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Longsword Guide - Combos & New Moves

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A guide on how to use Longsword in Monster Hunter Rise (Switch). Includes changes in Long Sword moves (Silkbind attacks), gameplay trailer, and recommended combos (moveset) in MH Rise!

Table Of Contents

Controls Of Longsword

CommandAction
XOverhead Slash
AThrust
X+AAttack while moving
ZRSpirit Blade
ZR + A during a comboForesight Slash
ZR + B during a comboSpecial Sheathe
ZL+X during a comboSoaring Kick
ZL+A during a comboSerene Pose

Overhead Slash

CommandX

Swings down your blade vertically. This move has highest damage among the basic actions and also has wide attack range including your overhead.

Thrust

CommandA

A quick stab in front of you. Use this speedy attack at the beginning of your combo.

Attack While Moving

CommandX + A

Swings your blade while moving to the direction of the L-stick. Use this move to effectively dodge enemy's attack and charge Spirit Gauge.

Move To Your Desired Direction

CommandDuring a combo L + X + A

By tilting the L-stick to right or left, you can move to the direction while attacking with X + A.

Spirit Blade

CommandZR

Consumes a Spirit Gauge to unleash powerful attack. Can be used consecutively to chain combo.

Follow Up With Spirit Roundslash

Command: Spirit Roundslash
ZRZRZRZR

After performing 3 Spirit Blade, press ZR again to perform Spirit Roundslash. Landing a Spirit Roundlash changes the gauge's color which increases the attack power.

Foresight Slash

CommandZR + A during a combo

The Foresight Slash consumes all Spirit Gauge to dodge and counter enemy's attack. Note that you can't dodge enemy's attack if your Spirit Gauge is empty.

Follow-Up Moves

After Foresight SlashAction
ZRSpirit Roundslash

If you've successfully countered enemy's attack with Foresight Slash, you can instantly perform Spirit Roundslash by pressing ZR. It's the fastest way to perform Spirit Roundslash so make sure you master this move.

Special Sheathe

CommandZR + B during a combo

You can follow up with Special Sheathe from almost any of other moves. By using this, you sheathe your blade to perform 2 types of Iai slashes. An essential move to chain your combo.

Follow-Up Moves

After Special SheatheAction
XIai Slash
ZRIai Spirit Slash

Iai Slash

If you land a hit with an Iai Slash, your Spirit Gauge will start to increase automatically. Charge your Spirit Gauge with this move to perform Spirish Blade and Foresight Slash.

Iai Spirit Slash

Powerful attack which consumes 1 Spirit Gauge level. However, by timing this move against an enemy's attack, you can connect with more attacks and keep your Gauge up. While performing this move, minor attacks won't interrupt you.

Soaring Kick

CommandZL+X

Consumes 1 Wirebug gauge to jump kick the enemy. When successfully hit, it connects to a Plunging Thrust. Hitting this Plunging Thrust fills your Spirit Gauge automatically for certain period of time. You can also perform a Spirit Helm Breaker after the jump kick by spending one level of Spirit Gauge.

Follow-Up Moves

After Landing Soaring KickAction
ZRSpirit Helm Breaker

After you've landed Soaring Kick, press ZR to perform Spirit Helm Breaker. Spirit Helm Breaker consumes 1 color level of Spirit Gauge but the damage you deal with this move is highest in any of the long sword moves.

Serene Pose

CommandZL+A

By activating the Serene Pose before getting hit by enemy's attack actives a counter attack. Consumes 2 gauges of Wirebug.

Recommended Combos Of Longsword

Spirit Roundslash & Spirit Gauge Recovery Combo

Command
ZRZR + BXX + A

A combo to performing Spirit Roundslash and recover the Spirit Gauge. After the Spirit Roundslash, follow up with Special Sheathe to perform Iai Slash to recover your Spirit Gauge. Then, land an Attack While Moving (X + A) to heal the gauge fast.

Attack While Moving + Spirit Roundslash Combo

Command
X + AZRZRZR

After performing an Attack While Moving, press ZR to perform Iai Spirit Slash. This combo allows you to perform Spirit Roundslash quickly.

Foresight Slash Combo

Command
AX → Repeat → ZR + AZR

An effective combo to increase your Spirit Gauge. Repeat Overhead Slash & Thrust to time enemy's attack and counter with Foresight Slash. Lastly, followup with Spirit Roundslash.

New Silkbind Attacks Of Longsword

Soaring Kick

soaring kick
Command
[ZL] + [X]

Consumes 1 Wirebug gauge to jump kick the enemy. When successfully hit, it connects to a Plunging Thrust. Hitting this Plunging Thrust fills your Spirit Gauge automatically for certain period of time. You can also perform a Spirit Helm Breaker after the jump kick by spending one level of Spirit Gauge.

Serene Pose

Serene Pose
Command
[ZL] + [A]

By activating the Serene Pose before getting hit by enemy's attack actives a counter attack. Consumes 2 gauges of Wirebug.

Tips On How To Use Longsword

Characteristics Of The Long Sword

1Wide Attack Range
2Manage Your Spirit Gauge
3Use Counter Attack Effectively

Wide Attack Range

One of the strong point of Long Sword is its wide reach. You can strike an enemy which moves around fast easily with this weapon.

Need To Manage The Spirit Gauge

Some of the Long Sword's moves consume Spirit Gauge. You need to always pay attention to fill and maintain your gauge during the combat.

3 Levels Of Gauge Color

The color of Spirit Gauge changes from white, to yellow, to red and your power increase accordingly. Also note that Spirit Helm Breaker consumes 1 color level of this Spirit Gauge.

Use Counter Attack Effectively

Long Sword has 3 types of counter attacks; Foresight Slash, Iai Spirit Slash, and Serene Pose. By using these moves effectively, you can attack opponent without taking a damage.

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