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This is a guide to the Online Feature in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise): Sunbreak ! Read on to learn how to play multiplayer on both the PC and the Nintendo Switch, how diffculty scaling works, both online and with local co-op, and the advantages of multiplayer compared to solo play.

How To Play Online Multiplayer

How to Setup Multiplayer

1
Speak to the Courier Senri the Mailman.
2
Select the Play Online option. You can also choose Friends List to join the lobbies of the people in your friends list, or the Mutual Likes List to find hunters you've played with and liked.
3
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.
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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. A second screen may pop up, requesting a 4-digit passcode if the Lobby's owner has set one up.

Nintendo Membership is Required for Switch Players

MH Rise - Nintendo Online Account for Switch

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.

Nintendo Online Pricing Plans

How to Play Local Co-op

Local Co-Op Setup Guide for Switch

To learn how to join your friends' quests, check out the steps below.

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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.
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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.

Internet and Nintendo Membership Not Required

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

No Local Co-op for PC

The local co-op option is only available for the Nintendo Switch. The Play Locally option has been removed in the Courier. Having a local co-op play may not be possible at the moment for PC players.

How to Post a Hub Quest

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Speak to Minoto inside the Hub.
2 MH Rise - How to Post a Hub Quest Step 2
You have three quest types to choose from: Low Rank, High Rank (Unlocked at HR4), and Rampage Missions (Unlocked around HR2)
3 MH Rise - How to Post a Hub Quest Step 3
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 or MB4). Other players in the lobby can now join by using the Quest Board!

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 or MB4 once you're ready to join the quest owner's departure into the quest!

Online Multiplayer Player Limit

A Lobby Can Support Up to 4 Players

MH Rise - Canteen in Gathering Hub

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

No Multiplayer During Village Quests

MH Rise - Solo Only Village Quests

Village Quests are meant to be done solo the Send Join Request function is not available on all Village Quests. But if you are having a hard time taking on monsters in Village Quests, why not take a look on our guide and see our tips?

Village Quest Guide

How to Use Join Requests

Send Join Requests via the Start Menu

MH Rise - Send out Join Request

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

MH Rise - Join Request from Minoto
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.

How to Play Multiplayer in Sunbreak Demo

How to Play Sunbreak Demo Locally (Switch Only)

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Launch the Sunbreak demo and choose Multiplayer.
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Select Play Locally.
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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. Tick the Passcode box if you prefer to set up a 4-digit passcode for your Lobby.
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If you created the lobby, select the hunt you want do and confirm your selection. You can choose to hunt Great Izuchi, Tetranodon, Astalos, or Malzeno.
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Select the weapon you want to use and whether you want to bring a Palamute or Palico.
Once you are all set up, choose either Standby for Departure to wait for all lobby members to be ready or Depart with Current Members to immediately start the hunt.

How to Play Sunbreak Demo Online

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Launch the Sunbreak demo and choose Multiplayer.
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Select either Find a Lobby, Create a Lobby. or Search by Lobby ID. You can select your target and language preference right after.
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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 a Lobby: Choose your target preference and whether or not you want to have a private lobby by adding a passcode.
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Search by Lobby ID: This is the best option for playing with specific friends. A second screen will pop up, requesting a 4-digit passcode if the lobby's owner has set one up.
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Select the hunt you want do and confirm your selection. You can choose to hunt Great Izuchi, Tetranodon, Astalos, or Malzeno.
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Select the weapon you want to use and whether you want to bring a Palamute or Palico.
Once you are all set up, choose either Standby for Departure to wait for all lobby members to be ready or Depart with Current Members to immediately start the hunt.

Sunbreak Demo Guide and Monsters

Hunter Connect Features

Allows You To Connect With Similar Hunters

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

The Like Function enables you to 'like' hunters after every quest.

Being 'Mutual Likes' give permission to hunters to enter each other's lobbies as you please. 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

MH Rise - Magnamalo

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

These are MHWI specifications. Currently there are no official data about this yet.

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

Difficulty Scales Based on the Number of Players

MH Rise - Quest Difficulty Scaling

It it now confirmed that the difficulty for multiplayer hunts scales based on the number of players present.

The difficulty will automatically adjust based on the number of players even if the number of players changes during a quest.

More Supplies

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.

Up to 1 Palamute or Palico Can Be Brought

MH Rise - Bring Palico or Palamute on Multiplayer Hunts
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.

Overall, Easier than Single Player

MH Rise - Multiple Players
Despite the monsters' scaled HP, taking on monsters in Multiplayer is 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.

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