Best Long Sword for Iceborne | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

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

Best Long Sword (Early Iceborne)

The Longsword weapons early on doesn't really provide much bonuses compared to the Defender Longsword which is your main starter weapon in Iceborne. Below, we'll be listing the best Longswords you can craft for the early-mid game of the Iceborne Expansion.

Defender Katana V

Defender Katana V
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
7 726 0 Blast 300
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- - 2 times ーーー
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Why is it Good?

The Defender Katana V isn't the best weapon around but it's decent statline and a blast status ability allows it to be a good contender for a good chunk of Iceborne's early game. It's crafting materials are also pretty easy to get so it's going to be a staple equipment to have if this is your weapon of choice at the start of the game.

Defender Katana V Alternatives

Crimson Viperfang I
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
9 759 15 Paralysis 210
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- - - ①ーー
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Why is it Good?

While its raw damage isn't that much higher than the Defender Katana V, it does come with a little bit of purple sharpness (it can be maximized with Handicraft jewels) and it also comes with the paralysis status ailment which can make an opportunity to use Spirit Slash to charge your weapon. It can also be upgraded further once you have slain an Acidic Glavenus so it's a good weapon to invest in until you reach the later stages of the game.

Best Long Sword Lategame (Pre-Fatalis and Post-Fatalis)

Lightbreak Edge

Lightbreak Edge
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 990 0 Blast 270
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- - - ④③ー
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Why is it Good?

The Lightbreak Edge is one of the highest damaging Longswords available for you near the end game content of MHW Iceborne. It's also pretty easy to craft (compared to other alternatives), as long as you're able to defeat a Raging Brachydios, this longsword can easily be wielded by your hunter.

Fatalis Zaggespanon

Lightbreak Edge
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 990 0 Blast 270
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- - - ④③ー
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Why is it Good?

The Fatalis Zaggespanon is the highest raw damage weapon for all weapons in Monster Hunter World. This is coupled by a -30% affinity but with a Critical Draw 3 Skill and a maxed out Critical Eye, the -affinity can easily be offset and can even reach the 100% affinity level. This allows you to get the best of both critical damage and high raw firepower.

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