Monster Hunter Rise: Best Builds

Your search for the right one best builds from the huge amount of armor and objects Monster Hunter Rise throws at you, can be a tough question considering how many options there are. In addition, it can be very subjective to find a certain “best build” for each weapon, as there are a large number of possible equipment combinations, talisman picks and of course individual play styles. Hence, based on all of the above, a definitive and optimal build is difficult to judge. Even so, we’re here to introduce some of the most common setups used by high-end hunters. So just have a look around.

Best builds in Monster Hunter Rise

As mentioned earlier, the following settings are setups that are mostly used in the current meta to ensure quick, clear times and an efficient hunt, rather than targeting each style of play individually. There are many ways to use weapons and skills accordingly. However, since the main focus is on killing monsters as quickly and easily as possible, our list of the best builds includes mostly offensive setups.

Hopefully, you can use these as cores for any other example sentences you might want to try, and thus broaden your thought process as you decide on a particular build in Monster Hunter Rise. Additionally, these sets are listed without weapons, as a weapon can drastically change the route of a particular piece of equipment. For more information on which weapons to use, see our Best Weapons Guide here. Finally, we’ll just add one best build for each weapon to keep this guide as compact as possible and not to burden new players with too many options. Additional sets will be analyzed for future guidance. So stay tuned.

Best Great Sword Build

  • Head: Zinogre helmet S.
  • Torso: Anjanath Mail S.
  • Weapons: Rathalos braces p.
  • Waist: Skalda / Spio Elytra S.
  • Legs: Parallel bars greaves p.
  • Talisman: Attack Boost LV2
    • Slots: At least one with LV2 socket
  • Decorations: Put Attack Boost and the rest on either elemental jewels, depending on your weapon choice, or grinding jewels.

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Vulnerability Utilization LV3 / Focus LV3 / Attack Reinforcement LV7 / Critical Eye LV2

Best long sword construction

  • Head: Zinogre helmet S.
  • Torso: Barioth Mail S.
  • Weapons: Rathalos braces p.
  • Waist: Skalda / Spio Elytra S.
  • Legs: Golden Hakama
  • Talisman: Fast Cover – Any LV
    • Slots: At least one with LV2 socket
  • Decorations: x2 attack jewels and as many sheath jewels up to max

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Vulnerability Utilization LV3 / Critical Boost LV2 / Attack Reinforcement LV2 / Rapid Hull LV1 / Latent Power Lv2 / Maximum Strength LV1

Tips

  • Instead, if you have a Weakness Exploit LV2 Talisman, equip the Anjanath Waist
  • Instead, if you have a Quick Sheath Lv3 talisman, equip Remobra Chest

Best sword and shield construction

  • Head: Utsushi mask (H) S / Channeler’s hair tie S.
  • Torso: Vaik Mail S.
  • Weapons: Rathalos braces p.
  • Waist: Skalda / Spio Elytra S.
  • Legs: Golden Hakama
  • Talisman: Weakness exploit LV1
    • Slots: None required
  • Decorations: x4 attack jewels, x3 grinding jewels (optional)

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Weakness Exploit LV3 / Critical Boost LV2 / Attack Boost LV2 / Quick Sheath LV1 / Razor Sharp Lv2 / Latent Power LV1 / Wirebug Whisperer LV1

Best dual blades build

  • Head: Utsushi mask (H) S / Channeler’s hair tie S.
  • Torso: Zinogre Mail S.
  • Weapons: Lagombi Vambraces S.
  • Waist: Skalda / Spio Elytra S.
  • Legs: Golden Hakama
  • Talisman: Critical Element LV2 (optional) or one that fulfills your skills
    • Slots: At least one with LV2 socket
  • Decorations: x1 Crit Element Jewel, x5 Elemental Jewels that match the element of your weapon

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Vulnerability LV3 / Critical Boost LV2 / Critical Element LV2 / Ice Attack LV1 / Razor Sharp Lv2 / Latent Power LV2 / Critical Eye LV2 / Wirebug Whisperer LV1

Tips

  • Mainly used for weapons that go up to blue sharpness

Best hammer build

  • Head: Zinogre helmet S.
  • Torso: Remobra suit S.
  • Weapons: Rathalos braces p.
  • Waist: Anjanath Coil S.
  • Legs: Golden Hakama
  • Talisman: Weakness exploit LV2
  • Decorations: x2 attack jewels, x1 wire bow jewel, x3 grinding jewels, x3 clasp jewels

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Weakness Exploit LV3 / Critical Boost LV3 / Attack Boost LV4 / Latent Power LV2

Best hunting horn construction

  • Head: Zinogre helmet S.
  • Torso: Zinogre Mail S.
  • Weapons: Eerie gauntlets p.
  • Waist: Anjanath Coil S.
  • Legs: Hunter’s Greaves S.
  • Talisman: Weakness exploit LV1
  • Decorations: x3 attack jewels, x3 grinding jewels, x1 sonorous jewel

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Vulnerability Utilization LV3 / Crafting LV2 / Attack Reinforcement LV4 / Latent Power LV2 / Hellfire Mantle LV1 / Stun Resistance LV1

Tips

  • Use Rampage Horn IV with Attack Melody II, Non-Elemental Boost, and Sharpness Type I.

Best lance construction

  • Head: Barroth helmet S.
  • Torso: Aelucanth Thorax S.
  • Weapons: Lagombi Vambraces S.
  • Waist: Skalda / Spio Elytra S.
  • Legs: Parallel bars greaves p.
  • Talisman: Weakness exploit LV1
    • Slots: At least one with LV1 socket
  • Decorations: x1 attack jewels, x5 elemental jewels that match the element of your weapon, x1 critical element jewel (optional)

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Vulnerability Utilization LV3 / Critical Eye LV6 / Attack Reinforcement LV4 / Dragon Attack LV1 / Critical Element LV1 / Ice Attack LV1 / Offensive Guard LV1

Best Gunlance build

  • Head: Utsushi mask (H) S / Channeler’s hair tie S.
  • Torso: Basarios Mail S.
  • Weapons: Rhenoplos braces p.
  • Waist: Narwa’s laziness
  • Legs: Diablos greaves p.
  • Talisman: Weakness exploit LV2 or LV1
    • Slots: At least one with LV2 socket
  • Decorations: x1 Magazine Jewel, x3 Grinder Jewels, x1 Shield Jewel

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Vulnerability LV2-LV1 / Razor Sharp LV2 / Spare Shot LV2 / Guard LV3 / Artillery LV3 / Grenades LV1 / Offensive Guard LV1 / Wirebug Whisperer LV1 / Thunder Alignment LV1

Best Switch Ax build

  • Head: Almudron helmet S.
  • Torso: Almudron Mail S.
  • Weapons: Rathalos braces p.
  • Waist: Skalda / Spio Elytra S.
  • Legs: Almudron greaves p.
  • Talisman: Weakness exploit LV1
    • Slots: At least one with LV2 socket
  • Decorations: x5 attack jewels

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Vulnerability Utilization LV3 / Razor Sharp LV3 / Attack Reinforcement LV2 / Rapid Morph LV2 / Power Prolonger LV1

Tips

  • If you’re using both a weapon and a talisman with LV2 slots (or a talisman with two LV2 slots), you can also use a Quickswitch Gem to maximize both Rapid Morph and Attack Boost

Best Charge Blade Build

  • Head: Almudron helmet S.
  • Torso: Barroth Mail S.
  • Weapons: Rathalos braces p.
  • Waist: Skalda / Spio Elytra S.
  • Legs: Golden Hakama
  • Talisman: Weakness exploit LV1
    • Slots: At least one with an LV2 socket or a weapon with an LV2 slot
  • Decorations: x4 Attack Jewels, x1 Quickswitch Jewel, fill the rest with Grinder Jewels

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Vulnerability Exploit LV3 / Defense Boost LV3 / Attack Boost LV3 / Rapid Morph LV2 / Critical Boost LV2 / Latent Power LV1

Best Insect Glaive Build

  • Head: Utsushi mask (H) S / Channeler’s hair tie S.
  • Torso: Remobra suit S.
  • Weapons: Rathalos braces p.
  • Waist: Skalda / Spio Elytra S.
  • Legs: Golden Hakama
  • Talisman: Weakness exploit LV1
    • Slots: At least one with LV2
  • Decorations: x2 attack jewels, x3 grinding jewels

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Weakness Exploit LV3 / Attack Boost LV2 / Critical Boost LV3 / Razor Sharp LV2 / Spare Shot LV2 / Latent Power LV1 / Wirebug Whisperer LV1

Tips

  • Best used with the Nargacuga Insect Glaive (Evening Calm)

Best Light Bowgun Build

  • Head: Rhenoplos helmet S.
  • Torso: Shell-studded vest p.
  • Weapons: Wroggi Vambraces S.
  • Waist: Pukei-Pukei coil p.
  • Legs: Parallel bars greaves p.
  • Talisman: Replacement shot LV2
  • Decorations: x2 attack jewels, x1 capacity jewel

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Pierce Up LV3 / Attack Boost LV2 / Critical Eye LV2 / Poison Attack LV2 / Spare Shot LV3 / Stun Resistance LV1 / Normal / Rapid Up LV1

Tips

  • Night owl weapon is recommended
  • You can swap Ingot Greaves for Golden Hakama and Pukei-Pukei Coil S for Skalda / Spio Elytra S if you’d rather take the critical path than attack

Best heavy bowgun build

  • Head: Utsushi mask (H) S / Channeler’s hair tie S.
  • Torso: Vaik Mail S.
  • Weapons: Rhenoplos braces p.
  • Waist: Pukei-Pukei coil p.
  • Legs: Vaik greaves p.
  • Talisman: Flexible, depends on what you want to increase further
  • Decorations: x3 Absorber Jewel, x1 Artillery Jewel, x1 Attack Jewel, x2 Capacity Jewel, x3 Quickload Jewel

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Poison Attack LV2 / Spare Shot LV3 / Ammunition Up LV1 / Razor Sharp LV2 / Artillery LV2 / Wirebug Whisperer LV1

Tips

  • The set is recommended for explosive builds that use Cluster Bomb, Wyvern Ammo, and Sticky Ammo.
  • All around set, by no means optimal damage

Best bow making

  • Head: Mighty bow feather
  • Torso: Remobra suit S.
  • Weapons: Rathalos braces p.
  • Waist: Skalda / Spio Elytra S.
  • Legs: Golden Hakama
  • Talisman: Weakness exploit LV1
    • Slots: At least one with LV2
  • Decorations: x2 attack jewel, x2 quick charge jewel

Skills from equipment without decorations

  • Critical Boost LV3 / Weakness Exploit LV2 / Attack Boost LV2 / Latent Power LV1 / Arc Charge Plus LV1

Tips

  • If you use the night flying weapon, which is highly recommended due to its high affinity and stabbing attacks, you can use an additional attack jewel

This brings us to the end of this not so short guide. As mentioned at the beginning, these sets are highly customizable depending on the player’s preference, but can be used as they are intended for high-end content. Don’t think that you have to use them exactly as they are as Monster Hunter Rise is known for giving hunters tons of options to choose from when it comes to killing monsters. Pick the one you like the most and enjoy the hunt!

Monster Hunter Rise is available on the Nintendo Switch. For more guides on the game, check out our extensive list here.

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