Hammer Builds and Best Equipment | Monster Hunter Rise | MHR (MH Rise)

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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 Hammers for update 3.0, and the best Skills and Armor pieces to use with the Hammer for Low Rank, High Rank, and endgame.

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Endgame Build (Update 3.0): HR 100+

Tigrex Raw

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Tigrex HammerTigrex Hammer
Tigrex Hammer Hammer Sharpness
ーーー 220 -
Affinity Element/Status
-20%
-
Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser CrownKaiser Crown ①ーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Valstrax BracesValstrax Braces ②ーー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Ingot Greaves SIngot Greaves S ①ーー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 1
with ②①① slot
Decorations
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7 | Attack Boost Lv. 5
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Critical Boost Lv. 3
Stamina Thief Lv. 3 | Speed Sharpening Lv. 3
Dragonheart Lv. 1
Build Merits This build focuses on mitigating the -20% Affiinity on the Tigrex Hammer and taking full advantage of its massive 220 base damage. On weakpoints the Tigrex Hammer will hit with 70% Affinity thanks to Weakness Exploit Lv.3 and Critical Eye Lv.7. This is enough to consistantly deal massive damage to monster heads using Impact Crater.

High Rank Build (Update 2.0): HR 40 to 99

Narga Critical

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Night EternalNight Eternal
Night Eternal Hammer Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
45%
-
Armor Slots Skills
Zinogre Helm SZinogre Helm S ①ーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Anjanath Vambraces SAnjanath Vambraces S ①ーー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Slugger Lv. 2
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot or more
Decorations
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Stamina Thief Lv. 3
Speed Sharpening Lv. 3 | Slugger Lv. 3
Latent Power Lv. 2 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Build Merits The build we recommended during the climb towards HR 40+ still holds strong at this stage of the game! Expect to easily control monsters via exhaustion and knockouts with this build.

High Rank Build (Update 2.0): HR 8 to 40

High Critical
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Night EternalNight Eternal
Night Eternal Hammer Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
45%
-
Armor Slots Skills
Zinogre Helm SZinogre Helm S ①ーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Anjanath Vambraces SAnjanath Vambraces S ①ーー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Slugger Lv. 2
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot or more
Decorations
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Stamina Thief Lv. 3
Speed Sharpening Lv. 3 | Slugger Lv. 3
Latent Power Lv. 2 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Build Merits This build maximizes Hammer DPS with Attack and Critical Boost. Maxed out Stamina Thief and Slugger are added to improve monster exhaustion and knockouts respectively. This build is best used with Night Eternal due to its high affinity and ② slot.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 6 and 7

Critical Hammer

Night Eternal Critical
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Night EternalNight Eternal
Night Eternal Hammer Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
45%
-
Armor Defense Skills
Anjanath Helm SAnjanath Helm S ②ーー
Focus Lv. 1
Slugger Lv. 1
Zinogre Mail SZinogre Mail S ①ーー
Anjanath Vambraces SAnjanath Vambraces S ①ーー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Slugger Lv. 2
Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S ーーー
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Skills
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Slugger Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Critical Boost Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 2 | Focus Lv. 1

Best Talisman Skills

Recommended Talisman Skills
Critical Eye Slugger Evade Extender Razor Sharp
Build Merits A hammer setup that aims for max affinity with the Nargacuga's Night Eternal hammer and max Weakness Exploit for 95% affinity when hitting the monster's head. Affinity is over 100% with Latent Power which guarantees max damage against monster weakspots. Lastly, Slugger is included to further improve on the Hammer's KO potential.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 4 and 5

High Rank Starter

War Basher Build
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
War BasherWar Basher
War Basher Hammer Sharpness
①ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Armor Defense Skills
Izuchi Helm SIzuchi Helm S ①①ー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Izuchi Mail SIzuchi Mail S ①ーー
Kamura Braces SKamura Braces S ②ーー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Heroics Lv. 1
Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S ーーー
Ingot GreavesIngot Greaves ーーー
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7 | Attack Boost Lv. 2
Weakness Exploit Lv. 2 | Recovery Speed Lv. 1
Heroics Lv. 1

A simple high-rank 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.

Low Rank Build: Village Quest

★4 to ★6

Maximum KO

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Sinister Hammer ISinister Hammer I
Sinister Hammer I Hammer Sharpness
ーーー 130 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
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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.

Alternative: Hidden Breaker I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Hidden Breaker IHidden Breaker I
Hidden Breaker I Hammer Sharpness
ーーー 130 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-

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!

Armor Base Defense Skills
Anjanath HelmAnjanath Helm ーーー
Focus Lv. 1
Slugger Lv. 1
Nargacuga MailNargacuga Mail ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Anjanath VambracesAnjanath Vambraces ーーー
Attack Boost Lv. 1
Slugger Lv. 1
Khezu Coil Khezu Coil ーーー
Focus Lv. 1
Slugger Lv. 1
Aelucanth Crura / Rhopessa CruraAelucanth Crura / Rhopessa Crura ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 3 | Slugger Lv. 3
Focus Lv. 2 | Attack Boost Lv. 1

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

★1 to ★4

Raw Attack

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Five-Pronged Hammer IFive-Pronged Hammer I
Five-Pronged Hammer I Hammer Sharpness
ーーー 120 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-

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 ramp up skill to increase the Hammer's silkbind attacks!

Alternative : Kulu Bludgeon I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Kulu Bludgeon IKulu Bludgeon I
Kulu Bludgeon I Hammer Sharpness
ーーー 100 -
Affinity Element/Status
10%
-

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.

Armor Base Defense Skills
Izuchi HelmIzuchi Helm ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Izuchi MailIzuchi Mail ーーー
Alloy VambracesAlloy Vambraces ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Izuchi Coil Izuchi Coil ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Ingot GreavesIngot Greaves ーーー
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 5 | Attack Boost Lv. 1
Recovery Speed Lv. 1

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

Best Hammer Skills

Best Hammer Skills
Weakness Exploit
★★★
Increased affinity when hitting enemy weakspots. A vital skill for hammers who needs to stay on monster heads.
Attack Boost
★★★
Higher base attack equates to higher base damage. Simple math for a simple weapon!
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.
Slugger
★★
Improves stun rate. Useful for solo due to the lower enemy ailment resistance but also works well in Multiplayer.
Stamina Thief
★★
Some Hammer attacks can exhaust monsters. Increase their effectiveness by investing in Stamina Thief!
Speed Sharpening
Maintaining a Hammer's sharpness bar is a good way to optimize DPS.
Flinch Free
Prevents allies from flinching you and even interrrupting your charge attacks.

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    • Give us the ability to change our layered armor display. What I mean is, ya know how armor looks different on the male and female models? well, I wish there was the ability to change the appearance from the male models of armor, to the female models, and the reverse without changing the gender of your character itself. This would be really nice, as imo some armor pieces look better as the male model version.

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