How to Use Dual Blades | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

This is a guide on how to use everyone's favorite fast fighting weapons, the Dual Blades. Read on more to learn about their controls and how to effectively use them.

Dual Blades Basic Controls

Base Game Controls

Triangle button.png Standard Attack
O button.png Lunging Strike
While in Demon/Archdemon mode,
Triangle button.png + O button.png
Blade Dance
While charging, O button.png
Spin Charge
R2.png Activate/Deactivate Demon Mode
L2.png Aim Slinger (unsheathed)
L2.png + R2.png
Fire Slinger

Iceborne Exclusive Controls

L2.png + O button.png
Fire Clutch Claw

Demon Mode

Demon Mode is a central mechanic to the Dual Blades. It's an activated state that you can enter and exit by pressing R2. Once activated, a red aura surrounds your character and stamina passively drains until you run out.

In Demon mode, your movement and evasion abilities are changed, as well as your attacks being stronger and faster. For every attack you do in Demon mode, you fill up the Demon Gauge on the top-left hand of the screen.

Once this is filled up, you enter Archdemon mode.

Archdemon Mode

Archdemon Mode enhances some actions and increases attack. Some of your attacks will change as if you're still in Demon mode, and your Demon Gauge will passively drain until you run out.

Best Dual Blades Combos

Basic Combo

Triangle button.png > Triangle button.png > Triangle button.png

This basic combo is a standard 6-hit combo that can act as a bread and butter combo starter. Usuable by itself or to open for higher damage moves, this easy combo is important to know.

Round Slash Combos

O button.png > O button.png
In Demon/Archdemon Mode:
O button.png > O button.png > O button.png

These round slashes hit diagonally upwards, making it capable of hitting higher parts. In normal mode you can only do two, but in Demon/Archdemon Mode you can do three as a combo. To change the direction of the diagonal upward slash, flick left or right as you do the combo.

Turn Slash Combo

Triangle button.png > O button.png

This combo allows you to adjust your position in the second hit. If you hold the movement stick back as you perform the second attack, your character will shift position towards that direction.

The Blade Dance

While in Demon/Archdemon mode,
Triangle button.png + O button.png

Once you enter Demon Mode, you can do a Blade Dance by pressing both attack buttons at the same time. This will start an uncancellable flurry of blows directly to the front, and while it deals a lot of damage, the combo cannot be cancelled, thus leaving you vulnerable to an attack during its long runtime.

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Sword & Shield Icon.jpegSword and Shields Dual Blades Icon.jpegDual Blades
Hammer Icon.jpegHammers Hunting Horn Icon.jpegHunting Horns
Lance Icon.jpegLances Gunlance Icon.jpegGunlances
Switch Axe Icon.jpegSwitch Axe Charge Blade Icon.jpegCharge Blades
Insect Glaive Icon.jpegInsect Glaives
Ranged Weapons
Light Bowgun Icon.jpegLight Bowguns Heavy Bowgun Icon.jpegHeavy Bowguns
Bow Icon.jpegBows

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