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Defender Weapons - New Beginner Weapons

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Find out about Defender Weapon in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (MHW: IB) in this guide. This includes where to get the beginner weapons, how to upgrade it, & more.

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What are Defender Weapons?

Beginner Weapons to Get You Through MHW

Beginner Weapons to Get You Through MHW

Defender Weapons are newly added weapons meant for Monster Hunter World beginners. They have good enough stats to get you through up to 3-star quests.

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Added as Part of Dec. 5 Free Update

Launched in Dec. 5, Defender Weapons are among the new additions to Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. It was released in the 2nd Free Update along with a plethora of other content.

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How to Craft Defender Weapons

Head to the Smithy

Head to the Smithy

Defender Weapons can be crafted from any of the Smithy found in Monster Hunter World. You'll find a Defender Weapon Tree for all weapon types.

Requires Materials to Craft

Requires Materials to Craft

Just like any other weapon, you'll need specific materials to craft Defender Weapons. Since they're meant for beginners, the materials can be easily found during your first few quests.

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Upgrading is Very Cheap

Upgrading is Very Cheap

Making it even more beginner-friendly, Defender Weapons can easily be upgraded in the Smithy for a few hundred coins & materials. You can check this at the Upgrade tab in the Smithy.

Defender Weapons List

Great Sword

Defender Great Sword I

Defender Great Sword IAttack PowerElementAffinity
624Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Great Sword I Sharpness

Defender Great Sword II

Defender Great Sword IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
816Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Great Sword II Sharpness

Defender Great Sword III

Defender Great Sword IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
912Blast 3300%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Great Sword III Sharpness

Defender Great Sword IV

Defender Great Sword IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
816Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Great Sword IV Sharpness

Defender Great Sword V

Defender Great Sword IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
1056Blast 3900%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Great Sword V Sharpness

Long Sword

Defender Katana I

Defender Katana IAttack PowerElementAffinity
429Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Katana I

Defender Katana II

Defender Katana IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
561Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Katana II

Defender Katana III

Defender Katana IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
627Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Katana III

Defender Katana IV

Defender Katana IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
693Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Katana IV

Defender Katana V

Defender Katana IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
726Blast 3000%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Katana V

Sword and Shield

Defender Warhatchet I

Defender Warhatchet IAttack PowerElementAffinity
182Blast 1500%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhatchet I

Defender Warhatchet II

Defender Warhatchet IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
238Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhatchet II

Defender Warhatchet III

Defender Warhatchet IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
266Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhatchet III

Defender Warhatchet IV

Defender Warhatchet IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
294Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhatchet IV

Defender Warhatchet V

Defender Warhatchet IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
308Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhatchet V

Dual Swords

Defender Daggers I

Defender Daggers IAttack PowerElementAffinity
182Blast 1200%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Daggers I

Defender Daggers II

Defender Daggers IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
238Blast 1500%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Daggers II

Defender Daggers III

Defender Daggers IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
266Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Daggers III

Defender Daggers IV

Defender Daggers IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
294Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Daggers IV

Defender Daggers V

Defender Daggers IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
308Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Daggers V

Hammer

Defender Warhammer I

Defender Warhammer IAttack PowerElementAffinity
676Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhammer I

Defender Warhammer II

Defender Warhammer IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
884Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhammer II

Defender Warhammer III

Defender Warhammer IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
988Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhammer III

Defender Warhammer IV

Defender Warhammer IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
1092Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhammer IV

Defender Warhammer V

Defender Warhammer IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
1144Blast 3000%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Warhammer V

Hunting Horn

Defender Rally Horn I

Defender Rally Horn IAttack PowerElementAffinity
546Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Rally Horn I

Defender Rally Horn II

Defender Rally Horn IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
714Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Rally Horn II

Defender Rally Horn III

Defender Rally Horn IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
798Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Rally Horn III

Defender Rally Horn IV

Defender Rally Horn IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
270Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Rally Horn IV

Defender Rally Horn V

Defender Rally Horn IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
924Blast 3000%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Rally Horn V

Lance

Defender Lance I

Defender Lance IAttack PowerElementAffinity
299Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Lance I

Defender Lance II

Defender Lance IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
391Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Lance II

Defender Lance III

Defender Lance IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
437Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Lance III

Defender Lance IV

Defender Lance IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
483Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Lance IV

Defender Lance V

Defender Lance IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
506Blast 3000%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Lance V

Gunlance

Defender Gunlance I

Defender Gunlance IAttack PowerElementAffinity
299Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Gunlance I
Shelling Type/LevelWide Lv 1

Defender Gunlance II

Defender Gunlance IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
391Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Gunlance II
Shelling Type/LevelWide Lv 1

Defender Gunlance III

Defender Gunlance IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
437Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Gunlance III
Shelling Type/LevelWide Lv 2

Defender Gunlance IV

Defender Gunlance IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
483Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Gunlance IV
Shelling Type/LevelWide Lv 3

Defender Gunlance V

Defender Gunlance IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
506Blast 3000%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Gunlance V
Shelling Type/LevelWide Lv 4

Switch Axe

Defender Switch Axe I

Defender Switch Axe IAttack PowerElementAffinity
455Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Switch Axe I
Phial TypePower Phial

Defender Switch Axe II

Defender Switch Axe IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
595Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Switch Axe II
Phial TypePower Phial

Defender Switch Axe III

Defender Switch Axe IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
665Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Switch Axe III
Phial TypePower Phial

Defender Switch Axe IV

Defender Switch Axe IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
735Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Switch Axe IV
Phial TypePower Phial

Defender Switch Axe V

Defender Switch Axe IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
770Blast 3000%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Switch Axe V
Phial TypePower Phial

Charge Blade

Defender Shield I

Defender Shield IAttack PowerElementAffinity
468Blast 1500%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Shield I
Phial TypeImpact Phial

Defender Shield II

Defender Shield IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
612Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Shield II
Phial TypeImpact Phial

Defender Shield III

Defender Shield IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
684Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Shield III
Phial TypeImpact Phial

Defender Shield IV

Defender Shield IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
756Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Shield IV
Phial TypeImpact Phial

Defender Shield V

Defender Shield IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
792Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Shield V
Phial TypeImpact Phial

Insect Glaive

Defender Glaive I

Defender Glaive IAttack PowerElementAffinity
403Blast 1500%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Glaive I
Kinsect BonusSpeed Boost

Defender Glaive II

Defender Glaive IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
527Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Glaive II
Kinsect BonusSpeed Boost

Defender Glaive III

Defender Glaive IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
589Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Glaive III
Kinsect BonusSpeed Boost

Defender Glaive IV

Defender Glaive IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
651Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Glaive IV
Kinsect BonusSpeed Boost

Defender Glaive V

Defender Glaive IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
682Blast 2700%
EldersealSlots-
---
SharpnessDefender Glaive V
Kinsect BonusSpeed Boost

Light Bowgun

Defender Light Bowgun I

Defender Light Bowgun IAttack PowerElementAffinity
169None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationAverage
Custom Mods1
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Defender Light Bowgun II

Defender Light Bowgun IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
221None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationAverage
Custom Mods2
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Defender Light Bowgun III

Defender Light Bowgun IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
247None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationAverage
Custom Mods3
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Defender Light Bowgun IV

Defender Light Bowgun IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
273None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationAverage
Custom Mods3
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Defender Light Bowgun V

Defender Light Bowgun IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
286None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationAverage
Custom Mods3
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Heavy Bowgun

Defender Heavy Bowgun I

Defender Heavy Bowgun IAttack PowerElementAffinity
195None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationLow
Custom Mods1
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Defender Heavy Bowgun II

Defender Heavy Bowgun IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
255None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationLow
Custom Mods2
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Defender Heavy Bowgun III

Defender Heavy Bowgun IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
285None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationLow
Custom Mods3
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Defender Heavy Bowgun IV

Defender Heavy Bowgun IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
315None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationLow
Custom Mods3
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Defender Heavy Bowgun V

Defender Heavy Bowgun IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
330None0%
EldersealSlots-
---
DeviationLow
Custom Mods3
Special AmmoWyvernblast

Bow

Defender Powerbow I

Defender Powerbow IAttack PowerElementAffinity
156Blast 1200%
EldersealSlots-
---
CoatingsClose Range, Power, Paralysis

Defender Powerbow II

Defender Powerbow IIAttack PowerElementAffinity
204Blast 1500%
EldersealSlots-
---
CoatingsClose Range, Power, Paralysis

Defender Powerbow III

Defender Powerbow IIIAttack PowerElementAffinity
228Blast 1800%
EldersealSlots-
---
CoatingsClose Range, Power, Paralysis

Defender Powerbow IV

Defender Powerbow IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
252Blast 2100%
EldersealSlots-
---
CoatingsClose Range, Power, Paralysis

Defender Powerbow V

Defender Powerbow IVAttack PowerElementAffinity
264Blast 2400%
EldersealSlots-
---
CoatingsClose Range, Power, Paralysis

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