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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Strategy Guide

Author(s): James Bowden
First Published: 11-04-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 01-11-2019 / 16:06 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 25-01-2020 / 09:01 GMT

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Guide

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Weapon Types

Sword and Shield

Damage Type: Cut

Reach: Short

Speed: Normal

Average Damage Per Hit: *


The Sword and Shield offers high mobility and even the use of items while it’s drawn. However the damage of individual sword hits is rather low and the weapon itself has short range, so hunters will need to get in close and frequently use combos to rack up decent damage.


**Button** **Attack** **Notes**
Forward + X Draw Slash -
X Chop Can follow-up three times.
A Side Slash Can follow-up three times.
Forward + A Shield Attack Ignores Armor
A after Shield Attack Back Knuckle -
A + X Jumping Slash -
Roll → X Upward Slash -
Special Round Slash -
R + A Blocking Slash -
**Button** **Attack** **Notes**
R Block -
R + Y Use Item -


Sword and Shield allows item use when drawn.

Optimum Combo 1: Chop x3 → Side Slash x3

Optimum Combo 2: Upward Slash → X → Forward + A → A

Usage Tips

Frequent Offense : The Sword and Shield doesn’t deal a lot of damage with each hit so you need to focus on dealing damage constantly, which also means staying on top of a monster and dodging their attacks. The weapon should never really be holstered, considering you can use items with it drawn.

Dodge over Block : Using you shield should be your second choice in combat because blocking an attack devours your stamina bar. That’s not to say that blocking is bad, just that it should be a second choice, particularly if you’ve not bulked up your stamina bar through cooked meat.

Recommended Skills

The Sword and Shield relies heavily on its status ailments so a Status Atk+ skill is recommended.

The Wide Range+ Skill can enhance the range of this rather short weapon.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    11 April 2013
  • Last Updated
    1 November 2019
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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