Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

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Charge Blades worth crafting
Early Endgame Builds
Late Endgame Builds
Elemental Builds


Last Update

Added impact sets:
– Guard 1 Kaiser Gamma
– Focusless
Updated sets:
– Guard 1 Master’s Touch
– Guard 5 Master’s Touch
Removed sets:
– Guard 5 Master’s Touch Crit eye 7

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Charge Blades worth crafting

Saber’s Maw II (Great Jagras tree)
For progression, can be crafted at the start of MR3. Later, you can make it into Glavenus CB.

Chrome Fortress III (Metal tree)
Great all-purpose CB until it is replaced by Gold Rathian CB. Consider running Razor Sharp Charm.

The Melting Grasp (Acidic Glavenus tree)
High raw and neutral affinity, outclasses Diablos and Zorah. Bad sharpness. Consider running Handicraft 5 and Protective Polish.

Inescapable Karma (Shara Ishvalda tree)
Raw between Metal and Acid Glavenus, OK sharpness. Consider running Handicraft and/or Razor sharp Charm.

Luna Eostra (Gold Rathian tree)
This is probably the best impact charge blade. Tied for highest raw, positive affinity, great sharpness, great slots. Not elementless but has very high poison.

Ruinous Devastation (Ruiner Nergigante tree)
Likely worse than Gold Rathian CB but outclasses other impact charge blades. The low dragon element is basically useless and the extra sharpness is paid for by the lack of level 2 slots compared to Gold Rathian CB.

Despot’s Thundergale (Zinogre tree)

Kadachi Soul II (Zinogre tree)
Notes: Ends up with higher thunder than Zinogre due to custom upgrades and lower rarity. For the inevitable MR Kulve encounter.

Deep Schnegel II (Beotodus tree)
Best Ice elemental CB

Glavenus Bardred (Glavenus tree)

Hellsire Blade (Silver Rathalos tree)
Notes: unsure if worth over Glavenus. Higher raw and affinity but 60 lower fire, 90 if Glavenus is augmented 3 times for element.

Deep Terroir II (Jyuratodus tree)
Best Water elemental CB

Deathaxe Vaal Aspida (Vaal Hazak tree)
Best Dragon elemental CB


Poverty Builds

No decorations? Get ready to use these for a while!

#Razor Sharp




Early Endgame Builds

Early Endgame: from completion of story to MR70.





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+


Recommended Augments: Health 1, Affinity 1
What a build! Used by Vanov in this video:

#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

Optimal builds are still up in the air. Stay tuned!

#Cookie Cutter (2 Namielle)

Can be used with any elemental CB.
Gloves are interchangeable with Shara B+. Also consider Guild Palace B+.

#Cookie Cutter (4 Namielle)

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.

#Cookie Cutter (Master’s Touch)

Can be used with any elemental CB.

#Cookie Cutter (True Critical Element)

Can be used with any elemental CB.

299 thoughts on “Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like to walk the fine line between not dying and killing the monster quickly, and I reconcile the two with a Healthsteal build. I like builds like this because the more damage you do to the monster the more health you get back and so you can continue to kill the monster(plus, it avoids having to run away from the the fight to heal). I give the skill the armor provide and the slots(ex: Armor X, 2x Focus, 2, 2, 2 means it provides Focus 2 and can hold three 2-slot decorations). So:

    Weapon: Luna Eostre, 2, 2. Augment Healthsteal and who knows what else.
    Helmet: Zorah Headgear A+: 2x Artillery, 2, 2
    Chest: Blackveil B+: 2x Recovery Speed, 4, 2
    Arms: Blackveil B+: 2x Recovery Up, 4, 1, 1
    Waist: Zorah Spine A+: 1x Artillery, 3, 2
    Boots: Zorah Spurs B+: 1x Earplugs, 4, 3
    Charm: Guardian Charm III

    1-slots: 1x Guard, 1x Vitality
    2-slots: 2x Crit Boost, 1x Proc Polish, 1x Capacity Boost, 2x Focus on weapons
    3-slots: 1x WE, 1x Recovery Speed, 1x Crit Boost
    4-slots: 1x Artillery+, 1x Focus/Recovery Up, WE/Vitality, WE/Vitality
    4-slots can be switched around a bit so long as provide the below skills

    Artillery V
    Offensive Guard III
    Recovery Speed III
    Recovery Up III
    Crit Boost III
    Focus III
    Weakness Exploit III
    Health Boost III
    Guard I
    Protective Polish
    Capacity Boost
    Set bonuses: Super Recovery, Artillery Secret

    As always, feedback is appreciated.


    • Anonymous says:

      How is this working out for you? I like this build because it seems I’m constantly healing instead of attacking. This sounds like an ideal build for me.


      • Anonymous says:

        Hi, this is interesting but it seems u are showing 1 extra jewel, the set has only 2 lvl 3 slots but u consider putting 3 lvl 3 slots
        How u got all the skills? I would need to take off one of the lvl 3 slot skills.
        The rest seems really interesting
        I really appreciate a survival set


    • Bardawulf says:

      This is almost identical to a build I made 2 nights ago.

      I don’t have the health regen on the weapon yet but it’ll be going on as soon as I can do it,

      But for those who are wondering this build works out VERY well.


      • Anonymous says:

        I finally tried this build last night and have to say it is awesome. Not only did I not die during the Gold Rathian fight, but I only healed twice. I kept dying before to tempered monsters and spent most of my time healing than fighting. I still need certain jewels and augment my Luna Eostre with health regen, but it’s been awesome so far.


  2. Moonmadness says:

    Hey Tom, have you checked the sets post-Rajang patch? Pretty sure you can improve Goldian sets due to having access to affinity as a 2nd augment.


  3. Anonymous says:

    With True Critical Element is it better to go Savage Axe playstyle or normal phial damage style?

    I assume True Critical Element is better for Glavenus Bardred Elemental CB.


    • stripedypaper says:

      with TCE it is exclusively savage axe playstyle, you probably would not SAED at all unless your shield is about to run out.
      it’s not known yet if TCE is better or worse than namielle or master’s touch in general or otherwise


  4. Anonymous says:

    Hello any know what materials needed for Luna Eostre Health Regen Augmentation, i got the 3rd item want to know what is 1, 2 & 4 and which monsters so i can try to carve..
    I tried combination of several other but not getting, i already augmented defense & affinity.


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