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What weapons are affordable and better than the defender ones
Defender weapons are designed as "easy mode" gear you get for free to quickly and effortlessly advance through MHW towards the Iceborn content. In terms of performance to cost ratio, there is nothing "better", but you should really be fine without those, as the difficulty curve is not steep. Once you reach master ranks, there are plenty of "better" options.