Lance Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset | Monster Hunter Rise | MHR (MH Rise)

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Combos Controls and Moveset

This is a guide to the Lance, a weapon in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Read on to learn about new Lance controls and combos, how to use the Lance charge, the Lance Dash Attack as well as details on Lance Switch Skills.

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Lance Controls

Switch PC Action
Buttons X.png X
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
Mid Thrust
Buttons A.png A
MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click
High Thrust
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png

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

Left Click + Right Click
Wide Sweep
Button zR.png + Left Analog.png + Buttons X.png

zR + Left Stick + X
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - W ButtonMH Rise - A ButtonMH Rise - S ButtonMH Rise - D Button + MH Rise - Left Click

MB4 + Directional Button + Left Click
Guard Dash
Button zR.png + Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png

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

MB4 + Left Click + Right Click
Dash Attack
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png

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

MB4 + A
Counter-thrust
Button zR.png zR
MH Rise - M4 Click
MB4
Guard
Buttons zL.png + Buttons X.png

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

Middle Click + Left Click
Twin Vine (Kunai Jab)
Buttons zL.png + Buttons B.png

zL + B
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Space Button

Middle Click + Space
Twin Vine (Launch while guarding)
Buttons zL.png + Buttons A.png

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

Middle Click + Right Click
Anchor Rage

Useful Combos

Basic Combo
Mid Thrust I Mid Thrust II Mid Thrust III Backstep
Buttons X.png X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Buttons X.png X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Buttons X.png X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Buttons B.png B
MH Rise - Space Button Space
Closing Attacks While Guarding
Guard Dash Leaping Thrust Mid Thrust II Mid Thrust III
Button zR.png + Left Analog.png + Buttons X.png
zR + Left Stick + X
MH Rise - M4 Click +
MH Rise - W ButtonMH Rise - A ButtonMH Rise - S ButtonMH Rise - D Button +
MH Rise - Left Click MB4 + Directional Button + Left Click
Buttons A.png A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Buttons X.png X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Buttons X.png X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Endless Thrusting Combo
Cancel Thrust High Thrust I High Thrust II Cancel Thrust
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
zR + A
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Right Click
MB4 + Right Click
Buttons A.png A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Buttons A.png A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
zR + Right Click
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Right Click
MB4 + Right Click

Lance Silkbind Attacks

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Twin Vine

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Twin Vine Silkbind Attack

Switch Controls
Buttons zL.png + Buttons X.pngButtons zL.png + Buttons B.png to jump back closer to the attached monster

zL + XzL + B
PC Controls
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Space Button to jump back closer to the attached monster

Middle Click + Left ClickMiddle Click + Space

The Twin Vine silkbind attack attaches the hunter to the monster. While connected, the hunter can freely jump back beside the monster to close the gap faster.

Anchor Rage

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Anchor Rage Silkbind Attack

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

The Anchor Rage is a silkbind attack that increases your attack damage when hit by an attack. The attack increase also depends on the power of the attack received!

Spiral Thrust

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Spiral Thrust Switch Skill

This new Silkbind Attack can be switched out with Anchor Rage.

A quick two-step move, Spiral Thrust allows the user to change their position and aim for a counterattack.

The attack starts with a counter, using the shield to parry an attack, then sends the user flying forward with the Wirebug. This can catch targets off guard and leave them vulnerable.

If an attack is successfully countered using Spiral Thrust then an temporary attack buff will be granted and the Lance will glow for the duration.

Lance 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 Urgent Quest, Feathered Frenzy.

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

Controls Original Skill Switch Skill
zL + A
Middle Click + Right Click
Anchor Rage
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1
Spiral Thrust
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1
zR + (X+A)
MB4 + (Left + Right Click)
Dash Attack Shield Charge
zR
MB4
Guard Insta-Block

Spiral Thrust

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Spiral Thrust Switch Skill

Switched With Controls
Anchor Rage
Buttons zL.png + Buttons A.png
zL + A
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Middle Click + Right Click
Description
Two-step maneuver to counterattack. Uses the shield to parry then uses Wirebugs to pull you forward. Sucessful counters will grant an attack buff and increase the damage of the follow up thrusts.
Reposition using the Left Analog after the first dash or halt altogether.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1

A two-step Lance dash maneuver that blocks an incoming attack from the start and allows you to dash attack twice with your Lance. We recommend getting this because it helps with Lance's lack of mobility.

Shield Charge

MH Rise - LANCE Shield Charge: size:440x245

Switched With Controls
Dash Attack
Hold Button zR.pngButtons X.png + Buttons A.pngButtons X.pngButtons A.png
zRX + AXA
Hold MH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Right Click
MB4Left Click + Right ClickLeft ClickRight Click
Description
A charging attack with the shield up. Can only dash for a limited amount of time while fending off attacks with the shield. Crashing into a monster deals shield-based blunt damage.

This skill replaces your usual Lance dash attack with a dash while holding your shield. Attacks met while dashing will be blocked and you will continue dashing. You can end the dash with a Shield Bash for big blunt damage. You can't use it for a long time like the Lance Dash though, you can only dash for a short while with the shield.

Insta-Block

MH Rise - LANCE Insta Block

Switched With Controls
Guard
Press Button zR.png (zR) right as you're about to be hit.
After a successful Insta-Block, pressing X will lead into a Cross Sweep
Press MH Rise - M4 Click (MB4) right as you're about to be hit.
After a successful Insta-Block, pressing Left Click will lead into a Cross Sweep
Description
Swings your shield in an arch to parry attacks. Time your guard just before a monster hits you to follow-up with a Cross Slash. Great for countering right after blocking.

The greatest counterattack move by the Lance. Your hunter will swing the shield in an arch anticipating an attack. Time it properly before it hits and you can have the opportunity to follow it up with a Cross Slash (A or Right Click).

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Lance Attacks and Moves

High / Mid Thrust

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Thrust.jpg

Switch Controls For mid thrust, press
Buttons X.png
X
For high thrust, press
Buttons A.png
A
PC Controls For mid thrust, press
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
For high thrust, press
MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click

This is the bread-and-butter move of the Lance. As a Lance user, you can mix any of the two types of thrusts consecutively up to three times. After three thrusts, the motion will reset unless you cancel it using a cancel thrust (zR + A or MB4 + Right Click) or by dodging (B or Space).

This is important to know this because when you don't cancel after three thrusts, the downtime before you can attack again is very long.

Improved Backstep Distance

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Backstep.gif

They improved the backstep and increased the distance greatly! This helps in mobility and avoiding attacks.

Switch Controls
While weapons are unsheathed,
Buttons B.png B
PC Controls
While weapons are unsheathed,
MH Rise - Space Button Space

Wide Sweep Charge Attack

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Wide Sweep Charged Attack.gif

Switch Controls
Hold Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png then release

Hold X + A then release
PC Controls
Hold MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click then release

Hold Left Click + Right Click then release

Doing a Wide Sweep with the Lance allows you to charge the attack before it releases automatically. This is Lance's most powerful attack so you should use it at all times when there is an opening.

Power Guard

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Power Guard

Switch Controls During Guard charge (zR + A),
Button zR.png + Buttons B.png
zR + B
PC Controls During Guard charge (MB4 + Right Click),
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Space Button
MB4 + Space

The Power Guard is a returning move that allows you to greatly withstand and reduce the stun time of attacks. It is one of the best counter tools of the Lance against enemy monsters if timed correctly.

Charged Counter Thrust / Leaping Thrust

This is the Power Guard's counterattack against enemy attacks. Press A or Right Click to dish out a powerful counterattack after guarding against an enemy attack.

If you press X or Left Click instead of A or Right Click after a Power Guard, you will execute a Leaping Thrust which is good for closing gaps between you and the enemy.

Switch Controls While in Power Guard,
Buttons A.png or Buttons X.png
A or X
PC Controls While in Power Guard,
MH Rise - Right Click or MH Rise - Left Click
Right Click or Left Click

Guard Dash

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Guard Dash.gif

Switch Controls
Button zR.png + Left Analog.png + Buttons X.png
zR + Left Stick + X

Follow up with X for a Shield Attack or A for a Leaping Thrust.
PC Controls
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - W ButtonMH Rise - A ButtonMH Rise - S ButtonMH Rise - D Button + MH Rise - Left Click
MB4 + Directional Button + Left Click

Follow up with Left Click for a Shield Attack or Right Click for a Leaping Thrust

One of the main mobility moves in the Lance's arsenal, Guard Dashing is an important move to know if you want to learn Lance. This not only closes the gap between you and the monster, but the initial Guard Dash motion (where the shield is in front of you) can also block enemy attacks!

Lance Dash Attack (Lance Charge)

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Charge or Lance Dash Attack

While in the air or unsheathed, you can execute a Lance Dash Attack (or Lance Charge as called by some) that enables you to dash forward. You can change direction ever so slightly using the Left Analog Stick and hop sideways using B.

You will consume stamina as you dash and will stop when you run out, hit a wall, or execute an attack by pressing X or Left Click.

Input While in the air,
Button zR.png
zR
While unsheathed,
Button zR.pngButtons X.png + Buttons A.png
zRX + A
You may turn slightly using the Left Analog Stick and to hop sideways press B.
PC Controls While in the air,
MH Rise - M4 Click
MB4
While unsheathed,
MH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click
MB4 + Left Click + Right Click
You may turn slightly using the WASD buttons and to hop sideways press Space.

Recommended Combos for the Lance

Basic Thrust Triple Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Bread and Butter Combo

Switch Controls
Buttons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons B.png

XXXB
PC Controls
MH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Space Button

Left ClickLeft ClickLeft ClickSpace

This is Lance's bread-and-butter move. As a Lance user, you will use this combo more often than not. The consistency and frequency of using this combo will maximize your damage as a Lance main!

Attack While Guarding

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Attack While Guarding

Switch Controls
Button zR.png + Buttons A.pngButtons B.pngButtons X.pngButton zR.png + Left Analog.png + Buttons X.png

zR + ABXzR + Left Stick + X
PC Controls
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Space ButtonMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - W ButtonMH Rise - A ButtonMH Rise - S ButtonMH Rise - D Button + MH Rise - Left Click

MB4 + Right ClickSpaceLeft ClickMB4 + Directional BUtton + Left Click

This is a combo that allows you to connect Guard Dash by striking after Power Guard. This can be used even when an enemy is attacking you!

Tips on How to Use the Lance

Check IconAlways stay beside the monster

Check IconUse Anchor Rage when possible

Check IconAlways Guard against attacks

Check IconAlways use Charged Sweep when possible

Check IconMake full use of the Counter Thrust

Check IconSheathe your Lance when you need to reposition unless you and the monster are connected via Twin Vine.

Stay Beside the Monster

Monster Hunter Rise - Lances Stay Beside Monsters

The power of the Lance relies on consistent poke damage so you must be beside the monster at all times. Learning to play very aggressively while knowing when to guard is the sign of a good Lance player.

Use Anchor Rage When Possible

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Use Anchor Rage

The Anchor Rage gives the Lance a much-needed attack boost. Use it whenever possible to mitigate the low DPS disadvantage!

Always Guard Against Attacks

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Always Guard Against Attacks

It is not advisable to sheathe your weapon every time you reposition yourself. Use Lance's guard to tank enemy attacks to maximize your DPS!

Make Sure to Always Use Charged Sweep When Possible

Monster Hunter Rise - Use the Lance Wide Sweep Charged Attack.gif

This is one of the highest damage moves from Lance. When there is an opening, charge up your Lance and sweep away! The DPS boost from this move is too good to pass up.

Make Full Use of the Counter-Thrust

Use CounterThrust

The Lance has the capability to counter-thrust after successfully guarding against an attack. As mentioned earlier, consistent damage is the key to using the Lance so counter-thrusting is one way to convert defense into offense!

Sheathe Your Weapon Only When Needed!

Monster Hunter Rise - Sheath Your Lance

If you need to reposition, always do it while the Lance is sheathed. When unsheathed, the Lance reduces you to a crawl making moving painfully slow. To reposition while unsheathed, use Twin Vine to dash towards the monster!

How Good is the Lance?

Tier List Ranking

Rank B Rank Icon

The Lance is very simple to use but difficult to master. You have to optimize guard counters and poking to maximize your damage output so it requires high monster knowledge.

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Lance Strengths

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Strengths

Check IconOne of the best with guarding

Check IconCan counterattack

Check IconLong reach and can aim high places

One of the Best Weapons for Guarding

The Lance is top tier when it comes to guarding. It can tank almost all monster attacks with minimal damage to the hunter!

Can Counterattack After Guarding

The Lance can also counterattack after absorbing damage from a guard. Use this wisely for maximum damage!

Long Reach and High Aim

Being physically long gives Lance the advantage with reach. It can easily reach heads position high up like Anjanath or Jyuratodus!

Lance Weaknesses

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Weaknesses

Check IconVery poor mobility

Check IconDPS is not very high

Check IconCan be easily interrupted

A Poor Mobility Weapon

The Lance provides poor mobility while hunting. When unsheathed, the Lance will slow down the hunter to a crawl leaving him unable to properly reposition.

No High DPS Attacks

The Lance also does not have any attack that dishes high damage. It relies on consistent poke damage while guarding monster attacks.

Easily Interrupted by Allies

When playing with allies, Lance users can be tripped by certain attacks (from Long Swords and Gunlances, for example). Because of this, Lance users have to incorporate the Flinch Free skill into Lance builds.

Changes from MHW: Iceborne

Backstep Distance After Attack

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Backstep.gif

The backstep distance after an attack is increased therefore you can reposition more easily.

You Can Execute a Charged Sweep

Monster Hunter Rise - Lance Wide Sweep Charged Attack.gif

Switch Controls Hold
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
X + A
PC Controls Hold
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Left Click + Right Click

A new move that opens up new high damage opportunities for the Lance. Use this whenever possible like when the monster is downed, trapped, stunned, or asleep.

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