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Best Monster Hunter Rise Greatsword Build Advice

Monster Hunter Rise has several weapons players can choose to build around—including Greatswords.
Monster Hunter Rise has several weapons players can choose to build around—including Greatswords. / Capcom

Monster Hunter Rise has several weapons players can choose to build around—including Greatswords.

For those hunters looking to base their build on one of gaming's more popular weapons, this article is for you. Below, we've outlined the best weapons, armor, perks, and more to create a thrilling endgame build that will carry you through even the toughest of encounters.

Here's how to perfect your Monster Hunter Rise Greatsword build.

Monster Hunter Rise Greatsword Build

First: weapons. We recommend the Dark of Night blade, which is the last upgrade in the Hidden Blade line. It has a Rarity of 6, attack of 180, affinity of 35 and white-tier sharpness. Players have upwards of three slots to play with. Rampage skills include Attack Boost 3, Affinity Boost 2, and Master Rider.

Those having trouble putting together the ingredients for Hidden Blade or upgrading to Dark of Night can also make do with the Abominable Great Sword. While not as sharp as the Dark of Night, this weapon boosts 230 attack and -15 affinity. It additionally has an extra 20 ice elemental damage. Rampage Skills include Affinity Boost 1, Ice Boost 3, and Brutal Strike.

Now, the best armor for greatsword builds should take advantage of Attack Boost and Weakness Exploit. Traditionally, greatswords deal a massive amount of damage per strike in contrast to lighter weapons like shortswords or daggers. This is the mindset you want when choosing your gear. We recommend the following sets:

  • Anjanath
  • Barioth
  • Goss Harang
  • Izuchi
  • Rathalos
  • Skalda Elytra
  • Golden Hakama

For this reason, we also recommend you have a talisman for Weakness Exploit or Focus. In fact, these are among the top skills you should be investing in. The top five skills after these two are:

  • Attack Boost
  • Critical Boost
  • Critical Draw
  • Critical Eye
  • Punishing Draw

Good hunting!