Monster Hunter World Guide: The Best Insect Glaive Build For Beginners

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Check out this great starting build for Insect Glaive users on the PC version of Monster Hunter World.
Check out this great starting build for Insect Glaive users on the PC version of Monster Hunter World. Capcom

We’re back with another Monster Hunter World beginner build guide, where we take your weapons of choice and turn them into absolute monster-killing machines at the beginning of endgame, where the best equipment and weapons lie. This time around we’ve got the most unique and probably niche melee weapon in the series: the Insect Glaive. Unlike other weapons, the Insect Glaive requires a certain amount of micromanagement, which somehow leads to assumptions that the weapon is harder to learn with lower payoff compared to other melee weapons. While this rings a bit true, that shouldn’t put anyone off from the Insect Glaive as it’s a lot of fun to play while still dealing respectable amounts of damage.

Of course, it still takes a bit more skill to use the Insect Glaive compared to other weapons, especially when it comes to proper management of Kinsects and essences. However, once you get past that transitional phase, the Insect Glaive becomes an absolute blast to play with thanks to its incredibly high mobility and overall decent damage output, especially in a team.

Best Beginner Insect Glaive Build

  • Weapon – Catastrophe’s Light, Pseudocath for your Kinsect
  • Helm – Nergigante Helm alpha
  • Mail – Rathalos Mail beta
  • Vambraces – Kaiser Vambraces beta
  • Coil – Nergigante Coil beta
  • Greaves – Nergigante Greaves alpha
  • Charm – Attack Charm III

The one thing that is constant in all Insect Glaive builds is the Kinsect; you should always try to go for Pseudocath, as it’s the best in the game thanks to its speed. Why speed you ask? Because it lets you grab essences as fast as possible, which are absolutely essential to the Insect Glaive’s damage output. Catastrophe’s Light is relatively easy to farm and deals great damage, despite being locked at blue sharpness. The three Nergigante pieces activate Hasten Recovery, which is a boon for beginners. This skill allows you to gain back health by continually attacking a monster, which is very easy if you’ve got the Insect Glaive. You also max out Attack Boost, Maximum Might and Weakness Exploit with this build, which makes for a very decent starter endgame experience as you start to shift your focus to the true endgame content.

If you want more weapons, you can also check out these other guides from us detailing fantastic starter builds for the Bow, Charge Blade, Long Sword, Switch Axe, Lance, Sword and Shield, Gunlance, Dual Blades, Greatsword, Hammer and Hunting Horn.

Monster Hunter World is now available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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