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

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

Best Insect Glaive

Name Req. Materials
Evening Calm Narga Medulla x1
Rakna-Kadaki Sharpclaw x2
Nargacuga+ Material x15 pts

Evening Calm is King

Evening Calm
 Evening Calm Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 190 40 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Evening Calm Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider
Kinsect Level 7

Evening Calm's great sharpness bar and high affinity rating (40%) make it the perfect all-purpose Insect Glaive currently in Monster Hunter Rise and is a great compliment to our suggest build below.

Best Armor

Weakness Exploit 100% affinity build

With our Insect Glaive end game build, we focus on maxing out our damage output by going for full affinity build partnered by a maxed out Critical Boost. You also retain Power Prolonger 2 from the Dober Vambraces and an Enhancer Jewel so your kinsect buffs also lasts long.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Zinogre Helm S 62
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Remobra Suit S 52
Arms Arms Dober Vambraces 52
Waist Waist Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S 32
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Attack Boost and slot in more Attack Jewels if slots allow it.
Decorations Enhancer Jewel 2 x 1
Brace Jewel 1 x 1
Steadfast Jewel 1 x 3
Grinder Jewel 1 x 3
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
268 Weakness Exploit 3
Critical Boost 3
Stun Resist 3
Speed Sharpening 3
Latent Power 2
Power Prolonger 2
Dragon Attack 1
Flinch Free 1

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

Best Insect Glaive

Name Req. Materials
Evening Calm Narga Medulla x1
Rakna-Kadaki Sharpclaw x2
Nargacuga+ Material x15 pts

Evening Calm All The Way!

Evening Calm
 Evening Calm Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 190 40 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ②ーー
 Evening Calm Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider
Kinsect Level 7

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

Best Armor

Enhanced Critical Eye + Power Prolonger set

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.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Kadachi Helm S 58
Constitution
Lv. 1
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Jump Master
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Almudron Mail S 64
Razor Sharp
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Kamura Braces S 30
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Heroics
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Ingot Coil S 40
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
232 Critical Eye 5
Power Prolonger 3
Attack Boost 2
Razor Sharp 2
Constitution 1
Heroics 1
Jump Master 1

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

Best Insect Glaive

Name Req. Materials
Iron Bayonet II Carbalite Ore x2
Monster Broth x3
Gracium x2
Princess Regalia II Rathian Carapace x3
Rathian Plate x1
Rathian Spike+ x3
Novacrystal x1

Best Insect Glaive Stats (Late Game)

Iron Bayonet II is a Great High Rank Starter

Iron Bayonet II
 Iron Bayonet II Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
4 170 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ①ーー
 Iron Bayonet II Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Defense Boost III
Silkbind Boost
Kinsect Level 3

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

Princess Regalia II is a Solid Upgrade

Princess Regalia II
 Princess Regalia II Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
5 180 0 Poison 23
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Princess Regalia II Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Poison Boost I
Small Monster Exploit
Kinsect Level 5

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.

Best Armor

Izuchi + Ingot Set combo

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. With Jump Master mixed in, your aerial combat becomes more fluid and easier to execute so get those extracts, fly in the air, and keep landing those critical hits!

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 Izuchi Braces S 36
Constitution
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Ingot Coil S 40
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
188 Critical Eye 5
Power Prolonger 2
Constitution 2
Attack Boost 2
Recovery Speed 1

Best Equipment For Mid Game (4★ to 6★ Quests)

Best Insect Glaives

Name Req. Materials
Sinister Staff I Magnamalo Blade x2
Magnamalo Shell x3
Magnamalo Scute x2
Magna Ghostprism x2
Hidden Scythe I Nargacuga Cutwing x3
Nargacuga Scale x3
Dragonite Ore x3

Sinister Staff I is an All-Purpose Powerhouse

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Sinister Staff I Stats
Sinister Staff I
 Sinister Staff I Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 130 0 Blast 13
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Sinister Staff I Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Blast Boost I
Magnamalo Soul
Kinsect Level 3

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.

Hidden Scythe I Grants High Affinity!

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Hidden Scythe I Stats
Hidden Scythe I
 Hidden Scythe I Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 100 40 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Hidden Scythe I Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
?
Kinsect Level 2

Those who would rather pump as much affinity into their builds as possible may consider going for the Hidden Scythe I. 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.

Best Elemental Insect Glaives (Mid Game)

Mid Game Elemental Insect Glaives

Fire Element

Aknosom Pike II
 Aknosom Pike II Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 0 Fire 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Aknosom Pike II Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Fire Boost I
Fireblight Exploit
Kinsect Level 3

Water Element

Fox Halberd I
 Fox Halberd I Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 10 Water 12
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Fox Halberd I Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Water Boost I
Kinsect Level 2

Thunder Element

Kadachi Glaive II
 Kadachi Glaive II Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 140 10 Thunder 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Kadachi Glaive II Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Affinity Boost II
Thunder Boost II
Kinsect Level 3

Ice Element

Rielle Nulo White I
 Rielle Nulo White I Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
3 120 0 Ice 12
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Rielle Nulo White I Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Ice Boost II
Silkbind Boost
Kinsect Level 4

Best Kinsects

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 Armor

Mid Game Critical Eye + Constitution Combo

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 60% affinity when Latent Power Lv. 2 is active while managing stamina consumption via Constitution.

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 Zinogre Braces 28
Constitution
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barioth Coil 20
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Zinogre Greaves 28
Constitution
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
132 Critical Eye Lv. 4
Constitution Lv. 3
Latent Power Lv. 2

Best Equipment For Early Game (1★ to 4★ Quests)

Best Insect Glaives

Name Req. Materials
Steel Blade Dragonite Ore x3
Princess Regalia Rathian Spike x2
Rathian Shell x3
Rath Wingtalon x2
Lightcrystal x2

Steel Blade and the Ore Tree

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Steel Blade Stats
Steel Blade
 Steel Blade Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 120 0 - -
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Steel Blade Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Defense Boost II
Kinsect Level 2

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.

Princess Regalia I Grants Poison!

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Princess Regalia I Stats
Princess Regalia I
 Princess Regalia I Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 0 Poison 19
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Princess Regalia I Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Poison Boost I
Small Monster Exploit
Kinsect Level 2

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.

Best Elemental Insect Glaives (Early Game)

Best Early Game Insect Glaives

Fire Element

Aknosom Pike II
 Aknosom Pike II Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 110 0 Fire 15
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Aknosom Pike II Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Fire Boost I
Fireblight Exploit
Kinsect Level 3

Water Element

Leaping Glaive I
 Leaping Glaive I Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 100 0 Water 10
Defense Slots Sharpness
10 ーーー
 Leaping Glaive I Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Defense Boost I
Water Boost I
Dulling Strike
Kinsect Level 2

Thunder Element

Kadachi Glaive I
 Kadachi Glaive I Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 100 10 Thunder 12
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Kadachi Glaive I Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Affinity Boost I
Thunder Boost II
Kinsect Level 3

Ice Element

Amber Piton I
 Amber Piton I Insect Glaive Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
2 90 15 Ice 16
Defense Slots Sharpness
- ーーー
 Amber Piton I Insect Glaive Sharpness
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost II
Iceblight Exploit
Kinsect Level 2

Best Armor

Full Izuchi Set (Starter Set)

The full Izuchi Set is a great starter for insect glaive users because of its good balance of attack and utility skills.

Constitution, in particular, is useful for Insect Glaive users as it decreases stamina consumption of actions that have fixed stamina costs such as dodging and blocking.

This applies to the Insect Glaive's aerial dodges as well!

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 Izuchi Braces 10
Constitution
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Izuchi Coil 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Izuchi Greaves 10
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
50 Critical Eye Lv. 3
Recovery Speed Lv. 2
Constitution Lv. 1

Critical Eye + Constitution Combo

This armor combination is a straight-up improvement of the starter set, making it a great set leading into the mid game.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Izuchi Helm 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Tobi-Kadachi Mail 20
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Tobi-Kadachi Braces 20
Constitution
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Izuchi Coil 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Kadachi Greaves 20
Constitution
Lv. 1
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
80 Critical Eye Lv. 4
Constitution Lv. 2

Best Kinsects

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 Skills for Insect Glaive

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
★★
More damage.
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.
Flinch Free
Prevents flinching from other player's attacks. A must have for multiplayer.

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