Tools Of The Hunt – Monster Hunter Rise Weapon Guide Part 1

Weapons! Weapons!! Weapons!!! This guide will be your non stop shop for all you need info on weapons. In Monster Hunter Rise if you’re going to make it as a hunter you need to at least be versatile in your weapons. In this guide I will be giving you which weapons are basic. The next guide will go over “Gunner ” weapons which are three: the light bow gun, heavy bow gun, and my favorite the bow. I know who uses a bow when you can have a bow gun? Every weapon here has weakness and strong suit to your play style. Well lets get to it!

Basic Weapons

Lets start off with some simple weapons that aren’t too difficult to master and understand.

  • Sword and Shield

The sword and shield is a good basic weapon to start off for anyone can. Its not the most popular but can be versatile in helping agro monsters if you’re working on a team. Is considered a dps because of the combos it can do. Best part if you want to take a hit from a monster you can and you don’t have to dip and duck like a dual blader. Another fun fact is that you don’t have to sheath your weapon to use items.

  • Pros:
    • A good balance of defense and offense.
    • The maneuverability with this weapon is easy in close similarities to the dual blades.
    • Great for taking hits from large and small monsters, but combined with the power guard your unstoppable just watch your stamina.
  • Cons
    • Not a high damage output you get the most bang out of your buck if you can finish your combos
    • Because its a short sword you reach is not that great to get you have get close to land your hits.
    • Your combos can get interrupted and can make easily susceptible to damage if your not carful
  • Dual Blades 

If you like hitting and running then this is the class for you. A dual blader has the speed and is a true damage giver. With its maneuverability of the class you can move pretty fast and makes it easy to dodge any attack that comes your way. With that said Demon Mode is the next level in this weapon set. Demon mode makes you 

  • Pros:
    • A good balance of defense and offense.
    • The maneuverability with this weapon is easy in close similarities of the dual blades.
    • Great for taking hits from large and small monsters, but combined with the power guard your unstoppable just watch your stamina
  • Cons
    • Not a high damage output you get the most bang out of your buck if you can finish your combos
    • Because its a short sword you reach is not that great got to get really close to land your hits.
    • Your combos can get interrupted and can make easily susceptible to damage if your not carful
  • The Hammer

It’s hammer time!! Now if you’re looking for pure power in your arsenal. Then look no further then hammer weapons of Monster Hunter Rise. The hammer is a powerful weapon in the game when it comes to dealing raw damage. A weapon not widely used but is great when your looking for something that will cleave a monsters health bar quickly.

  • Pros:
    • Powerful, can oftentimes take out other small monsters out in one hit
    • Well placed strikes with this weapon can stun monsters especially when hit on the head. 
    • Has nice mobility for a charge weapon
  • Cons
    • Just like the sword and shield this weapon has a short reach so you will need to get close on monsters.
    • Weapon attacks can be slow so time your attacks is essential.
    • This weapon is blunt damage weapon so it has no cutting capabilities like other weapons.
  • Hunting Horn

Like to dance to the beat of your own drum? Then try out the hunting horn. The hunting horn is great if you wanna be a team player. The hunting horn is a great weapon for working in teams especially if you want to sit back and play the games healer and buffer. It is also a fairly good damage dealer not as strong as the hammer but good enough. So if your just an instrumental person or you just like playing support then this is the weapon for you

  • Pros:
    • Buffs galore gives you three buffs depending upon the weapon in which you can use when fighting
    • Allows you to buff teammates while your fighting  a monster 
    • Has great combos.
    • Also can stun monsters
  • Cons
    • One word slow. The weapon is slow so you have to plan your attacks
    • Weapon attacks can be slow so time your attacks is essential.
    • The combos will leave you vulnerable for attacks if your not careful.
  • Lance

If you’re trying to look like Sir Lancealot hunting monsters then take a look at the lance weapon set. This weapon has an impressive reach and it also is has a good bolster in defense. If you like taking the time and attacking a monster from a good distance away and have a good defense. This weapon could be more suited towards your play style

  • Pros:
    • Has a long reach 
    • It’s defense is probably better than all the other shielded weapons in the game
    • Can counter attack monsters easily
  • Cons
    • Combos can get mundane. Can get dry with you poking your monster to death.
    • Low maneuverability moving your character with this weapon set can be hindering. Weapon set is definitely not a hit and run type.
    • Damage output can be low if you’re not constantly attacking the monster.
  • Gunlance

Want more bang for your buck? Then get the gunlance. I think of the gunlance as an upgraded version of the lance. It has more options than the lance besides the mundane gameplay it provides. With this weapon it can also give different types of shells in which you can use for the weapon.

  • Pros:
    • Has a higher damage output than the lance and has damage output over all
    • It still retains a defense just as high as the lance
    • Both attack types itself can be buffed up whether its the lance itself or the shelling
    • Has longer range than lance because of the cannon.
  • Cons
    • Slow and tanky just like the lance
    • Drains your resources when it comes to sharpening and reloading
    • Missing a combo puts you in a bad spot and hard to break the combo once started. Can make you more acceptable to all sorts of attacks
  • Great Sword

When I think of the great sword I think of Cloud from Final Fantasy. With this weapon not only will you look cool you will be a heavy hitter with this weapon. When it comes to this weapon set you can still put out high damage and still do some hitting and running. This weapon is easy to learn and master so anybody from any play style can easily equip this weapon set and play.

  • Pros:
    • Easy to learn than other weapons
    • Puts out high damage from even a single hit
  • Cons
    • Bad mobility when it comes to movement.
    • Certain attacks will leave you wide open for other attacks.
    • Requires a good amount of charging for heavy damage attacks
  • Long Sword

This katana-like sword is full of possibilities when it comes to the gameplay of the game. The weapon provides a good amount of damage and a way to move out of monster attacks.

  • Pros:
    • Longer reach for attacks
    • Can cut the tails off monsters easier than other weapons in the game
    • Attacks can be powerful with the use of the spirit gauge
  • Cons
    • Needs to utilize the spirit gauge a lot to be an effective damage dealer.
    • To get bet amount of combos in need  to know monster attack patterns
  • Insect Glaive

    If you like twirling around causing great deals of damage while sicking your giant beetle at enemies then the insect glaive is the weapon for you. The insect glaive is versatile weapon when it comes to be self sustaing. With the kinsect you can send it out to attack monsters and retrieve it to get back buffs. These buffs range with attack , defense, and speed. So attacking these buffs are important in making the most use out of this weapon set.

  • Pros:
    • True ariel combat at its finest
    • Good Versatility
    • Will become a self buffing machine 
    • Allows for cool builds
  • Cons
    • Aerial attacks leaves you vulnerable
    • Hard to learn how to control kinsect
    • Need aim careful when sending in the kinsect to get buffs.

Conclusion

So many weapons to choose from. Each has their value to a player’s fighting style from getting up close and personal with the dual blades. To be in safety of your shield and lance. The next guide will finish up the last weapons and my favorite weapon set the bow. For “Gunner” hunters that like to use the heavy & light bowgun or the bow. With this guide what weapon do you think you like the most?

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