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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Strategy Guide

Author(s): James Bowden
First Published: 11-04-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-06-2020 / 06:10 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 12-08-2020 / 03:57 GMT

Damage Type: Cut

Reach: Medium

Speed: Medium/Quick

Average Damage Per Hit: ** (*** in Sword Mode)


Hands up if you wanted a weapon that's two in one. As its name suggests, the Switch Axe can switch between two modes, Axe and Sword, at the touch of a button. Sword Mode deals more damage and benefits from special phial attachments, but is limited in usage, forcing hunters to switch modes to maintain a steady output.

Axe Moves

**Button** **Attack** **Notes**
Forward + X Draw Slash -
X Overhead Slash -
A Side Slash -
A + X Rising Slash -
A after Rising Slash Hack 'n' Slash Can be repeated
Forward + X Forward Slash -
R after Forward Slash Morph Slash Ignores Armor
R Morph -

Sword Moves

**Button** **Attack** **Notes**
X Overhead Slash Ignores Armor
Special Attack Rising Slash Ignores Armor
A Side Slash Ignores Armor
R after Side Slash Morph Slash Ignores Armor
A + X Elemental Discharge Ignores Armor
X after Elemental Discharge Elemental Discharge Finish Ignores Armor
R Morph Ignores Armor


Sword Mode is more powerful but depletes the 'Slash Guage'. The only way to restore this gauge is by not using Sword Mode.

Optimal Combo: X → X → X → Mash A.

It's recommended to perfect the Forward Slash → Morph Slash as it gives the most effective way of transforming your offensive, and it's never a bad idea to link this straight into Elemental Discharge → Finisher.

Usage Tips

Fee Phial Fo Fum : When you create a Switch Axe you'll notice that you have a Phial attribute to the right. This phial is a power boost that is active during Sword Mode and vary depending on the Switch Axe you have equipped and includes Power, Elemental, Paralysis and Dragon boosts.

Learn Transform Combos : It's important to learn which moves you can link to a transform technique as to keep your Switch Axe combat flowing, and your damage constant.

Elemental Discharge Time : It's always worth going for Elemental Discharge when you transform your sword, but only if you have the time. If you get the jump on the monster and they're fresh out an attack or panting then launch into it; otherwise, avoid sticking around and move away.

Recommended Skills

The Evasion+ Skill is a good ability for the Switch Axe because evasion is very important for you. The Evasion skill adds invulnerable frames to the start of your dodge.

Sharpness is a handy skill to have as it ensures you'll need to sharpen your weapon far less.

Earplugs are handy to have, just so that you never waste any Sword time should you transform as a monster roars.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
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  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    11 April 2013
  • Last Updated
    12 June 2020
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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Easy to understand tips and pointers for novice players including combat strategies, essential items and how best to leverage the utilities of Moga Village. From new hunter to fact craving veteran, the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Strategy Guide is guaranteed to hold vital information for hunters of any colour.

Version 1.0:

  • Explanations of the game's many weapons and advice on how to use them.
  • A comprehensive Monster list that includes weaknesses, attacks and hunting strategies, for every creature from Altaroth to Zinogre.
  • Information for every Area of every Map.
  • Full 720p screenshots illustrate the guide.

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