Best Switch Axe of Each Element | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

This is a list of the best Switch Axe for the highest potential elemental damage in Monster Hunter World (MHW) Iceborne. The Safi'jiiva, Kjarr, Alatreon and Fatalis weapons dominate each category with its potential in their respective element brackets. Read on to learn more!

Elemental Damage

Each monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW) has elemental weaknesses and resistances that will allow you to hunt more efficiently. The best way to find out what a monster is weak to is through the Monster Field Guide.

Elemental Damage can be found in certain weapons. Note that not all weapons have elemental damage.

Dragon.png Dragon
Fire.png Fire
Ice.png Ice
Thunder.png Thunder
Water.png Water

Best Elemental Weapons

Elemental Builds are the most efficient when equipping the Safi'jiiva or Kjarr weapons while being paired with the Safi'jiiva armor set. This armor set effect is activated by wearing 3 pieces of Safi'jiiva armor for the maximum output.

Though, if only the weapon's elemental effect is to be considered, the Kjarr weapon will win more often than not. With the exception of the dragon element where Alatreon weapons dominate.

Safi'jiiva Weapons

This is a collection of weapons that can be obtained during the Safi'jiiva Siege. By using Awakened Materials, these weapons have Awakened Abilities.

You can increase elemental damage of Safi'jiiva weapons with awakened abilities. Though, awakening weapons does take time and requires a good amount of grinding. at Awakened Level 23, a weapon is considered fully awakened and the weapon begins to change in appearance.

Kjarr and Taroth Weapons

This is a collection of weapons that can be obtained during the Fury of El Dorado Event Quest.

Kjarr and rank 8/12 Taroth weapons have one of three possible weapons skills; Critical Element which increases elemental damage, as well as Critical Status Effects and Kulve Taroth Essense.

Alatreon Weapons

Alatreon weapon stats have high dragon element ratings. They also naturally have purple sharpness and average Elderseal which is why it beats out the Kjarr and Taroth weapons in the Dragon Elemental Damage category.

Where the Kjarr and Taroth weapons fall short in sharpness, the Alatreon weapons dominate from the outset.

Fatalis Weapons

Another note-worthy mention for the Dragon Elemental Damage are the Fatalis Weapons. They strong base stats though their elemental rating is not remarkable, they make up for it with good sharpness, high Elderseal and two level four slots.

Best Switch Axe of Each Element

Best Ice Element Switch Axe

Kjarr Axe "Stream"
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 945 15 Ice 510
Def. Elderseal Slots
20 - ーーー
Phial Type Power Element
Skill Critical Element
Sharpness  Kjarr Axe "Stream" sharpness

Best Water Element Switch Axe

Kjarr Axe "Water"
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 1015 15 Water 540
Def. Elderseal Slots
20 - ーーー
Phial Type Power Element
Skill Critical Element
Sharpness  Kjarr Axe "Water" sharpness

Best Fire Element Switch Axe

Kjarr Axe "King"
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 1015 20 Fire 480
Def. Elderseal Slots
20 - ①ーー
Phial Type Power Element
Skill Critical Element
Sharpness  Kjarr Axe "King" sharpness

Best Thunder Element Switch Axe

Kjarr Axe "Thunder"
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 945 15 Thunder 510
Def. Elderseal Slots
20 - ーーー
Phial Type Power Element
Skill Critical Element
Sharpness  Kjarr Axe "Thunder" sharpness

Best Dragon Element Switch Axe

Black Harvest
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 980 0 Dragon 660
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- Low - ②②ー
Phial Type Power Element Phial
Sharpness
 Sharpness

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