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Great Sword

Vincent Lau

Mighty glacier…attack!!


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

**Attack Name** **Controls**
Draw Attack While moving, press X
Overhead Swing X
Side Slap A
Block R
Charge Attack R+A
Super Charge Attack After using Charge Attack, press A, then press and hold A
Forward Roll B

Usage Tips

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!

Recommended Skills

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.


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Guide Information

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    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    31 March 2015
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Cassie Sun, Vincent Lau

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En route to Val Habar, what begins as a bumpy ride in the great desert quickly descends into the fight of your rookie hunter’s life, as a dangerous Elder Dragon appears out of nowhere, threatening to level your ride and the town ahead.

After somehow surviving the attack, your efforts impress the Caravaneer and you’re quickly enlisted into the Caravan. Your mission? To discover the secret of a mysterious “Article”, which will almost surely involve hunting bigger and deadlier monsters in a magical, colorful world that is the world of Monster Hunter.

Overwhelmed? Not so sure what to do? This guide will give you the reference point you need to not only complete the solo campaign with flying colors, but look awesome while doing so!

  • Information regarding Key Quests for both Caravan and Gathering Hall quests.
  • Tips for becoming the best hunter possible–from preparations to Palicos.
  • Breakdown of the 14 unique weapon types and how to wield them to their full potential.
  • Detailed maps and insights for all of the major hunting grounds.
  • Inside scoop on every monster you will face in battle (select postgame monsters pending).

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