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Sword And Shield - Combos & New Moves

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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

ALateral Slash
L + AShield Attack
X+AAdvancing Slash
ZR + XRising Slash
Hold ZRA + ↓ L
A + ↓L
*Follow Up From Some Actions
ZL+XFalling Shadow



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


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.

Shield Attack

CommandL + A

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.

Advancing Slash

CommandX + A

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.

Rising Slash

CommandZR + X

Swings your sword upward quickly. You can follow up with Chop or Lateral Slash to perform 3 quick attack combos.

Follow-Up Moves

After Rising SlashFollowup Action
AALateral Slash



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.

Follow-Up Moves

While GuardingFollowup Action
A + ↓LBackstep
AGuard Slash

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 1Hold ZRA + ↓ L
Press ZR slightly faster than A + ↓L
Command 2During a combo, press A + ↓L

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.

Follow-Up Moves

After BackstepFollowup Action
Hold A + X
*Keep holding A after the Backstep
Leaping Slash
Hold A + A
*Keep holding A after the Backstep
Charged Slash
XXXXPerfect 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)

Tips1After Backstep, repeatedly press X until you perform the first attack
Tips2Press 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

Roundslash Combo

XXAAX+A→ Repeat

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

XA + ↓ L

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

Falling Shadow

Falling Shadow

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

1Fast Moving Speed
2Can Attack With Both Sword & Shield
3Cam Use Item While The Weapon Is Drawn
4Can Become Attacker Or Supporter
5Short 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.

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