Best Weapons for Beginners | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

Not sure what weapon to start with? Check out our recommended weapons for players just starting Monster Hunter World (MHW)!

How We Chose the Weapon Types

The weapons we'll be recommending were chosen based on ease of use. However, there are times when certain weapons aren't as effective against specific monsters so we can't say they are the absolute best in every situation.

Best Weapons for Beginners

Sword and Shield

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With a sword and shield, not only can you guard, but you can also get quite a few hits in before backing off. You have a lot of mobility as well making it easy to handle and great for beginners.

How To Use Sword and Shield

Great Sword

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Great swords make up for their lack of mobility with raw power. You may not be able to get many hits in, but your overall damage is incredibly high making it a good choice for hit and run strategies. Beginners will have a typically easy time making use of great swords to deal a lot of damage.

How to Use Great Swords

Long Sword

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When using a long sword, as you land hits you will charge up your Spirit Gauge. You'll be unable to block, but overall long swords are quite balanced, making them easy to pick up for beginners.

How To Use Long Swords


The above was our recommended weapons for starting out in Monster Hunter World. They may be easy for beginners to use, but that doesn't mean they can't be used in endgame content.

If you feel other weapons are worthy or being considered in our guide, leave a comment below!

Monster Hunter Related Links

Iceborne and Master Rank Guides

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Iceborne Story Walkthrough How to Rank Up in Master Rank
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Unique Materials and Monsters in The Guiding Lands Layered Armor and How to Craft

Monster Hunter World Guides

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Food Guide and All Canteen Ingredients Best Timing for Well-Done Steak
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How Do Quest Rewards Work? How to Track Monsters
What is Critical Distance? How to Use Wedge Beetles
How to Use the Chat Functions Character Creation Guide
How to Use the Training Area List of Crafting Recipes
List of Poogie Costumes How to Break Rank Caps
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Beginner's Guide to MHW

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