Best Skills for Insect Glaives | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

Insect Glaive Skill Recommendations
This is a guide about the best skills for Insect Glaives. Read on to know which skills to look out for when making an Insect Glaive build and why.

Offensive Skills

Recommendations
Affinity Skills Agitator Airborne
Partbreaker

Critical Eye, Critical Boost, Weakness Exploit

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Insect Glaives excel at exploiting a monster's weak spots. This pinpoint accuracy has made them one of the most methodical hunting weapons in the game.

It is recommended to invest in Affinity Skills such as Critical Eye, Critical Boost, and Weakness Exploit. These skills will drastically boost the Insect Glaive's overall damage.

Agitator

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The introduction of the Clutch Claw made the Agitator Skill a community staple when making builds. When active, Agitator grants hunters +20 attack and affinity by 10% at level five. (Level six and seven are unlocked via the Agitator Secret Skill.)

The Clutch Claw, specifically its Flinch Shot Attack, gave hunters the ability to enrage the monster whenever the opportunity presents itself. This gave hunters a way to maintain their Agitator's up-time.

Airborne

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Insect Glaives are the kings of aerial damage. Airborne increases jump attacks by 30% and is perfect for Insect Glaives.

Partbreaker

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As previously stated, Insect Glaives are great at targetting weak spots. Partbreaker increases Part Damage by 30% at level three, complimenting the Insect Glaive's methodical playstyle.

Partbreaker's damage increase does NOT reflect in floating damage numbers.

Defensive Skills

Recommendations
Divine Blessing Vitality Evade Extender

Divine Blessing

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Hunters can be vulnerable when performing the Insect Glaive's combos - especially in the air. When triggered, Divine Blessing offers a 50% damage reduction at level three from the attack that triggered it. Levels four and five are unlocked via the Divine Blessing Secret.

Vitality

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It never hurts to pump up one's HP! Vitality increases a hunter's Health by 50 at level three, making it a solid addition to any build - especially early on in the game.

Evade Extender

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Evade Extender is a good defensive skill for Insect Glaives because not only does it greatly increase the distance covered by dodge rolls on the ground at level three, it also improves the Insect Glaive's aerial dodges.

Utility Skills

Recommendations
Mind's Eye/Ballistics Protective Polish Speed Sharpening
Clutch Claw Boost

Mind's Eye/Ballistics

Mind
Insect Glaive attacks are vulnerable to deflections if a monster's hide is thick enough. Hunters who find this an issue are recommended to include Mind's Eye/Ballistics into their builds.

Protective Polish

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Insect Glaives tend to lose sharpness quickly, especially when performing aerial attacks. Protective Polish coats the weapon with a protective layer after sharpening, preventing sharpness loss for a certain amount of time.

Speed Sharpening

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Speed Sharpening removes three cycles of the sharpening animation at level three and is a good solution for hunters who find rapid sharpness loss an issue.

Clutch Claw Boost

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insect Glaives have the ability to link their aerial combos with clutch claw attacks. The recently added Clutch Claw Boost skill allow Insect Glaives to tenderize monster parts with one attack instead of two. This makes Insect Glaives efficient tenderizers and is definitely worth considering when making builds for it!

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