Dual Blades

The Dual Blades (DB) move fast and hit fast. Unleashing both Demon and Archdemon mode amplifies the DB's effectiveness in hunts.

Strength & Weakness

Strength Weakness
  • Fast attacks and high mobility
  • Good at dealing Elemental/Status damage quickly
  • Demon/Archdemon mode boosts attack and speed further

Demon and Archdemon

The Dual Blades have 3 different modes: normal, Demon and Archdemon:

Left to right: normal, Demon, Archdemon

R2 switches between Demon mode and normal mode. In Demon mode, attack damage, attack speed, and movement speed are enhanced. However, stamina is consumed while the Hunter is in Demon mode.

Activating Demon mode

Demon mode can be cancelled out of by tapping R2 or putting the weapon away. Demon mode also automatically reverts back to normal mode when the stamina bar is empty.

Landing attacks in Demon mode will fill up the Demon Gauge. A full Demon Gauge activates access to Archdemon mode:

Demon Gauge

Gauge Description
Gauge in Normal
Gauge in Demon Mode
Getting resources in Demon Mode
Gauge in Archdemon Mode

When the Demon Gauge is full, Archdemon mode will replace normal mode. Cancelling Demon mode will put the player in Archdemon mode instead of normal mode.

Archdemon mode is active as long as the Demon Gauge does not fully deplete. Continue landing attacks while in Demon mode to maintain the Demon Gauge and prevent it from being fully depleted.

Combat Tips

  • Demon mode gives a faster dodge and stronger attacks, but drains stamina.
  • Archdemon mode consumes Demon Gauge instead of stamina. Effectively switching in and out of Demon mode is critical in preventing the Demon Gauge from fully depleting.
  • As long as the Demon Gauge does not fully deplete, the player will be able to stay in Archdemon mode.
  • Use Demon Flurry Rushes to reposition quickly while maintaining damage output.
  • Dual Blades' fast attacks are very effective at dealing Elemental/Status damage quickly.
  • Dual Blades' naturally quick attacks deplete Sharpness much faster than other weapons, so be prepared to use Whetstones more frequently.

Movelist: Normal

The player can activate Demon Mode in the middle of any move.

Mid-air attacks are done in the air, such as after hopping off a ledge, jumping off a vine, or climbing up a wall and jumping off.

Move Button (+Condition) Properties
Demon Mode Standing/walking > R2
Mid-combo > R2
Draw Attack > R2
Activate Demon Mode. Stamina will slowly drain. All attacks will charge up the Demon Gauge.
Double Slash Combos to:
  • Double Slash Return Stroke
  • Lunging Strike
  • Turn Slash   Back+
Double Slash Return Stroke Double Slash > Combos into:
  • Circle Slash
  • Lunging Strike
Circle Slash Double Slash Return Stroke > Combos into:
  • Lunging Strike
Turn Slash Double Slash > Back+ Combos into:
  • Rising Slash
  • Roundslash
Lunging Strike Draw Attack >
Combos into:
  • Rising Slash
  • Roundslash
Rising Slash Lunging Strike > Combos into:
  • Double Slash
  • Round Slash
RoundSlash Lunging Strike > Combos into to a Double Slash
Jumping Double Slash Mid-air >
Mid-air Draw Attack >
  • Rising Slash
  • Lunging Strike
Sliding Slash Walk down a slope Draw Attack >
Walk down a slope >
  • Midair Spinning Blade Dance
  • Jump
Midair Spinning Blade Dance Sliding Draw Attack >
Sliding Slash >
  • Spinning Blade Dance Finisher
Spinning Blade Dance Finisher Midair Spinning Blade Dance >
  • Rising Slash
  • Lunging Strike

Movelist: Demon

Mid-air attacks are done in the air, such as after hopping off a ledge, jumping off a vine, or climbing up a wall and jumping off.

Move Button (+Condition) Properties
Exit Demon mode R2 Manually cancel Demon mode. Demon mode will be automatically be cancelled when stamina runs out
Demon Dodge The player does a short dash instead of roll
Demon Fangs Combos into:
  • Twofold Demon Slash
  • Blade Dance +
  • Demon Flurry Rush
Twofold Demon Slash Demon Fangs > Combos into:
  • Sixfold Demon Slash
  • Fade Slash Left/Right+
  • Blade Dance +
  • Demon Flurry Rush
Sixfold Demon Slash Twofold Demon Slash > Combos into:
  • Blade Dance +
  • Demon Flurry Rush
Fade Slash Twofold Demon Slash > Left/Right+ Combos into:
  • Rising Slash
  • Blade Dance +
  • Demon Flurry Rush
Demon Flurry Rush Standing/walking >
Mid-combo >
Combos into:
  • Rising Slash
  • Blade Dance +
  • Round Slash
Rising Slash Demon Flurry Rush > Combos into:
  • Demon Fangs
  • Blade Dance +
  • Round Slash
Round Slash Demon Flurry Rush >
Rising Slash >
Combos into:
  • Demon Fangs
  • Blade Dance +
  • Double Round Slash
Double Round Slash Round Slash > Combos into Blade Dance +
Blade Dance Standing/walking > +
Mid-combo > +
Fills up the demon gauge significantly
Sliding Slash Walk down slope >
  • Midair Spinning Blade Dance /
Midair Spinning Blade Dance Sliding Draw Attack >
Sliding Slash >
Mid-air >
Dash to a wall
Dash off a ledge
Demon Flurry Rush to a Wall
  • Spinning Blade Dance Finisher
Spinning Blade Dance Finisher Spinning Blade Dance >
  • Rising Slash
  • Demon Flurry Rush

Movelist: Archdemon

Mid-air attacks are done in the air, such as after hopping off a ledge, jumping off a vine, or climbing up a wall and jumping off.

Move Button (+Condition) Properties
Demon mode Standing/walking > R2
Mid-combo > R2
Draw Attack > R2
Activate Demon Mode. Stamina will slowly drain. All attacks will charge up the Demon Gauge.
Double Slash Combos into:
  • Double Slash Return Stroke
  • Demon Flurry Rush
  • Demon Flurry +
Double Slash Return Stroke Double Slash > Combos into:
  • Circle Slash
  • Demon Flurry Rush
  • Demon Flurry +
Circle Slash Double Slash Return Stroke > Combos into:
  • Demon Flurry +
  • Demon Flurry Rush
Demon Flurry Rush Standing/Walking >
Mid-combo >
Combos into:
  • Rising Slash
  • Demon Flurry +
  • Round Slash
Rising Slash Demon Flurry Rush > Combos into:
  • Double Slash
  • Demon Flurry +
  • Round Slash
Round Slash Demon Flurry Rush >
Rising Slash >
Combos into:
  • Demon Fangs
  • Demon Flurry +
Demon Flurry Standing/walking > +
Mid-combo > +
Depletes Demon Gauge
Jumping Double Slash Mid-air >
Mid-air Draw Attack >
  • Rising Slash
  • Demon Flurry Rush
Sliding Slash Walk down slope Draw Attack >
Walk down slope >
  • Midair Spinning Blade Dance
  • Jump
Midair Spinning Blade Dance Sliding Draw Attack >
Sliding Slash >
Dash to a wall
Dash off a ledge
Demon Flurry Rush to a Wall
  • Spinning Blade Dance Finisher
Heavenly Blade Dance Connecting Midair Spinning Blade Dance
Spinning Blade Dance Finisher Midair Spinning Blade Dance >
  • Rising Slash
  • Demon Flurry Rush

Motion Values

Move Damage Type Motion Value Stun Exhaust
Double Slash Sever 8+10 - -
Double Slash Return Stroke Sever 9+10 - -
Circle Slash Sever 11+9+11 - -
Lunging Strike Sever 3+3+5+5 - -
Left RoundSlash Sever 7+5+15 - -
Right RoundSlash Sever 7+5+15 - -
Turn Slash Sever 5+5 - -
Rising Slash Sever 7 - -
Sliding Slash Sever 10+10+13+13 - -
Demon Fangs Sever 11 - -
Twofold Demon Slash Sever 7+14 - -
Sixfold Demon Slash Sever 10+10+9+9+16+16 - -
Demon Flurry Rush Sever 5+5+4+4+8+8 - -
Right Fade Slash Sever 7 - -
Left Fade Slash Sever 7 - -
Right Double Roundslash Sever 19+7+11 - -
Left Double Roundslash Sever 19+7+11 - -
Blade Dance Sever 17+17+6+6+10+10+9+9+11+11+9+9+12+7+12 - -
Demon Flurry Sever 9+9+7+7+3+17+17 - -
Jumping Double Slash Sever 9+12 - -
Heavenly Blade Dance Sever 17+11+11+17+20+20+12+12+21+21 - -
Midair Spinning Blade Dance Sever 15+10+15+10 - -
Spinning Blade Dance Finisher Sever 20+20+20+20+12+12 - -