[Top 7] MHW Best Dual Blades That Wreck Hard!

The Dual Blades: the Beyblade of Monster Hunter. Tear through everything at the speed of sound!

Today we’re back with another top 7 tier list!

This time, we’ll be exploring the best dual blades in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, for when you need to dice a monster to pieces with the finesse and accuracy of a sushi chef. Kicking off this list, we have:


7. Demonlord Hellfists

Rather than blades, this pair of fists lets you punch your enemies into oblivion!

Crafted from the mighty Furious Rajang, these dual blades share their monster’s raw strength. With a blistering 406 raw, a very high 15% affinity, and a very solid 60 hits of purple sharpness, they are incredibly easy to slot into any build and still work fantastically in any build.

They come with very little else: no defence boost, no Decoration slots, and 270 Thunder element. The Thunder does boost damage, especially for dual blades (the prime elemental weapon), but Iceborne monsters on average have terrible Thunder hitzone values, making this pair’s bonus element a dash of spice, rather than the main course. 

Weapon Highlights:

  • Very high raw and natural affinity.
  • A good chunk of purple sharpness that can be boosted with Handicraft.
  • Works fantastically against any monster, but has that extra kick against monsters weak to Thunder.

Weapon Details: https://monsterhunterworld.wiki.fextralife.com/Demonlord+Hellfists


6. Master Ale


Who says meme weapons are always bad? The Master Ale dual blades are powerful AND delightful!

One of the seasonal festival weapons of Iceborne, the Master Ale is often considered a meme weapon but is, in reality a sleeper pick for dual blades. Its raw (420) is higher than even the Furious Rajang dual blades’, and it comes with two 4th level Decoration slots for maximum customisability and 180 hits of blue sharpness so you’ll never have to sharpen again.

These dual blades are just a collection of tankards, so the natural -15% affinity is to be expected, but this is easily negated. Finally, the weapon has one hidden strength: it carries 150 paralysis and 90 sleep, allowing you to use two separate statuses - arguably two of the strongest statuses for general play - with one weapon.

Weapon Highlights:

  • Fantastic raw and more blue sharpness than you can shake a stick at.
  • Two statuses for double the fun.
  • Two 4th level Decoration slots can help compensate for the -15% affinity.

Weapon Details: https://monsterhunterworld.wiki.fextralife.com/Master+Ale


5. Lightbreak Twins


Prepare for explosions galore with this slime-coated pair.

No Iceborne weapon tier list is complete without Raging Brachydios! Combining an absolutely staggering 420 raw with the 120 Blast status that Raging Brachy’s weapons are known for creates a truly powerful pair of weapons. The 3rd and 4th level Decoration slots make this that much more versatile, and the sliver of purple sharpness make this a perfect fit for a Master’s Touch build.

Weapon Highlights:

  • 420 base raw and 120 Blast makes this pair a terrifying sight for monsters to behold.
  • Fantastic Decoration slots and decent purple sharpness.

Weapon Details: https://monsterhunterworld.wiki.fextralife.com/Lightbreak+Twins


4. Safi’s Shatterclaws


Wherever Raging Brachydios weapons go, Safi’s weapons follow.

As with all of Safi’s weapons, the base stats are somewhat low, but the Safi Awakening mechanic brings them up to stellar heights. For example, Safi’s Shatterclaws can go from 378 base raw to a whopping 469, or you can take its 150 Blast right up to a fantastic 360. The choice is yours!

Besides their solid base stats and excellent customisability, this pair also comes with a 4th level Decoration slot, 40 white sharpness which can be boosted to purple with Handicraft and a Sharpness awakening, and a 5% sprinkling of affinity to round it out.

Weapon Highlights:

  • If you want damage, 469 is pretty much the highest you can get outside of Fatalis.
  • Customisability! High raw, high Blast, purple sharpness, massive affinity, the choices are endless.

Weapon Details: https://monsterhunterworld.wiki.fextralife.com/Safi's+Shatterclaws


3. Fatalis Dual Skies


Forged from the very scales of Fatalis itself, these dual blades will tear through anything you put in front of them.

The throne of best raw dual blades does, of course, go to the mighty Fatalis Dual Skies. 518 base raw blows basically every other pair out of the water damage-wise, without contest. If that wasn’t enough, it also comes with 30 hits of purple sharpness, two massive 4th level Decoration slots, 120 Dragon element for even more damage, and High Elderseal for hunting elder dragons.

Its only downside, its -30% affinity, barely puts a scratch on the stranglehold this weapon has on raw dual blades builds. From Critical Eye to Agitator to Weakness Exploit to Affinity Augments, there are so many ways in Iceborne to surpass negative affinity, even affinity as low as -30%, that the Dual Skies remain the strongest raw DBs in the game.

Weapon Highlights:

  • 518 raw.
  • Purple sharpness and a touch of Dragon element for additional damage, plus high Elderseal for when you’re out hunting Alatreon and Fatalis, Iceborne’s two biggest baddest monsters.
  • Need I say it again? 518 raw.

Weapon Details: https://monsterhunterworld.wiki.fextralife.com/Fatalis+Dual+Skies


2. Alatreon Madness


These blades come equipped with that gorgeous lilac glow that Alatreon's weapons are known for.

However, for the first time in a long time, the Fatalis weapon is not the be all and end all of the conversation. This is because Dual Blades are the premier weapon to use for elemental hunting, because of their blistering attack speeds. That is where Alatreon comes in.

While they only have a base raw of 392, pitiful compared to Fatalis and even other dual blades on this list, the Alatreon Madness pair brings a different beast to the table: 480 Dragon element. This is practically unmatched among elemental dual blades, allowing the Alatreon Madness to power past its relatively low raw. The 90 hits of purple sharpness, which work even better for element damage than for raw, helps this considerably, as do the two 2nd level Decoration slots.

Weapon Highlights:

  • More Dragon element than anyone could ever need!
  • Fantastic sharpness and great slottage for comfort.
  • Solid raw and a standard neutral affinity means this weapon is no slouch even against monsters resistant to dragon.

Weapon Details: https://monsterhunterworld.wiki.fextralife.com/Alatreon+Madness


1. Kjárr Daggers “Dragon”


You'll have to farm Kulve Taroth a lot before you get your hands on these, but WOW are they worth it!

Finally, there are the Kjárr weapons. Acquired from the treasure trove dragon, Kulve Taroth herself, these gorgeous golden weapons are also arguably the strongest dual blades in the game, with a high 406 raw, fantastic 20% base affinity, very powerful 390 Dragon element, and a solid chunk of white sharpness.

The positive affinity, higher raw, and almost equal Dragon element put this pair on par with the Alatreon Madness, but its the innate skill that comes with it - Critical Element - that pushes it into first place. Normally, critical hits don’t affect elemental damage, but with Critical Element, the Kjárr Daggers “Dragon” gain a 35% elemental damage boost with every critical hit they score. The 20% natural affinity makes it very easy to hit 100% affinity with skills like Weakness Exploit and Agitator, and the rest of your armour set can focus on maximising your Dragon element - which can go up to about 740 with the right skills.

Other Kjárr weapons are viable - the Daggers “Water” in particular, seeing as Water element has the most number of Iceborne monsters that are vulnerable to it while having few monsters that are resistant or immune to it - but the Kjárr Daggers “Dragon” come with that extra 20% affinity that makes crafting builds to suit your playstyle that much easier - and the weapon that much more powerful.

Weapon Highlights:

  • A sky high amount of elemental damage, which works fantastically on the Dual Blades. “Dragon” is best, but you can mix and match to suit your favourite hunts!
  • Great base stats all-around - 40 hits of white sharpness, a 1st level Decoration slot, over 400 raw and 20% natural affinity - allow for a very comfortable playstyle.

Weapon Details: https://mhworld.kiranico.com/weapons/DpFaHLe/kjarr-daggers-dragon


And that brings us to the end of our list of dual blades in MHW: Iceborne that wreck hard! Here’s hoping you learned something new, and who knows - maybe you’ve found a pair of dual blades that you want to wreck hard with! Go out and farm, hunter!

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