Best Monster Hunter World Iceborne Greatsword Builds

Looking for a powerful greatsword build in Iceborne? Here are three of the best greatsword builds for Monster Hunter World

Greatswords are some of the most powerful weapons in Monster Hunter World. The latest Iceborne expansion brings a whole host of new Master Rank weapons to farm for and craft, including (of course) greatswords and brand new builds for them.

Below you will find three specific builds that have shown the most remarkable results for many players. Choose one and get that slinger ready to farm up, hunter!

Acid Shredder II Build

Acid Shredder II is a monumental greatsword that comes from two monsters: Acidic Glavenus and Vaal Hazak. The crafting recipe for Acid Shredder II is following:

  • 2x Vaal Hazak Hardclaw
  • 4x Acidic Glavenus Hardfang
  • 3x Acidic Glavenus Spineshell
  • 1x Glavenus Mantle
  • 56000x Zenny

This sword has a powerful paralysis effect, which can be well combined with its native Acidic Glavenus armor set for the following build:

  • Charms:
    • Handicraft Charm 4
  • Mantles:
    • Rocksteady Mantle
    • Ghillie Mantle
Armor Decorations
Acidic Glavenus Helm Beta Sprinter/Expert Jewel 4
Damascus Mail Beta Flawless/Vitality Jewel 4; Elementless Jewel 2; Vitality Jewel 1
Acidic Glavenus Braces Beta 2x Tenderizer Jewel 2; Steadfast Jewel 1
Damascus Coil Beta 2x Mighty Jewel 2; Vitality Jewel 1
Acidic Glavenus Greaves Beta Mighty Jewel 2; Tenderizer Jewel 2

 

Ruinous Atrocity Build

This greatsword can be crafted by farming items from none other than Ruiner Nergigante, which is the reason for such high dragon damage. The crafting recipe is the following:

  • 3x Annihilating Greathorn
  • 4x Nergigante Hardclaw
  • 5x Eternal Regrowth Plate
  • 1x Large Elder Dragon Gem

Ruinous Atrocity can be paired with Golden Lune armor, which also has dragon element as its main defensive mechanism.

  • Charms:
    • Master's Charm 4
  • Mantles:
    • Rocksteady Mantle
    • Temporal Mantle
Armor Decorations
Damascus Helm Beta Defense Jewel 4; 2x Defense Jewel 1
Golden Lunemail Beta Mighty/Vitality Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2; Fortitude Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces Beta Tenderizer/Vitality Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2
Golden Lunecoil Beta Tenderizer/Maintenance Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2
Garuga Greaves Beta Charger/Vitality Jewel 4; 2x Charger Jewel 2

 

Immovable Dharma Build

A great alternative for the Ruinous Atrocity would be an Immovable Dharma sword, which can be crafted by farming Shara Ishvalda.

  • 4x Shara Ishvalda Tenderclaw
  • 6x Shara Ishvalda Tenderscale
  • 2x Shara Ishvalda Tenderplate 
  • 1x Shara Ishvalda Gem
  • 80000x Zenny

This build also uses Golden Lune armor but with a few important twists that fit specifically the Immovable Dharma greatsword.

  • Charms:
    • Handicraft Charm 4
  • Mantles:
    • Rocksteady Mantle
    • Glider Mantle
Armor Decorations
Golden Headdress Beta Hard Water Res Jewel 4; Steadfast Jewel 1
Golden Lunemail Beta Charger/Vitality Jewel 4; Tenderizer Jewel 2; Expert Jewel 1
Acidic Glavenus Braces Beta Charger/Maintenance Jewel 4; Elementless Jewel 2; Vitality Jewel 1
Golden Lunecoil Beta Charger/Vitality Jewel 4; Critical Jewel 2
Garuga Greaves Beta Expert Jewel 4; 2x Critical Jewel 2

 

That's it for the best greatsword builds in the Iceborne expansion, and for more Monster Hunter World guides, check out the list below:

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Published Jan. 14th 2020

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