How To Use Long Swords | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

This is a guide on how to use everyone's favorite weapon in Monster Hunter World to live out their Samurai dreams, the Long Sword. Read on more to learn about their controls and how to effectively use them.

Long Sword Basic Controls

Base Game Controls

Triangle button.png Standard Attack
O button.png Thust
Triangle button.png + O button.png
Fade Slash
R2.png Spirit Slash
L2.png after any Spirit Blade attack
Slinger Burst
R2.png + O button.png after any attack
Foresight Slash
R2.png + Triangle button.png if successful Triangle button.png
Spirit Slash and Helmbreaker

Iceborne Exclusive Controls

R2.png + dodge
Special Sheathe
Midair Triangle button.png
Jumping Slash
Midair R2.png
Jumping Spirit Blade
Triangle button.png while sliding
Jumping Rising Slash
R2.pngwhile sliding
Aerial Draw Spirit Blade

Spirit Gauge

The Spirit Gauge is charged when doing your regular attacks. The Spirit Gauage will allow you to complete the Spirit Combo which will allow you to perform the Spirit Roundslash, which will level up the Spirit Guage to a stronger version.

Basic Combo

This combo is the basic combo to level up your Spirit Gauge by one level.

Triangle button.png> Triangle button.png
O button.png>Triangle button.png>R2.png>R2.png>R2.png
Basic Level Up Combo

Fade Slash Combo

This combo will allow you to reposition without lowering your Damage Per Second. You can also parry attacks from monsters.

Triangle button.png> Triangle button.png
O button.png> Triangle button.png+ O button.png
R2.png+ O button.png> R2.png
Fade Slash for Repositioning Combo

Foresight Combo

Foresight Slash will allow you to parry incoming monster attacks. You must learn to time this perfectly to get the most out of this combo. When used at the right time, you can use it against Monster's roars. Keep in mind that though you can parry, this does not give you the ability to block attacks.

Triangle button.png> Triangle button.png
O button.png> Triangle button.png> R2.png+ O button.png> R2.png
Foresight Slash Combo

Spirit Helmbreaker Combo

This should be used when your Spirit Gauge is red. It is best to use it when the Monster is down or stationary to deal the most amount of possible damage.

R2.png+ Triangle button.png> Triangle button.png> R2.png>R2.png>R2.png> R2.png
Spirit Helmbreaker Combo

Spirit Blade

The Spirit Blade Consists of the combos that will allow you to level up your Spirit Gauge. There are three levels to the Spirit Gauge: white, yellow and red. Levelling up will allow you to deal more damage over a longer amount of time. You can cosistently do this to keep your Spirit Gauge up.

R2.png>O button.png>R2.png>R2.png>Dodge >R2.png>Triangle button.png
Foresight Slash Combo
O button.png>Triangle button.png>R2.png>R2.png>R2.png>Dodge >Triangle button.png
Fade Slash Combo
R2.png>R2.png>R2.png>Dodge > Triangle button.png
Sliding Roundslash Combo
Jumping Roundslash Combo

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