So after a while playing with Sword & Shield, I managed to get my hands on the Devil May Cry event and finish it with several red orbs that allow me to craft Dante’s armor set – minus the wig of course. While I don’t have the full set, a rare drop of Odogaron’s gem allow me to craft the weapon in the set – Dante’s Devil Sword which is a Charge Blade in disguise. I decided to give this weapon a try, as it’s quite popular in the Monster Hunter. Here is my Monster Hunter World Charge Blade Guide for the hunters who want to try out this weapon.
This will cover the basic moveset, advanced tactics and list out some recommendation skills & weapons for your liking. At the end of this post, I will also introduce the “Thunder Knight” build where we utilize the Sparda’s Sword to hunt monsters.
I did give a quick look at Charge Blade back then when Monster Hunter World release:
Monster Hunter World Charge Blade is classified as a technical weapon in Monster Hunters, meaning you will need to learn some “techniques” to master the weapons. To start, let’s take a quick look at these icons you got on the screen when picking yourself a new shiny charge blade.
This basically the UI to indicate your Charge Blade current power or status. You can quickly notice the phials, a Shield and a Sword icon on this. In the beginning, these phials will be shown as empty. More on this below:
Basic Attacks & Combo
- Basic combo (Guard Point)
This basic combo is quick, easy to perform and end with a roundhouse slash. A well-balanced combo to start an assault.
- Charged Slash – Charge Attack 
During attack if you hold Circle, the hunter will perform a pull like motion to draw the energy and throw out a double slash, this is more powerful than the normal attack and also your first attack to charge the blade quickly (Every attack in sword mode will charge up the phials, but some will provide a faster rate)
- Slide Attack (Guard Point)
(during an attack)
During Sword mode attacks, if you incorporate the input with Circle, the hunter will slide in any direction ranger style and perform a roundhouse slash. Quick to execute and also serve as a cool looking “dash” attack. It does take some time to get used to this though.
- Forward Slash
Simple as the name, a quick slash forward using the sword, this can be used to initiate the fight and be a starter for subsequent attacks.
- Shield Thrust – Charge Attack 
If you press both buttons during a combo string this will initiate a quick thrust using your shield, this is your second attack to charge the phials.
- Roundhouse Slash (Guard Point)
(After Double Slash or any strong attack)
This is the same as the last attack of the basic combo, this roundhouse slash is stronger than the normal attacks and is also trigger Guard Point.
- Morph Slash (Guard Point)
As the name state, this will morph your sword and shield into the axe and perform an overhead slash using the axe. This can serve as a quick method to change the form of the weapon while you are in need. At the beginning of this attack, your shield is also presented in front of the character hence it will also a Guard Point.
Here it is, the classic animation that starts it all, who thought a shield and a sword can be combined?
To change to Axe mode, you can press R2 during neutral position or use Morph Slash to quickly form the axe.
- Vertical Attacks
Two simple upswing using the Axe. This is an infinite combo but is very slow and pretty situational. If you want to hit some flying monsters, use this.
- Element Slash
Using the power stored in the Phials unleash the element attacks using Axe mode. Each swing will release the elemental attribute of the weapon.
- Amped Element Discharge (AED)
The ultimate attack of monster hunter world Charge Blade. This will cost all of your phials for one powerful swing to the monster. The animation is super badass but also give a lot of opening if not use at the right time.
- Super Amped Element Discharge (SAED)
(while Shield is already Charged)
This is the upgrade version of the AES only accessible when you shield is charged (more below)
- Roundhouse slash (Guard Point)
(During Axe mode) R2
During Axe mode, R2 will trigger the roundhouse slash and morph back to Sword Mode.
- Charge Up the power:
Using the shield as the holder, your sword energy will be charged into the phials, ready for discharge later.
- Charge energy to your shield (Guard Point)
During AED R2
Given that you have the phials filled, during your normal Amped Element Discharge move, pressing R2 will trigger a roundhouse slash that morphs the axe back in to the sword and charge up your shield. This also triggers a UI effect where all your stored phials are put into the shield and shield icon will show up like this:
- Condensed Element Slash (Charge Energy to your sword)
During Charge up R1 + (hold)
New to MHW is the sword icon next to the shield – which means you can charge it up as well! But this can only be trigger while your shield is charged and glowing red. While in this state, hitting R2 + O again and holding Triangle in this animation will then result in an Overhead slash with the Sword.
Remember to release when the sword glow! Otherwise, this will result in a simple upswing.
If you have your shield charged, this attack will dish out elemental similar to the Axe Elemental attacks but in Sword form. After this, your sword icon will glow as well. This will also grant you the Mind Eye effect – meaning your attacks won’t be bounce anymore – handy.
This will strengthen your sword attacks and shield block. This in turn complete the introduction on why this is called a “Charge” Blade