Switch Axe Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset | Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

MH Rise Sunbreak - Switch Axe Guide Combos Controls and Moveset

This is a guide to the Switch Axe, a weapon in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (MH Rise). Read on to learn about new Switch Axe controls and combos, how to use Switch Axe discharge, Switch Axe Phials as well as details on Switch Axe Switch Skills.

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Silkbind Attack: Elemental Burst Counter

MH Rise Sunbreak - Switch Axe Elemental Burst Counter

Elemental Burst Counter is a new Silkbind Attack for the Switch Axe in Sunbreak. This move acts as a counter-attack that uses up the Switch Axe's energy and releases an Elemental Burst right after.

If you manage to land the burst right as a monster attacks, you'll be able to perform a Power Finisher and will automatically put your Switch Axe into an Amped State.

Can Be Used Against Monster Roars

MH Rise Sunbreak - Switch Axe EBC Roar

As this move is a counter, it can be used to bypass monster roars and launch an attack instead of being deafened if used at the right time.

Switch Skill: 2-Staged Morph Slash Combo

MH Rise Sunbreak - Switch Axe 2-Staged Morph Slash Combo

2-Staged Morph Slash Combo is a new Switch Skill for the Switch Axe added in Sunbreak.

This two-staged combo is performed after Wild Swings wherein the weapon morphs into Sword Mode and into Axe Mode.

While under this combo, Sword Mode attacks are more powerful, while attacks in Axe Mode will fill the Switch Gauge faster.

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Switch Axe Sunbreak Changes

Fast Switch Gauge Charge with Elemental Burst Counter

Successfully countering a move with Elemental Burst Counter will quickly fill up the weapon's Switch Gauge. Using this move and timing it right against a monster's roar will immediately charge up the Switch Axe, which can be very useful when facing tough monsters as it will quickly allow you to effectively engage with Sword Mode!

Weapon Changes and Balance Predictions

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The damage output of the Switch Axe is one of the highest among all the weapons. Before, the weapon is difficult to maintain due to how long it takes to charge the Switch Gauge and lacks a counterattack move. However, with the arrival of Sunbreak, the Switch Axe has received the boosts it needed to become as viable as possible.

The weapon is better with skill and experience, so the Switch Axe's power will highly depend on the hunter.

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Switch Axe Strengths

Check IconElement discharge

Check IconSword Mode superiority

Check IconLong reach

Check IconCounter option in Sunbreak

Element Discharge

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe Use Element discharge

An attack unique to the Switch Axe wherein you can make a high damage attack using a large portion of the energy stored in the Switch Gauge.

Sword Mode Superiority

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe and Sword Mode Superiority

The Sword in Sword Mode uses the effects of a Switch Axe's phial which makes the attacks harder to deflect. Oftentimes, the Sword Mode is used to target tough body parts.

Long Reach

ong Reach

In Axe Form, the Switch Axe has incredible reach. Even going so far as to hit enemies while they are up in the air.

Counter Option in Sunbreak

MH Rise Sunbreak - Elemental Burst Counter

The Switch Axe has reeived its badly-needed counter move in Sunbreak, in the form of Elemental Burst Counter.

Switch Axe Weaknesses

Check Icon Sword Mode Consumes Gauge and Can Throw You off if You're Not Mindful

Check IconCannot Guard

Check IconLow mobility

Check IconConstantly uses Wirebugs

Sword Mode Consumes Gauge and Can Throw You off if You're Not Mindful

Pay close attention to your switch gauge whenever you use your Sword since attacking in Sword Mode consumes the Switch Gauge. Always try to play for an element discharge.

Cannot Guard

The Switch Axe cannot guard hits. Added to this is your slower movement speed when using this weapon. It's also a weapon not blessed with any new counterattack move.

Low Mobility

Attacking with this weapon is mostly taking huge swings at an enemy monster, which carries you forward and makes use of the momentum you have while you are doing attack combos. Having Evade Extender and Evade Window would be huge.

Constantly Uses Wirebugs

With the arrival of Switch Skill Swap, the Switch Axe can now have access to offensive and defensive kits anytime.

This, however, requires constant use of Wirebugs, and there may be a moment where a hunter will run out of charges to use to evade attacks as it has been previously used to execute Silkbind Attacks.

Switch Axe Controls

Axe Controls

Switch PC Action
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
Overhead Slash
(Rapidly Press)Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click
Wild Swing
Buttons X + Buttons A

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

Left Click + Right Click
Rising Slash
Left Analog + Buttons X

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

Directional Button + Left Click
Forward Slash
Button zR zR
MH Rise - M4 Click
MB4
Morph/Reload
Buttons ZL + Buttons X

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

Middle Click + Left Click
Invincible Gambit
Buttons ZL + Buttons A

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

Middle Click + Right Click
Switch Charger

Sword Controls

Switch PC Action
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
Overhead Slash
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click
Double Slash
Buttons X + Buttons A

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

Left Click + Right Click
Element Discharge
Button zR zR
MH Rise - M4 Click
MB4
Morph

Useful Combos

Axe: Basic Combo
Axe: Forward Slash Axe: Overhead Slash Axe: Side Slash Axe: Rising Slash
Left Analog + Buttons X
Up + X
MH Rise - W Button + MH Rise - Left Click
W + Left Click
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Axe: Combo into Sword Mode
Axe: Wild Swing Axe: Heavy Slam Axe: Morph Rising Double Slash Sword: Triple Slash
Rapidly press,
Buttons A A
Rapidly press,
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Buttons X X
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click
Button zR zR
MH Rise - M4 Click MB4 Click
Buttons A A
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click
Sword: Combo During an Opening
X Slash Combo A Slash Combo Element Discharge Element Discharge Finisher
Buttons X (x3)
X
MH Rise - Left Click (x3)
Left Click
Buttons A (x2)
A
MH Rise - Right Click (x2)
Right Click
Buttons X + Buttons A
X + A
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Left Click + Right Click
Rapidly press
Buttons X X
Rapidly press,
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click

Switch Axe Silkbind Attacks

Official Switch Axe Preview Video

List of Silkbind Attacks

Elemental Charge Counter

MH Rise Sunbreak - Switch Axe Elemental Charge Counter

Switch Controls
Buttons zL + Buttons A
zL + A
For Elemental Burst, press Button zR zR
PC Controls
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Middle Click + Right Click
For Elemental Burst, press M5 Click MB5

The Elemental Charge Counter Silkbind Attack can be used in the Sunbreak demo and replaces Switch Charger. The weapon compresses its energy charge and releases an Elemental Burst with an input. This move is used as a counter and will keep using the Switch Axe's energy gauge until it is depleted.

If you manage to land the Burst right as a monster attacks, you'll be able to perform a Power Finisher and will automatically put your Switch Axe into an Amped State.

This move costs two Wirebug charges and has a fast recovery speed. The Wirebug gauge will recover even if you are still holding the charge.

Switch Charger

MH Rise - Switch Charger.gif

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

You are launched forward with the help of a Wirebug as you quickly regenerate your Switch Gauge. This move also negates Switch Gauge usage for a short period of time so feel free to go ham in Sword Mode for a bit!

Invincible Gambit

MH Rise - Invincible Gambit

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

Invincible Gambit is a forward dashing move consisting of three slashes that has knockback protection during its duration. Use this to tank hits without getting thrown off!

Soaring Wyvern Blade

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe Soaring Wyvern Switch Skill

Sword Rush is a new Silkbind Attack that can be switched out with Invincible Gambit.

The attacks lead with a slash upwards with the Wirebug, culminating in a targeted Forward Slash to a foe.

On top of that, landing the Forward Slash successfully also fills up the Activation Gauge and creates a large explosion.

Switch Axe 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
L Analog + X
W + Left Click
Forward Slash Forward Overhead Slash
zL + X
Middle Click + Left Click
Invincible Gambit
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1
Soaring Wyvern Blade
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Forward Overhead Slash

MH Rise - SA Foward Overhead Slash

Switched With Controls
Forward Slash
Left Analog + Buttons X
Up + X
MH Rise - W Button + MH Rise - Left Click
W + Left Click
Description
A lunging attack performed by winding up the axe and smashing it down. Difficult to pull off but delivers good damage. A subsequent Sword Mode attack will turn into a Double Slash.

This changes your first Axe attack into an Overhead Slash which can hit monster parts high on the ground. The subsequent Sword Morph attack will also change to a Double Slash so there is no reason not to switch to this Skill when acquired.

Compressed Finishing Discharge

MH Rise - SA Compressed Finishing Discharge

Switched With Controls
Finishing Discharge
Buttons X or MH Rise - Left Click
after Finishing Discharge
X or Left Click
Description
Puts you in a knockdown-resistant state and delivers a swift strike accompanied by an elemental explosion. The Activation Gauge has no effect on this action.

If you like integrating elemental explosions in your Switch Axe combos, use this Switch Skill. This also has a rocksteady effect so you won't have to worry about getting knocked back.

Soaring Wyvern Blade

MH Rise - SA Soaring Wyvern Blade

Switched With Controls
Invincible Gambit
Buttons zL + Buttons X or
MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Left Click
After jumping up, press X or Left Click to perform a Forward Slash.
zl + X or Middlie Click + Left Click
Description
Launches you in the air while ending with a Forward Slash in midair. If Forward Slash connects, an explosion occurs.
Wirebug Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1

Using this one over Invincible Gambit is entirely by choice. Invincible Gambit has an innate Rocksteady effect that prevents knockback while dashing while Soaring Wyvern Blade deals immense damage! For general usage, we suggest going for Soaring Wyvern Blade.

Switch Axe Attacks and Moves

Wild Swing

MH Rise - Switch Axe Wild Swing

Switch Controls Rapidly Press
Buttons A X
PC Controls Rapidly press
MH Rise - Right Click Right Click

Unlimited Wild Swing makes a return to Monster Hunter Rise. It's an unlimited slash attack that you can use until your stamina runs out. It doesn't deal the best damage but it's DPS is good to use if Sword Form is unavailable and the monster gets downed.

Heavy Slam

MH Rise - Switch Axe Heavy Slam

Switch Controls
After two or more Wild Swings,
Buttons X X
PC Controls
After two or more Wild Swings,
MH Rise - Left Click Left Click

The follow-up move to Wild Swing also makes a triumphant return. It's a high damage move that powers up your Axe which makes it an ideal combo finisher for Wild Swing.

Fade Slash

MH Rise - Switch Axe Fade Slash

Switch Controls
After Heavy Slam,
Left Analog + Buttons A
Down + A
PC Controls
After Heavy Slam,
MH Rise - D Button + MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click

A follow-up move to the Heavy Slam finisher. It's an evasive attack that allows you to make a distance from your target. It can be pretty helpful if your stamina gets depleted by Wild Swing's stamina consumption.

Morph

MH Rise - Switch Axe Morph

Switch Controls Button zR zR
PC Controls MH Rise - M4 Click MB4

Allows the Switch Axe to change to its alternate form. E.g. Axe to Sword and vice versa.

Reload

MH Rise - Switch Axe Reload

Switch Controls Button zR zR
PC Controls MH Rise - M4 Click MB4

While in Axe Form, the hunter can execute a very lengthy reload to restore the Switch Gauge allowing the Switch Axe to morph to its Sword Form. This only happens when your Switch Gauge is below the line so you don't want to do this whenever your Switch Gauge runs out. Always recharge your Switch Gauge in Axe Mode!

Element Discharge

MH Rise - Switch Axe Elemental DIscharge

Switch Controls In Sword Form,
Buttons X + Buttons A
X + A
PC Controls In Sword Form,
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Left Click + Right Click

While in Sword Form, you can use Elemental Discharge to unleash a strong attack with a strong finisher. You will be unable to move during this period so only use it against monsters that are vulnerable or those that are not actively targeting you.

Zero Sum Elemental Discharge

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe ZSS Zero Sum Discharge

Switch Controls In Sword Form and with max gauge,
Buttons X + Buttons A
X + A
PC Controls In Sword Form and with max gauge,
MH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right Click
Left Click + Right Click

If you manage to max out the Sword Gauge while in Sword Form, the Elemental Discharge move will immediately latch you onto the monster. This is called a Zero Sum Elemental Discharge.

Zero Sum Discharge Is Harder to Execute

With the removal of the Clutch Claw and mantles, executing the Zero Sum Discharge is now harder. It is now a prerequisite to identify the monster's attack patterns to know if their attack can cancel your Zero Sum Elemental Discharge. While the Invincibility Gambit makes it easy to do, it's an overall nerf compared to Monster Hunter World.

Switch Axe Phial Types and Progression

Phials are special features of the Switch Axe that changes the way it deals and maximizes damage. Every Switch Axe along a specific tree will have unique phial types so you might want to keep an eye out for the ones you need!

Here we explain the different phial types and their effects:

Phial Effect
Elemental Phial Increase the elemental damage a weapon does. The Switch Axe must have a natural element of element/status effect for this to be effective.
Dragon Phial Gives an amount of Dragon Element.
Power Phial Boosts the raw damage of the Switch Axe.
Paralysis Phial Adds a paralysis effect.
Exhaust Phial Allows the Switch Axe to drain monsters' stamina with certain attacks. This will make the monster more prone to exhaustion and increase the chances of stunning them.

Switch Axe Tree: List of All Switch Axes

Recommended Switch Axe Combos

Standard Sword Mode Combo Loop for General Use

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe General Combo

Switch Controls In Sword Form,
Buttons AButtons XButtons AButtons X ...

AXAX...
PC Controls In Sword Form,
MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Left Click...

Right ClickLeft ClickRight ClickLeft Click...

This is a combo that you can easily do anytime. It's also versatile and can flow easily into other combos.

It's recommended to start with Double Slash at the start rather than the end, as it is quite slow and leaves you open to attacks.

High Damage Combo For When the Monster is Down

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe High Firepower Combo

Switch Controls In Sword Form,
Buttons AButton zR Axe Form → Button zR Sword Form → Buttons A...

AzR axe form → zR sword form → A...
PC Controls In Sword Form,
MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - M4 Click to Axe Form → MH Rise - M4 Click to Sword Form → MH Rise - Right Click...

Right clickMB4 axe form → MB4 sword form → Right Click...

When you down the monster but you're not in the Amped State, this is a combo that utilizes two Double Slashes with two Morphs in between. You can also use the Element Discharge after a Double Slash.

Quick Element Discharge Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe Quick Element Discharge Combo

Switch Controls In Sword Form,
Buttons AButtons X + Buttons ALeft Analog↓ + Buttons X → (Buttons zL + Buttons A)

AX + ADown + X → (zL + A)
PC Controls In Sword Form,
MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Left Click + MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - S Button + MH Rise - Left Click → (MH Rise - Middle Click + MH Rise - Right Click)

Right ClickLeft Click + Right CLickS + Left Click → (Middle Click + Right Click)

With this combo, you can hit a fast Element Discharge from a Double Slash. This is useful for monsters with hard skin.

A downside of this combo is that it quickly consumes your Switch Axe Gauge, but you can easily recover it with a Switch Charger.

Heavy Slam Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe Heavy Slam Combo

Switch Controls
In Sword Form,
Buttons A → (Button zR) → Buttons AButtons AButtons X → (Button zR)

AzRA (x2) → X → (zR)
In Axe Form,
Buttons AButtons AButtons XButton zRButtons A → (Button zR)

A (x2) → XzRA → (zR)
PC Controls
In Sword Form,
MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Left Click → (MH Rise - M4 Click)

Right ClickMB4Right Click (x2) → Left Click → (MB4)
In Axe Form,
MH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Right ClickMH Rise - Left ClickMH Rise - M4 ClickMH Rise - Right Click → (MH Rise - M4 Click)

Right Click (x2) → Left ClickMB4Right Click → (MB4)

This combo is useful when neither the Power Axe mode nor the Amped State is active. You easily can boost your damage with the Heavy Slam.

Tips on How to Use the Switch Axe

Check IconKeep attacking!

Check IconLearn how to use the Switch Axe gauge

Check IconLearn the Different Phial Types and Effects

Check IconUtilize Invincible Gambit

Check IconUse Elemental Discharges

Check IconAim for Zero Sum Discharge

Keep Attacking!

Switch Axe requires that you attack all the time to keep all the gauges at full. The basic combo is to accumulate various Switch Axe gauges by continuously attacking the monster. Once you stop attacking, the gauge will cease to accumulate and even lose its charges.

Learn How to Use the Switch Axe Gauge

Description
Switch Gauge This gauge is needed to be maintained above the line to allow transformation to Sword Mode. If the accumulated charge goes below the line, you won't be able to transform to Sword Mode unless you charge by attacking or reloading.
Awakening Gauge When accumulated to maximum, Sword Mode attacks will start to discharge Phials.
Attack in Sword Mode to activate. The gauge will disappear over time.
Strengthened Axe State An icon that indicates that Axe Mode will charge the Awakening Gauge faster. It is also easier to flinch monsters in this state.
Do this by executing a Wild Swing thrice (A x3 or Right Click x3) then pressing X or Left Click to do an Overhead Slam.
This will disappear after around 1 minute or when you fill up the Awakening Gauge.

Learn the Different Phial Types

Like in Monster Hunter World, Switch Axes in MH Rise have different Phial Types that are unleashed when you reach the Awakening state of the Switch Axe. Each phial has its effects so know how and when to use them in hunts!

Master the Art of Switching

Axe Mode Sword Mode

The Switch Axe can be switched between Sword Mode and Axe Mode with both modes coexisting perfectly with each other.

Axe Mode charges the gauge that allows you to switch to Sword Mode. Sword Mode charges the Awakening gauge to put phial attacks on both modes. Knowing this basic gameplay loop can get you started with using the Switch Axe.

In addition, you can put Rapid Morph in your builds to make switching attacks smooth like butter!

Switch Axe Builds and Best Equipment

Utilize Invincible Gambit or Soaring Wyvern Blade

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe Utilize Invincible Gambit

Since you cannot guard with the Switch Axe, you are better off releasing an unrelenting flurry of blows against a monster. With the help of the new silkbind attack called Invincible Gambit, you are immune to flinches and knockbacks. Essentially making you a force of nature to be reckoned with.

If you are DPS-heavy, we suggest getting Soaring Wyvern Blade! This attack imbues phials on your downward dash while also dashing across in the air. Not to mention, it looks very cool too!

Use Elemental Discharges

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe Use Element Discharge

You enter an Amped State once you land enough hits with the Sword Mode, which in turn also fills up your Switch Axe gauge. You can release a high damage blow in exchange for a large portion of energy.

Aim for Zero Sum Discharge

Monster Hunter Rise - Switch Axe Use Zero Sum Discharge

This is Switch Axe's most damaging move where you attack a monster and unload all your phial charges. As a Switch Axe user, you should always aim for this whenever an opportunity arises. This also provides Super Armor in MH Rise which won't throw you off whenever you use it so just go ahead and do it!

Changes from MHW: Iceborne

Check IconWild Swing now has a larger evade window

Check IconAxe Strengthened State now charges the Awakening Gauge faster

Check IconAmped state is also now in Axe Mode

Check IconZero Sum Discharge grants super armor to prevent falling off

Check IconZero Sum Discharge ignores monster armor

Check IconPower Phial Switch Axes take much longer to charge.

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