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New Monster Hunter 4 screenshots showcase new Charge Axe weapon

See the weapon that can switch between a sword and an axe

While we're getting Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate for Wii U and 3DS next Spring, Japanese gamers will be playing Monster Hunter 4 on 3DS. Set for release in Japan in March, Monster Hunter 4 will feature all-new weapons such as this Charge Axe which is showcased in this gallery of new screenshots.

The Charge Axe weapon is a hefty weapon and you can switch modes to use it as a sword or an axe. Axe Mode has a stronger charge attack and a longer reach than if you use the weaopons as a sword. It also boasts a powerful finisher.

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As for Sword Mode, this is good for defence as you can guard with the shield in your right hand and attack with the sword in the left, using the weapon for fast attacks and combos. You can also charge energy from all your hits to build up to a sword and shield combined charge attack.

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A UK release date has yet to be confirmed for Monster Hunter 4.

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  1. lrwr14 Thursday 13th Dec 2012 at 11:09

    nice, looks like a redesign of the switch axe, but now is a mix of axe and sword and shield. Look forward to using it if capcom release MH4 outside of Japan

  2. torterratrainer Thursday 13th Dec 2012 at 16:27

    huh switch axe variant!

    i doubt i'll use it though as sword and shield dont mix well with me but on occasional barrioth hunts
    dont get me wrong, SaS can be useful but its just not one of the better weapons in the game.
    But a pogo stick with a life sapping bug on - now thats useful :D

  3. Ezlo Minish Thursday 13th Dec 2012 at 21:39

    "New weapon that can switch between a sword and an axe"

    I clicked the link to this story praying that it wasn't just going to be the switch axe, considering what 'new' information onm has had before... :P This looks cool though.

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