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Definition

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The sharpness meter on the equipment details page, showing various levels of sharpness

Sharpness is a feature of all melee weapons, visible via the Weapons Craftsman or the Equipment Details page.


Sharpness is represented within a quest by a sword located near the upper left corner of the screen. It only shows the current sharpness of the weapon. It dictates the percentage of damage a melee weapon deals with each strike. It also reflects what the weapon can penetrate.


Shells

The weapon's current level of sharpness

At the start of the quest, a weapon will start with its maximum sharpness level. With each successful hit, the weapon's sharpness is reduced, until it shifts to a lower level. (with the exception of the Gunlances' Shelling and Wyvern's Fire, which always reduce sharpness). How long your weapon remains in a level of sharpness is dictated by the length of the respective color, visible in the weapon's details page.

Restoring Sharpness

Sharpness can be restored through sharpening the sword on a Whetstone (bought through a shop or mined) or a Mini Whetstone (a Supply Item). Sharpness can also be restored via using special fish called Knife Mackerel. Whetstones restore a greater deal of sharpness than Mini Whetstones. Also, the animation for sharpening must finish for the item to be successful. If successful, the Whetstone is lost and a prompt will say "Weapon Power Increased". If not, the item will remain in the inventory.

Sharpness Levels

Main Series Raw Damage Multiplier
Game Name Red Orange Yellow Green Blue White Purple
Monster Hunter 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.125 N/A N/A N/A
Monster Hunter G 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.125 1.25 1.5 N/A
Monster Hunter Freedom 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.125 1.25 1.30 N/A
Monster Hunter 2 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.125 1.25 1.50 N/A
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.125 1.25 1.30 N/A
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.125 1.25 1.30 1.50
Monster Hunter 3 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.05 1.20 1.32 1.50
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.05 1.20 1.32 N/A
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.05 1.20 1.32 1.44
Monster Hunter 4 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.05 1.20 1.32 1.45
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.05 1.20 1.32 1.45
Monster Hunter Generations 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.05 1.20 1.32 N/A


Frontier Series Raw Damage Multiplier
Red / 赤 Orange / 橙 Yellow / 黄 Green / 緑 Blue / 青 White / 白 Purple / 紫 Sky Blue / 空色
0.60 0.85 1.10 1.325 1.45 1.60 1.70 1.80


Online Series Raw Damage Multiplier
Red Orange Yellow Green Blue White Purple
0.5 0.75 1.0 1.125 1.25 1.3 1.5


Main Series Elemental Damage Multiplier
Game Name Red Orange Yellow Green Blue White Purple
Monster Hunter 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 N/A N/A N/A
Monster Hunter G 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 N/A
Monster Hunter Freedom 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 N/A
Monster Hunter 2 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 N/A
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 N/A
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 1.20
Monster Hunter 3 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 1.20
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 N/A
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.06 1.13 1.20
Monster Hunter 4 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 1.20
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 1.20
Monster Hunter Generations 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 N/A


Frontier Series Elemental Damage Multiplier
Red / 赤 Orange / 橙 Yellow / 黄 Green / 緑 Blue / 青 White / 白 Purple / 紫 Sky Blue / 空色
0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.0625 1.125 1.15 1.20


Online Series Elemental Damage Multiplier
Red Orange Yellow Green Blue White Purple
0.25 0.5 0.75 1.0 1.0625 1.125 1.2

Special Notes

  • Different monsters require different levels of sharpness to successfully strike. Using a level of sharpness (usually Green) or higher will allow successful attacks, while lower levels will cause the weapon to bounce, a side effect negated by ESP. Additionally, different parts of a monster may need higher or lower sharpness. Monster statuses may also change sharpness requirements, such as Rage, Armor mode, or other special conditions, such as Agnaktors' Cooled lava. Whether a monster is in Low, High, or G-rank also affects what sharpness can do.
  • Mining is a good source for Whetstones, which can restore sharpness of a Weapon.
  • Fishing is a good source for Knife Mackerel. Knife Mackerel are the fish that look like Pin Tuna, except smaller.
  • Even with White or Purple Sharpness, which usually pierce through anything, some monsters like Gravios have parts which cannot be successfully attacked without the use of ESP.

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