Monster Hunter Generations Guide: Switch Axe Tips

Master the art of switching with this Monster Hunter Generations Switch Axe guide!

The Switch Axe in Monster Hunter Generations lets you switch between an axe and sword in combat. The axe has slow powerful strikes and the sword has faster strikes that can discharge the weapon's element. You can combo from the axe into the sword and switch between the 2 nearly any time.

There is more to learn about the Switch Axe, and the styles can change how the weapon works. Still, this is easier in my opinion than the Charge Blade. Both weapons involve switching forms, but the Charge Blade works very differently. I suggest getting an understanding of Switch Axe before trying that out.

I'm going to go over the basics and give some tips for getting better with the Switch Axe. Please visit my Monster Hunter Generations Beginner Tips and Tricks for general help.

When you draw your weapon, you will start in Axe Mode and this is the form you will be in most of the time.

You will notice a gauge at the top left of your screen, this is your Switch Gauge, or Phial.

While in Sword Mode, you can preform an Element Discharge, which uses your weapon's element on the target. After using this, you can repeatedly press X for a combo that deals a huge discharge at the end and switches back to Axe Mode.

I won't go over the general info on the 4 Styles -- if you want you can check out my Beginner Tips and Tricks for more details -- but I will let you know how they affect the Switch Axe.

Guild and Striker are nearly identical. I actually could find a difference and nothing seems to change when I tried both of these styles out.

Striker lets you equip 3 Hunter Arts instead of the standard 2 from guild, so Striker is the clear choice between those 2. Normally, Striker is easier to use, but you lose something in exchange.

Aerial is fantastic for mounting monsters. You can only use Element Discharge while in the air in this form.

Adept is great for countering because it gives access to insta-moves when you dodge at the last second.

I usually go with Striker, so I can have extra Arts and it doesn't take away from Guild style. I choose Aerial is I really need to mount monsters.

Monster Hunter Generations Striker style

You can use Energy Charge to reload your Phial even if you have Demon Riot active. This is important because Demon Riot lasts until the Phial depletes completely. 

Energy Charge has a very fast buildup so as long as you are fighting, you can keep using it to stay in Demon riot permanently. 

If you are using a form that only has 1 art, I usually use Trance Slash, but any of them are good candidates. 

That wraps up my Monster Hunter Generations Switch Axe guide. Let me know if you have any questions!

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