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The Insect Glaive Build 3.0 guide for Monster Hunter Rise (Switch). Includes endgame, low rank, elemental, early, & high rank builds, armor, kinsect guide, & weapons in MH Rise.

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Insect Glaive Endgame Builds 3.0 Update

Build / WeaponRecommendation
4-Part Valstrax-Nargacuga Insect Glaive Build★★★★
Full Valstrax-Nargacuga Insect Glaive Build★★★★
Tigrex-Valstrax Insect Glaive Build★★★
Diablos-Valstrax Insect Glaive Build★★★
Dragon Valstrax Insect Glaive Build★★・・
Rampage-Specialized Blast Insect Glaive Build★★・・

4-Part Valstrax-Nargacuga Insect Glaive Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Evening Calm
AttackElementAffinityDefense
198None40%-
DecorationMastery Jewel 2
Kinsect BonusKinsect Lvl 7
Rampage SkillAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmMastery Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailMastery Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesCritical Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilCritical Jewel 2
LegsIngot GreavesGrinder Jewel 1
TalismanAttack Boost Lv. 2Critical Jewel 2
KinsectCarnage Beetle
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 4, Attack Boost Lv. 4, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Master's Touch Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Resentment Lv. 2, Critical Eye Lv. 2
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
360-7-7-5-614
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
Ingot GreavesDragonite Ore x2
Machalite Ore x3
Iron Ore x3
Lightcrystal x1
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・A Master's Touch build that is more powerful than the Valstrax build when Dragonheart & Resuscitate are activated
・Be careful about contracting dragonblight at 70% health due to Dragonheart Lv. 4

Full Valstrax-Nargacuga Insect Glaive Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Evening Calm
AttackElementAffinityDefense
198None40%-
DecorationMastery Jewel 2
Kinsect BonusKinsect Lvl 7
Rampage SkillAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailMastery Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesCritical Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilCritical Jewel 2
LegsValstrax GreavesMastery Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanCritical Eye Lv. 2-
KinsectCarnage Beetle
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 5, Master's Touch Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Resentment Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Critical Eye Lv. 2, Flinch Free Lv. 1
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%
・A Master's Touch build with 100% collective affinity
・Although has lower critical attack power than Tigrex & other builds, its high affinity and ability to keep sharpness makes up for it

Tigrex-Valstrax Insect Glaive Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Tigerclaw Glaive
AttackElementAffinityDefense
228None-10%-
DecorationBrace Jewel 1
Kinsect BonusKinsect Lvl 6
Rampage SkillAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCritical Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailRazor Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesCritical Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilCritical Jewel 2
LegsValstrax GreavesRazor Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanCritical Eye Lv. 2Razor Jewel 2
KinsectCarnage Beetle
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 5, Razor Sharp 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Resentment Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Critical Eye Lv. 2, Flinch Free Lv. 1
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%
・Attack power when at blue & white levels for gauge is top class
・Sharpness levels may need some effort to manage well
・Good to supplement with Palico strength buffs

Diablos-Valstrax Insect Glaive Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Diablos Rod
AttackElementAffinityDefense
238None-10%-
Decoration-
Kinsect BonusKinsect Lvl 6
Rampage SkillAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

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. 2-
KinsectCarnage Beetle
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 5, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Resentment Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Handicraft Lv. 2, Critical Eye Lv. 2
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%
・More attack power than when the Tigrex build's gauge is blue
・Has stable sharpness and is relatively easy to manage
・Good to supplement with Palico strength buffs

Dragon Valstrax Insect Glaive Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Reddnaught Shuma
AttackElementAffinityDefense
178Dragon 380%-
DecorationExpert Jewel 2
Kinsect BonusKinsect Lvl 5
Rampage SkillAttack Boost Ⅲ
*Also has a special dragon elemental attack

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadValstrax HelmCritical Jewel 2
Dragon Jewel 1
ChestValstrax MailCritical Jewel 2
Dragon Jewel 1
ArmsValstrax BracesCritical Jewel 2
WaistValstrax CoilExpert Jewel 2
LegsValstrax GreavesJumping Jewel 2
Dragon Jewel 1
TalismanCritical Eye Lv. 2Jumping Jewel 2
Skills
Dragonheart Lv. 5, Resentment Lv. 5, Critical Eye Lv. 4, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Resuscitate Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Dragon Attack 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%
・Particularly strong against enemies that are weak against dragon elemental attacks

Rampage-Specialized Blast Insect Glaive Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Magia Charmbell
AttackElementAffinityDefense
200Blast 330%+5
DecorationSteadfast Jewel 1 x3
Kinsect BonusKinsect Lvl 8
Rampage SkillAttack Boost IV

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestJelly Vest SMastery Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsKaiser VambracesMastery Jewel 2
WaistKaiser CoilMastery Jewel 2
LegsKadachi Greaves STenderizer Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv. 2Blast Jewel 2
(Optional)
KinsectCarnage Beetle
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Master's Touch Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Blast Attack Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 2, Teostra Blessing Lv. 2, Constitution Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
34214-1143-8
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・Although it has less firepower compared to other builds, its attributes make it great for Rampage quests
・The best build for mobility and can cover the whole area of the Rampage battlefield

Older Insect Glaive Endgame Builds

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Nargacuga High DPS Glaive Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Evening Calm
AttackElementAffinityDefense
19840%
DecorationCritical Jewel 2
Kinsect BonusKinsect Lvl 7
Rampage SkillAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownBrace Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SCritical Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SMastery Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SMastery Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SMastery Jewel 2
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv2Attack Jewel
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Critical Eye Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Master's Touch Lv. 3, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
28010-3-4-2-6
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・Easier sharpness management, which was an issue
・Achieves high DPS
・Remove the Attack Jewel if you don't have a slot on your Talsiman

Tigrex Glaive Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Tigerclaw Glaive
AttackElementAffinityDefense
228-10%
DecorationGrinder Jewel 1
Kinsect BonusKinsect Lvl 6
Rampage SkillAttack Boost Ⅲ

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestNargacuga Mail SGrinder Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SCritical Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SCritical Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
LegsIngot Greaves SBrace Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness ExploitTenderizer Jewel
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Attack Boost Lv. 6, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Evade Window Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2967-6-40-5
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・80% Critical Rate when skill is activated
・White Sharpness Gauge and higher ATK than Evening Calm Glaive
・Critical Eye Lv3 is prioritized over Attack Boost Lv7
・Blue Sharpness Gauge is slightly lower than Evening Calm Glaive, so using whetstone is required.

Magia Charmbell Glaive Blast Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Magia Charmbell
AttackElementAffinityDefense
200Blast 330%5
DecorationSteadfast Jewel 1
Kinsect BonusKinsect Lvl 8
Rampage SkillAttack Boost IV

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownGrinder Jewel 1
ChestJelly Vest SMastery Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
ArmsKaiser VambracesMastery Jewel 2
WaistKaiser CoilMastery Jewel 2
LegsKadachi Greaves STenderizer Jewel 2
Grinder Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness ExploitBlast Jewel
KinsectCarnage Beetle
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Master's Touch Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Speed Sharpening Lv. 3, Blast Attack Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 2, Teostra Blessing Lv. 2, Constitution Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
34214-1143-8
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・High Blast value
・Kinsect lvl 8 is quite valuable, as it's hard to get
・This Build has less ATK Power than Nargacuga/Tigrex Build, but it can deal more damage due to its Blast Element

High Crit DPS Build

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

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Evening CalmEvening Calm
AttackElementAffinityDefense
190None40%-
DecorationAttack Jewel 2
Kinsect
Bonus
Kinsect Lvl 7

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadZinogre Helm SGrinder Jewel 1
ChestZinogre Mail SGrinder Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SAttack Jewel 2
WaistGolden ObiGrinder Jewel 1
LegsGolden HakamaBrace Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit 1
Two level 1 decoration slots
Steadfast Jewel 1
Steadfast Jewel 1
KinsectMonarch Alucanid
Carnage Beetle
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 4, Weakness Exploit Lvl 3, Critical Boost Lvl 3, Latent Power Lvl 3, Speed Sharpening Lvl 3, Heroics Lvl 1, Maximum Might Lvl 1, Flinch Free Lvl 1, Stun REsistance Lvl 3
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
3267112-173
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis is a straightforward crit-based DPS build. Having Stun Resistance and Speed Sharpening will make it even easier to use. You shouldn't have any trouble keeping buffs up even without Power Prolonger!

No Talisman Affinity Build

↓ This build doesn't require the use of a Talisman.

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Evening CalmEvening Calm
AttackElementAffinityDefense
190None40%-
DecorationEnhancer Jewel 2
Kinsect
Bonus
Kinsect Lv7

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadZinogre Helm SBrace Jewel 1
ChestRemobra Suit SGrinder Jewel 1
Defense Jewel 1
ArmsDober VambracesEnhancer Jewel 2
Defense Jewel 1
Defense Jewel 1
WaistSkalda Elytra S
Spio Elytra S
-
LegsGolden HakamaGrinder Jewel 1
Grinder Jewel 1
KinsectMonarch Alucanid
Carnage Beetle
Skills
Latent Power Lvl 2, Weakness Exploit Lvl 3, Critical Boost Lvl 3, Dragon Attack Lvl 1, Power Prolonger Lvl 3, Flinch Free Lvl 1, Speed Sharpening Lvl 3, Defense Boost Lvl 3
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
279407-913
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis build doesn't rely on a Talisman for skills and manages to include Power Prolonger, Weakness Exploit, and Critical Boost. That being said, you'll want to eventually try to get a Talisman instead, as they're quite powerful

Best Insect Glaive Builds For High Ranks

DPS Focused Build (Craftable At ★4)

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Hortadent BradaHortadent Brada
AttackElementAffinityDefense
160None0%-
Decoration-
Kinsect
Bonus
Kinsect Lv5

Recommended Armor

Equipment
HeadIzuchi Helm S
ChestHunter's Mail S
ArmAlloy Vambraces S
WaistBaggi Coil S
LegsBaggi Greaves S
KinsectMonarch Alucanid
Carnage Beetle
Attack Boost Lvl 4, Critical Eye Lvl 3, Water Attack Lvl 1, Handicraft Lvl 1, Sleep Resistance Lvl 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
173-7-3-532
Skills
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis build's weapon, the Hortadent Brada, has a quite decent blue-level sharpness (160) and comes with lvl 5 Kinsect. As for which Kinsects to choose, we recommend either Monarch Alucanid or Carnage Beetle. The only difference between them is whether you want sever or blunt damage.
Build Materials List

Best Insect Glaive Builds For Low Ranks

High DPS Early Game Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Iron Blade IIIron Blade II
AttackElementAffinityDefense
100None0%-
Decoration-
Kinsect
Bonus
Kinsect Lv1

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
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis build emphasizes dealing damage above all else. You're free to choose whatever Kinsect you want, but note that your choice won't matter that much as Kinsects aren't very strong in the early game.
Build Materials List

Build Craftable At ★4

Recommended Weapon

Weapon NameSharpness
Kulu Glaive IIKulu Glaive Ⅱ
AttackElementAffinityDefense
140None10%-
Decoration-
Kinsect
Bonus
Kinsect Lv3

Recommended Armor

Equipment
HeadBarroth Helm
ChestKadachi Mail
ArmsKadachi Braces
WaistIngot Coil
LegsKadachi Greaves
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 1, Power Prolonger Lvl 1, Constitution Lvl 2, Critical Eye Lvl 2
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
96-3-101401
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis is a powerful build that is quite safe and easy to use, largely due to Power Prolonger and Constitution. If you have confidence in your fighting and want to specialize even further in DPS, swap out to Baggi or Ingot gear instead.

Insect Glaive Recommended Skills

SkillEffect / Reason
Power Prolonger
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Extends the duration of buffs
【Reason】
Increases the duration of extracts, very useful overall.
Attack Boost
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases your attack damage
As you gain levels, also affects your crit chance
【Reason】
A simple way to boost your damage. Try to get at least Lvl 4 in this!
Weakness Exploit
(Priority: ★★☆)
【Effect】
Increases your affinity (crit) against a monster's weak points
【Reason】
A simple DPS increase by ways of increasing crit.
Razor Sharp
(Priority: ★★☆)
【Effect】
Reduces sharpness loss
【Reason】
It's easy to lose sharpness on this weapon, so this is quite a handy skill that you'll want to have. Handicraft might work as well as a substitute here.

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Gamar356 1

Hey, i think there might be some typos in the narga valstrax set cause it says to use dragon jewels and also includes 4 critical boosts

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