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

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

Best Weapon

Name Req. Materials
Dark of Night Narga Medulla x1
Tigrex Claw+ x3
Nargacuga+ Material x10 pts

Dark of Night Takes The Top Spot

Dark of Night
 Dark of Night Great Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 35 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Dark of Night Great Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

Dark of Night edges out the competition and earns it spot at the top of the totem pole with its great attack rating and white sharpness.

While there are other great swords with white sharpness and even higher attack ratings, Dark of Night's relative ease to build around makes it one of the most comfortable Great Swords to use at this stage of Monster Hunter Rise.

Best Armor

Critical Great Sword

A 95% affinity build with Weakness Exploit and Latent Power total. Focus Lv. 3 is included for faster charged slashes.

Lastly, overall damage is improved via Critical Boost and Attack Boost.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Anjanath Helm S 60
Focus Lv. 1
Slugger Lv. 1
Torso Torso Anjanath Mail S 60
Focus Lv. 2
Arms Arms Rathalos Braces S 62
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Waist Waist Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S 32
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit
Decorations Attack Boost x 2
Brace Jewel x1
Steadfast Jewel x 3
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
284 Focus Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 4
Critical Boost Lv. 2
Stun Resist Lv. 3
Flinch Free Lv. 1
Slugger Lv. 1
Marathon Runner Lv. 1

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

Best Weapon

Name Req. Materials
Dark of Night Narga Medulla x1
Tigrex Claw+ x3
Nargacuga+ Material x10 pts
Abominable Great Sword Goss Harag Fur+ x2
Goss Harag Brace+ x2
Block of Ice+ x1
Goss Harag Bile x1

Dark of Night Easily Takes You All The Way

Dark of Night
 Dark of Night Great Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 35 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Dark of Night Great Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

A white sharpness Greatsword with 180 Base damage and 35% affinity. A great weapon that can dish out massive raw damage and is usable against any enemies you encounter!

Abominable Great Sword is a Decent Alternative

Abominable Great Sword
 Abominable Great Sword Great Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 230 -15 Ice 20
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Abominable Great Sword Great Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost I
Ice Boost III
Brutal Strike

A Great Sword with a higher base damage than Dark of Night. It has a negative 15 affinity to compensate so you'll have to slot in some critical eye skills to offset the negative affinity.

Best Armor

Sheathing Great Sword

Critical Draw and Weakness Exploit increases your affinity to 105% when paired with Dark of Night. Together with Power Sheath, you'll be able to rack up tons of damage for short bursts of time.

Punishing Draw Lv. 1 is included to add stun damage to your sheathed attacks. Lastly, Critical Boost further amplifies overall damage by increasing damage from critical strikes.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Barioth Helm S 58
Torso Torso Anjanath Mail S 60
Focus Lv. 2
Arms Arms Goss Harag Braces S 64
Waist Waist Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S 32
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
284 Critical Draw Lv. 3
Critical Boost Lv. 2
Focus Lv. 2
Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
Punishing Draw Lv. 1
Marathon Runner Lv. 1
Latent Power Lv. 1

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

Best Weapon

Name Req. Materials
Kamura Cleaver V Carbalite Ore x8
Guild Ticket x3
Lightcrystal x2
Baggi Scale+ x3
Colossal Axeblade Carbalite Ore x3
Gracium x2
Herbivore+ Material x20 pts

Kamura Cleaver V is a Great High Rank Starter!

Kamura Cleaver V
 Kamura Cleaver V Great Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
4 150 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Kamura Cleaver V Great Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost III
Defense Boost II
Master Rider

Easy to craft weapon with a decent 150 damage and a blue sharpness. Enough to carry you through the Village Hub's 4 star quests.

Alternative

Colossal Axeblade
 Colossal Axeblade Great Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
4 180 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①①①
 Colossal Axeblade Great Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Defense Boost III
Dulling Strike
Defense Grinder I

An easy to craft Great Sword at the beginning of High Rank. Gracium and Carbalite ore can easily be obtained from mining deposits via Expedition in any High Rank maps and Gracium can be obtained from white mining points in the Frost Islands. For Axeblade II, it can be crafted by getting Monster Bone + from 4★ Large monsters like the Great Izuchi.

Best Armour

High Rank Starter

This build has vital skills such as Focus, Critical Eye, and Weakness Exploit which improve the Great Sword's overall performance in High Rank Hunts.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Khezu Helm S 38
Focus Lv. 1
Recovery Up 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 Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S 32
Legs Legs Bone Greaves S 32
Focus Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
168 Critical Eye 4
Focus 2
Weakness Exploit 2
Recovery Speed 1
Recovery Up 1
Muck Resistance 2
Heroics 1

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

Best Great Swords

Name Req. Materials
Gossblade I Goss Harag Brace x3
Goss Harag Fur x2
Block of Ice x1
Massive Bone x4
Buster Blade Monster Bone+ x2
Dragonite Ore x3

Gossblade I is a Base Attack Monster!

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Gossblade I Stats
Gossblade I
 Gossblade I Great Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 170 -15 Ice 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Gossblade I Great Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost I
Ice Boost I
Brutal Strike

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.

Buster Blade is an Excellent All-Rounded Great Sword

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Buster Blade Stats
Buster Blade
 Buster Blade Great Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 140 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Buster Blade Great Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Defense Boost II
Silkbind Boost

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

Critical Draw + Critical Eye Combination

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 in the process!

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

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 Great Swords

Name Req. Materials
Buster Sword I Machalite Ore x3
Carapace Sword II Dragonite Ore x2
Barroth Scalp x2

Buster Sword I Provides Stable Crit Damage

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

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.

Carapace Sword II Provides High Attack Power

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Carapace Sword II Stats
Carapace Sword II
 Carapace Sword II Great Sword Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 130 -20 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Carapace Sword II Great Sword Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost I
Defense Boost II
Brutal Strike

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

Damage Is High Priority

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!

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 Barioth Vambraces 20
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barioth Coil 20
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves 18
Attack Boost Lv. 1
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
78 Critical Eye Lv. 6
Attack Boost Lv. 1
Recovery Speed Lv. 1

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. With this build, Critical Eye isn't needed due to Dark of Night's high affinity but in general, Critical Eye is a great skill for the Great Sword.
Attack Boost
★★
More damage.
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.
Earplugs
Prevents Large Monster roars from interrupting your charge attacks.
Flinch Free
Amplifies your damage greatly when playing multiplayer. It prevents other weapons from interrupting you and 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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1 Anonymous10 days

No matter what GS always chooses WEX first then attack. Critical eye is far too rough to socket in and you get way more benefits from attack up. Goss Harogs GS is also what two points of damage behind Narga after damage calculations and that’s without including its ice damage. Tigrex GS after maths is the strongest but requires a lot of sharpening.

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