Switch Axe

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Use the mobility and attack power of the Axe, and when you see a chance, switch to the powerful Sword. While in Sword Mode, aim to unleash a powerful Element Discharge.

Weapon Type Melee
Damage Type Cut Damage
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Switch Axe (スラッシュアックス surasshu akkusu, "slash axe") 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 switch axe morphs between axe and sword modes. Axe mode boasts power and long reach, while sword mode features faster attacks and explosive finishers.


Switch Axe Weapon Tree

For full details, please see Switch Axe Weapon Tree



Switch Axe Traits & Abilities

  • A complex weapon with two forms and a phial system.
  • There are 6 phial types; Power, Power elemental, Poison, Dragon, Exhaust, and Paralysis.
  • Axe mode has good reach and mobility
  • Sword mode has extra damage and uses the phial's bonus.
  • Phials can add damage, elemental damage, or even drain the monster's stamina.
  • Rolling in axe mode is faster than sword mode.


Switch Axe Guide

The Switch Axe is a complicated weapon that is extremely powerful in the hands of a master. It has two forms, axe mode and sword mode, and a phial system that adds additional effects to sword mode. Axe form has excellent reach and good mobility. It is also capable of a rapid chain attack that depletes stamina. Axe mode attacks can be combo-ed into sword mode. Sword mode has rapid attacks with the added bonus of the phial. Sword form is capable of an Elemental Discharge attack, where the hunter thrusts the sword forward, builds up rapid hitting power, and then unleashes it in a massive explosion. Being in sword form drains the phial gauge, and the Elemental Discharge takes a chunk out of it. The gauge will recover naturally in axe form, but if it gets too low it will have to be reloaded before sword form can be used again. The type of phial determines what bonus is gained whenever the switch axe is in sword form. Phials can give bonus attack, elemental attack, status effects, or even drain a monster's stamina.

Switch Gauge

Attacking in Sword Mode consumes the Switch Gauge. Switching from Sword Mode to Axe Mode refills a small amount of the gauge. The gauge will also refill automatically over time.


Sword Mode Attacks

Attacks in Sword Mode utilize the effects of the switch axe's phial, making them much harder to deflect. This makes Sword Mode useful for targeting tough body parts.


Amped State

Land enough attacks on a monster while in Sword Mode to enter an Amped State, which increases your attack power. The number of hits it takes to enter Amped State depends on the type of switch axe phial. 




Switch Axe Advantages

  • Long combos which are relatively easy to chain and allow for switching mid-way
  • Good reach and mobility in Axe form, and great damage in sword form
  • Phials can be used to add bonus effects to a weapon


Switch Axe Disadvantages

  • No Guarding
  • Limited mobility when using the sword
  • Fast sharpness deterioration when using the phial's explosive moves


Switch Axe Controls

Each move has its own hidden Combo Move multiplier (CM), which is used when calculating Raw (physical) Damage. See the article on Attack Power for more information.

Note: These figures are estimations reached through community testing.

Axe Form

  • : Standard Attack (Can be chained up to three times). CM:
    • Side Slash: 25
    • Rising Slash: 27
    • Overhead Slash: 43
  • : Wild Swing (Each swing drains stamina and can be chained until stamina runs out). CM:
    • Wild Swing: 25 + 23
    • Morph Attack ( during Wild Swing): 23 + 71 + 36
  • + : Rising Slash
  • L + : Advancing Attack
  • Back on L + : Fade Slash
  • : Morph (can be done mid combo for a transforming attack)

Sword Form

  • : Standard Attack (Can be chained up to three times). CM:
    • Overhead Slash: 36
    • Rising Slash: 26
    • Side Slash: 23
  • : Strong Attack (Can be chained up to three times). CM:
    • Double Slash: 26 + 31
    • Leaping Continuous Attack: 29 + 39
  • + : Elemental Discharge (Thrust the sword forward, spam triangle to build up energy and unleash it in an explosion, cost a lot of the phial meter, can be used mid combo). CM:
    • Element Discharge: 13 + 13 + 8 * 7 hits
    • Element Discharge Finisher: 95
  • While Elemental Awakening meter is full, + : Zero Sum Discharge (Stabs the monster with the sword and climbs onto it to unleash the phial's explosion like normal Elemental Discharge,
  • : Morph (can be done mid combo for a transforming attack)


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

Switch Axes Gallery MHW


Switch Axe Ore Weapons




Switch Axe Bone Weapons







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




Switch Axe
Barroth Grinder  ♦  Bazel Raider  ♦  Blacksteel Switch Axe  ♦  Bone Axe  ♦  Bone Smasher  ♦  Carapace Axe  ♦  Chrome Guardian  ♦  Diablos Axe  ♦  Dragonbone Slicer  ♦  Flammenbeil  ♦  Glacial Axe  ♦  Hazak Demios  ♦  Improved Steel Axe  ♦  Jagras Axe  ♦  Jagras Raider  ♦  Jyura Drought  ♦  Lightning Chopper  ♦  Lumu Axe  ♦  Lumu Smasher  ♦  Madness Axe  ♦  Motor Chopper  ♦  Nergal Gash  ♦  Nergal Lacerator  ♦  Peal  ♦  Perfected Alloy Axe  ♦  Power Smasher  ♦  Proto Iron Axe  ♦  Rathalos Axe  ♦  Rathbringer Axe  ♦  Steel Axe  ♦  Thunder Axe

    • Anonymous

      11 Jul 2018 20:09  

      Help. My favorite weapon starting to become shitty along with the franchise growing.. Who design this amped state anyway? Normal attack without amped 80 and amped with 50 + 30 spark damage (????). And zero sum, wow really showwyy but when you notice teostra going to supernova and you still sliding on the ground (????).

      • 17 Feb 2018 06:55  

        Highly recommended for Bloodborne veterans who like the concept of trick weapons. If you want an axe for crushing hard shells, a sword for slicing tails, and a freakin CHAINSAW to unleash the elemental discharge with a BAM at the same time, then Switch Axe is the best for you.

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