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Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Sword & Shield guide on the best endgame weapon tier ranking & by elements. Find out info on stats, weapon skills, and why they're good.

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【MHW: Ranked By Elements】

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Iceborne Best Endgame Sword & Shield Weapons List

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Tier 1 Tier 2Tier 3
Best endgame Sword & Shield 1st - Lumu Nightmare II iconLumu Nightmare IIBest endgame Sword & Shield 2nd - Booming Barrage iconBooming BarrageBest endgame Sword & Shield 3rd - Manifested Lotus iconManifested Lotus

Best Endgame Sword & Shield: Tier 1

Lumu Nightmare II

Best endgame Sword & Shield 1st - Lumu Nightmare II iconLumu Nightmare IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
350(Blast 480)0%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
-3/1/--
Default
Sharpness
Lumu Nightmare II sharpness

Heavy Blast Damage With Free Elem/Ammo Up Skill

With Free Elem/Ammo Up builds such as the Artian set, Lumu Nightmare II gets a heavy Blast damage of 480 (which exceeds its own raw damage) and becomes much more threatening.

Can Reach Purple Sharpness With Handicraft

Lumu Nightmare II can reach purple sharpness gauge with Handicraft Skill, which is helpful for a Sword & Shield.

Good Slots Level & Number

One Lv.3 and Lv.1 slot gives Lumu Nightmare II better expandability & build customizations.

Easily Accessible

Lumu Nightmare II lies on the top of the Paolumu tree and can be farmed relatively early on. Combined with the high blast damage you can unlock with Free Elem/Ammo Up, you now have a powerhouse weapon early in the late-game.

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Best Endgame Sword & Shield: Tier 2

Booming Barrage

Best endgame Sword & Shield 2nd - Booming Barrage iconBooming BarrageAttack PowerElementAffinity
350Blast 3600%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
-1/-/--
Default
Sharpness
Booming Barrage Sharpness

High Blast Damage

Booming Barrage has a good 360 Blast damage that exceeds even its own raw damage.

Has A Long White Sharpness Gauge

Booming Barrage has a long white sharpness that helps out the quick slashing playstyle of Sword & Shield.

Good From The Start

No Free Elem/Ammo Up skills are needed for Booming Barrage, making it more viable for many builds.

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Best Endgame Sword & Shield: Tier 3

Manifested Lotus

Best endgame Sword & Shield 3rd - Manifested Lotus iconManifested LotusAttack PowerElementAffinity
392(Dragon 450)0%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
(High)1/1/0+30
Default
Sharpness
Manifested Lotus Sharpness

High Raw Damage With Good Utility

Manifested Lotus has a decently high 392 raw damage for Sword & Shield, 2 Lv.1 slots, and a +30 Defense bonus making it a very well-rounded choice.

Can Reach Purple Sharpness With Handicraft

Manifested Lotus can reach a decent length purple sharpness gauge through the Handicraft Skill. Having longer white gauge won't hurt either.

Use Non-Elemental Boost If Not Using Free Elem/Ammo Up

Non-Elemental Boost skill will increase 5% raw damage when Free Elem/Ammo Up skill isn't up.

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MHW: List Of Best Best Sword & Shield By Elements

- FireWater
Taroth Slicer  mudTaroth Slicer "Mud"Taroth Slicer "Fire"Taroth Slicer "Water"
ThunderIceDragon 1
Kjarr Slicer MythKjarr Slicer "Myth"Kjarr Slicer StreamKjarr Slicer "Stream"Fatal BiteFatal
Bite
Elderseal HighParalysis-
WitcherWitcher's
Silver Sword+
Taroth Slicer NumbTaroth Slicer "Numb"-

Best Elementless Sword & Shield Weapon

Taroth Slicer "Mud"

Taroth Slicer Attack PowerElementAffinity
308(Paralysis 180)-10%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
-1/-/-+25
Default
Sharpness
Taroth Slicer Sharpness

The Sword & Shield With Highest Attack power

Taroth Slicer "Mud" has the highest attack power (308) of all Sword & Shields, which can be further enhanced with Non-elemental Boost skill. With rarity 7, it can be upgraded twice, negating it's -10% Affinity drawback.

Good Specs With High Flexibility

Good slots, Defense Bonus, and Attack Power make it a high spec choice weapon with tons of flexibility, so keep one around.

Best Fire Sword & Shield Weapon

Taroth Slicer "Fire"

Taroth Slicer fireAttack PowerElementAffinity
252(Fire 390)0%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
-3/1/1+20
Default
Sharpness
Taroth Slicer fire Sharpness

A Stable Powerhouse

Taroth Slicer "Fire" has high Attack power, a good elemental attribute of 390, and a white sharpness gauge. Its level 3 Slot gives it much flexibility in builds.

If You Don't Want To Use Free Elem / Ammo Up Skill:

If you don't want the hassle of using a "Free Elem / Ammo Up" Skill, choose Taroth Slicer "King" as an alternative. Thought it lacks a white sharpness gauge, it makes up for it with +30% affinity.

Best Water Sword & Shield Weapon

Taroth Slicer "Water"

Taroth Slicer WaterAttack PowerElementAffinity
266(水420)10%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
-3/-/-+20
Default
Sharpness
Taroth Slicer Water Sharpness

Best Water Elemental Attack Power!

Taroth Slicer "Water" has a staggering 420 water attack and high stats. It's better attack power than Taroth Slicer "Fire" together with +10% affinity makes this weapon a bane for monsters with water weakness.

Best Thunder Sword & Shield Weapon

Kjarr Slicer "Myth"

Kjarr Slicer MythAttack PowerElementAffinity
238Thunder 33010%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
-1/-/--
Default
Sharpness
Kjarr Slicer Myth Sharpness
Weapon SkillCritical Element

Don't Need "Free Elem / Ammo Up" Skill To Work

Good Thunder damage of 330, while not requiring a "Free Elem / Ammo Up" skill to be effective unlike the Master Bang, gives Kjarr Slicer "Myth" more choices in builds.

Best Ice Sword & Shield Weapon

Kjarr Slicer "Stream"

Kjarr Slicer StreamAttack PowerElementAffinity
238氷30010%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
-1/-/--
Default
Sharpness
Kjarr Slicer Stream Sharpness
Weapon SkillCritical Element

Has A White Sharpness Gauge

A decent 330 water damage as well as having a default white sharpness gauge allows Kjarr Slicer "Stream" to maintain a stable damage output. Prepare one to combat monsters weak to water.

Best Dragon Sword & Shield Weapon

Fatal Bite

Fatal BiteAttack PowerElementAffinity
308Dragon 210-20%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
High― ― ―-
Default
Sharpness
Fatal Bite Sharpness

Top Class Damage Output Vs Elder Dragons

With over 300 Attack power, Dragon 210, and Elderseal High, Fatal Bite is highly effective vs Elder Dragons. While it has the same Attack Power with Taroth Slicer "Mud", you can increase Fatal Bite damage by turning sharpness into white with Handicraft Lv1.

Best Dragon Sword & Shield Weapon

Witcher's Silver Sword+

WitcherAttack PowerElementAffinity
266Dragon 3300%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
High1/-/--
Default
Sharpness
Witcher

Another Good Tool To Fight Elder Dragons With

Witcher's Silver Sword+, though has less Attack power than Fatal Bite, has a higher dragon attack at 330. Considering Witcher's Silver Sword+ already has a white sharpness gauge, it is a versatile tool in many builds.

Best Paralysis Sword & Shield Weapon

Taroth Slicer "Numb"

Taroth Slicer NumbAttack PowerElementAffinity
224Paralysis 24030%
EldersealSlotsDefense Bonus
― ― ―+20
Default
Sharpness
Taroth Slicer Numb Sharpness

Great For Support Build!

Taroth Slicer "Numb"'s high affinity and paralysis allows it to be a great addition for support-oriented builds. Compared with Numb Gold Scimitar, it is a rarity 7 weapon and can be augmented twice to maintains versatility in builds.

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