1gem_level_1
792 -10% waterblight Blast 240 11
Bazel Prozio Rooksearer gem_level_1gem_level_1
858 -10% waterblight Blast 300 12
Anja Direfang I -
759 -20% fireFire 480 9
Anja Direfang II -
891 -20% fireFire 600 10
Gnashing Fulgur I -
792 10% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 240 10
Gnashing Fulgur II gem_level_1
825 20% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 330 10
Dipterus Varzea I gem_level_3gem_level_1
759 0% waterWater 390 9
Dipterus Varzea II gem_level_3gem_level_1
858 0% waterWater 420 10
Mammoth Longblade I decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
825 0% (iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 330) 9
Mammoth Longblade II decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
924 0% (iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 510) 10
Deathblade Vaal Grosser gem_level_3gem_level_2
825 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 480 11
Acid Scimitar I decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891 0% ( Paralysis 360) 10
Acid Scimitar II decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
957 0% ( Paralysis 390) 11
Kadachi Daito I gem_level_1
693 15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 450 9
Kadachi Daito II gem_level_1
759 15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 510 10
Crimson Viperfang I gem_level_1
759 15% Paralysis 210 9
Crimson Viperfang II gem_level_1
825 15% Paralysis 240 10
Legia Stealer + -
693 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 420 10
Hoarcry Stealer -
726 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 510 10
Apsara Glacia -
792 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 540 11
Abyss Piercer I gem_level_2
660 0% ( Paralysis 270) 9
Abyss Piercer II gem_level_2
759 0% ( Paralysis 300) 10
Brachydios Scimitar I -
726 0% waterblight Blast 330 10
Brachydios Scimitar II gem_level_1
792 0% waterblight Blast 480 10
Dragonseal Aldblade I gem_level_1gem_level_1
693 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 510 10
Dragonseal Aldblade II gem_level_1gem_level_1
792 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 630 11
Radiant Flow gem_level_1gem_level_1
924 0% (mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 450) 12
Magdaros Volcansword gem_level_2
924 -20% waterblight Blast 480 11
Hydra Tornaria -
858 15% waterWater 210 11
Black Tornaria -
924 15% waterWater 270 12
Imperial Flickerflame -
858 10% waterblight Blast 480 11
Consummate Katana -
924 -30% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 330 12
Soulfire Lash "Styx" - gem_level_3gem_level_3
825 10% waterblight Blast 330 12
Soulfire Lash "Ruin" - gem_level_2gem_level_2
891 0% waterblight Blast 210 12
Soulfire Lash "Blaze" - gem_level_2gem_level_1
825 20% waterblight Blast 270 12
Hellish Slasherdecoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
924 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon  180 11
924 -30% Sleep Sleep 240  11
957 -30% Sleep Sleep 390 12
Wyvern Blade "Pale" - gem_level_2
891 20% fireFire 420 12
Wyvern Blade "Luna" -  gem_level_1
957 10% poisonPoison 420 12
Ruinous Extermination -  gem_level_1
957 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon  180 12
Despot's Boltbreakergem_level_2
858 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 450 12
Demon Halberdgem_level_2
957 -15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 90 11
Great Demon Halberd gem_level_2
1023 -15% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 120 12
Brimstren Drakebone gem_level_2
825 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon  240 11
Stygian Gula gem_level_2
891 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon  300 12
Xeno Cypher + decoration_level_4_mhw_wikidecoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
924 15% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon  330 12
Mad Scavenger Pickaxe
825 20% waterblight Blast 510 10
Demon Scavenger Pickaxe
858 30% waterblight Blast 540 11
Safi's Hellblade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 891  5%  fireFire 180  12
Safi's Aquablade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891  5%  waterWater 180  12
Safi's Boltblade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891  5%  Thunder 180 12 
Safi's Frostblade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891  5%  iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 180 12 
Safi's Drakblade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891  5%  mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 180 12 
Safi's Bindblade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891  5%   Paralysis 180 12 
Safi's Dreamblade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891  5%   Sleep Sleep 180 12 
Safi's Shatterblade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891  5%   waterblight Blast 180 12 
Safi's Venomblade decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
891  5%  poisonPoison 180 12 
Guild Palace Rapier gem_level_3
825 10% waterWater 420 10
Royal Captain Rapier gem_level_3
891 15% waterWater 510 12
Demonlord Halberd
957 15% mhw-thunder-damage_s270 12
Lightbreak Edgedecoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
990 0% waterblight Blast 270 12
Dark Claw gem_level_2
825 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 510 11
Dark Claw Demise  gem_level_2gem_level_2
924 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 660 12
Adularia Edge
891 15% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 540 11


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    • Anonymous

      Why are people so hard on the Longsword? They say it is easy but it’s not. Sure it is easy to learn but hard to master. Why all the hate??(I am a DB main but I also use the LS)

      • Anonymous

        Can people please stop being so extravagant with the long sword? Like cool, you have the counter timing and you know how to do destiny star slice. Even so, You are still not the alpha, and every weapon looks amazing if used right. I know this doesn't apply to all LS mains, but to the ones it does, Just try to lay back a bit, k?

        • Anonymous

          Im playing Monster Hunter for the first time, im trying out different weapons and i want different classes for different elements. What are some good Fire Long Swords?

          • Anonymous

            Can someone tell me the utility of the spirit iai slash? The regular iai slash seems more useful because it gets you back into the fight and charges your spirit gauge.
            The only use I can see for the spirit iai slash is as an, "Oh ****!" panic button for if you're in iai stance and a monster tries to get you with an attack you weren't expecting.

            • Anonymous

              I am elite longsword user. I iai slash counter everything and speedrun all endgame bosses. All you noobs need to get on my level.

              • Anonymous

                >tfw level 3 helm breaker deals approx 40% more damage than level 2
                >tfw you keep missing the helm breaker

                • Anonymous

                  longsword consists of two weapon classes in one. There is a combo based playstyle that people belittle and denigrate (perhaps rightly so as it is noob), and a parry/timing oriented technique which requires precise yet intuitive execution. The former relies on rolling to dodge attacks, while its conspecific uses foresight slash and iai slash to counter attacks. Although longsword is the most prevalent weapon, the parry playstyle may be extremely rare and represents the upper echelon of the entire monster hunter player base.

                  • Anonymous

                    I’m not sure if anybody else already did this but here’s a build idea for ice borne. This build is based around the special sheathe. For this you’ll need bazel vambraces alpha and bazel greaves alpha, then fill the gaps with the Odogoran or Barioth Beta set depending if your in high rank or master rank. If you have a non elemental long sword use attack jewels and if you have an elemental long sword use critical element jewels.
                    If you do this correctly your spirit Iai slash should deal massive damage due to the critical draw from the bazel armor peices, the punishing draw from the the Odogoran and Barioth sets, and the attack/critical element jewels. Hope this helps any players who main the long sword.

                    • Anonymous

                      Easy to use but hard to master describes the weapon best. It is a weapon that allows for a very aggressive playstyle if mastered since it got some of the best counter moves in the game. Foresight slash has 0.75 iframe seconds while a normal roll has 0.217. With Foresight mastered one can dodge almost any attack (this includes roars). Super fun weapon to use

                      • Anonymous

                        One of the most fun weapons to use. And despite being a Great Sword main, I find myself here and there playing with the weebstick, no offense intended, hahahaha! Foresight Slash is one of my favorite moves, it's so cool-looking and satisfying to land, makes you feel totally badass. And there's the Iai Slash too, it kinda reminds me of Vergil's Rapid Slash and that's really awesome! Wish I could Judgement Nut, tho. xD Jokes aside, the wide slashes makes it easier to hit nimble monsters like Tobi, Barioth, Rajang and Odoggo and the Mind's Eye in Spirit Slashes is a nice bonus. I've got a lot to learn about the Long Sword but I definitely shall study the blade.

                        • Anonymous

                          Are the buffs from increasing spirit level linear? Obviously still aim for 3, but i had a friend say that each level gave a bigger buff than the one before it, and haven’t played enough longsword to know for sure

                          • Anonymous

                            I've been playing this game for too long with the longsword to have never noticed the R2+X for the special putaway moves
                            Thank you for writing this wiki

                            • Anonymous

                              *Ahem* Hunting is better ya weebs. Try it out. What's better, buffing yourself and others while still attacking, or being all HYAAAAA with a sword. It's fun, sure, and I'll respect your choice, but I'm just saying that in short: Longsword is overated in my opinion.

                              • Anonymous

                                As much as I like the long sword, I would prefer a katana over a nodachi. I wonder will monster hunter ever release a new catagory of weapon like katana, swings faster and slashes a lot; something like Vergil from Devil May Cry series.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Anyone here have difficulty using Foresight Slash? Literally the only move I can't pull off if my life depended on it...

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Do people still hate this weapon in groups? I remember in mhf2 being hated cos' you'd end up hitting allies with its wide sweep attacks

                                    • you can build spirit gauge by attacking corpses. you can even go to the next level, fully powering it up. great way to head into a fight fully powered up. quickest way to build it would be to use triangle+circle to dodge attack, r1 r1. skips 2 spirit attacks. also spirit attacks cannot be deflected, which is great if you want to chip damage while avoiding a dangerous spot.

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