A guide on how to use Sword and Shield in Monster Hunter Rise (Switch). Includes changes in Sword & Shield moves (Silkbind attacks), game trailer, and combos (moveset) in MH Rise!
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Controls Of Sword And Shield
|Hold → + ↓ |
*Follow Up From Some Actions
One of the basic move of Sword & Shield. You can use it up to 3 times. The last attack has large stunning time so you'll mainly be using up to 2nd attack.
Lateral Slash can be used up to 3 times as well. Similar to Chop, the 3rd attack leaves you unguarded for certain period of time so use it up to the 2nd attack.
Tilt the L stick to the direction of where you want to attack and press A to perform Shield Attack. It's notable that bashing your shield on enemies' head can cause them to stun. Careful not to trigger Backstep since it has similar command.
Rushes forward and swings your sword down. You won't be using this move often since the sheathing speed of Sword & Shield is fast enough that it's faster to simply sheathe your weapon and run forward.
Swings your sword upward quickly. You can follow up with Chop or Lateral Slash to perform 3 quick attack combos.
|After Rising Slash||Followup Action|
Uses your shield to guard enemy's attack. Since dodging enemy's attack is easier, you won't be using guard for defensive purpose. Instead, you'll be using guard to perform Guard Slash and Backstep.
|While Guarding||Followup Action|
Guard Slash Deflects Enemy's Attack
By timely performing Guard Slash right before the enemy's attack, you can deflect enemy's attack and counter with Perfect Rush.
|Command 1||Hold → + ↓ |
Press ZR slightly faster than A + ↓L
|Command 2||During a combo, press + ↓|
An essential move for Sword & Shield user to chain combo. After using Backstep, you can follow up with powerful moves such as Leaping Slash, Charged Slash, and Perfect Rush.
|After Backstep||Followup Action|
|Hold + |
*Keep holding A after the Backstep
|Hold + |
*Keep holding A after the Backstep
|→ → →||Perfect Rush|
Charged Slash (CS)
|Backstep → CS → Scaling Slash → Falling Bash|
After Backstep, hold A to follow up with Charged Slash. When Charged Slash landed on the enemy, you can follow up with Scaling Slash. Bashing the shield can cause enemies' to stun as well.
Perfect Rush (PR)
|Tips1||After Backstep, repeatedly press X until you perform the first attack|
|Tips2||Press X at the right timing after the 2nd attack|
By pressing X right after Backstep to perform Perfect Rush. By pressing X at the right timing, you can follow up with 4 attacks of Perfect Rush in total. When the hunter glows red, press X to chain combo.
Recommended Combos Of Sword & Shield
By using Roundlsash (X +A) after any attacks, you can repeatedly attack the opponent. You can change the direction after Roundslash.
Backstep Combo For Beginners
|→ + ↓|
If you have just started using Sword & Shield, you may find difficult to use Backstep while guarding. To perform Backstep more smoothly, use Chop first and then perform Backstep without pressing ZR.
New Silkbind Attacks Of Sword & Shield
A forward leaping attack. A succsssful hit will lead into a Scaling Slash. You can also follow up with a Falling Bash to stun enemies.
Uses Wirebug to swing your blade around. You can nullified monster's attack at the beginning oft this move. Consumes 2 gauges of Wirebug.
Chain Combo With Windmill
Windmill can be used after other attacks to chain combo. Since Windmill is easier to activate compared to Falling Bash and Perfect Rush, you might want to consider adding this move to your combo to increase the DPS.
Tips On How To Use Sword & Shield
Characteristics Of The Sword & Shield
|1||Fast Moving Speed|
|2||Can Attack With Both Sword & Shield|
|3||Cam Use Item While The Weapon Is Drawn|
|4||Can Become Attacker Or Supporter|
|5||Short Attack Range|
Fast Moving Speed
If you are using Sword & Shield, the movement speed will not change even if the weapon is drawn. Sword & Shield also has fastest sheathing speed.
Can Attack With Both Sword & Shield
Since this weapon type can attack with both sword and shield, you can cut off monster's tail with sword and stun enemy by bashing your shield on its head.
Cam Use Item While The Weapon Is Drawn
Sword & Shield is the only weapon which allows you to use an item while the weapon is drawn. It's very useful that you can use item instantly during the combat.
Can Become Attacker Or Supporter
Depending on how you play, a hunter with Sword & Shield can play as Attacker Or Supporter in your team. This weapon type goes well in many situation and friendly to both beginner and professional users.
Short Attack Range
The weakness of Sword & Shield is its short range. You'll need to get really close to the enemy to attack.