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This is a list of the best Great Swords to use in Monster Hunter World Iceborne. Learn what's the best Great Sword to use in Iceborne including the best Iceborne starter Great Sword up until pre and post-Fatalis greatsword!

Best Great Swords (Early Iceborne)

Great Jagras Deathclaw II

Jagras Deathclaw II
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
10 1248 0 Water 600
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- - - ③③ー
Hidden Element This weapon's element is Hidden and will require the Free Elem/Ammo Up skill to unlock.
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Why is it Good?

The Jagras Deathclaw is one of the easiest greatswords to get early on in Iceborne. It features a white sharpness and a sealed water element. It's element being sealed is both a good and a bad thing because it makes the weapon weaker against monsters that are weak to water but it being able to deal raw damage allows you to use it against any enemy.

It can also be strengthened by the Non-Elemental Boost skill and will greatly increase its raw damage potential. This Greatsword is entirely sufficient to carry you until the game's later stages or even completing the whole storyline.

Great Jagras Deathclaw II Alternative

Mammoth Greataxe II
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
10 1344 0 Ice 600
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- - - ④ーー
Hidden Element This weapon's element is Hidden and will require the Free Elem/Ammo Up skill to unlock.
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Why is it Good?

The Mammoth Great Axe II can be crafted from the same tree as the Great Jagras Deathclaw II. It also features a sealed element and can be buffed with the Non-Elemental Boost skill. It has higher damage than Great Jagras Deathclaw II but suffers from lower Sharpness. Get this if you want more raw firepower from your strikes!

Best Great Swords (Pre-Fatalis)

Lightbreak Blade

Lightbreak Blade
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 1440 0 Blast 360
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- - - ④③ー
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Why is it Good?

This is one of the highest damage dealing Greatswords available before the Fatalis fight. It sports a whooping 1440 Attack and a 360 Blast Buildup. While the Blast status is great, its naturally high damage is what makes this greatsword so great while being coupled with a small Purple sharpness bar. With some Handicraft skill, that Purple Sharpness goes a long way.

Lightbreak Blade Alternative

The Safi' Jiva Greatswords are the way to go! They have elements and ailments depending on the weapon you get. We highly recommend going for the elemental weapons or the Blast weapon for more damage output. It's also great due to the Safi weapons' ability to have a monster's essence in the weapon itself. This allows the player to make flexible builds consisting of a 4 set armor and another 2 set armor+weapon combo for great armor set bonuses during fights!

List of Safi'jiiva Great Swords

Lightbreak Blade Alternative 2

Immovable Dharma
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 1344 0 Dragon 540
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
30 High - ①①ー
Hidden Element This weapon's element is Hidden and will require the Free Elem/Ammo Up skill to unlock.
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Why is it Good?

The Immovable Dharma follows the same logic as the Great Jagras Deathclaw II except it has more sharpness and damage. It's the highest non-elemental damage greatsword and is often used many end-game builds.

Best Great Swords (Post-Fatalis)

Black Fatalis Blade

Black Fatalis Blade
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 1632 -30 Dragon 180
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- High - ④④ー
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Why is it good?

It goes without saying that the baddest monster is the source of the baddest greatsword around. The Black Fatalis Blade features an astronomical damage of 1632! While it has a negative affinity, it can be offset with affinity giving skills.

The weapon can also be augmented for increased affinity to further lower the Negative affinity it provides. It also has 2- 4 slots for level 4 decorations and if partnered with a full fatalis set, allows you to add pretty much any skill to your arsenal.

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