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 tachi, a precursor to the katana) 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 long sword enables fast, fluid movement and combos, but it cannot be used to guard.


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 elegant weapon, the Long Sword is a well rounded offensive 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 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

  • : Standard Attack (Can be chained up to 4 times.) Estimated damage:
    • Draw Slash: 25
    • Vertical Slash: 23
    • Thrust: 13
    • Rising Slash: 20
  • : Thrust (Can be mixed into the standard chain)
    • Estimated damage: 13
  • While moving left, right, or back, + : Fade Slash (Can start a Spirit Blade Combo but is not a Spirit Attack itself)
    • Estimated damage: 23
  • : Spirit Blade (Drains Spirit Gauge, can be chained up to 3 times, complete chains will raise the Spirit Gauge level)
    • Spirit Blade I: 27
    • Spirit Blade II: 33
    • Spirit Blade III: 13 + 15 + 35
    • Spirit Roundhouse: 42
  • Mid combo, + : Foresight Slash (Getting hit during the slash allows 2 Spirit Blade attacks. First one fills the Spirit Gauge, the second raises the Spirit Gauge level.)
    • Estimated damage: 27
  • + if successful, : Spirit Thrust and Spirit Helmbreaker. (Costs one Spirit Gauge level, causes the gauge to fill automatically if it hits.) Estimated damage:
    • Spirit Thrust: 27
    • Helmbreaker with White gauge: 11 + 11 + 11 + 11 + 11 + 10 + 10
    • Helmbreaker with Yellow gauge: 18 + 18 + 18 + 16 + 16 + 16 + 16
    • Helmbreaker with Red gauge: 30 + 30 + 30 + 30 + 28 + 28 + 28

Long Sword Trivia

  • First Wyverian statistics: Long Swords are hunters' favorite weapon with ??% of them using it.


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.


Long Sword Gallery MHW


Long Sword Ore Weapons




Long Sword Bone Weapons





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



Long Swords
Anja Scimitar  ♦  Blacksteel Long Sword  ♦  Blazing Shotel  ♦  Bone Reaper  ♦  Bone Shotel  ♦  Brazen Ridge  ♦  Brazenridge  ♦  Chrome Slicer  ♦  Dark Scimitar  ♦  Dark Shotel  ♦  Dazzling Flash  ♦  Dipterus  ♦  Dragonbone Stabber  ♦  First Dance  ♦  Flickering Glow  ♦  Glacial Shotel  ♦  Glacial Shotel I  ♦  Hard Bone Shotel  ♦  Hazak Grosser  ♦  Iron Gospel  ♦  Iron Grace  ♦  Iron Katana  ♦  Jyura Shotel  ♦  Kadachi Fang  ♦  Last Dance  ♦  Pulsar Shotel  ♦  Wyvern Blade  ♦  Wyvern Blade Leaf


    • Anonymous

      01 Jul 2018 12:36  

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

      • Anonymous

        20 Apr 2018 16:38  

        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

        • 01 Feb 2018 18:37  

          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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