Sword and Shield

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A Hunter holding her Sword and Shield. Screenshot from Monster Hunter World's official youtube channel.

The sword and shield is a combo that balances offensive and defensive ability with mobility and speed. The sword is a tiny weapon compared to a great sword or a hammer, but its light weight allows the Hunter to launch attacks more quickly. The comparatively light weight of the weapon allows the hunter to move more quickly, and the shield allows for a limited defense against attacks that are too quick to dodge. As an added bonus, sword and shield Hunters can use items even when their weapons are drawn.