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Greatsword Build 3.0 - Best Armor & Skills

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The best Greatsword Build 3.0 guide for Monster Hunter Rise (Switch). Includes early, low rank, high rank, & endgame builds, weapon build, armor, skills, & resistances in MH Rise.

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Greatsword Endgame Builds 3.0 Update

New Builds List

Build / WeaponRecommendation
Dragonheart Narga Greatsword Build★★★★
Rampage Cleaver Greatsword Build★★★
Attack Boost Lv.7 Narga Greatsword Build★★★
Health Recovery Narga Greatsword Build★★★
Tigrex Greatsword Build★★・・

Dragonheart Narga Greatsword Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Dark of Night
AttackElementAffinityDefense
18835%-
DecorationCritical Jewel 2
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesCharger Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilCharger Jewel 2
LegsValstrax GreavesCharger Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanCritical Eye Lv. 2Expert Jewel 2
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 5, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Resentment Lv. 3, Critical Eye Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Focus Lv. 3
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
400-7-7-7-718
Build Materials List
ArmorMaterial
Valstrax HelmGleaming Shell x5
Crimson Liquid x2
Valstrax Claw+ x2
Rakna-Kadaki Glowgut x2
Valstrax MailValstrax Spineshell x2
Shimmering Scale x6
Rouge Spikewing x2
Magna Soulprism x2
Valstrax BracesShimmering Scale x6
Valstrax Claw+ x2
Valstrax Spineshell x2
Teostra Powder x2
Valstrax CoilGleaming Shell x6
Crimson Liquid x2
Rouge Spikewing x2
Bazelgeuse Fuse x2
Valstrax GreavesGleaming Shell x5
Valstrax Claw+ x2
Valstrax Tail x2
Red Serpent Orb x1
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・Fight while keeping your HP below 80%
・Provides top class attack power when Dragonheart and Resentment are activated at the same time
・Unlike the Rampage Cleaver below, the affinity of this weapon is high and is able to give steady powerful attacks

Rampage Cleaver Greatsword Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Rampage Cleaver Srampage cleaver s
AttackElementAffinityDefense
250-30%-
Decoration-
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost IV
Attack Surge
Non-Elemental Boost

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestAnjanath Mail SGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesCritical Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SCritical Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SSteadfast Jewel 1
TalismanCritical Eye Lv. 2Tenderizer Jewel 2
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Attack Boost Lv. 4, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Focus Lv. 2, Marathon Runner Lv. 1, Dragonheart Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
3147-13-2-50
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・ Attack power is around the same as the above Dragonheart Narga Build
・ Although no particular requirement for activation, critical hits are unstable and Focus is capped at Lv. 2
・ Best paired with Palico buffs

Attack Boost Lv.7 Narga Greatsword Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Dark of Night
AttackElementAffinityDefense
18835%-
DecorationCritical Jewel 2
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestAnjanath Mail SGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SCritical Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil STenderizer Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SCharger Jewel 2
TalismanWeakness ExploitAttack Jewel 2
(Optional)
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Critical Eye Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Focus Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Marathon Runner Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
28813-9-3-2-6
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・ 100% Critical Rate when attacking weak points
・ High ATK Stability
・ You may also not include the Attack Jewel 2 to your Talisman if there is no slot

Health Recovery Narga Greatsword Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Dark of Night
AttackElementAffinityDefense
18835%-
DecorationCritical Jewel 2
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCharger Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestKushala CistaCharger Jewel 2
ArmsKushala GripBrace Jewel
WaistKushala CocoonSteadfast Jewel 1
LegsGolden HakamaSteadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv. 2Charger Jewel 2
Skills
Kushala Blessing Lv. 3, Recovery Speed Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Focus Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Agitator Lv. 2, Dragonheart Lv. 1, Diversion Lv. 1, Handicraft Lv. 1, Pierce Up Lv. 1, Latent Power Lv. 1, Speed Sharpening Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
372-26-43-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・Kushala Blessing allows recovery to exceed the red portion of the health gauge
・ Highly compatible with Greatsword attacks

Tigrex Greatsword Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Tigrex Great Sword
AttackElementAffinityDefense
218-15%-
DecorationBrace Jewel 1
Rampage SkillAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestBarioth Mail SCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsBarioth Vambraces SCharger Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil STenderizer Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SCharger Jewel 2
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv. 2Critical Jewel 2
(Optional)
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 4, Critical Eye Lv. 4, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Quick Sheath Lv. 2, Maximum Might Lv. 2, Focus Lv. 2, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2821-7-24-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・ 75% Concentration Rate when using skills
・ Attack Power exceeds Nargacuga build
・ Convenient Quick Sheath Skill
・ You may also not include the Critical Jewel 2 to your Talisman if there is no slot available

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Build / WeaponRecommendation / Skills
Narga Greatsword Build★★★★
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Critical Eye Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Focus Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Marathon Runner Lv. 1
Tigrex Greatsword Build★★★
Attack Boost Lv. 4, Critical Eye Lv. 4, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Quick Sheath Lv. 2, Maximum Might Lv. 2, Focus Lv. 2, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Goss Harag Greatsword Build★★★
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Quick Sheath Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Focus Lv. 3, Offensive Guard Lv. 1, Evade Extender Lv. 1, Maximum Might Lv. 1
Sheathing Greatsword Build★★・・
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Focus Lv. 3, Slugger Lv. 3, Quick Sheath Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Punishing Draw Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Maximum Might Lv. 1

Narga Greatsword Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Dark of Night
AttackElementAffinityDefense
18835%-
DecorationCritical Jewel 2
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestAnjanath Mail SGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SCritical Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil STenderizer Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SCharger Jewel 2
TalismanWeakness ExploitAttack Jewel 2
(Optional)
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Critical Eye Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Focus Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Marathon Runner Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
28813-9-3-2-6
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・ 100% Critical Rate when attacking weak points
・ High ATK Stability
・ You may also not include the Attack Jewel 2 to your Talisman if there is no slot

Goss Harag Greatsword Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Abominable Great Swordendgame longsword build
AttackElementAffinityDefense
230Ice 20-9%-
DecorationWirebug Jewel 2
Rampage SkillAffinity Boost I

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadJyuratodus HelmWirebug Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestBarioth Mail SSheath Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SCharger Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SCharger Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SCharger Jewel 2
TalismanWirebug WhispererAttack Jewel 2
(Optional)
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Quick Sheath Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Focus Lv. 3, Offensive Guard Lv. 1, Evade Extender Lv. 1, Maximum Might Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
26020-73-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・ 75% Concentration Rate when using skills
・ This weapon has a very high Attack Rate that and causes decent damage.

Sheathing Greatsword Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Abominable Great Swordendgame longsword build
AttackElementAffinityDefense
230Ice 20-9%-
DecorationGambit Jewel 2
Rampage SkillAffinity Boost I

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadAnjanath Helm SGambit Jewel 2
ChestBarioth Mail SGambit Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsAnjanath Vambraces SGrinder Jewel 1
WaistAnjanath Coil SCharger Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SCharger Jewel 2
TalismanQuick SheathAttack Jewel 2
(Optional)
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Focus Lv. 3, Slugger Lv. 3, Quick Sheath Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Punishing Draw Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Maximum Might Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2707-8-311
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・ Use Power Sheath and attack monsters with Charged Slash while the weapon is sheathed for higher damage.
・ You can stun monsters with the Slugger Skill activated.

Adamant Charge Slash No Focus Build

▼ This build uses Talismans to acquire more skills

Recommended Weapon

WeaponSharpness
Dark of NightDark of Night
AttackElementAffinityDefense
180
None
35%
DecorationSheath Jewel 2

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecorations
HeadZinogre Helm SBrace Jewel 1
ChestZinogre Mail SGrinder Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SSheath Jewel 2
WaistAnja Coil SSheath Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsGolden HakamaGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanAny Talisman with Weakness Exploit Lv 1 or above-
Skills
Attack Boost Lv 4, Latent Power Lv 3, Weakness Exploit Lv 3, Quick Sheath Lv 3, Critical Boost Lv 2, Stun Resistance Lv 3, Flinch Free Lv 1, Speed Sharpening Lv 3
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
3168-38-131
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamIf you're planning on mostly using Adamant Charged Slash, you won't really need Focus. If you choose to use True Charged Slash instead, feel free to swap out the Sheath Jewel for Focus. If you have a Talisman with lvl 2 Exploit Weakness, you can also swap out your chest for a Remobra one, allowing you to get Critical Boost Lv 3.

Quick Sheath No Talisman Build

Recommended Weapon

WeaponSharpness
Dark of NightDark of Night Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
180-35%-
DecorationSheath Jewel 2

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecorations
HeadZinogre Helm SBrace Jewel 1
ChestRemobra Suit SGrinder Jewel 1
Defense Jewel 1
ArmsBarioth Vambraces SSheath Jewel 2
WaistSkalda Elytra S or Spio Elytra S-
LegsGolden HakamaGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
Skills
Latent Power Lv 2, Weakness Exploit Lv 3, Critical Boost Lv 3, Quick Sheath Lv 3, Maximum Might Lv 1, Critical Eye Lv 1, Flinch Free Lv 1, Speed Sharpening Lv 3, Defense Boost Lv 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
274306-69
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis build makes use of the following skills: Quick Sheath, Weakness Exploit, and Critical Boost without the need for any Talisman. However, getting a Talisman that can increase the level of the said skills can be extremely helpful. You can also try for Attack Boost or Critical Eye when looking for decorations or Talismans.

Best Greatsword Build For High Rank

Equipment That Can Be Made for 4★ Quests

Recommended Weapon

WeaponSharpness
Golem Blade IGolem Blade I
AttackElementAffinityDefense
180-0%-
Decoration-

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecorations
HeadKhezu Helm S-
ChestHunter Mail S-
ArmsAlloy Vambraces S-
WaistKhezu Coil S-
LegsKhezu Greaves S-
Skills
Focus Lv 3, Critical Eye Lv 2, Slugger Lv 2, Attack Boost Lv 1, Water Attack Lv 1, Handicraft Lv 1, Recovery Up Lv 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
178-1331153
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis equipment relies on having Focus, which is a plus for the Greatsword. Handicraft will also assist in keeping up the sharpness of your weapon.

Best Greatsword Builds - Low Rank

Equipment That Can Be Made For 2★ Quests

Recommended Weapon

WeaponSharpness
Buster SwordBuster Sword 1
AttackElementAffinityDefense
110-0%-
Decoration-

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecorations
HeadIzuchi Helm-
ChestHunter's Mail-
ArmsAlloy Vambraces-
WaistBone Coil-
LegsBaggi Greaves-
Skills
Attack Boost Lv 2, Critical Eye Lv 2, Focus Lv 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
44-3-2-401
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamAs enemies during the early parts of the game are not that strong, focusing on attack damage is recommended. Note that you can change out the Hunter's Mail to a different set of Chest Armor as it has a very low Defense stat.

Equipment That Can Be Made For 4★ Quests

Recommended Weapon

WeeaponSharpness
Buster BladeBuster Blade
AttackElementAffinityDefense
140-0%-
Decoration-

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecorations
HeadBasarios Helm-
ChestBarroth Mail-
ArmsSomnacanth Arm-
WaistBasarios Coil-
LegsBasarios Greaves-
Skills
Attack Boost Lv1, Defense Boost Lv5, Speed Sharpening Lv1, Load Shells Lv1, Bombardier Lv1, Divine Blessing Lv1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
106-4-532-8
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team★4 are more difficult and are more than likely to challenge you if you're not prepared. Be mindful of your Defense stat as enraged enemy monsters can quickly end your quest. This armor build may be a bit low on the offensive side, but with the Great Sword, damage is not a concern.

Greatsword - Recommended Skills

Skill NameEffect / Reason
Attack Boost
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases overall attack power. At higher levels, it also increases Affinity
【Reason】
Increases the damage of your every attack. Aim for at least Level 4 or higher
Focus
(Priority: ☆★★)
【Effect】
Increases the rate at which a gauge fills up for weapons
【Reason】
By shortening the charge time, you will be able to deal your combos faster and with less likeliness of being interrupted. That being said, if you're using Adamant Charged Slash, you can pass on this skill.
Weakness Exploit
(Priority: ☆★★)
【Effect】
Increases damage done when attacking a monster's weak point.
【Reason】
A pure and simple DPS increase!
Critical Eye
(Priority: ☆☆★)
【Effect】
Increases affinity
【Reason】
Increases the chance of getting critical hits whenever you attack an enemy - this is one of those skills you'll want to have activated all the time, though it's not necessary to go out of your way to get it to a high level.
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Anonymous 1

I don't think Bone Blade 1 is end game greatsword material

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