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Best Skills For The Lance
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Best Skills For The Lance

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Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide to know the best & recommended armor skills for the melee weapon - Lance!

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Lance Features & Overview

Can Guard Against Powerful Monster Attacks

The Lance is known for its high defense and impenetrable guarding capacity. When you're able to guard well & build up your charged attacks, you can deal massive damage to monsters without losing HP.

DPS Can Be Staggered During Hunts

The Lance attacks very slowly and combos need to be made to deal continuous damage. Make use of Guard steps and counters to keep your damage up during hunts.

Recommended Skill List For Lance

Skill Recommendation Criteria
Guard Lessens stamina depletion when guarding, letting you guard for longer & prevents knockbacks
Guard Up Allows guarding normally unblockable monster attacks, keeping you safe from dangerous situations
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
Critical Boost Damage of critical hits is increased, letting you deal more damage to monster's health when landing critical hits
Constitution Lessens stamina drain of moves such as evading, etc.
Resentment Increases attack power when there's red in your HP bar, good to combine when countering
Evade Window Elongates your rolls & dodges, helping you miss enemy attacks or place yourself properly for an attack opening
Mind's Eye/Ballistics Lessens chances of your attacks to be deflected, letting you deal more damage to your target
Flinch Free Lessens knockback & reactions to small damage, leaving your attacks uninterrupted
Master's Touch Lessens sharpness loss when landing critical hits, allowing you to retain weapon sharpness longer in hunts

Best Lance Skills To Equip


Lvl Effect
1 Very slightly decrease the impact of attacks
2 Slightly decreases the impact of attacks and reduces stamina depletion by 15%
3 Greatly decreases the impact of attacks and reduces stamina depletion by 15%
4 Greatly decreases the impact of attacks and reduces stamina depletion by 30%
5 Greatly decreases the impact of attacks and reduces stamina depletion by 50%

Reduces Stamina Consumption Of Guarding

This skill lessens the stamina you consume when you guard, allowing you to keep sticking close to the monster to deal close-range damage to it.

Guard Up

Lvl Effect
1 Allows you to guard against ordinarily unblockable attacks

Can Guard Against Powerful Monster Attacks

With this skill, you'll be able to protect yourself from deadly monster attacks, especially from those that can easily bring down your HP bar. A must-have skill for Lance users!

Attack Boost

Lvl Effect
1 Attack +3
2 Attack +6
3 Attack +9
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.

Weakness Exploit

Lvl Effect
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.

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Lvl Effect
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.

Critical Boost

Lvl Effect
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.


Lvl Effect
1 Reduces fixed stamina depletion by 10%
2 Reduces fixed stamina depletion by 20%
3 Reduces fixed stamina depletion by 30%
4 Reduces fixed stamina depletion by 40%
5 Reduces fixed stamina depletion by 50%

Skill To Further Elongate Guard Use

This skill also reduces stamina consumption when you use your guard capabilities. This is great to have for all Lance users in Monster Hunter World.


Lvl Effect
1 While active, grants attack +5
2 While active, grants attack +10
3 While active, grants attack +15
4 While active, grants attack +20
5 While active, grants attack +25

Good Combo With Counter Attacks

Resentment increases your attack power when you have recoverable health in your HP bar. This is good to use when you've mastered countering, letting you deal extra damage to monsters when you counter.

Evade Window

Lvl Effect
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

Evade Window is nice-to-have when you're using a Lance. Since the weapon is slow, this skill gives you extra invincibility time when you're rolling away from any monster attack.

Mind's Eye/Ballistics

Lvl Effect
1 Slightly reduces the effects of weak monster roars

Can Prevent Attack Deflects

Having this skill will lessen the chances of your attacks deflecting on a monster's tough hide. You'll be able to deal more consistent damage and lessen the stagger caused by the deflects.

Flinch Free

Lvl Effect
1 Prevents knockbacks
2 Prevents standard knockbacks. Tripping is reduced to a knockback instead
3 Prevents knockbacks and tripping

Keeps You Moving & Prevents Knockbacks

Essential when playing multiplayer mode, this skill prevents you from getting knocked back or staggered when you suffer small damage. It'll keep you moving and let you move around quicker.

Master's Touch

Lvl Effect
1 Prevents your weapon from losing sharpness during critical hits

Heavily Prevents Sharpness Loss On Critical Hits

With this skill, if you keep landing critical hits, you will greatly lessen your need to sharpen. This is a perfect skill to combine with Critical Eye & Critical Boost.

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