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

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Insect Glaive - Overview & Strengths

Fast Weapon With An Emphasis On Mobility

Fast Weapon With An Emphasis On Mobility

The Insect Glaive is a staff that is used by Hunters for dealing a flurry of swift attacks. The Kinsects that you attach to it will also assist you in fighting monsters in several different situations!

Allows You To Jump Up In The Air

Allows You To Jump Up In The Air

The Insect Glaive is also the only weapon that will allow you to jump up in the air, allowing for some vertical movement. This can be used both for evading attacks, and mounting large monsters!

Focus On Mounting Monsters

With one of the fastest weapons in the game, one of your main ways to deal massive damage to the monster is to mount them, and wear them out to bring them down. Once they fall, you will have some time to deal tons of damage before they get back up!

No Way To Block Attacks

Despite allowing you to move around quickly, and launch into the air, there is no way for you to block incoming attacks. You will need to rely on your speed to dodge away from Monsters. You will also be defenseless while in the air.

Kinsects Give You Different Options When Attacking

Kinsects Give You Different Options When Attacking

Kinsects can be attached to the Insect Glaive to give you more options when facing a monster. These allow you to attack from range, buff your character, deal AoE damage, and more!

List Of Kinsect Usage In Fights

  • Attack Enemies
  • Harvest Extract To Buff Character
  • Leave Behind Dust Clouds

Kinsects Can Be Bought From The Smithy

Can Be Bought From The Smithy

Kinsects can be bought and Nurtured from the Smithy in the Workshop! Here, you can improve their stats, add elemental effects, & even buy new Kinsects to nurture!

Start Out With 2 Kinsects

You will initially start out with 2 types of Kinsects. These are the Culldrone, and the Mauldrone. Each of these Kinsects specialize in offensive attacks, and healing respectively.

Can Attack Enemies At Range

Can Attack Enemies At Range

You will be able to attack enemies at range by aiming and firing with your Insect Glaive. After firing, your Kinsect will start flying to the target and start attacking. This can also be done by the Mark Target action when fighting in close range.

Harvest Extract To Boost Character Abilities

Harvests Extract For You Character

Depending on the body part that the Kinsect is attacking, it will start to gather extract. Once your Kinsect returns to you, you will temporarily gain the effects of the extracts. Each extract's effects differ depending on the color.

Extract Effects Per Color

Extract ColorEffects
RedImproved attack power
WhiteFaster movement speed
OrangePrevents getting knocked back while attacking
GreenRestores health

Have Up To 3 Extracts Absorbed

Have Up To Three Extracts Absorbed

You will be able to absorb multiple extracts at the same time. Having absorbed the red, white, and orange extracts will give you a big boost to your attack power, and defense!

Kinsects Leave Dust When Attacking

Kinsects Leave Dust When Attacking

You may notice that your Kinsect leaves behind a Dust cloud when attacking enemies. These clouds can be attacked by either you or your teammates for a small explosion that deals damage!

Cloud Explosion Based On Kinsect Element

The type of damage that the explosion will cause will be based on the element of your Kinsect. You will be able to select this while managing your Kinsects in the Workshop.

Insect Glaive - Recommended Combo List

Basic Slash & Sweep Combo

  • 1. Rising Slash Combo
  • 2. Reaping Slash
  • 3. Wide Sweep
  • 4. Rising Slash Combo
  • 5. Reaping Slash
  • 6. Wide Sweep
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A short and sweet combo that has a high damage output. It can be repeated as many times as you want. Best used when the monster is downed, and cannot fight back.

Hit And Run Combo

  • 1. Leaping Slash
  • 2. Rising Slash Combo
  • 3. Overhead Smash
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This devastating combo is best used when you have absorbed the red extract. Use this combo to deal tons of damage, then back away to safety!

Extract Collection Combo

  • 1. Kinsect (Mark Target)
  • 2. Rising Slash Combo
  • 3. Overhead Smash
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This Combo will utilize your Kinsect to gather extract while at the same time getting a few good hits in before needing to back away!

Basic Mounting Combo

  • 1. Vault
  • 2. Midair Evade
  • 3. Jumping Slash or Jumping Advanced Slash
r2 icon+batsu iconbatsu iconsankaku icon or maru icon

This combo will propel you up into the air and will let you attempt to mount the monster! Use this to mount and wear down in order to make it vulnerable to your attacks once it falls!

Insect Glaive - Recommended Skills

Skills For Increased Attack Power

Attack Boost
Increases attack power & affinity after Level 4
Maximum Might
Increases affinity when stamina is full
Weakness Exploit
Hitting a monster's weak spot will increase your affinity rate during that hit
Critical BoostIncreases damage of critical hits
AgitatorIncreased attack power when large monsters are enraged
HandicraftExtends the weapon's sharpness gauge
AirborneIncreases the damage caused by jumping attacks

You will be able to maximize the amount of damage you deal using the Maximum Might and Weakness Exploit skills.

Skills To Enhance Aerial Maneuvers

Power Prolonger
Allows for your weapon (Insect Glaive) to stay powered up for longer
Protects you from roars of large monsters
Evade WindowExtends how long you stay invulnerable when evading
Jump MasterAttacks will not knock you back when you are in the air
Master MounterMounting monsters are easier
Protective PolishWeapon sharpness does not decrease for a time after sharpening
Speed SharpeningYou will be able to sharpen your weapon faster when using a whetstone
Razor Sharp / Spare ShotYour weapon (Insect Glaive) will lose its sharpness more slowly

The skills above will greatly improve your performance when using the Insect Glaive in combat. Since this weapon will have you constantly jumping around, skills that help you mid-air and improve your mounting have been recommended.

Insect Glaive - Gameplay Tips & Tricks

Focus On Mounting The Monster

Focus On Mounting The Monster

The Insect Glaive is a unique weapon in that it is the only weapon that allows you to launch yourself up in the air. Use this unique feature by constantly attempting to mount the monster. Wearing it down enough will cause it to go prone!

Use Midair Evade To Your Advantage

The move Midair Evade will help you greatly while in midair. Other than being a way to evade an incoming attack in the air, it also acts as a second jump to help propel you to monsters further away!

Use Extracts To Your Advantage

Use Extracts To Your Advantage

Extracts are helpful in assisting you when in combat. Remember which body part gives which color of extracts in order to cater to your needs depending on the situation of the fight.

This Weapon Dulls Easily

This Weapon Dulls Easily

Since this weapon is first and foremost a staff, it loses its sharpness fairly quickly. Remember to use the whetstone often right after combat, or when the monster moves to another location!

Evade Often Since This Weapon Has No Shield

Since the Insect Glaive does not have a shield, you will not be able to guard against attacks. You will need to evade attacks to avoid taking lots of damage. Collecting White extract may be able to help you dodge much faster!

Insect Glaive - Damage Per Move

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

Weapon MoveDamage
Tornado Slash (w/ Red Extract)56
Strong Double Slash (w/ Red Extract)49
Strong Jumping Advancing Slash (w/ Red Extract)46
Strong Rising Slash Combo (w/ Red Extract)38
Double Slash36
Strong Wide Sweep (w/ Red Extract)36
Strong Reaping Slash (w/ Red Extract)29
Rising Slash Combo25
Strong Jumping Slash (w/ Red Extract)25
Vaulting Dance24
Jumping Advancing Slash24
Overhead Smash22
Leaping Slash (w/ Red Extract)22
Strong Thrust20
Wide Sweep18
Reaping Slash15
Dodge Slash (w/ Red Extract)15
Jumping Slash13
Kinsect Attack8

Insect Glaive - Basic Weapon Move List

Insect Glaive Basic Move List

sankaku iconRising Slash Combo
maru iconWide Sweep
r2 icon+batsu iconVault
r2 iconKinsect (Mark Target)
l2 iconAim Marker
l2 icon+sankaku iconAim Marker & Collect Extract
l2 icon+maru iconRecall Kinsect
l2 icon+r2 iconFire Kinsect
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