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

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

Best Sword and Shield

Flash in the Night
 Flash in the Night Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 30 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Flash in the Night Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

Flash in the Night remains as the best End Game Sword and Shield weapon. Its high affinity and blue sharpness makes it the best SnS to equip for the game's current end game content.

Best Armor

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 Golden Obi 70
Heroics
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Talisman Weakness Exploit
Decorations Grinder Jewel 1 x3
Steadfast Jewel 1 x3
KO Jewel 2 x1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
324 Latent Power Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl. 3
Stun Resistance Lvl. 3
Speed Sharpening Lvl. 3
Attack Boost Lvl. 2
Slugger Lvl. 3
Critical Boost Lvl. 3
Heroics Lvl. 1
Maximum Might Lvl. 1

Best Build Explanation

With the Flash in the Night together with Weakness Exploit and Latent Power, you can easily reach 100% affinity. This is further amplified with Critical boost and with max slugger, you'll also be able to stun monsters with Shield Bashes. An optimized damage dealing set that can deal stun damage as well!

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

Best Sword and Shields

Nargacuga's Flash in the Night is highly recommended

Flash in the Night
 Flash in the Night Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 30 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Flash in the Night Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

Flash in the Night is a great rarity 6 weapon that has a white sharpness and 30% affinity. To top it off, it has a base attack stat of 180 making it the best raw Sword and Shield you can craft at this stage of the game.

Best Elemental Sword and Shields

Name Req. Materials
Djinn II Inferno Sac x3
Rathalos Plate x1
Rathalos Carapace x4
Rathalos Wing x2
Master Odyssey Ore+ Material x20 pts
Ibushi Horn+ x1
Golden Almudron Orb x1
Thunderbolt Sword I Narwa Tentacle x3
Narwa Sparksac x3
Narwa Horn+ x1
Narwa Hide+ x3
Nardebosche Wyvern Gem x1
Barioth Carapace x5
Barioth Claw+ x3
Freezer Sac x3

Late Game Elemental Sword and Shield Stats

Fire Element

Djinn II
 Djinn II Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 190 0 Fire 23
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Djinn II Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Poison Boost I
Element Exploit

Water Element

Master Odyssey
 Master Odyssey Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 170 0 Water 33
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ③ーー
 Master Odyssey Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Defense Boost III
Dragon Exploit
Element Exploit

Thunder Element

Thunderbolt Sword I
 Thunderbolt Sword I Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 0 Thunder 33
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Thunderbolt Sword I Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Anti-Aerial Species
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Ice Element

Nardebosche
 Nardebosche Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 160 35 Ice 20
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Nardebosche Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost IV
Affinity Boost II
Iceblight Exploit

Best Armour

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 Barioth Coil S 58
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
262 Latent Power Lvl. 2
Weakness Exploit Lvl. 2
Attack BoostLvl. 4
SluggerLvl. 2
Critical DrawLvl. 1
Critical EyeLvl. 4

Set Involves Arounds Raw and Critical Strikes

This set build utilizes damage boosting skills like Attack Boost, Critical Eye, and Weakness Exploit. If Latent Power and Weakness Exploit are both applied, this build can easily reach 100% affinity. This is a decent affinity build you can use for the late stages of the game. Slugger is also added for the Sliding Dash -> Falling Bash combo so do give this build a try!

Best Talisman

Recommended Talisman Skills
Weakness Exploit Critical Eye Razor Sharp
Best Option

For talimans, we highly suggest going for Razor Sharp as your affinity maxes out if both Latent Power and Weakness Exploit trigger. If you want to not rely on Latent Power, getting a talisman for Weakness Exploit is ok but you lose out on the Latent Power's affinity bonus when it triggers.

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

Best Sword and Shields

Princess Rapier 1 Is a Decent Poison Sword and Shield

Princess Rapier I
 Princess Rapier I Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 180 10 Poison 14
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Princess Rapier I Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Poison Boost I
Small Monster Exploit

There aren't many great Sword and Shields at 4 to 5 star hub quests. With the Princess Rapier 1, you'll be able to get a poison attribute for your weapon which can deal decent DPS to the enemy Large Monster while having a base attack stat of 180.

Best Armor

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Izuchi Helm S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Izuchi Mail S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Kamura Braces S 30
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Heroics
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Baggi Coil S 36
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
178 Critical Eye Lvl. 7
Attack Boost Lvl. 4
Heroics Lvl. 1
Recovery SpeedLvl. 1
Sleep Resistance Lvl. 1

Focused on Raw Damage

This set build utilizes the Critical Eye's potential and is coupled by a level 4 attack boost for some raw damage. It's a great setup to carry you to the next ranks in the Hub Quest.

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

Best Sword and Shield

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Sword I Magnamalo Blade x3
Magnamalo Scute x2
Magnamalo Scale x5
Magna Ghostprism x3
Hidden Edge I Machalite Ore x3
Lightcrystal x1
Studded Club I Twisted Horn x1
Diablos Fang x3
Diablos Shell x4

Sinister Sword I is a Blast-Powered All-Rounder

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Sinister Sword I Stats
Sinister Sword I
 Sinister Sword I Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 130 0 Blast 13
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Sinister Sword I Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Blast Boost I
Magnamalo Soul

Magnamalo's Sinister Sword I has great stats across the board and has Blast, making it a great weapon for most hunts at this stage of the game.

Hidden Edge I has Incredibly High Affinity

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Hidden Edge I Stats
Hidden Edge I
 Hidden Edge I Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 30 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Hidden Edge I Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Master Rider

Nargacuga's Hidden Edge I is a great choice for Sword and Shield.

Although its Attack is a modest 120, it has a long bar of Green Sharpness and a high Affinity of 30%. As Sword and Shield frequently executes multi-hit attacks, its sharpness will wear down quickly, making a weapon with a solid degree of Green Sharpness highly coveted for the midgame.

Studded Club I is a Raw Damage monster!

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Studded Club I Stats
Studded Club I
 Studded Club I Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 160 -5 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Studded Club I Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost I
Defense Boost II
Small Monster Exploit

Diablos' Studded Club I offers high base damage (160) and a generous green sharpness bar at the minor cost of -5% affinity. Consider crafting this raw damage monster if you're looking for an all-purpose Sword and Shield.

Best Elemental Sword and Shields

Name Req. Materials
Djinn II Inferno Sac x3
Rathalos Plate x1
Rathalos Carapace x4
Rathalos Wing x2
Master Odyssey Ore+ Material x20 pts
Ibushi Horn+ x1
Golden Almudron Orb x1
Thunderbolt Sword I Narwa Tentacle x3
Narwa Sparksac x3
Narwa Horn+ x1
Narwa Hide+ x3
Nardebosche Wyvern Gem x1
Barioth Carapace x5
Barioth Claw+ x3
Freezer Sac x3

Mid Game Elemental Sword and Shields Stats

Fire Element

Djinn I
 Djinn I Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 0 Fire 18
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Djinn I Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Fire Boost I
Element Exploit

Water Element

Cunning Riposte II
 Cunning Riposte II Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 150 0 Water 11
Defense Slots Sharpness
10 ーーー
 Cunning Riposte II Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Defense Boost I
Water Boost II
Dulling Strike

Thunder Element

Usurper's Firebolt I
 Usurper
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 0 Thunder 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Usurper
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Thunder Boost I
Anti-Aquatic Species

Ice Element

Icicle Spike II
 Icicle Spike II Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 30 Ice 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Icicle Spike II Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Iceblight Exploit

Best Armor

Max Guard

Catered to those who prefer to block with the Sword and Shield, this particular armor combination ensures minimal knock back, chip damage, and stamina cost when blocking most attacks!

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Diablos Helm 30
Guard
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Diablos Mail 30
Guard
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Basarios Vambraces 22
Guard
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barroth Coil 18
Guard
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Barroth Greaves 18
Guard
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
118 Guard Lv. 5
Stamina Surge Lv. 1
Speed Sharpening Lv. 1

Affinity Powerhouse

This relatively straight-forward armor combination prioritizes pumping as much Affinity as possible. It's also important to note that this set synergizes well with all of the Sword and Shields listed above.

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 Barioth Vambraces 20
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barioth Coil 20
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Aelucanth Crura / Rhopessa Crura 24
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
120 Critical Eye Lv. 7
Latent Power Lv. 2

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

Best Sword and Shields

Name Req. Materials
Fighter Sword Machalite Ore x3
Lightcrystal x1
Pukei Sword I Pukei-Pukei Quill x3
Pukei-Pukei Sac x2
Dragonite Ore x3

Fighter Sword is Nice Starter Weapon

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Fighter Sword Stats
Fighter Sword
 Fighter Sword Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Fighter Sword Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Defense Boost II

The Fighter Sword offers solid stats against the monsters on the first two hunter ranks. Consider investing in the Sword and Shield's Ore Tree to eventually get this weapon.

Pukei Sword I is a Great All-Rounder

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Pukei Sword I Stats
Pukei Sword I
 Pukei Sword I Sword & Shield Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 0 Poison 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Pukei Sword I Sword & Shield Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Defense Boost I
Poison Boost I

Pukei Sword I boasts great stats at this stage of the game with the added benefit of having Poison ailment. These factors make this particular Sword and Shield an excellent choice for almost all hunts in the early game.

Best Armor

Starter Set

At this stage in the game, the default Armor is sufficient for the Sword and Shield, but the following are our recommendations if you do decide to upgrade.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Izuchi Helm 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Izuchi Mail 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Alloy Vambraces 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barroth Coil 18
Guard
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Barroth Greaves 18
Guard
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
66 Critical Eye Lv. 3
Guard Lv. 2
Recovery Speed Lv. 1

Barroth Set is Also Viable

Consider going for the full Barroth Set if you prefer a more defensive build for the early game.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Barroth Helm 18
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Barroth Mail 18
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Jaggi Gauntlets 14
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barroth Coil 18
Guard
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Barroth Greaves 18
Guard
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
86 Attack Boost Lv. 3
Defense Boost Lv. 1
Guard Lv. 2

Recommended Skills for Sword and Shield

Skills Effect
Critical Eye
(★★★)
Always try to have an Affinity of at least 80-100%, Critical Eye is a near necessity for critical skills.
Critical Boost
★★★
Amplifies critical damage by 5%/10%/15% (based on level). A must have skill for any affinity builds.
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 shield bash moves.
Guard
Guard reduces stamina depletion which makes the SnS a really tanky class. Guards attacks easily, can easily use items, and high evasion makes SnS an unkillable player.
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!
Evade Window
Increases the SnS's survivability by extending the invincibility frames of your dodges. A great skill to have for the SnS thanks to its mobility.

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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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