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This is a guide to the Online Feature in Monster Hunter Rise (MHRise)! Read on to learn how to play multiplayer, both online and with local co-op, and the advantages of multiplayer compared to solo play.

How to Play Local Co-op (Local Connection)

Internet and Nintendo Online Account Not Required

Unlike Online Play, players are not required to have Nintendo Switch Online, or even an internet connection, to play over Local Connection.

As the Nintendo Switch produces its own ad-hoc Wi-Fi connection, players are able to play local co-op on Monster Hunter Rise even on buses or trains!

Local Co-Op Setup Guide

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Speak to Senri the Mailman located just beside the stairs that lead to Fugen the Elder in Kamura Village.
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Select the Play Locally button.
3
Choose to either Find Lobby or Create a Lobby.
1. One player will need to Create a Lobby first before others can join.
2. Other players should select Find Lobby to join the first player. If multiple players Create a Lobby, they'll end up in separate games.
3. Choose the Create A Lobby with the padlock icon on the left if you prefer to set up a 4-digit passcode for your Lobby.

How To Play Online Multiplayer

Internet Is Required

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We'll first be stating the obvious, an internet connection is required to play online and is the basic prerequisite in any online features. A stable internet connection is required to avoid random disconnections in the middle of the hunt.

A Nintendo Online Account is Required

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Additionally, a Nintendo Online Account is required to play online in Monster Hunter Rise. This is a requirement for the majority of the Nintendo Switch's game library to play online, and Rise is no exception.

The duration for each payment varies by plan so to find the ideal plan for your Online Account, please refer to Nintendo's subscription plans below.
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Online Multiplayer Setup Guide

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Speak to Senri the Mailman located just beside the stairs that lead to Fugen the Elder in Kamura Village.
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Select the Play Online button
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Choose to Find Lobby, Create a Lobby, Hunter Connect, or Search by Lobby ID
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Find Lobby: A list of available lobbies will show up on the screen in accordance with your lobby preferences.
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Create Lobby: Allows you to create an online multiplayer lobby with multiple preference options.
Tip: You can change the lobby's preferences after its creation by speaking to Senri The Mailman and choosing the Lobby Settings button.
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Hunter Connect: Allows you to matchmake with other multiplayer lobbies based on your Hunter Connect tags. Click here to know how to setup your Hunter Connect tags!
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Enter Lobby ID: This is the best option for playing with specific friends.
1. After another friend has Created a Lobby with a passcode, enter the Lobby ID here. Note that the ID is case sensitive.
2. A second screen may pop up, requesting a 4-digit passcode if the Lobby's owner has set one up.

How to Post a Hub Quest

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Speak to Minoto inside the Hub.
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You have three quest types to choose from: Low Rank, High Rank (Unlocked at HR4), and Rampage Missions (Unlocked around HR2).
These quest types are further divided into their respecting Hunter Rank (1★, 2★, 3★, etc.)
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Select a mission from the list. A second prompt will show up for confirmation.
TIP: Choosing the Accept via Join Request option will immediately send a Join Request for other players as soon as you depart into the quest.
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Your lobby window will update with the chosen quest's information with a Depart button on the top left (ZR). Other players in the lobby can now join by using the Quest Board!
TIP: Make sure your other squadmates have marked themselves as ready first before departing.

How to Join a Friend's Quest

Use the Hub's Quest Board

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Approach the Quest Board inside the Hub once someone inside the Lobby has posted a quest.
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Alternatively, you can also access the Hub's Quest Board through the Action Bar on the lower right from anywhere in Kamura Village.
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Select the Join Hub Quest button and pick the quest from the list.
WARNING: Selecting the Respond to Join Request button will take you to a random quest that opted to send a Join Request during their hunt.
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Once you've joined the quest, your lobby window will update with the quest information.
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Make sure you tap ZR once you're ready to join the quest owner's departure into the quest!
TIP: In the event that the quest owner departs while you're not ready, you can still join once they are inside by repeating steps 1-3.

Online Multiplayer Player Limit

A Lobby Can Support Up to 4 Players

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It is confirmed that in Monster Hunter Rise, a lobby can only support up to 4 players at a time. This is to promote a more intimate hunting party that can forge lasting friendships.

Gathering Hub Guide

How to Use Join Requests

Send Join Requests via the Start Menu

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Back in Monster Hunter World (MHW), they introduced the SOS mechanic to easily look for teammates that can help you in hunts. In Monster Hunter Rise, SOS is renamed to Join Requests.

You can easily send a join request by going to the Start Menu then choosing Join Request. To learn more about Join Request, check out our guide below!

Join Requests Guide: How to Join and Send out SOS

Activate Join Request from Minoto

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You can choose the Accept via Join Request when confirming a quest from Minoto. This option instantly sends a join request for the hunt as soon as you depart.

Hunter Connect Features

Allows You To Connect With Similar Hunters

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Hunter Connect is a new feature introduced in Monster Hunter Rise. This allows you to set Hunter Tags that filters the matchmaking process and pair you with hunters similar to you.

You can set different tags from your usual hunting active hours, hunting experience, and more!

How to Setup Hunter Connect

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Open the Main Menu and select Hunter Connect from the Multiplayer Tab.
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Choose the Add Connect>Create New Connect buttons on the next window. Input your desired Hunter Tags and choose the Create Connect once you're done.
Take note that the tags of Hunter Connect Cards cannot be changed once you've created them.
You can have up to 10 Hunter Connect Cards at any time and can be deleted if necessary.

'Like' Function

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The LIke Function enables you to 'like' a hunter after every quest. Subsequently, other hunters can 'like' you too. When both of you 'likes' each other, you become Mutual Likes. Being Mutuals gives permission to enter each other's lobbies as you please, similar to being friends. Mutual Likes makes it easier to matchmake with the same pool of people!

Hunter Connect and Like Function

Solo Vs. Multiplayer

Monster Gets Increased HP

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Solo 2-Person Multiplayer 3-4 Person Multiplayer
x1 x1.5 - x1.6 x2.0 - x2.4


These are MHWI specifications. We will update this article when MHRise numbers are released.

When playing multiplayer, the enemy monsters will have more HP than their single-player counterparts. This is done to ensure that the monster doesn't fall as fast due to the increased number of damage it takes from multiple hunters.

Difficulty Scales Based on the Number of Players

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It it now confirmed that the difficulty for multiplayer hunts scales based on the number of players present. In the past, difficulty scaling is only for 1, 2, and 4 players. This time, the difficulty will automatically adjust based on the number of players even if the number of players changes during a quest.

More Supplies

Upon the beginning of every mission, there will be a Supply Box with some supplies to aid hunters on their current mission. The more players join the quest, the more supplies will be included, but it's still unclear whether this adjusts specifically to the number of players, or if supplies for 4 players are automatically included.

Up to 1 Palamute or Palico Can Be Brought

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When playing solo, you can bring 2 Buddies for your quest, however, playing multiplayer will only allow you to bring 1 buddy for the quest. This is done to avoid overwhelming the map with fellow Palamutes and Palicoes.

Overall, Easier than Single Player

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Despite the monsters' scaled HP, taking on monsters in Multiplayer is unarguably easier than in Single Player mode.

Even if the fight can last just as long, each player will benefit from the monster being forced to focus on two to four targets instead of one. This will give them more time to set Traps, use Items, and simply continue whaling on the monster.

Does The Demo Have Multiplayer?

The Demo Supports Multiplayer

The Monster Hunter Rise demo, which is available for download now, allows for both local co-op and online multiplayer! Whether the game will support split-screen gameplay for local co-op remains to be seen.

If you're having trouble with Mizutsune, joining other players to take it down can help finish the fight.

Demo Guide and Features

Demo Local Co-Op Setup Guide

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From the Main Menu, select Multiplayer.
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Select Play Locally.
3
Choose to either Find Lobby or Create a Lobby.
1. One player will need to Create a Lobby first before others can join.
2. Other players should select Find Lobby to join the first player. If multiple players Create a Lobby, they'll end up in separate games.
3. Choose the Create A Lobby with the padlock icon on the left if you prefer to set up a 4-digit passcode for your Lobby

Demo Online Multiplayer Setup Guide

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From the Main Menu, select Multiplayer.
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Select Play Online.
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Choose to Find Lobby, Create a Lobby, or Search by Lobby ID.
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Find Lobby: After choosing your target monster and language preferences, you'll be able to see a list of rooms. This is a good choice for hopping into a random game, and less recommended for joining your friends.
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Create a Lobby: This will allow you to host your own game for either friends or strangers to join. If you want to play only with friends, it's best to set a passcode.
As shown in the image above, you can click X to see your Lobby ID. Send this ID to your friends to invite them to your game.
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Search by Lobby ID: This is the best option for playing with specific friends.
1. After another friend has Created a Lobby with a passcode, enter the Lobby ID here. Note that the ID is case sensitive.
2. On the next screen, you can enter a passcode if one was indicated.

Tip: Retry with the Same Party is Useful

The wording is a bit confusing, but selecting the 'Retry with the same party' option will not force you to play the same Quest again. You'll be able to choose what Quest to play next, while maintaining the same members.

Players who want to drop out can simply select 'No', and new players even have a chance to join in after this option is selected, so it's very flexible.

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