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

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This is a guide to the Dual Blades, a weapon in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Read on to learn about new Dual Blades controls and combos, how to use Dual Blades demon and archdemon modes, the Dual Blades' spinning move as well as details on Dual Blades Switch Skills.

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Dual Blades Controls

Basic Controls

Button Action
Buttons X.png Double Slash
Buttons X.png + Buttons X.png
Double Slash Return Stroke
Buttons X.png + Buttons X.png + Buttons X.png
Circle Slash
Buttons A.png Lunging Strike
Buttons A.png + Buttons A.png
Roundslash
Button zR.png Demon Mode
Buttons ZL.pngButtons X.png
Silkbind Attack: Piercing Bind
Buttons ZL.pngButtons A.png
Silkbind Attack: Shrouded Vault

Demon Mode Controls

Button Action
Buttons X.png Demon Fangs
Buttons X.png + Buttons X.png
Twofold Demon Slash
Buttons X.png + Buttons X.png + Buttons X.png
Sixfold Demon Slash
Buttons A.png Demon Flurry Rush
(Spinning Move)
Button zR.png Demon Mode Cancel
Buttons X.pngButtons A.png
Blade Dance (Demon Mode)
Demon Mode (in the air or on a ledge) +Buttons A.png
Midair Spinning Blade Dance

Archdemon Mode Controls

Button Action
Buttons X.png Demon Fangs
Buttons A.png Demon Flurry Rush
(Spinning Move)
Buttons X.pngButtons A.png
Demon Flurry I (Press again for II and III)

Useful Combos

Basic Combo
Double Slash
Buttons X.png
Double Slash
Return Stroke
Buttons X.png
Circle Slash
Buttons X.png
Demon Mode Combo
Demon Fangs
Buttons X.png
Twofold Demon Slash
Buttons X.png
Sixfold Demon Slash
Buttons X.png
Blade Dance
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Stationary Combo
Lunging Strike
Buttons A.png
Spinning Slash
Buttons A.png
Double Slash
Buttons X.png
Lunging Strike
Buttons A.png
Archdemon Mode Combo
Demon Flurry I
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Demon Flurry II
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Demon Flurry III
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png

Dual Blades Silkbind Attacks

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List of Silkbind Attacks

Shrouded Vault

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Shrouded Vault Silkbind Attack.png

Input
Buttons ZL.pngButtons A.png

Shrouded Vault is a Silkbind Attack that sends the Dual Blades user forward, then does a spinning attack when hit. It's also a Countering move. When you take a hit when moving, you'll both avoid the attack and execute a counterstrike.

Piercing Bind

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Piercing Bind Silkbind Attack.png

Input
Buttons ZL.pngButtons X.png

The hunter thrusts an explosive Kunai into the monster. When that body part is attacked again, it will inflict additional blows. After some time has passed, the Kunai will explode, dealing additional damage based on the number of attacks dealt to that body part.

Tower Vault NEW

MH Rise - DB Tower Vault

This newly-announced Silkbind Attack can be switched out for Piercing Bind.

Flings the Wirebug and the hunter up in the air. Interestingly, this “attack” does no damage. However, it allows for movement through the air with the weapon drawn.

As movement actions such as the Wiredash cannot be executed with the weapon drawn, this looks to be a powerful tool for maneuvering in close combat.

Dual Blades 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
A while in Demon Mode Demon Flurry Rush Demon Flight
zR Demon Mode Feral Demon Mode
zL + X Piercing Bind
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Slow
Cost: 1
Tower Vault
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Fast
Cost: 1

Demon Flight

MH Rise - DB Demon Flight

Switched With Controls
Demon Flurry Rush
Buttons A.png while in Demon Mode

Draw attack while in Archdemon Mode. Press A while in Archdemon Mode.
Description
An attack performed by slamming down both blades. A successful hit vaults you into the air, slicing your target as you spin upwards. Effective against monsters with weakpoints high above.

This replaces the Demon Flurry Rush with an Aerial attack. This does not work well with Piercing Bind because it moves the hunter too far from the Piercing Bind point so if your playstyle revolves around Piercing Bind, use Demon Flurry Rush instead. If your playstyle revolves around aerial combat, we suggest using Demon Flight!

Feral Demon Mode

MH Rise - DB Feral Demon Mode.gif

Switched With Controls
Demon Mode
Press Button zR.png to enter Feral Demon Mode
Description
A more offernsive verson of Demon mode. You switch to an attack-focused stance, dealing slashing attacks when dodging.

This just improves Demon Mode by adding an attack every time you dash/evade. Since Dual Blades is a highly offensive weapon, we suggest using this as soon as you unlock it.

Tower Vault

MH Rise - DB Tower Vault

Switched With Controls
Piercing Bind
Buttons zL.png + Buttons X.png
Description
Launches a Wirebug upwards and pulls you into the air. Does not deal any damage but allows you to execute aerial combos with the Dual Blades.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Fast
Wirebug Cost: 1

This Silkbind Attack does not even have any damaging move. It only propels the hunter upwards, opening up aerial attack opportunities.

We suggest not getting this at all and just stick to Piercing Bind - the DPS is just too good. If you want to incorporate easy aerial attacks into your combo, use Demon Flight instead.

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Dual Blades Attacks and Moves

Demon Mode

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Demon Mode

Input
Button zR.png

While in Demon Mode, your attack combo, movement, and evasion will change, and you'll become immune to knockback. While in Demon Mode, your Stamina Gauge will deplete, and you'll revert to normal when it runs out or you leave Demon Mode.

Your Hunter will glow red while in Demon Mode.

Archdemon Mode

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Archdemon Mode

Input Automatically gained after exiting Demon Mode and the Archdemon Gauge is full/hasn't depleted yet after being full.

Archdemon Mode is a buffed version of your normal state unlocked by filling the Archdemon gauge. The Archdemon gauge can be built up by attacking enemies while in Demon mode. It allows you to execute the moveset unlocked in Demon mode while not consuming stamina. Depleting the Archdemon gauge will exit it.

A red fire will appear on your Dual Blades when you are in Archdemon Mode.

Midair Spinning Blade Dance

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Spinning Attack

Input
While in mid-air, Buttons X.png

In Demon Mode or Archdemon Mode, this move will be executed automatically when using a jumping attack either from a ledge or from midair. It might seem like an underwhelming move but hitting it at a monster will cause the attack to spin until the hunter reaches the monster's opposite end. Use it at a good angle to make every hit count!

Blade Dance

Dual Blades Blade Dance

Input
While in Demon Mode, Buttons A.png + Buttons X.png

The Dual Blade's signature move is returning to Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise)! It's a move that locks you in place but in return, allows you to deal massive damage. While the individual hit may not seem much, totaling the damage can allow an optimized build to deal roughly the same damage as a Great Sword's True Charge Slash.

Demon Flurry Rush (Spin Attack)

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Demon Flurry Rush Spin Attack

Input While in Demon / Archdemon Mode, Buttons A.png

This might be the most recognizable Dual Blades attack by everyone. This propels the Hunter forward while spinning which deals a lot of hits to the target. Take note, you can only execute this move when in Demon or Archdemon Mode.

Recommended Combos For the Dual Blades

High Damage Silkbind Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Wirebug High Damage Combo

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

This is a high damage combo that uses the added damage from Piercing Bind. It is suggested that you execute this combo whenever the monster is down to maximize your damage output!

No Wirebug High Damage Combo

Demon Dance Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades No Wirebug High Damage Combo

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

This combo is used when your wirebug gauge is in cooldown and you need good damage dealing combo. This is not as good as the Piercing Bind infused combo but it gets the job done!

Rotary Slash Loop Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Rotary Slash Loop.gif

Button Inputs
Button X.pngButtons X.pngButtons L.png then other direction + Buttons X.png
*After that loop

A non-wirebug combo that uses a rotary slash loop. Since the time between loops is short, you can adjust based on the movements of the monster.

High Mobility Bread-and-Butter Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Bread and Butter Combo

Button Inputs
Buttons A.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons X.pngButtons A.png

This is the usual combo you have to master to efficiently use the Dual Blades. It is useable at all times - in normal mode, demon mode, and archdemon mode. Master this one because you would use this combo more often than not!

On-Off Demon Mode Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades On-Off Demon Mode Combo.gif

Button Inputs
Buttons A.pngButton zR.png
  • Then loop
  • A combo that focuses on mobility. Since the attack windows in Demon Mode and Demon Mode Cancel is short, you can guarantee that your Archdemon Mode meter will fill up. Also, going in and out of Demon Mode saves stamina.

    Tips on How to Use the Dual Blades

    Check IconTake advantage of Shrouded Vault

    Check IconGet skills that enhance dodging and stamina management

    Check IconUtilize Demon and Archdemon Modes

    Check IconUse Piercing Bind at the right time

    Check IconUse Shrouded Vault instead of iFrame Dodging

    Check IconUse Piercing Bind with Blade Dance while in Demon Mode

    Take Advantage of Shrouded Vault

    Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Take Advantage of Shrouded Vault
    While Dual Blades usually does not have any defensive moves, Shrouded Vault brings a new countering option to the Dual Blades' paltry defenses. It's certainly a game-changer for the Dual Blades, so try to use it whenever you know the enemy is going to be attacking.

    Use the Wiredash to Close Distance

    With the Dual Blades' short reach, it can be hard to get the Monster in melee range. The Wiredash can help close the distance on the Monster before it knows what stabbed it.

    Even if you don't use the Wiredash specifically, simply moving around with the Wirebugs improves your mobility, making them a great pair that lends the Dual Blades increased potential compared to previous games.

    How to Use Wirebugs

    Get Skills That Enhance Dodging and Stamina Management

    Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Evade Extend and Evade Window.png

    But when Shrouded Vault is unavailable, you would want to enhance your evading with skills like Evade Window or Evade Extender. There are ways to increase Dual Blades' survivability when going toe-to-toe with monsters!

    You may also put some stamina management skills like Stamina Surge or Constitution to further improve your mobility!

    Dual Blades Builds and Best Equipment

    Utilize Demon and Archdemon Modes

    Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Demon and Archdemon Modes.png

    Demon Mode is a stamina-draining mode that gives you access to high damage combos. When you attack while on Demon Mode, you're going to accumulate Archdemon gauge charge. When that meter fills up, you're going to enter Archdemon Mode which gives you access to Demon Mode combos without the stamina drain. As a Dual Blades user, you must always strive to maintain Archdemon mode.

    You know that you are in Archdemon mode by the red Archdemon Gauge and that meter will decrease over time or when you use Demon Flurries. When the meter empties, you have to charge it again in Demon Mode. Subsequently, you may also charge while in Archdemon mode by entering Demon Mode and attacking.

    Don't Spam The Piercing Bind SIlkbind Attack

    Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Dont Spam Piercing Bind.jpg

    The Piercing Bind is a powerful silkbind attack that's added in Rise. It allows you to deal more damage the more times you hit the monster while they have the dagger lodged in them. It, however, consumes one wirebug which is needed to dodge attacks using the new Shrouded Vault move.

    Use Shrouded Vault Instead of iFrame Dodges

    Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Use Shrouded Vault.jpg

    Using iFrame Dodging without having Evade Window in your build is extremely hard to execute so we recommend using Shrouded Vaults for unavoidable attacks!

    How to Avoid Attacks: iFrame Dodge Guide

    Use Piercing Bind With Blade Dance in Demon / Archdemon Mode

    The Piercing Bind is a move that deals more damage the more times you hit the monster. It has a short duration so maximizing its damage via Demon Mode's attacks is the best way to maximize your DPS in Rise. Also, using Blade Dance together with Piercing Bind increases the overall DPS because Blade Dance hits a lot of times!

    How Good is the Dual Blades?

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    The King of Status and Element is back! The Dual Blades is still a great choice when it comes to status and elemental attacks. Also, the dual blades now have counterattack opportunities as well as increased movement speed while on Archdemon Mode. If you are a Dual Blades main, rejoice because the Dual Blades only got better!

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    Dual Blades Strengths

    Check IconHigh Elemental Damage

    Check IconGreat mobility

    Check IconDemon and Archdemon Modes
    Check IconStrong Against Big Monsters

    High Elemental Damage and Number of Hits

    Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades High Damage.png
    Dual Blades have high elemental damage compared to other weapons. Hunters that are prepared with the Dual Blades that are the right element will be greatly rewarded.

    Also, the rate of hits which can be executed with Dual Blades is unmatched by any other weapon.

    Great Mobility

    Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades High Mobility.png
    Dual Blades' attack animations do not take too long, so you can dodge whenever you need to. Demon Mode also turns the dodge into a quick dash.

    The Dual Blades' great mobility will allow you to easily target a monster's weak point to get the upper hand.

    Demon and Archdemon Modes have Increased DPS

    Monster Hunter Rise - Dual Blades Demon Mode Increases DPS.png
    Dual Blades gives you access to Demon Mode and Archdemon Mode. Demon Mode has a stronger moveset and a better evade. It also builds up the Archdemon gauge which allows you to keep your DPS up without using Demon mode.

    Strong Against Big Monsters

    The Dual Blades is capable of dishing massive damage rapidly. Its ability to weave in and out of fights is also unparalleled. Against a large monster, it becomes easy to choose a part you wish to break which can allow you to pile damage. Furthermore, the Dual Blade's spinning attack also deals more damage the more hits it can do and it will be able to do it the larger the enemy.

    Dual Blades Weaknesses

    Check IconLoses sharpness quickly

    Check IconHigh stamina consumption

    Check IconVery short reach

    Loses Sharpness Quickly

    Because of its high attack speed, Dual Blades lose sharpness quicker than other weapons. It is highly suggested to use skills that reduce sharpness consumption or sharpness increasing skills to alleviate this problem.

    High Stamina Consumption

    Demon Mode can consume a lot of stamina very quickly, so getting skills that lessen stamina consumption like Constitution will be very useful to Dual Blades users.

    Very Short Reach

    Dual Blades is one of the weapons that have the shortest reach. Monster parts that are higher up like the head and the tail might often be out of reach for Dual Blades users.

    Changes from MHW: Iceborne

    Check IconSlashing attack (O) changed

    Check IconIncreased Demon Mode movement speed

    Check IconDemon Flurry now has three levels (I, II, III)

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