Long Sword


A nimble weapon capable of extended combos.Charge up energy with each attack to use your powerful Spirit Blade.

Weapon Type Melee
Damage Type Cut Damage
Upgrades ??

Long Sword (太刀) 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, please see Long Sword Weapon Tree 

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 elagant weapon, the Long Sword is a well rounded offensive weapon. It's attacks are relativly fast, deal good 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. One top of it's solid base move set, it has a unique Spirit Gauge system. Every 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, and, if you complete a full combo of Spirit Attacks, raise the Spirit Gauge one level. Level one is the starting level, level two 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 effecively and, by doing that, monsters will naturally fall in short order.



Long Sword Advantages

  • Well rounded with decent to good damage, speed, and mobility
  • Spirit Blade and Spirit Gauge make you stronger as the fight wears on
  • Long range for a melee weapon


Long Sword Disadvantages

  • Cannot block, forcing players to roll out of harm's way
  • Wide sweeping nature of it's attacks frequently trip up teammates


Long Sword Controls

  • Triangle: Standard Attack (Can be chained up to 4 times)
  • Circle: Thrust (Can be mixed into the standard chain)
  • While moving left, right, or back, Triangle + Circle: Fade Slash (Can start a Spirit Blade Combo but is not a Spirit Attack itself)
  • R2: Spirit Blade (Drains Spirit Gauge, can be chained up to 3 times, complete chains will raise the Spirit Gauge level)
  • Mid combo, R2 + Circle: Foresight Slash (Getting hit during the slash allows 2 Spirit Blade attacks. First one fills the Spirit Gauge, the second raises the Spirt Gauge level.)
  • R2 + Triangle, if succesful, Triangle: Spirit Thrust and Spirit Helmbreaker (Costs one Spirit Gauge level, causes the gauge to fill automatically if it hits)


|  Bow  | |  Charge Blade  | |  Dual Blades  | |  Great Sword  | |  Gunlance  | |  Hammer  | |  Heavy Bowgun  | |  Hunting Horn  | |  Insect Glaive  | |  Lance  | |  Light Bowgun  | |  Switch Axe  | |  Sword & Shield  |


All Long Swords Alphabetical


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