So we have officially started the hunt, each one of us has picked a weapon of choice, if you are still want to know the basic of each weapon, check out my introduction in these posts:

Monster Hunter: World Weapons List


SWORD & SHIELD

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So I chose Sword & Shield (SS) as my main weapon for this first playthrough, not just because it’s easy to new players, it also seems “a little boring” to my taste at first glance, I was afraid that in the long run, I couldn’t cover this weapon due to the flashiness of other.

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This weapon also doesn’t get much attention from hunters around the world also 🙂 So let me become the minority and cover this because we flow with the mainstream.

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Everyone deserve a cool moment, let me cover this least favourite weapon!

BASIC COMBO

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Three hits combo (There is a hit using the hilt of the sword which gives out some KO damage)

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Lateral Slash

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SnS Circle Combo
Sword & Shield Circle Combo

 

Incorporate with directional input, Circle will perform the Shield Bash combo

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SnS Shield Bash
Sword & Shield Shield Bash Combo

 

During attacks, you can hold down Circle and push back on the left analog stick, the hunter will hop back and follow up with a charge attack.

Charged Slash

If you release early, this will result in an Advancing Slash

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SnS Charge Slash
Charge Slash – Push Back on Left Analog Stick + Hold Down Circle

 

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New to Monster Hunter World is the ability to follow up this attack if it’s landed – if this charge attack connects, the hunter will jump up, and in this stage, you can either press Triangle or Circle to follow up depending on the situation:

  • Triangle will result in a downward slash which can mount the monster

 

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Follow Up with Triangle will result in a downward slash

 

  • Circle, on the other hand, will utilize the shield to perform a downward slam – which counts as blunt damage, meaning you can stun the monster if the hit connects to the head.

 

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Sword & Shield Shield Slam

 

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Two paths to follow – choose depending on the situation.

By pressing both Triangle & Circle, the hunter will perform a lunge attack – Advancing Slash this can be used as an opener or a mean to close the gap when needed.

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Advancing Slash – Close the gap when needed

 

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To use your shield simply press R2  – and you can notice that this small shield can only block some small attacks, however, it’s better than nothing 🙂

Finally, Sword & Shield is the only weapon in the game where you can use items without sheathing your weapon, reducing some delay during combat which may cause a lot of troubles for new players.

 

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Using Trap without sheathing your weapon!

 

With the addition of Slinger – a small weapon using projectiles, this feature will offer great benefit to the hunter during combat

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ADVANCE COMBO

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As you can see, special skill of SnS is the ability to initiate a charged slash and follow up depending on the situation, so to use Sword & Shield effectively is to master the timing of this Charged Slash and how to incorporate it with other attacks.

Below is some combo that can lead to the Charged Slash.

Shield Bash Combo >> Charged Slash

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SnS Charge Slash
Follow up a Shield Bash combo with Charge Slash

 

Basic Attack >> Charged Slash

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Charge Slash can be performed during basic combo

 

Strong Attack (Lateral Slashes) >> Charged Slash

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Charge Slash during Lateral Slash combo

 

Advancing Slash >> Charged Slash

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PLAY STYLE

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Sword & Shield is one of the lowest DPS weapons in Monster Hunter: World but is compensated by the speed and the intuitive control.

To use it effectively, the key is to utilize the biggest advantages of this weapon – Using item without sheathing your Sword, this can be utilized to put a trap during fights or quickly using that Demon Powder and gain some advantages. This weapon is also famous for its supportive nature in previous Monster Hunters titles, where you utilize this trait to use certain wide area buff item (Life Powder…)

In Monster Hunter World, depending on your play style, you can choose the Armor Skill needed to use this versatile weapon to its fullest. If you prefer supporting team-mate, skills that help enhance items usage is a good choice:

  • Wide Range – Allows the effects of certain items to also affect nearby allies
  • Speed Eating – Extends the duration of some item effects
  • Free Meal – Gives you a predetermined chance of consuming a food or drink item for free.
  • Item Prolonger – Extends the duration of some item effects
  • Recovery Up – Increases the amount restored when restoring Health.

With that said, it does not mean SnS doesn’t have damage, with proper timing and usage for Charged Slash, you can take out even the most formidable monsters. Utilize the speed of this weapon, Elemental Damage or Ailment status attacks is a superb addition to this arsenal.

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