Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - Recommended Armor Sets for Long Sword

Recommended armor sets for when using the long sword in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Included are the best armor pieces to use as you progress from early to late game.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne - Long Sword Armor Sets

Long Sword Armor Sets

The long sword’s long reach and wide swings make it an excellent choice for landing hits on monster weak points. Skills that increase affinity and attack power, especially weakness exploit, are the best skills to focus on. Maintaining your spirit gauge charge should be your next priority as you come up against tougher monsters in high rank quests. This can be achieved with skills like focus and power prolonger.

Recommended Skills

Skill Effect
Weakness Exploit Increases affinity when attacking monster weak points.
Maximum Might Increases affinity when attacking at full stamina. Works well with long swords that do not expend stamina when attacking.
Agitator Increases affinity when a monster is enraged.
Handicraft Increases weapon sharpness for more damage.
Critical Boost Increases critical hit damage. Synergizes well with weakness, exploit, maximum might, and critical eye skills.
Focus Increases spirit gauge accumulation for the long sword.

Rarity 3

Equipment Skill Decorations
Head Bone Helm Health Boost (Level 1)
Chest Bone Mail Attack Boost (Level 1)
Arms Kadachi Vambraces Evade Extender (Level 1)
Waist Jagras Coil Fortify (Level 1)
Legs Alloy Greaves Speed Sharpening (Level 1)

Activated Skills

Skills
Attack Boost (Level 1) Health Boost (Level 1) Fortify (Level 1)
Evade Extender (Level 1) Speed Sharpening (Level 1)

Basic equipment set that offers good survivability for the early game. Fortify is a good skill to have as it increases attack power and defense each time you faint.

Rarity 5

Equipment Skill Decorations
Head Rathian Helm Health Boost (Level 1)
Chest Rathalos Mail Weakness Exploit (Level 1)
Arms Ingot Vambraces Health Boost (Level 1)
Waist Odogaron Coil Critical Eye (Level 1)
Legs Rathian Greaves Recovery Up (Level 1)

Activated Skills

Skills
Health Boost (Level 2) Weakness Exploit (Level 1) Critical Eye (Level 1)
Recovery Up (Level 1)

A decent upgrade from the previous armor set in terms of staying alive. Critical eye and weakness exploit also offer a modest increase in critical hit rate for better damage potential.

Rarity 7

Equipment Skill Decorations
Head Rathalos Helm β Attack Boost (Level 2) Health Jewel (1)
Chest Rathalos Mail β Weakness Exploit (Level 2) Protection Jewel (1)
Arms Ingot Vambraces β Health Boost (Level 2) Protection Jewel (1)
Waist Odogaron Coil β Critical Eye (Level 2) Protection Jewel (1)
Legs Rathalos Greaves α Jump Master, Weakness Exploit (Level 1)
Charm Attack Charm II Attack Boost (Level 2)

Activated Skills

Skills
Attack Boost (Level 4) Weakness Exploit (Level 3) Health Boost (Level 3)
Divine Protection (Level 3) Critical Eye (Level 2) Jump Master

A set that strikes a good balance between attack and defense. Incoming damage is mitigated by divine protection while health boost improves overall survivability. Offense has not been overlooked, with critical eye and attack boost increasing damage dealt, especially on monster weak points.

Rarity 8

Equipment Skill Decorations
Head Nergigante Helm α Maximum Might (Level 2), Attack Boost (Level 1) Attack Jewel (1)
Chest Kushala Cista β Handicraft (Level 2) Health Jewel (1)
Arms Kaiser Vambraces α Weakness Exploit (Level 2) Health Jewel (1)
Waist Nergigante Coil β Attack Boost (Level 2) Health Jewel (1)
Legs Nergigante Greaves α Maximum Might (Level 1) Exploiter Jewel (2)
Charm Attack Charm III Attack Boost (Level 3)

Activated Skills

Skills
Attack Boost (Level 7) Weakness Exploit (Level 3) Maximum Might (Level 3)
Health Boost (Level 3) Handicraft (Level 2) Nergigante Hunter (Set Bonus)

Armor set consisting of pieces made from materials from three different elder dragons. Mostly focuses on attack skills such as weakness exploit, maximum might, and attack boost with three Nergigante armor pieces. Landing hits on monsters lets you absorb health to minimize the use of healing items in battle.

End Game

Equipment Skill Decorations
Weapon Tarroth Fire Sword Elementless Jewel (2)
Head Gala Suit Top Hat α Critical Boost (Level 1) Exploiter Jewel (1), Health Boost (1), Health Boost (1)
Chest Drachen Mail α Critical Eye (Level 2), Critical Boost (Level 1) Attack Jewel (1)
Arms Drachen Vambraces α Critical Eye (Level 2), Attack Boost (Level 2) Exploiter Jewel (2), Exploiter Jewel (2)
Waist Drachen Coil α Critical Eye (Level 2), Power Prolonger (Level 1) Critical Eye Jewel (1)
Legs Drachen Greaves α Attack Boost (Level 2), Critical Boost (Level 1) Enhancer Jewel (2)
Charm Attack Charm III Handicraft (Level 3)

Activated Skills

Skills
Attack Boost (Level 7) Critical Eye (Level 7) Health Boost (Level 3)
Critical Boost (Level 3) Weakness Exploit (Level 2) Power Prolonger (Level 2)
Non-elemental Boost Soul of the Dragoon (Set Bonus)

The entire Drachen armor set α minus the headgear. This prioritizes attack power while also able to maintain the spirit gauge’s charge for longer periods with power prolonger. Handicraft extends weapon sharpness. The skill synergizes well with the Drachen armor set bonus to reduce the time it takes for your weapon to dull.

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