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Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Guide Combos Controls and Moveset

This is a guide to the Charge Blade, a weapon in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Read on to learn about new Charge Blade controls and combos, how to elemental boost the Shield and the Sword, how to use the Savage Axe -like Switch Skill as well as details on other Charge Blade Switch Skills.

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Charge Blade Controls

Sword Controls

Button Action
Buttons X.png Weak Slash
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Forward Slash
(during a combo)
Left Analog.png + Buttons A.png
Fade Slash
Button zR.png + Buttons X.png
Morph Slash
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
Charge
Button zR.png Guard
(Hold)Buttons A.png Charged Double Slash
Buttons zL.png + Buttons X.png
Morphing Advance
Buttons zL.png + Buttons A.png
Counter Peak Performance

Axe Controls

Button Action
Buttons X.png Rising Slash
Buttons A.png Element Discharge
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Amped Element Discharge
Button zR.png Morphed Slash

Sword Useful Combos

Basic Combo

Forward Slash to Return Stroke to End with Spinning Slash

Input
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png to Buttons X.png to Buttons X.png

Elemental Roundslash (Power Mode requires more than 1 phial)

Charged Double Slash to Shield Thrust to Amped Element Discharge to end with Element Boost Spinning Slash

Input
(Hold)Buttons A.png to Buttons X.png+Buttons A.png to Buttons X.png+Buttons A.png to Button zR.png

Sword Mode-boosting Combo (During Elemental Boost Only)

Charged Double Slash While CHarging to Condensed Element Slash

Input
(Hold)Buttons A.png to Button zR.png+Buttons A.png to (Hold)Buttons A.png

Axe Useful Combos

Combo into Amped Element Discharge

Dash Slam to Element Discharge II end to Amped Element Discharge

Input
Button L.png+Buttons X.png to Buttons A.png to Buttons A.png

Combos from Axe Mode into Element Discharge

Rising Slash to Element Discharge II

Input
Buttons X.png to Buttons A.png to Buttons X.png to Buttons A.png

Charge Blade Silkbind Attacks

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List of Silkbind Attacks

Morphing Advance

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Morphing Advance Silkbind Attack

Input
Buttons zL.png + Buttons X.png

Morphing Advance is a silkbind attack where the hunter will dash in the input direction while morphing into Axe Mode. While dashing, your Hunter will have knockback protection so use this to close the gap between you and the monster efficiently!

Counter Peak Performance

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Counter Peak Performance Silkbind Attack

Input
Buttons zL.png + Buttons A.png

This silkbind attack holds your hunter to the ground with threads. When hit by an attack, the Charge Blade phials will automatically be fully charged and can be chained to a Super Elemental Discharge!

Axe Hopper NEW

This new Silkbind Attack can be switched out with Counter Peak Performance.

The axe is raised overhead then slammed down, launching the hunter into the air. This also allows using a powerful Element Discharge while the hunter is moving upwards.

Charge Blade Switch Skills and Best Setup

Switch Skills are unlocked as you progress in the game. The very first one is obtained after finishing the ★3 Village Urgent Quest, Feathered Frenzy.

The best Switch Skills we recommend for each slot are marked in red.

Controls Original Skill Switch Skill
zR + A Condensed Element Slash Condensed Spinning Slash
zR (Axe)
zR+A (Sword)
Morph Slash Counter Morph Slash
zL + A Counter Peak Performance
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1
Axe Hopper
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Condensed Spinning Slash

Switched With Controls
Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Condensed Element Slash Switch Skill
Hold Buttons X.png while charging

Release Buttons X.png at the right time
Description
Activates the Element Regeneration system while charging. The shield rotates and acts as a spinning saw blade. Switches the weapon to Axe mode and turns energy into phials.

To do this, press zR + A and hold X. The Charge Blade shield will start spinning and can be swung onto an enemy. Hold X whenever it hits the enemy, and release afterward. Perfect timing is crucial for this move so take note!

This Switch Skill should be used immediately after acquiring. This allows you to charge your phials while in Axe mode! It greatly helps in maintaining phial charges while also dealing high damage in Axe mode.

Counter Morph Slash

Switched With Controls
Counter Peak Performance
Button zR.png + Buttons X.png in Sword Mode
Button zR.png in Sword Mode
Description
A more defense-focused switching attack with a longer blocking effect. If successful, the follow-up Element Discharge Slash's damage increases.

This Switch Skill lengthens the Morphing Guard Point for the Charge Blade. If you're used to utilizing that specific guard point, we suggest getting this Switch Skill. If not, stick to Morph Slash because Counter Morph Slash can hinder the fast and fluid morphing combos of the Charge Blade.

Axe Hopper

Switched With Controls
Counter Peak Performance
Buttons zL.png + Buttons A.png
Description
Slam the Axe overhead, using recoil and Ironsilk to propel you to the air. While airborne, you can execute a Super Amped Elemental Discharge (SAED).

This move is instant access to Super Amped Elemental Discharge (SAED). Though this is a very easy way to execute SAED, we don't recommend using this because the capability of Counter Peak Performance to charge your phials after blocking an attack is too good.

The DPS from this is not worth it compared to the sheer utility offered by Counter Peak Performance.

Charge Blade Attacks and Moves

Weak Slash

Input In Sword Mode, Buttons X.png
Basic Combos Slash up by pressing X again
Hold A for a Charged attack
Hold zR to switch to Axe mode

A stationary slash attack that does not move the hunter. The very basic starting point for all combos.

Forward Slash

Input In Sword Mode,
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Basic Combos Slash up by pressing X again
Hold A for a Charged attack
Hold with zR to switch to Axe mode

An advancing slash move while in Sword mode. Useful when you need to close the gap between you and the monster.

Charged Double Slash

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Charged Double Slash.gif

Input In Sword Mode,
(Hold) Buttons A.png
Basic Combos Press X after doing a spin attack
Press zR after to switch to Axe Mode

A charged move that executes two slashes when released at the right time. This is the most effective way to get phial charges.

Morph Slash

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Morph Slash.gif

Input
Button zR.png+Buttons X.png
Basic Combos Press X after transformation to do a upward slash attack
Press A after transformation to do a Elemental Burst
Press X + A after transformation to do a enhanced elemental charge into an elemental burst and amped up slash

Axe Rising Slash

Input Buttons X.png
Basic Combos Press X to slash up
Press A after to do an Elemental Discharge
Press ZR to go into Sword Mode

A move in Axe Mode that swings the Axe upward hitting anything high above. Useful against flying monsters like Rathalos or monsters with an elevated head like Anjanath.

Axe Elemental Discharge

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Axe Elemental Discharge.gif

Input Buttons A.png
Basic Combos Press X to do an upwards slash
Press A again for an Elemental Discharge
Press X +A After for an Elemental Burst

Imbues phial charges on your Axe that every swing has boosted capabilities depending on the Phial.

Elemental Boost

In Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise), you can execute an elemental boost to the put phial charges to your sword and the boost the damage of your shield.

Elemental Boosting the Shield

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Elementally Boosting the Shield.gif

Input Button zR.png after a Shield Thrust

Element boosting the shield gives you stronger axe attacks as well as access to the Super Amped Elemental Discharge.

Elemental Boosting the Sword

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Elementally Boost the Sword.gif

Input
Hold Buttons X.png after Charging (zR + A) then release at the right time.

Your shield must be Elemental Boosted
Condensed Element Slash but be chosen as a Switch Skill

Element boosting the sword gives phial properties on all Sword attacks.

Amped Element Discharge

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Amped Elemental Discharge.gif

Input
(Sword Mode)
Buttons X.pngButtons X.png+Buttons A.pngButtons X.png+Buttons A.png
Input
(Axe Mode)
Buttons X.png+Buttons A.png

A very powerful move capable of hitting multiple times and depending on the phial type, can stun or deal more damage against monsters.

Super Amped Elemental Discharge

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Super Amped Elemental Discharge.gif

When the Charge Blade's Shield is Elemental Boosted, the Amped Elemental Discharge will convert to Super Amped Elemental Discharge (SAED) which uses all the phials stored. You know that the Super Amped Elemental Discharge is executed when the camera pans out and your Hunter swings the axe in a huge circle.

You can cancel this into a normal Amped Elemental Discharge by inputting (↓ + X) at the start of the SAED motion. This is usually used to conserve phials for when the monster's opening is not that huge.

Morph Moves

Sword to Axe

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Sword to Axe.gif

Input
Button zR.png + Buttons X.png

While in Sword State, make sure to charge your Phials to unleash devastating Elemental Discharges against enemies.

Axe to Sword

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Axe to Sword.gif

Input Button zR.png

Your Axe form is your battle mode but you are extremely vulnerable. Unleash all your damage then quickly morph back to shield form to gain mobility and guarding capabilities.

Guard Points

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Guard Point.gif

Timings Sword Mode
  • At the start of Morph (Button zR.png + Buttons X.png)
  • After Spinning Slash (Buttons X.png + Buttons X.png + Buttons X.png)

Axe Mode
  • End of Morph Slash (Button zR.png)

Guard points refer to a counterpoint where if a monster uses an attack at you during this period, the attack will be blocked and you can connect an Amped Elemental Discharge using X+A.

Recommended Combos for the Charge Blade

Red Phial Collection Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Red Phial Collection Combo.gif

Controls
Hold Buttons A.pngButtons X.png + Buttons A.png → Hold Buttons A.pngButtons X.png

With this combo, you can go straight to the red phials from the default white ones. Once you've done this, you can go straight to Amped Elemental Discharge or Super Amped Elemental Discharge if your shield is elemental boosted.

Super Amped Elemental Discharge from Sword & Shield Mode

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Super Amped Elemental Discharge.gif

Controls
Buttons X.pngButtons X.png + Buttons A.pngButtons X.png + Buttons A.png

With this combo, you can go into the Super Amped Elemental Discharge (SAED) from the Sword & Shield Mode. It takes a long time to set up, so make sure you do this when the monster is down.

Element Discharge Loop Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Elemental Discharge Loop.gif

Controls
In Axe mode,
Buttons X.pngButtons A.pngButtons X.pngButtons A.png ...

You can use this combo when you want to hit the head to inflict phial damage. For impact phials, you can chain stuns as well, so you can do this while a monster is down to prolong its downtime.

The Savage Axe Loop Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Savage Axe Loop Combo.gif

Controls
In Sword Mode, charge using zR + A then
Hold Buttons X.png → Hold Buttons A.png → Hold Buttons X.png → Hold Buttons A.png ...

This combo utilizes the Savage Axe -like Switch Skill, Condensed Spinning Slash. If Savage Axe is your go-to Charge Blade move back in Monster Hunter World (MHW), then you'll see how great it looks in MH Rise. Condensed Spinning Slash uses phials to attack an area multiple times so when you're using an Impact Phial Charge Blade, a stun is very likely.

Also, feel free to use this beside your allies because this does not throw them airborne!

Tips on How to Use the Charge Blade

Check IconCounterattack using Counter Peak Performance

Check IconCharge Phials in Sword Mode, Discharge in Axe Mode

Check IconTransfer the Charge from Sword to Shield for Bonus Damage in Axe Mode

Counterattack using Counter Peak Performance

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Use Counter Peak Performance

The addition of the Counter Peak Performance gives the Charge Blade counterattack capabilities (besides the Guard Points). Use this silkbind attack when able because it can be chained into an Amped or Super Amped Elemental Discharge!

Charge Phials in Sword Mode, Discharge in Axe Mode

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Discharge Using Axe

Phials make Charge Blades a force to be reckoned with. Always take time to collect phials during sword mode and discharging them using Axe mode. This is the basic gameplay loop for the Charge Blade!

Overcharging Can Cause Swords to Bounce-Off

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Attacks Bounce Off When Overcharged.jpg

If you attack with the Charge Blade, you accumulate charge on your sword that can be transferred to your shield. If you charge with the Sword too much, your attacks will bounce off. Always load the charge using zR + A depending on the number of phials you need.

Phial Charge Accumulation Colors

These are the different colors of the phials when your Charge Blade is charging. Do not let it reach overcharge because your attacks will bounce off.

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Charge Blade Phial No Charge.png No Charge
Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Yellow Phial Charge 3 Phials
Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Red Phial Charge 5 Phials
Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Phial Over Charge.png Overcharged

Transfer the Charge from the Blade to the Shield for Bonuses

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Elementally Boosting the Shield.gif

Controls
Buttons X.pngButtons X.png + Buttons A.pngButtons X.png + Buttons A.pngButton zR.png

When phials are fully charged, take time to transfer the charges from the sword to the shield. When your shield is charged, it gives you increased attack power and guarding!

Also when your shield is charged, you gain access to the Super Amped Elemental Discharge (SAED) which dishes out tons of damage!

How Good is the Charge Blade?

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The Charge Blade offers high damage due to Axe Mode's phial discharge moves and high defense because of the guard points however this is a weapon that is very hard to master. Once you mastered using the Charge Blade though, you have one of the best weapons in your hands.

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Charge Blade Strengths

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Strengths

Check IconThe elemental discharge move is very powerful.

Check IconCan be easily switched between Sword and Axe modes.

Check IconHas inherent guard between attacks

Check IconCan stun monsters by using Impact Phials

Elemental Discharges Are Very Powerful

Charge Blade's power is all on the elemental discharge. The phials can also vary between an Impact or Element Phial each with different uses. The Charge Blade is very flexible!

Easy Switch Between Sword and Axe

In Sword Mode, the hunter has good mobility and can guard with a shield. In Axe Mode, the hunter has poor mobility but greater damage. Charge Blade users can easily switch between the two!

Guard Points Between Attacks

Charge Blades have guard frames called Guard Point. When a monster hits your guard point, you can immediately execute an Elemental Discharge!

Can Stun Using Impact Phials

Using Charge Blades with Impact Phials is a good way to stun monsters - considering that you are hitting them on the head.

Charge Blade Weaknesses

Monster Hunter Rise - Charge Blade Weaknesses

Check IconA very complicated weapon

Check IconVery long attack animations

Most Complicated Weapon in the Game

This weapon is the most complicated weapon in the game. There are a lot of technicalities to this weapon so it is not beginner-friendly. A deep understanding of the underlying mechanics is required!

Long Attack Animations

Charge Blades have very long attack animations that are sometimes difficult to time. For example, Elemental Bursts have a long wind-up animation before hitting the monster!

Changes from MHW: Iceborne

Check IconSavage Axe can be derived from the Condensed Spinning Slash Switch Skill

Savage Axe is Now in the Condensed Spinning Slash Switch Skill

The Condensed Spinning Slash Switch Skill is shown to have the animation and movements of the Savage Axe in MHW: Iceborne. You can charge phials while in Axe Mode with this Switch Skill so if you like using the Savage Axe in World, then you'll use this one all the time!

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