Welcome to the latest instalment in our Monster Hunter: World weapons crafting guide. This one focuses on the Switch Axe, the weapon of choice for those that think the best defense is a ridiculously good offense.

Seriously, this weapon deals out insane damage at a considerable pace. You'll start off chopping away with an axe and then switch over to a greatsword when you fill your power phial. This leads to devastating combos.

If that sounds like you, read on for our complete list of Switch Axes in the game, including all upgrade trees, and how to craft each one of them.

Switch Axe

Ore Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Proto Iron Axe I Iron Ore 280 0
Proto Iron Axe II Iron Ore x 2 315 0
Proto Iron Axe III Earth Crystal x 2 / Machalite Ore x 2 / Iron Ore x 5 350 0
Improved Steel Axe I Dragonite Ore x 2 / Machalite Ore x 5 / Monster Bone M x 2 385 0
Improved Steel Axe II Monster Bone+ x 2 / Dragonite Ore x 5 / Coral Crystal x 2 / Machalite Ore x 10 455 0
Improved Steel Axe III Carbalite Ore x 8 / Dragonite Ore x 5 / Dragonvein Crystal x 2 490 3
Perfected Alloy Axe I Fucium Ore x 8 / Carbalite Ore x 5 / Dragonite Ore x 10 / Dragonvein Crystal x 3 560 1
Perfected Alloy Axe II Elder Dragon Blood x 2 / Firecell Stone / Carbalite Ore x 20 / Fucium Ore x 13 630 2

Nergigante Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Nergal Gash Nergigante Carapace x 2 / Nergigante Regrowth Plate x 4 / Nergigante Tail x 2 / Nergigante Talon x 3 665 1
Dying Light Nergigante Gem / Nergigante Horn+ x 5 / Nergigante Talon x 5 / Xeno'jiiva Horn x 2 700 1

Legiana Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Glacial Axe I Legiana Claw x 3 / Legiana Scale x 4 / Frost Sac x 2 455 0
Glacial Axe II Legiana Plate / Legiana Claw x 4 / Legiana Tail Webbing x 3 / Paolumu Wing x 4 490 0
Frostreaver Freezer Sac x 2 / Legiana Claw+ x 3 / Legiana Scale+ x 5 / Legiana Wing x 3 525 0
Legia Frostreaver Daora Claw+ x 2 / Legiana Claw+ x 5 / Legiana Gem / Legiana Hide+ x 3 560 0

Thunder Element Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Thunder Axe I Dragonite Ore x 5 / Tobi-Kadachi Electrode / Tobi-Kadachi Claw x 2 / Electro Sac 420 0
Thunder Axe II Monster Bone+ x 2 / Tobi-Kadachi Electrode x 2 / Tobi-Kadachi Membrane x 2 / Coral Crystal x 3 490 0
Lightning Chopper I Carbalite Ore x 5 / Tobi-Kadachi Pelt+ x 3 / Tobi-Kadachi Scale+ x 4 / Vespoid Innerwing x 3 560 1
Lightning Chopper II Fucium Ore x 5 / Thunder Sac x 3 / Tobi-Kadachi Membrane x 4 / Tobi-Kadachi Electrode+ x 2 595 1
Lightning Chopper III Elder Dragon Blood x 3 / Tobi-Kadachi Claw+ x 6 / Tobi-Kadachi Electrode+ x 4 / Wyvern Gem 630 1

Uragaan Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Motor Chopper I Uragaan Carapace x 4 / Uragaan Jaw / Uragaan Marrow / Uragaan Scale+ x 6 630 1
Motor Chopper II Teostra Carapace x 4 / Uragaan Jaw x 2 / Uragaan Ruby / Uragaan Scute x 4 735 1

Great Jagras Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Jagras Axe I Great Jagras Claw / Great Jagras Hide / Great Jagras Scale x 3 / Sharp Claw 385 0
Jagras Axe II Great Jagras Claw x 2 / Great Jagras Mane x 2 / Coral Bone x 2 / Tzitzi-Ya-Ku Claw x 3 420 0
Jagras Axe III Monster Bone+ x 3 / Great Jagras Scale x 5 / Great Jagras Claw x 3 / Great Jagras Mane x 3 490 0
Jagras Raider I Great Jagras Scale+ x 6 / Great Jagras Claw+ x 4 / Great Jagras Mane x 6 / Piercing Claw x 5 560 3
Jagras Raider II Monster Hardbone x 4 / Great Jagras Claw+ x 6 / Jagras Hide+ x 6 / Tzitzi-Ya-Ku Claw+ x 5 630 2
Jagras Raider III Vaal Hazak Talon x 2 / Great Jagras Claw+ x 8 / Great Jagras Hide+ x 6 / Novacrystal 665 2

Bazelgeuse Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Bazel Rider I Bazelgeuse Fuse x 4 / Bazelgeuse Scale+ x 5 / Bazelgeuse Talon x 3 / Firecell Stone 665 1
Bazel Rider II Bazelgeuse Gem / Bazelgeuse Talon x 4 / Bazelgeuse Wing x 4 / Xeno'jiiva Wing x 3 700 1

Rathalos Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Rathalos Axe I Rathalos Scale / Rathalos Webbing x 2 / Flame Sac x 2 / Rathalos Marrow 455 0
Rathalos Axe II Rathalos Scale x 6 / Rathalos Tail x 2 / Rathalos Plate / Inferno Sac x 3 490 3
Rathbringer Axe I Rathalos Carapace x 4 / Rathalos Medulla / Rathalos Scale+ x 6 / Rathalos Wing x 2 560 1
Rathbringer Axe II Azure Rathalos Carapace x 4 / Azure Rathalos Scale+ x 6 / Azure Rathalos Wing x 3 / Rathalos Ruby 665 1

Bone Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Bone Axe I Monster Bone S 315 0
Bone Axe II Monster Bone S x 2 350 0
Bone Axe III Monster Bone M x 2 / Ancient Bone 385 0
Bone Smasher I Monster Bone L / Monster Bone M x 5 / Boulder Bone x 2 490 0
Bone Smasher II Monster Bone+ x 2 / Monster Bone L / Sturdy Bone x 4 525 0
Bone Smasher III Monster Keenbone x 2 / Monster Bone+ x 2 / Quality Bone x 2 560 3
Power Smasher I Monster Hardbone x 4 / Monster Keenbone x 6 / Quality Bone x 10 595 1
Power Smasher II Elder Dragon Bone x 4 / Monster Hardbone x 6 / Quality Bone x 20 / Dragonbone Relic 665 0

Vaal Hazak Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Hazak Demios I Deceased Scale x 6 / Vaal Hazak Fang+ x 5 / Vaal Hazak Membrane x 4 / Vaal Hazak Talon x 4 665 1
Hazak Demios II Vaal Hazak Gem / Vaal Hazak Tail x 2 / Vaal Hazak Talon x 6 / Xeno'jiiva Veil x 3 700 1

Jyuratodus Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Madness Axe I Jyuratodus Fin / Jyuratodus Shell / Jyuratodus Scale x 3 / Aqua Sac 385 0
Madness Axe II Great Girros Hide x 2 / Jyuratodus Fin x 3 / Jyuratodus Shell x 3 / Gajau Skin x 3 420 0
Madness Axe III Monster Bone+ x 2 / Jyuratodus Fang x 4 / Jyuratodus Shell x 3 / Gajau Whisker x 3 490 0
Jyura Drought I Gajau Scale x 5 / Jyuratodus Carapace x 2  / Jyuratodus Fin+ x 2 / Jyuratodus Scale+ x 3 560 1
Jyura Drought II Grand Gajau Whisker x 3 / Jyuratodus Fin+ x 4 / Monster Hardbone x 3 / Torrent Sac x 3 630 1
Jyura Drought III Elder Dragon Bone x 2 / Jyuratodus Fang+ x 5 / Jyuratodus Fin+ x 6 / Wyvern Gem 665 1

Paolumu Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Lumu Axe I Paolumu Shell / Paolumu Scale x 3 / Paolumu Pelt x 2 420 0
Lumu Axe II Diablos Shell x 3 / Paolumu Shell x 3 / Paolumu Webbing x 2 / Shamos Scale x 5 490 0
Lumu Smasher I Paolumu Carapace+ x 3 / Paolumu Pelt+ x 4 / Paolumu Scale+ x 5 / Shamos Scale+ x 5 525 1
Lumu Smasher II Blos Medulla x 2 / Paolumu Carapace+ x 4 / Paolumu Wing x 3 / Novacrystal 560 1
Lumu Smasher III Elder Dragon Bone x 3 / Paolumu Carapace+ x 5 / Paolumu Scale+ x 7 / Wyvern Gem 595 1

Barroth Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Carapace Axe I Barroth Claw / Barroth Shell x 3 / Barroth Ridge x 2 420 0
Carapace Axe II Dragonite Ore x 3 / Barroth Claw x 2 / Barroth Tail / Kestodon Shell x 3 490 0
Carapace Axe III Diablos Shell x 3 / Barroth Claw x 4 / Barroth Scalp x 2 / Monster Bone+ x 3 560 0
Barroth Grinder I Barroth Carapace x 3 / Barroth Claw+ x 2 / Barroth Ridge+ x 2 / Kestodon Carapace x 5 595 1
Barroth Grinder II Barroth Carapace x 3 / Barroth Claw+ x 4 / Diablos Carapace x 3 / Gastodon Carapace x 5 665 2
Barroth Grinder III Barroth Claw+ x 5 / Barroth Ridge+ x 5 / Nergigante Horn+ / Wyvern Gem 735 2

Diablos Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Diablos Axe I Twisted Horn / Diablos Fang x 2 / Diablos Shell x 4 / Monster Bone+ x 3 595 0
Diablos Axe II Monster Keenbone x 4 / Diablos Ridge x 4 / Diablos Tailcase x 2 / Diablos Marrow 630 3
Axe Semper Tyrannis Blos Medulla / Diablos Carapace x 6 / Diablos Ridge+ x 5 / Majestic Horn x 3 735 1
Axe of Thanatos Black Diablos Carapace x 4 / Black Diablos Ridge+ x 2 / Black Spiral Horn+ / Wyvern Gem 770 1
Axe of Demons Black Diablos Carapace x 6 / Black Spiral Horn+ x 3 / Dragonbone Relic x 2 / Xeno'jiiva Tail x 2 805 1

Anjanath Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Flammenbeil Anjanath Fang x 2 / Anjanath Scale x 3 / Anjanath Pelt x 2 / Flame Sac 455 0
Flammenbeil+ Anjanath Fang+ x 4 / Anjanath Scale+ x 5 / Inferno Sac x 3 / Anjanath Plate 560 0
Gnashing Flammenbeil Anjanath Gem / Anjanath Pelt+ x 4 / Anjanath Nosebone+ x 2 / Vaal Hazak Fang+ x 5 735 0

Dragonbone Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Dragonbone Slicer I Ancient Bone x 5 / Boulder Bone x 5 / Coral Bone x 5 / Warped Bone x 5 350 0
Dragonbone Slicer II Monster Bone+ x 6 / Monster Bone L x 8 / Sturdy Bone x 8 385 0
Dragonbone Slicer III Brutal Bone x 4 / Elder Dragon Bone x 10 / Dragonbone Relic x 2 / Wyvern Gem 560 2

Kirin Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Peal Kirin Thunderhorn x 3 / Kirin Hide x 3 / Kirin Tail / Lightcrystal 385 0
Peal+ Kirin Azure Horn x 4 / Kirin Hide+ x 5 / Kirin Mane x 4 / Dragonvein Crystal x 5 490 0
Kirin Thunderpeal Kirin Azure Horn x 6 / Kirin Thundertail x 3 / Xeno'jiiva Shell x 4 / Novacrystal x 2 560 0

Blacksteel Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Blacksteel Switch Axe I Coral Crystal x 10 / Dragonvein Crystal x 10 / Earth Crystal x 10 / Lightcrystal 350 0
Blacksteel Switch Axe II Firecell Stone / Fucium Ore x 5 / Carbalite Ore x 10 / Wyvern Gem 385 0
Teostra's Arx Teostra Carapace x 5 / Teostra Claw+ x 2 / Teostra Mane x 2 / Teostra Powder x 4 630 0
Teostra's Castle Teostra Claw+ x 2 / Teostra Gem / Teostra Horn+ x 5 / Xeno'jiiva Soulscale x 5 665 0

Xeno'jiiva Tree

Weapons Materials Required Base Attack Jewel Slots
Xeno Martshu Xeno'jiiva Claw x 4 / Xeno'jiiva Gem / Xeno'jiiva Shell x 6 / Xeno'jiiva Tail x 2 595 2