Weapons in Monster Hunter World are equipment that assists the player during their hunts by helping them deal damage to Monsters. Weapons are divided into categories, each with special requirements and a unique move-set, complete with strengths and weaknesses. To understand the basics of MHW Combat mechanics, please see: 

Weapons fall into one of three attack types: Cutting (Sever), Blunt and Ammo. Monsters' resistance and vulnerability to these types will vary by body part. Players can deal extra damage if they target a part that is more vulnerable to their weapon's type of attack.


cut-damage-mhwCutting Attacks

Sword slashes, lance thrusts, etc: Can be used to cut the tails off certain monsters.

blunt-damage-mhwBlunt Attacks

Shield bashes, hammer smashes, etc: Reduces Monster Stamina and stuns them if  hit on the head.

ammo-damage-mhwAmmo Attacks

Projectiles, Arrows, Bowgun: Special properties depending on the attack.



List of All Weapons
List of Weapon Categories


Great Sword Gallery MHW


Great Sword Ore Weapons





Great Sword Bone Weapons







Sword & Shield Gallery MHW


Sword and Shield Ore Weapons






Sword and Shield Bone Weapons






Dual Blades Gallery MHW


Dual Blades Ore Weapons




Dual Blades Bone Weapons







Long Sword Gallery MHW


Long Sword Ore Weapons




Long Sword Bone Weapons







Hammers Gallery MHW


Hammer Ore Weapons




Hammer Bone Weapons







Hunting Horns Gallery MHW


Hunting Horn Ore Weapons




Hunting Horn Bone Weapons







Lances Gallery MHW


Lance Ore Weapons




Lance Bone Weapons







Gunlance Gallery MHW


Gunlance Ore Weapons





Gunlance Bone Weapons






Switch Axes Gallery MHW


Switch Axe Ore Weapons




Switch Axe Bone Weapons







Charge Blades Gallery MHW


Charge Blade Ore Weapons




Charge Blade Bone Weapons






Insect Glaives Gallery MHW


Insect Glaive Ore Weapons




Insect Glaive Bone Weapons







Bows Gallery MHW


Bow Ore Weapons




Bow Bone Weapons






Light Bowguns Gallery MHW


Light Bowgun Ore Weapons




Light Bowgun Bone Weapons







Heavy Bowguns Gallery MHW


Heavy Bowgun Ore Weapons




Heavy Bowgun Bone Weapons





Monster Hunter World Weapon Categories

There are fourteen different weapons at the Hunter's disposal, each with their own unique characteristics and attacks. Many hunters acquire proficiency in multiple types, while others prefer to gain mastery in one.


Great Sword

Large, powerful but slow heavy-damagers
Great Sword Weapon Tree



Sword & Shield

Balanced, mobile & beginner friendly
Sword & Shield Weapon Tree



Dual Blades

Light but extremely fast flurry of attacks.
Dual Blades Weapon Tree



Long Sword

Nimble and with great melee range
Long Sword Weapon Tree




Slow but heavy & stunning attacks
Hammer Weapon Tree



Hunting Horn

Easy and long range support weapon.
Hunting Horn Weapon Tree




Strong Defense and Offense
Lance Weapon Tree




High offense, limited range.
Gunlance Weapon Tree



Switch Axe

Versatile, fast & elemental damage.
Switch Axe Weapon Tree



Charge Blade

Versatile, powerful and fast
Charge Blade Weapon Tree



Insect Glaive

Mobile, aerial attacks and buffs
Insect Glaive Weapon Tree




Fast, ranged debuff attacks.
Bow Weapon Tree



Light Bowgun

High mobility, rapid fire ranged weapon
Light Bowgun Weapon Tree



Heavy Bowgun

Slow but powerful ranged attacks.
Heavy Bowgun Weapon Tree



    • Anonymous

      19 Sep 2018 15:57  

      Well I was lost on weapon choice at first, so in my view for anyone newer: as much as I hate to say it after 100 hours what I heard when I first started playing MH world seems to be right: Greatswords are pretty solidly the best melee weapon overall. Simply put it's the best at fitting the most damage into the smallest windows of opportunity, which ultimately is most of what combat is about in MH. As lackluster as the GS seems and as tempting as I found fancier weapons like the charge blade, unfortunately as time went on and I encountered faster, stronger monsters/multiple monsters where openings can be fleeting maintaining a charge became more and more of a burden; by the time a charge blade/long sword/insect glaive is set up to deal real damage, a GS is already out there landing 750 damage combos. Add to that special sitiuations where speed is irrelevant vs. raw damage, like jumping attacks/mounted finishers, or most importantly wakeup attacks where, for ex, my leviathan blade generally does just below 1k damage not including barrel bombs, and IME it becomes tougher and tougher to justify using other melee weapons outside niche circumstances. I mean, I guess the real (let's see if that works) choice of pros is bows as used by all those ludicrous speed runners, but they only start becoming really impressive once one has a proper fancy armor/jewel setup to support it.

      • Anonymous

        09 Aug 2018 18:39  

        is there any weapon that can cut both tail and breaking horns? i'm planning to play solo since my internet kinda suck

        • Anonymous

          Weapons [MH:W Wiki]16 Jul 2018 20:48  

          do it my style for each weapon type get 1 elemental type attack, for example dual swords paralyze, Hammer thunder ...etc you will find your self playing all weapons with many different elements + the play style.
          soon pc ver will be released can't wait to start playing

          • Anonymous

            24 Apr 2018 03:38  

            hello! yes! hi! i am a glaive main, and i thought.... to all those glaive mains out there, lets all have some fun! like if you agree! pls reply! i am very humbled by all the glaive mains out there, but... how many? its okay if you dislike, this is a crappy post. but.... thanks for all da support, and the fifth fleet honors you!

            • Anonymous

              23 Apr 2018 23:47  

              is a glaive a blade or gun? it says it shoots a pheromone bullet, so does that mean its a gun? pls halp meh on this one!

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