Here’s how to get stronger skills and tips on how to capture monsters.
Monster Hunter Rise, like its predecessors, has different skills. Each skill has a level, and when pieces of armor with the same skill are combined, the level of the skill increases. This can also occur if a weapon, decoration, or talisman has the appropriate skills. However, there is also an upper limit on each skill – the divine boon increases to level 3, for example, and trying to stack it above it does not bring any additional bonus. There are also skills that have only one level – equipping a single instance is enough to maximize the skill.
Monster Hunter World had alpha and beta versions of its armor with some skills on the former with higher levels (offset by the latter with more and / or higher tier decoration slots). Monster Hunter Rise does things a little differently – there’s only one armor set for each monster, but you can make the same thing in both low and high ranks with slight differences in skills and skill levels. For example, the low-ranking Zinogre has Latent Power x3, Critical Eye x2, and Constitution x3. However, the high ranked Zinogre S has Latent Power x4, Critical x1, Weakness Exploit x1, and Constitution x3.
While set bonuses seem to be gone from Monster Hunter World, Rise offers bonuses for all resistances when three or more pieces of the same armor set are equipped. Equipping three pieces of the same set gives +1 for all resistors, while four pieces give +2 and five pieces give +3.
How to catch monsters
Some objectives in Monster Hunter Rise require capturing monsters instead of killing them. However, it can be beneficial to prioritize the former whenever possible. To catch a monster, it must first be weakened. As soon as it starts to limp, a blue icon will appear, which means it can be captured. When it sleeps, use shock traps or pitfalls and then hit it with tranq bombs.
Conquering monsters is a great way to shorten the hunt since you don’t have to waste time finishing it. However, if you are targeting certain materials that can only be obtained by breaking off parts, you will not get them by capturing the monster. If you’re not aiming for a particular material, include it.