Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide to learn more about weapon sharpness, how to increase sharpness gauge, and the benefits & effects of having your sharpness up.Check Out Beginner's Guide & Tips!
What Is Weapon Sharpness?
Weapon Feature That Determines Damage Output
Weapon sharpness in Monster Hunter World is an important weapon feature that determines how much damage your weapon will output with every hit. The basic thought is that the higher the sharpness, the higher your damage.
Lower Sharpness Can Deflect Attacks On Stronger Monsters
When your weapon's sharpness goes down, the chance of your hits to be deflected will be higher. It's better to keep your sharpness high within the hunt to deal consistent damage to your target.
Sharpness Goes Down With Every Hit
Every time you hit a monster, your weapon's sharpness will go down. You can check your weapon's sharpness in the upper-left corner of the screen, below your Hunter's status bars.
There Are 6 Colors / Levels Of Weapon Sharpness
There are currently 6 colors or levels of weapon sharpness. From low to high: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and white. The closer the sharpness is to white, the higher the damage multiplier.
Use Whetstones To Replenish Weapon Sharpness
Sharpness can be replenished in the middle of the hunt by using a Whetstone. These come in an infinite supply but does have an animation lock that can make you vulnerable. So sharpen only when you're safe!
How To Increase Weapon Sharpness
Equip Weapons With High Sharpness
When you craft higher rarity equipment, you can gain access to weapons with better sharpness gauges. With these types of weapons, you'll deal more damage and/or lessen the need to sharpen more often during the hunt.
Equip Sharpness-Enhancing Skills
Skills such as "Handicraft", "Protective Polish", "Master's Touch", and "Razor Sharp" all help enhance your weapon's sharpness. These either increase your gauge, lessen sharpness loss during critical hits, and more.
Use A Handicraft Charm
If you feel you need an extra boost in weapon sharpness, you can also craft a Handicraft Charm. You can upgrade this charm up to level 3, giving you Handicraft Lvl 3 & increasing your sharpness gauge.
Long Lasting Sharpness With Razor Sharp Charm
Uses & Benefits Of High Sharpness
Consistent High Damage With High Sharpness
The higher your weapon's sharpness, the bigger the damage output will be. If you keep your sharpness up and have a weapon with high sharpness, you'll be able to do consistent high damage for quicker, more efficient hunts.
Lessens Chance Of Attacks Deflecting
If you have a high sharpness weapon, you'll be able to face more powerful monsters without fear of your attacks deflecting on their armored hide.