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Switch Axe 3.0 Build - Best Armor & Skills

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Check out this Monster Hunter Rise (Switch) guide on the best Update 3.0 Switch Axe builds. Includes recommended equipment, skills, best armor and endgame builds in MH Rise.

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Best Switch Axe Endgame Builds 3.0 Update

BuildRecommendation
Full Valstrax (Dragonheart)★★★★
Nargacuga (Dragonheart)★★★★
Tigrex Exhaut Build★★★★
Rampage Paralysis★★★
All-Around Elemental★★★
Blast Switch Axe★★・・

Full Valstrax Switch Axe Build

Recommended Weapons

Weapon NameSharpness
DragonReddnaught DunatReddnaught Dunat Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
180Dragon 370%-
DecorationCritical Jewel 2
PhialElement Phial
Rampage SkillValstrax Soul

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCritical Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailFuror Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesCritical Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilJumping Jewel 2
LegsValstrax GreavesFuror Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
TalismanRapid Morph Lv. 2Quickswitch Jewel 1
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 5, Resentment Lv. 5, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Rapid Morph Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Evade Extender Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
400-7-7-7-718
Build Materials List
PartMaterials
HeadGleaming Shell x5
Crimson Liquid x2
Valstrax Claw+ x2
Rakna-Kadaki Glowgut x2
ChestValstrax Spineshell x2
Shimmering Scale x6
Rouge Spikewing x2
Magna Soulprism x2
ArmShimmering Scale x6
Valstrax Claw+ x2
Valstrax Spineshell x2
Teostra Powder x2
WaistGleaming Shell x6
Crimson Liquid x2
Rouge Spikewing x2
Bazelgeuse Fuse x2
LegsGleaming Shell x5
Valstrax Claw+ x2
Valstrax Tail x2
Red Serpent Orb x1
Key Points About This Build
Gamewith Editorial Team・Requires less than 80% HP to fight effectively
・Dragonheart, Resentment, Resuscitate greatly increase Attack
・Incredibly effective against monsters weak against the dragon element

Narga + Valstrax Switch Axe Build

Recommended Weapons

Weapon NameSharpness
Night's CrescentNight
AttackElementAffinityDefense
188-40%-
DecorationJumping Jewel 2
PhialPoison Phial (Poison 17)
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesCritical Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilQuickswitch Jewel 2
LegsValstrax GreavesQuickswitch Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanProtective PolishQuickswitch Jewel
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 5, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Resentment Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Rapid Morph Lv. 3, Protective Polish Lv. 2, Evade Extender Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
400-7-7-7-718
Build Materials List
PartMaterials
HeadGleaming Shell x5
Crimson Liquid x2
Valstrax Claw+ x2
Rakna-Kadaki Glowgut x2
ChestValstrax Spineshell x2
Shimmering Scale x6
Rouge Spikewing x2
Magna Soulprism x2
ArmShimmering Scale x6
Valstrax Claw+ x2
Valstrax Spineshell x2
Teostra Powder x2
WaistGleaming Shell x6
Crimson Liquid x2
Rouge Spikewing x2
Bazelgeuse Fuse x2
LegsGleaming Shell x5
Valstrax Claw+ x2
Valstrax Tail x2
Red Serpent Orb x1
Key Points About This Build
Gamewith Editorial team・Requires less than 80% of your maximum HP to work
・Dragon Heart, Resuscitate, and Resentment can increase your attack greatly
・Night's Crescent has a good Phial and Affinity
Dragonblight removes poison

Tigrex Exhaust Switch Axe Build

Recommended Weapons

Weapon NameSharpness
Rex GnasherRex Gnasher Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
228--20%-
Decoration-
PhialExhaust Phial (Exhaust 24)
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadAlmudron Helm SAttack Jewel 2
Jumping Jewel 2
ChestNargacuga Mail SGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsBarroth Vambraces SGrinder Jewel 1
Brace Jewel 1
WaistAnjanath Coil SSharp Jewel 2
Brace Jewel 1
Brace Jewel 1
LegsIngot Greaves SBrace Jewel 1
TalismanRapid Morph Lv. 2Sharp Jewel
Sharp Jewel 2
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Rapid Morph Lv. 3, Critical Eye Lv. 4, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Protective Polish Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Evade Window Lv. 1, Affinity Sliding Lv. 1, Evade Extender Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
274-7-33-3-1
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
Gamewith Editorial Team・Protective Polish maintains the white sharpness gauge
・Negative Affinity is negated by Critical Eye
・Required skills like Evade Extender and Stun Resistance are included

Rampage Switch Axe Build

Recommended Weapons

Weapon NameSharpness
Rampage Slicer SRampage Slicer S
AttackElementAffinityDefense
220-0%-
Decoration-
PhialParalysis Phial
Rampage Skill1: Sharpness Type II
2: Non-Elemental Boost
3: Phial: Paralysis III

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadMizuha CapSteadfast Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SAttack Boost 2
Attack Boost 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
ArmsTigrex Braces SAttack Boost 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SAttack Boost 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
LegsVolvidon Greaves SGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanRapid Morph Lv. 2Attack Boost
Attack Boost 2
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Mind's Eye Lv. 3, Bludgeoner Lv. 3, Rapid Morph Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Ballistics Lv. 2, Evade Window Lv. 2, Evade Extender Lv. 2
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
3002-2-60-4
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
GW Editorial Team・Sharpness Type II extends the weapon's green sharpness gauge
・Can paralyze monsters
・Can use Exhaust Phial if you prefer building up the gauge

All-Around Elemental Switch Axe Build

Recommended Weapons

Weapon NameSharpness
ThunderAbyssal Storm AxeAbyssal Storm Axe Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
198Thunder 430%-
Decoration-
PhialElement Phial
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III
Other Elemental Weapons
Weapon NameSharpness
FireGnashing FlammenbeilGnashing Flammenbeil Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
230Fire 28-20%-
Decoration-
PhialElement Phial
Rampage SkillFire Boost III
Weapon NameSharpness
WaterDoom Bringer AxeDoom Bringer Axe
AttackElementAffinityDefense
180Water 420%-
Decoration-
PhialElement Phial
Rampage SkillElement Exploit
Weapon NameSharpness
IceAmber HoarfrostAmber Hoarfrost
AttackElementAffinityDefense
200Ice 2930%-
Decoration-
PhialElement Phial
Rampage SkillAttack Boost IV
Weapon NameSharpness
龍Reddnaught DunatReddnaught Dunat Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
188Dragon 370%-
Decoration-
PhialElement Phial
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadBarroth Helm SAttack Boost 2
ChestVaik Mail SAttack Boost 2
Razor Jewel 2
Any Elemental Attack 1
ArmsBarroth Vambraces SSteadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
WaistAnjanath Coil SJumping Jewel 1
Any Elemental Attack 1
Any Elemental Attack 1
LegsVolvidon Greaves SAny Elemental Attack 1
Any Elemental Attack 1
TalismanRapid Morph Lv. 2Razor Jewel 2
Razor Jewel 2
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Lv. 5, Rapid Morph Lv. 3, Evade Extender Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Razor Sharp Lv. 3, Defense Boost Lv. 1, Offensive Guard Lv. 1, Affinity Sliding Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
262-1-53-51
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
Gamewith Editorial Team・Change the elemental decorations to fit your needs
・Preserve sharpness using Razor Sharp
・You can change the weapon for one with slots for more skills

Blast Switch Axe Build

Recommended Weapons

Weapon NameSharpness
Teostra's Castleテオ=キャッスル
AttackElementAffinityDefense
210Blast 360%-
DecorationAttack Jewel 2
PhialElement Phial
Rampage SkillTeostra Soul

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadAlmudron Helm SQuickswitch Jewel 2
Sharp Jewel 2
ChestJyuratodus MailGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SBlast Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SBlast Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SBlast Jewel 2
TalismanProtective Polish Lv. 2-
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Rapid Morph Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Protective Polish Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Blast Attack Lv. 3, Power Prolonger Lv. 2, Evade Extender Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
26613-3-2-5
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
Gamewith Editorial TeamUse Teostra Soul Rampage Skill to increase Blast damage
・Even if the monster's resistance against blast increases, the physical attack of this blade is more than enough to make up for it
・Protective Polish maintains the blue sharpness gauge
・No Focus so use Wirebug moves to compensate
・If you have a Talisman with good slots, use Power Prolonger Lv. 3 or Flinch Free Lv. 1

Update 2.0 Best Switch Axe Builds

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Rapid Morph Build W/ Talisman

↓ This build requires the use of a Talisman to acquire additional skills.

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Night's CrescentNight
AttackElementAffinityDefense
180None40%-
DecorationAttack Jewel 2
PhialPoison Phial

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadAlmudron Helm SQuickswitch Jewel 2
Enhancer Jewel 2
ChestJyuratodus MailGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SAttack Jewel 2
WaistSpio Elytra S-
LegsGolden HakamaSteadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lvl 1 or higherAny
Skills
Attack Boost Lv 4, Rapid Morph Lv 3, Weakness Exploit Lv 3, Critical Boost LV 2, Stun Resistance Lv 3, Speed Sharpening Lv 3, Evade Extender Lv 1, Latent Power Lv 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
276360-70
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThe Narga weapon here not only has very high crit, but has a super easy time filling up your gauge thanks to the extra poison damage. This build doesn't rely on having Focus.

Rapid Morph Build With No Talisman

↓ This build does not require the use of a Talisman.

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Night's CrescentNight
AttackElementAffinityDefense
180None40%-
DecorationEnhancer Jewel 2
PhialPoison Phial

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadAlmudron Helm SEnhancer Jewel 2
Enhancer Jewel 2
ChestZinogre Mail SGrinder Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SQuickswitch Jewel 2
WaistSpio Elytra S-
LegsGolden HakamaGrinder Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
Skills
Rapid Morph Lv 3, Latent Power Lv 2, Weakness Exploit Lv 3, Attack Boost Lv 2, Critical Boost Lv 2, Power Prolonger Lv 3, Speed Sharpening Lv 3
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
290437-111
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamSince this build doesn't use a Talisman, it has slightly lower Critical Eye. You'll want to use the Melding Pot to get a Talisman as soon as possible.

Best Switch Axe Builds For High Ranks

Gear Craftable For 4★

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Elite Switch Axe IIElite Switch Axe
AttackElementAffinityDefense
160None0%-
Decoration-
PhialParalysis Phial (Paralysis 18)

Recommended Armor

Equipment
HeadKhezu Helm S
ChestIzuchi Mail S
ArmLagombi Vambraces S
WaistKhezu Coil S
LegsKhezu Greaves S
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 4, Focus Lvl 3, Slugger Lvl 2, Recovery Speed Lvl 2, Ice Attack Lvl 1, Recovery Up Lvl 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
186-12411104
Build Materials Guide
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThe Switch Axe's overall performance is greatly affected by having the Focus skill active. We think having it at level 3 will really help you out in the early stages of High Rank quests.

Best Switch Axe Builds For Low Ranks

Early Game High Dps Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Elite Switch Axe IIElite Switch Axe
AttackElementAffinityDefense
160None0%-
Decoration-
PhialParalysis Phial (Paralysis 18)

Recommended Armor

Equipment
HeadIzuchi Helm
ChestHunter's Mail
ArmAlloy Vambraces
WaistAlloy Coil
LegsBaggi Greaves
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 2, Critical Eye Lvl 3, Water Attack Lvl 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
44-4-2-501
Build Materials Guide
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThere aren't many skills that work well with the Switch Axe in the early game, so going full DPS is your best bet. It's also possible to activate Focus by equipping a Bone Coil instead.

Build Craftable For ★4 Quests

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Improved Steel AxeImproved Steel Axe
AttackElementAffinityDefense
110None0%-
Decoration-
PhialParalysis Phial (Paralysis 14)

Recommended Armor

Equipment
HeadBarroth Helm
ChestVolvidon Mail
ArmBnahabra Gloves
WaistVolvidon Coil
LegsVolvidon Greaves
Skills
Rapid Morph Lvl 2, Attack Boost Lvl 1, Evade Window Lvl 1, Evade Extender Lvl 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
922-94-36
Build Materials Guide
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis set will get the new Rapid Morph skill up to level 2. For a weapon you can basically use whatvever you want, but we recommend the Improved Steel Axe for its overall versatility and its bonus paralysis damage

Switch Axe Update 3.0 Recommended Skills

Skill NameEffect / Reason
Rapid Morph
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases switch speed and power for switch axes and charge blades.
【Reason】
Greatly speeds up the Switch Axe's transformation. A definite must-have for any build.
Evade Extender
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases evade distance.
【Reason】
Greatly increases your mobility, allowing you to easily move around the field. Lv. 1 is enough for this.
Attack Boost
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases your overall attack.
Also affects your critical rate as you level up
【Reason】
A simple DPS increase skill. Try to get this to at least level 4!
Weakness Exploit
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases the affinity of attacks that exploit a monster weak spot.
【Reason】
Increases your chances of inflicting critical hits when striking weak spots
Critical Boost
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases the damage of critical hits.
【Reason】
Greatly increases damage output especially when used with high affinity builds
Stun Resistance
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Reduces stun duration.
【Reason】
Compressed Finishing Discharge adds a bit of stun so Lv.3 is a must.
Focus
(Priority: ★★☆)
【Effect】
Increases the fill rate for weapons with gauges and the charge rate for weapons with charge attacks.
【Reason】
Increases the charge speed of the Phials. Highly recommended when using slow Phials.
Power Prolonger
(Priority: ★★☆)
【Effect】
Long swords, dual blades, insect glaives, switch axes, and charge blades stay powered up longer.
【Reason】
Lenghtens the empowered duration. Having Lv. 2 is recommended

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Anonymous 2

In the first build, the all-valtrax build, you have the Steadfast jewel 3 times when it only has two levels

Uuuh 1

What can be swapped in for Spio Elytra S... And why would ONLY a female character build be suggested?

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