Below is a quick list of the current best Charge Blades in Iceborne. For more detail on each of the Charge Blade and a guide on making the best build in current meta, read on!
Non-Element Charge Blade
- Thanatos Force
- Inescapable Karma
- Melting Grasp
Element Charge Blade
- Glavenus Bardred – Fire
- Deep Schnegel II – Ice
- Despot’s Thunder Gale – Thunder
- DeathAxe Vaal Aspida – Dragon
- Best Charge Blades [MHW Iceborne]
- Best Element Charge Blades
- Deep Schnegel II – Beotodus Charge Blade (Ice)
- Glavenus Bardred – Glavenus Charge Blade (Fire)
- Death Axe Vaal Aspida – Black Veil Vaal Hazak Charge Blade (Dragon)
- Despot’s Thunder Gale (Thunder)
- Best End Master Rank Charge Blade
- Safi’jiiva Charge Blades
- Iceborne Charge Blade Builds
Best Charge Blades [MHW Iceborne]
The Saber Maw II
You can never go wrong with a Jagras weapon. This is basically the case here. As soon as you finished the battle with the introductory monster of the new map. Jagras weapon is pretty easy to craft.
As this is a non-element focus weapon, your meta relentless build is still viable and can be used effectively until the appearance of monster-like Tigrex. The Tigrex marks a new phase of the Iceborne journey where you need to face off with the classic monster.
Saber Maw II Materials
- Monster Slogbone x3
- Great Jagras Hardclaw x3
- Great Jagras Thickhide
- Tough-Claw x3
|– Easy to craft|
– Two level 3 Jewel
– Hidden Sleep
|– Low Base Damage|
– Ugly Design
If you still love the classic Elementless build (Diablos Tyrannis II) You can get back all that feel again with Thanatos Force. Upgrading directly from the Diablos tree, this weapon keeps the classic -30% Affinity in compensating for 1044 Damage (Highest in the base Iceborne)
Thanatos Force’s Material
- Blackcurl Stouthorn x3
- Black Diablos Cortex x3
- Monster Solidbone x3
- Large Wyvern Gem x1
|– Sync With Elementless Build||– Minus Affinity|
Best Element Charge Blades
Deep Schnegel II – Beotodus Charge Blade (Ice)
Surprise? Yeah, I am surprised too, about half of your journey on Master Rank, you will begin to face the like of Brachydios and Glavenus, which is weak to Ice. With just two or three runs on this Lavasioth cousin, you can have yourself an elemental Charge Blade that can keep those monsters at bay.
Deep Schenegel II’s material
- Rimed Hide x2
- Beotodus Grandfin x2
- Cryo Sac x2
- Large Wyvern Gem x1
|– Easy to Craft|
– Highest Ice Element
Glavenus Bardred – Glavenus Charge Blade (Fire)
Remember the Rathalos Charge Blade in our MHW Best Charge Blade Guide? The Glavenus has now taken the place for the best Fire Charge Blade in MHW Iceborne.
Starting off with 390 Fire Damage & Power Element. This Charge Blade comes with 936 Damage.
|– Highest Fire Charge Blade|
– Looks cool
|– 0% Affinity|
Death Axe Vaal Aspida – Black Veil Vaal Hazak Charge Blade (Dragon)
This takes the spot as the best Dragon Charge Blade with 420 Dragon elements. It also comes with 900 Damage and 0% Affinity.
Deathaxe Vaal Aspida’s material
- Vaal Hazak Hardclaw x3
- Shadowpierce Fang x2
- Deceased Shard x5
- Deathweaver Membrane x3
|– Level 4 Jewel|
– High Dragon Element
|– Slap on Design|
Despot’s Thunder Gale (Thunder)
One of the coolest looking Charge Blade in the game. Crafted from nonother than the Blue Lighting Dog Zinogre, this weapon requires you to finish the Story mode and unlock the Guiding Land.
But it is by far the best Lighting Charge Blade in Iceborne.
Despot’s Thunder Gale’s material
- Spiritvein Solidbone x5
- Zinogre Hardhorn x2
- Zinogre Deathly Shocker x5
- Large Elder Dragon Gem x1
|– Cool Design|
– Strongest Lighting Charge Blade
|– Hard to craft|
Best End Master Rank Charge Blade
Inescapable Karma (Raw Damage)
Start off the list is the final boss Charge Blade. This one makes off the list thanks to it’s a powerful design and hidden element. With this, you can easily used that Elementless jewel again for your build.
Inescapable Karma’s Materials
- Shara Ishvalda Tenderclaw x4
- Shara Ishvalda Tenderscale x4
- Shara Ishvalda Tenderplate x2
- Shara Ishvalda Gem x1
|– Good Design|
– Purple Sharpness
– High Damage
– Well Rounded
|– Level 1 Jewel Slot|
Melting Grasp (Raw Damage)
This is upgraded directly from the Saber Maw II, and is another charge blade that
Melting Grasp’s material
- Vaal Hazak Hardclaw x2
- Acidic Glavenus Hardfang
- Acidic Glavenus Spineshell
- Glavenus Mantle x1
|– Minus Affinity|
Safi’jiiva Charge Blades
|Safi’s Hellshield||180 Fire|
|Safi’s Aquashield||180 Water|
|Safi’s Frostshield||180 Ice|
|Safi’s Boltshield||180 Lighting|
|Safi’s Drakshield||180 Dragon|
|Safi’s Venomshield||150 Poison|
|Safi’s Bindshield||120 Paralysis|
|Safi’s Dreamshield||120 Sleep|
|Safi’s Shattershield||150 Blast|
All of Safi’jiiva Charge Blade starts with 972 Base Damage and 5% Affinity, Level 4 Jewel slot.
Iceborne Charge Blade Builds
Advancing to Master Rank in MHW does not make a Charge Blade build cheaper, you will still need those Magazine/Artillery jewels (Hell, now with the Level 4 Jewel upgrade, getting the Level 4 Artillery jewel is basically your life now)
However, during your progression, mixed sets are still a good way to go. With the introduction of returning monsters like Brachydios and Glavenus, you also have several new sets that can help to go through Iceborne story mode with Charge Blade.
A typical Armor Set in early Master Rank can be as below
- Damacus Chest Beta and Coil Alpha – This is for Focus Level 3 and some utility slot for your jewel
- Brachydios Helm, Gloves & Leg – These are for a quick boost in damage if you don’t have much Attack Jewel to go through. The new Agitator Select can give a quick boost to your Damage
- Wearing an Artillery Charm Level 3 for your Phials Blast
This is basically a good start to finish the main storyline. You still have several slots for Health, Attack, Defense bonuses.
With the introduction of the Offensive Guard armor skill, The Charge Blade can now utilize this new mechanic to boost the damage even further.
For almost all end-game or professional build, Offensive Guard is always maxed out.
With the focus on elemental damage of Charge Blade, several hunters have come up with a new playstyle for the Charge Blades, if you prefer blasting out with Power Element, pick up the Melting Grasp and start with the below build.
As soon as you unlock the Master Rank version of Zora Magdaros – It’s time to test out the Artillery Select. Three pieces of this armor will give you a quick boost to Artillery Level 5, making your phial blast even stronger.
Near the end of Master Rank, marking by unlocking access to Guiding Land, you can face the infamous trio
These monsters will introduce you to the Guiding Land, a special place to gather end game material – which is needed to craft the final weapon on the weapon tree. These materials are also used to augment Master Rank weapons
The build set above is made from the awesome mhwbuilder from honeyhunterworld. You can check out her patron here, and use the tool at this link.
As for the build, I compiled base on the deep insight from mhwbuilds.net which is famous for his Charge Blade guide, make sure you drop him a visit!
The Safi’jiiva Meta Charge Blade Builds
Thankfully for me, I wrote this after the release of the Safi’jiiva. As in my latest guides on this Red Dragon, you can pick the three weapons from the rewards list. As all of the Safi’s Charge Blade are elemental ones, you can just pick one and tailor your build a little to your liking.
For some general use and comfy build, Safi’s Shatter Shield is currently the best Charge Blade. Below is a build that used the Safi’s ShatterShield.
MHW Iceborne will come to PC on 9 Jan 2020. For returning hunter using the Charge Blade, you can quickly start off Master Rank with Saber Maw, progressing and upgrade to Melting Grasp.
Depend on your liking, you can then pick any of the end game Charge blades above before the Safi’jiiva Siege.
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