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This is a guide to the Insect Glaive, a weapon in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Read on to learn about new Insect Glaive controls and combos, how to use Insect Glaive's Descending Thrust, the best Kinsect to use as well as details on Insect Glaive Switch Skills.

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Insect Glaive Controls

Button Action
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Rising Slash Combo
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Wide Sweep
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Kinsect: Harvest Extract
Button zR.png
Buttons A.png
Kinsect: Recall
Button zR.pngButton R.png
Kinsect: Fire
Button zR.png
Kinsect: Mark Target
Button zR.png
Buttons B.png
Vault
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in midair
Aerial Attack
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in midair
Jumping Advancing Slash
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in midair
Midair Evade
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Buttons X.png
Silkbind Attack: Silkbind Vault
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Silkbind Attack: Recall Kinsect

Useful Combos

Combo for Brief Openings

Thrust to Reaping Slash to end with Double Slash

Input
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Basic Combo with Red Extract Stocked

Leaping Slash to Strong Rising Slash Combo to end with Tornado Slash

Input
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Buttons A.png

Mid-air Combo

Vault to Midair Evade to Jumping Advanced Slash

Input
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Insect Glaive Silkbind Attacks

Official Insect Glaive Preview Video

List of Silkbind Attacks

Silkbind Vault

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Silkbind Vault is a Silkbind Attack, where you can jump forward and upward midair, making you gain more air time. This move can be comboed into a variety of attacks, making it a highly useful lead.

Input
Buttons zL.png +
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Recall Kinsect

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Recall Kinsect is a Silkbind Attack where you can recall your Kinsect while simultaneously avoiding attacks from opponents. Players can also recall their Kinsect midair, whereas you would normally have to be on the ground to do it. While moving, the Kinsect will also execute spinning attacks. When your Kinsect returns to you, you will get healed and your Kinsect's stamina will be fully restored.

Input
Buttons zL.png +
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Diving Wyvern NEW

Diving Wyvern Insect Glaive

This new Descending Thrust -like silkbind attack for the Insect Glaive stabs the monster from above! It can be switched out for Recall Kinsect.

The radius of the attack is small but will deal heavy damage to the site of the collision.

Insect Glaive 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
X Leaping Slash Advancing Roundslash
A after Leaping Slash Tornado Slash Tetraseal Slash
zL + A Recall Kinsect
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1
Diving Wyvern
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Advancing Roundslash

Switched With Controls
Leaping Slash Draw Weapon while unsheathed.
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with your weapon unsheathed while on the ground.
Description
Attack performed by spinning foward like a top. When attacked during the spin, you will use that force to jump up. Only happens while you still have momentum.

Replaces your usual drawing attack with a dash spinning move that can counter attacks. Any attack met while dashing will propel you to the air, giving the Insect Glaive a much-needed boost. This takes a lot of getting used to because the counterattack opportunity is only present while dashing.

Tetraseal Slash

Switched With Controls
Tornado Slash
With Red Extract loaded, perform a Leaping Slash and press
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(Does not follow up with Advancing Roundslash when Leaping Slash is switched out)
Description
Delivers four strikes on the spot. One of the attacks is hit with the handle's seal, which can lure in Powder Kinsects. With Red Extract loaded, perform a Leaping Slash and press A.

If you're using Powder Kinsects then you're going to love this. This is a multi-hit attack that marks the enemy for Kinsects to target. Tornado Slash is your high damage move but this one has almost the same value but it does it with multiple hits - definitely better if you're running an elemental or status Insect Glaive.

Diving Wyvern

Diving Wyvern Insect Glaive

Switched With Controls
Recall Kinsect
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Description
A strong attack that pulls you downward with great force. The attack has a small damage radius which means all damage is concentrated at that one specific point.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1

The Diving Wyvern unlocks a diving move while airborne that deals significant damage. Pin-point accuracy is needed though because the radius of the hit is very small.

Once you unlock this, we recommend replacing Recall Kinsect. The health regeneration and Kinect stamina refresh are great and all but DPS is still king in MH Rise!

Insect Glaive Attacks and Moves

Extract Harvesting

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Button Inputs for Kisect Extract Harvesting
Button zR.png +
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to send Kinsect for extraction
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to recall the Kinsect with the extracts

In Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise), each extract has their own individual effects and green extract is also removed from the game. Check out the extract effects below!

Extract Effects

Extract Color Effects

(Red)
Increases Attack

(White)
Movement speed boost

(Orange)
Knockback protection when attacking

Kinsect Types and Bonuses

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Kinsects have changed in Monster Hunter Rise (MHRise) with Kinsects being highly dependent on the player's choice.

Different Kinsect types can be purchased from the Smithy in Steelworks or the Hub Prep Area, each with its unique stats, type, and bonuses. Check those out if you're looking for Kinsects to use!

Kinsect Attack Type

Attack Type Description
Severing Will deal cutting damage while extracting
Blunt Will deal blunt (KO) damage while extracting

Kinsect Types

Type Description
Normal Normal kinsects with no special behavior
Powder Will automatically attack marked spots on a monster.
Assist When all three extracts are obtained, Assist Kinsects will also automatically attack monsters.
Speed Automatically recovers stamina when on the hunter's arm. When fully charged, the attack from this Kinsect becomes powerful.
When the charge is complete, the Insect Glaive will glow blue.

Kinsect Bonuses


These are bonuses obtained by the team during their playthrough. If there are more Kinsects we need to investigate, let us know in the comments!
Bonus Description
Bonus Heal Restores the Hunter's health when collecting extracts.
Dual Color (Defense) Will always collect the targeted extract together with the orange extract.
Stamina Use Slowed Reduces stamina consumption of the Kinsect
Triple Up Time Extends the active duration after collecting all 3 extracts.
Dual Color (Attack) Will always collect the targeted extract together with the red extract
Dual Color (Speed) Will always collect the targeted extract together with the white extract
Auto-Attack Frequency Up Increases how much the Kinsect will execute attacks automatically
Idle Stamina Recovery Up Increases the stamina recovery of Kinsects while on standby
Charged Chain Attack Executes a continuous attack when the Kinsect is charged
Fast Charge Charge time for Kinsects are shortened

Kinsect Tree: List of All Kinsects

Recommended Kinsect

Monarch Alucanid
 
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Rarity Attack Type Type(s)
4 Severing Assist
Power Speed Heal
125 6 8
Kinsect Bonus
Dual Color (Attack)

If you are looking for great Kinsects to use, we recommend using the Monarch Alucanid. It has the Kinsect Bonus Dual Color (Attack) which enables the Kinsect to automatically harvest red extracts anywhere on the monster. Red extracts are arguably the hardest extract to get because they are mostly situated at the monster's most dangerous body parts - using this can make red extract harvesting a breeze!

You can buy this from the Smithy (Steelworks or Hub Prep Area) for 4500z.

Kinsect Tree: List of All Kinsects

Recommended Combos for the Insect Glaive

Tri-Switch Skill Combo

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Controls
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This combo utilizes the three awesome Switch Skill of the Insect Glaive. First, you close the gap using Advancing Roundslash then press A until it executes a Tetraseal Slash. Finally, we finish off the combo with a Diving Wyvern.

Do not be afraid of using this while the monster is attacking because Advancing Roundslash will automatically propel you upwards if met by an attack!

High Firepower Combo When Monster is Stunned

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Controls
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Buttons X.png
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Button zR.png +
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We recommended this combo whenever the monster cannot move. Make sure you have all three extracts collected, then perform a Leaping Slash (L + A). Since Leaping Slash has a long downtime after, you can cancel this just by Harvesting Extract (zR + X).

Aerial Combo

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Controls
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Buttons zL.png
Buttons A.png
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Buttons X.png

This is our recommended combo when you're in midair. From vaulting, combining Midair Evade, Recall Kinsect, and Jumping Advancing Slash, your airtime becomes longer. This allows you to set up for the big damage move, Aerial Attack.

Evade and Attack Combo Using Recall Kinsect

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Controls
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This is a combo that allows you to evade midair then immediately attack using Recall Kinsect. Evading gives you a bit of an invulnerability window, so you can avoid monster attacks. By avoiding Recall Kinsect, you can do an aerial combo.

Tips on How to Use the Insect Glaive

Check IconCollect and maintain extracts

Check IconLearn and Use Kinsect Cancel

Check IconUse aerial attacks for weakspots high above

Check IconTrigger environmental hazards with the Kinsect

Check IconUse Dual Color (Attack) Kinsects

Check IconTry fighting on the ground more than in the air

Collect and Maintain Extracts

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Try to collect extracts before you start seriously fighting the monster. The red extract is particularly important; the Insect Glaive has two different movesets for those with and without the red extract. Keep an eye out for when your extracts expire and make sure you maintain them.

Learn and Use Kinsect Cancel

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This handy tip allows you to basically cancel any lengthy downtime animation frames like the Insect Glaive's Tornado Slash. To do this, simply alternate between Kinsect: Harvest Extract (zR + X) and Kinsect: Recall (zR + A) after the attack!

When used with a Charged Chain Attack Kinsect, this can max out your DPS!

Kinsect Tree: List of All Kinsects

Use Aerial Attacks to Aim For Out-of-Reach Weakspots

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The Insect Glaive is capable of great leaps to reach high locations and attack from the air. It provides the advantage of allowing players to attack weak spots which would be difficult to reach with other melee weapons. You can even finish it with the Switch Skill Diving Wyvern which stabs your Insect Glaive downwards like the Descending Thrust!

Trigger Environmental Hazards With Kinsect

Insect Glaive users can direct their Kinsect to trigger things in the environment like Flashflies so make sure to keep an eye out for these.

Use Dual Color (Attack) Kinsects

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The red extract is arguably the most important and hard to get extract for Insect Glaive users. Not only does it increase your attack, but it also unlocks a plethora of new combos you can use.

Therefore, we recommend getting a Kinsect with Dual Color (Attack) Kinsect Bonus. This allows you to extract a red extract together with the extract that the body part produces. This is a great way to get red extract considering most of them can be extracted from the head.

Kinsect Tree: List of All Kinsects

Fight on the Ground, Less in the Air

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After collecting all three extracts, we recommend fighting on the ground. It is quite tempting to fight airborne considering Insect Glaive is known for its superior airborne prowess but the motion value for airborne attacks is way less than on the ground. Do not waste your extract up time!

How Good is the Insect Glaive?

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The Insect Glaive is one of the DPS weapons in Monster Hunter Rise. With mounting replaced by Wyvern Riding, Insect Glaive can Wyvern Ride monsters with ease and use monsters to their advantage! The addition of Dual Color (Attack) Kinsects also boosts the Insect Glaive's efficiency because you can get two extracts in one go!

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Insect Glaive Strengths

Check IconHigh mobility and aerial attacks

Check IconStrong buffs from Kinsect

Check IconGreat at mounting monsters

High Mobility and Aerial Attacks

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The Insect Glaive offers the most mobility out of all the weapons in Monster Hunter. You can attack midair and keep attacking if you do the correct moves.

Strong Buffs from Kinsect

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The Kinsect can get different extracts from various parts of a monster, giving the Insect Glaive user several buffs to their attack power, speed, and defense.

Extract Color Description

(Red)
Increases Attack

(White)
Movement speed boost

(Orange)
Knockback protection when attacking

Great at Mounting Monsters

Being mostly airborne, Insect Glaive users are the best at triggering Wyvern Riding.

Insect Glaive Weaknesses

Check IconInsect Glaive is Nerfed in Monster Hunter Rise

Check IconWeak without Kinsect extracts

Check IconCan quickly lose sharpness

Check IconNo guarding option

Insect Glaive is Nerfed in Monster Hunter Rise

This is not true at all! If all, Insect Glaive is buffed in MH Rise considering the new Dual Color capability of the Kinsects! The Descending Thrust move that most people feared to be gone is now discovered to be present in the Switch Skill Diving Wyvern. Do not be afraid, Insect Glaive is here to stay!

Weak Without Kinsect Extracts

The Insect Glaive is much weaker if you don't make use of the buffs. You will suffer from less attack speed, less attack power, less vault distance, and less defense. These buffs do not last for a long time either so keep an eye out for when they are blinking (near expiration)!

Can Quickly Lose Sharpness

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With the Insect Glaive's fast attack speed, you will find yourself losing sharpness quicker than most weapons. Keep an eye out for skills that manages sharpness like Master's Touch or Razor Sharp.

No Guarding Option

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Insect Glaive users will have to time their dodges precisely and take advantage of their aerial abilities because the Insect Glaive cannot guard.

Changes from MHW: Iceborne

Check IconDescending Thrust is now the Switch Skill Diving Wyvern

Check IconKinsect Control changed from L2 to zR

Check IconRemoved the jump buff from White Extracts. Jumping power is buffed in general.

Check IconNo more green extracts. Healing will depend on if the Kinsect has the Bonus ''Bonus Heal''

Check IconGetting all three extracts provide Earplugs and Flinch Free.

Descending Thrust is now in the Switch Skill Diving Wyvern

Diving Wyvern Insect Glaive

When you unlock the Switch Skill Diving Wyvern, you can see a Descending Thrust -like attack from Monster Hunter World (MHW). If your gameplay revolves around this, feel better because it's back in MH Rise!

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Kinsect Control changed from L2 to zR

If you're used to hitting the bottom-left shoulder button in directing the Kinsect, that's gonna change in MH Rise. zL is now reserved for activating Silkbind Attacks so they moved the Kinsect Control button to the other side, zR.

No More Jump Buff from White Extracts

White extracts in MH Rise do not provide jump buff anymore. Instead, they increased the general raw jumping power of the hunter.

Green Extract is Gone

You can no longer get a green extract from monsters in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). The only way you can get healing from Kinsects is by using one with the Bonus ''Bonus Heal''.

Getting All Three Extracts Provide Earplugs and Flinch Free

When you get all three extracts from the monster, your hunter will now have Earplugs and max Flinch Free - very useful when going full ham even when against roars!

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