The Great Sword is the flagship weapon of Monster Hunter, known for being about the size of a small car, and capable of hitting for damage fitting of a small car crashing into something. While incredibly slow, the Great Sword has a unique charge attack that has the highest damage-per-hit score in the game. You can also use the blade to block in a pinch, in exchange for a hefty amount of sharpness.
Immense raw power
Charge Attack lands huge damage
Can block with the blade in a pinch
Extremely slow attack speed
Not mobile at all
Requires precise timing to land charges properly and use the weapon to its fullest
|Draw Attack||While moving, press X|
|Super Charge Attack||After using Charge Attack, press A, then press and hold A|
There are several ways to use the Great Sword. The first way is to roll in, do an unsheathing attack, hit a few more times, then roll out, sheathe the weapon, and repeat. Level 3 charges are reserved for when the monster is fallen over and other large openings. Another style of play with the Great Sword utilizes knowledge of the monster and extremely precise timing to use level 3 charges even as the monster is moving to catch it in the middle of an attack. It is potent, and is pretty awesome when you smash that Rathalos out of the air, but punishes you hard when you miss.
If the monster goes to sleep, wake it up with a level 3 charge that will do triple the damage!
Evasion+1/+2 and/or Evade Distance Up are great for when you’re rolling around to position yourself. Focus is almost necessary to speed up level 3 charge time for faster attacking, and Critical Draw is great for if you unsheathe your weapon and go directly into a charge for added power.