Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide to know the best & recommended armor skills for the melee weapon - Dual Blades!
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Dual Blades Features & Overview
Best To Master Elemental Attributes
The Dual Blades' strength lies in mastering the elemental attributes of the game - knowing which monster weaknesses & which weapons to bring in every hunt.
Deals Heavier Damage With Demon Mode
Dual Blades users have a powered up mode call "Demon Mode". When they fill up their gauge, they can go into Demon Mode then Arch Demon mode for more powerful damage per hit, better evasion, & faster movement speed.
Recommended Skill List For Dual Blades
|Critical Element||Increases elemental damage dealt with critical hits, exploiting the weapon's affinity to different elemental attributes|
|Evade Window||Enlarges invincibility window when dodging, useful to avoid enemy attacks or create more openings to deal damage|
|Attack Boost||Increases attack power and affinity at later level, allowing you to deal more damage to the monster|
|Weakness Exploit||You'll deal more damage and have increased affinity rate when landing hits on monster weak spots|
|Handicraft||Longer sharpness gauge will let you sharpen less & prevent damage loss when weapon becomes blunt|
|Speed Sharpening||Lessens sharpening time with a whetstone & keeps you from being too vulnerable to monster attacks|
|Razor Sharp/Spare Shot||Halves the loss of weapon sharpness, reducing need to sharpen or chance of attacks to deflect on monsters|
|Critical Boost||Damage of critical hits is increased, letting you deal more damage to monster's health when landing critical hits|
|Agitator||Attack & affinity increases when monster is enraged which lets your attacks hit harder than when monsters are calm|
|Critical Eye||Increases affinity rate, allowing for more chances of making critical hits|
|Earplugs||This prevents you from being stunned for too long from monster roars, allowing you to move away from monster attacks|
|Protective Polish||Negates sharpness loss for a time after sharpening, letting you hit targets harder for a short period|
|Evade Window||Elongates your rolls & dodges, helping you miss enemy attacks or place yourself properly for an attack opening|
|Stamina Surge||Recover stamina faster, allowing you to use your stamina more for dodging or special attacks|
|Marathon Runner||Lessens stamina consumption of dashing, allowing you to conserve stamina for attacking instead|
Best Dual Blades Skills To Equip
|1||Increases elemental damage (fire, water, thunder, ice, dragon) when landing critical hits|
Useful In Exploiting Monster Element Weaknesses
The Dual Blades's strength lies in its capacity to deal elemental damage and abnormal status effect. If you utilize elemental attributes in the game, you'll be able to do increased damage to any target monster.
|4||Attack +12 and Affinity +5%|
|5||Attack +15 and Affinity +5%|
|6||Attack +18 and Affinity +5%|
|7||Attack +21 and Affinity +5%|
Critical Skill To Have For Any Weapon
Since this skill increases a weapon's raw physical damage and then increases affinity rate at later levels, it's a very important basic skill to have in any loadout or build.
|1||Attacks that hit weak spots have 15% increased affinity|
|2||Attacks that hit weak spots have 30% increased affinity|
|3||Attacks that hit weak spots have 50% increased affinity|
Allows For Efficient Hunting
Weakness Exploit gives you bigger chances to deal more damage to monster weak spots, making it easier for you to break monster parts or lower monster health. Utilize the Dual Blades's mobility to target weak spots & make for efficient hunts.
|1||Weapon sharpness +10|
|2||Weapon sharpness +20|
|3||Weapon sharpness +30|
|4||Weapon sharpness +40|
|5||Weapon sharpness +50|
Elongates Your Sharpness Gauge
Having the Handicraft increases your weapon sharpness. This lessens your need to sharpen your weapon and prevents you from being open to monster attacks.
|1||Removes one cycle from the sharpening process|
|2||Removes two cycles from the sharpening process|
|3||Removes three cycles from the sharpening process|
Recommended For Weapons That Lose Sharpness Fast
Since the Dual Blades does several hits per attack, it tends to lose sharpness fast. Speed Sharpening will help you sharpen faster, allowing you to go back into the hunt quickly without making yourself too vulnerable.
Razor Sharp / Spare Shot
|1||Halves shaprness loss. For bows and bowguns, shots have a chance not to expend coatings or ammo|
Lessens Need To Sharpen
With this skill, you'll need to sharpen less during the hunt. When you sharpen less, you'll have more time to deal continuous damage to the monster and complete the hunt faster.
Alternative Sword And Shield Skill List
|1||Increases damage dealt by critical hits by 30%|
|2||Increases damage dealt by critical hits by 35%|
|3||Increases damage dealt by critical hits by 40%|
Combine With Attack Boost & Weakness Exploit
When you combine this skill with Attack Boost, Weakness Exploit, and Critical Eye, you'll be dealing a whole lot of damage to any monster you encounter in any hunt.
|1||While active, grants attack +4 and increases affinity by 3%|
|2||While active, grants attack +8 and increases affinity by 6%|
|3||While active, grants attack +12 and increases affinity by 9%|
|4||While active, grants attack +16 and increases affinity by 12%|
|5||While active, grants attack +20 and increases affinity by 15%|
Deal More Damage When Monster Is Enraged
The Agitator skill boosts your attack and affinity rate when the monster is enraged. Since monsters enrage multiple times during a fight, you'll be able to do more damage to it and defeat it more easily.
Skill To Increase Damage
Critical Eye essentially increases your affinity rate. Having a higher affinity rate allows you to deal more damage with weapons, letting you kill monsters faster.
|1||Slightly reduces the effects of weak monster roars|
|2||Reduces the effects of weak monster roars|
|3||Nullifies weak monster roars|
|4||Nullifies weak monster roars and reduces the effects of strong monster roars|
|5||Nullifies weak & strong monster roars|
Disable Roars To Continue Attacking
With the Earplugs skill, you'll be able to attack through monster roars without being stunned. This allows you to keep yourself safe or still deal continuous damage.
|1||Weapon sharpness does not decrease for a set time after sharpening|
Keeps Weapon Sharpness Up For A Time
Protective Polish negates weapon sharpness after you use a Whetstone to sharpen a weapon. Having this skill lets you jump into the hunt faster and will help your weapon's sharpness last longer in the fight.
|1||Very slightly increases invulnerability window|
|2||Slightly increases invulnerability window|
|3||Increases invulnerability window|
|4||Greatly increases invulnerability window|
|5||Massively increases invulnerability window|
Increases Invincibility When Dodging
Since the Dual Blades can only dodge attacks, Evade Window is a good skill to have. With this skill, you can dodge right through perilous monster attacks due to the enlarged invincibility window.
|1||Stamina recovery speed +10%|
|2||Stamina recovery speed +20%|
|3||Stamina recovery speed +30%|
Makes Recovering Stamina Faster
The Dual Blades is a heavy consumer of stamina especially when activating Demon Mode. Having this skill will let you use Demon Mode more often.
|1||Reduces continuous stamina depletion by 15%|
|2||Reduces continuous stamina depletion by 30%|
|3||Reduces continuous stamina depletion by 50%|
Reduces Stamina Depletion In Demon Mode
This skill is useful when activating Demon Mode. It reduces your stamina consumption, allowing you to stay in Demon Mode longer.