Weapon Types and List of Weapons | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

MHW Weapon Types Guide
This is a guide about all the weapon types available in Monster Hunter World (MHW). Read on to see all the weapon types, a brief description about them, and links for more in-depth guides for each weapon.

All Weapon Lists by Type

Melee Weapons
Great Sword Icon.jpegGreat Swords Great Sword Trees and Complete List How to Use Great Swords
Long Sword Icon.jpegLong Swords Long Sword Trees and Complete List How to Use Long Swords
Sword & Shield Icon.jpegSword and Shields Sword and Shield Trees and Complete List How to Use Sword and Shields
Dual Blades Icon.jpegDual Blades Dual Blade Trees and Complete List How to Use Dual Blades
Hammer Icon.jpegHammers Hammer Trees and Complete List How to Use Hammers
Hunting Horn Icon.jpegHunting Horns Hunting Horn Trees and Complete List How to Use Hunting Horns
Lance Icon.jpegLances Lance Trees and Complete List How to Use Lances
Gunlance Icon.jpegGunlances Gunlance Trees and Complete List How to Use Gunlances
Switch Axe Icon.jpegSwitch Axe Switch Axe Trees and Complete List How to Use Switch Axes
Charge Blade Icon.jpegCharge Blade Charge Blade Trees and Complete List How to Use Charge Blades
Insect Glaive Icon.jpegInsect Glaive Insect Glaive Trees and Complete List How to Use Insect Glaives
Ranged Weapons
Light Bowgun Icon.jpegLight Bowguns Light Bowgun Trees and Complete List How to Use Light Bowguns
Heavy Bowgun Icon.jpegHeavy Bowguns Heavy Bowgun Trees and Complete List How to Use Heavy Bowguns
Bow Icon.jpegBows Bow Trees and Complete List How to Use Bows

Weapon Types

Melee Weapons

Melee Weapons are weapons that rely on getting upfront with monsters. They rely on blocking and mobility to stay in the heat of fights.

Great Sword Long Sword Sword and Shield
Dual Blades Hammers Hunting Horn
Lance Gunlance Switch Axe
Charge Blade Insect Glaive -

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Great Sword

Great Sword
Great Swords are the heaviest and most hard-hitting blades in the game. They offer high destructive power at the cost of slow attacks. Due to this nature, Great Swords are not meant for weaving in and out of fights and instead, focuses on single hard hits while blocking and dodging monster attacks.

For a list of all available Great Swords in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Great Sword List

Long Sword

Long Sword
Another huge bladed weapon. The Long Sword retains its mobility in exchange for lower firepower. While it may have lower damaging attacks than the Great Sword, it can instead, unleash a flurry of high damaging attacks which is coupled by the mobility that allows them to damage monsters while staying relatively safe from a distance.

For a list of all available Long Swords in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Long Sword List

Sword and Shield

Sword And Shield
A small sword weapon that lacks firepower compared to the bigger swords and lacks the attack speed than it's twin blades counterpart. It also lacks the ability to block strong monster attacks due to its small shield. What makes the Sword and Shield special, however, is its high mobility and its ability to use items while unsheathed. It's mobility, item usage, and defensive capabilities makes it an extremely safe weapon for beginners and a lethal weapon for masters.

For a list of all available Sword and Shields in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Sword & Shield List

Dual Blades

Dual Blades
The dual blades sacrifice defense and hard hits for a flurry of small hits. Dual Blades users can also demonize to increase their damage output and lengthen their combos further. Dual Blades are also capable of maximizing the effects of elemental attacks making them great against monsters with weaknesses to certain elements.

For a list of all available Dual Blades in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Dual Blade List

Hammer

Hammer
The big bad blunt weapon. The hammer is capable of several feats that are exclusive to blunt weapons like smacking monsters head which can stun them. Despite being a big weapon, the hammer is capable of swift strikes and it can also charge up its attacks while moving. To add to its advantages, it also has the best sliding attack in the game which can make some flashy kills in the hands of a master.

For a list of all available Hammers in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Hammer List

Hunting Horn

Hunting Horn
The cute big guy from the blunt weapon family. It sacrifices the majority of its offensive capabilities and flashy attacks in exchange for the ability to create melodies in battle. These melodies are then used to provide several effects in the field like buffing your allies and providing resistances. One of the go-to weapons for the hunters that want to aid others instead of taking the glory for themselves.

For a list of all available Hammers in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Hunting Horn List

Lance

Lance
The ultimate tank weapon available. The Lance is a heavy weapon that is partnered with a heavy shield. This makes the lance incredibly slow. It also has no moves that stand out in particular. That, however, is the lance's best trait. It's incredibly simple to use and it allows the hunter to stand their ground and hit the enemy without backing off. The Lance can attack while shielding making it the best weapon for turtling strategies.

For a list of all available Lances in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Lance List

Gunlance

Gunlance
The cool Lance. In exchange for some mobility skills, the Gunlance obtained some gunpowder to couple its attacks. It is now capable of firing shells with varying effects (depending on the Gunlance equipped) after attacking. This makes the Gunlance more offence oriented than the Lance. it can also use Wyvern Fire which makes it charge for several seconds to unleash a strong blast that can severely damage monsters.

For a list of all available Gunlances in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Gunlance List

Switch Axe

Switch Axe
An Axe that is also a Sword. The Switch axe is a versatile weapon that allows it to change its form to aid the hunter in various scenarios. The axe is equipped with stronger firepower and a farther reach while the sword is capable of unleashing a flurry of attacks.

For a list of all available Switch Axes in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Switch Axe List

Charge Blade

Charge Blade
Similar to the Switch Axe, the Charge Blade also switches its form between an axe mode and a sword mode. Its sword form is much more mobile than its counterpart axe form but the axe form is again, capable of more damaging attacks. The Charge Blade also has a vial that can be charged up in sword form so it can unleash a devastating attack while in axe form.

For a list of all available Chage Blades in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Charge Blade List

Insect Glaive

Insect Glaive
The latest addition to all the weapons in Monster Hunter. The Insect Glaive is, as the name suggests, a glaive that has a commandable kinsect to do your bidding. The kinsect can attack monsters to drain monster extracts which can be used to improve your abilities. Kinsects can be upgraded in the smithy.

For a list of all available Insect Glaives in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Insect Glaive List

Ranged Weapons

Ranged Weapons are weapons for hunters that wants to stay in the distance while still raining fire. They are also capable of multiple ways to support allies, making them good for both hunters that wants to play aggressive and hunters that wants to focus on supportive roles.

Light Bowguns Heavy Bowguns Bow

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Light Bowguns

light bowgun
Light Bowguns use ammunitions to modify their attacks. They are lighter (hence the name) than Heavy Bowguns, this makes them more mobile and faster than their heavy counterparts. Light bowguns also offers less damage than heavy ones so they become more geared towards providing support to other hunters.

For a list of all available Light Bowguns in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Light Bowgun List

Heavy Bowguns

Heavy Bowgun
The big gun of Monster Hunter (literally). The Heavy Bowguns offers more ammo capacity and firepower than the light bowgun. In exchange, however, they suffer from less mobility and this can make them unsafe to use. Due to being larger, it also has a lower recoil than the light bowgun making its attacks hit more consistently.

For a list of all available Heavy Bowguns in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Heavy Bowgun List

Bow

Bow
The most mobile ranged weapons. Instead of using shells, bows use phials that are used to coat your arrows to provide special effects. This ranges from increased firepower to adding status ailments to your attacks. Capable of using melee attacks to fend off monsters while also being able to use several coating to change the tide of battle, the bow is a great weapon for solo hunters as well as hunters that want to provide support to their team.

For a list of all available Bows in Monster Hunter World, see the link below.
Bow List

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