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

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

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Latest Sunbreak MR Build

Phecda's Asterism Grinder Boost

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
PhecdaPhecda's Asterism
340 0 0%
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Poison Image 11
Armor Slots Skills
Lunagaron HelmLunagaron Helm ②②ー
Archfiend Armor BauloArchfiend Armor Baulo ③②ー
Resentment Lv. 1
Burst Lv. 1
Risen Mizuha SleevesRisen Mizuha Sleeves ④②①
Nargacuga Coil X Nargacuga Coil X ②ーー
Malzeno GreavesMalzeno Greaves ④①①
Talisman Attack Boost 3 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Build Merits The Phecda's Asterism was a strange weapon when it first released since it had short purple and white sharpness and barely any poison to actually inflict the status consistently. Naturally, Grinder (S) is a good pairing for it, enabling a large boost whenever you sharpened from blue to purple. Title Update 2 introduces Buildup Boost as a way to take advantage of the poison without needing to actually poison the monster. When built with typical SnS skills, you'll end up with a strong set that can beat pure raw builds.
For augments, get the Rampage Slot Upgrade to fit in the anti-species jewels and fill the rest with Attack Boost.

Master Rank Sword and Shield Builds

High Rank Builds

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - High Rank Sword and Shield 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 Sword and Shield builds to spice up your hunts.

►High Rank Sword and Shield Builds

Latest Builds Rank
Raw Damage Build HR 100+
Dragon Slayer Build HR 100+

Low Rank Builds

MH Rise - Low Rank Sword and Shield Builds

Village Quests - Low Rank Hub

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

►Low Rank Sword and Shield Builds

Latest Builds Rank
Maximum KO Build Village Quest ★4 to ★6

Recommended Skills for Sword and Shield

Skills Effect
Critical Eye
Critical Eye is a near necessity for critical builds.
Critical Boost
Amplifies critical damage by 5%/10%/15% (based on level). A must have skill for any affinity build.
Weakness Exploit
Increases affinity by 10/30/50% when hitting enemy weakspots. Easier to max out than critical eye and gives higher affinity if used properly. Goes well together with Critical Boost.
Attack Boost
More damage is always welcome. It gains a percentage bonus at rank 4 which is a good level to always aim for.
Razor Sharp
Chance to negate sharpness loss when attacking.
Makes it easier to stun monsters. It works for the Sword and Shield thanks to its various shield bash moves.
Some endgame Sword and Shields tend to have a lot of room for improvement regarding their sharpness. With that in mind, consider using Handicraft for your builds!
Guard reduces stamina depletion which makes the SnS a really tanky weapon.
Speed Sharpening
Not as high-priority as others because you can sharpen on the move with your Palamute, but definitely nice to have if you have unused Lv. 1 deco slots.
Flinch Free
Great for multiplayer. Never get flinched by ally attacks again!

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