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

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

Best Lances

Name Req. Materials
Night Rains Black Narga Medulla x1
Rakna-Kadaki Spike x3
Nargacuga+ Material x15 pts

Night Rains Black Reigns Supreme

Night Rains Black
 Night Rains Black Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 35 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Night Rains Black Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

Night Rain Black's great attack rating, sharpness bar, and affinity rating make it a solid choice for any hunt. These factors make it the best all-purpose Lance in the game right now!

Best Armor

Stable Non-Elemental Build

Defense and mobility are greatly improved through maxed Guard and Evade Extender while DPS is enhanced via Offensive Guard and Critical Eye. Lv. 1 Mind’s Eye is included to prevent regular thrusts from bouncing off hard monster parts.

Set leaves you with 2 free lv. 1 jewel slots after equipping all listed decorations.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Jyuratodus Helm 48
Torso Torso Diablos Mail S 64
Guard
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Basarios Vambraces S 52
Guard
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Nargacuga Coil S 60
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Diablos Greaves S 64
Guard
Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Critical Eye Lv. 1 or higher
Decorations Mind's Eye Jewel 2 x1
Brace Jewel 1 x1
Expert Jewel 2 x3
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
288 Guard Lv. 5
Critical Eye Lv. 4
Offensive Guard Lv. 3
Evade Extender Lv. 3
Mind's Eye Lv. 1
Speed Sharpening Lv. 1
Flinch Free Lv. 1

Shield Slugger Lance Build

The Shield Slugger build focuses on using the Slugger skill to maximize the blunt damage that the lance can use from the Guard Dashes and the Shield Charge Switch skill.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Barroth Helm S 50
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Diablos Mail S 64
Guard
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Anjanath Vambraces S 60
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Slugger
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Anjanath Coil S 60
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Diablos Greaves S 64
Guard
Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Constitution Lv. 1 or higher (preferrably Lv. 2)
Decorations Attack Jewel 2 x2
KO Jewel 2 x1
Grinder Jewel 1 x3
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
298 Attack Boost Lv. 7
Guard Lv. 3
Slugger Lv. 3
Offensive Guard Lv. 3
Speed Sharpening Lv. 3
Defense Lv. 1
Constitution Lv. 1

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

Best Lances

Name Req. Materials
Night Rains Black Narga Medulla x1
Rakna-Kadaki Spike x3
Nargacuga+ Material x15 pts
Sinister Shadespear Magnamalo Shell+ x5
Magnamalo Scute+ x3
Magna Soulprism x1
Purple Magna Orb x1

Best Lance Stats (Endgame)

Night Rains Black for Affinity Lovers

Night Rains Black
 Night Rains Black Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 35 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Night Rains Black Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider

Nargacuga's Night Rains Black boasts great stats across the board, most notable are its high 35% affinity rating and white sharpness bar. It is also relatively easier to craft than the other Lance on this list.

Sinister Shadespear Offers Solid Stats and Blast Element

Sinister Shadespear
 Sinister Shadespear Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 200 0 Blast 19
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Sinister Shadespear Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Blast Boost II
Magnamalo Soul

Those fortunate enough to get Magnamalo's Purple Magna Orb can consider getting the Sinister Shadespear. This particular spear competes with Night Rain's Black in terms of damage with the added benefit of Blast Element.

These factors make it a great all-purpose weapon that can take you all the way to the end of 7★ Hub Quests.

Best Elemental Lances

Looking for the best elemental lances on the late stages of High Rank? Look no further than our list below.

Best Elemental Lances (Endgame)

Fire Element

Dawnbreaker Lance
 Dawnbreaker Lance Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 210 0 Fire 24
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Dawnbreaker Lance Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Fire Boost III
Fireblight Exploit

Water Element

Kimi Ga Kiru
 Kimi Ga Kiru Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 180 15 Water 28
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①ーー
 Kimi Ga Kiru Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Water Boost II

Thunder Element

Gigadrill Lance
 Gigadrill Lance Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 210 10 Thunder 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①①
 Gigadrill Lance Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost IV
Defense Boost III
Element Exploit

Ice Element

Tusk Lance II
 Tusk Lance II Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 160 35 Ice 24
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①ー
 Tusk Lance II Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost IV
Affinity Boost II
Iceblight Exploit

Dragon Element

Azure Elder Spear II
 Azure Elder Spear II Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 190 0 Dragon 9
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Azure Elder Spear II Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Dragon Boost III
Anti-Aerial Species
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Best Armor

Best Talisman Skills

Recommended Talisman Skills
Evade Extender Razor Sharp Weakness Exploit

Defense Into Offense

A set that embraces the sharpness loss of extended fights by utilizing Mind's Eye and Bludgeoner. Offensive Guard greatly amplifies your damage output when used. Ignore your plumetting sharpness level and keep on striking!

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Jyuratodus Helm 48
Torso Torso Diablos Mail S 64
Guard
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Tigrex Braces S 64
Bludgeoner
Lv. 2
Mind's Eye
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Tobi-Kadachi Coil S 58
Mind's Eye
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Diablos Greaves S 64
Guard
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
298 Mind's Eye Lv. 3
Guard Lv. 3
Offensive Guard Lv. 3
Bludgeoner Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 1

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

Best Lances

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Spear II Magnamalo Plate x1
Magna Ghostprism x3
Commendation x1
Magnamalo Material x10 pts
Rampart Fucium Ore x4
Wyvern Gem x1
Novacrystal x1

Best Lance Stats (Late Game)

Sinister Spear II is a Good High Rank Starter

Sinister Spear II
 Sinister Spear II Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 140 0 Blast 13
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Sinister Spear II Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Blast Boost I
Magnamalo Soul

Sinister Spear II boasts solid damage and sharpness at the start of High Rank, making it the best starter Lance at this stage of the game.

Rampart Makes Hunts Look Easy!

Rampart
 Rampart Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 190 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①ーー
 Rampart Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Defense Boost III
Silkbind Boost

Rampart boasts incredibly good stats across the board for relatively cheap materials! This particular Lance can take you all the way to the Endgame!

Best Elemental Lances (Late Game 4★ to 5★)

These are the lances that takes the top spot for the early stages of the Hub Quest's High rank.

Best Elemental Lances (Late Game)

Fire Element

Aknosom Lance III
 Aknosom Lance III Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
4 150 0 Fire 19
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Aknosom Lance III Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Fire Boost II
Fireblight Exploit

Water Element

Spiral Splash
 Spiral Splash Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 160 0 Water 31
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①①
 Spiral Splash Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Water Boost II
Waterblight Exploit

Thunder Element

Drill Lance II
 Drill Lance II Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 170 10 Thunder 11
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②①①
 Drill Lance II Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost III
Defense Boost II
Element Exploit

Ice Element

Razortooth Spear
 Razortooth Spear Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
4 150 0 Ice 29
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Razortooth Spear Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Defense Boost III
Master Rider
Small Monster Exploit

Best Armor

Starter Armor

A simple build that prioritizes affinity. Guard lv1 is also added to help with blocking attacks at the early stages of High Rank.

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 Chainmail Belt S 32
Botanist
Lv. 1
Guard
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Kulu-Ya-Ku Greaves S 38
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
172 Critical Eye Lv. 7
Guard Lv. 1
Recovery Speed Lv. 1
Stun Resistance Lv. 1
Botanist Lv.1
・Heroics Lv.1

Balanced Lancing

A comfort build that utilizes max Weakness Exploit to fully use the Lance's ability to poke enemy weakspots. Evade Extender and Speed Sharpening are also equipped for easy repositioning and sharpness restoration if you need to make a quick hop out of the fight.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Jyuratodus Helm 48
Torso Torso Remobra Suit S 52
Arms Arms Basarios Vambraces S 52
Guard
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S 32
Legs Legs Remobra Feet S 52
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
236 Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Guard Lv. 2
Critical Boost Lv. 1
Offensive Guard Lv. 1
Evade Extender Lv. 1
Speed Sharpening Lv. 1

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

Best Lances

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Spear I Magnamalo Scute x4
Magnamalo Shell x5
Magnamalo Horn x2
Magnamalo Tail x1
Paladin Lance I Monster Fluid x3
Magna Ghostprism x1
Ore Material x20 pts
Hidden Stinger I Monster Bone L x2
Nargacuga Fang x4
Nargacuga Cutwing x3
Nargacuga Tail x1

Paladin Lance I is a Great Mid-Game Starter

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Paladin Lance I Stats
Paladin Lance I
 Paladin Lance I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 140 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Paladin Lance I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Defense Boost II
Silkbind Boost

The Paladin Lance I has great stats across the board for relatively cheap materials. Consider going for this particular Lance if you're looking for a great all-purpose weapon to start with.

Sinister Spear I Has Blast Element!

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Sinister Spear I Stats
Sinister Spear I
 Sinister Spear I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 130 0 Blast 10
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Sinister Spear I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Blast Boost I
Magnamalo Soul

Aside from its obviously good stats, Magnamalo's Sinister Spear I's greatest aspect is its inate Blast Element. This makes it an amazing weapon against most hunts at this stage of the game!

Hidden Stinger I for Affinity Lovers

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Hidden Stinger I Stats
Hidden Stinger I
 Hidden Stinger I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 110 30 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Hidden Stinger I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Master Rider

Those who prefer to take their Affinity as high as possible will love the Hidden Stinger I. This particular Lance boasts amazing sharpness and an insane 30% affinity rating. You can take the affinity even further by activating its Affinity Boost I Rampage Skill.

Best Elemental Lances (Mid-Game)

Best Mid Game Elemental Lances

Fire Eement

Red Tail I
 Red Tail I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 100 0 Fire 29
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Red Tail I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Fire Boost I
Element Exploit

Water Element

Hana Mo Hana Nare I
 Hana Mo Hana Nare I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 10 Water 14
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Hana Mo Hana Nare I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Water Boost I

Thunder Element

Usurper's Coming I
 Usurper
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 0 Thunder 17
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Usurper
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Thunder Boost I
Anti-Aquatic Species

Ice Element

Goss Lance I
 Goss Lance I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 170 -15 Ice 10
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Goss Lance I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost I
Ice Boost I
Brutal Strike

Best Armor

Guarding Lance

This set is catered to those who want to stand their ground in the middle of the fight!

The Guard skill decreases the stamina cost of blocking by 30% and greatly reduces the impact of blocked attacks at level 4. Offensive Guard, on the other hand, increases attack by 10% at level two after executing a perfect guard.

These skills, when paired with the other offensive skills in this set, provide a great blend of offensive and defense which is perfect for the Lance's playstyle.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Diablos Helm 30
Guard
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Diablos Mail 30
Guard
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Diablos Vambraces 30
Waist Waist Anjanath Coil 26
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Diablos Greaves 30
Guard
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
146 Guard Lv. 4
Offensive Guard Lv. 2
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Stamina Surge Lv. 1

Evasive Lance

This set is for those who prefer to play a rather peculiar style of Lance within the Monster Hunter franchise.

The unsheathed hops drastically improve when using at least two levels of Evade Extender. This grants the Lance an unusual level of mobility.

Pairing this with the other offensive skills in this set also provides a good balance of offense and defense — Just not in the way you would think when talking about a shielded weapon!

If you prefer to max out the Evade Extender skill, consider swapping out the Zinogre Helm with Wroggi Helm instead.

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 Nargacuga Braces 26
Waist Waist Nargacuga Coil 26
Legs Legs Aelucanth Crura / Rhopessa Crura 24
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
132 Critical Eye Lv. 4
Evade Extender Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 2
Evade Window Lv. 1

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

Best Lances

Name Req. Materials
Millennial Lance Dragonite Ore x5
Firestone x1
Kulu Spear II Monster Bone L x2
Bishaten Fur x2
Kulu-Ya-Ku Plume x2
Kulu-Ya-Ku Material x8 pts

Millennial Lance and The Ore Tree

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Millennial Lance Stats
Millennial Lance
 Millennial Lance Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 120 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Millennial Lance Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Defense Boost II

The Lance's Ore Tree are great Lances to start with in the early game.

The Millenial Lance, in particular, offers great solid stats and decent Rampage Skills to choose from. These factors make it a great all-purpose weapon at this stage of the game.

Kulu Spear II Grants Affinity!

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Kulu Spear II Stats
Kulu Spear II
 Kulu Spear II Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 15 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Kulu Spear II Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider
Spiribird Doubled

Those who prefer to pump as much affinity as possible may consider going for the Kulu Spear II with its inherent 15% affinity rating. You can increase this further by activating the Affinity Boost II Rampage Skill.

Best Elemental Lances (Early Game)

This is the list of the best starter elemental lances to use for the early game.

Best Early Game Elemental Lances

Fire Element

Aknosom Lance I
 Aknosom Lance I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 100 0 Fire 11
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Aknosom Lance I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Fire Boost I
Fireblight Exploit

Water Element

Spiral Lance I
 Spiral Lance I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 90 0 Water 16
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Spiral Lance I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Water Boost I
Waterblight Exploit

Thunder Element

Kadachi Lance I
 Kadachi Lance I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 100 10 Thunder 13
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Kadachi Lance I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Affinity Boost I
Thunderblight Exploit

Ice Element

Tusk Lance I
 Tusk Lance I Lance Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 80 30 Ice 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Tusk Lance I Lance Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost II
Iceblight Exploit

Best Armor

Critical Eye + Guard Combo

This armor combination provides a balance between offense and defense.

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

Best Skills for Lance

Best Lance Skills
Guard
★★★
Improves the Lance's guarding capability. Getting at least 3 ranks to this skill is recommended.
Offensive Guard
★★★
Grants percentage attack boost when successfully using a perfectly timed guard against an enemy attack.
Attack Boost
★★
More damage.
Weakness Exploit
★★
Increased affinity when hitting an enemy weakspot. An easy task for Lance users!
Critical Boost
★★
Amplified critical strike damage. Works well with Weakness Exploit and the Lance's ability to hit weakspots with ease.
Razor Sharp
★★
Reduces sharpness reduction rate. A vital skill for the lance that needs to always be in the center of fights.
Guard Up
★★
For enemies that use otherwise, unblockable moves.
Slugger
Works well with the Lance's new shield moves that deals blunt damage.

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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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