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Sword & Shield - Best Loadout Build & Skill Guide

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Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Sword & Shield guide on the best loadout & armor build for this weapon. Includes recommended equipment, decorations, & skills.

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Recommended Iceborne Starter Sword & Shield Builds

Radobaan Os Build

Radobaan Os Build
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WeaponDecorations
Radobaan Os 1Release Jewel 3
ArmorDecorations
Jagras Helm α +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Kulu Mail α +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Bone Vambraces α + Tenderizer Jewel 2
Beo Coil α +Attack Jewel 1
Girros Greaves α +Vitality Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm 3-
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 4Health Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Handicraft Lvl 3
Speed Eating Lvl 2Slugger Lvl 2
Paralysis Attack Lvl 2Free Elem/Ammo Up Lvl 2
Critical Eye Lvl 2Earplugs Lvl 2
Stamina Surge Lvl 1-

Points of Recommendations

  • Easily accessible when starting Iceborne
  • Better stun with Shield Bash & Slugger
  • Conveniently good with both normal and Paralysis attacks
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Iceborne Middle Phase Recommended Sword & Shield Builds

WeaponDecoration
Rose HighnessAttack Boost 1
ArmorsDecorations
Rathalos Helm β +Expert Jewel 4
Expert Jewel 1
Dober Mail α +Vitality Jewel 1
Vitality Jewel 1
Vitality Jewel 1
Fulgur Vambraces β +Steadfast Jewel 1
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 1
Odogaron Coil α +Maintenance Jewel 1
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Death Garon Greaves β +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Razor Sharp Charm-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 6
Stun Resistance Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Tool Specialist Lvl 3Health Boost Lvl 3
Effluvial Resistance Lvl 1Razor Sharp/Spare Shot Lvl 1

100% Affinity When Attacking Wounded Part

Weapon's Affinity 10% + Critical Eye Lvl 7 Affinity 40% = 50% affinity all the time. On top of that, Weakness Exploit raises 50% when attacking wounded part of monster which sums up to 100% affinity.

More Room To Grow With 4Slot Decoration

Fulgur Vambraces β and Odogaron Coil α+ both has level4 slot. You can buff with more skills using the level 4 Jewels.

Iceborne Late Phase (MR70~) Recommended Sword & Shield Builds

WeaponDecoration
Lunatic RoseVitality Jewel 1
ArmorsDecorations
Rex Roar Helm β +Expert Jewel II
Rex Roar Mail β +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Rex Roar Braces β +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Kirin Hoop β +Critical Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Resistor Jewel 1
Garuga Greaves β +Expert Jewel 1
Critical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Razor Sharp Charm-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 6
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Blight Resistance Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 3Critical Boost Lvl 3
Free Meal Lvl 1Free Meal Secret
(Set Bonus)
Razor Sharp/Spare Shot Lvl 1-

High Raw Damage & Poison Damage

Buff affinity with Critical Eye Lvl 7 and Weakness Exploitation and enforce attack with Attack Boost Lvl 6 and Critical Boost Lvl 3. Poison damage is also effective for speedy monsters in Master Rank.

Health & Damage Build For Sword & Shield

*Following information are Monster Hunter World's best loadout, not Iceborne.

Health & Damage Build For Sword & Shield
WeaponAugmentation
Fatal BiteAffinity Increase
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Drachen Mail αCritical Jewel 2
Kaiser Vambraces αExpert Jewel 1
Empress Coil γMighty Jewel 2
Kaiser Greaves γMighty Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Critical Boost Lvl 3Health Boost Lvl 3
Handicraft Lvl 3Maximum Might Lvl 2
Evade Window Lvl 2Master's Touch

Great Build For Any Situation

The combination of both damage output and survivability is great in this loadout. This loadout will keep you alive by increasing your health and evade window especially when things get dicey during the hunt!

High DPS Build For Sword & Shield

High DPS Build For Sword & Shield
WeaponAugmentation
Fatal BiteAffinity Increase
ArmorDecorations
Drachen Armet αCritical Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Drachen Mail αTenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Vambraces αTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Coil αBrace Jewel 2
Drachen Greaves αMighty Jewel 2
Mighty Jewel 2
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 4
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Handicraft Lvl 3Maximum Might Lvl 2
Power Prolonger Lvl 1Flinch Free Lvl 1
AirborneMaster's Touch
Elemental Airborne-

Deadly Build That Focuses On High Damage

With the Drachen armor's skill sets, you'll have a boost in affinity rates as well as critical damage on critical hits. Since the percentage can go up to 95%, this build is perfect for quick & efficient runs.

Paralysis Attack Build For Sword & Shield

Paralysis Attack Build For Sword & Shield
WeaponAugmentation /
Decorations
Grand Barong IIAffinity Increase
Sharp Jewel 2
ArmorDecorations
Nergigante Helm βFriendship Jewel 1
Friendship Jewel 1
Nergigante Mail γBrace Jewel 3
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Friendship Jewel 1
Drachen Vambraces αTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Kulve Taroth's Malice βCritical Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Kirin Leg Guards βVitality Jewel 1
Vitality Jewel 1
Attack Charm III-
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 4Health Boost Lvl 3
Free Elem / Ammo Up Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Wide-Range Lvl 3Maximum Might Lvl 3
Critical Eye Lvl 2Critical Boost Lvl 2
Handicraft Lvl 1Flinch Free Lvl 1
Protective Polish-

Grand Barong Has Paralysis Attack

The Grand Barong weapon is one of the few Paralysis attack weapons that don't need the Free Elem / Ammo Up skill in MHW. Combined with Wide-Range, you can play a powerful support role in multiplayer hunts.

Highly Customizable Set

This set has many decorations slots with a variety of levels, making it highly customizable. You can add Paralysis jewels to increase your Paralysis attacks, evasion jewels to evade more easily, etc.

Lunastra Weapon Build For Sword & Shield

Lunastra Weapon Build For Sword & Shield
WeaponDecorations
Empress Edge "Styx"Brace Jewel 3
Vitality Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Empress Mail βExpert Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Drachen Vambraces αTenderizer Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Empress Coil γEvasion Jewel 2
Nergigante Greaves γCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Attack Charm III-
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 7Critical Eye Lvl 7
Health Boost Lvl 3Critical Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Evade Window Lvl 3
Peak Performance Lvl 2Flinch Free Lvl 1
Razor Sharp/Spare ShotStamina Cap Up

High Level Of Sharpness With Good Damage

The Lunastra weapons boasts of high damage, white sharpness, and good blast damage, making it a powerful weapon to bring in hunts. This build also has evasion skills that make it a powerful yet stable set.

Taroth Slicer "Fire" Attack Build

Taroth Slicer Fire Attack Build
WeaponDecorations
Taroth Slicer "Fire"Tenderizer Jewel 2
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Kirin Jacket γExpert Jewel 1
Blaze Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces αBlaze Jewel 1
Kulve Taroth's Malice βCritical Jewel 2
Blaze Jewel 1
Kaiser Greaves γMighty Jewel 2
Blaze Jewel 1
Mighty Charm II-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 5Fire Attack Lvl 4
Free Elem/Ammo Up Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Critical Boost Lvl 3Maximum Might Lvl 3
Handicraft Lvl 1Master's Touch

Build Focusing On Fire Damage

Using the high fire damage stats of the Taroth Slicer "Fire", this build focuses on emphasizing fire damage. This weapon also has a white sharpness gauge & affinity rate, making this build powerful one against monsters weak against fire.

Kjarr Slicer "Water" Attack Build

Kjarr Slicer Water Attack Build
WeaponDecorations
Kjarr Slicer "Water"Vitality Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Nergigante Mail γTenderizer Jewel 2
Stream Jewel 1
Stream Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces γCritical Jewel 2
Empress Coil γCritical Jewel 2
Kaiser Greaves γCritical Jewel 2
Stream Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Health Boost Lvl 3
Water Attack Lvl 3Critical Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Handicraft Lvl 3
Evade Window Lvl 2Maximum Might Lvl 1
Master's TouchCritical Element

Maximize Water Damage With Decorations

With the Lvl 3 Water Attack skill, you can maximize the water damage output of the Kjarr Slicer "Water". This build also emphasizes increased affinity rate & crit damage on weak spots, making it a powerful set against water-weak monsters.

Kjarr Slicer "Stream" Attack Build

Kjarr Slicer Stream Attack Build
WeaponDecorations
Kjarr Slicer "Stream"Vitality Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Nergigante Mail γTenderizer Jewel 2
Evasion Jewel 2
Medicine Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces γCritical Jewel 2
Empress Coil γCritical Jewel 2
Kaiser Greaves γCritical Jewel 2
Medicine Jewel 1
Frost Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Health Boost Lvl 3
Ice Attack Lvl 3Critical Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Evade Window Lvl 3
Recovery Up Lvl 2Maximum Might Lvl 1
Master's TouchCritical Element

Set Focusing On Survival Instead Of Sharpness

Since the Kjarr Slicer "Stream" already has white sharpness, there's not much need for Handicraft skills in this set. It focuses on higher affinity rates & greater crit damage on monster weak spots prone to ice attacks.

Kjarr Slicer "Myth" Attack Build

Kjarr Slicer Myth Attack Build
WeaponDecorations
Kjarr Slicer "Myth"Vitality Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Nergigante Mail γTenderizer Jewel 2
Bolt Jewel 1
Bolt Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces γCritical Jewel 2
Empress Coil γCritical Jewel 2
Kaiser Greaves γCritical Jewel 2
Bolt Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Health Boost Lvl 3
Thunder Attack Lvl 3Critical Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Handicraft Lvl 3
Evade Window Lvl 2Maximum Might Lvl 1
Master's TouchCritical Element

Loadout Built For Thunder Elemental Damage

This Sword & Shield armor build focuses on delivering strong lightning elemental damage. It also boosts your affinity rate and crit damage. It comes with Evade Window Lvl 2, making it easier for you to dodge through powerful monster attacks.

Kjarr Slicer "Dragon" Attack Build

Kjarr Slicer Dragon Attack Build
WeaponDecorations
Kjarr Slicer "Myth"Vitality Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Nergigante Mail γTenderizer Jewel 2
Dragon Jewel 1
Dragon Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces γCritical Jewel 2
Empress Coil γCritical Jewel 2
Kaiser Greaves γCritical Jewel 2
Dragon Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Health Boost Lvl 3
Dragon Attack Lvl 3Critical Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Handicraft Lvl 3
Evade Window Lvl 2Maximum Might Lvl 1
Master's TouchCritical Element

Build For Fighting Monsters Weak To Dragon Attack

This Sword & Shield armor loadout focuses on strong dragon attacks while increasing your affinity rate & crit damage. This is a good set to bring against Elder Dragons or monsters weak to dragon-based attacks.

Best Skills For Sword & Shield

Recommended Skills For Attacking

Skill Recommendation / Overview
Weakness Exploit
★★★

Hitting monster weak spots can do critical hits & increased damage
Master's Touch
★★★

Prevents sharpness loss when dealing critical hits
Razor Sharp/Spare Shot
★★★

Halves sharpness loss of melee weapons
Handicraft
★★・

Elongates weapon's sharpness gauge but not beyond its maximum
Maximum Might
★★・

Affinity increases when stamina bar is full
Attack Boost
★★・

Increases attack power plus affinity rate at higher levels
Critical Eye
★★・

Increases you affinity rate
Critical Boost
★★・

Strengthens damage of critical hits
Peak Performance
★・・

Attack increases when HP is full
Critical Element
★・・

Increases elemental damage when dealing critical hits
(Element) Attack
★・・

Increases attack damage with specific element

Recommended Supporting Skills

Skill Recommendation / Overview
Health Boost
★★★

Increases health points
Wide-Range (Lvl 3)
★★★

Items consumed will also affect surrounding players
Speed Eating
★★・

Consume food items faster
Mushroomancer
★★・

Lets you consume inedible mushrooms and gain their status buffs
Flinch Free
★★・

Reduces knockback & reactions to small damage
Evade Window
★★・

Elongates invincibility when dodging
Speed Sharpening
★・・

Lessens time to sharpen weapon
Protective Polish
★・・

Negates sharpness loss a few moments after sharpening a weapon
Earplugs
★・・

Lessens stun duration from monster roars & shouts

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