What Are The Most Popular Monster Hunter Weapons?

By Ishaan . February 15, 2013 . 5:40pm

Monster Hunter is one of Japan’s most popular games and is played by an incredibly wide range of people. One of the reasons for its immense popularity is the social aspect. Monster Hunter made its name on cooperative multiplayer and going hunting with allies by your side is one of its strongest appeals.


The other reason is the customization. The game has a wide variety of weapon classes and skills that you can outfit your character with, and they have a considerable effect on how one approaches combat in the game. For example, the Sword & Shield class is for those that prefer quick attacks while heavier weapon classes like the Great Sword and Long Sword are more dependent on opportune timing. This means that there’s something for everyone’s preferred style.


That said, the Long Sword and Great Sword are among the more popular weapons in Japan, Monster Hunter producer, Ryozo Tsujimoto, tells us.


“In terms of weapons, the Long Sword and the Great Sword are among the most popular armaments,” Tsujimoto shared with Siliconera, when we had a chance to ask him about weapon trends in the Monster Hunter community.


He continued: “The Dual Blades have always been a popular weapon for female gamers, and this has not changed in the past few years. One of the charms of the Dual Blades is that there is less of a focus on defending, and more on the beautiful attacks that can be performed, which is why female gamers might find it more appealing.”


Thus, when developing weapons, what it comes down to for the devteam, Tsujimoto says, is to allow for as much choice for players as possible.


“With regards to weapon and armor design, we always strive for the greatest amount of variation possible,” Tsujimoto shared. “We realize that each player has their own preferences when it comes to these kinds of choices, so be it cool, cute, or comical; we try to put in as much choice as possible for users to enjoy.”


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  • GaiunxWolfenX

    i love me some dual blade demon mayhem XD can’t wait for this game

    • Also great weapon…

  • Shadowman

    I love the Dual Blade and also long swords

  • Pockystix

    I actually main Sword and Shield (SnS)

    I dig the balanced style, and love the status effects~

    • Barrylocke89

      SnS needs more love. I’m not much of one myself (when I had played I used the Lance) but people knock it for being one of the weaker weapons while neglecting the fact that people will love you if you nail a nice effect on your enemies.

      • Nothing like a sleeping monster getting wyvern’s fire or a full greatsword charge for a huge damage multiplier. Thanks SnS!

      • manowaffles

        Meh, SnS is only useful when you can’t use DS with the same element. I’m not likely to touch one again now that I can get my hands on DS. Don’t get me wrong, in Tri I loved sleep bombing Ala!

  • ZEROthefirst

    I go Greatsword or Hammer on slower large monsters, like Jhen Mohran and Dual swords on fast large monsters (of course in Tri the weapon classes were limited and I pretty much just went through everything using a GS and maybe the Hammer on Uragaan).

  • Lance for life.

    • SeventhEvening

      My friends laughed at me when I switched my long sword for a lance. They changed their tune when I simply stood in place while they were scrambling out of the way of a monster’s charge. I love the raw survivability of the lance.

      • I have lots of respect for people who don’t use LS, GS or DS. Anytime someone like that’s on my team they end up doing a lot better than I do!

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Lance bros for life

    • glad to see another fellow lancers here, used to main LS&GS until found this elegant weapon

    • Actually I believe the phrase is Long Sword for life even so we all know that the Switch Axe is best by far xD

    • malek86

      *high five*

    • ZeroNova

      I’ve always preferred lances myself, ever since the first Monster Hunter.

  • Rudy Soto

    Switch Axe all the way, baybeh.

  • konsama

    Here it’s the longsword “CUz it maeks me look liek supa sephiroth!!1”

    But seriously, i love gunlancing, nothing as fulfilling than killing a monster with a wyvern fire.

  • Haseyo

    Personally I love SnS the most, but I can understand the love for Longsword. Lots look cool and the damage output is great if you know what you’re doing. I use it from time to time but SnS and GS will always, always be my two preferred weapons.

    Only weapon I truly suck with is the hammer.

    • J_Joestar

      After maining GS during Tri, I found Hammer pretty easy to use. Giving up attack range for mobility when charging.

  • “Hunting with allies is one of it appeals” Yet I always have to play by myself. Orz.

  • Go2hell66

    Hmmm greatsword i can understand but LS are more than useless, dont see why anyone would use those, i guess they make good beginner weapons.

    • Sylveria

      Probably people want to go all Dragonslayer on the game at first, till they start meta-gaming and find more efficient weaponry.

      • manowaffles

        Against certain monsters, LS are fast enough that you can generate way more damage than GS. Ceadeus and Jhen Mohran stand around so much that LS tears through them.

    • J_Joestar

      I’m pretty sure that no weapon is “Useless”, everything has their strengths and weaknesses given the situation.

  • Christopher Nunes

    Dual Swords, Long Sword, and Sword & Shield are my favorite weapon class! I haven’t really tried out the other classes that much the these three are my main classes.

  • Zeidge

    Long Swords, Greatswords and HAMMERS.
    There is never any love for hammers…

    • Go2hell66

      i live for hammers in this game, there is no reason to use any other weapon!!!

    • What communities do you visit? People LOVE the hammers and lances.

      • Inb4 someone comes in touting hammers and hunting horns and highest DPS rates

        • J_Joestar

          Well with the right Horn in multiplayer, the HH player can boost the entire team’s DPS! AUL, HG Earplugs, Healing, Ele Resists, etc…

      • shion16

        I love hammers

        • Showmeyomoves

          I love lamp

  • Spider-Man

    I am a Great Sword/Gunlance user mostly. Just so reliable and amazing once mastered.

  • Punny Fuzz

    Badass Gunlance 4 life right here

    • Tatsumarii

      I’m glad I’m not alone. Hunting Horns and Gunlances are the way to go!

      • I’m glad they got their upgrade.They were always fun, but up until portable 3rd they got the middle finger in usability.

    • Mavalex

      I can stab things in the face and them blow them up. Therefore, gunlance is the best :U

    • O.O


      • Punny Fuzz

        *HIGH 5’s ALL AROUND*

  • d19xx

    SNS, gotta block those roars…

  • Switch axe and long sword are my mains, but I DO enjoy daggers as well. Need to try gunlance again…

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Lance/gunlance <3

  • Penguin

    Hammers and lances for me. Would love to try gunlances in Ultimate!

  • No love for us gunners? :(

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Here some love for you.^_^ I use Bow as my main weap too.^_^

    • Go2hell66

      guns are actually really good weapons, but having to find materials for the bullets every single mission makes them really innefficient in the long run. especially when your trying to farm a lot of materials

      • 猫 黒

        Not really. You’re supposed to buy ammo, and bring materials only to craft more during the mission. Both are cheap. You really only need to bring materials for normal 2/3. Bring a full load of ele bullets/pierce, and when you run out switch to normal and make more as needed.

    • manowaffles

      I’m too much of a cheap skate for being a gunner. I find myself trying to only use Normal Shot LVL1.

      Though it is great having a good gunner in your party who doesn’t mind using their guns to it’s full extent.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    ……So Japanese girls is more agressive right?……O_o
    Sad here that no love for Bow.T_T

    • komiko12

      Maybe, though I can understand the appeal of Dual Blades. Ambidexterity is cool, and allows you to attack more. Then you can do all sorts of fast attacks, because dual blades are lighter as only one hand is used for each blade.

    • i always used bow before i found out that light bowgun were more interesting.

  • isotrex

    What?! No love for bows and crossbows/bowguns?

  • Jeebs

    C’mon guys, Mon Hun is all about the HAMMER TIME!!!!

    • manowaffles

      Once in a while when my brother and I both use hammers, I play the “Hammer Bros.” theme song from SMB3 as we start to fight the monster.

  • Z3

    LongSword FTW!!!

  • MediaMindControl

    As a Hunting horn player, I always thought I was the essential party member, until they took out Hunting horn in Tri. Now that it’s back, Here comes some boosted attack! Not surprised about tachi or GS, but I feel like hammer should have been an honorable mention. I remember seeing so many hammer players online in every Mon Hun I’ve played. Can’t wait to try the new weapon!

    • J_Joestar

      i only started playing in Tri so I just mained GS and Hammer, Videos of HH are really making me look forward to trying it though. All the talk about it being unsuited for Solo in the older games and now is updated to be solo viable make it even more tempting.

      • MediaMindControl

        They made it viable in solo? it was already viable in solo haha I guess they must have made it EASIER for solo players. Well hearing about that buff will sure make this game less challenging, until very late game like MHFU. I didn’t play tri much but I felt like they toned that one down already as well.

  • s07195

    I used to main DS in MHFP, and LS in MHP3, but lately I’ve been drifting more towards the Gunlance, though I still use my Longsword. Nothing like a trustly weapon in hand!

  • Ugh so I’m a Greatsword band wagon…

  • I started as a Long Sword user but then I went mostly with the Swith Axe.

  • shion16


  • light bowgun is the best for me!

  • kaizin

    even though i love gunlance i am still shield and sword all the way

  • Hidayat246

    I Like Hammer class ryoso-sensei, i glad i not women becuse kill lagicarus with dual blade will take hour’s

  • Fitzkrieg

    I main Duals, but I’ve been dabbling in Gunlance as of late.

    I used to main Lance back in Freedom Unite, but ever since Duals got their usability buff for MHP3, I haven’t gone back.

  • Happy Gamer

    I exclusively use LSs but I really enjoy using almost all the weapons in the game. I also think alot of people go for “looks” despite certain weapons being better for an encounter. The game is “nice” enough to not punish players for using the “wrong” weapon either. I remember in MHF2, hammers were very popular but I didn’t like the “look” of it. I started using it and man, when that thing comes down smashing, breaking faces, I started to really love hammers!!

    In order of use (but not favorites in any way) according to stats in the game it goes something like

    Long Sword
    Bow guns
    Great Swords
    Switch Axe
    Sword and Shield
    Gun Lance
    Hunting Horn

    I really want to learn to use the hunting horn and lances but have never put in the time and since I am so used to dodging, need to get use to defending.
    The defending feels very different from GS vs Lances

  • Janken

    Bows 4 life!!

  • Ulicies

    Bow Bro’s all the way.

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