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Long Sword Gameplay and New Moves

This is a guide and gameplay preview of the Long Sword Weapon in Monster Hunter Rise (MHR). Learn about the new changes and moves available for the Long Sword, with details on its new Silkbind Attacks.

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The most popular weapon in the game is back and it's even better than before! There are new counterattack opportunities added to the Long Sword in Monster Hunter Rise so super aggressive plays are still very much welcome. Sharpen those blades because Long Sword is still reigning supreme!

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Long Sword Controls

Vertical Slash
Buttons X.png
Thrust
Buttons A.png
Directional Fade Slash
While Attacking Left Analog.png +Buttons X.png +Buttons A.png
Fade Slash
Buttons X.png +Buttons A.png
Spirit Slash
Button zR.png
Foresight Slash
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
Special Sheathe
Button zR.png+ Buttons B.png
Iai Slash
While in Special Sheathe Buttons X.png
Iai Spirit Slash
While in Special Sheathe Button zR.png
Soaring Kick
Buttons zL.png +Buttons X.png
Helmbreaker/Falling Thrust
After Soaring Kick hits Button zR.png
Serene Pose
Buttons zL.png +Buttons A.png

Useful Combos
Basic Combo
Step Slash
Buttons X.png
Overhead Slash
Buttons X.png
Thrust
Buttons X.png
Rising Slash
Buttons X.png
Spirit Blade Combo (Needs Spirit Gauge)
Spirit Blade I
Button zR.png
Spirit Blade II
Button zR.png
Spirit Blade III
Button zR.png
Spirit Blade Roundslash
Button zR.png
Fade Slash Combo (Needs Spirit Gauge)
Fade Slash
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Spirit Jumping Slash
Button zR.png
Spirit Blade III
Button zR.png
Spirit Roundslash
Button zR.png
Spacial Sheathe Combo 1
Step Slash
Buttons X.png
Special Sheathe
Button zR.png + Buttons B.png
Iai Slash
Buttons X.png
Spirit Blade II
Button zR.png
Special Sheathe Combo 2
Step Slash
Buttons X.png
Foresight Slash
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
Spirit Roundslash
Button zR.png + Buttons B.png
Foresight Slash Combo (When Successful)
Step Slash
Buttons X.png
Foresight Slash
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
Spirit Roundslash
Button zR.png

Long Sword New Moves

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Soaring Kick

Soaring Kick.jpg

The Soaring Kick is a silkbind attack that looks similar to Helmbreaker in Monster Hunter World (MHW). If the monster is successfully hit by the downward slash, the spirit gauge level decreases by one level.

Input
Buttons zL.png +Buttons X.png

Serene Pose

Serene Pose.jpg

Serene Pose is a silkbind attack that scatters wirebugs in front of the hunter and puts them in a ready state for a specific timeframe. Any monster that attacks the hunter during the timeframe will be countered!

Input
Buttons zL.png +Buttons A.png

Sakura Slash

Sakura Slash

This attack looks very similar to the Sakura Slash from Monster Hunter Generations. Since it only appeared in trailers, there is no information on the power yet nor if it is a silkbind attack.

Long Sword Returning Moves

Helmbreaker

helmbreaker.jpg
The Helmbreaker is a returning Move in Monster Hunter Rise. But due to it's easy to access use and high damage, it's now a move that can be used as a follow up to the new Silkbind move Soaring Kick. The prerequisite is that the monster needs to be downed first in order to use it. Otherwise, the downward thrust attack will be used.

Input
After Soaring Kick, Button zR.png

Foresight Slash

foresightslash.jpg
The Foresight Slash is also making a return in Monster Hunter Rise! It's an evasive maneouver that can also increase your current spirit level by 1.

Input
During combo, Button zR.png + Buttons A.png

Special Sheathe

iai sheathe.jpg
Special Sheathe is a move that, as the name suggests, sheathes your weapon. It opens up new possible moves and it is also used to synergize with skills in Monster Hunter World. It's still unknown whether the same will be true for Rise so stay tuned for more info!

Input
After an attack, Button zR.png + Buttons B.png

Iai Slash

iai slash.jpg
Iai Slash is one of the two possible moves you can perform while using Special Sheathe. It's a quick two-hit combo that can be used to chain your combos. It also doesn't cost any resources to use so it's going to be your default move to use if Iai Spirit Slash can't be used.

Input
During Special Sheathe, Buttons X.png

Iai Spirit Slash

iai spirit slash.jpg
A strong evasive countermove that also levels your spirit level by 1. It costs some spirit gauge to use so make sure to make it hit! It also has some invulnerability frames (IFrames) so it can be used to dodge monster attacks with perfect timings.

Input
While in Special Sheathe Button zR.png

Recommended Long Sword Combos

Big Damage Combo

High Damage Combo

Button Inputs
Buttons zL.png+Buttons X.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.png+Buttons B.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.png

This combo is used to maximize the damage output whenever there is an opening like when the monster is down or when it is trapped. This utilizes the Helmsplitter, Special Sheathe, and the Spirit Roundslash for maximum damage!

Fast Spirit Gauge Up Combo

Gauge Up Combo

Button Inputs
Buttons X.png+Buttons A.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.png

This combo replaces the initial Spirit Slash I for a Fade Slash for maximum mobility. This combo is also faster than when starting from Spirit Blade I!

Spirit Gauge Collection + Fast Spirit Gauge Up Combo

Gauge Up Combo from Scratch

Button Inputs
Buttons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.png+Buttons A.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.png

This combo is useful when your spirit gauge is empty and you want to increase it by one level. The first three inputs give you enough energy for the Spirit Slash Combo in the second half. Use this when you have big openings!

Instant Red Gauge Combo

Instant Red Combo

Button Inputs
Buttons A.pngButton zR.png+Buttons A.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.png+Buttons B.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.pngButton zR.png

This combo utilizes the Foresight Slash and its ability to finish with a Spirit Roundslash when counterattacking. This is the fastest way to increase your gauge from blank to red but it requires precise counterattacking skills for two consecutive times!

Long Sword Strengths and Weaknesses

Long Sword Strengths

Long Sword Strengths

Check Icon The spirit gauge can be used to execute powerful attacks.

Check Icon Your attack power increases as the spirit gauge changes color.

Check Icon You can counter monster attacks.

Use Spirit Gauge For a More Powerful Attack

You can consume spirit gauge charges to give more power to your attack. One of the more powerful Long Sword attacks, Helmbreaker, consumes spirit gauge charge so always keep that spirit gauge topped up!

Attack Power Increases with the Spirit Gauge Level

The color of the spirit gauge can be changed from white → yellow → red with white having the least attack damage bonus and red providing the most. Generally, the rule of thumb is to keep it red.

Counterattack Abilities

The Long Sword has various counterattack abilities with Foresight Slash and Special Sheathe making a return from Monster Hunter World. With Monster Hunter Rise, a new silkbind attack called Serene Pose adds another counterattack move to the Long Sword's arsenal.

Long Sword Weaknesses

Long Sword Weakness

Check Icon Low single-hit damage so spirit gauge is important.

Check Icon Has no guarding options.

Low Single-Hit Damage

Basically, the Long Sword's firepower is derived from the level of the spirit gauge. If you do not change the color of the spirit gauge, the Long Sword's attack damage is very low.

No Guarding Options

The Long Sword does not have any guarding capabilities. This is compensated however with the capability of counterattacking monsters by executing certain moves but this requires timing and precision.

How to Use the Long Sword

Check IconMaintain a Red Spirit Gauge High

Check Icon Foresight Slash is Your Friend

Check Icon Always Try to Counter

Maintain a Red Spirit Gauge

Keep it Red

To effectively use the Long Sword, always keep your spirit gauge on red. You can see this on the spirit gauge meter in the HUD or on the color of the blade. This maximizes the Long Sword's firepower for a more efficient hunt.

Foresight Slash is Your Friend

Foresight Slash

The foresight slash may be the greatest addition in the Long Sword's arsenal. Always try to use this to avoid monster attacks or execute counterattacks.

Always Try to Counter

Always Try to Counter

The primary gameplay style for the Long Sword revolves around effective counterattacks. The Foresight Slash, Special Sheathe, and now Serene Pose gives the Long Sword more opportunities to counterattack - use them effectively.

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