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MH Rise - Sword and Shield Guide Combos Controls and Moveset

This is a guide to the Sword and Shield (SNS), a weapon in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Read on to learn about new Sword and Shield controls and combos, how to use Sword and Shield Perfect Rush, the Sword and Shield's new Guard Point move, Sword and Shield Oils as well as details on Sword and Shield Switch Skills.

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Sword and Shield Controls

Switch PC Action
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
Chop
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click
Lateral Slash
Left AnalogButtons A

Left Stick + A
MH Rise - W ButtonMH Rise - A ButtonMH Rise - S ButtonMH Rise - D Button + MH Rise - Right Click

Directional Button + Right Click
Shield Attack
Buttons XButtons A

X + A
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click

Left Click + Right Click
Advancing Slash
Button zR + Buttons X

zR + X
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Left Click

MB4 + Left Click
Rising Slash
Button zR zR
MH Rise - M4 Click
MB4
Guard
Button zR + Buttons A

zR + A
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Right Click

MB4 + Right Click
Guard Slash
During a combo,
Left Analog ↓ +Buttons A

Down + A
During a combo,
Hold MH Rise - S Button + MH Rise - Right Click

S + Right Click
Backstep
During a backstep, hold
Buttons A
A
During a backstep,
hold MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click
Charged Slash
After a backstep,
Buttons X
X
After a backstep,
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
Leaping Slash
After a Leaping Slash or Guard Slash,
Buttons X
X
After a Leaping Slash or Guard Slash,
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
Perfect Rush
Button zRButtons Y

zR + Y
MH Rise - M4 Click or MH Rise - Middle Click + E

MB4 or Middle Click + E
Use Item
Buttons zLButtons X

zL + X
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left Click

Middle Click + Left Click
Falling Shadow
Buttons zLButtons A

zL + A
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Right Click

Middle Click + Right Click
Windmill

Useful Combos

Basic Combo
Chop Side Slash Lateral Slash Return Stroke
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Powerful Combo
Lateral Slash Return Stroke Spinning Rising Slash Spinning Reaper
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Buttons X+Buttons A
X + A
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Left Click + Right Click
Monster-Stunning Combo
Shield Attack Shield Bash Hard Bash
Left Analog+Buttons A
Left Stick + A
MH Rise - W ButtonMH Rise - A ButtonMH Rise - S ButtonMH Rise - D Button + MH Rise - Right Click
Directional Button + Right Click
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Charged Slash Combo
Chop Charged Slash Hit Monster Jump Slash Falling Bash
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Left Analog ↓ + Hold Buttons A
Down + A
MH Rise - S Button + Hold MH Rise - Right Click
S + Right Click
Any attack, then lead to either a Jump Slash or a Falling Bash Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click

Sword and Shield Silkbind Attacks

Official Sword and Shield Preview Video

Falling Shadow

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Falling Shadow Silkbind Attack

Switch Controls
Buttons zLButtons X
zL+ X
PC Controls
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left Click
Middle Click + Left Click

Falling Shadow is a Silkbind Attack that makes you jump up into the air. When you land the attack, you can combo it to fly into the air again and land another hit with an attack like Falling Bash (A) to stun or Plunging Thrust (X + A) to deal big damage.

Windmill

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Windmill Silkbind Attack

Switch Controls
Buttons zLButtons A
zL + A
PC Controls
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Middle Click + Right Click

Windmill is a Silkbind Attack that attaches your sword to the end of the Silk and whips it around. This attack grants invincibility frames, so using it with good timing will allow you to avoid Monsters' fierce attacks.

Metsu Shoryugeki

MH Rise - SnS Metsu Shoryugeki

Back from MHGU, this nod to the famous Shoryuken attack from Street Fighter returns as a newly announced Silkbind Attack which can be switched out with the Windmill.

Like its namesake, this attack causes the hunter to jump up and uppercut the target with the Shield. You can also follow it up with a Falling Bash (A or Right Click) to stun or Plunging Thrust (X + A or Left Click + Right Click) to deal big damage.

The user has a short timeframe to Guard an attack at the beginning of this attack, and a successful counter here will cause the damage from Metsu Shoryugeki to increase further.

List of Silkbind Attacks and How to Use

Sword and Shield Switch Skills and Best Setup

Switch Skills are unlocked as you progress in the game. The very first one is obtained after finishing the ★3 Village Urgent Quest, Feathered Frenzy.

The best Switch Skills we recommend for each slot are marked in red.

Controls Original Skill Switch Skill
A
Right Click
Hard Basher Combo Drill Slash Combo
X
Left Click
Advancing Slash Sliding Slash
zL + A
Middle Click + Right Click
Windmill
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Fast
Wirebug Cost: 2
Metsu Shoryugeki
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 2

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Drill Slash Combo

MH Rise - SnS Drill Slash Combo

Switched With Controls
Hard Basher Combo
After a Shield Bash, Buttons A or MH Rise - Right Click

After a Shield Bash press A or Right Click
Description
A derivative of the Shield Slam that converts Thrust to a Drill Slash. Basically a multi-hit attack with great potential when combined with an elemental weapon.

A different finisher for the Sword and Shield's Shield Bash. The hunter sticks the sword through a monster then will pull it out to deal lingering damage. Useful for element and status Sword and Shield builds.

Sliding Slash

MH Rise - SnS Sliding Slash

Switched With Controls
Advancing Slash Draw Attack when sheathed.
Buttons X + Buttons A or MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click when unsheathed.

Pressing Buttons A or MH Rise - Right Click while sliding changes attack to Jumping Rising Slash.

X + A or Left Click + Right Click when unsheathed.
Pressing A or Right Click whild sliding changes attack to Jumping Rising Slash
Description
A sliding attack that slashes the target twice. High reach but no ability to turn. Allows for follow up jumping attack.

A draw attack (or advancing move) that slides the hunter forward and slashes the target twice. You can also follow it up with a jumping slash.

Metsu Shoryugeki

MH Rise - SnS Metsu Shoryugeki

Switched With Controls
Windmill
Buttons zL + Buttons A
zL + A
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Middle Click + Right Click
Description
A jumping Wirebug attack that uses the shield to uppercut the target. Can perform a Guard at the start and can finish off with a Falling Bash.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 2

A Silkbind Attack Switch Skill for Windmill, Metsu Shoryugeki pushes the hunter upward while uppercutting the monster with the shield for blunt damage. This also has an invincibility frame at the start, like Windmill.

Though both of these skills work almost alike, we recommend using the Metsu Shoryugeki because the stun values is just insane that sometimes it can rival blunt-only weapons like Hammers and Hunting Horns.

Sword and Shield Attacks and Moves

Guard Point Counter Added to the Sword and Shield

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Cross Counter

Switch Controls
Buttons zRButtons A
zR + A
PC Controls
MH Rise - M4 Click+ MH Rise - Right Click
MB4 + Right Click

A guard point counter is now added to the Guard Slash move of the Sword and Shield! Whenever you have successfully triggered the guard point, you can counter with the Perfect Rush!

Perfect Rush

MH Rise - Perfect Rush Combo

Switch Controls
After a Backstep (↓ + A), Buttons X

Down + AX
PC Controls
After a Backstep (Hold S + Right Click), MH Rise - Left Click

S + Right ClickLeft Click

The strongest potential combo for the Sword and Shield is the Perfect Rush. It's a specific move that can only be combined from a Backstep -> Leaping Slash or a Guard Slash, making it tricky to pull off but worth your while.

If you time your inputs currently, you'll be able to execute this attack to deal significantly more damage. The timing is usually denoted by a red glow on the weapon so hit either X or A (Left Click or Right Click on PC) to execute Perfect Rush perfectly.

End Airborne or with Spinning Reaper

When you choose X (Left Click) as the final input for the Perfect Rush combo, your hunter will jump up then you may end the combo with a Falling Bash (A or Right Click) to stun or Plunging Thrust (X + A or Left Click + Right Click) to deal big damage.

If you choose to input A (Right Click), your hunter will just execute a smaller roundslash move called Spinning Reaper. It is mostly used when you don't want to go airborne because of poor positioning.

Charged Slash

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Falling Bash

Switch Controls
Execute Backstep (↓ + A) while holding Buttons A then release

Down + A while holding A then release
PC Controls
Execute Backstep (Hold S + Right Click) while holding MH Rise - Right Click then release

Hold S + Right Click while holding Right Click then release

The Charged Slash also makes a triumphant return together with the Perfect Rush move. It's a charge slash attack that allows the Sword and Shield to leap high and unleash combos. You can end with a Falling Bash (A or Right Click) to stun or Plunging Thrust (X + A or Left Click + Right Click) to deal big damage.

Can Use Items While Unsheathed

Switch Controls
Button zRButtons Y
zR + Y
PC Controls
MH Rise - M4 Click or MH Rise - Middle Click + E
MB4 or Middle Click + E

The Sword and Shield is the only weapon which allows for Items to be used without sheathing. This makes it easy to lay traps or handle emergencies fast, and makes it suitable for support players in a multiplayer setting.

Recommended Combos for the Sword and Shield

Bread-and-Butter Combo

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Bread and Butter Combo

Switch Controls
Buttons XLeft Analog + Buttons AButtons AButtons AButtons X + Buttons A

XLeft Stick + AA (x2) → X + A
PC Controls
MH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - W ButtonMH Rise - A ButtonMH Rise - S ButtonMH Rise - D Button + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click

Left ClickDirectional Button + Right ClickRight Click (x2) → Left Click + Right Click

This is the bread-and-butter combo for Sword and Shield. Use this when there is not enough opening for Perfect Rush. It is not as powerful but it is better than waiting. You can also turn the Left Analog (WASD) to any direction and hit X + A (Left Click + Right Click) to change the direction your hunter is facing! You can also execute a back hop to bridge yourself to a Perfect Rush.

High Damage Perfect Rush - Metsu Shoryugeki Combo

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Perfect Rush Metsu Shoryugeki Combo

Switch Controls
Left Analog + Buttons AButtons XButtons XButtons XButtons AButtons zL + Buttons A

Down + AX (x3) → AzL + A
PC Controls
MH Rise - S Button + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Right Click

S + Right ClickLeft Click (x3) → Right ClickMiddle Click + Right Click

This combo utilizes the power of both Perfect Rush and Metsu Shoryugeki. Use this whenever you have a huge opening like when a monster is down or trapped! What more, Metsu Shoryugeki can proc stun when used repeatedly!

High Damage Perfect Rush Combo

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Perfect Rush Combo

Switch Controls
Button zRLeft Analog + Buttons AButtons XButtons XButtons XButtons XButtons X + Buttons A

zRDown + AX (x4) → X + A
PC Controls
MH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - S Button + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Right Click

MB4S + Right ClickLeft Click (x4) → Left Click + Right Click

This combo utilizes Sword and Shield's most powerful move: Perfect Rush and the new Plunging Thrust finisher while airborne. Always remember to time the Perfect Rush hits properly for maximum damage (Clue: When red, hit X or Left Click). This combo is great whenever there is an opening to attack the monster so you can time perfect rush properly!

Falling Shadow Combo

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Fallling Shadow Combo

Switch Controls
Buttons zL + Buttons X
Buttons A for Shield Bash or
Buttons X + Buttons A for Plunging Thrust

zL + XA (Shield Bash) or X + A (Plunging Thrust)
PC Controls
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left Click then either
MH Rise - Right Click for Shield Bash or
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click for Plunging Thrust
Middle Click + Left ClickRight Click or Left Click + Right Click

This combo utilizes the silkbind attack Falling Shadow. After the Shield Bash or Plunging Thrust, you may go directly to Backstep then proceed to Perfect Rush!

Tips on How to Use the Sword and Shield

Check IconUse the Shield
Check IconUtilize Windmill or Metsu Shoryugeki

Check IconMaximize wirebug usage

Check IconExecute Perfect Rush... perfectly

Check IconUse Guard Slash Guard point during emergencies

Find Opportunities for Perfect Rush

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Opportunities for Perfect Rush

We recommend using shield attacks like Shield Bash on the head of the monster to accumulate stun. This will give you a big opening to execute Perfect Rush.

Utilize Windmill or Metsu Shoryugeki

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Use Windmill
Windmill and Metsu Shoryugeki both have invincibility frames at the start of their animations. This can be used as an emergency button for when you need to nullify an attack.

Maximize Wirebug Usage

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Maximize Wirebug Usage
Wirebugs can easily close the gap between you and a monster, again making up for the Sword and Shield's short reach.

Execute Perfect Rush... perfectly

MH Rise - Perfect Rush 2
As mentioned earlier, Perfect Rush can dish out a ton of damage when done correctly so when an opening presents itself, always try to execute one perfectly.

Only Use the Guard Slash Guard Point During Emergencies

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Only Use Guards during Emergencies
Sword and Shield's guarding ability is not the best, so do not be overly reliant on guarding. However, Sword and Shield now have a Guard Point whenever you execute a Guard Slash. We recommend using this than the default Guard during emergencies. You can even increase the performance of Guarding by investing on Guard or Guard Up armor skills.

How Good is the Sword and Shield?

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The Sword and Shield are still very good in Monster Hunter Rise. Perfect Rush has returned and is still as powerful as ever. A new guard point opportunity has been added as well as a silkbind move that has a huge invulnerability frame! If you were a Sword and Shield main in the past games, just continue being one!

Weapon Tier List

Sword and Shield Strengths

Check IconHigh Elemental damage and Status Ailment

Check IconPerfect Rush is powerful

Check IconStun with Shield

Check IconNo need to sheathe to use items

Check IconGuarding with Shield

High Elemental Damage and Number of Hits

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Has High Elemental Damage
Sword and Shield's weapons often have high Elemental damage. Sword and Shield also have a high rate of hits, allowing them to deal elemental damage faster.

Perfect Rush is Powerful

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Perfect Rush is Very Powerful
Perfect Rush, while difficult to execute, has one of the highest DPS outputs of any move in the game. Players must execute it with proper timing, and it can take a long time to get used to. In Monster Hunter Rise, players are now able to execute Perfect Rush from a Guard Slash, increasing the potential to combo into a Perfect Rush.

Stun with Shield

MH Rise - Sword and Shield Stun with the Shield
Attacks with the Shield, including Charged Slash, count as stun damage.

No Need to Sheathe to Use Items

The Sword and Shield is the only weapon that can use items without having to sheathe the weapons.

Guarding with Shield

While it is far from being the best shield in the game, being able to guard against attacks on the fly is incredibly valuable. Not to mention the existence of a Guard Point whenever you Guard Slash.

Sword and Shield Weaknesses

Check IconEasy to flinch

Check IconShort reach

Easy to Flinch

If you get hit by an ally's attack, you can easily get flinched out of your combos. In Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise), there is a skill called Flinch Free that a lot of hunters utilize as a countermeasure to this problem.

Short Reach

The Sword and Shield have a shorter reach than most weapons, making it difficult to attack at parts that are high up (often the head or the tail). Hunters can mitigate this with jumping moves like Metsu Shoryugeki or the Sliding Slash Switch Skill.

Sword and Shield Known Bugs and Fixes

Update 3.5 Bug Fix

MH Rise - Update 3.5 Partial Banner

Update 3.5 fixed a gameplay bug related to Sword and Shield! Whenever Sword and Shield players perform the Falling Bash attack then moves back while pressing X and A (Left Click and Right Click), they will now correctly perform a Roundslash instead of a Backstep.

Update 3.5: Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection Collaboration, DLC, and Patch Notes

Changes from the Past Games

Check IconTurning Slash is now gone

Check IconPerfect Rush finisher changed

Check IconGuard Slash has a guard point now

Check IconSword and Shield oils are gone

Turning Slash is Gone

In Iceborne, you can execute a turning slash to change the direction your hunter is facing - this is now gone in Monster Hunter Rise.

Perfect Rush Finisher has Changed

The Perfect Rush finisher in Monster Hunter Rise can end with a jumping slash or a simple roundslash. You can follow up the jump attack with Falling Bash (A or Right Click) to stun or Plunging Thrust (X + A or Left Click + Right Click) to deal big damage.

Sword and Shield Oils are Gone

One of the best items to use for the Sword and Shield in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (MHGU) are Sword and Shield oils. These are sadly not present in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise).

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Melee Weapons
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Guide | Weapon Tree
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Guide | Weapon Tree
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Guide | Weapon Tree
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Guide | Weapon Tree | Melodies
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Guide | Weapon Tree
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Ranged Weapon Guides

Ranged Weapons
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