For fire, Rathalos gleamsword is better than The Depotheosis.
For water, there is no way that Excalius is better. Plesioth aquablade is so much superior. Simoon sandbiter is also better than Excalius.
Ice, even if Paladire isn't bad but you got a better option with Devastator Blade (one of the best awakened gs and ice weapon in general in this game)
For lightning, Lagia Fulmination might be better than Nether. There are only two options, so it depends on the target and the way you play (and armor skills, EAU to boost Nether elemental)
For Dragon there are a great number of choices with and without awakening. Most of them better than the Epitapth blade. Stygian acedia is one of the best, although an awakened Blade Of Tartarus can be a better option. But i'll give it a go for Altheos evolutia. Good raw for a good dragon without the need to have sharpness+1. So you can boost further your raw damage with other skills.
For slime: same condition of lightning. It depends on the target and the armor skills that you are using to boost which on of them. I'm happier with Myxo demolisher to be honest.
So, Every example that you gave I gave you better swords. But there are honor mentions to Chrome quietus and Pale kaiser.
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I think all around Pale Kaiser is probably the best. 1200, with a lot of purple, a TRIPLE slot, 320 dragon icing, and fairly easy to get to boot. It can fit on just about anyone, particularly because of that triple. --- "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -Michael Scott
It ultimately depends on the situation. What sword, what armor and what abilities ultimately depends on what monster(s) you end up fighting.
Helios X gives alot of options for diversity but I never take it against any monsters that do Dragon or Lightning damage.
Against Deviljho I take the Dober armor equipped with the pale Kaiser as it has decent Raw damage and has three slots allowing me more options for abilities. If it had three slots I would go for the Epitaph blade.
Against Lagiacrus and Ivory Crus I take the Depothesis. Against Nether either the Epitaph or Depothesis.
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