Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

Contents

Poverty Builds
Late Endgame Builds
Elemental Builds
Safi’Jiiva Impact Builds
Safi’Jiiva Elemental Builds

 

Last Update

2/6/2020
Added Anti-rajang builds

Full Update History

 

 

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.


Stygian Maledicta
Strong but falls a little short of Luna Eostra, even before poison is taken into account. Looks great though.


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


Despot’s Thundergale
Best Thunder elemental CB


Kadachi Soul II
Highest Thunder Element CB (with custom augments)


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, Affinity 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, Affinity 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, Affinity 1
Flexible decorations: Challenger+

#Focusless


Recommended Augments: Health 1, Affinity 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, Affinity 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, Affinity 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.

 

 

Safi’Jiiva Impact Builds

Safi FAQ

Which Safi CBs should I get?

For impact CBs, I recommend blast as the most damage and paralysis for the useful CC. Sleep is also good for multiplayer or farming shinies in Guiding Lands. Poison seems to be the least useful status. For elemental CBs, all but ice are best in slot for their element. Ice is beaten by Beotodus CB.

Which awakenings should I get?

For impact CBs:
Teostra Technique, Attack VI, Attack V, Attack V, Attack V (recommended)
Attack VI, Attack V, Attack V, Attack V, Attack V (recommended)

For elemental CBs:
Element VI, Element V, Element V, Element V, Element V (highly recommended)
Teostra Technique, Element VI, Element V, Element V, Element V (optional)

Yes, this means getting two of each CB if you want to be able to use every build.

#Master’s Touch



Above: Guard 5, Guard 1 (Teostra awakening), Guard 1 (no Teostra awakening)
The Guard 1 version with all attack awakenings is actually better (by a tiny amount) than the Guard 1 version with Teostra awakening but if you don’t want to make two CBs you can just use the one with Teostra awakening for Guard 5 and 1.

#Master’s Touch (Gamma helm)



Above: Guard 5, Guard 1 (Artillery 3), Guard 1 (Artillery 2)
These require Kaiser Gamma helm (Arch Tempered Teostra) and sacrifice some defense, but they are the strongest impact CB builds.

#Safi + Teo Hybrid


Above: Guard 5, Guard 1
These builds are stronger than the non-Gamma MT builds but at the cost of the Safi’jiiva health drain effect.

#Zorah + Teo Hybrid

This build is extremely inflexible and cannot use more than Guard 1. But it’s here for phial damage. If you want 100% affinity you can swap one Attack V for Affinity V.

#Safi 5

This build is just here for completeness. It has the most attack out of these builds but with no Master’s Touch it falls behind when it hits blue, which happens quickly. Not recommended.

#Anti-Safi

I use this vs Safi’jiiva. Mind’s Eye can be a good substitution as the bouncing on legs is extremely annoying.

 

 

Safi’Jiiva Elemental Builds

#Safi 5



Above: Guard 5, Guard 1, Flexible charm
If you want big damage SAEDs, here they are. Runs some Handicraft and/or Razor Sharp to make up for not running Master’s Touch.

#Safi + Teo Hybrid


Above: Guard 5, Guard 1
Sacrifices some element for the mostly infinite sharpness of Master’s Touch.

 

More non-Safi builds to be added.

352 thoughts on “Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see any guard 3 set ups with this latest bunch and more than a few guard ones – is that because it’s easy to make that, or because the need for guard 3 has been greatly exaggerated?

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    • stripedypaper says:

      I don’t have enough information to say exactly which monsters need 3 and which need 5. I think guard 1 is enough for 70% of monsters and for the rest you’d use either 3 or 5. 5 is just easy to build for since you use ironwall charm

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  2. Anonymous says:

    So, I did run a safi elemental build with ALL stat up attack augments, no healing then I realized it was getting me killed from time to time with the Safi bonus, so that may be something to point out with the elemental builds…. “Why a health augment? Unless you’re very clean, you may cart from the health drain effect more than you would like.”

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Just curious if you would consider making a build for what is the best to farm safi with if there is a special build like we had for Kt or if not which one of these would you recommend using to farm safi.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    In the early endgame phial damage set, why not go for barroth greaves wwith 4/2/1 deco and slot capacity boost instead of the dodogama greaves, you get Stun resist LVL 2 for free basically 😀 alternatively you can use the shara ishvalda greaves for Partbreaker 1 and Defensive boost 1 for free. (obviously you need the magazin deco, but you reqzure Artilery+ decos so that should not be a problem

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  5. Ian says:

    Thanks for the in-depth details. I just crafted teo garuga build but I’m MR 53 now. Which CB do you recommend using Wild force or dear Rosetta?

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey man sorry if you have been asked to death on this but just how much of a damage difference is there between going impact vs elemental? I’m not looking forward to farming and maxing a safi CB of each element.

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  7. Keiko says:

    Can you please post or point out builds with Health Boost 3, but still deal very good damage? I am new to CB, but I have all of these CBs you have recommended fully awakened and ready to be used for fun and learning. Thank you so much!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      I am actually using a build that might suit you.

      Luna eostre
      Garuga helm b+
      Damascus mail b+
      Rex roar arms b+
      Damascus waist b+
      Garuga legs b+
      Guard charm V

      Jewels: 2x offensive guard/attack, 1 offensive guard/ critical eye, 1 artillery 4, 1 critical eye 4, 3 critical boost, 3 weakness exploit, 1 capacity boost, 1 artillery and 1 health boost.

      You get

      Critical eye 6
      Guard 5
      Attack boost 4
      Weakness exploit 3
      Critical boost 3
      Offensive guard 3
      Focus 3
      Artillery 3
      Health boost 3
      Capacity boost
      Resentment 1

      You can also swap offensive guard/critical eye for fortify/critical eye for comfy GL farming

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      • Anonymous says:

        You are my man. I use the same build, never understand the kaisers master touch meta, usually the monster switches region before I run out of white sharpness and I can sharpen on my mount. Also I have a power version of this build which I use against easy(er) monsters, I swap the guard charm to challenger charm (agitator) and swap the health boost 1 jewel to one guard. Save both build on presets and swap accordingly.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Great post!

    Protective Polish might be a good alternative to Master’s Touch. So they people can go for artillery secret or more handicraft.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Not worth it.

      Suppose we have 20 hits of purple, we are pretty much forced to run MT to maintain it. This locks us out of Safi 5. Furthermore, we have to spend awakening(s) which could have been used to stack more raw. Overall, the purple gets about 1% more damage but, this is also very difficult to play because most of us will hit areas other than tenderized weakspots. This is true for pretty much any raw focused weapon. CB specifically has it even worse. CBs have trouble holding sharpness even with MT because blocking eats into sharpness. CB also don’t really benefit from purple outside of damage because it has natural Minds Eye for a lot of its attack already, which matters for some harder hitzones. Lastly, sharpness doesn’t help phial damage.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Any notion of what a pure post Safi Savage ax build would look like, impact and elemental? I see people dropping artillery and focus when they go all savage, so I’m curious to see what that might look like these days.

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  10. Bukharajones says:

    So I used my decos to build with the buff body chest and the safi helm b and the Kaiser arms and coil and garuga legs band its super flexible. I’ve gotten a standard art 3 set up with max agitator and crit eye on it pretty easy and with no focus and no cap boost on full savage no saed I got full attack, full agitator, full wex, full crit eye, full crit boost…

    Ive pretty much made anything I want on it, so you could probably make it better.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    You should consider looking at 3 pieces of Safi and 2 pieces of Velkhana for an Elemental Crit focused Savage Axe set. Something like Safi/Velk/Safi/Velk/Safi.

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