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This is a guide to affinity, a damage modifying stat in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn what affinity is, how affinity works, and how to raise affinity.

What is Affinity? What Does Affinity Do?

Monster Hunter's Term for Critical Strike Chance

Zero Affinity MH Rise - Zero Affinity
Zero Affinity = Zero chance to deal 25% more damage
Positive Affinity MH Rise - Positive Affinity
Positive Affinity = Chance to deal 25% MORE damage
Negative Affinity MH Rise - Negative Affinity
Negative Affinity = Chance to deal 25% LESS damage

Affinity is Monster Hunter's version of critical strike chance, meaning it's the chance you get to deal more or less damage. But how does affinity work exactly?

The default state of your affinity is zero. When positive, that means your weapon has a chance to amplify your damage by 25%. When negative, your weapon has a chance to decrease your damage by 25%.

So for example, if your affinity is 30%, that means your weapon has a 30% chance to deal 25% more damage.

Visual Effects of Affinity-related Damage

Positive Affinity Negative Affinty

When you have positive affinity, you will occasionally see a shiny red light behind your damage number. That means you're doing critical damage!

On the other hand, when you have negative affinity, you will sometimes see a shiny purple light behind the damage number. This means you're dealing less damage than normal.

Elemental Damage is Not Affected

MH Rise - Element Stat

Affinity-related damage only increases raw damage, and not elemental damage. Normally, the calculation goes like this:

Total Damage =
(Raw Damage x Critical Strike Damage)
Elemental Damage bonus

Due to this reason, elemental builds rely on the skill called Critical Element which will make your elemental attacks do critical strikes as well!

How to Raise Affinity

Equip Affinity-Raising Skills

MH Rise - Critical Eye Affinity Raising Skill.png

Affinity-raising skills like Critical Eye are highly recommended if you wish to increase your affinity stat. You can get these from armor, talismans, and decorations, so it's important to plan your build!

Skill Effect
Affinity Sliding Sliding increases your affinity for a short time.
Agitator Increases attack power and affinity when large monsters become enraged.
Critical Draw Increases affinity for a short time after performing a draw attack. (Does not include Silkbind attacks.)
Critical Eye Increases affinity.
Latent Power Temporarily increases affinity and reduces stamina depletion when certain conditions are met.
Maximum Might Increases affinity if stamina is kept full for a period of time.
Weakness Exploit Increases the affinity of attacks that exploit a monster weak spot.

List of Skills

Use Rampage Skills

MH Rise - Smithy

With the Ramp-Up feature at the Smithy, you'll be able to equip Rampage Skills to your weapons. Affinity Boost is a Ramp-Up Skill that increases affinity.

List of Rampage Skills (Ramp-Up Skills)

Equip High Affinity Weapons

MH Rise - Where is Affinity

There are weapons with particularly high affinity, with a few going up to 40% base affinity. You can spot how much affinity a weapon has even before crafting it, so keep an eye out for high affinity weapons! The affinity stat usually sits under the weapon's element and sharpness.

How To Deal With Negative Affinity

Cancel Out Your Negative Affinity by Raising It

If you want to use a weapon that has negative affinity, you can always increase your affinity until it reaches zero. Some weapons are worth the effort because of their high raw damage, so don't dismiss them just because they have negative affinity!

Equip the Brutal Strike Rampage Skill

There's another way to make use of negative affinity. Brutal Strike is a Rampage Skill that gives the weapon a chance to increase your damage instead of lowering it in the event of a negative affinity strike. Keep this Rampage Skill in mind!

Best Rampage Skills (Ramp-Up Skills)

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    • Give us the ability to change our layered armor display. What I mean is, ya know how armor looks different on the male and female models? well, I wish there was the ability to change the appearance from the male models of armor, to the female models, and the reverse without changing the gender of your character itself. This would be really nice, as imo some armor pieces look better as the male model version.

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