Damage Type: Cut
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.
|Forward + X||Draw 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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.