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

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

Best Long Swords

Name Req. Materials
Deepest Night Nargacuga Fang+ x3
Narga Medulla x1
Rakna-Kadaki Spike x2
Nargacuga+ Material x10 pts

Deepest Night Takes The Top Spot

Deepest Night
 Deepest Night Long Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 40 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Deepest Night Long Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

Deepest Night easily takes the top spot as the best Long Sword in Monster Hunter Rise. Its 180 attack rating is paired with white sharpness, granting the wearer incredibly good base damage to work with.

Its most notable feature, however, is its insanely high affinity rating (40%). This allows players to reach great affinity ratings when paired with the right skills and armor pieces.

Best Armor

Full Affinity Damage

An affinity-focused build utilizing Latent Power, Weakness Exploit, and Deepest Night — Lv. 3 Critical Boost tops this off by increasing critical strike damage by 40%.

Attack Boost is added for further improvements to base damage. Other QoL skills are added like Quick Sheath, Speed Sharpening, and Stun Resistance for general performance improvement.

Quick Sheath in particular, is extremely important thanks to the improvements of the Long Sword's Sheath Attacks.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Zinogre Helm S 62
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Remobra Suit S 52
Arms Arms Rathalos Braces S 62
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Anjanath Coil S 60
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Talisman Weakness Exploit
Decorations Sheath Jewel 2 x3
Grinder Jewel 1 x3
Steadfast Jewel 1 x3
Brace Jewel 1 x1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
306 Attack Boost Lv. 4
Critical Boost Lv. 3
Speed Sharpening Lv. 3
Quick Sheath Lv. 3
Stun Resistance Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 2
Flinch Free Lv. 1

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

Best Long Swords

Name Req. Materials
Deepest Night Nargacuga Fang+ x3
Narga Medulla x1
Rakna-Kadaki Spike x2
Nargacuga+ Material x10 pts

Deepest Night All The Way

Deepest Night
 Deepest Night Long Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 40 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Deepest Night Long Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

Deepest Night is considered to be the best Long Sword in Monster Hunter Rise right now. Its stats are so good that you can easily reach the end of 7★ Hub Quests with relative ease with it!

Best Armor

Full Barioth Set

The Full Barioth Set is arguably tailor-made for the Long Sword!

Every skill compliments this weapon amazingly well, providing a good balance of improvements towards damage and general performance.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Barioth Helm S 58
Torso Torso Barioth Mail S 58
Quick Sheath
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Barioth Vambraces S 58
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Quick Sheath
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barioth Coil S 58
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Barioth Greaves S 58
Quick Sheath
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
190 Critical Eye Lv. 3
Quick Sheath Lv. 3
Critical Draw Lv. 3
Maximum Might Lv. 2

Best Talismans

Recommended Talisman Skills
Critical Eye Punishing Draw

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

Best Long Swords

Name Req. Materials
Keen Edge II Carbalite Ore x4
Acute Fang x3
Firestone x3
Julienne Blade Fucium Ore x4
Novacrystal x2

Best Long Sword Stats (Late Game)

Keen Edge II

Keen Edge II
 Keen Edge II Long Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
4 170 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①ーー
 Keen Edge II Long Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Defense Boost III
Silkbind Boost

Julienne Blade

Julienne Blade
 Julienne Blade Long Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 180 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①ーー
 Julienne Blade Long Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Defense Boost III
Silkbind Boost

Stick with the Ore Tree

If you stay with a Low Rank Weapon when progressing into High Rank, you'll be faced with Monsters with higher and higher HP, and hunts will take longer and longer to complete. To get you started, work towards crafting the Keen Edge II and Julienne Blade. As these Weapons can be crafted almost entirely with Ore Materials, they're easier to craft than those which require farming Monsters.

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Best Armor

High Rank Starter

A straightforward starter build that focuses on improving the Long Sword's performance as a whole. Damage is bolstered through Critical Eye, Attack Boost, and Peak Performance while improving Sheath Attack performance via Quick Sheath.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Aknosom Helm S 38
Fire Attack
Lv. 1
Quick Sheath
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Aknosom Mail S 38
Quick Sheath
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Lagombi Vambraces S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Ice Attack
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Aknosom Coil S 38
Quick Sheath
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
190 Critical Eye Lv. 4
Quick Sheath Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Peak Performance Lv. 2
Fire Attack Lv. 1
Ice Attack Lv. 1

Craft or Upgrade Armor when needed

You don't need to power up your Armor if you're not struggling, but as the Monsters in High Rank deal high damage accordingly, you'll want to start crafting once you start hitting a wall. Upgrading Low Rank Armor with Armor Sphere works in a pinch, but as LR Armor is basically obsolete at this point, you're better off taking the time to make some real High Rank Armor.

Talismans and Decorations Can Wait

You'll be able to make it through the ★5 Hub Quests without worrying about crafting Talismans and Decorations yet. It's tempting to try to craft a Talisman with the Long Sword go-to Quick Sheathe, it's possible to gain this Skill with Armor, so don't spend Monster Materials you would otherwise use on Talismans just yet.

As for Decorations, there's not anything that particularly stands out for Long Sword at this stage, and all Decorations will require crafting new Armor anyway, so it's best to wait until after you have upgraded your Armor to start going after Decorations.

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

Best Long Swords

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Long Sword I Magnamalo Scute x2
Magnamalo Shell x4
Magna Ghostprism x3
Magnamalo Blade x3
Hidden Saber I Machalite Ore x5
Nargacuga Cutwing x4
Nargacuga Blackfur x2
Narga Tailspike x2

Sinister Long Sword I is an All-Purpose Juggernaut!

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

Sinister Long Sword I boasts solid stats across the board. Coupled with its inate Blast Element, this particular Long Sword is an all-purpose juggernaut that excels in most hunts at this stage of the game!

Hidden Saber I Provides High Affinity!

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

Those who love their critical strikes may consider going for Nargacuga's Hidden Saber I. This particular Long Sword offers high attack, amazing sharpness, and a whopping 30% affinity boost!

Best Armor

Affinity with Latent Power Boost

This armor combination pushes Critical Eye to its maximum level (7), while further boosting your overall affinity by 20% with Lv. 2 Latent Power whenever it is active. Pair this set with Hidden Saber I to reach a total of 90% Affinity when Latent Power is active!

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
314 Critical Eye Lv. 7
Latent Power Lv. 2

Critical Combination

This particular armor combination revolves around the Long Sword's special sheathe attacks. Critical Draw's 40% affinity boost at lv3 applies to these particular attacks, making it the a great source of extra affinity.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Barioth Helm 20
Torso Torso Goss Harag Mail 30
Arms Arms Goss Harag Braces 30
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
124 Critical Eye Lv. 4
Critical Draw Lv. 3
Punishing Draw Lv. 1

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

Best Long Swords

Name Req. Materials
Iron Gospel Dragonite Ore x4
Ore Material x10 pts
Wind Thief Scimitar II Great Izuchi Pelt x3
Bishaten Feather x2
Sturdy Bone x3
Izuchi Material x6 pts
Drowning Shaft II Somnacanth Scale x4
Spongy Hide x3
Royal Ludroth Claw x4
Ludroth Material x8 pts

Iron Gospel is a Cheap and Stable All-Rounder

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Iron Gospel Stats
Iron Gospel
 Iron Gospel Long Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 120 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Iron Gospel Long Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Defense Boost II

The Ore Tree's Iron Gospel boasts solid stats across the board. Paired with its relatively cheap material cost, this particular Long Sword is considered to be a efficient all-purpose weapon in the early stages of the game.

Wind Thief Scimitar II For More Affinity

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Wind Thief Scimitar II Stats
Wind Thief Scimitar II
 Wind Thief Scimitar II Long Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 100 15 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Wind Thief Scimitar II Long Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost II
Small Monster Exploit
Buddy Rally

Great Izuchi's Wind Thief Scimitar II's base attack may fall short compared to Iron Gospel's, but its 10% affinity rating makes it a worthy alternative if you prefer to max out on affinity early on!

Drowning Shaft II Against Magnamalo

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Drowning Shaft II Stats
Drowning Shaft II
 Drowning Shaft II Long Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 100 0 Water 23
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Drowning Shaft II Long Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Water Boost I
Waterblight Exploit

Royal Ludroth's Drowning Shaft II offers great stats across the board with the added benefit of having Water Element, making it an great choice against Magnamalo in particular.

Best Armor

Affinity Starter

This armor combination focuses on maximizing the Long Sword's damage by pumping more affinity into it. These pieces can be obtained early on in the game, making it a great starter set.

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 Alloy Coil 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Water Attack
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves 18
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
50 Critical Eye Lv. 5
Attack Boost Lv. 1
Recovery Speed Lv. 1
Water Attack Lv. 1

Quick Sheath Build

Long Sword users who prefer to play a sheath-heavy playstyle may use this particular armor combination once they reach 4★ village quests. Most of Barrioth's pieces contain the Quick Sheath skill, making it the perfect compliment to Iai slashes and special sheathe attacks.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Barioth Helm 20
Torso Torso Barioth Mail 20
Quick Sheath
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Hunter's Vambraces 4
Quick Sheath
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barioth Coil 20
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Barioth Greaves 20
Quick Sheath
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
84 Quick Sheath Lv. 3
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Critical Draw Lv. 1

Best Skills for Longsword

Best Long Sword Skills
Quick Sheath The new improvement on Quick Sheath makes a level 3 Quick Sheath a vital part of the Longsword's playstyle.
Critical Eye Increases affinity. Always aim for 80-100% affinity.
Critical Boost Amplifies critical strike damage by 5% per level.
Weakness Exploit Increased affinity when striking weakspots. The Longsword's specialty.
Attack Boost More damage.
Speed Sharpening Removes 1 cycle of sharpening animation per level. Highly useful during extended fights.
Flinch Free Prevents ally attacks from tripping you.

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5 Anonymous12 days

On the Post Game Build why talisman with lv2 slot??? hidden saber + rathalos braces + anja coil = 3 lv2 slots for getting quick sheath

4 Han Solo Jr14 days

>>2 You’re probably right, but in the long run deepest night is LS to aim for.

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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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