Monster Hunter purists call it with its original name “Tachi”, and it’s definitely a favorite between fans due to its sleek look and good balance between power and speed. The Long Sword is going to make a comeback in Monster Hunter Online, as detailed today by the Chinese MMO giant Tencent.
The Long Sword will come with several attack options: Longitudinal Cut is a fast vertical slash executed after a forward step, in pure Kenjutsu style. Thrust does exactly what it says on the tin and is both a good opener and a good follow-up to Longitudinal Cut. Armor Cut is one of the most flexible attacks as it can be executed from the right, from the left, backwards and reversed. Spirit Blade Cut will resemble the Spirit Attacks from previous MH titles and will use the same spirit gauge in order to increase attack power. It will have four different forms: Cut, Combo, Roundslash and Large Roundslash. They work pretty much like they did Monster Hunter Tri, and the spirit gauge has the same white, yellow and red levels that get charged and depleted in the same way.
The Long Sword will also have a special move (of which unfortunately I could not translate the name: 一式·月薙) that causes the hunter to rush the enemy and initiate a series of extremely fast and deadly attacks.
Below you can see a set of screenshots featuring the Long Sword in action.