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This is a guide to the Palicoes, a returning companion in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn more about the Palicoes in Rise and all their mechanics.

Palico Support Types and Best Support Type

Five Support Types Available

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Type Effect
healer support type palico icon.pngHealer Provides healing assistance to hunters
assist support type palico icon.pngAssist Prepares traps to ensnare monsters
fight support type palico icon.pngFight Supports the hunter by fighting alongside them
bombardier support type palico icon.pngBombardier Uses bombs to attack monsters
gathering support type palico icon.pngGathering Gathers rare items when exploring the map

The Palico can use one of five Support Types. You can choose to scout for Palicoes which have the Support Type of your choice, so be sure to pick the one which best suits your playstyle.

Best Palico Support Type and Equipped Moves

How to Recruit Palicoes

Use the Buddy Scout at Buddy Plaza

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The Buddy Scout allows players to recruit new Palicoes and Palamutes according to a host of specifications. It's possible to specify a Palico of the Support Type and even appearance of your taste, and they can be freely renamed when they are recruited. This is a great tool for finding a Palico with your ideal set of Equipped Moves and Skills!

Available Palicoes Change Every Quest

Each time you depart on a Quest, the recruited Palicoes at the Buddy Scout will be refreshed. Even if you choose to return from or abandon the Quest without completing it, the Palicoes will refresh for a new set with different Equipped Moves and Skills, so rerolling for your ideal Palico is not overly difficult.

Buddy Plaza Guide

How to Level Up Palicoes

Leave Buddies at the Buddy Dojo

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In addition to leveling up Palicoes and Palamutes by taking them on Quests with you, it's possible to passively level up Buddies by having them train at the Buddy Dojo.

While you're away on Quests, the training here will continue automatically, for a cost of 100 Points per training round or a single Lagniapple for a full 10 rounds.

Multiple Buddies can level up here at once, so be sure to keep your backup Palicoes and Palamutes training to keep them up to par for when you need them!

Buddy Dojo Guide | How to Train Buddies

Palico Customization

Checkmark Palicoes' appearance can be customized

Checkmark Palico equipment

Checkmark Behavior: target prioritization

Checkmark Buddy Skills can be equipped

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Palicoes' Appearance Can Be Customized

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Just like the hunter and the Palamute, the Palico's look can be edited in the character creation. The patterns, the colors, and many more can be edited for the Palico!

In addition to appearance, the Customization stage also allows you to choose the Support Type of the Palico.

Name and Innerwear Can Be Changed Anytime

You can change your Palico's name and innerwear color anytime after character creation. However, its coat and voice can't be changed anymore, so be careful in making your Palico!

Character Creation Guide

Palico Equipment

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The Palicoes can be equipped to modify their looks in battle. This isn't just for looks, as these armor and weapon provides stat bonuses to further your palico's capabilities in battle.

List of Armor Sets and Armor Skills

Behavior: Target Prioritization

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Large Only Palicoes exclusively target large monsters.
Large First Palicoes prioritize attacking large monsters.
Balanced Palicoes attack all monsters indiscriminately.
Small First Palicoes prioritize attacking small monsters.
Small Only Palicoes exclusively target small monsters.

You can choose what your Palico targets during hunts, whether it be large monsters or small monsters.

To set this up, go to the Buddy Board and choose the Behavior tab. You can choose between Palicoes and Palamutes (for this guide, choose Palico!), then you can choose which Palico you want to change the behavior of. From there you can choose from the options we listed above.

Buddy Skills Can Be Equipped

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You can also equip or unequip your Palico's skills from the Buddy Board, depending on what monster you're hunting! For example, you might want the Negate Sleep skill when going up against Great Baggi, but it definitely won't be as useful against Magnamalo.

Layered Armor

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The Palicos can also equip layered armor, these are the armor that can be worn over your current armor. Think of them as cosmetics so you can modify your palico's look and adjust it to your liking.

Palico Abilities and Characteristics

Can Gather Items

As mentioned earlier, Palicoes can gather items. This makes them a more gathering oriented ally as opposed to the Palamute's high mobility.

Similar to the Plunderblade from Monster Hunter World, Palicoes in Monster Hunter Rise which have the Pilfer Equipped Move are even able to directly steal Materials from enemies.

Power Up with the Felvine Bulb

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The new item Felvine Bulb will enhance the Palico's capabilities. This item is always accessible to the player, and does not expire, but has a significant cooldown period after use.

Under the effects of the Felvine Bulb, the Palico will gain the following boosts to its abilities. Since this action is easy to activate, be sure to use the Felvine Bulb whenever you're about to enter a tough battle!

  • Health restoration
  • Increased support action frequency
  • Evasive maneuvers against attacks
  • Stronger attacks

How to Use the Felvine Bulb

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The Felvine Bulb can be used by selecting Use the Felvine! from the Action Bar, and can also be set to the Radial Menu for easy access.

Play With and Pet Your Palico

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Players can have a fun time and wind down from a long day of hunting with several available interactions with the Palico, including an extensive secret handshake.

What is A Palico?

Checkmark Fight monsters alongside the hunter

Checkmark Complements the Palamute's abilities

Checkmark Hire Buddies and dispatch Meowcenaries at the Buddy Plaza

Fights Monsters Alongside the Hunter

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As a companion, the Palico will aid the hunter in battle against Monsters using their own weapons, armor, and even unique Equipped Moves. Although they are capable of traditional attacks, their main specialty lies in supporting the hunter by providing healing items, setting traps and bombs, and gathering rare items.

In Monster Hunter Rise, Palicoes are grouped into five Support Types which determine their Equipped Moves, and are fully customizable to suit the player's tastes.

Complements the Palamute's Abilities

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Palamutes specialize in moving you around the field and attacking monsters with you. With that in mind, what do you want your Palico to specialize in?

Do you want your Palico to compensate for the lack of the Palamute's support abilities with the Healer or Assist Support Types, or to further add to your Palamute's offensive power with the Attack and Bombardier Support Types? It's completely up to you!

How to Ride Palamutes

Hire Buddies and Dispatch Meowcenaries at the Buddy Plaza

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All things Palico or Palamute can be found at the Buddy Plaza! Hire the Buddy of your choosing or dispatch Meowcenaries over here.

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) Related Links

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Buddy Plaza Guide

All Buddy Equipment Guides
Palico Guide Builds Best Types
Palamute Guide Builds Best Gear
Equipment All Buddy Equipment
Skills All Buddy Skills
Buddy Plaza Facilities
Buddy Dojo Guide and Training Guide
Argosy and Trading Guide


2 Anonymous10 days

If I dismiss a palico is there a sad animation?

1 Anonymousabout 1 month

You have the symbol for assist and gathering palicos swapped.

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