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How To Use Dual Blades Guide - Recommended Combos & Tips

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Check out this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide and walkthrough on how to use the weapon - Dual Blades! Learn recommended combos, skills, play tips, & more!

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Should You Use Dual Blades In Iceborne?

Needs Some Effort

Dual Blades in Iceborne has lower elemental and status boost compared with the base game. While other weapons has powerful elemental weapons and the meta goes toward elemental weapons, dual swords may appear to be left behind. You'll need some efforts to make it shine.

Dual Blades Tips For Iceborne

Follow Up WIth The Clutch Claw

Follow Up WIth The Clutch Claw
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After doing a second Left Roundslash while in demon mode, you can directly follow it up with clutch claw attack. Fill up your gauge while attacking rapidly. Wounding the monster part also allows extra damage.

Rush Attack Combo

R2CircleTriangleCircleCircle
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Evade With Dodge Slinger Burst

Connect Combos With Dodge Slinger Burst
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After an attack, you can do an Dodge Slinger Burst with your slinger by pressing L2 button while moving. However, you can't connect Dodge Slinger Burst with attacks that uses the ◯ buttons.

Dual Blades Iceborne Weapon Changes

Evade Then Counter With Slinger Burst

Evade Then Counter With Slinger Burst

In Iceborne, the Dual Blades can still elegantly evade monster attacks. With the addition of the Slinger Burst, Dual Blade users can use this move to counterattack with its short-range, high damage shots.

New Clutch Claw Rotating Slash Attacks

New Clutch Claw Rotating Slash Attacks

The addition of the Clutch Claw in Iceborne improves the Dual Blades attacking power, adding new rotating slash attacks when the Clutch Claw attaches itself onto the monster. This can also lead to monsters dropping Slinger Ammo.

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Dual Blades - Overview & Strengths

Fast-Hitting Attacks & High Movement Speed

The Dual Blades are one of the fastest weapons in Monster Hunter World. It can overwhelm monsters with its high attack speed and hunters can weave in & out of battle with its quick movement speed.

Best Weapon For Dealing Status Effects

Due to the Dual Blades' attack speed, they are the most ideal weapons for implementing status effects or exploiting a monster's elemental weakness. The high number of hits the weapon can land only increases the chance of it dealing a debilitating status effect on a monster.

Amp Up Attack Power With Demon Mode

Amp Up Attack Power With Demon Mode

Dual Blades have a powered-up state called Demon Mode. When activated, this fills up a bar called a Demon Gauge that boosts the weapon's attack power and speed even more.

Demon Mode Consumes Stamina

Demon Mode Consumes Stamina

When Demon Mode is activated, it consumes the hunter's stamina until the stamina bar runs out. Hunters should keep their eye on the stamina bar when filling up their Demon Gauge.

Archdemon Mode Further Improves Attack Power & Speed

When the hunter fills up the Demon Gauge completely until it glows, they go into Archdemon mode. This gives them more attack power and speed with some special moves only available in this mode.

Can Do Powerful Heavenly Blade Dance

The Dual Blades have a special aerial move called the Heavenly Blade Dance that deals heavy damage to monsters when they jump off a ledge or slide down a slope. Hunters should always utilize this move to get as much damage as they can to the monster.

Low Damage & Short Reach

Dual Blades have low damage per hit and have a shorter reach compared to other weapons in the game. This makes it essential for players to get in close-range with the monster and keep dealing combos to be effective in the fight.

Dual Blades - Recommended Combo List

Basic Demon Mode Combo

  • 1. Demon Mode
  • 2. Demon Fangs
  • 3. Twofold Demon Slash
  • 4. Sixfold Demon Slash
  • 5. Blade Dance
R2TriangleTriangleTriangleTriangle+Circle

A basic Dual Blades attack combo that builds up your Demon Gauge while dealing damage. It takes a while to get the combo to the Demon Dance so only implement that move when the monster is not moving.

Rush Attack Combo

  • 1. Demon Mode
  • 2. Demon Flurry Rush
  • 3. Rising Slash
  • 4. Left Roundslash
R2CircleTriangleCircle

A good combo to use when looking to close distance towards the monster. This keeps you close to the monster to deal the most damage. As much as possible, use this combo near the head or the tail.

Attack Combo When Monster Is Stationary

  • 1. Demon Flurry Rush
  • 2. Demon Flurry
CircleTriangle+Circle

When the monster is trapped, paralyzed, or knocked down, get into Archdemon mode and combo with your Demon Flurry move. Demon Flurry does not use up stamina and is great in dealing massive damage. Just be careful to keep your Demon Gauge up.

Archdemon Mode Attack Combo

  • 1. Demon Flurry Rush
  • 2. Rising Slash
  • 3. Double Slash
  • 4. Double Slash Return Stroke
  • 5. Circle Slash
CircleTriangleTriangleTriangleTriangle

This combo hits the monster with amazing damage when done in Archdemon mode. It makes full use of your Demon Gauge but is best used when monster is not moving around and is staying still.

Dual Blades - Recommended Skill List

Increase Attack Power & Counter Weapon's Weaknesses

It's important to increase the attack power of the Dual Blades for it to be extremely effective in the fight. It's also equally important to counter its weaknesses in stamina consumption, reach, and fast loss of sharpness.

Recommended Skills To Increase Attack Power

Skill Effect
RECOMMENDED! Weakness Exploit Increases affinity rate of attacks that land on monster weak spots
RECOMMENDED! Critical Boost Increases attack power of critical hits
Critical Element Ups elemental damage when landing critical hits
Attack Boost Increases raw attack power
Handicraft Increases weapon's sharpness gauge
Critical Eye Increases your affinity rate

Recommended Skills To Counter Weaknesses

Skill Effect
RECOMMENDED! Protective Polish Weapon does not dull for a time after sharpening
RECOMMENDED! Razor Sharp / Spare Shot Reduces sharpness loss
Speed Sharpening Shortens sharpening process
Earplugs Prevents stun from monster shouts
Stamina Surge Makes stamina recovery faster
Marathon Runner Lower stamina consumption

Dual Blades - Gameplay Tips & Tricks

Switch Between Demon & Archdemon Mode

Switch Between Demon & Archdemon Mode

It's important to always be in Demon or Archdemon mode to deal the most damage with the Dual Blades. The best way to do this is activate Demon Mode until you fill up your Demon Gauge. Then turn off the Demon Mode and attack until the gauge runs low, then repeat.

Always Be Aware Of Stamina & Demon Gauge

Your stamina bar and Demon Gauge are the most important things to watch out for when using Dual Blades. Always keep both up so you can cycle between Demon & Archdemon mode for maximum damage output.

Jump Or Slide To Use Heavenly Blade Dance

The Heavenly Blade Dance is a powerful move that only Dual Blade users can utilize. Jump over ledges or slide down slopes to activate this move and attack the monster from head to tail - this can deal a huge amount of damage.

Check Monster's Elemental Attributes Before Hunt

Since the Dual Blades can deal fast and plenty hits, they're ideal for elemental damage and implementing status effects. It's best to check what the monster's elemental attributes and weaknesses are so you can counter it with the appropriate Dual Blades.

Use Consumables To Help In The Fight

Items such as Dash Juice, Demon Drug, Flash Pods, etc. can all help you win against a tough monster. These can up your stamina recovery and keep monsters still so you can dish out powerful combos on them.

Dual Blades - Damage Per Move

Motion values are still being confirmed in-game and damage per move written below is based on the Training Area.

Weapon Move Damage
Blade Dance 163
Demon Flurry 66
Sixfold Demon Slash 65
Demon Flurry Rush 34
Left Double Roundslash 34
Demon Flurry Rush
(Archdemon Mode)
34
Circle Slash 29
Double Slash Return Stroke
(Archdemon Mode)
29
Roundslash 26
Round Slash
(Demon Mode)
26
Round Slash
(Archdemon Mode)
26
Jumping Doubleslash 20
Twofold Demon Slash
(Demon Mode)
20
Round Slash 18
Double Slash Return Stroke 18
Double Slash Return Stroke
(Archdemon Mode)
18
Double Slash 17
Double Slash Return Stroke
(Archdemon Mode)
17
Demon Fangs 10
Rising Slash 7
Rising Slash
(Demon Mode)
7
Rising Slash
(Archdemon Mode)
7
Turn Slash 5

Dual Blades - Basic Move List

Basic Move List

Button Move
Triangle Basic Attack
Circle Roundslash Attack
R2 Demon Mode
Slide + Triangle
Demon Mode + X Button
Heavenly Blade Dance

Demon Mode Move List

Button Move
Triangle Demon Slash Attack
Circle Demon Roundslash Attack
Triangle+Circle Blade Dance

Archdemon Mode Move List

Button Move
Triangle Demon Slash Attack
Circle Demon Roundslash Attack
Triangle+Circle Demon Flurry

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Anonymous 1

Instantly lost me in the first section. Element is stronger in IB, not weaker, and base game leaned towards raw vs element damage. Bye

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