I actually posted this on the MHFU board but, unless there have been some massive changes in this (and if so then it's probably more important that I ask here since I am getting MH3U) then the answer should be same.
At what point does the elemental advantage become less important than raw power? For example...
If I were going up against a Blagonga which are weak to fire and I have Saber: attack 720, fire attribute 350 True Devil Slicer: Attack 816, thunder attribute 520
To me it seems like the obvious choice is the TDS despite the Saber being a strong element. Is this correct? And at what point does that even out?
Let's say those elemental attributes were even and it was just an attack discrepancy; would the elemental advantage make up for it?
Is attack more important than attributes or vice versa?
I was always under the impression that raw damage was always better then elemental. Elemental would just be an added bonus. And I would stack status effect for things like paralyze so I could stun while my friends would blow the monster up.
We'd need the damage formula to figure it out. Typically though, raw is more important on burst weapons like GS and Hammer, whereas element is more important on fast weapons like SnS and DS.
What about LS?
Probably element, but since it's a lot more of a mix of raw and element, we'd definitely need to do some math. It gets really fun when you have two weapons that have the same element, but one has more raw and the other has more element.