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Switch Axe Build - Best Armor & Skills

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

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Best Switch Axe Builds For Endgame

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 Recommended Skills

SkillEffect / Reason
Rapid Morph
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases the damage and speed of form changing abilities on the Switch Axe and Charge Blade
【Reason】
The Switch axe will be swapping between forms very frequently, making this an absolutely ideal skill. You'll definitely want to get this skill to level 3!
Focus
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases the gauge speed of the Switch Axe
【Reason】
This skill will make it much easier to fill up your gauge and makes a huge difference in your overall performance.
Power Prolonger
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Extends the duration of power buffs on you.
【Reason】
This will let you keep up the damage buff in Axe mode even longer - this is also practically mandatory.
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 level 4!

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