Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Shows Off The New And Improved Charge Blade

By Sato . August 21, 2014 . 5:30pm


Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and director Kaname Fujioka recently showed off the new and improved Old Desert map, and in the third installment of their ongoing Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate video series about new additions, they give us a closer look at some new weapon features in action.



Tsujimoto starts out by saying that the Charge Blade probably saw the biggest changes in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which they promptly demonstrate in the video. Fujioka shows off the basics, where you charge up energy using Sword mode to stock it in the bottles, then unleash it through a powerful Axe mode attack.



In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, you can go into the Elemental Burst in Axe mode, then cancel it while going back into Sword mode to transfer energy to the shield. When this happens, you can notice your shield going red, along with a red shield icon on the top-right.


This is called the Elemental Enhancement Status, which will allow you to do even more damage with certain attacks afterwards. Think of it as a double-charged power up that can deal some devastating damage.


While in Elemental Enhancement Status, your Axe mode attacks will also be powered up, so this adds a whole new dimension to how Charge Blade players will fight against tough monsters.


One of the Charge Blade’s powerful attacks that was previously only available for use while in Axe mode, can now be used during Sword mode after a shield bash, which Fujioka demonstrates at 3:40.


Next, they give us another look at the return of the Daimyo Hermitaur, and it still has a lot of its same moves. Tsujimoto says that the monster is more of a comical one, based on the way it moves around. You can also see the Felyne calling for a jump attack at around the 5:03 mark.


According to Fujioka, the Felynes often give the signal for a jump attack when it looks like the moment is right, but you’ll also have to time and aim it right on your part. You can also read more about the Felyne jump attacks in our earlier report.


Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is slated for release in Japan on October 11, 2014, and in the West in early 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • 하세요

    That’s good. I really loved how the CA played, but I’ve heard many JP players report that the damage on it was just too low. Not a bad weapon, but the damage for its speed wasn’t quite even. I never noticed it myself until I started comparing how fast it took me to take down monsters vs other weapons, then it opened my eyes.

    • Namuro

      The time it takes for the charged-attack to hit is definitely a problem when I’m using the Charge Axe, especially for smaller monster like the Iodrome (in which case, I just went and attack it only in the sword form, and only blast it when it’s downed).

      But for some other monsters, like the Zinogre, I only use the Charge Axe against him now, as I find that most effective, and I can stun him really easily.

      I wanna try the new-and-improved Charge Axe now! So excited!

  • Ren Yuumei

    I missed Felynes so much

  • Look so fuuuun ._.

  • jeof96

    Poke-……MH Weapon Tier

    OMGWTF Tier: stons
    Ubers: IG, HBG, GS, LBG, Bow
    OU: LS, HM, LC, SA, DS
    UU: SnS(lel biscuit),HH, GL(lol kon-sama) CB
    RU: Dung Bombs
    NU: Punch (Command)

    • triablos

      Try again

    • 하세요

      Longswords are used WAY more than Greatswords, and Gunlances are used like hell in MH4 too. Massive buffs.

      • 9breaker

        Long swords are naturally popular regardless of their tiers most of the time. Though tiers are whatever in a game like this, I want to use whatever weapon I want.

      • Guillermo Oliva III

        All what matters is what “weapon” suits you to your comfort and I use LS, Lance, and Bow. So, I am excited to use IG and CB in MH4U. :D!

    • decus

      I don’t think you know what those letters mean.

  • Miguel

    Anyone think this special rajang console will be
    on sale in América?

    • 하세요

      It would be a little strange since it’s labeled “Monster Hunter 4” when NA is only getting 4U. That’s the one I have.

      NA/EU has a better chance of getting the other two LE ones that actually came with the the first MH4, as they were neutral MH designs.

      • Miguel

        I hope capcom bring this model to america, they just need to put a “U” after Monster Hunter 4 =D

    • ianschopa

      They barely seem interested in putting the games out here, let alone custom systems. They straight up skipped 4 so a 4 themed system seems really unlikely.

      • Attribule

        They barely have interest in giving us the games yet we’ve received every single generation to date? Logic?

        The funny thing is if they gave us every single title they would just get flack for “being greedy and expecting players to purchase every single title for full price”. They can pull that off in Japan where they know for a fact people WILL buy each installment. Skipping the “unnecessary” titles is actually a win-win; you can take less financial risks and still give the consumers the best experience. And in MH4U’s case they’re able to start localization for 4U early due to having access to 4 in the meantime which is most of the content that will be available so that way they also wouldn’t have to wait for 4G to be released before starting to localize 4U, and this is why 4U is only several months away from the Japanese 4G release, otherwise it would take even longer.

        Honestly, if this were any other franchise we’d have stopped getting the games years ago due to lower-than-ideal sales. Be glad the west even gets MH at all, and the best version of the generation at that. I remember when Japan got the greatly enhanced version of DQM Joker 2 and all the west got was the original version – fans were pissed. If Capcom pulled something like that with MH THEN you could say they don’t seem completely interested.

        Also, the truth is the west rarely gets ANY custom 3DS’s. Period. We’ve only gotten a handful at most compared to Japan’s truckload. I think custom systems have to go through Nintendo directly. Capcom wouldn’t be able to manufacture and sell systems on their own, so in order to get limited edition systems Nintendo of America (for example) would have to agree to the promotion and supply the merchandise. This is just from what I’ve observed, so somebody can correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Namuro

    Yep, glad I practised a lot with the Charged Axe, I’m gonna have so much fun using it in 4G!

    I REALLY, REALLY hope that they’ll make more Charge Axe and Insect Glaive weapons this time. I especially want more weapons from the Seltas and Seltas Queen!

    Oh boy, I can hardly wait… I promised myself that I wouldn’t play MH4 anymore until 4G comes out, but I just keep picking it up every now and then… Actually, more like everyday…

    • decus

      They confirmed they’d be adding more Charge Axe and Insect Glaive just like they added more swagaxe in 3U.

      • Namuro

        Oh, I know that they’ll definitely add more in 4G (would be super silly to have more monsters, especially the subspecies ones, but no new weapons to craft from them!). They already showed some in the videos like the Brachy Charge Axe, and some sketches like the Seltas Glaive.

        I’m just hoping that they’ll make A LOT! :D

  • Ric Vazquez

    I’ve been saying this for a while now so one more time can’t hurt, CHARGE BLADE MAH NEW WEAPON OF CHOICE!

  • SetzerGabbiani

    This is going to be my main weapon this time, I already know it. I just hope they don’t gimp the selection of g-rank weapons like they did with the switch axe in 3 Ultimate. What I mean by that is I don’t want to have to sacrifice my Zinogre switch axe tree just to get the Stygian Zinogre switch axe tree. If you’re going to do that, do it like the Lagiacrus family and have 3 different G-rank ultimate weapons. Each monster’s weapon tree should have a G-rank end in my opinion. Capcom are not above reusing art assets for weapon upgrades, so I would like to think it wouldn’t cost too much to do that.

    • Guillermo Oliva III

      Nah, they would not do something to be sorta cheap to their fan-base and either way, just be happy that MH4U is coming to US. :)

  • Vash bane

    this wep sounds awesome :) can’t wait to try it

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