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Welcome to IGN’s Monster Hunter World Wiki Guide! This page contains a weapon tutorial for the Charge Blade.
If weapons like Dual Blades and Switch Ax are about to continuously cycle through a high weapon state, then Charge Blade is all about saving that high state for the moment that matters most. It gives you the best of both worlds in terms of small sword and shield hack and slash damage and massive big sword swipe damage. One of the most technical weapons in the game, it can be tricky to master, but the payoff is explosive.
Let’s start easy. The Charge Blade, like the Switch Axe, has two states it can switch between ala Bloodborne. In this case, it’s two states being a sword and shield and a great axe. You will notice in the upper left corner when using the weapon, the icons of a sword shield and 5 flasks. The purpose of the Charge Blade is to *cough* charge the flasks, then use them in attacks in the form of a large ax for extra damage.
Sword and Shield Form:
You will start by hitting the monster in your sword and shield state. At some point you will notice the flasks glow yellow, at this point you are ready to load up three of your flasks. You can either store this energy by pressing R2 followed by a circle or keep swinging until they turn red. Once in this state, all five vials will be charged as the energy is stored. Be careful, however, not to push it too far. A few jumps past red and they will fill with red, indicating an overload. At this point, your weapon will bounce off anything it hits until you store that energy.
Now that you have more pent up energy than an enraged Odogaron, it’s time to put that ax to work. You will transform into your ax form by simultaneously pressing R2 and then triangle. While in this state, all attacks using the circle will deal bonus damage, while simultaneously using 1 flask per attack. You can also use a combination of triangle and circle which will deal massive damage in an animation that will knock you back into sword and shield form. Once all your bulbs are out, it’s time to get back to work charging. Rinse and repeat.
In addition to using your vials in large ax attacks, you can also transfer this energy into your sword and shield for an extended buff to your damage dealt while in this state, while simultaneously emptying your vials to release energy. space for extra energy. There’s a reason it’s under Advanced Tactics though. You’ll want to practice this move a few times on the practice ground or fight a low level monster before pulling it against the big boys as it’s quite complex.
You will start by charging your bulbs as explained above. You can move as many vials into your shield as you want, but the extent of the buff expands with each vial you add, so aim for five. Once here, go through the ax shape. In ax form, you’ll want to start the Amped element’s discharge attack (triangle and circle together) but DON’T LET IT FINISH. Instead, press R2 during the animation and you’ll see the vials drain and your shield icon will start glowing pink as you retreat from the attack.
Now that your shield is powered up, it’s time to move on to your sword. While your shield is charging from the process described above, press R2 but instead of just pressing the circle as you would when charging vials, hold the triangle and circle together. You’ll see a three-level animation of the shield surrounding the sword, followed by a slash as you let go. Notice that your sword icon now glows yellow in the top left. Congratulations! You upgraded your sword and shield for the Charge Blade, now master it in battle.
Charging them both, then charging your vials more, will give you the most ax damage you can get, with a very satisfying elemental blast attack if you land it.
What are you saying ? “I’ve mastered all that already, you occasional bastard”? Ok so, let’s wrap up with some useful combos to send you on your way to your hunt for unarmored G-Rank Rathalos and I tip my hat to you sir: