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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

Button Action
Buttons X.png Chop
Buttons A.png Lateral Slash
Left Analog.pngButtons A.png
Shield Attack
Buttons X.pngButtons A.png
Advancing Slash
Button zR.png Guard
Button zR.png+Buttons A.png
Guard Slash
During a combo, Left Analog.pngButtons A.png
Backstep
During a backstep, hold
Buttons A.png
Charged Slash
After a backstep
Buttons X.png
Leaping Slash
After a Leaping Slash or Guard Slash
Buttons X.png
Perfect Rush
Button zR.pngButtons Y.png
Use Item
Buttons zL.pngButtons X.png
Falling Shadow
Buttons zL.pngButtons A.png
Windmill / Metsu Shoryugeki

Useful Combos
Basic Combo
Chop
Buttons X.png
Side Slash
Buttons X.png
Lateral Slash
Buttons A.png
Return Stroke
Buttons A.png
Powerful Combo
Lateral Slash
Buttons A.png
Return Stroke
Buttons A.png
Spinning Rising Slash
Buttons A.png
Spinning Reaper
Buttons X.png+Buttons A.png
Monster-Stunning Combo
Shield Attack
Left Analog.png+Buttons A.png
Shield Bash
Buttons A.png
Hard Bash
Buttons A.png
Charged Slash Combo
Chop
Buttons X.png
Charged Slash
Left Analog.png+Buttons A.png
( ↓ Analog and Hold A)
Hit Monster Jump Slash
Buttons X.png
Falling Bash
Buttons A.png

Sword and Shield Silkbind Attacks

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Falling Shadow

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Falling Shadow Silkbind Attack.png

Input
Buttons zL.pngButtons X.png

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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Windmill Silkbind Attack.png

Input
Buttons zL.pngButtons A.png

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 NEW

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) to stun or Plunging Thrust (X + A) 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 Hard Basher Combo Drill Slash Combo
X Advancing Slash Sliding Slash
zL + A Windmill
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Fast
Wirebug Cost: 2
Metsu Shoryugeki
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 2

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Drill Slash Combo

Switched With Controls
Hard Basher Combo
Buttons A.png after a Shield Bash
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

Switched With Controls
Advancing Slash Draw Attack when sheathed.
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png when unsheathed.

Pressing A while 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

Switched With Controls
Windmill
Buttons zL.png + Buttons A.png
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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Cross Counter

Input
Buttons zR.pngButtons A.png

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

“SNS-Perfect-Rush”

Input
After a Backstep (↓ + A), Buttons X.png

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 to execute Perfect Rush perfectly.

End Airborne or with Spinning Reaper

When you choose X 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) to stun or Plunging Thrust (X + A) to deal big damage.

If you choose to input A, 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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Falling Bash

Input
Execute Backstep (↓ + A) while holding Buttons A.png 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) to stun or Plunging Thrust (X + A) to deal big damage.

Can Use Items While Unsheathed

Input
Button zR.pngButtons Y.png

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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Bread and Butter Combo.gif

Button Inputs
Buttons X.pngLeft Analog.png + Buttons A.pngButtons A.pngButtons A.pngButtons X.png+Buttons A.png

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 to any direction and hit X + A 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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Perfect Rush Metsu Shoryugeki Combo.gif

Button Inputs
Left Analog.png+Buttons A.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons A.pngButtons zL.png + Buttons A.png

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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Perfect Rush Combo

Button Inputs
Button zR.pngLeft Analog.png+Buttons A.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.png + Buttons A.png

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). This combo is great whenever there is an opening to attack the monster so you can time perfect rush properly!

Falling Shadow Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Fallling Shadow Combo

Button Inputs
Buttons zL.png + Buttons X.png
Buttons A.png for Shield Bash or
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png for Plunging Thrust

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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Opportunities for Perfect Rush.png

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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Use Windmill.png
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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Maximize Wirebug Usage.png
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

perfect rush 2.png
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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Only Use Guards during Emergencies.png
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!

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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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Has High Elemental Damage.png
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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Perfect Rush is Very Powerful.png
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

Monster Hunter Rise - Sword and Shield Stun with the Shield.png
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.

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) to stun or Plunging Thrust (X + A) 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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