Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (PC)

Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (PC)

Contents

Progression Builds
Endgame Physical Builds
Elemental Builds

 

Last Update

2/6/2020
Added Anti-rajang builds

 

 

Charge Blades worth crafting


Saber’s Maw II
For story progression. Later, you can make it into Glavenus CB.


Chrome Fortress III
Great all-purpose CB until it is replaced by Gold Rathian CB. Can use Elementless.


Dear Rosetta
Very similar to Chrome Fortress III, trading 10 raw and elementless for better slots, 10% affinity, and high poison. Later, it upgrades into Luna Eostra.


Dante’s Devil Sword+
EVENT ONLY! Stronger than Chrome Fortress III and Dear Rosetta but weaker than Luna Eostra. Can be used for progression as it can be obtained much earlier than Luna Eostra.


Royal Star Shield
EVENT ONLY! Stronger than Chrome Fortress III and Dear Rosetta but weaker than Luna Eostra. Can be used for progression as it can be obtained much earlier than Luna Eostra.


The Melting Grasp
For high phial damage builds. Can get purple sharpness but CB cannot hold it even with Master’s Touch because of sharpness loss from blocking. Can use Elementless.


Luna Eostra
This is currently the best impact charge blade. High raw, positive affinity, great sharpness, great slots. Not elementless but has very high poison. Must be MR70+ to obtain.


Ruinous Devastation
Strong with great sharpness but poor slots compared to Luna Eostra. Must be MR100+ to obtain.


Rajang Beastblade Ikazuchi
For high phial damage SAED focused builds. Must complete story to obtain.


Despot’s Thundergale
Best overall Thunder elemental CB


Deep Schnegel II
Best Ice elemental CB


Glavenus Bardred
Highest Fire Element CB


Hellsire Blade
Notes:
Lower Fire Element but higher affinity and raw than Glavenus


Deep Terroir II
Best Water elemental CB.. but pretty bad still


Deathaxe Vaal Aspida
Best Dragon elemental CB

 

 

Progression Builds

Mid-story Builds

MR 1 star, no decos

MR 3 star, no decos

MR 5 star, no decos

Post-story Builds

Chrome Fort, only R6 decos and under
Weapon alternatives: Dear Rosetta, Dante’s Devil Sword+, Royal Star Shield

Chrome Fort, only R8 decos and under
Weapon alternatives: Dear Rosetta, Dante’s Devil Sword+, Royal Star Shield

Melting Grasp, only R8 decos and under

Chrome Fort, only R10 decos and under
Weapon alternatives: Dear Rosetta, Dante’s Devil Sword+, Royal Star Shield

Melting Grasp, only R10 decos and under

 

 

Late Endgame Builds

Late Endgame: MR70 and above.

#Guard 1 Master’s Touch


Recommended Augments: Health 1, Defense 1
Flexible charm: Attack, Agitator, Slugger, Health Boost, Miasma etc.

#Guard 1 Master’s Touch (Kaiser Gamma)


Required Event Equipment: Kaiser Gamma
Recommended Augments: Health 1, Affinity 1
Loses about 80 defense and 1 Attack to gain 1 Agitator. For tryhard speedruns.

#Guard 3 Master’s Touch, Flexible Charm


Recommended Augments: Health 1, Defense 1
Flexible charm: Attack, Agitator, Slugger, Health Boost, Miasma etc.
If running Affinity augment, swap 2 or 3 of the Guardian/Expert for Guardian/Attack.

#Guard 5 Master’s Touch


Recommended Augments: Health 1, Defense 1
Flexible decorations: Challenger+

#Focusless


Recommended Augments: Health 1, Defense 1
What a build! Used by Vanov in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdCV5wmddR4

#Artillery 5, Flexible Charm


Recommended Augments: Health 1, Defense 1
Flexible charm: Attack, Agitator, Slugger, Health Boost, Miasma etc.

I include this grudgingly as many people ask about it. My opinion is that Artillery Secret is not worth the sacrifice of Master’s Touch and several skill points compared to the above builds.

#Guard 5 Artillery 5


Recommended Augments: Health 1, Defense 1

 

 

Elemental Builds

#Cookie Cutter (Master’s Touch)


Can be used with any elemental CB.
Recommended Augments: Health 1, Affinity 1, Element (fill remaining slots)

#Cookie Cutter (4 Namielle)


Can be used with any elemental CB. Recommended for SAED focused playstyle. Best with high base element weapons such as Beotodus and Vaal Hazak, post augment and custom upgrade.
Recommended Augments: Health 1, Element (fill remaining slots)

#Cookie Cutter (True Critical Element)


Can be used with any elemental CB. Recommended for Savage Axe focused playstyle.
Recommended Augments: Health 1, Affinity 1, Element (fill remaining slots)

#Anti-Rajang

Balanced build with health boost 3.
Optional substitutions: -Critical +Minds Eye, -Vitality +Geology

Cheaper variant, no set bonus but no Ironwall+ or Frost+ needed. Actually really high EFR thanks to the skill efficiency of Rajang helm and Kushala waist.
Optional substitutions: -Critical +Minds Eye, -Vitality +Geology

Max damage build (with MT) for the confident. Thanks to Rainy for this build!

63 thoughts on “Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (PC)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for updating your guides. This helps me a lot. U have a paypal? Id like to give few euros for ur work if u agree with it.

    BR

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Do you have any thoughts on when to take True Crit Ele vs. (2/4)-piece Namielle? I’m assuming that, broadly, True Crit Ele is better for Savage Axe to take advantage of crit-able elemental damage, while the Namielle bonus works better with ele SAED gameplay to amp phial damage, but I’m not sure. Are there any other factors that play into it—the CB’s elemental value, monster hitzone values, etc?

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    • Anonymous says:

      If its okay I shime in to help a bit:

      Your assumption is right, Namielle works better with SAED. Overall the SAED got nerfed hard for Iceborne, like really hard while Savage Axe mode crushes pretty hard with the right setup and true crit. Element.

      Pay attention to this sentence he wrote under the 4-piece Namielle picture as well: “Can be used with any elemental CB. Only recommended for high base element weapons such as Beotodus and Vaal Hazak, post augment and custom upgrade.”

      I don’t even bother to farm the Namielle set or SAEDs anymore.
      You can try out hitting the pole in the training area to get a feeling how much SAED got nerfed in comparison to Savage Axe mode. My friend and me tried it, we got like 900-1100 Damage SAED for full 6 philes.
      With Savage Axe mode you are usually able to deplete 4 philes, after that a Monster usually gets back on its feet and you gotta transform to Sword and Shield form. Damage was in the thousands, literally double and more. Important note: You need to tenderize the monster for this quite a bit.

      Hope that helped a bit.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    What is the correct way to play CB if I want to maximise DPS: Savage axe or SAED spam?
    From what I understand, savage axe is the way to go for impact CBs. What about elemental CBs?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey so Im doing custom upgrades to Beo CB but I dont know what the Ratholos mod elemental needs, i have the Scales and tempered scales from guiding lands but its still ????, not sure what it is, figured you would know and yeah ive hunted for mats outside guiding lands still not sure what the hell it is

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    • Anonymous says:

      Nevermind, THe game never registered my King scale so it said I never had unlocked it but I did use it on something else so yeah great game

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey! Been using your guides for a while which helped me with progession, what’s your opinion on Inescapable Karma build for Non-Ele? Is it worthy to use do to Purple Sharpess than The Melting Grasp with Masters Touch? Thanks a bunch!

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