The sword is a weapon made for war and the shield is a weapon made for defense. When used together they create awesome synergy. SnS, the shorthand for sword and shield, is referred to as 1h sword in the game. One of the best things about the SnS is the ability to block and dodge. Blocking should be the last resort if you can't get away as currently it takes a large amount of stamina, but another way around the problem is to drink Fit Potions to give yourself unlimited stamina. The SnS is a great starter weapon for everyone to use to get used to avoiding attacks and continues to be a great all around defensively built weapon type.
Primary Article: Sword and Shield Mastery
A Hunter can learn many skills to enhance their abilities with Swords and Shields and gain a wider arrange attacks.