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:
- Combat for tips and Weapon Mechanics for detailed information on how weapons perform.
- Defense and Elemental Resistance for detailed information on surviving combat with Monsters.
- Some weapons have Elemental Damage that is grayed out and in parentheses. These weapons require a skill called Free Elem/Ammo Up to take effect
- For information on configuring your Hunter arsenal, see Loadouts.
- For information improving Weapons, see Augmentations and Upgrades.
- See Kulve Taroth Weapons for the special event weapons
- Please see Master Rank Weapons for Iceborne weapons
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.
- See Monsters or the ingame Monster Field Guide for more information.
- See Damage Types and Status Effects for details.
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.
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