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Best Builds Guide - Recommended Loadouts

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The best builds in Monster Hunter Rise (Switch). Find out the best builds, best items loadouts for every weapon, strategy info, and more in MH Rise!

Best Builds

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Greatsword Builds

This article is a work in progress and will be updated once Monster Hunter Rise comes out!

Best Great Sword Builds


The Greatsword is a bulky, powerful 2-handed weapon that deals significant damage. It leaves the user somewhat open for attacks, but is nonetheless one of the stronger weapons in the game.

Best Greatsword Builds

Long Sword Builds

Best Long Sword Builds


The Longsword is a top-tier, high damage melee weapon which has a surprising amount of survivability and mobility.

Best Longsword Builds

Sword and Shield Builds

Best Sword and Shield Builds

Sword and Shield

The Sword and Shield is a weapon set that will bring you a whole lot of agility and mobility, at the slight expense of damage. If you're a fan of moving around quickly and stunning foes, this might be the weapon for you.

Best Sword and Shield Builds

Dual Blades Builds

Best Dual Blades Builds

Dual Blades

The Dual Blades are some of the fastest weapons in the entire game, allowing you to deal damage to foes while dodging enemy moves. They are somewhat lower in terms of DPS, but if built correctly can still put out decent numbers!

Best Dual Blades Builds

Hammer Builds

Best Hammer Builds


The Hammer is a slow but powerful weapon that has the ability to stun opponents. It does huge damage, but also leaves you open between attacks.

Best Hammer Builds

Hunting Horn Builds

Best Hunting Horn Builds

Hunting Horn

The Hunting Horn is one of the best weapons in the game so far, boasting the ability to buff not only yourself but your party.

Best Hunting Horn Builds

Lance Builds

Best Lance Builds


The Lance is a somewhat tankier build that specializes in dashing and guarding, and can be somewhat difficult for beginners who don't know their way around the weapon.

Best Lance Builds

Gunlance Builds

Best Gunlance Builds


The Gunlance is a slow but tanky weapon that can deal damage while also taking it! It has several powerful guard moves that let you block damage, while simultaneously dealing good DPS with shelling.

Best Gunlance Builds

Switch Axe Builds

Best Switch Axe Builds

Switch Axe

The Switch Axe is one of the more complex weapons available in Monster Hunter Rise, requiring players to manage a variety of gauges and buffs.

Best Switch Axe Builds

Charge Blade Builds

Best Charge Blade Builds

Charge Blade

The Charge Blade is one of the most complex weapons in the game, though it has a lot of potential if you can get used to its controls. It packs powerful elemental attacks that will devastate your enemies.

Best Charge Blade Builds

Bow Builds

Best Bow Builds


The bow is a complex long-range weapon that can inflict a variety of status effects on enemies using certain coatings. It is a weapon for more advanced players, and can also provide a supportive role to the team.

Best Bow Builds

Insect Glaive Builds

Best Insect Glaive Builds

Insect Glaive

The Insect Glaive is a mobile weapon that makes use of insect Extracts to help deal damage. It has had a lot of changes in Monster Hunter Rise, with some abilities being removed and others being adjusted.

Best Insect Glaive Builds

Light Bowgun Builds

Best Light Bowgun Builds

Light Bowgun

The Light Bowgun is a high mobility ranged weapon that makes use of a variety of ammo to apply different effects on enemies.

Best Light Bowgun Builds

Heavy Bowgun Builds

Best Heavy Bowgun Builds

Heavy Bowgun

The Heavy Bowgun is a slower but more powerful alternative to the Light Bowgun. It also has access to a variety of ammo, but also has the added feature of being able to guard attacks!

Best Heavy Bowgun Builds

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