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Insect Glaive - Best Loadout Build & Skill Guide

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

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Insect Glaive Iceborn Starter Build

WeaponAugment
Decoration
Chrome Trident IExpert Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Armor & CharmDecoration
Jagras Helm α +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Bone Helm α +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Kulu Headpiece α +Attack Jewel 1
Attack Jewel 1
Beo Coil α +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Beo Greaves β +Flight Jewel 2
Handicraft Charm III
Skill
Attack Boost Lv6Earplugs Lv4
Health Boost Lv3Weakness Exploit Lv3
Handicraft Lv3Speed Eating Lv2
Critical Eye Lv2Critical Boost Lv1
Airborne Lv1Pro Transporter Lv1

Reasons For Recommendation

  • Easy to create from beginning of Iceborne
  • Switch to Health Boost if focus on surviving
  • Use Jumping Attack as main damage source

Strongest Build For Insect Glaive

Strongest Build For Insect Glaive
WeaponAugmentations
Tyrannis Glaive IIAttack Increase
Affinity Increase
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Kulve Taroth's Ire βEmpty Slot 3
Vitality Jewel 1
Drachen Vambraces αCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Kushala Cocoon γVitality Jewel 1
Vitality Jewel 1
Nergigante Greaves γTenderizer Jewel 2
Sharp Jewel 2
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Handicraft Lvl 5Attack Boost Lvl 4
Critical Eye Lvl 4Health Boost Lvl 3
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Stun Resistance Lvl 2Protective Polish
Non-elemental Boost-

Over 900 Attack Power

This build will bring out one of the hardest hitters in the Insect Glaive weapon category. This build will deal over 900 damage due to the skills such as non-elemental boost. This also has a high Handicraft skill level meaning that it has a white sharpness gauge.

Maintain Sharpness With Protective Polish

The Protective Polish was also added to keep the Insect Glaive's sharpness from deteriorating over a certain time period. This way, it can maintain its white sharpness for longer.

Taroth Glaive Ice Build For Insect Glaive

Taroth Glaive Ice Build For Insect Glaive
WeaponAugmentations
Taroth Glaive Ice
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Affinity Increase
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Empress Mail βFrost Jewel 1
Frost Jewel 1
Frost Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces γCritical Jewel 2
Kulve Taroth's Malice βRelease Jewel 3
Vitality Jewel 1
Kaiser Greaves γCritical Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Handicraft Lvl 4
Ice Attack Lvl 3Free Elem / Ammo Up Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 2Critical Boost Lvl 2
Weakness Exploit Lvl 2Peak Performance
Master's Touch-

Fire Resistant Ice Build

Highly specialized equipment that is effective in dealing with Teostra due to its fire resistance capabilities. The elemental damage of this build can stack up to 490 total ice damage, and thanks to the Master's Touch, has a high sharpness.

High Affinity Build

Due to the Lvl 7 Critical Eye, this build shines the brightest when you crit on your attacks. Pairing this skill with Weakness Exploit will allow you to deal massive amounts of damage when aiming for monster weak spots.

High Damage Grunge Storm Build For Insect Glaive

High Damage Grunge Storm Build For Insect Glaive
WeaponAugmentations
Grunge StormAffinity Increase
Attack Increase
ArmorDecorations
Drachen Armet αCritical Jewel 2
Expert Jewel
Drachen Mail αTenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Vambraces αTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Coil αMighty Jewel 2
Nergigante Greaves γMighty 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 3
Health Boost Lvl 2Master's Touch
AirborneElemental Airborne

Built Around the Grunge Storm

The Grunge Storm is the star of this build as it boasts one of the highest attack powers of the Insect Glaives. Combining skills such as Weakness Exploit, and Critical Boost, you are sure to deal high damage especially when hitting weak spots!

Kjarr Glaive "Paralysis" Build For Insect Glaive

Kjarr Glaive Paralysis Build For Insect Glaive
WeaponAugmentations
Kjarr Glaive "Paralysis"
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Health Regen
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Mail αBrace Jewel 2
Kaiser Vambraces γTenderizer Jewel 2
Kaiser Coil γAttack Jewel 1
Attack Jewel 1
Nergigante Greaves γCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Evasion Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 5
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Latent Power Lvl 3Evade Window Lvl 3
Flinch Free Lvl 1Master's Touch
Critical StatusMaster's Touch

Paralyze Opponents With High DPS

With the Kjarr Glaive "Paralysis" equipped, you will be able to deal high amounts of damage while also having a high chance of paralyzing a monster! With the Critical Status skill equipped, the chances of applying a paralysis are very high!

Take Advantage Of Longer Battles

With the Latent Power skill, you will have increased affinity and decreased stamina consumption. Take advantage of this during long drawn out battles to mount the monster more often!

How To Trigger Latent Power Skill

* The skill will trigger if any of the two conditions are met.

  • 5 minutes have passed since you have engaged a large monster
  • Take a total of 180 damage

Balanced Build For Insect Glaive

Balanced Build For Insect Glaive
WeaponDecorations
Empress Cane "Styx"Tenderizer Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Nergigante Mail γMighty Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Drachen Vambraces αCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Empress Coil γEnhancer Jewel 2
Nergigante Greaves γEnhancer Jewel 2
Enhancer Jewel 2
Evasion Charm III-
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 5Evade Window Lvl 5
Critical Eye Lvl 4Health Boost Lvl 3
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Power Prolonger Lvl 2Maximum Might Lvl 2
Razor Sharp/Spare Shot-

DPS and Survival Emphasis

This build focuses on both firepower and survivability for your hunter. You will be able to deal tons of damage due to the Empress Cane "Styx" weapon while also having high health and a bigger evade window!

Survival Focused Build For Insect Glaive

Survival Focused Build For Insect Glaive
WeaponAugmentation
Decorations
Empress Cane "Ruin"Health Regen
Tenderizer Jewel 2
ArmorDecorations
Xeno'jiiva Headgear γEnhancer Jewel 2
Medicine Jewel 1
Medicine Jewel 1
Empress Mail βVitality Jewel 1
Vitality Jewel 1
Vitality Jewel 1
Xeno'jiiva Claws γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Medicine Jewel 1
Empress Coil βCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Xeno'jiiva Spurs γFlawless Jewel 2
Maintenance Jewel 1
Empty Slot 1
Handicraft Charm III-
Skills
Health Boost Lvl 3Recovery Up Lvl 3
Critical Eye Lvl 4Critical Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Power Prolonger Lvl 3
Handicraft Lvl 3Peak Performance Lvl 3
Tool Specialist Lvl 3Blight Resistance Lvl 2
Special Ammo Boost Lvl 1Hasten Recovery
Razor Sharp/Spare ShotStamina Cap Up

High Chance Of Surviving

The build utilizes several skills that will increase your survivability in tough fights. Skills such as health boost and Stamina Cap Up will let you take more hits, and move out of the way of incoming attacks!

Best Skills For Insect Glaive

Recommended Skills For Attacking

Skill Recommendation / Overview
Weakness Exploit
★★★

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

Does not lower your weapon's sharpness when dealing critical hits
Razor Sharp/Spare Shot
★★★

Halves the rate at which your weapon loses sharpness
Handicraft
★★・

Increases weapon sharpness gauge
Attack Boost
★★・

Increases weapon damage output
Critical Eye
★★・

Increases your affinity rate
Critical Boost
★★・

Increases damage dealt by critical hits
Maximum Might
★★・

Increases affinity rate as long as stamina bar is full
Non-elemental Boost
★★・

Greatly increases damage output of non-elemental weapons
Critical Element
★★・

Increases elemental damage dealt
Airborne
★・・

Increases jumping attack damage

Recommended Supporting Skills

Skill Recommendation / Overview
Health Boost
★★★

Increases your maximum health
Speed Sharpening
★★・

Sharpen your weapon faster
Protective Polish
★★・

Prevents sharpness loss for a time after sharpening your weapon
Power Prolonger
★★・

Increases the duration of bonus effects
Earplugs
★★・

Negates the effect of monster roars
Flinch-Free
★・・

Prevents knockbacks and tripping

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