Weapons in Monster Hunter World (MHW) are equipment that assists the player during their hunts by helping them deal damage to Monsters. Weapons are divided into fourteen types, each with special requirements and a unique move-set, complete with strengths and weaknesses.


To better understand the combat mechanics of MHW, please see:

 

Choosing a Weapon in MHW

When choosing a Weapon, it is important to consider its Damage Type and/or Status Effect to take advantage of a Monster's weaknesses.

  • Raw (Physical) Damage from Weapons is dealt as one of three types: Cutting (Sever), Blunt, and Ammo, while Elemental Damage has five types: Fire, Water, Thunder, Ice, and Dragon.
  • Status Effects do not directly deal damage, but rather build up effects including Poison, Stun, Paralysis, Sleep, and Blast.
  • Monsters' resistance to Raw and Elemental Damage will vary by body part, while resistance to Status Effects vary by Monster.

Additionally, keep in mind that wielding a Blademaster (melee) Weapon will reduce Physical Damage taken, while ranged Weapons will reduce Elemental Damage taken.

Also not all upgrades will be avalible at the start of MHW. you will see an Under Development area of the upgrade Screen, these will update as the story progresses.

  • At the start of the game you will be able to upgrade your weapons to Rarity 3.
  • After arriving in the Rotten Vale and doing some Exploring, you will get a Field Master(Tracker) cut scene.
    After you will be able to upgrade weapons to Rarity 6.
     

 

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.

mhw_greatsword Great Sword

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

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mhw_sword-shield Sword & Shield

Balanced, mobile & beginner friendly
Sword & Shield Weapon Tree

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mhw_dual-blades Dual Blades

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

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mhw_longsword Long Sword

Nimble and with great melee range
Long Sword Weapon Tree

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mhw_hammer Hammer

Slow but heavy & stunning attacks
Hammer Weapon Tree

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mhw_hunting-horn Hunting Horn

Easy and long range support weapon.
Hunting Horn Weapon Tree

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mhw_lance Lance

Strong Defense and Offense
Lance Weapon Tree

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mhw_gunlance Gunlance

High offense, limited range.
Gunlance Weapon Tree

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mhw_switch-axe Switch Axe

Versatile, fast & elemental damage.
Switch Axe Weapon Tree

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mhw_charge-blade Charge Blade

Versatile, powerful and fast
Charge Blade Weapon Tree

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mhw_insect-glaive Insect Glaive

Mobile, aerial attacks and buffs
Insect Glaive Weapon Tree

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mhw_Bow Bow

Fast, ranged debuff attacks.
Bow Weapon Tree

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mhw_light-bowgun Light Bowgun

High mobility, rapid fire ranged weapon
Light Bowgun Weapon Tree

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mhw_heavy-bowgun Heavy Bowgun

Slow but powerful ranged attacks.
Heavy Bowgun Weapon Tree

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All MHW Weapons List

 For Iceborne Weapons, please see Master Rank Weapons.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      07 Jul 2020 13:44  

      Hammerbros are obnoxious, you know.... being so obsessed with hammers is just stupid. I love hammer, also. Its just that almost everyone who plays hammer acts like a f*cking child with a god-complex on steroids. Every weapon is fun to play. I prefer other weapons, and thats my choice. There is nothing wrong with hammers. But its not just hammers that, when used correctly, destroy monsters left and right. I’m a longsword main, just not a noob who doesn’t know hot to Monster Hunter. I can slay every monster effortlessly. And I’m very happy with actually knowing how to time my attacks and counters, especially the Spirit-Iai (thats pronounced “iai” for those who don’t know) and the Spirit Helm-Breaker. To be clear, I love every weapon and I praise every other player I was ever with in any hunt I did in multiplayer. Hammers are amazing, hunting horns are god-like, greatswords are satisfying, bow is sooooooo clean, charge blade is epic, switch-axes are chads and longsword (when used correctly) is just beastly. I play mainly single player, so I don’t have much experience in actually seeing ls users stagger others that much. In fact; I’ve never seen such a thing. But I’m sure you have your own reasons to either love or hate a weapon. Just don’t be toxic about it in any way. Don’t say people should stop using ls because its a noob weapon, sure its easy to learn so a lot of true noobs use it, but experts at this weapon absolutely slay. And don’t be that hammerbro that spews toxic sh*t like “STOP ATTACKING THE HEAD NON-HAMMER SCRUBS, THATS OUR JOB!!!!”. Choose your own weapon, don’t discriminate others for using a different weapon than your own. Every weapon is awesome, its just that the players are either good or bad at the game. Lets just all have fun hunting the way we like best.

      • Anonymous

        14 Jun 2020 05:11  

        No weapon is the best, and the isn't a worst, it just depends on how well you use them. I can't use DB effectively but I can destroy with LG and SA. It's pretty easy to find pros for each weapon who destroy their enemies and it's soooo satisfying to see a pro dominate a monster. And really it doesn't matter which weapon is the best as long as it gets the job done.

        • Anonymous

          30 May 2020 16:28  

          I somehow went from starting with the DB to going to the IG then the LS THEN SA after a while I got good with CB but then after all that I became amazing with the hammer and now I switch between 5 different weapons constantly. (Is this bad?)

          • 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

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