Long Sword Builds and Best Equipment | Monster Hunter Rise | MHR (MH Rise)

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This is a guide to the best builds and equipment for Long Swords in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn about the best Long Swords for Update 3.0, and the best Skills and Armor pieces to use with the Long Swords for Low Rank, High Rank, and Endgame.

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Endgame Build (Update 3.0): HR 100+

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Phantom MiragePhantom Mirage
Phantom Mirage Long Sword Sharpness
②①① 220 10
Affinity Element/Status
15%
Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser CrownKaiser Crown ①ーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Sinister Gauntlets SSinister Gauntlets S ②ーー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Ingot Greaves SIngot Greaves S ①ーー
Talisman Skill Quick Sheath Lv. 3
with one additional ② slot.
Decorations
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 5 | Attack Boost Lv. 4
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Handicraft Lv. 3 | Quick Sheath Lv. 3
Stun Resistance Lv. 3 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Hellfire Cloak Lv. 1
Build Merits Our previous build still holds strong in Update 3.0 and receives an update with the Chameleos Tree's final weapon, Phantom Mirage!

High Rank Build (Update 2.0): HR 40 to 99

Master's Touch
Raw Damage
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Deepest NightDeepest Night
Deepest Night Long Sword Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser CrownKaiser Crown ①ーー
Barioth Mail SBarioth Mail S ②①①
Barioth Vambraces SBarioth Vambraces S ②ーー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Ingot Greaves SIngot Greaves S ①ーー
Talisman Skill Quick Sheath Lv. 1
with two additional ② slots.
Decorations
Skills
Critical Eye Lv.7 | Attack Boost Lv. 4
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Master's Touch Lv. 3
Stun Resistance Lv. 3 | Quick Sheath Lv. 3
Stun Resistance Lv. 3 | Maximum Might Lv. 2
Build Merits High affinity on both weak and non-weakpoints. Master's Touch allows this build to preserve Blackest Night's small white sharpness longer through consistant critical hits, increasing raw damage output and decreasing downtime from sharpening.
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Mirage Finsword IMirage Finsword I
Mirage Finsword I Long Sword Sharpness
②①① 210 10
Affinity Element/Status
15%
-
Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser CrownKaiser Crown ①ーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Sinister Gauntlets SSinister Gauntlets S ②ーー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Ingot Greaves SIngot Greaves S ①ーー
Talisman Skill Quick Sheath Lv. 3
with one additional ② slot.
Decorations
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 5 | Attack Boost Lv. 4
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Handicraft Lv. 3 | Quick Sheath Lv. 3
Stun Resistance Lv. 3 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Hellfire Cloak Lv. 1
Build Merits The Mirage Finsword I's sharpness is improved with the use of Handicraft while acheiving 90% affinity with Critical Eye and Weakness Exploit. Quick Sheath is included as a Long Sword core skill and Stun Resistance can be swapped with elemental resistances if necessary.

High Rank Build (Update 2.0): HR 8 to 40

High Affinity Raw
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Deepest NightDeepest Night
Deepest Night Long Sword Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Armor Slots Skills
Zinogre Helm SZinogre Helm S ①ーー
Remobra Suit SRemobra Suit S ①①ー
Rathalos Braces SRathalos Braces S ②ーー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2.
Decorations
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 4 | Critical Boost Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Speed Sharpening Lv. 3
Quick Sheath Lv. 3 | Stun Resistance Lv. 3
Latent Power Lv. 2 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Build Merits 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.

High Rank Build: HR 6 and 7

Barioth Quick Sheath
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Deepest NightDeepest Night
Deepest Night Long Sword Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Armor Slots Skills
Barioth Helm SBarioth Helm S ①ーー
Barioth Mail SBarioth Mail S ②①①
Barioth Vambraces SBarioth Vambraces S ②ーー
Barioth Coil S Barioth Coil S ①ーー
Barioth Greaves SBarioth Greaves S ③①ー
Quick Sheath Lv. 1
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 3 | Quick Sheath Lv. 3
Critical Draw Lv. 3 | Maximum Might Lv. 2
Recommended Talisman Skills
Critical Eye Punishing Draw
Build Merits The Full Barioth Set is arguably tailor-made for the Long Sword particularly for Iai slash playstyle.

High Rank Build: HR 4 and 5

High Rank Starter
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Julienne BladeJulienne Blade
Julienne Blade Long Sword Sharpness
①ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Armor Slots Skills
Aknosom Helm SAknosom Helm S ②ーー
Aknosom Mail SAknosom Mail S ①ーー
Lagombi Vambraces SLagombi Vambraces S ②①ー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Ice Attack Lv. 1
Aknosom Coil S Aknosom Coil S ③①ー
Quick Sheath Lv. 1
Ingot Greaves SIngot Greaves S ①ーー
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4 | Quick Sheath Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Peak Performance Lv. 2
Fire Attack Lv. 1 | Ice Attack Lv. 1
Build Merits 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.

Low Rank Build: Village Quest

★4 to ★6

Affinity and Latent Power

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Hidden Saber IHidden Saber I
Hidden Saber I Long Sword Sharpness
ーーー 120 -
Affinity Element/Status
30%
-

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!

Alternative Long Sword: Sinister Long Sword I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Sinister Long Sword ISinister Long Sword I
Sinister Long Sword I Long Sword Sharpness
ーーー 130 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
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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!

Armor Slots Skills
Zinogre HelmZinogre Helm ーーー
Zinogre MailZinogre Mail ーーー
Barioth VambracesBarioth Vambraces ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Barioth Coil Barioth Coil ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Aelucanth Crura / Rhopessa CruraAelucanth Crura / Rhopessa Crura ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7 | Latent Power Lv. 2

This build 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 build with Hidden Saber I to reach a total of 90% Affinity when Latent Power is active!

★1 to ★4

Affinity Build

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Iron GospelIron Gospel
Iron Gospel Long Sword Sharpness
ーーー 120 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-

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.

Alternative Long Sword: Wind Thief Scimitar II

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Wind Thief Scimitar IIWind Thief Scimitar II
Wind Thief Scimitar II Long Sword Sharpness
ーーー 100 -
Affinity Element/Status
15%
-

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!

Armor Slots Skills
Izuchi HelmIzuchi Helm ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Izuchi MailIzuchi Mail ーーー
Alloy VambracesAlloy Vambraces ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Alloy Coil Alloy Coil ーーー
Ingot GreavesIngot Greaves ーーー
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 5 | Attack Boost Lv. 1
Recovery Speed Lv. 1 | Water Attack

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.

Best Skills for Long Sword

Best Long Sword Skills
Quick Sheath
★★★
Quick Sheath's value within endgame builds has increased a lot due to the general improvements of sheathed attacks.
Critical Eye
★★★
Increases affinity. It's always optimal for endgame builds to aim for 80-100% affinity.
Critical Boost
★★★
Amplifies critical strike damage by 30%/35%/40%.
Weakness Exploit
★★★
Increased affinity when striking weak spots — Hitting weak spots happens to be the Long Sword's specialty.
Master's Touch
★★★
Master's Touch aids in maintaing weapon sharpness and synergizes well with Long Sword builds due to their tendency to have high affinity ratings.
Attack Boost
★★★
Boosting base attack is one of the most efficient ways to increase overall 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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