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

Safijiiva Weapon Builds

Recommended Iceborne Loadout

Elemental & Status Ailment Loudouts

Recommended Skills

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Safijiiva Master's Touch Build

Safijiiva Sword And Shield Build
WeaponAugments & Decorations
Any Safi Sword & ShieldHealth Regen×1
Affinity Increase ×1
Element/Status Effect Up ×1
Phoenix/Vitality Jewel 4
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 12 Head IconKaiser Crown β+Expert Jewel 4
Rarity 11 Chest IconRex Roar Mail β+Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Greaves IconKaiser Vambraces β+Challenger Jewel 4
Brace Jewel 3
Rarity 12 Waist IconKaiser Coil β+Challenger Jewel 4
Critical Jewel 2
Attack Jewel Lvl 1
Rarity 11 Greaves IconGaruga Greaves β+Challenger/Vitality Jewel 4
Critical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Attack Charm IV-
Temporal Mantle+-
Rocksteady Mantle+-
Skill
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 7
Agitator Lvl 5Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 3Critical Boost Lvl 3
Blast Attack Lvl 2Flinch Free Lvl 1
Heat Guard Lvl 1Latent Power Lvl 1
Master's Touch
(Set Bonus)

Recommended Weapon Skill Awakening

Skill No. Of Frames
Attack Increase VI 1
Attack Increase V 2
Sharpness Increase V 2

Points of Recommendations

  • Generic build with good raw power, critical hit chance & damage
  • Master's Touch lessens sharpness loss, reducing need to sharpen
  • Having Flinch Free is good for healing teammates in multiplayer

Safijiiva Crested Armor Build

Safijiiva Sword & Shield With Crested Armor Set

This set is inspired by the armor build originally shared by Rurikhan on Youtube.

Crested Armor Build Details

WeaponAugments & Decorations
Safi's ShatterfangHealth Regen×1
Affinity Increase ×1
Element/Status Effect Up ×1
Brace/Vitality Jewel 4
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 12 Head IconSafi Crested Crown β+Challenger Jewel 4
Vitality Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Chest IconSafi Crested Chest β+Challenger Jewel 4
Challenger Jewel 2
Rarity 12 Greaves IconKaiser Vambraces β+Phoenix/Maintenance Jewel 4
Phoenix Jewel 3
Rarity 12 Waist IconKaiser Coil β+Phoenix/Evasion Jewel 4
Evasion Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Greaves IconSafi Crested Boots β+Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4
KO Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Master's Charm IV-
Evasion Mantle+Evasion Jewel 2
Evasion Jewel 2
Temporal Mantle+Maintenance Jewel 1
Maintenance Jewel 1
Skill
Critical Eye Lvl 7Agitator Lvl 5
Health Boost Lvl 3Critical Boost Lvl 3
Evade Window Lvl 3
*Lvl 5 with Mantle
Coalescence Lvl 3
Blast Attack Lvl 2Weakness Exploit Lvl 2
Heat Guard Lvl 1Blight Resistance Lvl 1
Slugger Lvl 1Flinch Free Lvl 1
Master's Touch
(Set Bonus)
Dragonvein Awakening
(Set Bonus)

Recommended Weapon Skill Awakening

Skill No. Of Frames
Teostra Technique 1
Attack Increase VI 1
Attack Increase VI 1
Attack Increase V 2

Points of Recommendations

  • Mixed set with Master's Touch & Dragonvein Awakening
  • High survivability with Evade Window
  • Added Affinity & damage with max Crit Eye, Agitator, & Crit Boost

Safijiiva Elemental Sword & Shield Build

Safijiiva Sword & Shield Build For Different Elements

This set is inspired by the armor build originally shared by Rurikhan on Youtube.

Elemental Armor Build Details

WeaponAugments & Decorations
Any Safi Elemental Sword & ShieldHealth Regen×1
Affinity Increase ×1
Element/Status Effect Up ×1
Any Elemental Jewel 4
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 12 Head IconSafi Crested Crown β+Any Elemental Jewel 4
Any Elemental Jewel 1
Any Elemental Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Chest IconSafi Crested Chest β+Phoenix/Protection Jewel 4
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Rarity 12 Greaves IconKaiser Vambraces β+Phoenix/Evasion Jewel 4
Phoenix Jewel 3
Rarity 12 Waist IconKaiser Coil β+Brace/Vitality Jewel 4
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Greaves IconSafi Crested Boots β+Expert Jewel 4
Evasion Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Master's Charm IV-
Evasion Mantle+Evasion Jewel 2
Evasion Jewel 2
Temporal Mantle+Maintenance Jewel 1
Maintenance Jewel 1
Skill
Critical Eye Lvl 7Elemental Attack Boost Lvl 6
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Evade Window Lvl 3
*Lvl 5 with Mantle
Coalescence Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 2Blast Attack Lvl 2
Heat Guard Lvl 1Blight Resistance Lvl 1
Divine Blessing Lvl 1Flinch Free Lvl 1
Master's Touch
(Set Bonus)
Dragonvein Awakening
(Set Bonus)

Recommended Weapon Skill Awakening

Skill No. Of Frames
Teostra Technique 1
Element Up VI 1
Element Up VI 1
Attack Increase V 2

Points of Recommendations

  • Element decos can be switched accdg. to Safi weapon
  • Has both Dragonvein Awakening & Master's Touch
  • This build focuses on elemental damage

Master's Touch Versatile Build

Master's Touch versatile Build
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WeaponAugments & Decorations
Lunatic RoseHealth Regen×1
Affinity Increase ×1
Expert Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 12 Head IconKaiser Crown β+Expert Jewel 4
Rarity 11 Chest IconTigrex Mail β+Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4
Steadfast Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Greaves IconKaiser Vambraces β+Agitator/Vitality Jewel 4
Brace Jewel 3
Rarity 12 Waist IconKaiser Coil β+Coalescence/Vitality Jewel 4
Critical Jewel 2
Attack Jewel Lvl 1
Rarity 11 Greaves IconGaruga Greaves β+Steadfast Jewel+ 4
Critical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Attack Charm IV-
Temporal Mantle+Maintenance Jewel 1
Maintenance Jewel 1
Evasion Mantle+Flawless Jewel 2
Flawless Jewel 2
Skill
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 7
Stun Resistance Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 3Affinity Lvl 3
Blast Attack Lvl 2Flinch Free Lvl 1
Coalescence Lvl 1Agitator Lvl 1
Heat Guard Lvl 1Latent Power Lvl 1
Tool Specialist Lvl 2
*Activates when using Temporal Mantle
Peak Performance Lvl 2
*Activates when using Evasion Mantle
Master's Touch
Armor Set Skill

Great In Multiplayer & Difficult Quests

Stun Resistance & Health Boost are skills that both help in helping you survive. Attack Power is also not a concern as there are no compromises with this build. Flinch Free also makes this a viable multiplayer build.

Build Is Based On Defense

Even if you lack some parts to complete this build, the build still ensures great survivability. You can also ditch Coalescence & Agitator as your offensive capabilities are more than enough with Lunatic Rose.

Balanced Ruinous Eradication Build

Balanced Ruinous Eradication Build
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WeaponAugments & Decorations
Ruinous EradicationAffinity Increase ×1
Any Augment×1
Attack Jewel Lvl 1
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 11 Head IconGolden Headress β+Challenger/Evasion Jewel 4
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Chest IconTigrex Mail β+Evasion Jewel+ 4
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Greaves IconTigrex Braces α +Steadfast Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Waist IconDober Coil α+Critical Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Greaves IconGaruga Greaves β+Expert Jewel 4
Critical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Challenger Charm Ⅳ-
Skill
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 7
Agitator Lvl 5Evade Window Lvl 3
Stun Resistance Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 3Affinity Lvl 3

Very Versatile Build

With Ruinous Eradication's white sharpness, skills that increase sharpness are unnecessary. You can also fill the slots with with either offensive or defensive decorations, making this build very flexible.

Full Offensive Build

Full Attack Sword and Shield Build
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WeaponAugments & Decorations
Lunatic RoseHealth Regen
Vitality Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 12 Head IconKaiser Crown β+Flawless Jewel 2
Rarity 12 Chest IconKirin Jacket α+Flawless Jewel 2
Flawless Jewel 2
Rarity 12 Greaves IconKaiser Vambraces β+Tenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Rarity 12 Waist IconKaiser Coil β+Challenger Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Vitality Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Greaves IconGaruga Greaves β+Critical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Challenger Charm Ⅳ-
Skill
Critical Eye Lvl 7Agitator Lvl 5
Peak Performance Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 3Affinity Lvl 3
Blast Attack Lvl 2Divine Blessing Lvl 1
Heat Guard Lvl 1Latent Power Lvl 1
Master's Touch
Armor Set Skill

High Attack For Veteran Players

This build boasts a high Affinity chance & damage, allowing experienced players to dish out large damage without worrying about sharpness. Peak Performance also provides additional attack power. You can also change Peak Performance to skills that increase evasion or Wide-Range.

Sleep & Knockdown Build

WeaponAugments & Decorations
Nyx Tabar IIAffinity Increase ×1
Element/Status Effect Up ×4
Sleep Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 12 Head IconGolden Lunehelm β+Friendship/Expert Jewel 4
Sleep Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Chest IconGolden Lunehelm β+Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4
Sleep Jewel 1
Sleep Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Greaves IconGolden Lunebraces β+Handicraft Jewel 3
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 10 Waist IconOdogaron Coil β+Friendship Jewel+ 4
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Greaves IconGolden Lunegreaves β+Expert Jewel 4
Handicraft Charm IV-
Skill
Critical Eye Lvl 7Handicraft 5
Sleep Attack Lvl 4Wide-Range Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Health Boost Lvl 3
Resentment Lvl 2Divine Blessing Lvl 2
Divine Blessing Secret
Armor Set Skill
True Critical Status
Armor Set Skill

Assists Team With Knockdown & Sleep

This build uses Nyx Tabar II to induce sleep on your targets. While it doesn't have that much offensive power, this build helps in keeping your enemies down, allowing your teammates to recover or use the time to prepare for an all-out attack.

Attach Geologist In The Guiding Lands

You can also use this build to forage for materials in the Guiding Lands. Just change the Friendship Jewel 2 & replace it with a Geology Jewel when going to the Guiding Lands.

Paralysis & Support Build

WeaponAugments & Decorations
Radobaan Os IIIElement/Status Effect Up ×4
Handicraft Jewel 3
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 9 Head IconJagras Helm α+Gobbler Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Chest IconBlack Belt α+Paralyzer Jewel 1
Paralyzer Jewel 1
Paralyzer Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Greaves IconTigrex Braces α+Handicraft Jewel 3
Rarity 12 Waist IconRuinous Coil α+Friendship Jewel 1
Fungiform Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Greaves IconEmpress Greaves α+Handicraft Jewel 3
Paralyzer Jewel 1
Awakening Charm III-
Skill
Attack Boost Lvl 7Wide-Range Lvl 5
Paralysis Attack Lvl 4Handicraft Lvl 3
Speed Eating Lvl 3Free Elem/Ammo Up Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 3Mushroomancer Lvl 3
Earplugs Lvl 1Tool Specialist Lvl 1

Support Team With Wide-Range & Paralysis

With Free Elem/Ammo Up, you can utilize Radobaan Os III's Paralysis to knockdown monsters. With Mushroomancer, Wide-Range, or Speed Eating you can also act as a support for your team. This build is recommended for those who often play with friends.

All-Around True Critical Element Build

Sword and Shield True Critical Element Build
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WeaponAugments & Decorations
Any Elemental Sword & ShieldAffinity Increase ×1
Element/Status Effect Up ×1~4
Any Elemental Jewel
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 12 Head IconSilver Solhelm β+Handicraft/Vitality Jewel 4
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Chest IconSilver Solmail β+Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4
Rarity 11 Greaves IconDamascus Vambraces β+Expert Jewel 4
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Waist IconSilver Solcoil β+Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Greaves IconSilver Solgreaves β+Tenderizer Jewel 2
Expert Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Any Elemental Charm V-
Rocksteady Mantle
Temporal Mantle
Skill
Critical Eye Lvl 7Any Elemental Attack Boost Lvl 6
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Handicraft Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 3Affinity Lvl 3
Windproof Lvl 3Slinger Capacity Lvl 2
Slinger Capacity
Armor Set Skill
True Critical Element
Armor Set Skill

High Damage With True Critical Element

The Silver Rathalos set skill, True Critical Element, boosts your elemental attacks against monster. With this build, you use up all of your slots to solely focus on offense, grealty increasing this loadout's explosive power.

True Critical Element Fire Build

WeaponAugments & Decorations
Platinum DawnElement/Status Effect Up ×3
Tenderizer Jewel 2
ArmorDecorations
Rarity 12 Head IconSilver Solhelm α+Tenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Rarity 12 Chest IconSilver Solmail α+Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 11 Greaves IconDamascus Vambraces β+Handicraft/Vitality Jewel 4
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Waist IconSilver Solcoil β+Handicraft/Vitality Jewel 4
Expert Jewel 1
Rarity 12 Greaves IconSilver Solgreaves α+Handicraft Jewel 3
Vitality Jewel 1
Master's Charm IV-
Skill
Critical Eye Lvl 7Fire Attack Lvl 6
Handicraft Lvl 5Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 3Affinity Lvl 3
Windproof Lvl 3Slinger Capacity Lvl 2
Slinger Capacity
Armor Set Skill
True Critical Element
Armor Set Skill

Stronger Fire Attack With Silver Sol

Silver Sol has an innate Fire Attack skill, allowing you to deal far larger Fire damage. You can also plug in up to Handicraft 5 using Charms and Decorations to increase your weapon's Sharpness.

Check Out The Elemental Attributes Guide Here!

Sword & Shield Recommended Skills

Recommended Offensive Skills

Skill NameRecommendation Ration
Description
Critical Eye
★★★

Increases Affinity by up to 40%. Can be used in tandem with Critical Boost and Master's Touch.
Weakness Exploit
★★★

Increases affinity chance by up to 50% when hitting monster weak spots. A standard skill for full-on attackers.
Critical Boost
★★★

Increases the damage dealt with critical hits. Best used with a high affinity chance. Equip up to Lvl 3 for greater effect.
Attack Boost
★★

As the Sword and Shield has a low base Attack, increasing it is a must. Provides bonus affinity once it reaches Lvl 4.
Peak Performance
★★

Recommended for those with the skill to dodge and prevent damage. Best partnered with the Sword and Shield due to its agile moveset and guard stance.
Agitator
★★

In Iceborne, monsters attacked with the Clutch Claw get enraged for a longer duration. This gives the user of this skill a longer time to enjoy the increased Affinity and Attack.
Latent Power
・・

Once the conditions are met, this skill rewards you with a significant boost in offense as it increases Affinity and lowers stamina consumption. However, this takes time to activate.
Check Out The Best Skills For Sword & Shield Here!

Recommended Defensive Skills

Skill NameRecommendation Ration
Description
Any Elemental / Status Ailment Attack Skill
★★★

The Sword and Shield is a weapon that excels in inflicting elemental and status ailments. Increase your firepower by appending skills that boost your attacks.
Master's Touch
★★★

Prevents your weapon's sharpness from going down when it lands a critical hit. Can be replaced with Razor Sharp/Spare Shot.
Razor Sharp/Spare Shot
★★★

Halves the sharpness reduction of weapons. Can be replaced with Master's Touch.
Handicraft
★★

Handicraft substantially increases the sharpness of your weapon.
Wide-Range
★★

Speeds up the consumption of recovery items. Must-have skill for supports.
Speed Sharpening
・・

Increases the speed of sharpening your weapon. Not highly recommended as it forces you to pause for a moment.
Earplugs
・・

Take advantage of roars & use them to attack monsters. Not necessary as you can use evade & guard to protect yourself from attacks.
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Anonymous 4

these are really meh

Jex 3

Your support build won’t work: free meal lvl 3 is a special tigrex ability (normal max is lvl 1)

RaeV- 2

do you have any build for mid game master rank?

Anonymous 1

Wider-Range is not speeding up consumption..

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