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This is a guide to the Defense stat in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to know how defense works, how does elemental resistance work, and is it better to raise HP or defense.

How Does Defense Work

Reduces damage taken

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Defense flat out reduces the damage you take from all enemy Large Monsters. This doesn't include ailment damages like poison which deals fixed damage but for the most part, if you wish to take less damage, up those defense stats.

How Does Elemental Defense Work

Increases or decreases damage taken from elemental attack

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While Elemental Defense greatly reduces elemental attacks, it will not work against an enemy monster's physical attacks. Slotting fire resist gears against Rathalos will only weaken Rath's fire breath attacks while its tackles and other moves will still deal high damage. Avoid focusing on Elemental Defense unless your target monster utilizes a lot of elemental attacks.

High elemental defense prevents blight statuses

Monster Hunter utilizes elemental defenses too by preventing elemental blights by having a high enough elemental defense to the corresponding element. Fireblight killing you through moxie? Get a high fire resist gear to survive!

HP Vs. Defense Vs. Elemental Defense

HP Has Less Priority

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Unlike previous Monster Hunter Games, HP stat is now unimportant as a statbuild or rather, it cannot be built anymore. Vitality boost which is a skill in the previous games has been removed and has been completely replaced by spiribirds. Make sure to gather some tempbuffers before heading into dangerous battles!

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Raise HP in the Canteen

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Since Spiribirds takes a little bit of time to gather during quests, we highly suggest getting a meal from the Dango shop instead to raise your HP and Stamina. Make sure to always grab a dango bite before heading to missions!

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Defense Stat is always priority

With the removal of Vitality Boost, your utmost focus in defensive builds should be the defense stat. Despite that, it is not imperative to get defense boost skills. Simply upgrading your armour should be enough for most hunts then get skills that boosts your weapon's capability like Guard Up for tank weapons and more damage for weapons that wish to dish out damage.

Elemental Defense is secondary

There will be tough fights where monsters use nasty elemental attacks. Despite having high defense stat, some monsters will just pierce through your defenses and one-shot hunters easily. To get through this, building a high elemental resist for the monster's element should be considered to survive the monster's attacks.

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    • >>[2]
      It is smart to buy a switch for several huge games, MHR being one of them.

    • >>[2]
      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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