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Best Insect Glaive Builds for Iceborne 2023-2024

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Want to learn about the best Insect Glaive Builds for Monster Hunter World (MHW) Iceborne? Look no further than our best endgame builds for Insect Glaive! This build is made on Iceborne's last patch and is a build that is centered around Iceborne's Meta Endgame builds.

Insect Glaive Endgame Meta Build

Endgame Fatalis Armor Build

Weapon Decorations
True Fatalis Dyaus Challenger Jewel+ 4 x2
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Armor Decorations
Head Dragonhead Beta + Critical/Maintenance Jewel 4 x3
Armor Dragonhide Beta + Brace/Protection Jewel 4 x2
Earplugs Jewel+ 4 x1
Vambraces Escadora Armguards Alpha + Shaver Jewel 3 x1
Attack Jewel 1 x1
Waist Dragonbarbs Beta + Challenger/Protection Jewel 4 x3
Legs Dragonfeet Beta + Tenderizer/Maintenance Jewel 4 x2
Brace/Evasion Jewel 4 x1
Charm Master's Charm V None

Fatalis Build Skill List

Skills
Critical Eye 7 Agitator 7
Tool Specialist 5 Divine Blessing 5
Attack Boost 4 Stun Resistance 3
Critical Boost 3 Weakness Exploit 3
Evade Window 3 Power Prolonger 3
Flinch Free 3 Earplugs 2
Clutch Claw Boost 1 Fatalis Legend 4
hunter guide An endgame damage oriented fatalis build. Flinch Free 3 was added for the Kinsect effect which instantly grants you 3 Earplugs skill for free. You can Remove the Earplugs Skill with some Flinch Free skills to make room for Partbreaker if needed against some monsters.

Insect Glaive Meta Builds

Blast Insect Glaive Build Comfortable Insect Glaive Build
Blast Awakening Build Elemental Insect Glaive Build

Blast Insect Glaive Build

Weapon Decorations
Lightbreak Press Enhancer/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Enhancer Jewel 2 x1
Armor Decorations
Head Kaiser Crown Beta + Enhancer/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Armor Brachydium Mail Beta + Attack Jewel+ 4 x1
Critical Jewel 2 x1
Vitality Jewel 1 x1
Vambraces Kaiser Vambraces Beta + Attack Jewel+ 4 x1
Critical Jewel 2 x1
Waist Kaiser Coil Beta + Expert Jewel+ 4 x1
Critical Jewel 2 x1
Expert Jewel 1 x1
Legs Brachydium Greaves Beta + Expert Jewel+ 4 x1
Attack Jewel 1 x2
Charm Challenger Charm V None

Blast Insect Glaive Build Skill List

Skills
Agitator 7 Critical Eye 7
Attack Boost 6 Health Boost 3
Weakness Exploit 3 Critical Boost 3
Power Prolonger 3 Blast Attack 2
Heat Guard 1 Latent Power 1
Teostra Essence Brachydios Will
hunter guide The Lightbreak Blade features the 2nd highest damage among all weapons in the game and it's true as well for the Insect Glaive. The amount of raw damage you get from the affinity skills coupled with the blast procs is enough to demolish any monster that stands (or flies) in your path.

Comfortable Insect Glaive Build

Blast Insect Glaive Build Comfortable Insect Glaive Build
Blast Awakening Build Elemental Insect Glaive Build
Weapon Decorations
Catastrophe's Light Fortitude Jewel 1 x1
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Armor Decorations
Head Safi Crested Crown Beta + Brace/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Expert Jewel 1 x2
Armor Rex Roar Mail Beta + Critical/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Expert Jewel 1 x1
Vambraces Zorah Claws Beta + Expert Jewel+ 4 x1
Attack Jewel 1 x1
Waist Ruinous Coil Alpha + Critical Jewel 2 x1
Attack Jewel 1 x1
Legs Garuga Greaves Beta + Earplug/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Tenderizer Jewel 2 x2
Charm Invigorate Charm III None

Comfortable Insect Glaive Skill List

Skills
Attack Boost 7 Critical Eye 7
Health Boost 3 Critical Boost 3
Weakness Exploit 3 Evade Window 1
Flinch Free 3 Earplugs 2
Power Prolonger 3 Fortify 1
hunter guide A standard skillset to aim for the IG, this build sports no secrets or gimmicks but it shows all the skills that come in handy for IG players. The Fortify skill is added for more power against difficult hunts.

Blast Awakening Build

Blast Insect Glaive Build Comfortable Insect Glaive Build
Blast Awakening Build Elemental Insect Glaive Build
Weapon Decorations
Safi's Shatterspear Earplugs Jewel+ 4 x1
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Armor Decorations
Head Brachydium Helm Beta + Enhancer/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Enhancer/Evasion Jewel 4 x1
Expert Jewel 1 x1
Armor Brachydium Mail Beta + Brace/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Enhancer Jewel 2 x1
Expert Jewel 1 x1
Vambraces Kaiser Vambraces Beta + Brace/Evasion Jewel 4 x1
Brace Jewel 3 x1
Waist Kaiser Coil Beta + Expert Jewel+ 4 x1
Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
Expert Jewel 1 x1
Legs Garuga Greaves Beta + Critical/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Critical Jewel 2 x2
Charm Challenger Charm V None
Awakened Ability
Teostra Essence Attack Increase VI
Attack Increase V x2 Kinsect Bonus
(Spirit / Strength)

Blast Awakening Build Skill List

Skills
Agitator 7 Critical Eye 7
Flinch Free 3 Health Boost 3
Critical Boost 3 Weakness Exploit 3
Power Prolonger 3 Blast Attack 2
Earplugs 2 Evade Window 2
Heat Guard 1 Brachydios Will
Teostra Essence
hunter guide A Teostra Brachydios build for the maximum sharpness and Agitator build. With the IGs ability to hit weak spots, this ensures permanent sharpness and tons of critical strikes during the hunt.

Elemental Insect Glaive Build

Blast Insect Glaive Build Comfortable Insect Glaive Build
Blast Awakening Build Elemental Insect Glaive Build
Weapon Decorations
Safi's Hellspear Enhancer/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
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Armor Decorations
Head Safi Crested Crown Beta + Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Expert Jewel 1 x2
Armor Safi Crested Chest Beta + Attack Jewel+ 4 x1
Expert Jewel 1 x1
Vambraces Kaiser Vambraces Beta + Expert Jewel+ 4 x1
Enhancer Jewel 2 x1
Waist Kaiser Coil Beta + Expert Jewel+ 4 x1
Enhancer Jewel 2 x1
Blaze Jewel 1 x1
Legs Safi Crested Boots Beta + Attack Jewel+ 4 x1
Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
Vitality Jewel 1 x1
Charm Blaze Charm V None
Awakened Ability
Teostra Essence Kinsect Bonus
(Spirit / Strength)
Element Increase VI Element Increase V x2

Elemental Insect Glaive Build Skill List

Skills
Attack Boost 4 Critical Eye 7
Fire Attack 6 Health Boost 3
Critical Boost 3 Weakness Exploit 3
Power Prolonger 3 Blight Resistance 1
Heat Guard 1 Evade Window 1
Safi'jiiva's Seal Teostra Essence
hunter guide A Safi build with the Teostra essence for another life-draining never dulling weapon build. The Fire Attack is a great addition against monsters weak to that element but to fully utilize this set, you'll need to craft other IGs for the other elements too.

Insect Glaive Progression Build

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Starter Iceborne Build

Weapon Decorations
Defender Glaive V ---
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Armor Decorations
Head Guild Cross Circlet Beta Steadfast Jewel 1 x3
Armor Empress Mail Alpha Protection Jewel 1 x1
Attack Jewel 1 x1
Vambraces Empress Mail Beta Critical Jewel 2 x2
Waist Empress Coil Beta Tenderizer Jewel 2 x2
Legs Empress Greaves Beta Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
Flight Jewel 2 x1
Charm Attack Charm III None

Starter Iceborne Skill List

Skills
Attack Boost 4 Stun Resistance 3
Health Boost 3 Weakness Exploit 3
Divine Blessing 3 Peak Performance 2
Wide-Range 2 Critical Boost 2
Tool Specialist 2 Airborne 1
Lunastra Favor 2 Lunastra Favor 4
hunter guide A standard end-game setup from the MHW base game. IT comes with QoL skills to avoid getting one-shotted by MR monsters.

Early Iceborne Progression Build

Weapon Decorations
Aerial Magnus III Elementless Jewel 2 x1
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Armor Decorations
Head Jagras Helm Alpha + Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
Armor Bone Mail Alpha + Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
Vambraces Alloy Vambraces Alpha + Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
Waist Lumu Coil Alpha + Vitality Jewel 1 x2
Legs Alloy Greaves Alpha + Handicraft Jewel 3 x1
Charm Handicraft Charm III None

Early Iceborne Skill List

Skills
Speed Eating 2 Attack Boost 4
Health Boost 3 Defense Boost 2
Speed Sharpening 3 Divine Blessing 2
Windproof 2 Non-elemental Boost 1
Weakness Exploit 3 Handicraft 4
hunter guide A more defense focused IG build. Non-Elemental Boost, Attack Boost, and Weakness Exploit are your only damaging skills so make sure to strike those weak spots to make every hit count!

Mid-Late Iceborne Progression Build

Weapon Decorations
Kadachi Vipertail II Vitality Jewel 1 x2
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Armor Decorations
Head Nargacuga Helm Alpha + Attack Jewel 1 x2
Armor Nargacuga Mail Beta + Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4 x1
Vambraces Damascus Vambraces Alpha + Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
Waist Odogaron Coil Alpha + Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
Legs Nargacuga Greaves Alpha + Attack Jewel 1 x2
Charm Handicraft Charm III None

Mid-Late Iceborne Progression Build Skill List

Skills
Critical Eye 3 Peak Performance 3
Evade Window 3 Handicraft 5
Speed Sharpening 2 Health Boost 3
Attack Boost 4 Weakness Exploit 3
Piercing Shots 1 Nargacuga Essence
hunter guide A mid-game Nargacuga build for the Insect Glaive. The reduced sharpness and Handicraft allow you to finish hunts without the need to sharpen and still complete them with purple sharpness. The rest of the skills are focused on offense to give your strikes more oomph.

Insect Glaive Best Kinsects

Recommended Kinsects for Insect Glaive

Kinsect
Valorwing III Medis
[Pwr] 5 | [Spd] 20 | [Heal] 14
・Fast Kinsect with very high healing capabilities.
Foliacath III Forz
[Pwr] 15 | [Spd] 20 | [Heal] 5
・Fast Kinsect with high damage and decent healing capabilities.
Nexus Dragon Soul
[Pwr] 17 | [Spd] 16 | [Heal] 1
・Balanced Kinsect with high damage and speed, but with low healing.

Insect Glaive Best Weapons and Skills

Recommended Weapons for Insect Glaive

Weapon
True Fatalis Dyaus
[Atk] 1101 | [Affinity] -30%
・Highest Raw Damage Insect Glave
・Has two 4-slot gem sockets
Nyx Blade II
[Atk] 753 | [Affinity] 0%
・Decent purple gauge in sharpness
・ Best weapon against enemies weak to Fire element
Beo Glaive II
[Atk] 775 | [Affinity] 0%
・Recommended for enemies with high Ice weakness
Lightbreak Press
[Atk] 420 | [Affinity] -15%
・High Power with decent purple sharpness
・ Has a blast attribute of 90

Recommended Skills for Insect Glaive

Skill Explanation
Health Boost
( ★★★ )
・Increase your vitality and greatly increases your survival rate. Essential for beginners who get hit a lot.
Weakness Exploit
( ★★★ )
・Increases your weapon's damage to a monster's weak and wounded parts.
Critical Eye
( ★★★ )
・Increases the base affinity of your weapon.
Critical Boost
( ★★★ )
・Boosts the damage of your critical attacks.
Handicraft
(★★★)
・Increases the sharpness of your weapon to maintain its damage.
Teostra's Technique
(★★★)
・Reduces the sharpness depletion of your weapon.
Power Prolonger
(★★★)
・Increases the duration of your Kinect buffs.
Flinch Free
(★★)
・Prevents your teammates from flinching you.
Airborne
(★★)
・Increases your damage while doing aerial attacks.
Master Mounter
(★★)
・Increases your mount damage, allowing you to mount monsters more frequently.

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Melee Weapons
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Ranged Weapons
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4 Anonymousabout 2 years

Or the Foliacath III Forz

3 Anonymousabout 2 years

Probably Nexus Dragon soul or the

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