Continuing with my attempt to post up until the release of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, I’ve decided to take a look at the meat of the game… the weapons.
Monster Hunter, like many games, requires to attack with weapons. There is a mix of 14 different weapons, some ranged and some physical, some are similar whilst others are bizarre, here are my top five favourite weapon types in Monster Hunter World.
5. Long Sword.
I was debating whether to put this on the list, my only reason not to is that I’ve used it too much throughout all of the Monster Hunter games and tried to stay away from it in World. But that’s not a good enough excuse to not use it, Nostalgia can be powerful but is normally there for a reason. The Long Sword is probably the most popular weapon in the game, it’s fast, versatile and does a significant amount of damage. It is also pretty beginner-friendly, with the only drawback being you can’t block, but high mobility counters that. In past Monster Hunter games, this was my go-to, now it has begun to make a comeback.
4. Insect Glaive
This is among the bizarre weapons in the game, allowing you to use Kinsects to gather essence from the monster you are fighting. But the main meat to this weapon is that you can fly in the air by attacking the monster, allowing you and your team-mates to actually attack the monster from all sides. also whilst you are in the air, you are quite safe from the monster, allowing you to not take too much damage. The downside to this, is that the aerial attacks do not feel that damaging, maybe it needs a buff? also getting the essence from the monster to activate your combos can sometimes be annoying. I completed the entirety of the base game (My first playthrough), with this weapon and it was a fun experience… a truly unique experience.
3. Switch Axe.
A weapon that I’ve started to fall in love with, allowing you to switch between an axe and a sword, this weapon provides a great deal of damage. After attacking the monster for a period, you can grapple onto the monster attacking with your sword and unload an explosion into the monster. That’s what makes this weapon fun for me, grappling and blowing the monster time and time again, it’s… explosive. With the changes in Iceborne, who knows this weapon may become popular and get some love from Capcom.
You know, I hated the great sword in every Monster Hunter game up until World, it’s slow, clunky and most of the time you miss the monster because of its speed. But when you do land a charged attack on a monster… well it’s not going to get back up, seeing the damage numbers that you can pull off with the greatsword is disgusting. Also, a huge reason that I love this weapon is the Great Sword ‘Wyvern Impact’, which has well… rockets? on the back, which charges up with your charged attack… it also helps that it does insane damage.
So, here we have it… my favourite weapon in Monster Hunter World, the Bow. For good reason, it’s just so elegant, ducking and weaving through monsters attacks as you fire a volley of arrows at it becomes more of a dance than a fight. Once I mastered the bow, the game felt more rhythmic than chaotic, I was able to see each opportunity to rain hell on a monster as I kept my distance and allowed it to dictate the fight. Lloyd used the Bow through his first playthrough and loved it, it can be quite a safe weapon and allows you to do a huge amount of damage whilst dodging the monsters attacks. along with the capability of using different coatings on your arrows to inflict different status effects, this weapon feels so fluid in what it does.
So that’s it, what did you think? Which weapon do you prefer to fight with? Will that change with Iceborne?
Thanks for reading,