Sword & Shield


A mobile weapon with fast recovery time between attacks. You can even use items or attack while blocking.

Weapon Type Melee
Damage Type Cut Damage
Upgrades ??

Sword & Shield (片手剣) 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.


Sword & Shield Weapon Tree

For full details, please see Sword & Shield Weapon Tree 

Sword & Shield Traits & Abilities

  • Hunters can use Items with their weapons drawn and whilst guarding
  • Fast recovery time, allowing for the chaining of attacks and blocks, at the expense of damage
  • Wide range of Elemental Damage options, and useful to inflict Status Effects on enemies.


Sword & Shield Guide

If you were to look in a Moster Hunter dictionary for the word versatility, you would find a picture of the Sword & Shield. High mobility, 2nd highest attack speed in the game, a mix of cutting and blunt attacks, a decent blocking ability, and the ability to use items and the slinger while still drawn, the Sword & Shield can do it all. On the offense, the Sword & Shield demands tenacity of it's user. Hunters must stay on top of the monster and never stop attacking. The Sword & Shield specializes in rapid slashing combos, with the ocasional shield bash thrown in. This makes it equally good at severing tails and stunning monsters. Thanks to the light, quick nature of it's attacks, the Sword & Shield has good reaction time when it comes to defense. Hunters can run at full speed, and dodge attacks without worrying about being locked into attack animations. The Shield part of the Sword & Shield also allows hunters to block monster attacks. While it is not the strongest block in the game, it is still an invaluable part of the Sword & Shield fighting style. Lastly, Hunters are able to use items and their slinger while their weapon is still drawn. This ability is useful in countless ways, from healing and buffing yourself and teamates, to traversing the map and shooting at distant targets. 

Sword & Shield Advantages

  • Quick attacks and evades create a well-rounded hunter
  • Can guard and can use items while guarding
  • Possibly high Elemental Damage, and good at inflicting Status Ailments


Sword & Shield Disadvantages

  • Each hit is not very powerful
  • Guarding and blocking isn't as effective as for other heavier weapons.
  • Sharpness decays rapidly due to the fast nature of the attacks.


Sword & Shield Controls 

  • Triangle: Standard Attack (Can chain up to 3 attacks)
  • Circle: Special Attack (Can chain up to 3 attacks)
  • While moving, Circle: Shield Bash (Does blunt damage, replaces first attack of normal circle combo)
  • Triangle + Circle: Advancing Slash (Can make use of terrain)
  • Midcombo, back on L + Circle (Hold): Charge Slash (Does not have charge levels, and launches the hunter into the air if it hits)
  • After succesful Charge Slash, Triangle: Falling Slash (Does mounting damage)
  • After succesful Charge Slash, Circle: Falling Bash (Does blunt damage)
  • R2 + Triangle: Rising Slash
  • R2 or L2 + Square: Use items
  • R2: Block
  • L2: Ready Slinger
  • L2 + R2: Fire Slinger


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All Sword & Shields Alphabetical


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