Best Swords and Shields | Recommended Swords and Shields | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

This is a guide to Game8's recommended Swords and Shields in Monster Hunter World (MHW) and MHW Iceborne! Read on to find out which Swords and Shields we think are the best and our explanations as to why!

Best Sword and Shield: Monster Hunter World

Two weapons share the throne as the best Swords and Shields Pre-Iceborne Exansion. These are the Fatal Bite and Empress Edge Ruin:

Fatal Bite

Fatal Bite
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
7 308 -20 Dragon 210
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- High 2 times ーーー
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Fatal Bite made it to the top with its high base attack of 308. It's attack was so high for Swords and Shields that even the others that could use Non-Elemental Boost were still inferior to the Fatal Bite in most matchups.

Empress Edge Ruin

Empress Edge "Ruin"
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
8 280 0 Blast 120
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- - 1 time ②ーー
Weapon Skill Hasten Recovery
Sharpness
 Sharpness

The Empress Edge Ruin earned its place alongside the Fatal Bite with its amazing stats across the board. While having lower attack than the Fatal Bite, the Empress Edge Ruin compensates for this by having white sharpness and a default affinity rating.

Its blast element also ensures that this Sword and Shield is effective in almost all hunts and even outperform the Fatal Bite in some matchups.

Best Sword and Shield: MHW Iceborne

True Fatalis Sword
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 490 -30 Dragon 120
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- High - ④④ー
Sharpness
 Sharpness

The True Fatalis Sword arrived with the Final Free Update for MHW: Iceborne and immediately soared to the top as the best Sword and Shield in Monster Hunter World.

Hunters who could build around it with the right skills and augments will gain access to a all-purpose Sword and Shield that can hunt any monster regardless of its elemental weaknesses.

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