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This is a guide to the best builds and equipment for Hammer in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn about the best Hammer, and the best Skills and Armor pieces to use with the Hammer for Low Rank, High Rank, and endgame.

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High Rank Build: Post-Game (Hub Quest 7★ Cleared)

Best Hammers

Name Req. Materials
Night Eternal Narga Medulla x1
Tigrex Fang+ x2
Nargacuga+ Material x15 pts
Sinister Shade Hammer Magnamalo Scute+ x4
Magna Soulprism x4
Magnamalo Horn+ x2
Purple Magna Orb x1

Best Hammer Stats (Post-Game)

Night Eternal

Night Eternal
 Night Eternal Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 45 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Night Eternal Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

Sinister Shade Hammer

Sinister Shade Hammer
 Sinister Shade Hammer Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 200 0 Blast 25
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Sinister Shade Hammer Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Blast Boost II
Magnamalo Soul

These hammers sport the highest raw damage output from all the hammers available at the end of the game. Night Eternal focses on affinity while Sinister Shade Hammer focuses on inflicting blast + raw damage. Both hammers are great options but Night Eternal is the better choice due to it being usable against all monster types.

Best Armor

Affinity and Knock-Out Power

Improves Hammer DPS by increasing crit damage & affinity. Maxed Slugger is added to improve KO speed during hunts — Also effective on multiplayer scaling. Best used with Night Eternal since it reaches 95% base affinity with it (Reaches 125% affinity when Latent Power is active).

Set has 5 free lv.1 slots after equipping all listed decorations. Can use these slots to include QoL skills such as speed sharpening and elem / status resistances.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Zinogre Helm S 62
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Zinogre Mail S 62
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Anjanath Vambraces S 60
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Slugger
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Golden Obi 70
Heroics
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 1 +1 Lv. 2 jewel slot or more
Decorations KO Jewel 2 x1
Brace Jewel 1 x1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
324 Critical Boost Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Latent Power Lv. 3
Slugger Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Maximum Might Lv. 1
Heroics Lv. 1
Flinch Free Lv. 1

High Rank Build: Endgame (Hub Quest 6★ to 7★)

Best Hammers

Name Req. Materials
Night Eternal Narga Medulla x1
Tigrex Fang+ x2
Nargacuga+ Material x15 pts
Sinister Shade Hammer Magnamalo Scute+ x4
Magna Soulprism x4
Magnamalo Horn+ x2
Purple Magna Orb x1

Best Hammer Stats (Endgame)

Night Eternal

Night Eternal
 Night Eternal Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 45 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Night Eternal Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

Sinister Shade Hammer

Sinister Shade Hammer
 Sinister Shade Hammer Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 200 0 Blast 25
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Sinister Shade Hammer Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Blast Boost II
Magnamalo Soul

Both Hammers are share the top spot at all the way to 7★ Hub Quests. It could be argued, however, that Night Eternal edges out the Sinister Shade Hammer due to its high affinity rating and is relatively easier to craft.

Best Armor

Best Talisman Skills

Recommended Talisman Skills
Critical Eye Slugger Evade Extender
Razor Sharp

Critical Hammer

A hammer setup that aims for max affinity with the Nargacuga's Night Eternal hammer and max Weakness Exploit for a flat 90% affinity when hitting the monster's head. Affinity is over 100% with Latent Power which guarantees max damage against monster weakspots and together with Slugger, every head hit you'll land will definitely count.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Anjanath Helm S 60
Focus
Lv. 1
Slugger
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Zinogre Mail S 62
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Anjanath Vambraces S 60
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Slugger
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S 32
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
284 Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Slugger Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Critical Boost Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 2
Focus Lv. 1

High Rank Build: Late game (Hub Quest 4★ to 5★)

Best Hammers

Name Req. Materials
War Basher Fucium Ore x5
Wyvern Gem x1
Rich Mud x2

War Basher's Solid Stats

War Basher
 War Basher Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 180 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①ーー
 War Basher Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Defense Boost III
Silkbind Boost

War Basher is a great Hammer to go for in the early stages of the game due to its great stats across the board.

Best Armor

Starter

A simple affinity starter set for Hammers. What it lacks in QoL skills, it makes up for with high affinity and raw damage to end hunts faster.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Izuchi Helm S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Izuchi Mail S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Kamura Braces S 30
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Heroics
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S 32
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
174 Critical Eye Lv. 7
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
Recovery Speed Lv. 1
Heroics Lv. 1

Low Rank Build: Mid Game (4★ to 6★ Quests)

Best Hammers

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Hammer I Magnamalo Scute x4
Magnamalo Scale x4
Magna Ghostprism x2
Magnamalo Horn x1
Hidden Breaker I Nargacuga Fang x2
Nargacuga Blackfur x3
Nargacuga Scale x3
Cyclo-Hammer I Dragonite Ore x4
Massive Bone x2
Tigrex Scale x3
Basarios Blow II Basarios Wing x1
Diablos Shell x2
Basarios Material x10 pts

Sinister Hammer I to Get Things Started

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Sinister Hammer I Stats
Sinister Hammer I
 Sinister Hammer I Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 130 0 Blast 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Sinister Hammer I Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Blast Boost I
Magnamalo Soul

Magnamalo's Sinister Hammer I is a great weapon to use at the start of this stage of the game! Its solid stats paired with Blast Damage makes it an excellent weapon for most hunts in the mid game.

Hidden Breaker I Has High Affinity!

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Hidden Breaker I Stats
Hidden Breaker I
 Hidden Breaker I Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 130 40 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Hidden Breaker I Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Master Rider

Those who prefer to pump as much affinity as possible will love the Hidden Breaker I. This particular hammer boasts a generous bar of green sharpness and an insane 40% affinity rating. You can take it further by activating its Affinity Boost I Rampage Skill!

Cyclo-Hammer I is a Raw Damage Monster

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Cyclo-Hammer I Stats
Cyclo-Hammer I
 Cyclo-Hammer I Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 160 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Cyclo-Hammer I Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Defense Boost II
Master Rider
Spiribird Doubled

Cyclo-Hammer I offers one of the highest base attack ratings (160) in the game at this stage of the game. Paired with its generous green sharpness bar, this raw damage monster is great for all hunts and scenarios!

Basarios Blow II Offers Damage With A Bit of Defense

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Basarios Blow II Stats
Basarios Blow II
 Basarios Blow II Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 160 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
15 ーーー
 Basarios Blow II Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Defense Boost I
Attack Boost II
Dulling Strike

Those who prefer a more defensive approach to the game can consider making Basarios Blow II. This Hammer is on par with the Cyclo-Hammer I in terms of attack rating (160) but only has a thin bar of green sharpness.

Basarios Blow II has a +15 defense rating on the weapon itself. You can further increase the defense bonus by activating the Defense Boost I Rampage Skill.

Best Armor

Maximum KO

This set sacrifices a bit of damage for utility. The Slugger skill increases stun power by 40% at level 3, making it the perfect compliment for the Hammer's playstyle!

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Anjanath Helm 26
Focus
Lv. 1
Slugger
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Nargacuga Mail 26
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Anjanath Vambraces 26
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Slugger
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Khezu Coil 16
Focus
Lv. 1
Slugger
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Aelucanth Crura / Rhopessa Crura 24
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
118 Critical Eye Lv. 3
Slugger Lv. 3
Focus Lv. 2
Attack Boost Lv. 1

All-Out Damage

Those who prefer straight up damage can go for this set instead. Pairing this with Hidden Breaker I will easily net you 100% Affinity when Lv. 2 Latent Power is activated.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Zinogre Helm 28
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Zinogre Mail 28
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Barioth Vambraces 20
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barioth Coil 20
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Aelucanth Crura / Rhopessa Crura 24
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
120 Critical Eye Lv. 7
Latent Power Lv. 2

Low Rank Build: Early Game (1★ to 4★ Quests)

Best Hammers

Name Req. Materials
War Hammer I Machalite Ore x4
Lightcrystal x1
Kulu Bludgeon II Dragonite Ore x4
Kulu-Ya-Ku Scale x3
Kulu-Ya-Ku Material x10 pts
Five-Pronged Hammer I Jumbo Bone x2
Bisha Tailcase x2
Bishaten Horn x1
Bishaten Fur x4

War Hammer I is a Great Starter Weapon

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War Hammer I Stats
War Hammer I
 War Hammer I Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 War Hammer I Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Defense Boost II

The War Hammer I. much like the other hammers within the Ore Tree, provides great stats for relatively cheap materials. You can start with these hammers early on!

Kulu Bludgeon I For Affinity Lovers

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Kulu Bludgeon II Stats
Kulu Bludgeon II
 Kulu Bludgeon II Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 10 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Kulu Bludgeon II Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost II
Small Monster Exploit
Spiribird Doubled

Kulu-Ya-Ku's Kulu Bludgeon I offers a generous bar of green sharpness and 10% affinity rating. Go for this hammer if you prefer to pump as much Affinity as possible into your builds in the early game.

Five-Pronged Hammer I into the Mid Game

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Five-Pronged Hammer I Stats
Five-Pronged Hammer I
 Five-Pronged Hammer I Hammer Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 120 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Five-Pronged Hammer I Hammer Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Anti-Aerial Species
Silkbind Boost

Bishaten's Five-Pronged Hammer I pretty much covers the road to the mid game with solid stats across the board. Activate its Silkbind Boost Rampage Skill to increase the Hammer's silkbind attacks!

Best Armor

Attack-Oriented Set

An armor combination that compliments the Hammer's straight-forward playstyle. The skills within this set goes all in on damage.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Izuchi Helm 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Izuchi Mail 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Alloy Vambraces 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Izuchi Coil 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves 18
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
58 Critical Eye Lv. 5
Attack Boost Lv. 1
Recovery Speed Lv. 1

Best Skills for Hammer

Best Hammer Skills
Weakness Exploit
★★★
Increased affinity when hitting enemy weakspots. A vital skill for hammers who needs to stay on monster heads.
Critical Eye
★★
Flat increase to affinity. Always aim for 80-100% affinity levels!
Critical Boost
★★
More damage from critical strikes. With Critical Eye and Weakness Exploit, this skill's value rises more.
Attack Boost
★★
More damaeg.
Slugger
★★
Improves stun rate. Useful for solo due to the lower enemy ailment resistance but also works well in Multiplayer.
Flinch Free
Prevents allies from flinching you and even interrrupting your charge attacks.

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