I just got into this - I’m pretty much a newbie and I’m not great on reflexes and timing, but I’ve been switching around. I’m tempted by sword and shield now that you mentioned it’s working well for you but for me:
- heavy bowgun - there’s a bunch of dive-rolling away when the monster decides to go in close, but usually my Palico eventually takes the heat off or the monster decides to do bigger windup attacks. Also great against flying monsters since you don’t have to wait for them to get closer. You could put a shield on the heavy bowgun too if you’ve liked the defense options. I just got into the light bowgun too and that’s pretty fluid although I find there’s a lot more reloading there.
- long sword - it’s still relatively quick and I find it has a ton of range and it feels pretty heavy hitting.
- dual blades - on the other hand, this is all about fast and in-close, sacrificing defense. When I feel like just running around hitting things a lot.
Note that I started on the switch axe because giant swords and transforming weapons, but I’ve been playing around with everything else so everything feels quite different from that because it was pretty slow so I went from slower to faster. Although there’s plenty of even slower weapons I haven’t even touched yet… I love the insane weapon designs, and how there’s a weapon for how I’m feeling. I’m still a bit stressed by the time limits, but actually most of my hunts don’t even take 15 minutes. I like that each chunk can be pretty quick, but there’s so much to find. I just found that you can go explore waaaay up the ancient forest!