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

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Endgame Build (Update 3.0): HR 40+

Master's Touch Narga Build NEW

Best Insect Glaive: Evening Calm

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Evening CalmEvening Calm
Evening Calm Insect Glaive Sharpness
②ーー 190 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Kinsect Level 7

Evening Calm still dominates over other Insect Glaives in Update 3.0 with its amazing stats across the board.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser CrownKaiser Crown ①ーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Rathalos Braces SRathalos Braces S ②ーー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
HunterHunter's Greaves S ②ーー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2 with a ② slot
Decorations
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Speed Sharpening Lv.3
Master's Touch Lv. 3 | Stun Resistance Lv. 2
Critical Eye Lv. 3

This build maximizes the Insect Glaive's offensive abilities both in midair and on the ground. Max Attack Boost drives the Evening Calm's total attack to 236 with the Attack Boost III Rampage Skill equipped. Combined with Weakness Exploit and Crit Boost allows for heavy damage against any target.

If You Don't Have a Talisman with Lv. 2 Weakness Exploit

If you only have a Weakness Exploit lv.1 Talisman, you might want to replace one Attack Jewel and one Critical Jewel to make way Weakness Exploit lv. 3. Then put Powertalon and Powercharm in your Item Pouch to make up for the lost attack points.

This should give you a 15 point boost to your attack. Although this would not provide the +10 attack bonus available by having a Lv. 7 Attack Boost.

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

100% Affinity Build

Weakness Exploit 100% Affinity Build

Best Insect Glaive: Evening Calm

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Evening CalmEvening Calm
Evening Calm Insect Glaive Sharpness
②ーー 190 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Kinsect Level 7
Name Req. Materials
Evening Calm

Evening Calm still rules over the new Insect Glaives of Update 2.0. This amazing Insect Glaive can easily take you to the current endgame with ease!

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Zinogre Helm SZinogre Helm S ①ーー
Remobra Suit SRemobra Suit S ①①ー
Dober VambracesDober Vambraces ②①①
Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S ーーー
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Talisman Skill Attack Boost
Decorations
Defense 268
Skills
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Critical Boost Lv. 3
Stun Resist Lv. 3 | Speed Sharpening Lv. 3
Power Prolonger Lv. 3 | Latent Power Lv. 2
Dragon Attack Lv. 1 | Flinch Free Lv. 1

To prepare for the climb from HR 8 to 40, we focus on maxing out our damage output by going for a full affinity build partnered with maxed Critical Boost.

You also retain Power Prolonger from the Dober Vambraces and two Enhancer Jewels so your kinsect buffs still lasts long.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 6 and 7

Crit Eye + Power Prolonger Enhanced Build

Enhanced Critical Eye + Power Prolonger set

Best Insect Glaive: Evening Calm

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Evening CalmEvening Calm
Evening Calm Insect Glaive Sharpness
②ーー 190 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Kinsect Level 7
Name Req. Materials
Evening Calm

Nargacuga's Evening Calm boasts great stats across the board and can take you all the way to 7★ Hub Quests and beyond!

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Kadachi Helm SKadachi Helm S ①①ー
Almudron Mail SAlmudron Mail S ①ーー
Kamura Braces SKamura Braces S ②ーー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Heroics Lv. 1
Ingot Coil S Ingot Coil S ②ーー
Ingot Greaves SIngot Greaves S ①ーー
Defense 232
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 5 | Power Prolonger Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Razor Sharp Lv. 2
Constitution Lv. 1 | Heroics Lv. 1
Jump Master Lv. 1

This build is an enhanced version of the 4★ to 5★ build that utilizes the Critical Eye, Power Prolonger, and Jump Master skills. Razor Sharp has been added in to retain your sharpness level during fights which further increases your damage output (sharpness have a damage multiplier).

If you can slot in an Attack Boost 2 Talisman, the build's damage output will get even higher but is not required.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 4 and 5

Izuchi + Ingot Build

Izuchi + Ingot Set combo

Best Insect Glaive: Princess Regalia II

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Princess Regalia IIPrincess Regalia II
Princess Regalia II Insect Glaive Sharpness
ーーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Poison Image 23
Kinsect Level 5
Name Req. Materials
Princess Regalia II

Princess Regalia offers on-par stats to the Iron Bayonet II with the added benefit of Poison Element. Consider this weapon down the line as you go through 4★ and 5★ Hub Quests.

Alternative Insect Glaive: Iron Bayonet II

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Iron Bayonet IIIron Bayonet II
Iron Bayonet II Insect Glaive Sharpness
①ーー 170 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Kinsect Level 3
Name Req. Materials
Iron Bayonet II
Gracium ImageGracium ×2

Iron Bayonet II's great stats for relatively cheap materials makes it an excellent choice to start High Rank quests with.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Izuchi Helm SIzuchi Helm S ①①ー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Izuchi Mail SIzuchi Mail S ①ーー
Izuchi Braces SIzuchi Braces S ①①ー
Constitution Lv. 2
Ingot Coil S Ingot Coil S ②ーー
Ingot Greaves SIngot Greaves S ①ーー
Defense 188
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 5 | Power Prolonger Lv. 2
Constitution Lv. 2 | Attack Boost Lv. 2
Recovery Speed Lv. 1

This set aims to get the best of both worlds from Critical Eye and Power Prolonger which are both great skills for the Insect Glaive.

Low Rank Build: Village Quest ★4 to ★6

Mid Game Build

Mid Game Critical Eye + Constitution Combo

Best Insect Glaive: Hidden Scythe I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Hidden Scythe IHidden Scythe I
Hidden Scythe I Insect Glaive Sharpness
ーーー 100 -
Affinity Element/Status
40%
-
Kinsect Level 2
Name Req. Materials

Hidden Scythe I is the first step towards attaining the current best Insect Glaive in Monster Hunter Rise. While its attack rating may fall short when compared to the Sinister Staff I, this particular Insect Glaive makes up for it by having 40% affinity!

You can take its affinity rating higher by activating its Affinity Boost I Rampage Skill.

Alternative Insect Glaive: Sinister Staff I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Sinister Staff ISinister Staff I
Sinister Staff I Insect Glaive Sharpness
ーーー 130 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Blast Image 13
Kinsect Level 3
Name Req. Materials
Sinister Staff I

Sinister Staff I offers excellent stats across the board and Blast Element, making it an efficient weapon for any hunt at this stage of the game.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Zinogre HelmZinogre Helm ーーー
Zinogre MailZinogre Mail ーーー
Zinogre BracesZinogre Braces ーーー
Constitution Lv. 1
Barioth Coil Barioth Coil ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Zinogre GreavesZinogre Greaves ーーー
Constitution Lv. 2
Defense 132
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4 | Constitution Lv. 3
Latent Power Lv. 2

Further improving on the early game sets, this particular armor combination tweaks the balance between offense and utility skills for the mid game.

Wearers of this set reach 40% affinity when Latent Power Lv. 2 is active while managing stamina consumption via Constitution. Your affinity reaches 80% with Hidden Scythe I.

Low Rank Build: Village Quest ★1 to ★4

Crit Eye + Constitution Combo

Critical Eye + Constitution Combo

Best Insect Glaive: Princess Regalia I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Princess Regalia IPrincess Regalia I
Princess Regalia I Insect Glaive Sharpness
ーーー 110 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Poison Image 19
Kinsect Level 2
Name Req. Materials
Princess Regalia I

While it is 10 short in the attack department, the Princess Regalia I is still on par with the Steel Blade regarding the other stats and comes with Poison Element. These factors make Princess Regalia I the best Insect Glaive for the earliest stages of Monster Hunter Rise!

Alternative Insect Glaive: Steel Blade

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Steel BladeSteel Blade
Steel Blade Insect Glaive Sharpness
ーーー 120 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Kinsect Level 2
Name Req. Materials
Steel Blade
Ore Material ×8 pts

The Insect Glaive's Ore Tree features weapons with solid stats across the board for relatively cheap materials.

Steel Blade, in particular, earns its spot as an all-purpose weapon in the early game because of its attack rating and sharpness bar.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Izuchi HelmIzuchi Helm ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Tobi-Kadachi MailTobi-Kadachi Mail ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Tobi-Kadachi BracesTobi-Kadachi Braces ーーー
Constitution Lv. 1
Izuchi Coil Izuchi Coil ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Kadachi GreavesKadachi Greaves ーーー
Defense 80
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4 | Constitution Lv. 2

This build improves your Insect Glaive's affinity rating through Critical Eye while offering better stamina management via Constitution — Striking a good balance between offense and utility.

Best Kinsects

Late Game

Name Bonus Stats
Carnage Beetle
(Blunt)
Dual Color (Attack) ・Power: 180
・Speed: 8
・Heal: 10
Monarch Alucanid
(Severing)
Dual Color (Attack) ・Power: 180
・Speed: 8
・Heal: 10
Bullshroud
(Blunt)
Charged Chain Attack ・Power: 144
・Speed: 14
・Heal: 12
Gracanthar
(Severing)
Charged Chain Attack ・Power: 144
・Speed: 14
・Heal: 12

Early Game

Name Bonus Stats
Windchopper
(Severing)
Triple Up Time ・Power: 72
・Speed: 8
・Heal: 10
Gullshad
(Blunt)
Triple Up Time ・Power: 72
・Speed: 8
・Heal: 10

Best Insect Glaive Skills

Best Insect Glaive Skills
Power Prolonger
★★★
Extends the duration of Kinsects which improves your overall DPS.
Critical Eye
★★★
Improves damage. Try to always have at leasy 80-100% affinity.
Weakness Exploit
★★★
With the Insect Glaive's aerial mobility, it becomes easy to aim for enemy weakspots which further increases Weakness Exploit's value.
Critical Boost
★★★
Further amplifies critical hit damage. Make sure to have high affinity first before equipping critical boost!
Attack Boost
★★★
Increasing your Insect Glaive's attack rating is a good way to increase DPS.
Jump Master
★★
Prevents from being knocked out of the air by monster movement. .
Master's Touch
Insect Glaive builds tend to have high affinity, allowing us to use Master's Touch to manage sharpness loss efficiently.
Speed Sharpening
Faster sharpening allows you to easily take a quick break in the middle of the fight to refresh your weapons sharpness. Leads to an overall higher damage output for extended fights.

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