Hammer Builds and Best Armor | Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Hammer Builds and Best Equipment Guide

This is a guide to the best builds and equipment for Hammers in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise): Sunbreak. Learn about the best Hammers for Sunbreak and the best builds and Armor pieces to use with the Hammers for Low, High, and Master Rank.

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Latest Sunbreak MR Build

TU5 Frenzied Bloodlust Blast Status Strength Hammer Build

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
DevilDevil's Die
320 0 0%
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Blast Image 34
Armor Slots Skills
Risen Kushala GlareRisen Kushala Glare ③②①
Risen Kaiser MailRisen Kaiser Mail ②②ー
Virtue / Prudence BracesVirtue / Prudence Braces ③①ー
Risen Kaiser Coil Risen Kaiser Coil ④③ー
Archfiend Armor ScerosArchfiend Armor Sceros ③②②
Resentment Lv. 1
Dereliction Lv. 1
Talisman (via Qurious Melding)
Buildup Boost Lv. 3 with at least a ②②① slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Rampage Skill Anti-Species/Exploit skill from your rampage decoration for further increasing damage.
Attack Boost Lv. 4 | Critical Eye Lv. 4
Charge Master Lv. 3 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Master's Touch Lv. 3 | Blast Attack Lv. 3
Focus Lv. 3 | Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 3
Buildup Boost Lv. 3 | Ballistics Lv. 2
Teostra Blessing Lv. 2 | Powder Mantle Lv. 2
Resentment Lv. 1 | Critical Boost Lv. 1
Bloodlust Lv. 1 | Dereliction Lv. 1
Wind Mantle Lv. 1 | Frenzied Bloodlust Lv. 1
Intrepid Heart Lv. 1

Build Merits and Augments

Weapon Augments
Armor Augments Armor Augments for this build are not necessary. However, feel free to add as you please once you get comfortable with your build! Generally, you will want to get better skills and more slots for your armor.
Replaceable skills already on the armor:
For damage, aim for any of the following:
Powder Mantle
Buildup Boost
For comfort, aim for any of the following:
Constitution or Stamina Surge
Evade Extender
Build Merits and Notes
Title Update 5 introduces a skill that can give us more offensive and defensive options through increased Wirebugs: Frenzied Bloodlust. For this Hammer build, we focus on incorporating Frienzied Bloodlust into the damage-heavy Charge Switch: Strength play style.
This build assumes no Qurious Armor Crafting. It, however, benefits the most out of Qurious Talismans. Make sure to have them when making this build!
The Strength style focuses on dealing large amounts of burst damage in a few swings. This is a lot riskier to play compared to the Courage style, but more evasion opportunities are opened up thanks to the Wirebug Whisperer, Wind Mantle, and Frenzied Bloodlust skills.
Buildup Boost from a talisman and Dereliction is essential to this build in order to increase the Hammer's already limited damage ceiling. A Frostcraft Lv. 3 Qurious talisman may also be used to increase damage. However, there will be disadvantages to your Wirebug skills when sheathing for Frostcraft. Buildup Boost provides the most consistent increase.
If you wish not to use Dereliction, you can switch it out for the more comfortable Valstrax Greaves - Epoch which gives full Stun Resistance.
For DPS options, the added Wirebug skills benefit both Impact Burst and Impact Crater, allowing you to use them more often. Powder Mantle adds an explosive burst damage opportunity and Bloodlust for buffs to attack, affinity, and evasion.
Affinity with this build stands at around 80% on weak points with Sharpness Boost augments, and potentially up to 100% for 60 seconds upon overcoming Frenzy from Bloodlust. Affinity should still be high enough for Master's Touch Lv. 3 to be effective for sharpness management.

Master Rank Hammer Builds

High Rank Builds

MH Rise - High Rank Hammer Builds

Gathering Hub HR 4 - HR 100+

Whether you're just breaking in the High Rank at HR 4 or are just looking for some new strategies at HR 100, we've got the best High Rank Hammer builds to spice up your hunts.

►High Rank Hammer Builds

Latest Builds Rank
Tigrex Raw Build HR 100+

Low Rank Builds

MH Rise - Low Rank Hammer Builds

Village Quests - Low Rank Hub

Check out the best Hammer builds for Monster Hunter beginners or for speeding through Village Quests or Low Rank Gathering hub.

►Low Rank Hammer Builds

Latest Builds Rank
Hidden Edge Build Village Quest ★4 to ★6

Best Hammer Skills

Best Damage Skills

These skills make it possible to deal extra damage! Aim for these skills for maximum DPS to defeat those monsters easier and finish those quests faster!

Best Skills Explanation
Weakness Exploit
A staple skill for any meta builds. Most of the monsters in Rise and Sunbreak have their heads as their main weakspots. With the Hammer's playstyle of always going for KOs, this skill provides a significant boost to your DPS! Always max out this skill whenever possible.
Attack Boost
This skill increases the Hammer's damage values, which allow you to deal significant damage!
Critical Eye
Always aim for 80-100% affinity to amplify the Hammer's base damage efficiently!
Critical Boost
Further amplifies critical hit damage. Make sure to have high affinity first before equipping!
Improves stun rate. Useful for solo play due to the lower enemy ailment resistance. Also useful for multiplayer to give the team openings to deal damage.
Powder Mantle
This skill from the Risen Teostra Armor provides the Hammer with additional blast damage every time it activates, contributing greatly to DPS.
Available in Sunbreak Free Title Update 3
Using the Blue Scroll to increase both attack and stun potency, improving overall damage; just be wary of your health!
Available in Sunbreak Base Game
Get a damage boost upon hit and a further boost after 5 consecutive attacks. Consider this skill for the Courage Hammer playstyle.
Available in Sunbreak Base Game
Overcome the Frenzy Virus to power up with this skill; best paired with Coalescence.
Available in Sunbreak Base Game
Blood Rite
Get constant heals while attacking broken parts. Synergizes well with Partbreaker.
Available in Sunbreak Base Game
Easily break monster parts with this skill. Pair it with Blood Rite to get more utility out of it!
Increases attack power the more your weapon loses sharpness. Best skill to use for Hammers with either blue sharpness or below or sharpness that can quickly deplete (e.g., Gornir and Finishing Hammer, respectively).

Best Comfort Skills

These are skills that make managing weapon mechanics a lot easier. Damage is only part of the equation - taking time to slot in comfort skills that increase consistency & comfort will also increase overall DPS!

Best Skills Explanation
This skill makes it easier to execute more charged attacks, increasing overall DPS.
Stamina Thief
Hammers can apply Exhaust whenever it hits the monster, especially the head. This skill can make exhausting a monster easier, providing more openings for you and your team to deal damage!
Three levels of this skill prevent most roars, tremors, and winds from interrupting your charged attacks. The Cornerstone Jewel is a level 1 decoration, so slot it in whenever possible!
Available in Sunbreak Free Title Update 1
Flinch Free
Useful especially in multiplayer where minor attacks can interrupt your attacks.
Speed Sharpening
Reduces a cycle for sharpening with each level. Useful for getting your sharpness level up mid-fight.
Intrepid Heart
Whenever the gauge above your health bar is full, this skill can be useful in preventing monster attacks from interrupting your combos, making it possible to pull off an extra charged attack before you can regroup.
Available in Sunbreak Free Title Update 2
This skill will help you conserve stamina better while you're running around charging your hammer. Only slot this skill in whenever possible.
Stamina Surge
Another stamina conserving skill. Only slot this skill in whenever possible.
Marathon Runner
Reduces stamina depletion while charging the Hammer. Only slot this skill in whenever possible.

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