Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

Contents

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

 

Last Update

12/15/2019
Added Safi’Jiiva Impact Phial CB builds (new section)
Elemental builds coming soon

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 CB Builds

Safi FAQ

Which Safi CBs should I get?

At a minimum, everything except poison, sleep, and ice CBs.

Which awakenings should I get?

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

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

#Safi + Teo Hybrid


Above: Guard 5, Guard 1
These builds are stronger than the above 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.

#Anti-Safi

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

317 thoughts on “Iceborne Charge Blade Builds (Console)

  1. boopitysnoop says:

    Hey I’ve been looking around on the internet for some CB builds so I’ve been wondering something. How come most CB builds don’t have slugger? I thought CB would be used for the KO utility as well. Or does damage make KO irrelevant/the weapon can KO comfortable anyway?

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    • stripedypaper says:

      you can use KO charm for slugger 3 on the flexible charm builds, it’s useful only for some monsters because AED/SAED already deal lot of stun damage and in most fights it won’t change the number of stuns you get before killing the monster. I use KO charm for Uragaan and Lunastra (not yet on pc).

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  2. Anonymous says:

    This is amazing and really helpful!

    One thing though… in the absolute poverty build, wouldn’t it be better to use nergigante coil and dober armor for attack boost instead of focus? I understand the importance of Focus, but isn’t it lowering down the damage a lot? This way would there would be Attack Boost 5 instead of Focus 3.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Could you try and make a dragon one without any special equipment since PC still hasn’t got that covered yet? Also good work with the elemental ones. (even though attack jewels are quite rare)

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    • Anonymous says:

      I’m sorry, I’m blind. I saw your crossed it out in your update and a search for [PC] came up short, but I see the tags on the right side. Thanks!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Hello,
    I’m kinda stuck on how to build. I have several of the decorations, but have no Ironwall or Artillery gems. The relevant gems I have are listed as follows:

    Elementless x 1
    Sharp x 1
    Attack x 1
    Magazine x 1
    Tenderizer x 2

    I’m trying my best to fit some Focus, Attack, Atrillery, Weakness Exploit, along with Non-Elemental boost, Protective Polish, and Capacity, but I’m having a hard time finding a way to squeeze it all on.

    Does anyone have any advice?

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  5. nerbs says:

    Dude this is awesome, but would you have a build for Dragon elemental CB without Dante gear? I’m on PC version so hasn’t come yet, and not in japan to get USJ 😦

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  6. Kevin ADB says:

    This is greate.
    I’d like to suggest 2 of mine (based on Artillery 3, Capacity Boost, Focus 3, Guard 1, Non-elemental Boost):
    1. Handicrasft 5, Protective Polish, Weakness Exploit 2, Attack Boost 4.
    1. Handicrasft 5, Protective Polish, Weakness Exploit 2, Speed Sharpening 3.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Good day! Can you add build using Taroth Strongarm “Thunder” and “Ice”? Or the current thunder and ice build on this list is the best.

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    • stripedypaper says:

      I think the taroth thunder and ice CBs are not very good, because they have hidden element and also use impact phials instead of elemental. Meaning you need free element 3 AND elemental attack along with all the usual stuff, AND artillery if you want your SAED damage to be increased. It’s just pretty ugly.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Quick question:

    Does “Attack Augment is better than Affinity Augment” only apply on Diablos Tyrannis II? Also, is it a good idea to do x2 Attack Augment + Health Augment on Thunder Anti-Kulve and Ice (PC Builds)

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  9. Chronus says:

    First of all thanks for this guide.

    I remember there was a comfy hunting build or something that had 1 Taroth armour and a lunastra weapon? With lunastra coming to PC and Taroth having been around could I get a link? Of course knowing my luck it had some behemoth gear or something.

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