Monster Hunter World: Best Charge Blades, Ranked (2024)

Highlights

  • The Charge Blade debuted in Monster Hunter 4, offering seamless weapon switching between axe and sword.
  • Six rare Charge Blades in Monster Hunter World and Iceborne are worth crafting for dedicated players.

As of 2018's Monster Hunter World, the Charge Blade is a relatively new weapon to the franchise. Allowing players to seamlessly switch between a heavy two-handed axe to a swift sword and shield, the weapon first debuted in 2013's Monster Hunter 4, occupying a similar space among the fourteen weapon types as the Switch Axe which debuted in Monster Hunter Tri.

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In Monster Hunter World, the Charge Blade is just as powerful as ever, but users may find themselves torn as to which version of the weapon they should opt for. These six Charge Blades may not be the easiest to acquire in Monster Hunter World, nor its DLC expansion Iceborne, but they're worth the trouble to craft.

Updated May 21, 2024 by Blaise Santi: Monster Hunter World has been out for over six years, and over that time, players have explored all possible options for using the coveted Charge Blade, a weapon that can only be mastered by the very best hunters.

Across the base game and the expansion, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, there are plenty of great Charge Blades to choose from, but not all of them may make it to the franchise's next installment, Monster Hunter Wilds, set for release in 2025. For those still playing Monster Hunter World in anticipation of the series' next chapter, these are some additional must-haves in any Charge Blade user's arsenal.

9 Alatreon Morphblade

A Blade Only For The Strongest Of Hunters

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Upgrade From

Alatreon Edge

Materials Needed

Alatreon Direwing (x1), Alatreon Riptalon (x3), Skyswayer (x2), Azure Dragonsphire (x1)

Attack Power

1008

Specs

Purple Sharpness, 510 Dragon, Power Element Phial

The Alatreon is one of the more terrifying monsters in the Monster Hunter franchise, as its various form changes during battle allow it to utilize every single elemental blight. While this can be a detriment to hunters, defeating the monster numerous times will allow Charge Blade users to acquire the Alatreon Morphblade, which prioritizes the Dragon Element.

With over 1000 base Attack and a whopping amount of Purple sharpness, the Alatreon Morphblade is one of the best Dragon Element weapons in Monster Hunter World. Since most Elder Dragons are also weak to the Dragon Element, it's one of the best options for farming battles against the normally difficult monsters, though it'll take a lot of work to craft and upgrade it.

8 Elder Wolf Fang

Give Monsters A Chill With This Weapon

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Weissritter+

Materials Needed

Barioth Hardclaw (x4), Amber Hardfang (x2), Velkhana Hardclaw (x2), Large Elder Dragon Bone (x5)

Attack Power

900

Specs

White Sharpness, 360 Ice, Power Element Phial

Although this weapon's design takes after the Barioth, it also requires materials from the Velkhana, a monster introduced in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. This weapon comes with a lot of bonuses, from 900 Attack to a good amount of White and Blue-level Sharpness. However, its best feature is the 360 Ice Element, as well as the 30% Affinity.

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With these attributes, the Elder Wolf Fang is one of the best Ice weapons that doesn't require the Free Elem/Ammo Up skill. Plus, with the skill Handicraft, players will get a lot more bang for their buck when it comes to the amount of White Sharpness this weapon offers. Make sure this weapon is equipped for fights against fiery monsters that are weak to the Ice Element.

7 The Melting Grasp

It Needs Materials From A Paralyzing Threat

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Sulfurteinn Machmar

Materials Needed

Acidic Glavenus Spineshell (x3), Acidic Glavenus Hardfang (x4), Glavenus Mantle (x1), Vall Hazak Hardclaw (x2)

Attack Power

1044

Specs

Blue Sharpness, 270 Paralysis (Free Elem), Impact Phial

The Acidic Glavenus is a variant of the Glavenus introduced in Monster Hunter World. While the original version of the Glavenus gives off fiery attacks, the Acidic Glavenus has no elemental attacks, though its Charge Blade, The Melting Grasp, can acquire 270 in Paralysis with the skill Free Elem/Ammo Up. Plus, the weapon boasts a whopping 1044 in base Attack.

What makes this Charge Blade easy to acquire is the Acidic Glavenus's weakness to Fire. That means Charge Blade users who were smart enough to craft and upgrade the Glavenus Bardred (seen below) will have the perfect weapon to farm Acidic Glavenus materials. Plus, The Melting Grasp can also be upgraded from the Diablos Tyrannis III rather than the next weapon...

6 Thanatos Force

A Blade Worthy Of The Devil Himself

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Upgrade From

Diablos Tyrannis III

Materials Needed

Black Diablos Cortex (x3), Blackcurl Stouthorn (x3), Monster Solidbone (x3), Large Wyvern Gem (x1)

Attack Power

1044

Specs

Blue Sharpness, 240 Ice (Free Elem), Impact Phial

The Diablos is one of the fiercest monsters in the entire Monster Hunter franchise, but the plus side is that its signature weapons are among the strongest in base power. When fully upgraded, the Thanatos Force consists of materials from both the Diablos and its variant, the much more sinister Black Diablos.

Thanatos Force boasts a stellar base Attack of 1044, with solid blue Sharpness at the cost of -30% Affinity. When combined with the useful Armor Skill known as Free Elem/Ammo Up, players will also gain access to Ice elemental damage and an Impact phial, making their attacks super-effective against monsters and more likely to stun.

5 Safi's Shattershield

A Rare Reward For The Dedicated Hunters

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Upgrade From

N/A

Materials Needed

N/A, complete "Safi'jiiva Siege" quest

Attack Power

972

Specs

White Sharpness, 120 Blast, Impact Phial

Many Monster Hunter fans are partial to Blast weapons, as they accrue damage over time to deliver serious explosive blows against monsters. When it comes to Charge Blade, the best choice for hunters is Safi's Shattershield, which boasts 972 base Attack, stellar Sharpness in the white level, 5% Affinity, and 120 Blast damage, as well as an Impact phial.

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The only downside of Safi's Shattershield is that it can only be obtained after players complete the "Safi'jiiva Siege" quest. The reward for defeating the Elder Dragon in this quest is one of many Safi'jiiva weapons, but the Event Quest is only available online every two weeks. Even when players face it, victory is not guaranteed against this fearsome foe.

4 Glavenus Bardred

Sharpness Is The Name Of The Game

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Scorching Demander+

Materials Needed

Glavenus Hellshell (x4), Glavenus Hardfang (x5), Fire Dragon Hardclaw (x2), Pure Dragon Blood (x3)

Attack Power

936

Specs

White Sharpness, 390 Fire, Power Element Phial

Although Glavenus is far from the easiest fight in Monster Hunter World, it is also one of the most fun to battle, which might make acquiring this fully upgraded Charge Blade a thrill. The Glavenus Bardred can be upgraded steadily from the Great Jagras weapon line, proving to be one of the best Fire element weapons in the game.

With a huge amount of white Sharpness, players will likely get the most out of Glavenus Bardred's 936 base Attack and 390 Fire. It also comes with the Power Element Phial, which will also increase the strength of elemental attacks. This weapon is the perfect choice against any monster that's acclimated to a cold environment.

3 Luna Eostre

The Golden Choice For Poison Lovers

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Upgrade From

N/A

Materials Needed

Gold Rathian Cortex (x4), Gold Rathian Surspike (x3), Gold Rathian Shard (x5), Rath Gleam (x1)

Attack Power

1044

Specs

White Sharpness, 420 Poison, Impact Phial

There aren't many monsters who aren't susceptible to Poison as a status element, which makes weapons of the Rathian line quite handy to keep around. In Monster Hunter World, Charge Blade users can fully upgrade their Rathian weapons into the illustrious Luna Eostre, made out of Gold Rathian materials with some of the best stats in the game.

As if 10% Affinity and 420 Poison element aren't enough to make this weapon incredible, 1044 base Attack and a whopping amount of white Sharpness will make it hard to un-equip. Plus, Luna Eostre comes with two level-2 Armor slots, allowing players to utilize this weapon to increase their proficiency in skills like Attack Up or Guard.

2 Fate's Curtain

Perfect For The Savage Hunters

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Upgrade From

N/A

Materials Needed

Deviljho Ripper (x2), Deviljho Crook (x1), Vile Fang (x3), Black Blood (x3)

Attack Power

1008

Specs

White Sharpness, 270 Dragon, Power Element Phial

Few monsters terrify Monster Hunter fanatics as much as the Savage Deviljho, the superpowered version of one of the most difficult monsters in the game. While defeating it is no easy feat, the Savage Deviljho's signature Charge Blade, Fate's Curtain, is a magnificent reward for the best hunters in Monster Hunter World.

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With an Attack of 1008, white Sharpness, and 270 Dragon Element (not counting buffs from the Power Element Phial), this weapon will make mincemeat of monsters it's used against. The only downside to it is the -30% Affinity, but with base Attack that high, critical hits aren't exactly needed often.

1 True Fatalis Charger

A Dragon Killer For An Elder Dragon Slayer

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Upgrade From

Fatalis Charger

Materials Needed

Fatalis Hardhorn (x2), Fatalis Pectus (x2), Fatalis Evil Eye (x1), Large Elder Dragon Gem (x1)

Attack Power

1224

Specs

Purple Sharpness, 150 Dragon, Impact Phial

Fatalis is one of the most iconic Elder Dragons in the Monster Hunter franchise, making its debut in the first-generation games. Its Charge Blade is easily the best of its weapon type by a large margin, with incredible stats that make farming the monster well worth it. Just a glance at its base Attack of 1224 will make any Charge Blade user eager to get their hands on it.

That's not the only benefit the True Fatalis Charger possesses. Some of its other attributes include Sharpness in the purple level, 150 Dragon Element, an Impact Phial, and two level-4 slots for Decorations. Its -20% Affinity isn't stellar, but it'll be hard to complain about all the other benefits that this Charge Blade grants.

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Monster Hunter World
Platform(s)
PS4 , Xbox One , PC

Released
January 26, 2018
Developer(s)
Capcom

Genre(s)
Action RPG
Monster Hunter World: Best Charge Blades, Ranked (2024)

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