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.
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Zero Affinity = Zero chance to deal 25% more damage
Positive Affinity = Chance to deal 25% MORE damage
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 25% more or less damage.
So for example, if your affinity is 30%, that means your weapon has a 30% chance to deal 25% more damage. If your affinity is -30%, then that means your weapon has a 30% chance to deal 25% less 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.
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!
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!
|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.|
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.
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.
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!
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!
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