Monster Hunter Generations Guide: Insect Glaive Tips

Check this guide out for tips on using the Insect Glaive in Monster Hunter Generations!

The Insect Glaive is a unique weapon in Monster Hunter Generations. It is a staff that comes with a kinsect that you can send out to gather nectar and buff yourself. This kinsect is just as important as the weapon itself so be sure to check out my Kinsect Upgrade guide for more details on that.

The Insect Glaive was the main weapon I used in Monster Hunter Ultimate 4 and the main weapon I currently use in Monster Hunter Generations. The mechanics are mostly the same, but the addition of hunter arts and styles creates some interesting choices. I'll go over getting started with the Insect Glaive, and some tips on using it effectively. 

This guide will go over using the Insect Glaive in Monster Hunter Generations including:

  • Basic Controls - The different things you can do with the Insect Glaive.
  • Kinsect Extracts - The different color extracts and what they do.
  • Hunter Styles and Arts - The different styles and arts and which I use.
  • Extra Tips - Tips to help you get better at using the Insect Glaive.

Basic Controls

  • Pressing X performs a Rising Slash attack
    • This is usually how you will start combos. XXA is a your main one that you can keep repeating.
    • You can also press a direction before while pressing X to perform a poke attack.
  • Pressing A performs a Wide Slash
  • R+B makes your character Vault
    • This is fantastic for mounting monsters without jumping off ledges.
    • This is also good for avoiding certain attacks.

Monster Hunter Generations Insect Glaive

  • R+X sends your Kinsect out to harvest extract and R+A calls it back
    • Your kinsect will gather an extract then slowly come back to you, or you can recall it to make it come back faster.
    • You can also press R to mark a specific spot on the monster to make your Kinsect aim for that, but I don't suggest this method.
  • Pressing B will perform a dodge

Kinsect Extracts

There are 4 types of extracts you can get from big monsters and they all give some type of effect to your hunter.

  • Red - Increases Attack
  • Orange - Knockback Protection
  • White - Increases Speed
  • Green - Recovers Health 

You can also combine white with red or orange to give additional effects. Red and white increase attack more and red and orange also gives more defense.

Red, white, and orange combined gives all the boosts, plus it increases it even more.

How to get the Extracts

Small monsters only give 1 extract and which you get depends on the monster.

You can get all 4 from big monsters by sending your kinsect on specific body parts. Some monsters might be a little different, but this is the general rule:

  • Red - Head or vulnerable spot
  • Orange - Body or tail
  • White - Feet

You can't always get green, but it isn't something you should be aiming for anyway.

Hunter Styles and Arts

I won't go over the general info on the 4 Styles -- if you want you can check out my Beginner Tips and Tricks for more details -- but I will let you know how they affect Insect Glaive.

Guild is your default 1 that gives you all your attacks. This is what I suggest starting with.

I don't suggest Adept for Insect Glaive because it is just too clunky.

Striker also isn't that great because you can't control your combos, but it is fine if you want a more basic setup.

Aerial is my favorite -- and even though Insect Glaive can already vault, Aerial gives more advantages.

Aerial Style

Monster Hunter Generations Aerial Style

You have access to all attacks just like Guild style, but dodge and vault are a little different.

Instead of a forward dodge, you'll do an aerial dodge. This isn't good for actually dodging, but it does give another, quick way to jump on a monster.

The vault becomes a forward vault, which launches you forward a lot more than straight up in the air. It is also fast and a good way to avoid or close gaps.


There are 3 specific Insect Glaive arts:

  • Extract Hunter - Slings your kinsect to take all extracts at once.
  • Swarm - Summons protective insects to attacks anything around you.
  • Bug Blow - Combo attack that end in a vault to preform an overhead smash in the air.
    • Stronger if you have Swarm active.

When solo and using Guild, I suggest using Swarm and Bug Blow since they work well together.

Swarm isn't great in multiplayer because they will attack allies as well.

I use Extract Hunter when playing Aerial because you can only use 1 art and it is nice to get all the boosts at once if I'm having a hard time collecting extracts.

Extra Tips

  • Even though you an evade with vaulting, you can still be hit while in the air
  • Master Kinsect Extracts
    • At the very least, you should always have a red when attacking. Ideally, you want Red and White or all 3.
  • Remember to upgrade both your Insect Glaive and Kinsect
    • They are separate upgrades in this game, but they are still separate for each Insect Glaive.
    • This means it is a good idea to find a good Insect Glaive, then level up the Kinsect for that.
  • Insect Glaives can be either cutting or blunt weapons
    • This means that it is a good idea to have 1 of each type so you can best fight any monster.

That wraps up my Monster Hunter Generations Insect Glaive guide. Let me know if you have any questions or tips of your own! 

Guide Editor

After gaming for 25 years, Synzer leveraged his vast knowledge of RPGs and MMOs into a job as a games journalist, covering the games he loves. Five years later, he's still writing about Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, and Knights of the Old Republic. Synzer has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. You can see him in action on his YouTube channel ( and Twitch (

Published Jul. 20th 2016

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