In Monster Hunter World there are 14 weapon types. This page contains info on all of them as well as a showcase video of all their designs (including their upgraded versions). In total the game features 421 weapon designs (roughly 30 per weapon) with more to come!
This video shows all weapon design of all the weapon upgrades:
#1 – Great Sword – 0:05
#2 – Long Sword – 1:16
#3 – Sword & Shield – 2:06
#4 – Dual Blades – 3:16
#5 – Hammer – 4:20
#6 – Hunting Horn – 5:24
#7 – Lance – 6:16
#8 – Gunlance – 7:08
#9 – Switch Axe – 8:06
#10 – Charge Blade – 9:02
#11 – Insect Glaive – 9:58
#12 – Light Bowgun – 10:50
#13 – Heavy Bowgun – 11:58
#14 – Bow – 13:14
The great sword has a long reach and powerful attacks. Because its sheer weight limits the speed of your movement and attacks, it lends itself well to hit-and-run combat tactics.
The long sword enables fast, fluid movement and combos, but it cannot be used to guard.
Sword & Shield
Lightweight and easy to use, the sword & shield also boasts outstanding attack speed. The shield can be used to guard, though it may not hold up to certain attacks.
Use dual blades to unleash a whirlwind of combo attacks on your enemy. Though they’re lightweight and relatively simple to use, they cannot be used to guard.
The hammer is a powerful blunt weapon with a surprising amount of mobility. It’s also possible to stun monsters by delivering a hammer attack to its head.
The hunting horn is a blunt weapon that can bestow positive status effects on yourself and your allies. Use it to perform melodies that can boost attack power, restore health, and grant other beneficial effects.
The lance is better at guarding than any other weapon. In addition to its long reach, its thrust attacks can be executed with little exposure to enemy attacks. Great for defense-oriented combat.
The gunlance offers more offensive power than the lance thanks to the addition of shelling attacks, and it also has good guarding capabilities. It may take time to master.
The switch axe morphs between axe and sword modes. Axe mode boasts power and long reach, while sword mode features faster attacks and explosive finishers.
Sword mode boasts mobility and high guard capabilities, while axe mode boasts more powerful attacks. Store up energy while in sword mode, and then use it to deal high damage in axe mode.
The insect glaive can be used to control a Kinsect, a small insect that harvests extracts from monsters to boost your abilities. The insect glaive also allows you to vault, so you can perform jumping attacks at any time.
The bowgun can be used to attack monsters from long range. There are two types of bowgun: the heavy bowgun, which can use powerful ammo, and the light bowgun, which allows for greater mobility and evasive capabilities, and faster shooting.
The bow is a mid-range weapon that can perform a variety of attacks. Its charged shots can deal significant damage when aimed at a monster’s weak point.