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MH Rise Sunbreak - Long Sword Guide

This is a guide to the Long Sword, a weapon in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (MH Rise). Read on to learn about new Long Sword controls and combos, how to use Long Sword counters, the Spirit Helm Breaker, as well as details on Long Sword Switch Skills.

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Long Sword Balance Changes

Update 15.0

Long Sword Balance Changes and Fixes
(Update 15.0)
The following adjustments were made to the long sword's Harvest Moon:

1. Increased the radius of the circle that spawns.
2. Removed 'sheathing your weapon' as a condition for canceling the effect.
3. Players will no longer be knocked back when touching the ring.
4. Decreased the cooldown time.
5. Slightly increased the height of the display position for the circle.

This change focuses on making Harvest Moon easier to execute and use. This will surely make the Long Sword more powerful and easier to use!

Update 10.0

Long Sword Balance Changes and Fixes
(Update 10.0)
・ Adjusted all of the following weapon actions:
・ Spirit Blade I (Spirit Gauge): Attack power slightly increased
・ Spirit Blade II: Attack power slightly increased
・ Spirit Blade III (1st Hit): Attack power slightly increased
・ Spirit Blade III (2nd Hit): Attack power slightly increased
・ Spirit Blade III (3rd Hit): Attack power slightly increased
・ Jumping Spirit Blade: Attack power slightly increased
・ Jumping Spirit Blade (1st Hit - Red Gauge): Attack power slightly increased
・ Jumping Spirit Blade (2nd Hit - Red Gauge): Attack power slightly increased
・ Rising Slash (From Spirit Blade): Attack power slightly increased
・ Jumping Spirit Blade (Landing): Attack power slightly increased
・ Jumping Spirit Blade II (1st Hit): Attack power slightly increased
・ Jumping Spirit Blade II (2nd Hit): Attack power slightly increased
・ Jumping Spirit Blade II (2nd Hit - Ground): Attack power slightly increased
・ Jumping Spirit Blade II (3rd Hit): Attack power slightly increased
・ Spirit Reckoning (2nd Hit): Attack power slightly decreased
・ Plunging Thrust: Attack power decreased
・ Iai Spirit Slash (Counter Failed): Attack power decreased
・ Iai Spirit Slash (Counter Succeeded): Attack power decreased
・ Iai Spirit Slash (Counter Succeeded - Followup): Attack power decreased
・ Thrust (From Spirit Blade I): Attack power slightly increased
・ Rising Slash (From Spirit Blade II): Attack power slightly increased

・ Several adjustments have been made to the Spirit Gauge aura levels.
・ White Aura: Physical damage scaling slightly decreased; Elemental scaling slightly decreased
・ Yellow Aura: Physical damage scaling slightly decreased; Elemental scaling slightly decreased
・ Red Aura: Physical damage scaling decreased; Elemental scaling decreased

・ Adjusted the Spirit Gauge aura level effects when you chain a Soaring Kick into a Spirit Helm Breaker.
・ White Aura: Physical damage scaling decreased
・ Yellow Aura: Physical damage scaling decreased
・ Red Aura: Physical damage scaling decreased

・ Soaring Kick: Wirebug Gauge recovers more slowly.

・ Fixed a bug where the blades of certain Long Swords would jut out of their sheaths when performing a Special Sheathe.

Lots of moves have changed for the Long Sword, mainly to nerf the usual counter move that players used in Rise - Iai Slashes.

This will significantly lessen Long Sword attack power but with the addition of more counterattack silkbinds in Sunbreak, we do not see this actually affecting Long Sword users. They will just find a new counterattack gameplay loop to use.

Weapon Changes in Sunbreak

Long Sword New Sunbreak Attack and Moves

Official Long Sword Preview Video

Silkbind Attack: Harvest Moon

MH RIse Sunbreak - Long Sword Harvest Moon Silkbind Attack

Harvest Moon is a new Silkbind Attack for the Long Sword added in Sunbreak.

An Ironsilk ring is summoned on the field and limits the range where the user can attack. While inside the ring, any move that will use the Spirit Gauge will not deplete the meter, and all counter attacks will have additional hits.

Switch Skill: Sacred Sheathe Combo

MH Rise Sunbreak - Long Sword Sacred Sheathe Combo Switch Skill

Sacred Sheathe Combo is a new Switch Skill for the Long Sword added in Sunbreak.

After an attack, the weapon is slowly sheathed and charged. This is then followed by a slash, with the damage dealt based on the level of the Spirit Gauge.

This move also acts as an automatic counter if the user gets hit with an attack before the move is finished, adding another powerful counter to the Long Sword's kit.

Tempered Spirit Blade

MHRise Sunbreak - LS Tempered Spirit Blade

A move not introduced in any trailer. Tempered Spirit Blade is a quick and decisive silkbind counterattack for any monster attacks. When done correctly, the spirit gauge level would go up one level - perfect way to prime your Long Sword to Red really quickly.

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Tier List Ranking

MHRise Ranking Sunbreak Ranking
S Rank Icon
(S - A - B)
3 Level Tier
SS Tier Icon
(SS - S - A)
3 Level Tier

The Long Sword continues to dominate in Sunbreak despite the massive nerf. It is by far the only weapon to utilize all Switch Skills effectively because they synergize with each other extremely well.

All the additional mechanics and Switch Skills more than makes up for the nerfs, making the Long Sword more effective than ever!

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Long Sword Strengths

MH Rise - 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

The Spirit Gauge, indicated by a sword/katana bar next to the sharpness bar, is a mechanic exclusive to the Long Sword that gives certain moves more attack power. It is built up progressively through attack hits.

You can consume Spirit Gauge charges to give more power to your attacks. One of the more powerful Long Sword attacks, the Spirit Helm Breaker, consumes an entire Spirit Gauge Level, so always keep that Spirit Gauge topped up!

Attack Power Increases with the Spirit Gauge Level

The color of the Spirit Gauge changes from white → yellow → red. White has the lowest attack damage bonus, and red provides 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, both of which returned 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

MH Rise - Long Sword Weaknesses

Check Icon Low single-hit damage so Spirit Gauge is important

Check Icon Has no guarding options

Low Single-Hit Damage Without Spirit Levels

The Long Sword's firepower comes 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 with the capability of counterattacking monsters by executing certain moves, but this requires timing and precision.

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Long Sword Controls

Controls Action
PC
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
PS
PS4 - Triangle Button.png
Triangle
Overhead Slash
Switch
NSW - X
X
Xbox
XBOX - Y Button.png
Y
PC
MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click
PS
PS4 - Circle Button.png
Circle
Thrust
Switch
NSW - A
A
Xbox
XBOX - B Button.png
B
PC
While attacking,
MH Rise - W ButtonMH Rise - A ButtonMH Rise - S ButtonMH Rise - D Button +
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click

Directional Button + Left Click + Right Click
PS
While attacking,
PS4 -  Left Stick.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png

Left Stick + Triangle + Circle
Directional Fade Slash
Switch
While attacking,
NSW - Left Analog + NSW - X + NSW - A

Left Stick + X + A
Xbox
While attacking,
XBOX - Left Stick.png + XBOX - Y Button.png + XBOX - B Button.png

Left Stick + Y + B
PC
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click

Left Click + Right Click
PS
PS4 - Triangle Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png

Triangle + Circle
Fade Slash
Switch
NSW - X + NSW - A

X + A
Xbox
XBOX - Y Button.png + XBOX - B Button.png

Y + B
PC
MH Rise - M4 Click
MB4
PS
PS4 - R2 Button.png
R2
Spirit Slash
Switch
NSW - ZR
zR
Xbox
XBOX - Right Trigger.png
RT
PC
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Right Click

MB4 + Right Click
PS
PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png

R2 + Circle
Foresight Slash
Switch
NSW - ZR + NSW - A

zR + A
Xbox
XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - B Button.png

RT + B
PC
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space Button

MB4 + Space
PS
PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - X Button.png

R2 + X
Special Sheathe
Switch
NSW - ZR+ NSW - B

zR + B
Xbox
XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - A Button.png

RT + A
PC
While in Special Sheathe,
MH Rise - Space Button
Space
PS
While in Special Sheathe,
PS4 - Triangle Button.png
Triangle
Iai Slash
Switch
While in Special Sheathe,
NSW - X
X
Xbox
While in Special Sheathe,
XBOX - Y Button.png
Y
PC
While in Special Sheathe,
MH Rise - M4 Click
MB4
PS
While in Special Sheathe,
PS4 - R2 Button.png
R2
Iai Spirit Slash
Switch
While in Special Sheathe,
NSW - ZR
zR
Xbox
While in Special Sheathe,
XBOX - Right Trigger.png
RT
PC
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left Click

Middle Click + Left Click
PS
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.png

L2 + Triangle
Soaring Kick
Switch
NSW - ZL + NSW - X

zL + X
Xbox
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.png

LT + Y
PC
After Soaring Kick hits,
MH Rise - M4 Click
MB4
PS
After Soaring Kick hits,
PS4 - R2 Button.png
R2
Spirit Helm Breaker/Falling Thrust
Switch
After Soaring Kick hits,
NSW - ZR
zR
Xbox
After Soaring Kick hits,
XBOX - Right Trigger.png
rt
PC
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Right Click

Middle Click + Right Click
PS
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png

L2 + Circle
Serene Pose
Switch
NSW - ZL +NSW - A

zL + A
Xbox
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - B Button.png

LT + B

Useful Combos

Basic Combo
Step Slash Overhead Slash Thrust Rising Slash
NSW - X X NSW - X X NSW - X X NSW - X X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click MH Rise - Left Click Left Click MH Rise - Left Click Left Click MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
PS4 - Triangle Button.png Triangle PS4 - Triangle Button.png Triangle PS4 - Triangle Button.png Triangle PS4 - Triangle Button.png Triangle
XBOX - Y Button.png Y XBOX - Y Button.png Y XBOX - Y Button.png Y XBOX - Y Button.png Y
Spirit Blade Combo (Needs Spirit Gauge)
Spirit
Blade I
Spirit
Blade II
Spirit
Blade III
Spirit Blade
Roundslash
NSW - ZR zR NSW - ZR zR NSW - ZR zR NSW - ZR zR
MH Rise - M4 Click MB4 MH Rise - M4 Click MB4 MH Rise - M4 Click MB4 MH Rise - M4 Click MB4
PS4 - R2 Button.png R2 PS4 - R2 Button.png R2 PS4 - R2 Button.png R2 PS4 - R2 Button.png R2
XBOX - Right Trigger.png RT XBOX - Right Trigger.png RT XBOX - Right Trigger.png RT XBOX - Right Trigger.png RT
Fade Slash Combo (Needs Spirit Gauge)
Fade Slash Spirit Jumping Slash Spirit Blade III Spirit Roundslash
NSW - X + NSW - A
X + A
NSW - ZR zR NSW - ZR zR NSW - ZR zR
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Left Click + Right Click
MH Rise - M4 Click MB4 MH Rise - M4 Click MB4 MH Rise - M4 Click MB4
PS4 - Triangle Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png Triangle + Circle PS4 - R2 Button.pngR2 PS4 - R2 Button.pngR2 PS4 - R2 Button.pngR2
XBOX - Y Button.png + XBOX - B Button.png Y + B XBOX - Right Trigger.png RT XBOX - Right Trigger.png RT XBOX - Right Trigger.png RT
Special Sheathe Combo 1
Step Slash Special Sheathe Iai Slash Spirit Blade II
NSW - X X
NSW - ZR + NSW - B
zR + B
NSW - X X NSW - ZR zR
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space Button
MB4 + Space
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click MH Rise - M4 Click MB4
PS4 - Triangle Button.png Triangle
PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - X Button.png
R2 + X
PS4 - Triangle Button.png Triangle PS4 - R2 Button.png R2
XBOX - Y Button.png Y
XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - A Button.png
RT + A
XBOX - Y Button.png Y XBOX - Right Trigger.png RT
Special Sheathe Combo 2
Step Slash Foresight Slash Spirit Roundslash
NSW - X X
NSW - ZR + NSW - A
zR + A
NSW - ZR + NSW - B
zR + B
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Right Click
MB4 + Right Click
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space Button
MB4 + Space
PS4 - Triangle Button.png Triangle
PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png
R2 + Circle
PS4 - X Button.png X
XBOX - Y Button.png Y
XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - B Button.png
RT + B
XBOX - A Button.png A
Foresight Slash Combo (When Successful)
Step Slash Foresight Slash Spirit Roundslash
NSW - X X
NSW - ZR + NSW - A
zR + A
NSW - ZR zR
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Right Click
MB4 + Right Click
MH Rise - M4 Click MB4
PS4 - Triangle Button.png Triangle PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png R2 + Circle PS4 - R2 Button.png R2
XBOX - Y Button.png Y XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - B Button.png RT + B XBOX - Right Trigger.png RT

Long Sword Silkbind Attacks

Harvest Moon

MH Rise Sunbreak - Long Sword Harvest Moon

Switch Controls
NSW - ZLNSW - A

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

Middle Click + Right Click
PS Controls
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png

L2 + Circle
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - B Button.png

LT + B

A ring around the user is spawned. As long as the hunter is inside the ring, all attacks that use up the Spirit Gauge will not use the meter. Furthermore, all successful counters will have additional hits.

Going outside the ring depletes your Spirit Gauge and cancels the move.

This move costs two Wirebug charges and has a medium recovery speed.

Soaring Kick

MH Rise - Long Sword Soaring Kick

Switch Controls
NSW - ZLNSW - X

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

Middle Click + Left Click
PS Controls
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.png

L2 + Triangle
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.png

LT + Y

The Soaring Kick is a Silkbind Attack that lets you jump off a monster upward. By default, your hunter will execute a Plunging Thrust that turns your Spirit Gauge meter blue and gradually fills it.

While airborne, you may also press zR, MB4, R2, or RT to execute the Spirit Helm Breaker! This move deals massive damage but decreases your Long Sword Spirit Level by one. To maximize the damage, do this while in red Spirit Gauge.

Serene Pose

MH Rise - Long Sword Serene Pose

Switch Controls
NSW - ZLNSW - A

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

Middle Click + Right Click
PS Controls
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png

L2 + Circle
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - B Button.png

LT + B

Serene Pose is a Silkbind Attack that scatters Wirebugs in front of the hunter and puts them in a counter stance. Any attack received during the counter stance duration will be negated and countered.

You can use this on anything that can damage the hunters, including barrel bombs. It can even be used as a wake-up move against monsters by utilizing barrel bomb explosions.

Silkbind Sakura Slash

MH Rise - LS Silkbind Sakura Slash

Switch Controls
NSW - ZLNSW - X

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

Middle Click + Left Click
PS Controls
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.png

L2 + Triangle
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.png

LT + Y

The Silkbind Sakura Slash has the hunter spin around to dash and slice foe. This can be switched out with Soaring Kick.

Not only does the attack inflict multiple hits over time, causing additional damage, but it also grants 1 free Spirit Gauge on landing.

This skill is great for elemental damage builds due to its multiple hits.

Tempered Spirit Blade

MHRise Sunbreak - LS Tempered Spirit Blade

Switch Controls
NSW - ZLNSW - X

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

Middle Click + Left Click
PS Controls
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.png

L2 + Triangle
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.png

LT + Y

A quick and decisive counterattack for all moves. When done correctly, the spirit gauge level would go up one level. This is the perfect way to prime your Long Sword to Red really quickly.

Long Sword Switch Skills

Switch Skills are unlocked with different conditions as you progress in the game. Base game MHRise provides Hunters with three (3) slots of Switch Skills, with the Sunbreak expansion adding two (2) more.

Note: Skills in red are exclusive to the Sunbreak expansion.

Skill Slot Switch Skill Choices
1 ・Step Slash
・Drawn Double Slash
2 ・Spirit Roundslash Combo
・Spirit Reckoning Combo
3 ・Special Sheathe Combo
Sacred Sheathe Combo
4 ・Soaring Kick
・Silkbind Sakura Slash
Tempered Spirit Blade
5 ・Serene Pose
Harvest Moon

Switch Skills Guide: How to Use and Unlock

Drawn Double Slash

MH Rise - LS Drawn Double Slash

Switched With
Step Slash
Description
A draw attack that unleashes two attacks in a row. You can absorb attacks while moving forward and combo straight to Spirit Blade II with R or Shift!
Controls
NSW - X or MH Rise - Left Click or PS4 - Triangle Button.png or XBOX - Y Button.png

(Draw weapon while sheathed)
X, Left Click, Triangle, or Y
(Draw weapon while sheathed)

This Switch Skill replaces the draw attack of the Long Sword with a double slash attack. This deals damage twice and also negates an attack at the start of the draw.

This can also combo into Spirit Slash II but not Fade Slash.

Spirit Reckoning Combo

MH Rise - Long Sword Spirit Reckoning Combo Switch Skills

Switched With
Spirit Roundslash Combo
Description
Changes into a Spirit Blade at the third strike. Drives forward using Dividing Slash then finishes with the Spirit Reckoning combo. Difficult to pull off, but has high damage.
Controls
After Spirit Blade II
NSW - ZR or MH Rise - M4 Click or PS4 - R2 Button.png or XBOX - Right Trigger.png

After Spirit Blade II press zR, MB4, R2, or RT

This Switch Skill replaces the Spirit Roundslash that normally ends the Spirit combo.

This also has a move that allows you to input a direction and rush towards that direction before executing the Reckoning combo. This increases your Spirit Gauge by one, like the Roundslash.

Silkbind Sakura Slash

MH Rise - LS Silkbind Sakura Slash

Switched With
Soaring Kick
Description
A whirlwind-like attack, dashing past the target with a Wirebug. Increases the Spirit Gauge by 1.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Slow
Wirebug Cost: 1
Controls
NSW - ZL + NSW - X
zL + X
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left Click
Middle Click + Left Click
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.png
L2 + Triangle
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.png
LT + Y

This Silkbind Attack Switch Skill has your hunter dash forward while swinging your sword twice in a circle. This also instantly increases your Spirit Gauge level by 1.

The point where the blades hit will receive lingering damage. This is great for status and elemental builds!

Though this Switch Skill is viable for some, we don't recommend switching it out for Soaring Kick. Soaring Kick is the only way to execute the Spirit Helm Breaker, which is too strong to pass on.

Tempered Spirit Blade

MHRise Sunbreak - LS Tempered Spirit Blade

Switched With
Soaring Kick
Description
A decisive maneuver that parries any incoming monster attack with a Spirit Blade. Time it properly to fill your Spirit Gauge and increase the Spirit Level by 1.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Fast
Wirebug Cost: 1
Controls
NSW - ZL + NSW - X
zL + X
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left Click
Middle Click + Left Click
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.png
L2 + Triangle
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.png
LT + Y

A quick and decisive counterattack for all moves. When done correctly, the spirit gauge level would go up one level. This is the perfect way to prime your Long Sword to Red really quickly.

Sacred Sheathe Combo

MH Rise Sunbreak - Long Sword Sacred Sheathe Combo Switch Skill

Switched With
Special Sheathe Combo
Description
Slow, methodical sheathe that can be done after an attack. Before finishing the sheathe, Hunters will be impervious to damage then consumes one level of Spirit Gauge. When the sword is fully sheath, Hunters can focus and charge their Long Sword using the Spirit Gauge to let out a flurry of damage.
Controls
NSW - ZR + NSW - B
Hold NSW - ZR to perform a Sacred Sheath Focus
Use NSW - Left Analog + NSW - B to reposition while focusing

MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space Button

Hold MH Rise - M4 Click to perform a Sacred Sheathe Focus

MH Rise - W ButtonMH Rise - A ButtonMH Rise - S ButtonMH Rise - D Button + MH Rise - Space Button to reposition while focusing.

PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - X Button.png

Hold PS4 - R2 Button.png to perform a Sacred Sheathe Focus

PS4 -  Left Stick.png + PS4 - X Button.png to reposition while focusing.

XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - A Button.png

Hold XBOX - Right Trigger.png to perform a Sacred Sheathe Focus

XBOX - Left Stick.png + XBOX - A Button.png to reposition while focusing.

A variation to the Special Sheathe Combo that utilizes instantaneous countering than waiting on a monster to attack the Hunter.

The Hunter can even finish the sheathing animation to enter the charging state, consuming all spirit gauge charges into a devastating flurry of attacks. Pretty awesome move, to be honest.

Harvest Moon

MH RIse Sunbreak - Long Sword Harvest Moon Silkbind Attack

Switched With
Serene Pose
Description
Casts out an Ironsilk ring that expands out like an arena. Within the ring, your Spirit Gauge will not deplete and performing counters will deal additional hits.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Fast
Wirebug Cost: 2
Controls
NSW - ZL + NSW - A
zL + A
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Middle Click + Right Click
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png
L2 + Circle
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - B Button.png
LT + B

This creates a pseudo-arena that requires you to go toe-to-toe with the monster inside it. Perform coutnerattacks to dish out extra hits and deal increased damage! Careful, you can't get out of the ring so use then when you're confident enough!

Long Sword Attacks and Moves

Spirit Helm Breaker

MH Rise - Long Sword Spirit Helm Breaker

Switch Controls
After Soaring Kick, NSW - ZR

After Soaring Kick, press zR
PC Controls
After Soaring Kick, MH Rise - M4 Click

After Soaring Kick, press MB4
PS Controls
After Soaring Kick, PS4 - R2 Button.png

After Soaring Kick, press R2
Xbox Controls
After Soaring Kick, XBOX - Right Trigger.png

After Soaring Kick, press RT

The Spirit Helm Breaker is a returning move in Monster Hunter Rise. This is generally considered the highest damage skill for the Long Sword. It is also recommended due to its ease of use since it can be executed following a Soaring Kick. Note that this will reduce your Spirit Level by 1 and cannot be used if your Spirit Gauge has no color.

Foresight Slash

MH Rise - Long Sword Foresight Slash

Switch Controls
During combo, NSW - ZR + NSW - A

During combo, zR + A
PC Controls
During combo, MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Right Click

During combo, MB4 + Right Click
PS Controls
During combo, PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.png

During combo, R2 + Circle
Xbox Controls
During combo, XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - B Button.png

During combo, RT + B

The Foresight Slash also makes a return in Monster Hunter Rise! It's an evasive maneuver that completely depletes your Spirit Gauge but fills it again after connecting the attack. It can be followed up with a Spirit Roundslash to increase your current Spirit Level by 1, but only when you successfully hit the final slash.

Remember, this move is executed in-between combos, and the counter-slash must hit the monster to execute the final Spirit Roundslash.

Special Sheathe

MH Rise - Long Sword Special Sheathe

Switch Controls
After an attack, NSW - ZR + NSW - B
NSW - X to execute Iai Slash
NSW - ZR to execute an Iai Spirit Slash

After an attack, zR + B then press X to execute Iai Slash or zR for Iai Spirit Slash
PC Controls
After an attack, MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space Button
MH Rise - Left Click to execute Iai Slash
MH Rise - M4 Click to execute an Iai Spirit Slash

After an attack, MB4 + Space then press Left Click to execute Iai Slash or MB4 for Iai Spirit Slash
PS Controls
After an attack, PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - X Button.png
PS4 - Triangle Button.png to execute Iai Slash
PS4 - R2 Button.png to execute an Iai Spirit Slash

After an attack, R2 + X then press Triangle to execute Iai Slash or R2 for Iai Spirit Slash
Xbox Controls
After an attack, XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - A Button.png
XBOX - Y Button.png to execute Iai Slash
XBOX - Right Trigger.png to execute an Iai Spirit Slash

After an attack, RT + A then press Y to execute Iai Slash or RT for Iai Spirit Slash

Special Sheathe is a move that sheathes your weapon, as the name suggests, but only after performing an attack.

You can follow this up with X, Left-click, Triangle, or Y to execute an Iai Slash. Press zR, MB4, R2, or RT instead to execute an Iai Spirit Slash.

Iai Slash

MH Rise - Long Sword Iai Slash

Switch Controls
During Special Sheathe, NSW - X

During Special Sheathe, press X
PC Controls
During Special Sheathe, MH Rise - Left Click

During Special Sheathe, press Left Click
PS Controls
During Special Sheathe, PS4 - Triangle Button.png

During Special Sheathe, press Triangle
Xbox Controls
During Special Sheathe, XBOX - Y Button.png

During Special Sheathe, press Y

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 and set your Spirit Gauge meter to blue (Spirit Gauge will charge bit-by-bit automatically).

It also doesn't cost any resources to use, so it's going to be your default move to use if you can't properly counter with Iai Spirit Slash.

Iai Spirit Slash

MH Rise - Long Sword Iai Spirit Slash

Switch Controls
While in Special Sheathe NSW - ZR

While in Special Sheathe press zR
PC Controls
While in Special Sheathe, MH Rise - M4 Click

While in Special Sheathe press MB4
PS Controls
While in Special Sheathe PS4 - R2 Button.png

While in Special Sheathe press R2
Xbox Controls
While in Special Sheathe XBOX - Right Trigger.png

While in Special Sheathe press RT

A strong evasive move that raises your Spirit Level by 1 when the counterattack hits successfully. Three additional slashes follow the counterattack. It also has a huge number of invulnerability frames, so it can be used to dodge and counter monster attacks with perfect timing.

What's more, you can follow it up with Spirit Blade III and then a Spirit Roundslash to charge up another Spirit Gauge Level quickly.

Recommended Combos For the Long Sword

Sakura Slash Spam Cancel

MH Rise Sunbreak - Sakura Slash Spam Cancel

Switch Controls
NSW - ZL + NSW - XNSW - ZR+NSW - B (quick) → NSW - ZL + NSW - X
PC Controls
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - M4 Click+MH Rise - Space Button (quick) → MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left Click
PS Controls
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png+PS4 - X Button.png (quick) → PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.png
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png+XBOX - A Button.png (quick) → XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.png

This combo uses the quick motion nature of Special Sheathe to enable usage of Silkbind Sakura Slash one after the other. Since Silkbind Sakura Slash increases your gauge level on successful hit, this combo essentially elevates your spirit level by 2!

Sakura Slash to Helmbreaker Swap Loop

MH Rise Sunbreak - LS Sakura Slash to Helm Breaker Swap Loop

Switch Controls
NSW - ZL + NSW - XNSW - ZL + NSW - X + NSW - ANSW - ZL + NSW - XNSW - ZR
PC Controls
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - M4 Click
PS Controls
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.pngPS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.pngPS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.pngXBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.png + XBOX - B Button.pngXBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.png
Silkbind Sakura SlashSkill SwapSoaring Kick → Spirit Helm Breaker
Silkbind Sakura Slash and Soaring Kick are both required to be on the Red or Blue Skill Swap Loadouts. Must start with the loadout that includes Silkbind Sakura Slash.

In Base MH Rise, you can only choose between Silkbind Sakura Slash and Soaring Kick. With the introduction of Skill Swap in the Sunbreak expansion, you can now easily swap between the two.

This combo makes use of the spirit gauge increase nature of Sikbind Sakura Slash to maintain a topped up spirit gauge then expends it with Soaring Kick to Spirit Helm Breaker when needed.

Sacred Sheathe to Spirit Roundslash Quick Level Gain

MH Rise Sunbreak - LS Sacred Sheathe to Spirit Roundslash Quick Level Gain

Switch Controls
NSW - ZR + NSW - B (release on attack & successful counter) → NSW - ZR
PC Controls
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space Button (release on attack & successful counter) → MH Rise - M4 Click
PS Controls
PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - X Button.png (release on attack & successful counter) → PS4 - R2 Button.png
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - A Button.png (release on attack & successful counter) → XBOX - Right Trigger.png

This combo is a quick way to gain spirit gauge level while finishing with the Spirit Roundslash! This can even be executed mid-combo as you only have to successfully execute the first part of Sacred Sheathe.

Big Damage Combo

MH Rise Sunbreak - LS Big Damage Combo

Switch Controls
NSW - ZL + NSW - XNSW - ZRNSW - ZR+NSW - BNSW - XNSW - ZRNSW - ZRNSW - ZR

zL + XzRzR + BXzR (x3)
PC Controls
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space ButtonMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 Click

Middle Click + Left ClickMB4MB4 + SpaceLeft ClickMB4 (x3)
PS Controls
PS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - X Button.pngPS4 - Triangle Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png

L2 + TriangleR2R2 + XTriangleR2 (x3)
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - A Button.pngXBOX - Y Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.png

LT + YRTRT + AYRT (x3)

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

Iai Spirit Slash to Silkbind Sakura Slash

MH Rise - Long Sword Iai Spirit Slash to Sakura Slash Loop

Switch Controls
NSW - ZR + NSW - BNSW - ZRNSW - ZL + NSW - XNSW - ZR + NSW - B

zR + BzRzL + XzR + B
PC Controls
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space ButtonMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space Button

MB4 + SpaceMB4Middle Click + Left ClickMB4 + Space
PS Controls
PS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - X Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - L2 Button.png + PS4 - Triangle Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png + PS4 - X Button.png

R2 + XR2L2 + TriangleR2 + X
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - A Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Left Trigger.png + XBOX - Y Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.png + XBOX - A Button.png

RT + ARTLT + YRT + A

This combo utilizes the seamless transition between Iai Spirit Slash and the Switch Skill Silkbind Sakura Slash.

This is a great way of increasing your gauge level because successfully executing both the Iai Spirit Slash and the Silkbind Sakura Slash increases your Spirit Gauge level by one (1) each or a total of two (2)!

This combo also has high DPS and can be executed as long as you have Wirebugs.

Fast Spirit Gauge Up Combo

MH Rise Sunbreak - LS Fast Spirit Gauge Up Combo

Switch Controls
NSW - X + NSW - ANSW - ZRNSW - ZRNSW - ZR

X + AzR (x3)
PC Controls
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 Click

Left Click + Right ClickMB4 (x3)
PS Controls
PS4 - Triangle Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png

Triangle + CircleR2 (x3)
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Y Button.png + XBOX - B Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.png

Y + BRT (x3)

This combo replaces the initial Spirit Slash I for a Fade Slash for maximum mobility. This combo replaces Spirit Blade II with a Spirit Jumping Slash and then goes straight to Spirit Blade III!

Spirit Gauge Collection + Fast Spirit Gauge Up Combo

MH Rise Sunbreak - Spirit Gauge Collection

Switch Controls
NSW - XNSW - XNSW - X + NSW - ANSW - ZRNSW - ZRNSW - ZR

X (x2) → X + AzR (x3)
PC Controls
MH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 Click

Left Click (x2) → Left Click + Right ClickMB4 (x3)
PS Controls
PS4 - Triangle Button.pngPS4 - Triangle Button.pngPS4 - Triangle Button.png + PS4 - Circle Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png

Triangle (x2) → Triangle + CircleR2 (x3)
Xbox Controls
XBOX - Y Button.pngXBOX - Y Button.pngXBOX - Y Button.png + XBOX - B Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.png

Y (x2) → Y + BRT (x3)

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

MH Rise - Long Sword Instant Red Combo

Switch Controls
NSW - ANSW - ZR+NSW - ANSW - ZRNSW - ZR+NSW - BNSW - ZRNSW - ZRNSW - ZR

AzR + AzRzR + BzR (x3)
PC Controls
MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space ButtonMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - M4 Click

Right ClickMB4 + Right ClickMB4MB4 + SpaceMB4 (x3)
PS Controls
PS4 - Circle Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png+PS4 - Circle Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png+PS4 - X Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.pngPS4 - R2 Button.png

CircleR2 + CircleR2R2 + XR2 (x3)
Xbox Controls
XBOX - B Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.png+XBOX - B Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.png+XBOX - A Button.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.pngXBOX - Right Trigger.png

BRT + BRTRT + ART (x3)

This combo utilizes both the Foresight Slash and Iai Spirit Slash and their ability to finish with a Spirit Roundslash after counterattacking.

This is the fastest way to raise your Spirit Level from colorless to red, but it requires precision for counterattacking two consecutive times!

Tips on How to Use the Long Sword

Check IconConsider including Quick Sheath in your builds

Check IconAlways maintain a Red Spirit Gauge

Check Icon Increase Damage by Leveling Up the Spirit Gauge

Check Icon Always aim for the Spirit Helm Breaker

Check Icon Always try to Counter

Get a Quick Sheath Build

MH Rise - Long Sword Quick Sheath MH Rise Long Sword

Quick Sheath works extremely well with the Special Sheath move of the Long Sword. An armor set with Quick Sheath Lv 3 almost doubles the animation speed of sheathing that it just becomes so fast, that it can be spammed for gaining easy Spirit Gauge levels.

Long Sword Builds and Best Armor

Maintain a Red Spirit Gauge

MH Rise - Long Sword Maintain Red Spirit Gauge

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.

Increase Damage by Leveling Up the Spirit Gauge

MH Rise - Long Sword Gauge

Long Sword's Spirit Gauge changes color from ''colorless → white → yellow → red'', increasing your attack damage per level. It is strongly recommended to keep this on red at all times.

You can increase your Spirit Gauge by one (1) level using the following moves:

Silkbind Sakura Slash Foresight Slash
Iai Spirit Slash Spirit Reckoning Combo
Spirit Roundslash Combo ---

Foresight Slash is Your Friend

MH Rise - Long Sword Foresight Slash is Your Friend

In addition to it being a Long Sword counterattack, Foresight Slash is also one of the fastest ways to gain Spirit Levels (together with Special Sheathe). It takes time to master this, but once you do, you are unstoppable!

Aim for the Spirit Helm Breaker

MH Rise - Long Sword Helm Breaker Has Multiple Hits

Considered the greatest damage-dealing move of the Long Sword, it would be a shame for you to not use this. This move follows a Soaring Kick and deals tons of damage. Also, make sure to use this when with a Red Spirit Gauge Level to maximize the firepower.

Always Try to Counter

MH Rise - Long Swords 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 give the Long Sword more opportunities to counterattack - use them effectively.

Changes from MHW: Iceborne

Check IconThe bread and butter loop can be executed with just one button X or A (Switch), left-click or right-click (PC), Triangle or Circle (PlayStation), and Y or B (Xbox).

Check IconBlade Thrust going to Spirit Helm Breaker is now gone. Soaring Kick is the bridge to Helsplitter in MH Rise.

Check IconIai Spirit Slash increases the Spirit Gauge Level. It will not decrease if it misses.

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) Related Guides

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MH Rise - Weapons Page BannerWeapons and Weapon Types MH Rise - Weapon Tier ListWeapon Type Tier List MH Rise - Builds for Each WeaponBuilds for Each Weapon Type

Melee Weapon Guides

Melee Weapons
MH Rise - Great Sword IconGreat Sword
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Long Sword Icon Long Sword
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Sword & Shield IconSword and Shield
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Dual Blades IconDual Blades
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Lance IconLance
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Gunlance Icon Gunlance
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Hammer Icon Hammer
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Hunting Horn IconHunting Horn
Guide | Weapon Tree | Melodies
MH Rise - Switch Axe IconSwitch Axe
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Charge Blade IconCharge Blade
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Insect Glaive IconInsect Glaive
Guide | Weapon Tree | Kinsects

Ranged Weapon Guides

Ranged Weapons
MH Rise - Light Bowgun IconLight Bowgun
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun IconHeavy Bowgun
Guide | Weapon Tree
MH Rise - Bow IconBow
Guide | Weapon Tree

Comment

1 Drexelalmost 2 years

I wonder that you have not mentioned any combos with Sacred Sheathe Combo. You call it a pretty awesome move, but dont mention it anywhere... I am not a good counter attacker and like it with the Silkbind Sakura Slash as Spirit Gauge level builder..

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