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Sword and Shield (SNS) 3.0 Build Guide - Best Armor & Skills

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Check out this Monster Hunter Rise (Switch) guide on the best update 3.0 Sword and Shield (SNS) builds. Includes recommended equipment, skills, best armor and endgame builds in MH Rise!!

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Sword & Shield (SNS) 3.0 Update Endgame Builds

BuildRecommendation
Tigrex High Attack Build★★★★
Rampage SNS Dragonheart★★★★
Hi Ninja Sword SNS★★★
Valstrax SNS Dragonheart★★★
Narga SNS Dragonheart★★・・

Tigrex High Attack Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Tigrex SwordTigrex Sword Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
228--15%-
Decorations-
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SAttack Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsLagombi Vambraces STenderizer Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
WaistAnjanath Coil SCritical Jewel 2
Drain Jewel 1
Drain Jewel 1
LegsIngot Greaves SBrace Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv. 2Attack Jewel 2 (if slotted)
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Attack Boost Lv. 6, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 2, Ice Attack Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2623-4-10-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
Gamewith Editorial Team・Has a white sharpness level
・Even with Critical Eye and Critical Boost, Affinity still remains at 75%
・Does not require Razor Sharp as you can attack with the shield to prevent sharpness reduction

Rampage SNS + Valstrax Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Rampage Sword SRampage Sword S Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
210-20%-
Decorations-
Rampage Skill1: Sharpness Type I
2: Non-elemental Boost
3: Affinity Surge

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailHandicraft Jewel 3
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesCritical Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilCritical Jewel 2
LegsValstrax GreavesHandicraft Jewel 3
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanCritical Eye Lv. 2Expert Jewel 2 (If slotted)
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 5, Critical Eye Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Resentment Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Handicraft Lv. 2
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
400-7-7-7-718
Builds Materials List
PartsMaterials
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
Gamewith Editorial Team・Requires you to maintain less than 80% health
・With Weakness Exploit, Affinity caps at 85%
・Use Shield attacks to prevent sharpness deterioration
・Attack power is slightly less than the Tigrex Sword
・High critical chance provides reliable high attack power

Hi Ninja Sword SNS Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Hi Ninja SwordHi Ninja Sword Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
200-100%-
DecorationsDrain Jewel 1
Drain Jewel 1
Drain Jewel 1
Rampage SkillSilkbind Boost

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadMizuha CapBrace Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Defense Jewel 1
ArmsTigrex Braces SCritical Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SWirebug Jewel 2
Brace Jewel 1
Brace Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SAttack Jewel 2
TalismanBludgeoner Lv. 1Attack Jewel
Attack Jewel 2 (if slotted)
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Mind's Eye Lv. 3, Bludgeoner Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Ballistics Lv. 2, Evade Window Lv. 2, Flinch Free Lv. 1, Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 1, Defense Boost Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
28201-61-5
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
Gamewith Editorial Team・Weapon comes with 100% Affinity
・Green sharpness is long enough to not require sharpness skills
・Attack hard parts
・More powerful with Mind's Eye activated

Valstrax SNS Dragonheart Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Vermillion OrgulVermillion Orgul Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
188340%-
DecorationsCritical Jewel 2
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesExpert Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilExpert Jewel 2
LegsValstrax GreavesExpert Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanCritical Eye Lv. 2Expert Jewel 2 (if slotted)
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 6, Dragonheart Lv. 5, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Resentment Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
400-7-7-7-718
Builds Materials List
PartsMaterials
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
Gamewith Editorial Team・Hitting enemy weak spots raises affinity to 80%
・If attacking mainly with sword, you can use Valstrax Soul as your Rampage Skill
・Requires less than 80% HP to fully utilize

Narga SNS Dragonheart Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Flash in the NightFlash in the Night Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
188-30%-
DecorationsCritical Jewel 2
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesExpert Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilExpert Jewel 2
LegsValstrax GreavesExpert Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanWirebug Whisperer Lv. 2Wirebug Jewel 1
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 5, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Resentment Lv. 3, Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Critical Eye Lv. 3
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
400-7-7-7-718
Builds Materials List
PartsMaterials
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
Gamewith Editorial Team・With Weakness exploit, Affinity raises to 95%
・Wirebug Whisperer increases your chances of doing Wyvern Ride attacks
・Requires less than 80% HP to fully activate skills

Sword & Shield Endgame Builds 2.0 Update

View Older (Pre 3.0) Endgame Builds Here

New Builds List

Build / WeaponRecommendation / Skills
Tigrex Attack Based Sword & Shield Build★★★★
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Attack Boost Lv. 6, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 2, Ice Attack Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Narga Master's Touch Sword & Shield Build★★★
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Attack Boost Lv. 5, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Master's Touch Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 2, Ice Attack Lv. 1
Spiked Bat Sword & Shield Build★★★
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Attack Boost Lv. 6, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 2, Ice Attack Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Hi Ninja Sword Bludgeoner Build★★★
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Mind's Eye Lv. 3, Bludgeoner Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Ballistics Lv. 2, Evade Window Lv. 2, Flinch Free Lv. 1, Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 1, Defense Boost Lv. 1
Hi Ninja Sword Handicraft Build★★・・
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Protective Polish Lv. 3, Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 2, Defense Boost Lv. 1, Offensive Guard Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1, Handicraft Lv. 1, Stamina Thief Lv. 1

Tigrex Attack Based Sword & Shield Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Tigrex SwordTigrex Sword
AttackElementAffinityDefense
228--15%-
Decoration
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SAttack Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsLagombi Vambraces STenderizer Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
WaistAnjanath Coil SCritical Jewel 2
Drain Jewel 1
Drain Jewel 1
LegsIngot Greaves SBrace Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv 2Attack Jewel 2
(Optional)
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Attack Boost Lv. 6, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 2, Ice Attack Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2623-4-10-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・The white sharpness gauge provides higher attack power than Spiked Bat.
・Even with Exploit Weakness active, your critical rate is only 75%, which is rather unreliable.
・You don’t need to run Razor Sharpness on this build, as you’ll be relying on shield attacks, which don’t reduce sharpness.

Narga Master's Touch Sword & Shield Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Flash in the NightFlash in the Night
AttackElementAffinityDefense
18830%
DecorationMastery Jewel 2
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownDrain Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SMastery Jewel 2
Mastery Jewel 2
Drain Jewel 1
ArmsLagombi Vambraces SCritical Jewel 2
Drain Jewel 1
WaistAnjanath Coil SCritical Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsIngot Greaves SSteadfast Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv 2Attack Jewel 2
(Optional)
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Attack Boost Lv. 5, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Master's Touch Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 2, Ice Attack Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2623-4-10-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・Weapon's Affinity Rate with Critical Eye is 70%
・The Affinity Rate can raise up to 100% if Critical Boost is activated
・Master's Touch helps to reduces your sharpness loss rate.

Spiked Bat Sword & Shield Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Spiked Bat
AttackElementAffinityDefense
230-3%-
Decoration
Rampage SkillCritical Boost III

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsLagombi Vambraces STenderizer Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
WaistAnjanath Coil SAttack Jewel 2
Drain Jewel 1
Drain Jewel 1
LegsIngot Greaves SBrace Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv 2Attack Jewel 2
(Optional)
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Attack Boost Lv. 6, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 2, Ice Attack Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2623-4-10-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・Higher Attack damage than Flash in the Night & Hi Ninja Sword.
・It is hard to deal critical damage unless hit the enemy's weak spots.
・Has 93% Affinity Rate when Weakness Exploit is activated.
・You don’t need to run Razor Sharpness on this build, as you’ll be relying on shield attacks, which don’t reduce sharpness.

Hi Ninja Sword Bludgeoner Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Hi Ninja SwordHi Ninja Sword Build
AttackElementAffinityDefense
200100%
DecorationDrain Jewel 1
Drain Jewel 1
Drain Jewel 1
Rampage SkillSkillbind Boost

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadMizuha CapBrace Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
Defense Jewel 1
ArmsTigrex Braces SCritical Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SWirebug Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SAttack Jewel 2
TalismanBludgeoner Lv 1Attack Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 2
(Optional)
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Mind's Eye Lv. 3, Bludgeoner Lv. 3, Stamina Thief Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Ballistics Lv. 2, Evade Window Lv. 2, Flinch Free Lv. 1, Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 1, Defense Boost Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
28201-61-5
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・The weapon alone can get you up to 100% Affinity rate.
・You do not need to sharpen your weapon often due to the long Green Sharpness Gauge.
・Can attack the Monster's Hard Parts.
・Mind's Eye activation can raise the weapon's ATK.

Hi Ninja Sword Handicraft Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Hi Ninja SwordHi Ninja Sword Handicraft Build
AttackElementAffinityDefense
200-100%-
DecorationGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
Rampage SkillSkillbind Boost

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadBarroth Helm SSharp Jewel 2
Brace Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SHandicraft Jewel 3
Wirebug Jewel 2
Drain Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SCritical Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SCritical Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SCritical Jewel 2
TalismanProtective PolishWirebug Jewel
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Protective Polish Lv. 3, Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 2, Defense Boost Lv. 1, Offensive Guard Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1, Handicraft Lv. 1, Stamina Thief Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
25630-2-2-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・The weapon alone can get you up to 100% Affinity rate.
・This build also has Protective Polish & Wirebug Whisperer skills.
・Attack Power is slightly lower than Narga Master's Touch Sword & Shield Build.
・You can choose either Protective Polish Lv 2 Talisman or Wirebug Whisperer Talisman if there's no slot 2.

Sword & Shield - High Rank Builds

All-Around High Rank Sword & Shield

Recommended Weapon

WeaponSharpness
Iron Beater IIIron Beater II
AttackElementAffinityDefense
170-0%-
Decoration-

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadIzuchi Helm S-
ChestHunter Mail S-
ArmsAlloy Vambraces S-
WaistBaggi Coil S-
LegsBaggi Greaves S-
Skills
Critical Eye Lv3, Attack Boost Lv4, Handicraft Lv1, Water Attack Lv1, Sleep Resistance Lv1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
173-7-3-532
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamAttack Boost, Critical Eye, and Handicraft are all-around skills that this build makes use of. You can also use this for other melee weapons if you want to try them out.

Sword & Shield - Low Rank Builds

Build For 2★ Quests

Recommended Weapon

WeaponSharpness
Hunter's Knife IIHunter
AttackElementAffinityDefense
100-0%-
Decoration-

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecorations
HeadIzuchi Helm-
ChestHunter's Mail-
ArmsAlloy Vambraces-
WaistAlloy Coil-
LegsBaggi Greaves-
Skills
Critical Eye Lv3, Attack Boost Lv2, Water Attack Lv1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
44-4-2-501
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamIf you're still doing Village ★2 quests, you probably won't have very many Sword and Shield skills available. At this stage, focusing on Attack Boost and Critical Eye will be your safest and best bet.

Equipment For 4★ Quests

Recommended Weapons

WeaponSharpness
Exorcising Sword IExorcising Sword I Sharpness
AttackElementAffinityDefense
120-0%-
Decoration-

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecorations
HeadBasarios Helm-
ChestBarroth Mail-
ArmsBnahabra Gloves-
WaistBasarios Coil-
LegsBasarios Greaves-
Skills
Defense Lv5, Attack Boost Lv1, Evade Window Lv1, Speed Sharpening Lv1, Load Shells Lv1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
127-5-762-7
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis build focuses on increasing your defensive abilities and boosting your evasion via the Evade Window skill. Even just level 1 in this skill makes a big difference! That being said, if you do get hit you'll be tanky enough for it not to matter as much.

Sword & Shield - 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
Razor Sharp
(Priority: ☆★★)
【Effect】
Lowers the loss of sharpness when attacking
【Reason】
When sharpness drops, so does your attack power. Better to have Sharpness up as much as possible
Weakness Exploit
(Priority: ☆★★)
【Effect】
Increases damage done when attacking a monster's weak point.
【Reason】
Since the Greatsword focuses on specific areas, this skill will help further increase your damage. Always aim for the head or tail
Critical Eye
(Priority: ☆★★)
【Effect】
Increases affinity
【Reason】
Increases the chance of getting critical hits whenever you attack an enemy

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Anonymous 1

Think you might want to look at you builds again, missing skills that you deco in and attack boost no longer give affinity but instead bonus damage.

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