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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 Shield in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn about the best Swords and Shields for Update 3.0+, and the best Skills and Armor pieces to use with the Swords and Shields for Low Rank, High Rank, and Endgame.

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Latest Endgame Build

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Raw Damage

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Flash in the NightFlash in the Night
Flash in the Night Sword & Shield Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
30%
-
Armor Slots Skills
Valstrax HelmValstrax Helm ②①ー
Valstrax MailValstrax Mail ③①ー
Resuscitate Lv. 2
Dragonheart Lv. 1
Valstrax BracesValstrax Braces ②ーー
Valstrax Coil Valstrax Coil ②ーー
Resentment Lv. 2
Resuscitate Lv. 1
Dragonheart Lv. 1
Valstrax GreavesValstrax Greaves ③①ー
Resentment Lv. 1
Dragonheart Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Attack Boost Lv. 3
Decorations
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 6 | Dragonheart Lv. 5
Resentment Lv. 3 | Resuscitate Lv. 3
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Speed Sharpening Lv. 2 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Build Merits This build pumps as much damage as possible through the full Valstrax Set, Attack Boost, and Critical Boost. Flinch Free is included to negate flinches in multiplayer but you can swap it out for another level of Speed Sharpening whenever you're hunting solo.

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.
Slugger
★★
Makes it easier to stun monsters. It works for the Sword and Shield thanks to its various shield bash moves.
Handicraft
★★
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
Guard reduces stamina depletion which makes the SnS a really tanky weapon.
Speed Sharpening
For those crucial times in the middle of fights where you need to raise your sharpness. Less value due to the ability to die palamutes.
Flinch Free
Great for multiplayer. Never get flinched by ally attacks again!

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    • Give us the ability to change our layered armor display. What I mean is, ya know how armor looks different on the male and female models? well, I wish there was the ability to change the appearance from the male models of armor, to the female models, and the reverse without changing the gender of your character itself. This would be really nice, as imo some armor pieces look better as the male model version.

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