In MHW, the best Charge Blade can be tricky to choose. Capcom has actually done a pretty fantastic job of balancing the game (especially after a much-needed buff to elemental damage). So it’s often just down to personal preference — not to mention the weaknesses of a particular monster. But if you’re just looking for a slight numerical edge, or want to know where to start with your build, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a quick look at our best MHW Charge Blade picks for Iceborne!
Note: This guide references two different kind of weapons only attainable by fighting the limited-time monster known as Safi’Jiva. Awakened Weapons are the randomized drops that you get at the end of any Safi’Jiva siege. Whereas Xeno + weapons are built normally, along the Xeno’Jiva tree, using parts from both Xeno’Jiva and Safi’Jiva to reach the highest level of upgrade.
To determine when Safi’Jiva is available on your system, please head to the official MHW event calendar for consoles right here. At the time of this writing, Safi’Jiva is currently not available on the PC version of the game at all. However, it probably won’t be long. Steam players can find their own event calendar at this link instead once the creature does become available.
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Safi’s Shattershield (Safi’Jiva)
This one should come as no surprise. Safi’Jiva weapons are typically the best of the best in MHW. Blast damage, meanwhile, is a very versatile damage type with extra bells and whistles — like monster part damage and consistent buildup. Blast weapons also pair particularly well with Teostra armor, which grants the extremely useful Master’s Touch skill. This eliminates sharpness loss whenever you land a critical hit.
The Charge Blade has natural Mind’s Eye — meaning it cuts through tough monster parts without bouncing — during several attacks and charged states. But that doesn’t reduce the extra sharpness you lose for slicing through harder hides. Master’s Touch goes a long way towards mitigating this. Combine that with the ability to reduce the total number of Teostra armor pieces you need, using a Safi’Jiva weapon ability, and you have a tremendously powerful, very versatile pick.
Xeno Ra’atz + (Xeno’Jiva & Safi’Jiva)
If you can access Safi’Jiva, but don’t feel like farming Dracolite, give the Xeno Ra’atz + a shot. It doesn’t have quite the build versatility of a true Awakened Weapon. However, it goes a long way towards making up for it with two Level 4 decoration slots. Its meager Dragon damage doesn’t add much, but it’s something. The larger worry is its mediocre sharpness. Though there are plenty of ways to mitigate that — particularly with the extra decoration space.
Luna Eostre (Gold Rathian)
The Luna Eostre has some of the highest Charge Blade damage in the game (second only to the Rajang variant introduced in a post-release update). And like all Gold Rathian weapons, it has rock solid sharpness, decent Affinity, and strong Poison damage to boot. Given that Zorah Magdaros is the only monster in MHW immune to Poison, this Charge Blade edges out much of the competition.
The Melting Grasp (Acidic Glavenus)
If you haven’t reached the Guiding Lands at all yet, and thus can’t farm Gold Rathian, The Melting Grasp is a decent mid-game pickup. Its sharpness is abysmal, but it makes up for it with exceptionally high raw damage compared to when you can get it in the game. Plus it has a hidden element in the form of Paralysis. That means you can slot in a simple Non-Elemental Boost gem for a five percent damage increase. The simplicity of this option lets you focus your build on more utility or defense.
Soulfire Brand “Blaze,” “Ruin,” and “Styx”
While they’re no longer as exceptional as they once were, fully upgraded Lunastra weapons can still be quite useful thanks to their built-in armor skills. The “Styx” in particular comes with Master’s Touch built right in — no need to equip Teostra armor at all. This can open up some comfortable or interesting build options.
“Ruin,” meanwhile, can potentially save you an augmentation slot. It allows you to regenerate health after a certain number of hits on your target. Plus it comes with significantly more raw damage than either other Soulfire Brand. It may take considerably longer to acquire, though, since it needs Ruiner Nergigante parts.
Finally, “Blaze” comes with the situationally useful Guts skill: acting sort of like an extra life when you’re above certain health threshold. Like the other two choices, it comes with multiple decoration slots to further enhance your build.
Deathaxe Vaal Aspida
If you really want to do Dragon damage, this Charge Blade can help. It’s one of just a few non-event Charge Blades that deals elemental damage, has Power Element Phials, and can equip custom augments. Its raw damage is nothing to write home about. However, the combination mentioned above can help you create a Deviljho and Nergigante killing machine.