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This is an article about the best starter weapons in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). If you want to know which weapons are best for beginners, and the easiest weapons to pick up and learn, read on!

Best Beginner Weapons

Sword and Shield

MH Rise - Sword and Shield

Check IconHas the simplest gameplay of all the weapons

Check IconCan execute high DPS with continuous attacks, especially with Perfect Rush

Check IconCan still be mobile while weapon is drawn; you don't have to sheathe to use items either

The Sword and Shield is a perfect weapon to start out your Monster Hunter journey with. It allows for fast-paced combos while still being mobile throughout the fight, making it harder for monsters to hit you.

If you're low on health, fear not! Press your aim button then the item button to use your items without sheathing your weapon. This makes it possible to get back into the fight quickly!

If you're just starting out on the game, we recommend picking this weapon up!

Sword and Shield Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset

Dual Blades

Monster Hunter Rise - Starter Weapon Dual Blades

Check IconFast attacks and high mobility

Check IconLower skill cieling due to fewer mechanics

Check IconApplies Element and Status Effects against monsters effectively

The Dual Blades is for the beginners that like the full combo and high mobility weapons. This weapon has a very simple gameplay loop: Demon Mode -> Attack -> Archdemon Mode -> Attack Again. Archdemon Mode unlocks a plethora of new combos while increasing your attack damage!

This weapon is also the King of Element Attacks because it applies elemental damage more often than other weapons. Make sure to use elemental Dual Blades with the element that a monster is weak to!

Dual Blades Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset

Long Sword

Monster Hunter Rise - Starter Weapon Long Sword

Check IconPerfect for aggressive gameplay

Check IconVery high DPS

Check IconHas multiple offensive counter attacks.

The Long Sword is also a strong contender for best beginner weapon available in the game.

It has a very long reach and powerful combos that can dish out tons of damage. Also, it has many counterattack opportunities that allow you to go full aggressive against a monster.

Pick this weapon up if you want to see long-term results. It's a strong starter weapon but put a few hours in and you can do the flashiest moves Kamura and Elgado has ever seen!

Long Sword Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset

Hunting Horn

Monster Hunter Rise - Starter Weapon Hunting Horn

Check IconBuffs have been streamlined into attacks

Check IconEasy to chain combos

Check IconDeals blunt damage for stunning monsters

This weapon went from being one of the most complicated to a simple weapon in the Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) hence we recommend this weapon for beginners!

Melodies are now automatically played by executing the same notes consecutively. You don't have to stay somewhere safe just to play melodies!

Hunting Horn Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset

Light Bowgun

Monster Hunter Rise - Starter Weapon Light Bowgun

Check IconMore mobile than Heavy Bowgun

Check IconPuts you in a relatively safe distance

Check IconRecommended for hunters who want to try out ranged weapons

If you want to start early with ranged weapons, the Light Bowgun is a perfect starting point. It is very mobile and is relatively safer because it attacks from a distance. Though we recommend the Light Bowgun, it is still a ranged weapon with a very steep learning curve so expect to be overwhelmed by all its mechanics.

Light Bowgun Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset

List of All Weapons

Check out all fourteen weapons and maybe find the right weapon for you!

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

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