How to Use Insect Glaives | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

This is a guide on how to use everyone's favorite aerial weapon in Monster Hunter World (MHW), the Insect Glaive. Read on more to learn about their controls and how to effectively use it.

Insect Glaive Basic Controls

Base Game Controls

Triangle button.png Standard Attack
O button.png Strong Attack
L2.png +Triangle button.png
Kinsect: Harvest Extract
L2.png +O button.png
Kinsect: Harvest Recall
L2.png + R2.png
Kinsect (Fire)
R2.png Kinsect (Mark Target)
R2.png + Dodge
Triangle button.png Standard Attack
Midair O button.png
Jumping Slash
Midair O button.png
Jumping Advancing Slash
Midair Dodge
Jumping Evade

Iceborne Exclusive Controls

Midair R2.png
Decending Thrust
Midair L2.png
Midair Claw Attack
Sliding Triangle button.png
Jumping Advancing Slash


Using your Kinsect is one half of utilizing the Insect Glaive. Learning the different essences and buffs they can apply, will allow you to maximize your damage output, as well as effectivity when fighitng Monsters.

Kinsect Essences

Color Common Body Part Time
Red Head/Arms 90 sec
White Legs/Wings 120 sec
Orange Body/Tail 150 sec
Green Tail -

Kinsect Essence Effects

Red Makes attacks more powerful
White Increases speed and vault height
Orange Adds 5% defense and decreases knock backs
Green Recovers small amount of health

Mounting and Aerial Attacks

What sets the Insect Glaive apart is the aerial aspect. This allows a hunter to pursue a Monster even when in flight. When you gather the White Kinsect Essence, this will increase your speed and vault height, which will make your aerial attacks more effective.


In Monster Hunter World, the Insect Glaive is argubly the best weapon for mounting monsters. Unlike most other weapon users, mounting monsters via the process of running up a surface and jumping on the monster is not nessesary because of the weapon's airborne nature. When you perform aerial attacks, dealing enough damage midair will give you the opportunity to mount the monster. Performing an aerial attack in conjuction with harvesting both the red and white Kinsect Essences to maximze your damage will make you the best Rodeo Champ around!

In Iceborne, the Clutch Claw is introduced. This does not render the Insect Glaive's mounting ability useless. Instead, this can be used in assistance of each other. Mounting the monster with the Insect Glaive will then give you a prompt to use the clutch claw.

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