Dual Blades were my weapon of choice from Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate up to Generations Ultimate. The frantic attack speed was hugely appealing, and their potent elemental damage sealed the deal. Although I’m better suited for the Lance these days, it’s still fun to go back and pick up the Dual Blades for some fast-paced, elemental action.
For this week’s guide, we’ll be looking at the top weapons and skills for creating the best Dual Blade build possible. After that, we’ll use this baseline to create three additional builds — each designed for different playstyles.
Sound like a plan? Let’s get started!
Best Dual Blade in MHW: Baseline Build
First, we need to consider what makes the Dual Blades stand out against other weapon types. The Dual Blades are all about speed, and they balance lower damage and lack of reach with quick, successive attacks.
Moreover, Dual Blades are built around Demon and Archdemon modes. These modes add a few moves and combos to the default controls (providing more damage potential) but rely heavily on stamina to swap between the two styles.
Based on these features, a good DB build capitalizes on quick combos and elemental damage while incorporating skills that take a rapidly-depleting sharpness and stamina bar into account. With that in mind, let’s look at the best weapons and best skills for Dual Blade MHW.
The wide variety of elements and abnormal statuses in Monster Hunter means there’s also a wide variety of Dual Blades, each serving a distinct purpose. On average, the best overall and best elemental Dual Blades for MHW will have a healthy balance of raw and elemental damage, combined with high sharpness. Innate affinity doesn’t hurt, but since critical hits don’t increase element/status damage by default, it’s not the highest priority.
I’ve put together a list of some of the best Dual Blades for you to choose from:
|Alatreon Madness||392||480 (Dragon)||0%|
|Kjárr Daggers||252||210 (Any)||5 – 20%|
|Safi’s Claws||378||90 – 150 (Any)||5%|
Alatreon Madness is your best bet if you’re looking for a build based around Dragon damage. While many DB options (including the other two listed here) offer substantial elemental damage, the Alatreon Madness combines Dragon damage with raw damage (and sharpness) for unrivaled potency — at least as far as Dragon-based builds are concerned.
The next two options on the list are preferable if you’re pursuing a different elemental or status damage type. It’s worth keeping in mind that both the Kjárr Daggers and Safi’s Claws (regardless of which element/status you choose) require more of a time investment, as you’ll need to complete sieges to use them. The Kjárr Daggers have better base stats by default, but Safi’s Claws can be improved and customized using the weapon’s Awakened Abilities.
All three are perfectly functional and serve as some of the best endgame Dual Blades build weapons. That means the option you choose is largely dependent on your personal investment and play style.
From here, let’s turn to the skills you’ll need for a strong Dual Blades build. Since Dual Blades are stamina-based weapons that rely heavily on attack speed and elemental damage, there are a few critical skills you’ll want to keep in mind when putting your build together.
First off, you’ll want to invest in Critical Element. This skill increases the elemental damage done when landing critical hits, which is essential for the element-focused Dual Blades. Since critical hits generally only boost raw damage, having a few points in Critical Element ensures that you’re still taking advantage of critical chances without sacrificing any damage.
Next up is Marathon Runner, which reduces your stamina depletion rate when doing activities that continuously drain stamina. This is especially important for the Dual Blades, as Demon mode is powered by stamina and will automatically deactivate once your stamina bar is empty. By slowing your stamina depletion, you’ll be able to stay in Demon mode longer and capitalize on the improved combos and attack speed.
Finally, we have Protective Polish, which maintains your weapon’s sharpness for a set time after sharpening. Since Dual Blades attack so quickly, they lose sharpness fast. Having a skill that helps keep your sharpness up reduces the chance that your attacks will be deflected mid-fight and ensures that you deal as much damage as possible.
There are a few other skills that can be useful when putting together a DB build, though they’re not as much of a priority as those listed above. Here are a few options that can help round out your set:
- Coalescence (temporarily enhances attacks after recovering from a blight or abnormal status)
- Focus (fills your demon gauge faster)
- Handicraft (improves weapon sharpness, though not useful for every weapon)
- Power Prolonger (reduces depletion rate of demon gauge, keeps you in Archdemon mode longer)
- Stamina Surge (increases stamina recovery speed)
I’d also like to quickly mention Mushroomancer, which can be useful for DB builds.
Although you could invest in Constitution (which reduces stamina depletion on certain moves), putting three levels into Mushroomancer allows you to consume Devil’s Blight mushrooms, which function as a slightly less-effective Dash Juice.
This is important, since Marathon Runner doesn’t reduce stamina depletion in all cases — actions that use a set amount of stamina, like evading, will deplete your bar at the same rate.
With this setup, you’ll be able to reduce your overall stamina depletion without sacrificing too many decoration slots. You’ll also gain the various other benefits that Mushroomancer offers in terms of healing and other buffs.
That’s it for our Dual Blades baseline build! From here, let’s look at a few example builds that can be made with these guidelines in mind.
Best Dual Blades: Dragon Build
With the addition of Alatreon weapons, there have been a few minor changes to the meta when it comes to Dragon-based builds. For our first example build, let’s take a look at one of the best Dragon builds for Dual Blades.
|Alatreon Madness||Silver Solhelm β+|
|Master’s Charm IV||Silver Solmail β+|
|Evasion Mantle+||Silver Solbraces β+|
|Vitality Mantle+||Silver Solcoil β+|
|Escadora Sheath α+|
For this build, we’re using Silver Rathalos armor to unlock the “True Critical Element” set bonus (one of the best Dual Blades set bonuses in MHW). This will significantly increase the amount of elemental damage done on critical hits, which will already be high with the Alatreon weapons. Since the set bonus overrides any instances of the Critical Element skill in your build, we won’t need to worry about slotting that skill in later.
Since True Critical Element only requires four pieces of Silver Rathalos armor, we’re going to substitute the Alatreon legs for the added Dragon Attack. This will significantly increase our total damage output while retaining a quality defensive armor set.
With the addition of Master’s Charm IV, our total skill list (before decorations) is as follows:
- Critical Boost 3
- Critical Eye 4
- Defense Boost 3
- Dragon Attack 4
- Slinger Capacity 3
- Windproof 3
A few of these skills aren’t quite as useful for a DB build, though they certainly don’t hurt. To keep in line with our baseline build, though, we’ll want to slot the following skills with decorations:
- Critical Eye (max out)
- Marathon Runner
- Protective Polish
- Weakness Exploit
You’re welcome to slot in any of the other skills mentioned in the baseline build to help flesh out your character according to your preferred playstyle. Since there aren’t many evasion skills built into this set, I recommend equipping the Evasion Mantle+ to help you gain a few I-frames when evading attacks. The Vitality Mantle+ is also a useful piece of equipment and can make this set a little comfier to play.
Best Dual Blades: Fire Build
Next, we’ll take a look at the best fire Dual Blades build for MHW. Although it lacks some of our Dragon build’s innate elemental damage, we gain access to a few new skills to help round things out.
|Kjárr Daggers “Rage”||Safi Crested Crown β+|
|Fury Charm V||Safi Crested Chest β+|
|Temporal Mantle+||Safi Crested Vambraces β+|
|Affinity Booster+||Safi Crested Belt β+|
|Safi Crested Boots β+|
The best armor for Dual Blades fire builds? We’re going to be using full Safi’jiiva armor to unlock the “True Dragonvein Awakening” set bonus. This will give us higher affinity and greater raw and elemental damage with weapon drawn. There’s a steady health drain when wearing this armor set, but your lost health can be recovered as long as you’re continually attacking. Since the Dual Blades are built around constant attacking anyway, this is an excellent option for dealing lots of damage without significant drawbacks.
We’re also going to use Fury Charm V, which pairs well with the Safi armor’s recoverable health mechanic. Before decorations, this puts our skill list at the following:
- Blight Resistance 2
- Critical Boost 3
- Critical Element (innate for Kjárr weapons)
- Evade Window 3
- Resentment 5
There are a number of useful skills here, but there’s not a lot of affinity-based skills to help you take advantage of the Kjárr Daggers’ innate Critical Element. With this in mind, I recommend trying to slot in the following skills with decorations (along with any of the other skills mentioned in the baseline):
- Critical Eye
- Marathon Runner
- Protective Polish
- Weakness Exploit
Since the armor set already includes a few points into Evade Window, I recommend using the Temporal Mantle+ to help you avoid incoming attacks. Since you automatically dodge certain attacks while the mantle is active, this can be an excellent way to keep up the continuous attacks you need to take advantage of the Safi set bonus. The Vitality Mantle+ is also good here, as the added temporary health can help counteract the constant health drain.
Best Dual Blades: Blast Build
Finally, let’s take a look at more of a specialty build. While elemental DB builds are inherently stronger than their raw-based counterparts, there are a few situations where elementless builds can be advantageous. Since Blast is always a helpful abnormal status to apply, we’ll be centering on raw damage with Blast built-in.
|Safi’s Shatterclaws||Kaiser Crown γ|
|Challenger Charm||Brachydium Mail α+|
|Temporal Mantle+||Kaiser Vambraces β+|
|Vitality Mantle+||Kaiser Coil β+|
|Brachydium Greaves β+|
For this build, we’ll need a mixed armor set that incorporates three pieces of Teostra and two pieces of Raging Brachydios. Doing so unlocks the set bonuses “Teostra Technique,” which keeps your weapon from losing sharpness on critical hits, and “Agitator Secret,” which increases the maximum level of the Agitator skill.
Adding Challenger Charm V helps us reach our new Agitator cap, making this a sufficient raw damage build with high affinity built-in. Before the addition of decorations (or modifications to Safi’s Claws), our skill list is as follows:
- Agitator 7
- Blast Attack 5
- Critical Eye 2
- Heat Guard 1
- Weakness Exploit 3
Since we have Master’s Touch built into the Teostra set bonus, we won’t need to use up slots on Protective Polish as we did in our other builds. For now, we’ll want to use our decorations to increase our affinity and boost our damage. I recommend the following skills:
- Attack Boost
- Critical Boost
- Critical Eye (max out)
- Marathon Runner
- Stamina Surge
Finally, I’ve recommended using the Temporal Mantle+ and Vitality Mantle+, simply because they’re useful pieces of equipment to have on hand. They’re certainly not as necessary for this build, but they can improve your survivability without being detrimental to your overall set.
Build Your Character
I hope you enjoyed our list of Monster Hunter: World Dual Blades builds! One of the things I like best about this weapon is how its focus on element and status damage allows for so much variability — any of the sets listed above will function differently based on the damage type you choose.
If you have a Dual Blades build that you’d like to share with us, please feel free to comment below! We’re also happy to hear any feedback you may have about the builds listed above.