Dual Blades exchange the shield from the Sword and Shield combo for a second blade, sacrificing the ability to block for faster and increased damage dealing capabilities. Dual Blade wielders can enter Demon Mode or Archdemon Mode to further increase their damage output.
|Forward + X||Draw Slash||-|
|X||Double Slash||Combo x 3|
|B||Evade (Demon Mode: Demon Dodge)||-|
|A||Double Cut (Demon Mode: Rotor Slash)||Combo x 2 (Combo x 3 in Demon Mode)|
|A + X||Butterfly Slash (Demon Mode: Blade Dance) (Archdemon Mode: Demon Flurry)||Demon/Archdemon variants ignore armor.|
Bring the Juice, and the Meat : Dash Juice and Cooked Meat, two very important items for any Dual Blade player. Dash will ensure a period of uninterrupted demon mode through unlimited stamina, while Meat will keep your stamina bar longer for when the Juice runs out.
Unleash the Demon Carefully : Demon mode is a drain on your stamina and the biggest issue with this is that leaving it turned on, and draining your stamina bar completely, renders you unable to dodge – that’s bad.
Make sure you use Demon mode in short bursts. If anything it’s a good idea to build your demon gauge by beating up smaller creatures every now and then.
Be Careful with the Dash : Activating Archdemon mode is important to keeping your dual blade damage high for a long time, and the Dash is a technique that drains a chunk.
Use Dashes to move away from attacks, but avoid using them to pursue a target as it will drain stamina that could be better put to dealing damage. Holstering and running is a better choice.
A great skill to have for any Dual Blade user is Marathon Runner as it reduces the drain on your stamina bar.
Speaking of stamina, something like Stam Recov Up is a worthwhile skill as it will top your bar up quicker.
Earplugs are worthwhile, as you’d expect. Weapons that have effects such as Demon mode are a glutton for punishment should a monster roar upon activation, enable earplugs and you won’t find yourself in such a situation.
Sharpening Skills are worthwhile, too, as the Dual Blades have a habit of finding themselves blunt with alarming regularity.
Speaking of which, Minds Eye is a good bet if you don’t want to have to break off to sharpen as often.