MHW Iceborne Best Dual Blades [2020 – Safi Dual Blades Meta Build]

Best MHW Iceborne Dual Blades. TL;DR Version – All Safi’jiiva Dual Blades with Elemental Up (VI+V+V+V+V)

  • Anja Twinrippers II – Fire
  • Jyura Keenblades II Water
  • Kadachi Greathawk II -Thunder
  • Death Row – Dragon/ Comfy build
  • Safi Shatter Claw – Blast Comfy Build

Let’s take a minute to forget this design was approved to appear in Monster Hunter World Iceborne…

This is Brachydios Dual Blades – Yes, it is

The Dual Blades were famous for it’s abilities to deliver speedy combat and flashy maneuver. I published a Dual Blades Guide and Builds way back in Monster Hunter World vanilla.

With the elemental meta focus of Iceborne expansion. The Dual Blades can now enjoy the most powerful meta for Elemental since the release. For Dual Blades hunter, your main job is mostly to collect all the Elemental Dual Blades, just for the different sparks every time we face a new monster.

I just published another detailed guide on Iceborne Dual Blades builds here. You can still look at the current meta here, but if you need more info, check out the below guide.

Best Elemental Dual Blades

Monsters you needed to hunt: Anjanath, Jyuratyudos, Kadachi, Beotodus

Fire – Anja Twinrippers II

This classic Fire Dual Blades start off with 360 Fire Damage and 378 Raw Damage. All compensated by the -20% Affinity

Pretty easy to make and can be your pal through the journey on Hoarfrost Reach.

Anja Twinrippers II Materials

  • Azure Rathalos Cortex x2
  • Anjanath Fur x3
  • Heavy Anjanath Nosebone x2
  • Anjanath Lash x1
– Easy to get
– Best for early MR
– Minus Affinity
– No Jewel Slot

Ice – Beo Hatchets II

Another starter Dual Blades for Ice element. Beotudus will also provide some hands-on experience with the new ice map. This can be your main weapon to face the like of Brachydios and Lunastra or Teostra later on.

You can swap out this with Velkhana Dual Blades (Icefeather) but it is weaker when it comes to Ice element (210 on Ice feather)

Beo Hatchets II’s material

  • Rimed Hide x2
  • Beotodus Grandfin x2
  • Cryo Sac x2
  • Large Wyvern Gem x1
– Easy to Craft
– High Ice Elemental
– Level 1 & 2 Jewel Slot
– Situational

Water – Jyura Keenblades II

Next off is the Jyura Blades. This comes with 300 Water Damage and 364 Base Damage. The base weapon is slightly better than the Anja Dual Blades thanks to level 2 jewel slot and one level 1 slot.

Jyura Keenblades II’s materials

  • Monster Slogbone x2
  • Jyuratodus Grandfin x2
  • Flood Sac x2
  • Steel Gajau Whisker x1
– Easy to craft
– Level 3 & 1 Jewel slot
– Situational
– Not many monsters that are weak to Water
– Generic Design

Thunder – Kadachi Greathawks II

A couple of run with the Lighting Kadachi will be enough for this dual blade. Bearing 330 Lighting Damage and 322 Base Damage. This is pretty decent for a starter Lighting Dual Blade

The downside of this is that not many monsters are weak to Lighting

Kadachi Greathawks II’s material

  • Hard Odogaron Sinew x2
  • Tobi-Kadachi Cathode x2
  • Tobi-Kadachi Hardclaw x2
  • Tobi-Kadachi Membrane x2

End game alternatives: Rajang’s Dual Blade, Zinogre’s Dual Blades

– Easy to craft
– Not many monsters are weak to Lighting

Dragon – Enduring Surrender

The upgraded version of Dragon Bone Weapon Tree. The Enduring Surrender earns the top position for Dragon element with 510 Dragon and 336 Base Damage.

Enduring Surrender’s material

  • Large Elder Dragon Bone x6
  • Monster Solidbone x4
  • Lavasioth Grandfin x2
  • Large Wyvern Gem x1
– 510 Dragon – Moderate Damage

Dragon – Death Row

Love the sickle as a Dual Blade? You got it here. The Death Row is made from the new Odogaron Subpieces and the Elder Dragon Namielle.

This comes with 300 Dragon, 336 Base Damage and High Elder Seal.

Death Row’s material

  • Namielle Hardclaw x2
  • Ebony Odogaron Hardclaw x4
  • Ebony Odogaron Lash x2
  • Ebony Odogaron Mantle x1
– Nice Design
– Powerful
– 20% Affinity
– No Jewel Slot
– Situational

Raw Damage Dual Blades

Bazel Bombers

If you want a blast dual blade before Safi’jiiva, pick this, don’t ever think about that Brachydios Dual Blades!

Bazel Bombers come with 240 Blast & 364 Base Damage, making it very easy to pick up and wreak havoc. However, you will need to face the new type of Bazelgeuse – which can perform a 360-Sticky-Grenade-Diving-Blast

Bazel Bombers’s material

  • Shara Ishvalda Petalstone x2
  • Scorching Silverwing x4
  • Bazelgeuse Hardclaw x4
  • Bazelgeuse Mantle x1
– OK Design (Still the same axe)
– High Base Damage
– Pretty Comfy
– -10% Affinity
– Only 1 Level 1 Jewel slot

What about Poison/Paralysis/Sleep?

You can, of course, utilize the same approach for Poison/ Sleep and Paralysis Dual Blades. However, these types of Dual Blades are more suitable for utility, with the exception of Poison Dual Blades, which can be powerful allies for the fight against the Red Dragon.

But as Poison Bomb is cheap and easy to craft, using a Poison Dual Blades may negate some of your offensive, instead, using a Blast Dual Blade against Safi’jiiva with the help of Poison Bombs is confirmed to be the best of both worlds.

The Safi’jiiva Dual Blades

It’s almost an instinct now to add in this section, especially for Iceborne Dual Blades Builds. Safi’jiiva Siege – similar to the Kulve Taroth Siege, will provide you with several different weapons as a reward for completion

For the full guide and how to awake the weapons, check out below guides

For Dual Blades, you have nine different variations. Yes, there are no raw Safi Dual Blades.

Safi Dual Blades VariantElement
Safi’s HellclawsFire
Safi’s AquaclawsIce
Safi’s FrostclawsWater
Safi’s BoltclawsLighting
Safi’s DrakclawsDragon
Safi’s VenomclawsPoison
Safi’s BindclawsBlast
Safi’s DreamclawsParalysis
Safi’s ShatterclawsSleep
Image is taken from HoneyHunter MHW Iceborne Builder

For your collection, you can just pick almost any of these Dual Blades and swap in for your current Dual Blades build.

The only thing to note is that the best awaken abilities on these Dual Blades are Elemental Up, which means you can never go wrong with all five Elemental Up abilities

Elemental Up Level VI + V + V + V + V + V

How long does it take for all those awaken abilities? It depends, really.

This guide is a collection of online insight from Reddit Community, users and some of my testings during play.

MHW Iceborne Dual Blades Meta Builds

Normally, you would think that Rathalos set is used again in Master Rank for Element Focus build, but a new subspecies of Rathalos has taken care of that.

Your meta set in End Game Master Rank is Silver Rathalos Armor set (Silver Sol Set)

Four pieces of Silver Sol Beta will give you True Critical Element – the upgrade version of Critical Element (High-Rank Rathalos set’s bonus)

This is your main armor skill for Elemental Dual Blades build. With that out of the way, Yian Garuga Beta Leg is used just for a quick boost to Critical Eyes

The Silver Sol set also gives you three points in Critical Boosts. The Remaining job is just slot in for your prefer Elemental Build.

As a quick Refresher, the Item Prolonger is used to maximize the Protective Polish buff (Your weapons do not decrease sharpness after sharpening)

Safi’jiiva Dual Blade Build

With the addition of Safi’jiiva, you can swap out the Dual Blades with the new Safi “Claw” with focus on Awaken Skill that can give you the best Elemental Output.

A shout out to the awesome community at mhwmeta

You can check out the new Monster Hunter World Iceborne Builder at this link


Did you make a decision after reading through the Best Iceborne Dual Blades? I recommend just sticking with whatever you are comfortable with, whether it is because of the look or the stat. The list above is just a compilation so you can have a better look at the current meta.

Not a Dual Blades hunter? Check out other best MHW Iceborne Weapons list below!

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