Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

Contents

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

 

Last Update

12/18/2019
Added Safi’Jiiva Impact Phial CB builds (new section)
Added Safi’Jiiva Elemental Phial CB builds (new section)

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.


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.


Thanatos Force
For high phial damage SAED focused builds. Can use Elementless. Actually exceeds attack of Rajang CB with 4 Attack Augments and all attack custom augments. What happened to you, Tyrannis..


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


Deathaxe Vaal Aspida
Best Dragon elemental CB

 

 

Poverty Builds

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

Mid-story Builds

Post-story Builds



 

 

Early Endgame Builds

Early Endgame: from completion of story to MR70.

Budget Builds

These builds have no Rare 7, 8, 11, or 12 decorations.


 

 

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

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.

 

 

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.

333 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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