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

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

Best Hunting Horns

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Shadestrum Magnamalo Scale+ x3
Magnamalo Shell+ x3
Magnamalo Scute+ x2
Purple Magna Orb x1
Rampage Agitato IV Tigrex Fang+ x2
Apex Bubblefoam x1
Defender Ticket 7 x1

Best Hunting Horn Stats (Post-Game)

Sinister Shadestrum is is an Excellent All-Purpose Hunting Horn

Sinister Shadestrum
 Sinister Shadestrum Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 0 Blast 23
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Sinister Shadestrum Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Blast Boost II
Magnamalo Soul
Blue Melody
Sonic Barrier
Red Melody
Attack + Defense Up
Green Melody
Health Regeneration

Sinister Shadestrum is an all-purpose powerhouse that boasts great stats across the board, balanced melodies, and Blast Element. These factors make it an efficient weapon for any hunt in the game right now!

Rampage Agitato IV is a Modular Masterpiece!

Rampage Agitato IV
 Rampage Agitato IV Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 190 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Rampage Agitato IV Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
-
-
-
Blue Melody
Earplugs (S)
Red Melody
Health Recovery (S)
Green Melody
Sonic Wave
Recommended Rampage Agitato IV Skills
Attack Boost II
or
Sharpness Type I
Non-elemental Boost Attack Melody II

Rampage Agitato IV earns its place on this list based on its modular nature. With our recommended rampage skills above, Rampage Agitato IV can be a balanced all-purpose juggernaut capable of hunting any monster with relative ease!

Best Armor

Comfort Horn Build

A standard Comfort build for the Hunting Horn making use of Horn Maestro and Slugger.

Offensive skills are Attack Boost 4 for the percentage bonus and max Weakness Exploit for an easy 50% critical strike chance when hitting the head (or other weak parts).

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
Talisman Skill Evade Extender Lv. 1 or higher with a Lv. 2 slot
Decorations Attack Jewel 2 x2
Sonorous Jewel 1 x1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
284 Attack Boost Lv. 4
Slugger Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Critical Boost Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 1
Focus Lv. 1
Horn Maestro Lv. 1

Rampage Horn Build

This set is completely built around the Rampage Agitato IV and its recommended rampage skills above. Attack Boost is maximized to further bolster the Hunting Horn's base attack, while extending its sharpness bar via Handicraft.

Weakness Exploit is also included to provide 50% critical chance when striking a monster's weak spot, further increasing damage.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Zinogre Helm S 62
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Hunter's Mail S 32
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Handicraft
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Sinister Gauntlets S 64
Handicraft
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Anjanath Coil S 60
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Hunter's Greaves S 32
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2 or higher
Decorations Attack Jewel 2 x2
Sonorous Jewel 1 x1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
250 Attack Boost Lv. 7
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Handicraft Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 3
Hellfire Cloak Lv. 1
Stun Resistance Lv. 1
Maximum Might Lv. 1
Horn Maestro Lv. 1

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

Best Hunting Horns

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Shadestrum Magnamalo Scale+ x3
Magnamalo Shell+ x3
Magnamalo Scute+ x2
Purple Magna Orb x1
Hidden Harmonic II Nargacuga Marrow x2
Rakna-Kadaki Sharpclaw x2
Nargacuga+ Material x12

Best Hunting Horn Stats (Endgame)

Sinister Shadestrum is an Effective All-Rounder

Sinister Shadestrum
 Sinister Shadestrum Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 0 Blast 23
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Sinister Shadestrum Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Blast Boost II
Magnamalo Soul
Blue Melody
Sonic Barrier
Red Melody
Attack + Defense Up
Green Melody
Health Regeneration

The Sinister Shadestrum's good balance of melodies and great stats easily takes the top spot as an all-purpose Hunting Horn.

Hidden Harmonic II for Great Offensive Melodies and Affinity

Hidden Harmonic II
 Hidden Harmonic II Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 160 40 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Hidden Harmonic II Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost I
Master Rider
Blue Melody
Stamina Recovery Up
Red Melody
Attack Up
Green Melody
Affinity Up

Those who prefer an all-out approach to offense may consider going for the Hidden Harmonic II. This hunting horn grants incredibly high affinity (40%) and white sharpness, allowing it to compete with the Sinister Shadestrum in terms of damage.

Best Armor

Mid-High Rank Build

A damage oriented build that disregards Horn Maestro to slot in more DPS. Attack Boost 4 is reached for a sweet bonus percentage and Slugger is still in for more stuns. With Hidden Harmonic II's affinity + Weakness Exploit, you can still easily hit critical strikes as long as you land your hits on the head!

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 Nargacuga Coil S 60
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
284 Attack Boost Lv. 4
Critical Eye Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 1
Slugger Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 2
Recommended Talisman Skills
Critical Eye Weakness Exploit Attack Boost

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

Best Hunting Horns

Name Req. Materials
Gale Horn Carbalite Ore x3
Bird Wyvern Gem x1
Great Izuchi Pelt+ x2
Great Izuchi Tail+ x4

Gale Horn is an Excellent High Rank Starter

Gale Horn
 Gale Horn Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
4 150 10 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Gale Horn Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost III
Small Monster Exploit
Buddy Rally
Blue Melody
Stamina Recovery Up
Red Melody
Affinity Up
Green Melody
Health Recovery (S)

Gale Horn offers great stats to start off in High Rank. This particular Hunting Horn is relatively cheap to craft as well, allowing you to get it as soon as you arrive!

Best Armor

Starting Armor

A Kulu-Ya-Ku set that's perfect as a starter set for a Hunting Horn's journey to high rank. It grants Slugger, Stamina Thief, and Horn Maestro which are all skills that the Hunting Horn loves to have.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Kulu-Ya-Ku Helm S 38
Torso Torso Kulu-Ya-Ku Mail S 38
Horn Maestro
Lv. 1
Slugger
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Kulu-Ya-Ku Braces S 38
Slugger
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Kulu-Ya-Ku Coil S 38
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
192 Slugger Lv. 3
Stamina Thief Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Maximum Might Lv. 2
Horn Maestro Lv. 1

Low Rank Build: Mid game (Village Quest 4★ to 6★)

Best Hunting Horns

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Strum I Magnamalo Scute x2
Magnamalo Scale x3
Magnamalo Shell x3
Magna Ghostprism x2
Valkyrie Chordmaker I Rathian Scale x4
Rathian Shell x3
Slagtoth Hide x4
Flame Sac x2

Sinister Strum I

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Sinister Strum I Stats
Sinister Strum I
 Sinister Strum I Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 0 Blast 13
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Sinister Strum I Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Blast Boost I
Magnamalo Soul
Blue Melody
Sonic Barrier
Red Melody
Attack + Defense Up
Green Melody
Health Regeneration

Sinister Strum is a great Hunting Horn that offers solid stats across the board and a good combination of melodies. These factors make it a great all-purpose weapon at this stage of the game.

Valkyrie Chordmaker II

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Valkyrie Chordmaker II Stats
Valkyrie Chordmaker II
 Valkyrie Chordmaker II Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 0 Fire 18
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Valkyrie Chordmaker II Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Fire Boost I
Small Monster Exploit
Blue Melody
Defense Up
Red Melody
Stamina Use Reduced
Green Melody
Divine Protection

Those who lean towards a more defensive playstyle may opt for the Valkyrie Chordmaker II. This particular hunting horn offers great defensive melodies.

Best Armor

Horn Maestro Through the Melding Pot

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The Melding Pot allows us to create Talismans with certain skills. We can use this feature to craft one with the Horn Maestro skill, giving us an extra space for other skills!

Evasive Horn Maestro

This armor set offers a good mix of offense and survivability. The hunting horn's playstyle renders you vulnerable to attacks. Investing in Evade Extender solves this by greatly increasing the distance covered by your dodge rolls at level 3.

Make sure you use a Talisman with Horn Maestro with this set.

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 Nargacuga Braces 26
Waist Waist Nargacuga Coil 26
Legs Legs Volvidon Greaves 20
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
128 Evade Extender Lv. 3
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 2
Evade Window Lv. 1

Mid Game Slugger

This armor set caters to players who prefer to maximize the Hunting Horn's knockout potential. Featuring max level Slugger, this set ensures that you get the most bang out of your musical buck during hunts!

Make sure you use a Talisman with Horn Maestro with this set.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Anjanath Helm 26
Focus
Lv. 1
Slugger
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Zinogre Mail 28
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Latent Power
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
120 Slugger Lv. 3
Critical Eye Lv. 3
Focus Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 1
Attack Boost Lv. 1

Low Rank Build: Early game (Village Quest 1★ to 4★)

Best Hunting Horns

Name Req. Materials
Kamura Chorus III Kestodon Shell x2
Machalite Ore x3
Neopteron Material x5 pts
Poison Fungasax I Toadstool x4
Ivy x3
Mountshrooms x1
Poison Sac x2
Zurogong Primo II Arzuros Shell x2
Bishaten Fur x2
Arzuros Material x8 pts

Kamura Chorus III is a Great Starter Weapon

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Kamura Chorus III Stats
Kamura Chorus III
 Kamura Chorus III Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 90 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Kamura Chorus III Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Affinity Boost II
Defense Boost II
Blue Melody
Defense Up
Red Melody
Attack Up
Green Melody
Health Recovery (S)

Kamura Chorus III has great melodies and stats to get you started into Monster Hunter Rise for relatively cheap materials.

Poison Fungasax I Offers Defensive Utility

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Poison Fungasax I Stats
Poison Fungasax I
 Poison Fungasax I Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 90 0 Poison 30
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Poison Fungasax I Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Dulling Strike
Spiribird Doubled
Blue Melody
Stamina Use Reduced
Red Melody
Health Recovery (S)
Green Melody
Defense Up

Those who prefer for defensive melodies may opt for Poison Fungasax I. This particular hunting horn offers stamina reduction, small health recovery, and defense boost melodies — Great for bolstering you and your allies' survivability during hunts!

Zurogong Primo II Into the Mid Game

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Zurogong Primo II Stats
Zurogong Primo II
 Zurogong Primo II Hunting Horn Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Zurogong Primo II Hunting Horn Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Defense Boost I
Small Monster Exploit
Blue Melody
Attack Up
Red Melody
Defense Up
Green Melody
Sonic Barrier

Zurogong Primo II offers great stats across the board with a good balance of offensive and defensive melodies. We recommend taking this into the mid game!

Best Armor

Build Around Horn Maestro

This armor combination builds around the Horn Maestro skill from the Kulu-Ya-Ku Mail with a good balance of attack and utility skills.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Izuchi Helm 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Kulu-Ya-Ku Mail 16
Horn Maestro
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Kulu-Ya-Ku Braces 16
Slugger
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Khezu Coil 16
Focus
Lv. 1
Slugger
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves 18
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
76 Critical Eye Lv. 2
Slugger Lv. 2
Horn Maestro Lv. 1
Focus Lv. 1
Attack Boost Lv. 1

Best Skills for Hunting Horns

Best Hunting Horn Skills
Horn Maestro
★★★
A skill made for the Hunting Horn and improves the Hunting Horn's general performance for 1 skill slots.
Slugger
★★
Increased stun rate and is a valuable skill for solo and a great skill for multiplayer as well.
Attack Boost
★★
More damage.
Weakness Exploit
★★
Increased affinity when hitting enemy weakspots. Hunting Horns should always hit the head.
Critical Boost
★★
Amplifies critical damage by 5% per level.
Speed Sharpening
Incrased sharpening speed means you can return to the fray faster!
Flinch Free
No singer or musician likes interruptions. Don't let allies cancel those melodies!

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4 Anonymous19 days

>>1 Because you want to roll a lot with the horn to cancel your long attack animations after the attack hits. So having evade skills helps a lot.

3 Anonymous22 days

>>1 Evade window for horn is broken. That shit turns the game into easy mode, the person saying these people are dumb is actually the dumb one.

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    • >>[13]
      I mean u do got a point but how are you supposed to learn from the games' mistake, not mine. As I recall, the attack was a good chunk o' screen away from me. The hit box of the attack is either way too large or my characters' hurt box is that chunky.

    • >>[2]
      Player list provides all of their equipment information. But honestly that doesn't really matter mid hunt. Don't add DPS trackers. It gets really annoying hunting with someone thats just shouting out the damage numbers all hunt

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