MHW Iceborne: Day 0 Longsword Builds

MHW Iceborne: Day 0 Longsword Builds

With the arrival of Monster Hunter World Iceborne, hunters will have to adjust their builds. Iceborne’s balances can shift these builds to various paths. I’ll be going over my personal Longsword build paths.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne: Day 0 Longsword Builds

The 2 builds below are improved versions of World’s meta Long Sword builds tailored for Monster Hunter World Iceborne.

 

Build’s Name

Raw DPS LS

Weapon

Taroth Sword Fire

 Decorations

  • 1 Elementless Jewel
  • 1 Flawless Jewel
  • 3 Expert Jewels
  • 2 Attack Jewels
  • 1 Challenger Jewel
  • 1 Tenderizer Jewel
  • 1 Critical Jewel

5% affinity from attack level 5, 40% affinity from critical eye 7, 30% increased affinity + 20% for wounded parts from weakness exploit, 5% affinity from agitator level 1. Hunters will have a base affinity of 45%, 75% when hitting a weakspot, 80% when agitator activates, and 100% when hitting a wounded weakspot.

Build’s Name

Dragon DPS LS

Weapon

Kjarr Sword ‚ÄúDecay‚ÄĚ

 Decorations

  • 1 Flawless Jewel
  • 3 Expert Jewels
  • 2 Attack Jewels
  • 3 Tenderizer Jewel
  • 1 Critical Jewel


5% affinity from attack level 5, 40% affinity from critical eye 7, 30% increased affinity + 20% for wounded parts from weakness exploit. Hunters will have a base affinity of 45%, 75% when hitting a weakspot, and 95% when hitting a wounded weakspot.

These builds evolved from the Raw DPS Build and Dragon LongSword Build. You may also like to see this Elemental Crit Build For Sealed Weapons.

Potential Armor Upgrades in Iceborne

At some point we are going to need some higher defense armor to replace our World meta sets. The following armor pieces/set are decent enough defense wise and skill wise. It also allows players to customize it to their liking whether that is more DPS centric or focusing on survivability.

With the amount of decoration slots available, players can slot in Critical boost, Weakness exploit, and 3 level 1 jewels like Health Boost or Critical Eye. Players can create an Attack Charm III to really increase their damage or Handicraft Charm.

Mix and match charms and decorations to really tailor this framework into your personal build!

Full Armor Set Skills

  • Attack Boost Level 4
  • Critical Boost Level 1
  • Weakness Exploit Level 1
  • Speed Eating Level 2
  • Handicraft Level 1
  • Evade Extender Level 1

Full Armor Set Decoration Slots

  • Has a total of 3 level 4 decorations.
  • Has a total of 1 level 3 decorations.
  • Has a total of 1 level 2 decorations.
  • Has a total of 2 level 1 decorations.



Jagras Helm őĪ +

  • Has 1 level 2 decoration slot
  • Defense & Resist Stats
    • Defense116¬†Defense
    • Fire Resistance-2¬†Fire
    • Water Resistance2¬†Water
    • Thunder Resistance-1 Thunder
    • Ice Resistance-1¬†Ice
    • Dragon Resistance1¬†Dragon
  • Has the equipment skills:
    • Speed Eating Level 2
    • Attack Boost Level 2



Jagras Mail őĪ +

  • Has 1 level 3 decoration slot
  • Defense & Resist Stats
    • Defense116¬†Defense
    • Fire Resistance-2¬†Fire
    • Water Resistance2¬†Water
    • Thunder Resistance-1 Thunder
    • Ice Resistance-1¬†Ice
    • Dragon Resistance1¬†Dragon
  • Has the equipment skills:
    • Evade Extender Level 1
    • Attack Boost Level 2


Kulu Vambraces ő≤ +

  • Has 1 level 4 decoration slot
  • Defense & Resist Stats
    • Defense116¬†Defense
    • Fire Resistance0¬†Fire
    • Water Resistance-3¬†Water
    • Thunder Resistance0¬†Thunder
    • Ice Resistance1¬†Ice
    • Dragon Resistance0¬†Dragon
  • Has the equipment skills:
    • Critical Boost Level 1



Hornetaur Coil ő≤ +

  • Has 1 level 4 decoration slot
  • Has 1 Level 1 decoration slot
  • Defense & Resist Stats
    • Defense116¬†Defense
    • Fire Resistance1¬†Fire
    • Water Resistance-1 Water
    • Thunder Resistance0¬†Thunder
    • Ice Resistance0¬†Ice
    • Dragon Resistance2¬†Dragon
  • Has the equipment skills:
    • Weakness Exploit Level 1



Hornetaur Greaves ő≤ +

  • Has 1 level 4 decoration slot
  • Has 1 Level 1 decoration slot
  • Defense & Resist Stats
    • Defense116¬†Defense
    • Fire Resistance1¬†Fire
    • Water Resistance-1 Water
    • Thunder Resistance0¬†Thunder
    • Ice Resistance0¬†Ice
    • Dragon Resistance2¬†Dragon
  • Has the equipment skills:
    • Handicraft Level 1

Alternatively the Bone Armor őĪ + is a good armor that can be obtained easily and is only slightly weaker than the above set. (2 less defense per piece) Hunting Horn and Hammer users might find this set useful.

Full Armor Set Skills

  • Health Boost 3
  • Partbreaker Level 2
  • Attack Boost Level 3
  • Slugger Level 3
  • Horn Maestro Level 2

Full Armor Set Decoration Slots

  • Has a total of 3 level 3 decorations.
  • Has a total of 2 level 2 decorations.


Bone Mail őĪ + Has 1 level 2 decoration slot

  • Defense & Resist Stats
    • Defense114 Defense
    • Fire Resistance2¬†Fire
    • Water Resistance0¬†Water
    • Thunder Resistance2¬†Thunder
    • Ice Resistance0¬†Ice
    • Dragon Resistance2¬†Dragon
  • Has the equipment skills:
    • Attack Boost Level 2
    • Health Boost Level 1


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