This is a list of all 14 weapon types available in Monster Hunter World. Each weapon type has their upsides, downsides, and different strategies. All of them have 18+ final form weapons that they can be upgraded to.
Want to know what the final form of that Ore weapon will be? Check out these complete lists of every weapon for every weapon type.
EditBest Beginner Weapons
Can’t decide what to pick first? Check out this video to see why these three weapons are the best for first-time Monster Hunter players:
- Sword and Shield
- Dual Blades
- Light Bowgun
Of course, the main goal of Monster Hunter World is to have fun. So if you’re having fun with a different weapon, stick with it, have fun, and happy hunting!
See a description of each weapon below, categorized between Light, Heavy, Technical, and Ranged. Click on that weapon’s tree to see a list of every individual weapon of that type and how to get them.
|Quick and fluid attacks. Can send out Kinsect to retrieve essences that boost different powers. Power Up, Defense Up, Speed/Jump Up, and a Weak Heal. Requires constant Kinsect management for efficiency. Allows for very easy mounting.|
|Versatile heavy axe that can be changed to a somewhat faster swinging sword with an elemental phial for a short time. Can grip onto a monster and unload elemental damage while in sword mode.|
|Similar to the Switch Axe in that it changes between two modes: Sword and shield and heavy axe. A phial allows for charged attacks and must be managed between shield and blade. Starts in Sword and Shield mode.|
|Similar to the Hammer, but weaker and can play songs to buff the player and any allies. Requires song management and a good sense of when to use them. Best in a group setting. Buffed greatly in World.|
|The most technical ranged weapon, but also the most mobile. Weaker than Bowguns, but can be stronger based on charge. Utilizes coatings that can add on-hit effects and require stamina management.|
|Offers more mobility than the Heavy Bowgun and can use Rapid Fire, a technique that lets you unload multiple quick shots. Utilizes different types of ammunition with different effects. Lays explosive traps with its special ammo.|
|Stronger but slower than the Light Bowgun.Utilizes different types of ammunition with different effects. Allows for a Gatling gun or sniper-type special ammo. Can be used as a shield with modification.|