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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Beginner

This is a beginner's guide to Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) and the Sunbreak DLC on the Switch, PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Game Pass. Check here for 14 tips for beginners, the best beginner weapons, and tricks to start hunting strong!

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14 Tips for Beginners

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#1: Clear Village Quests First

MH Rise Back to Basics

As a beginner, you will want to learn the basics of hunting in the game before diving into harder content. We recommend going through the Back to Basics Training Quest first. Master Utsushi will teach you about your surroundings, how to move around, and how to gather materials.

After you have completed that training quest, you can progress through the Village Quests before taking on any Hub Quest so that you will have an idea of the progression in the game.

Village Quest Guide and List of Key Quests

#2: Try to Master One Weapon

Practice makes perfect. Pick the weapon you are most comfortable with and find the most fun out of!

After trying out all the different weapons, we recommend beginners pick a single weapon to focus on for getting through the Village Quests to eventually get the hang of using it.

The main weapon of your choice can become your go-to weapon later whenever you are trying out something else and need to switch in a pinch.

Use the Training Area and Arena

If you want to practice your weapon, head over to the Training Area. Trying out different weapons on a target dummy will be quick there since there is a nearby Equipment Box.

You can also try out Arena Quests, which can help you hone and test a weapon's complexity through preset equipment and live monsters.

Best Starter Weapons

#3: Adjust Your Settings

It is always good to check on your game settings before you do anything else! Little changes in detail, camera movement, and control can be a game-changer.

For example, Monster Hunter World veterans are more comfortable with Focus Camera, while older Monster Hunter vets welcomed the return of the Lock-on Camera.

List of Settings and Recommendations

#4: Always Take Supply Items

MH Rise Always Take Supply Items

Good hunters always prepare a well-stocked inventory. However, since resources can be rather limited for beginners, the supplies provided by the chests at the main camp of each locale can be of great help for making it through hunts.

These usually contain EZ Rations, First Aid-Meds, Traps, and Ammos & Coatings. Some quests even have supplies like Flash Bombs that can be useful against the specific target.

#5: Use the Wirebug

MH Rise Kushala Wirebug Away from the Death Combo

The Wirebug is one of the new additions in Monster Hunter Rise and is central to its gameplay. Wirebugs can be used to climb high terrain, recover from monster attacks through Wirefall, and even be used for unique Silkbind Attacks!

You always start out a hunt with two (2) wirebugs. But you can add one more by grabbing one as an Endemic Life out in the wild! Make sure to keep an eye out for them.

How to Use Wirebugs

#6: Always Wyvern Ride Monsters

MH Rise Wyvern Riding

Riding monsters is extremely useful! It allows you to either force a fight between two monsters, making them deal massive damage to each other, or to launch the monster into a wall several times to momentarily topple the monster, giving you a window of opportunity to execute your strongest attacks.

You can choose to activate Wyvern Riding by attacking or through manual activation when your weapon is sheathed. Simply go to the menu, open up Controls and look for Buttons for Wyvern Riding.

Wyvern Riding:
How to Mount and Ride Monsters

#7: Bring Your Buddies

MH Rise Bring Your Buddies

Palicoes and Palamutes are both helpful companions that provide invaluable support during hunts.

Palicoes have lots of utility, like healing, placing traps, and even giving you additional monster parts. Meanwhile, Palamutes can help improve mobility while having an offensive presence when fighting monsters.

Ride Your Palamutes

MH Rise Sunbreak How to Dash Using Rush Costume for Palamute

Palamutes stand out with their ability to be mounted. With their dashes, they will allow you to navigate the map quickly. Melee weapon users will also find the ability to sharpen while riding very useful to avoid leaving themselves open to attacks.

Palamute Guide and Controls

#8: Interact with Endemic Life for Buffs

Monster Hunter Rise Spiribird

Interact and collect Endemic Life, such as Permabuffers (Spiribirds) and Temp Buffers (Butterflame) while on a quest. These can aid you by providing buffs to your current stats.

Make it a habit to study the locations of Endemic Life and pick them up every now and then since they will make your hunts quicker and more comfortable.

List of Endemic Life

#9: Capturing Monsters

MH Rise Capturing an Anjanath

If you need to capture a monster for a quest instead of slaying it, remember that you will need at least two Tranq Bombs and a trap (either a Pitfall Trap or a Shock Trap). Capture Quests will typically have these available in the supply box.

You can trap the monster first then deploy two Tranq Bombs or the other way around. The important thing is using two Tranq Bombs and a trap!

How to Capture Monsters:
Capture vs. Kill

#10: Always Eat Dangos

MH Rise Hunter Eating Dango with Buddies

Always eat some dango at the canteen before embarking on your quest for increased health and stamina. All dangos also have special effects that can improve your hunting ability.

Do not worry if you have forgotten to eat, going to any camp in the locale lets you order Dangos during quests.

For beginners, we recommend the following dango available from the start. As you progress, you'll unlock more dango. Make sure to try out different dango combinations that will suit your playstyle.

Dango Effect
Bestnut Dango.pngBestnut Dango Defender (Lo)
Low chance for decreased damage taken.
Sharp Dango.pngSharp Dango Polisher (Lo)
Shortens your weapon sharpening time.
Balancing Dango.pngBalancing Dango Feet (Lo)
Prevents you from getting knocked on your butt.
Wealthy Man Dango.pngWealthy Man Dango Money Maker
Slightly increases zenny earned at the end of a quest.
Medicinal Dango.pngMedicinal Dango Medic (Lo)
Slightly increases health recovered from items.

List of Dangos and Effects

#11: Save Up Items for Melding

MH Rise Hunter Eating Dango with Buddies

Knowing about Melding is crucial. When you meld, you spend materials and Kamura points to create valuable talismans. On top of your hunter armor, the best talismans will have the right skills and slots to boost your playstyle even further.

Finding the right talisman will take a while. Talismans melded may be random depending on what method you use!

How to Use the Melding Pot

#12: Unlock the Argosy Early

MH Rise Argosy Rondine Trading

As you progress, you will want to make sure that you always have enough crafting ingredients and materials on hand.

The Argosy works as the quick supplier rare items and materials. All of which can be exchanged with Kamura points.

If you find certain items hard to find, you may be able to find them being sold at the Argosy. Also, make sure to accomplish requests that unlock extra submarines for increasing Trade Requests!

Argosy and Trading Guide

#13: Familiarize with Loadouts

MH Rise Loadouts

To keep your items and equipment managed for every hunt and situation, we recommend that you invest into creating loadouts for your hunter.

You can manage loadouts for both your Equipment and Items through the Equipment Box. Make sure to check them out and update them with new gear from time to time!

Best Item Loadouts

#14: Customize Your Shortcuts

MH Rise Radial Menu

The Radial Menu (or Hotbar for PC players) is your best friend. Spend time to go into the menu and customize how you can quickly access your items and gestures!

You will want to have important items assigned already to this menu, and another set in case you plan to communicate quickly in multiplayer.

Editing the Radial Menu

Best Starter Weapons

MH Rise Great Sword and Bow

Monster Hunter Rise boasts a total of 14 weapon types, each with its unique combos and moves. Some combos could be hard to execute even for veterans, but with enough practice, it can be achieved.

Below are the weapon types we think are best for beginner players of MH Rise:

Best Starter Weapons
MH Rise - Long SwordLong Sword MH Rise - Hunting HornHunting Horn MH Rise - Light BowgunLight Bowgun MH Rise - Dual BladesDual Blades

For a more in depth breakdown on the best starter weapons check out our full article below!
Best Starter Weapons

Individual Weapon Guides

All Weapon Guides
MH Rise - Great SwordGreat Sword MH Rise - Long SwordLong Sword MH Rise - Sword and ShieldSword and Shield MH Rise - Dual BladesDual Blades
MH Rise - HammerHammer MH Rise - Hunting HornHunting Horn MH Rise - LanceLance MH Rise - GunlanceGunlance
MH Rise - Switch AxeSwitch Axe MH Rise - Charge BladeCharge Blade MH Rise - Insect GlaiveInsect Glaive MH Rise - BowBow
MH Rise - Light BowgunLight Bowgun MH Rise - Heavy BowgunHeavy Bowgun

If you are just looking for the best weapon overall, head over to our Weapon Tier list page to see how we've ranked each weapon type in Monster Hunter Rise.

Weapon Tier List

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Monster Hunter Rise is a fun game, but you might need help to effectively play the game! Check out our list of Tips & Tricks for things that may help you!

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Beginner's Guide Best Beginner Weapons
Base Game Sub-Camp Locations Sunbreak Sub-Camp Locations
Base Game Awards and How to Unlock Sunbreak Awards and How to Unlock
Buddy Recon Locations Sunbreak Cohoot Locations
MR Armor Unlock Conditions MR Weapon Unlock Conditions
Things to Do Before Sunbreak How to Get Started in Sunbreak
Rampage Weapons Guide How to Unlock Weapon Trees
How to Raise Max Stamina How to Cook Well-Done Steaks
How to Climb Walls Best Dango Combinations
Rampage Guide: How to Get S-Rank How to Aim with the Bow: Manual Aim Vs. Gyroscrope
Anomaly Investigations Guide Anomaly Research Lab Guide
Badges of Heroes and How to Unlock Elemental Damage and Resistances Guide
Relic Records
Base Game Relic Record Locations Sunbreak Relic Records
Jungle Relic Records Citadel Relic Records
Farming Guides
How to Farm Money How to Farm Kamura Points
Which Items to Sell Talisman Farming
Best Mining Spots: Where to Find Ore How to Farm Dango Tickets
How to Farm Kamura Tickets How to Farm Buddy Tickets
Combat Guides
How to Capture Monsters How to Avoid Attacks: Frame Dodge Guide
How to Beat Flying Monsters How to Beat Fish Monsters
How to Make Monsters Sleep Best Buddies to Bring
Best Item Loadouts How to Break Monster Parts
List of Unblockable Attacks

Monster Hunter Gameplay Loop

MH Rise Monster Hunter Cycle

Starting off, you'll have weak equipment and barely any skills to make hunting more efficient. To improve your gear, you'll need to obtain materials by gathering in locales and hunting monsters. Having stronger equipment will give you a better chance at taking on harder quests to make even better weapons and armor.

Hunt Monsters for Materials

MH Rise Hub Quests (Minoto)

Monsters will mostly be hunted through quests, requiring you to defeat one or more targets for their parts. You'll also find monsters in gathering and delivery quests as well.

List of All Monsters

Craft Stronger Gear

MH Rise Smithy

After hunting or successfully defeating a monster, the materials you gather can be used to make stronger armor and weapons at the Smithy. You can also improve your Buddies' equipment!

Raise Your Hunter Rank

MH Rise Hunter Rank Cap Unlocked

Hunter Rank (HR) is a way of showing how much experience you have in hunting. Early on, you can only increase your rank by completing Urgent Quests. After unlocking your HR Cap, you'll start earning HR points after every hunt to increase your rank. The higher your HR, the more challenging quests and monsters are made available to you!

Once you finish enough Low Rank quests, you can gain access to High Rank quests and more monsters.

How to Unlock High Rank

What If I Cannot Defeat A Monster?

Learn Monster Attack Patterns

MH Rise Sunbreak Crimson Glow Valstrax Take Advantage of the Weak Tail

Most great hunters know monster attack patterns by heart, and a single movement can give them an idea of the next move! Learning when to hit their weak spots and how to avoid their moves is key to defeating them.

Monster List and Hunt Guides

Practice in the Training Area

MH Rise Sunbreak Practice in the Training Area

Being good at Monster Hunter is like playing an instrument - it requires patience and rigorous practice. Remember, veteran players started as beginners—they only got good because of perseverance!

If you want to practice weapon combos, go to the Training Area in the game!

Training Area Guide

Hunt with Friends via Multiplayer

MH Rise Sunbreak Play with Other Hunters in Multiplayer

If you are really at your wits' end, try asking for help. Monster Hunter is a cooperative game, so it is built to be played with other people.

However in Monster Hunter Rise, Village Quests are exclusive to single-player, so look to Hub Quests for multiplayer quests!

You may also look for people to help you in-game through Join Requests, or you can post in Multiplayer Boards and groups. The Monster Hunter Community is a pretty helpful bunch, so do not hesitate to ask for help.

How to Play Online and Local Multiplayer

Monster Hunter Rise Related Guides

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All Tips and Tricks

Tips & Tricks
Beginner's Guide Best Beginner Weapons
Base Game Sub-Camp Locations Sunbreak Sub-Camp Locations
Base Game Awards and How to Unlock Sunbreak Awards and How to Unlock
Buddy Recon Locations Sunbreak Cohoot Locations
MR Armor Unlock Conditions MR Weapon Unlock Conditions
Things to Do Before Sunbreak How to Get Started in Sunbreak
Rampage Weapons Guide How to Unlock Weapon Trees
How to Raise Max Stamina How to Cook Well-Done Steaks
How to Climb Walls Best Dango Combinations
Rampage Guide: How to Get S-Rank How to Aim with the Bow: Manual Aim Vs. Gyroscrope
Anomaly Investigations Guide Anomaly Research Lab Guide
Badges of Heroes and How to Unlock Elemental Damage and Resistances Guide
Relic Records
Base Game Relic Record Locations Sunbreak Relic Records
Jungle Relic Records Citadel Relic Records
Farming Guides
How to Farm Money How to Farm Kamura Points
Which Items to Sell Talisman Farming
Best Mining Spots: Where to Find Ore How to Farm Dango Tickets
How to Farm Kamura Tickets How to Farm Buddy Tickets
Combat Guides
How to Capture Monsters How to Avoid Attacks: Frame Dodge Guide
How to Beat Flying Monsters How to Beat Fish Monsters
How to Make Monsters Sleep Best Buddies to Bring
Best Item Loadouts How to Break Monster Parts
List of Unblockable Attacks

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