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

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

Best Switch Axes

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Shadowslice Magnamalo Shell+ x5
Magna Soulprism x3
Magnamalo Blade+ x4
Purple Magna Orb x1
Night's Crescent Narga Medulla x1
Magnamalo Blade+ x3
Nargacuga+ Material x15 pts
Czar Switch Axe Fucium Ore x4
Firecell Stone x2
Neopteron+ Material x8 pts
Monster Hardbone x4
Conqueress Firecell Stone x2
Rakna-Kadaki Carapace x4
Gold Rajang Pelt x2
Great Stoutbone x4

Best Switch Axe Stats (Post-Game)

Sinister Shadowslice for Power Phials

Sinister Shadowslice
 Sinister Shadowslice Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 200 0 Blast 23
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Sinister Shadowslice Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Blast Boost II
Magnamalo Soul
Phial Type Power

Magnamalo's Sinister Shadowslice is an amazing all-purpose weapon at this stage of the game, with great stats across the board. It's Blast Element and Power Phial takes it to the top of the mountain in terms of raw damage.

Night's Crescent Offers High Affinity

Night's Crescent
 Night
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 40 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Night
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Boost Equipped Coating
Phial Type Poison 17

Nargacuga's Night's Crescent earns its place in this list due to its amazing sharpness bar and 40% affinity rating!

Czar Switch Axe Has Paralysis!

Czar Switch Axe
 Czar Switch Axe Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 200 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①ーー
 Czar Switch Axe Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Defense Boost III
Silkbind Boost
Phial Type Paralysis 22

Czar Switch Axe offers great stats across the board, with the added benefit of Paralysis Phials. This particular Phial type is particularly useful for Switch Axes because they provide extra windows of damage throughout hunts.

Conqueress for Exhaust Phial Lovers

Conqueress
 Conqueress Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 210 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
10 ①①①
 Conqueress Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost III
Boost Equipped Coating
Silkbind Boost
Phial Type Exhaust 30

Arguably the most unique one in this list, 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.

Best Armor

Comfortable All-Rounder

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

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Almudron Helm S 64
Rapid Morph
Lv. 2
Torso Torso Almudron Mail S 64
Razor Sharp
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Rathalos Braces S 62
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Anjanath Coil S 60
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Arzuros Greaves S 36
Talisman Skill Evade Extender Lv. 1; Lv.2 jewel slots would be great but not required.
Decorations Charger Jewel 2 x3
Quickswitch Jewel 2 x1
Jumping Jewel 2 x1
Brace Jewel 1 x1
Attack Jewel 2 x1 or more
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
286 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

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

Best Switch Axes

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Shadowslice Magnamalo Shell+ x5
Magna Soulprism x3
Magnamalo Blade+ x4
Purple Magna Orb x1
Night's Crescent Narga Medulla x1
Magnamalo Blade+ x3
Nargacuga+ Material x15 pts
Czar Switch Axe Fucium Ore x4
Firecell Stone x2
Neopteron+ Material x8 pts
Monster Hardbone x4
Conqueress Firecell Stone x2
Rakna-Kadaki Carapace x4
Gold Rajang Pelt x2
Great Stoutbone x4

Best Switch Axe Stats (Endgame)

Sinister Shadowslice for Power Phials

Sinister Shadowslice
 Sinister Shadowslice Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 200 0 Blast 23
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Sinister Shadowslice Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Blast Boost II
Magnamalo Soul
Phial Type Power

Magnamalo's Sinister Shadowslice is an amazing all-purpose weapon at this stage of the game, with great stats across the board. It's Blast Element and Power Phial takes it to the top of the mountain in terms of raw damage.

Night's Crescent Offers High Affinity

Night's Crescent
 Night
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 40 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Night
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Boost Equipped Coating
Phial Type Poison 17

Nargacuga's Night's Crescent earns its place in this list due to its amazing sharpness bar and 40% affinity rating!

Czar Switch Axe Has Paralysis!

Czar Switch Axe
 Czar Switch Axe Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 200 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①ーー
 Czar Switch Axe Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Defense Boost III
Silkbind Boost
Phial Type Paralysis 22

Czar Switch Axe offers great stats across the board, with the added benefit of Paralysis Phials. This particular Phial type is particularly useful for Switch Axes because they provide extra windows of damage throughout hunts.

Conqueress for Exhaust Phial Lovers

Conqueress
 Conqueress Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 210 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
10 ①①①
 Conqueress Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost III
Boost Equipped Coating
Silkbind Boost
Phial Type Exhaust 30

Arguably the most unique one in this list, 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.

Best Armor

Best Talisman Skills

Recommended Talisman Skills
Weakness Exploit Rapid Morph Evade Extender

Balanced Offense and Utility

While it lacks offensive stat 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. Massive Sharpness loss is not an issue thanks to Razor Sharp Lv. 2.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Almudron Helm S 64
Rapid Morph
Lv. 2
Torso Torso Almudron Mail S 64
Razor Sharp
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Dober Vambraces 52
Waist Waist Nargacuga Coil S 60
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Almudron Greaves S 64
Razor Sharp
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
304 Razor Sharp Lv. 3
Rapid Morph Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 2
Power Prolonger Lv. 1
Dragon Attack Lv. 1

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

Best Switch Axes

Name Req. Materials
Kamura Iron Axe V Carbalite Ore x8
Guild Ticket x3
Lightcrystal x2
Meaty Hide+ x2
Elite Switch Axe II Dragonite Ore x5
Carbalite Ore x3
Monster Keenbone x2
General's Strongaxe II Monster Keenbone x4
Novacrystal x2
Basarios Carapace x4

Best Switch Axe Stats (Late-Game)

These three Switch Axes boast great stats across the board for relateively cheap materials and are considered the best ones to start with in High Rank!

Kamura Iron Axe V for Power Phials

Kamura Iron Axe V
 Kamura Iron Axe V Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
4 150 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Kamura Iron Axe V Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost III
Defense Boost II
Master Rider
Phial Type Power

Elite Switch Axe II has Paralysis Phials

Elite Switch Axe II
 Elite Switch Axe II Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
4 160 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①ーー
 Elite Switch Axe II Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Defense Boost III
Silkbind Boost
Phial Type Paralysis 18

General's Strongaxe II offers Exhaust Phials

General's Strongaxe II
 General
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 170 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
10 ①①①
 General
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost II
Boost Equipped Coating
Silkbind Boost
Phial Type Exhaust 28

Best Armor

High Rank Morpher

A damage focused build. It has a small amount of affinity but the loss of Razor Sharp may make usage difficult. But since Bludgeoner is slotted in the skills, the damage you lose from lowered sharpness are somehow alleviated.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Izuchi Helm S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Volvidon Mail S 50
Jump Master
Lv. 1
Rapid Morph
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Lagombi Vambraces S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Ice Attack
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Volvidon Coil S 50
Bludgeoner
Lv. 1
Rapid Morph
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Volvidon Greaves S 50
Rapid Morph
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
222 Critical Eye Lv. 3
Rapid Morph Lv. 3
Evade Extender Lv. 2
Ice Attack Lv. 1
Bludgeoner Lv. 1
Jump Master Lv. 1

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

Best Switch Axes

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Axe I Magnamalo Scute x1
Magnamalo Shell x5
Magna Ghostprism x3
Magnamalo Blade x3

Sinister Axe I

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Sinister Axe I Stats
Sinister Axe I
 Sinister Axe I Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 130 0 Blast 17
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Sinister Axe I Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Blast Boost I
Magnamalo Soul
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!

Best Armor

Rapid Morph + Razor Sharp Combo

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.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Almudron Helm 30
Rapid Morph
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Almudron Mail 30
Razor Sharp
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Almudron Vambraces 30
Evade Window
Lv. 1
Rapid Morph
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Volvidon Coil 20
Rapid Morph
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Almudron Greaves 30
Razor Sharp
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
140 Rapid Morph Lv. 3
Razor Sharp Lv. 2
Evade Window Lv. 1

Evasive Switch Axe

Those who prefer a more mobile playstyle can opt for this evasive set.

This armor combination swaps out Rapid Morph with Evade Extender, enabling its wearer to quickly reposition while the Switch Axe is unsheathed.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Wroggi Helm 16
Torso Torso Almudron Mail 30
Razor Sharp
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Nargacuga Braces 26
Waist Waist Nargacuga Coil 26
Legs Legs Almudron Greaves 30
Razor Sharp
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
128 Evade Extender Lv. 3
Razor Sharp Lv. 2
Evade Window Lv. 1

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

Best Switch Axes

Name Req. Materials
Improved Steel Axe Dragonite Ore x3
Monster Bone L x2
Ludroth Axe II Tetranadon Hide x2
Royal Ludroth Crest x2
Sturdy Bone x3
Ludroth Material x8 pts

Improved Steel Axe and the Ore Tree

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Improved Steel Axe Stats
Improved Steel Axe
 Improved Steel Axe Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Improved Steel Axe Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Defense Boost II
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.

Daidalos Axe

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Diadalos Axe Stats
Daidalos Axe
 Daidalos Axe Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Daidalos Axe Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost II
Defense Boost I
Phial Type Power

Those who prefer Power Phials may opt for the Daidalos Axe early on. This particular Switch Axe's base attack rating is on par with Improved Steel Axe's despite falling short in the sharpness department.

Ludroth Axe II

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Ludroth Axe II Stats
Ludroth Axe II
 Ludroth Axe II Switch Axe Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 100 0 Water 26
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Ludroth Axe II Switch Axe Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Water Boost I
Waterblight Exploit
Phial Type Element

Ludroth Axe offers generous green sharpness decent attack rating. Its Water Element makes it a particularly good weapon against Magnamalo later on.

Best Armor

Rapid Morph Set

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!

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Izuchi Helm 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Volvidon Mail 20
Rapid Morph
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Alloy Vambraces 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Volvidon Coil 20
Rapid Morph
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves 18
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
68 Critical Eye Lv. 2
Rapid Morph Lv. 2
Attack Boost Lv. 1

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.
Attack Boost
★★
More damage. Try to aim for level 4 for extra stat bonus.
Speed Sharpening / Razor Sharp / Protective Polish
★★
Sharpness related skills are all welcome when playing the Switch Axe.
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.
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.
Power Prolonger
Extends buffed up state.
Focus
Faster Switch Axe charging.
Flinch Free
A must have skill for multiplayer.

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3 Anonymous11 days

>>2 Nargacuga Switch Axe*

2 Anonymous11 days

If I can make a suggestion for the current emd game, here's my build. Nargacuga Almudron Helm Jyuratodas Chest Rathalos Arms Spio Waist Rajang Legs Weakness Exploit Talisman With this build, including the decos I've slotted in, I'm sitting at 6 Attack Boost 3 Rapid Morph 3 Weakness Exploit 3 Speed Sharpening 2 Critical Boost 2 Power Prolonger 1 Evade Extender 212 Attack 40% Affinity, 90% on weakspots White Sharpness

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      Is April 20 confirmed?? Where’d u get the date

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      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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