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

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Endgame Build (Update 3.0): HR 100+

Dragonheart Critical Build NEW

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Dark of NightDark of Night
Dark of Night Great Sword Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
35%
-

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 Critical Eye Lv. 3
Decorations
Skills
Dragonheart Lv.5 | Weakness Exploit Lv.3
Resuscitate Lv.3 | Critical Eye Lv.3
Focus Lv.3 | Stun Resistance Lv.3
Critical Boost Lv.3 | Resentment Lv. 3

Crimson Glow Valstrax Full Armor brings the Dark of Night Great Sword to even high heights with built in Weakness Exploit and the huge Raw damage boost from Dragonheart activation. With 3 Levels of Critical Eye, we can achieve 100% Affinity on weak points!

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

2.0 Raw Damage + Critical Build

Best Great Sword: Tigrex Great Sword

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Tigrex Great SwordTigrex Great Sword
Tigrex Great Sword Great Sword Sharpness
①ーー 210 -
Affinity Element/Status
-15%
-

Tigrex Great Sword boasts 210 attack and white sharpness. Its -15% affinity rating can be easily offset with three levels of Critical Eye, making it the best Great Sword of Update 2.0 in terms of raw damage.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser CrownKaiser Crown ①ーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Lagombi Vambraces SLagombi Vambraces S ②①ー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Ice Attack Lv. 1
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Ingot Greaves SIngot Greaves S ①ーー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
Decorations
Defense 262
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 7 | Attack Boost Lv. 5
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Stun Resistance Lv. 3 | Speed Sharpening Lv. 3
Ice Attack Lv. 1 | Flinch Free Lv. 1

A straightforward build that maximizes the Tigrex Great Sword's damage through pumping attack and affinity. This build reaches 81% affinity on weak spots with the aid of Tigrex Great Sword's Affinity Boost II ramp up skill.

100% Affinity Focus Build

Best Great Sword: Dark of Night

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Dark of NightDark of Night
Dark of Night Great Sword Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
35%
-

While its attack is easily outclassed by other Great Swords at the top, Dark of Night's 35% affinity rating and white sharpness make it a viable weapon for Monster Hunter Rise's current endgame.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser CrownKaiser Crown ①ーー
Anjanath Mail SAnjanath Mail S ①①ー
Focus Lv. 2
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
two additional ② slots recommended but not required
Decorations
MH Rise - Tenderizer Jewel 2Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
MH Rise - Charger Jewel 2Charger Jewel 2 x1
MH Rise - Attack Jewel 2Attack Jewel 2 x1 (Fit more if you have ② slots on talisman)
MH Rise - Steadfast Jewel 1Steadfast Jewel 1 x3
MH Rise - Grinder Jewel 1Grinder Jewel 1 x3
MH Rise - Brace Jewel 1Brace Jewel 1 x1
Defense 326
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 5-7 | Critical Eye Lv. 3
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Focus Lv. 3 | Stun Resistance Lv. 3
Speed Sharpening Lv. 3 | Latent Power Lv. 1
Marathon Runner Lv. 1 | Flinch Free Lv. 1

Using Dark of Night's high affinity rating as a base, this build reaches 100% affinity on weak spots via Critical Eye and Weakness Exploit Lv. 3. Focus is included to improve charge times, allowing you to sneak a few charged slashes in more frequently during hunts.

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

Critical Climber

Best Great Sword: Dark of Night

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Dark of NightDark of Night
Dark of Night Great Sword Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
35%
-

Dark of Night's high affinity rating and white sharpness makes it incredibly easy to build around. With these in mind, this particular Great Sword is a good choice to for the climb towards Monster Hunter Rise's current endgame.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Anjanath Helm SAnjanath Helm S ②ーー
Focus Lv. 1
Slugger Lv. 1
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Rathalos Braces SRathalos Braces S ②ーー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Golden Obi Golden Obi ①ーー
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot
Decorations
Defense 314
Skills
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Critical Eye Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Focus Lv. 3
Speed Sharpening Lv. 3 | Attack Boost Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 1 | Maximum Might Lv. 1
Slugger Lv. 1 | Heroics Lv. 1
Flinch Free Lv. 1

This build reaches 100% on weak spots through Critical Eye and Weakness Exploit. Critical Boost is added to increase damage while Focus reduces the charge times of all of the Great Sword's charged slashes.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 6 and 7

Sheathing Great Sword

Best Great Sword: Dark of Night

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Dark of NightDark of Night
Dark of Night Great Sword Sharpness
②ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
35%
-

Dark of Night is the perfect weapon to reach the end of 7★ Quests due to its high affinity and white sharpness.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Barioth Helm SBarioth Helm S ①ーー
Anjanath Mail SAnjanath Mail S ①①ー
Focus Lv. 2
Goss Harag Braces SGoss Harag Braces S ②ーー
Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S ーーー
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Defense 284
Skills
Critical Draw Lv. 3 | Critical Boost Lv. 2
Weakness Exploit Lv. 2 | Focus Lv. 2
Punishing Draw Lv. 1 | Marathon Runner Lv. 1
Latent Power Lv. 1

Adopting a mobile playstyle, this build is primarily focused on maximizing the Great Sword's charged slash from its sheathed position. Affinity is raised to 105% on weak spots with the aid of Critical Draw and Weakness Exploit while Punishing Draw adds KO damage to your sheathed slash.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 4 and 5

High Rank Starter

Best Great Sword: Kamura Cleaver V

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Kamura Cleaver VKamura Cleaver V
Kamura Cleaver V Great Sword Sharpness
②ーー 150 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-

An easy to craft weapon with a decent 150 damage and a blue sharpness. This Great Sword is enough to carry you at the early stages of your High Rank adventures!

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Khezu Helm SKhezu Helm S ①ーー
Focus Lv. 1
Recovery Up Lv. 1
Izuchi Mail SIzuchi Mail S ①ーー
Kamura Braces SKamura Braces S ②ーー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Heroics Lv. 1
Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S ーーー
Bone Greaves SBone Greaves S ②①ー
Focus Lv. 1
Defense 168
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
Focus Lv. 2 | Muck Resistance Lv. 2
Recovery Speed Lv. 1 | Recovery Up Lv. 1
Heroics Lv. 1

This build has vital skills such as Focus, Critical Eye, and Weakness Exploit — Skills that improve the Great Sword's general performance at the early stages of High Rank.

Low Rank Build: Village Quest ★4 to ★6

Critical Draw + Critical Eye Combination

Best Great Sword: Gossblade I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Gossblade IGossblade I
Gossblade I Great Sword Sharpness
ーーー 170 -
Affinity Element/Status
-15%
Ice Image 15

Gossblade I has a base attack rating of 170, one of the highest at this stage of the game. Its -15% affinity rating can be easily negated by three levels of Critical Eye as well to maximize the Gossblade's damage.

Alternative Great Sword: Buster Blade

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Buster BladeBuster Blade
Buster Blade Great Sword Sharpness
ーーー 140 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-

Buster Blade a Great Sword with great stats across the board. It is also the next upgrade from the Buster Sword I, further solidifying the reliabilty of the Great Sword's Ore Tree.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Barioth HelmBarioth Helm ーーー
Goss Harag MailGoss Harag Mail ーーー
Goss Harag BracesGoss Harag Braces ーーー
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
Defense 168
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4 | Critical Draw Lv. 3
Punishing Draw Lv. 1

The armor combination we listed below re-introduces an old Great Sword playstyle with the help of the Critical Draw skill. This allows you to maximize your Great Sword's draw attacks by increasing the affinity of those particular attacks, improving overall mobility as well in the process!

Combined with Critical Eye, this offense-oriented set ensures that you dish out optimal damage across the board.

Low Rank Build: Village Quest ★1 to ★4

Damage-Oriented Starter

Best Great Sword: Buster Sword I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Buster Sword IBuster Sword I
Buster Sword I Great Sword Sharpness
ーーー 110 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-

The Buster Sword I, along with the other Great Swords within the Ore Tree, provide great base attack damage, have neutral affinity ratings (0%) across the board, and are relatively cheap to craft compared to its peers.

These factors make these particular Great Swords one of the best and most reliable weapons at this stage of the game.

Alternative Great Sword: Carapace Sword II

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Carapace Sword IICarapace Sword II
Carapace Sword II Great Sword Sharpness
ーーー 130 -
Affinity Element/Status
-20%
-

Barroth's Carapace Sword II provides amazing attack damage (130) in the early stages of the game at the cost of its -20% affinity rating.

The negative affinity rating may seem off-putting at first, but this disadvantage can be easily negated when combined with our recommended armor combination for the early game.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Izuchi HelmIzuchi Helm ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Izuchi MailIzuchi 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
Ingot GreavesIngot Greaves ーーー
Defense 78
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 6 | Attack Boost Lv. 1
Recovery Speed Lv. 1

The Great Sword's strength lies in its ability to dish out insane amounts of damage with its slow, but strong attacks. In light of this, we want to make the most out of each swing of this behemoth of a weapon type!

The armor combination we recommend below prioritizes the Critical Eye skill to amplify the Great Sword's high base attack, providing its wearer the most bang for every buck.

You can start with the full Izuchi Set for starters since most of its pieces provide Critical Eye. Defense is not an issue in 1★ to 4★ quests so prioritize pumping out as much damage as possible!

Best Skills for Great Sword

Best Skills
Focus
★★★
Speeds up the Great Sword's charge attacks and is a must-have skill for any Great Sword player.
Weakness Exploit
★★★
Increases affinity when hitting weak spots. Something that a Great Sword user should always do.
Critical Boost
★★★
Further amplifies the Great Sword's high damage output.
Critical Eye
★★★
Always aim for 80-100% affinity to amplify the Great Sword's base damage efficiently!
Attack Boost
★★
Increasing base attack is always good for Great Swords!
Punishing Draw
★★
Adds a stun effect and bonus damage to your draw attacks
Critical Draw
★★
Adds affinity to your attacks for a short while after unsheathing your weapon.
Flinch Free
This skill makes it easier to perform attacks in multiplayer because It prevents other weapons from interrupting your charge attacks.
Speed Sharpening
Reduces a cycle for sharpening with each level. Useful for getting your sharpness level up mid-fight.

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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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