Switch Axe 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 Switch Axes in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn about the best Switch Axes for Update 3.0, and the best Skills and Armor pieces to use with the Switch Axes for Low Rank, High Rank, and endgame.

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Endgame Build (Update 3.0): HR 100+

3.0 Morphing Rampager

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Rampage Slicer SRampage Slicer S
Rampage Slicer S Switch Axe Sharpness
ーーー 210 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Phial Type Power
Recommended Rampage Skills for Agitato S
Sharpness Type IV Non-Elemental Boost Phial: Exhaust III
Armor Slots Skills
Almudron Helm SAlmudron Helm S ②②ー
Rapid Morph Lv. 2
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Valstrax BracesValstrax Braces ②ーー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
HunterHunter's Greaves S ②ーー
Talisman Skill Evade Extender Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot
Decorations
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Razor Sharp Lv. 3 | Stamina Thief Lv. 3
Rapid Morph Lv. 3 | Evade Extender Lv. 2
Stun Resistance Lv. 1 | Dragonheart Lv. 1
Build Merits This is a straightforward 3.0 build that maximizes our modded Rampage Slicer S. Damage is improved through Attack Boost, Weakness Exploit, and Stamina Thief while Evade Extender offers increased mobility in both Sword and Axe forms. Rapid Morph eases the transition between the Switch Axes two forms and increases the damage of transitional attacks as well.

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

Morph Rampage 2.0
Blunt Build
Master's Touch Build
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Rex GnasherRex Gnasher
Rex Gnasher Switch Axe Sharpness
ーーー 220 -
Affinity Element/Status
-20%
-
Phial Type Exhaust
Armor Slots Skills
Almudron Helm SAlmudron Helm S ②②ー
Almudron Mail SAlmudron Mail S ①ーー
Kaiser VambracesKaiser Vambraces ②ーー
Nargacuga Coil S Nargacuga Coil S ②ーー
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv.2
Decorations
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4 | Critical Boost Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Stamina Thief Lv. 3
Rapid Morph Lv. 3 | Razor Sharp Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 2 | Latent Power Lv. 1
Power Prolonger Lv. 1 | Teostra Blessing Lv. 1
Build Merits Rex Gnasher's -20% affinity rating is negated through Critical Eye Lv. 4, allowing you to fully utilize Weakness Exploit and Critical Boost. Rapid Morph also allows faster transitions between sword and axe forms, while increasing the overall damage of those transitional attacks as well. Stamina Thief improves the potency of Rex Gnasher's Exhaust Phials while sharpness loss is managed through Razor Sharp.
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Grand ChaosGrand Chaos
Grand Chaos Switch Axe Sharpness
①ーー 240 15
Affinity Element/Status
-15%
-
Phial Type Exhaust
Armor Slots Skills
Almudron Helm SAlmudron Helm S ②②ー
Tobi-Kadachi Mail STobi-Kadachi Mail S ③ーー
Mind's Eye Lv. 1
Tigrex Braces STigrex Braces S ③ーー
Bludgeoner Lv. 2
Mind's Eye Lv. 1
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Ingot GreavesIngot Greaves ーーー
Talisman Skill Rapid Morph Lv. 1
with two additional ② slots or more
Decorations
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 5 | Bludgeoner Lv. 3
Mind's Eye Lv. 3 | Rapid Morph Lv. 3
Stamina Thief Lv. 3 | Critical Eye Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 2 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Build Merits With Grand Chaos as the centerpiece, this build revolves around pumping this Switch Axes attack through Attack Boost while taking advantage of its sharpness bar via Mind's Eye and Bludgeoner. Rapid Morph is once again included to improve transitions between axe and sword forms.
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
NightNight's Crescent
Night
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Phial Type Poison 17
Armor Slots Skills
Almudron Helm SAlmudron Helm S ②②ー
Tobi-Kadachi Mail STobi-Kadachi Mail S ③ーー
Mind's Eye Lv. 1
Kaiser VambracesKaiser Vambraces ②ーー
Nargacuga Coil S Nargacuga Coil S ②ーー
Kadachi Greaves SKadachi Greaves S ②①ー
Talisman Skill Rapid Morph Lv.1
with two additional ② slot or more
Decorations
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 5 | Rapid Morph Lv. 3
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Master's Touch Lv. 3 | Evade Extender Lv. 3
Mind's Eye Lv. 1 | Constitution Lv. 1
Flinch Free Lv. 1 | Teostra's Blessing Lv. 1
Build Merits Night's Crescent's 40% affinity rating as the base, this build easily reaches over 100% affinity on weak spots with the aid of Weakness Exploit and Critical Eye. Critical damage is improved through Critical Boost. Once again, Rapid Morph is included to ease transitions between sword and axe forms. Sharpness management is improved with the addition of Master's Touch. This skill synergizes with our current setup because we will be dealing critical attacks primarily. Lastly, mobility is improved by including Evade Extender into the build.

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

All Rounder Build

Comfortable All-Rounder

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
NightNight's Crescent
Night
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Phial Type Poison 17

Alternative: Conqueress

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
ConqueressConqueress
Conqueress Switch Axe Sharpness
①①① 210 10
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Phial Type Exhaust 30

While Conqueress falls short in sharpness and affinity when compared to Night's Crescent, its Exhaust Phials and superior base attack rating make it a solid alternative for those who prefer to control the fight by tiring a monster out.

Armor Slots Skills
Almudron Helm SAlmudron Helm S ②②ー
Rapid Morph Lv. 2
Almudron Mail SAlmudron Mail S ①ーー
Rathalos Braces SRathalos Braces S ②ーー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Arzuros Greaves SArzuros Greaves S ③②①
Talisman Skill Evade Extender Lv.1
two additional ② slots recommended but not required
Decorations
align] MH Rise - Charger Jewel 2Charger Jewel 2 x3 MH Rise - Quickswitch Jewel 2Quickswitch Jewel 2 x1
MH Rise - Jumping Jewel 2Jumping Jewel 2 x1 MH Rise - Attack Jewel 2Attack Jewel 2 x1
MH Rise - Brace Jewel 1Brace Jewel 1 x1 [/align]
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 5-7 | Focus Lv. 3
Rapid Morph Lv. 3 | Razor Sharp Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 2 | Power Prolonger Lv. 2
Flinch Free Lv. 1

A comfort build that makes use of several QoL skills to make hunting easier. Sharpness, Switch Gauge, and evasion are all easier to manage and maintain. Despite lacking massive amounts of affinity, your damage from attack boosts are enough to compensate for it.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 6 and 7

Balanced Build

Balanced Offense and Utility

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
NightNight's Crescent
Night
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Phial Type Poison 17

Alternative Switch Axe: Conqueress

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
ConqueressConqueress
Conqueress Switch Axe Sharpness
①①① 210 10
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Phial Type Exhaust 30

Conqueress earned its way to the top due to its Exhaust Phial type. This particular Phial type is dealt through the Switch Axe's Sword Form, slowing monsters down to complete exhaustion. Pair this with Conqueress' amazing stats and you have a efficient combination for any hunt in the game.

Armor Slots Skills
Almudron Helm SAlmudron Helm S ②②ー
Rapid Morph Lv. 2
Almudron Mail SAlmudron Mail S ①ーー
Dober VambracesDober Vambraces ②①①
Nargacuga Coil S Nargacuga Coil S ②ーー
Almudron Greaves SAlmudron Greaves S ③①ー
Razor Sharp Lv. 1
Skills
Razor Sharp Lv. 3 | Evade Extender Lv. 2
Rapid Morph Lv. 2 | Power Prolonger Lv. 2
Dragon Attack Lv. 1
Recommended Talisman Skills
Weakness Exploit Rapid Morph Evade Extender

While it lacks offensive boosts, the Rapid Morph Skill together with Razor Sharp and Power Prolonger makes hunting easy by utilizing morph attacks to deal high damage to enemy large monsters. Rapid sharpness loss is not an issue thanks to Razor Sharp.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 4 and 5

General's Strongaxe II Build
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
GeneralGeneral's Strongaxe II
General
①①① 170 10
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Phial Type Exhaust 28

General's Strongaxe II boasts amazing stats across the board and has Exhaust Phials, allowing you to tire monsters out with ease. These factors make this particular Switch Axe amazing at this stage of the game.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Izuchi Helm SIzuchi Helm S ①①ー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Volvidon Mail SVolvidon Mail S ②ーー
Jump Master Lv. 1
Rapid Morph Lv. 1
Lagombi Vambraces SLagombi Vambraces S ②①ー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Ice Attack Lv. 1
Volvidon Coil S Volvidon Coil S ①①ー
Bludgeoner Lv. 1
Rapid Morph Lv. 1
Volvidon Greaves SVolvidon Greaves S ①①ー
Defense 222
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 3 | Rapid Morph Lv. 3
Evade Extender Lv. 2 | Ice Attack Lv. 1
Bludgeoner Lv. 1 | Jump Master Lv. 1

A straightforward build to help you get started in High Rank hunts. Critical Eye and Rapid Morph are your primary offensive skills while Evade Extender improves general mobility.

Low Rank Build: Village Quest

★4 to ★6
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Sinister Axe ISinister Axe I
Sinister Axe I Switch Axe Sharpness
ーーー 130 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Blast Image 17
Phial Type Power

Magnamalo's Sinister Axe I offers great stats across the board and has Blast Element. These factors make it an amazing weapon in most hunts at this stage of the game!

Armor Slots Skills
Almudron HelmAlmudron Helm ーーー
Rapid Morph Lv. 1
Almudron MailAlmudron Mail ーーー
Razor Sharp Lv. 1
Almudron VambracesAlmudron Vambraces ーーー
Volvidon Coil Volvidon Coil ーーー
Rapid Morph Lv. 1
Almudron GreavesAlmudron Greaves ーーー
Razor Sharp Lv. 1
Skills
Rapid Morph Lv. 3 | Razor Sharp Lv. 2
Evade Window Lv. 1

Following up on our recommended early game set, this armor combination follows the same principle but with the added benefits of Razor Sharp.

Switch Axes are weapons that are notorious for losing sharpness relatively faster than other weapon types. Having Razor Sharp prevents sharpness loss when activated — with a 25% proc chance at level 2.

★1 to ★4
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Improved Steel AxeImproved Steel Axe
Improved Steel Axe Switch Axe Sharpness
ーーー 110 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Phial Type Paralysis 14

The Switch Axes within the Ore Tree feature great stats for relatively cheap materials, making them amazing starter weapons.

The Improved Steel Axe, in particular, boasts decent green sharpness and Paralysis Phials.

Armor Slots Skills
Izuchi HelmIzuchi Helm ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Volvidon MailVolvidon Mail ーーー
Rapid Morph Lv. 1
Alloy VambracesAlloy Vambraces ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Volvidon Coil Volvidon Coil ーーー
Rapid Morph Lv. 1
Ingot GreavesIngot Greaves ーーー
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 2 | Rapid Morph Lv. 2
Attack Boost Lv. 1

The challenge with the Switch Axe is being able to dish out its already high damage output efficiently. Rapid Morph allows us to transition between Sword and Axe forms faster, making it a great compliment to the Switch Axe!

Best Switch Axe Skills

Best Skills for Switch Axe
Rapid Morph
★★★
Speeds up morph speed and damage.
Weakness Exploit
★★★
up to 50% bonus affinity when striking enemy weakspots.
Critical Eye
★★★
Higher affinity means more damage. Try to aim for at least 80-100% affinity for final builds.
Evade Extender
★★★
More distance covered per dodge means you can easily get out of harms way or move to a better position faster to hit enemy weakspots.
Attack Boost
★★★
More damage. Try to aim for level 4 for extra stat bonus.
Razor Sharp
★★★
Switch Axes are known for their rapid sharpness loss. Razor Sharp allows you to efficiently maintain your sharpness during hunts.
Evade Window
★★
Longer invincibility frames greatly improves the Switch Axe's survivability since the Switch Axe can't guard and must only rely on evasion.
Power Prolonger
Extends buffed up state.
Focus
Faster Switch Axe charging.
Flinch Free
A must have skill for multiplayer.

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