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This is a guide to the skills and equipment to equip for your Palico in Monster Hunter: Rise (MH Rise). Learn what equipment is best to use, with best builds for master rank, high rank, and low rank.

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Best Master Rank Equipment (Sunbreak Ver. 15)

Gathering Palico Build

Weapon

F Jelly Shade X ImageF Jelly Shade X
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
9 225 255
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Paralysis 16
A Gathering Palico's most prominent role in the field is inflicting Blights and statuses at monsters, thanks to its Buddy Move Endemic Life Barrage. With F Jelly Shade X equipped, it is possible to immobilize a monster more than once per hunt.

Armor

Felyne Majestic Set Image
Felyne Majestic Set
Defense Fire Water
490 -4 10
Thunder Ice Dragon
0 0 -4
Starting at Title Update 5, the Felyne Majestic Set, crafted from Amatsu materials, has the highest defense stat for Palico armor in the Sunbreak expansion. You only have to reach MR10 to unlock the Urgent Quest for Amatsu.

Alternative Armor

Felyne Pride Set Image
Felyne Pride Set
Defense Fire Water
470 6 2
Thunder Ice Dragon
-4 -8 -4
Currently, the Felyne Pride Set is the most accessible Palico armor set that has high Defense stat prior to Title Update 5. You only need to reach MR 10 and defeat Seething Bazelgeuse to get this armor set. Upgrade to better Palico armor once you raise your MR and unlock more monsters.

Buddy Skills

List of Buddy Skills
Slots Skill Name Description
1 MH Rise Sunbreak - Melee-Centric Buddy Skill
Melee-Centric
(Lv.35 Attack)
Prioritizes melee attacks, making them slightly more powerful. (Doesn't stack with Ranged-Centric)
2 MH Rise Sunbreak - Attack Up (L) Buddy Skill
Attack Up (L)
(Lv.15 Attack)
Greatly increases attack. (Will stack)
2 MH Rise Sunbreak - Support-Centric Buddy Skill
Support-Centric
(Lv.40 Support)
Makes it easier to trigger Support Moves and Palamute Gear, but attack and defense are reduced.
3 MH Rise Sunbreak - Status Attack Up Buddy Skill
Status Attack Up
(Lv.20 Attack)
Increases the potency of abnormal status attacks.
We make use of eight memory slots for this build.
Having Status Attack Up and Support-Centric on your Gathering Palico will allow it to easily build up Paralysis while attacking your target. Since Paralysis buildup relies on the weapon, include Melee-Centric to force your Palico to keep using melee attacks.

Buddy Moves

Recommended Buddy Moves
Move Lv. Effect
MH Rise - Endemic Life Barrage IconEndemic Life Barrage 1 Fires endemic life at monsters from a ballista. Results vary according to launched creatures.
MH Rise - Healing Bubble IconHealing Bubble 5 Creates bubbles that pop and provide healing when touched. Bigger bubbles heal more.
MH Rise - Summeown Endemic Life IconSummeown Endemic Life 10 Places a fragrant pouch that entices nearby endemic life to approach.
MH Rise - Shock Tripper IconShock Tripper 15 Drops a lingering electric field that inflicts thunderblight on monsters within it.
MH Rise - Pilfer IconPilfer 20 A boomerang attack that steals materials from monsters.
Recommended Secret Support Move
Lottery Box IconLottery Box A lottery box containing scrolls. When a scroll is drawn, a random support move will be performed.
Your main goal in bringing a Gathering Palico in your hunts with this build is for it to proc statuses on monsters at least twice if possible. If you can, equip Shock Tripper to increase the chance of your Palico stunning a monster with its equipped blunt weapon!

Healing Palico Build

Weapon

F Ibushi Pure War Fan ImageF Ibushi Pure War Fan
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
10 265 295
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Dragon 18
We recommend Felyne Ibushi Pure War Fan for Healer or Assist Palicoes for its high ranged damage stat. Since your Palico will mostly be focused on healing you and your allies, this ranged weapon is a safe choice to keep your healer alive.

Alternative Weapon

F Cursed Cloud ImageF Cursed Cloud
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
10 270 300
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
-10% Water 26
If you have the Sunbreak expansion's Title Update 15, Felyne Cursed Cloud from the Felyne Majestic is another alternative weapon choice for its high 300 ranged attack stat. However, it will suffer from -10% affinity.

Armor

Felyne Majestic Set Image
Felyne Majestic Set
Defense Fire Water
490 -4 10
Thunder Ice Dragon
0 0 -4
Starting at Title Update 5, the Felyne Majestic Set, crafted from Amatsu materials, has the highest defense stat for Palico armor in the Sunbreak expansion. You only have to reach MR10 to unlock the Urgent Quest for Amatsu.

Alternative Armor

F Valstrax - Eclipse Set Image
F Valstrax - Eclipse Set
Defense Fire Water
480 -2 -2
Thunder Ice Dragon
-2 -2 8
The F Valstrax - Eclipse has the second highest base defense for Palico armor in the Sunbreak expansion, and is an alternative for dealing with Dragon attacks thanks to its high Dragon resistance. This, however, will be much harder to access. You will need to unlock Crimson Glow Valstrax's MR70 Urgent Quest for this.

Buddy Skills

List of Buddy Skills
Slots Skill Name Description
2 MH Rise Sunbreak - Artful Dodger Buddy Skill
Artful Dodger
(Lv.10 Defense)
Increases the likelihood of blocking and deflecting attacks.
1 MH Rise Sunbreak - Omniresistance Buddy Skill
Omniresistance
(Lv.10 Defense)
Boosts all resistances. Also negates the effects of Resistance Down.
1 MH Rise Sunbreak - Ranged-Centric Buddy Skill
Ranged-Centric
(Lv.35 Attack)
Prioritizes ranged attacks, making them slightly more powerful. (Doesn't stack with Melee-Centric.)
2 MH Rise Sunbreak - Buddy Friendship Buddy Skill
Buddy Friendship
(Lv.40 Defense)
Makes hunter's health recover as well when a self-healing move is used.
2 MH Rise Sunbreak - Attack Up (L) Buddy Skill
Attack Up (L)
(Lv.15 Attack)
Greatly increases attack. (Will stack)
We make use of eight memory slots for this build.
Having Artful Dodger and Omniresistance will help your Palico block and boost all resistances. Buddy Friendship ensures that you recover health whenever your Palico uses a self-healing move. Include Ranged-Centric to force your Palico to keep using ranged attacks.

Buddy Moves

Recommended Buddy Moves
Move Lv. Effect
MH Rise - Herbaceous Healing IconHerbaceous Healing 1 Places a plant with restorative powers that continuously heals any nearby allies.
MH Rise - Healing Bubble IconHealing Bubble 5 Creates bubbles that pop and provide healing when touched. Bigger bubbles heal more.
MH Rise - Power Drum IconPower Drum 10 Sounds a drum that raises attack and defense for both hunters and Buddies.
MH Rise - Shock Tripper IconShock Tripper 15 Drops a lingering electric field that inflicts thunderblight on monsters within it.
MH Rise - Health Horn IconHealth Horn 20 Greatly recovers Buddy and player health.
Recommended Secret Support Move
Lottery Box IconLottery Box A lottery box containing scrolls. When a scroll is drawn, a random support move will be performed.
You will need your Palico's support to keep you alive, so we recommend you equip buddy moves like Healing Bubble. Lottery Box is the recommened go-to Secret Support Move since there is a chance that your Palico will use Kittenator, which deals 300 damage and knocks-down the monster. Power Drum can help mid-fight for a defense and attack boost. If you can, equip Shock Tripper to increase the chance of your Palico stunning a monster!

Trap Assist Palico Build

Weapon

F Jelly Shade X ImageF Jelly Shade X
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
9 225 255
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Paralysis 16
When focusing on keeping a monster at bay, having your Palico equipped with a paralysis weapon is the way to go. This is to pair with the already existing support moves for hindering monster movement.

Armor

Felyne Majestic Set Image
Felyne Majestic Set
Defense Fire Water
490 -4 10
Thunder Ice Dragon
0 0 -4
Having the highest defense stat armor is best for any Assist Palico build. The Felyne Majestic Set provides this in Title Update 5. You only have to reach MR10 and beat Amatsu to craft this buddy armor.

Alternative Armor

F Valstrax - Eclipse Set Image
F Valstrax - Eclipse Set
Defense Fire Water
480 -2 -2
Thunder Ice Dragon
-2 -2 8
A good alternative armor for with very high defense and Dragon resistance for this Palico build (this is also available prior to Title Update 5). Crimson Glow Valstrax's MR70 Urgent Quest is needed to access this armor.

Buddy Skills

List of Buddy Skills
Slots Skill Name Description
1 MH Rise Sunbreak - Melee-Centric Buddy Skill
Melee-Centric
(Lv.35 Attack)
Prioritizes melee attacks, making them slightly more powerful. (Doesn't stack with Ranged-Centric)
1 MH Rise Sunbreak - Defense Up Buddy Skill
Defense Up
(Lv.5 Defense)
Greatly increases defense. Also negates the effects of Defense Down.
1 MH Rise Sunbreak - Attack Up (S) Buddy Skill
Attack Up (S)
(Lv.5 Attack)
Increases attack. (Will stack)
2 MH Rise Sunbreak - Support-Centric Buddy Skill
Support-Centric
(Lv.40 Support)
Makes it easier to trigger Support Moves and Palamute Gear, but attack and defense are reduced.
3 MH Rise Sunbreak - Status Attack Up Buddy Skill
Status Attack Up
(Lv.20 Attack)
Increases the potency of abnormal status attacks.
We make use of eight memory slots for this build.
A mix of damage-increasing skills with Defense Up creates a balanced offense and defense for the Palico. Support-Centric will be important in getting the palico traps out quickly.

Buddy Moves

Recommended Buddy Moves
Move Lv. Effect
MH Rise - Felyne Silkbind IconFelyne Silkbind 1 Fires movement-hindering Ironsilk at large monsters, using a Palico-sized ballista.
MH Rise - Go, Fight, Win IconGo, Fight, Win 5 Reduces hunters' stamina loss while your Palico is dancing.
MH Rise - Power Drum IconPower Drum 10 Sounds a drum that raises attack and defense for both hunters and Buddies.
MH Rise - Shock Purr-ison IconShock Purr-ison 15 Sets up a shock trap that stops large monsters from moving.
MH Rise - Poison Purr-ison IconPoison Purr-ison 20 Sets a trap that immobilizes large monsters and inflicts them with poison.
Recommended Secret Support Move
Lottery Box IconLottery Box A lottery box containing scrolls. When a scroll is drawn, a random support move will be performed.
In this build, the Palico is equipped with numerous support moves such as Felyne Silkbind and Traps for keeping the monster in check. The value of these skills increases in multiplayer, where everyone in the party will be provided an opportunity to deal continuous damage while the monster is held down. Power Drum is the general go-to for party-wide attack and defense buffs while Go, Fight, Win will help greatly in stamina management.

Best High Rank Equipment (Sunbreak Ver. 13)

Weapons

F Genie Breath

F Genie Breath ImageF Genie Breath
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
7 170 190
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Poison 15
The F Genie Breath is useful especially if you have the Status Attack Up skill equipped on your Palico. This skill significantly improves your Palico's chance to induce poison status on monsters.

F Kushala Wand

F Kushala Wand ImageF Kushala Wand
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
7 190 190
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Ice 15
The F Kushala Wand matches the F Reddnaught Sword in terms of attack. It is a great alternative weapon if you still do not have the Reddanaught Sword.

F Reddnaught Sword

F Reddnaught Sword ImageF Reddnaught Sword
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
7 190 190
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
10% Dragon 20
The F Reddnaught Sword is one of the best weapons for Palicoes in the game, it got one of the highest attacks with 20 Dragon elemental and a decent affinity of 10% to boot.

Armor

Felyne Valstrax Armor Set

Felyne Valstrax Set Image
Felyne Valstrax Set
Defense Fire Water
310 -2 -2
Thunder Ice Dragon
-2 -2 8
The Felyne Valstrax set provides the highest defense for Palicoes in the base game. It is better used against monsters with Dragon Type attacks. However, this set provides negative resistances for most of the elements. But having 155 defense is a good trade-off for having negative elemental resistance.

Recommended Support Types and Equipped Moves

Fight Type

Fight Type Palico
Equipped Moves Recommendation
go fight win icon.png
Go, Fight, Win
power drum Icon
Power Drum
shock purr-ison icon
Shock Purr-ison
poison purr-ison icon
Poison Purr-ison

Healer Type

Healer Type Palico
Equipped Moves Recommendation
fleet-foot feat icon
Fleet-foot Feat
power drum Icon
Power Drum
herbaceous healing icon
Herbaceous Healing
health horn icon
Health Horn

As you progress, you will encounter more powerful monsters so having Power Drum and/or Go, Fight, Win in Equipped Skills will help significantly in hunts.

Power Drum boosts both Palico's and Hunter's offense and defense. While Go, Fight, Win reduces hunter's stamina loss while Palico is dancing. These are must-have Palico support skills, as they provide free buffs for you and your Palico during hunts.

Fleet-foot Feat is also a great Palico skill, especially for gunners or ranged weapon users. When activated, this skill gets the attention of the Monster, giving you an opportunity to deal more damage.

The Palico types suggested above are just mere recommendations and are not absolute. If you can find those skills mentioned on other types of Palico then go for it!

High Rank Palico Best Skills

Skill Name Type Level Slots Description
Health Up (L) Defense 10 2 Increases maximum health. (WIll stack)
Status Attack Up Attack 20 3 Increases the potency of abnormal status attacks.

We will still utilize the five skill memory slots to buff our Palico's Health and Abnormal Attacks.

This is especially helpful if you chose F Genie Breath as your Palico's weapon and for Assist Type Palicoes with Poison Purr-ison equipped.

Best High Rank Equipment (Pre-Update 2.0)

Weapons

F Jelly Shade S

F Jelly Shade S ImageF Jelly Shade S
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
6 150 170
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Paralysis 12
The F Jelly Shade S is mid-tier among the high rank weapons, but it's useful because of its paralysis attribute. Because Palico attacks are consistent, there's a chance that a monster might end up getting stunned due to its constant attacks. It has stronger ranged damage, making it safer for your Palico as well.

F Golden Gadget

F Golden Gadget ImageF Golden Gadget
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
7 185 165
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Thunder 5
The F Golden Gadget is the strongest Palico weapon on offer during mid game. Obtained by beating the mighty Rajang, this is a good balance compared to those with higher damages as it has 0% affinity compared to their negative affinity.

Armor

Felyne Stealth Set S

Felyne Stealth S Set Image
Felyne Stealth S Set
Defense Fire Water
220 6 0
Thunder Ice Dragon
0 0 0
Before reaching endgame of High Rank, the Felyne Stealth Set S offers good protection. While it is 5 points lower than the Magnamalo Set and Tigrex S Set in terms of defense, its neutral resistances means it'll be good against any foe you come up against. Make sure to get those Buddy Tickets for it!

Felyne Narwa Set

Felyne Narwa Set Image
Felyne Narwa Set
Defense Fire Water
260 4 2
Thunder Ice Dragon
8 -6 -8
The Felyne Narwa set is the second strongest armor set in the game. It provides good resistances to fire, water, and thunder elemental attacks but are lacking from dragon and ice resistances. Make sure to keep this in mind when facing monsters with these elements.

Best High Rank Equipment (4★ to 6★ Quests)

Weapons

F Narga Shuriken S

F Narga Shuriken S ImageF Narga Shuriken S
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
6 140 160
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
20%
F Narga Shuriken S's affinity makes up for its relatively low melee damage. The 20% critical chance is one of its best features, it should serve you well through in early high rank quests.

F Goss Hammer S

F Goss Hammer S ImageF Goss Hammer S
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
6 190 170
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
-5% Ice 10
The F Goss Hammer S almost ties with the Tigrex Whammer S in terms of damage, but has a better affinity compared to it, as well as a bonus Ice Element. It's the better damage choice of the high damage dealing weapons.

F Almudron Branch

F Almudron Branch S ImageF Almudron Branch S
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
6 165 185
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Water 25
The F Almudron Branch boasts a decent melee and a good range attack for midgame high rank. But where it really stands out is its 25 Water element, making it a perfect Palico weapon when facing Magnamalo, which is weak to Water elemental attacks.

Armor

Felyne Tigrex S Set

Felyne Tigrex S Set Image
Felyne Tigrex S Set
Defense Fire Water
230 4 0
Thunder Ice Dragon
-4 2 -2
The Felyne Tigrex S set is a good choice because it has well-rounded elemental resistances compared to other armor with 115 defense points available for Palicoes.

Support Type

Assist

At this point, you should be more experienced and have a plethora of healing items and strong damage. Switching to an Assist Palico will allow you to make the most of your higher equipment by giving you openings to attack your opponent.

Recommended Skills

Skill Name Type Level Slots Description
Health Up (S) Defense 5 1 Increases maximum health. (WIll stack)
Defense Up Defense 5 1 Greatly increases defense. Also negates the effects of Defense Down.
Health Up (L) Defense 10 2 Increases maximum health. (WIll stack)

This build assumes that you have a Level 10 Palico by now with four skill memory slots.

More health is always good to have for Palicos as they're more support based, so having them stay alive means that they're constantly supporting you.

Support Type

Assist

By now your Palico should be level 20 upwards, and Poison Purr-ison is a much more useful move compared to Health Horn, so stick to Assist Type when you shift into them mid-game.

Recommended Skills

Skill Name Type Level Slots Description
Health Up (L) Defense 10 2 Increases maximum health. (WIll stack)
Status Attack Up Attack 20 3 Increases the potency of abnormal status attacks.

This build is for Level 25 Palicos with five skill memory slots.

Here, we trade the rest of the health and defense for Status Attack Up, which is most useful if you use Jelly Shade S, as it increases the chances of monsters getting paralyzed. While it's more effective with Palamutes, having Palicos have this skill doesn't hurt as well.

Best Low Rank Equipment (1★ to 4★ Quests)

Weapons

F Aknosom Rapier

F Aknosom Rapier ImageF Aknosom Rapier
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
2 80 80
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Fire 10
Start your Palico with F Aknosom Rapier, there are a bunch of monsters in early game that are weak to fire.

F Ludroth Paw

F Ludroth Paw ImageF Ludroth Paw
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
2 80 80
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Water 10
The F Ludroth Paw is especially useful when dealing with Monsters that are weak to water. This weapon is on the same level as the F Aknosom Rapier so feel free to switch between the two when hunting.

F Barioth Knife

F Barioth Knife ImageF Barioth Knife
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
2 85 85
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
15% Ice 10
The F Barioth Knife has 15% affinity, making it a decent weapon in early game. With this weapon, your Palico gets a 15% chance to deal 25% more damage every critical hit, which are fairly high odds at this point of the game.

Armor

Felyne Basarios Set

Felyne Basarios Set Image
Felyne Basarios Set
Defense Fire Water
56 2 -2
Thunder Ice Dragon
2 2 -2
The Felyne Basarios Set has well-rounded elemental resistances, and a decent early game defense, so it's a good all-around set.

Felyne Rathian Set

Felyne Rathian Set Image
Felyne Rathian Set
Defense Fire Water
56 6 2
Thunder Ice Dragon
-2 2 -4
If you want your Palamute to be well-equipped for Magnamalo, you can give them a Felyne Rathian set with a higher fire resistance.

Support Type

Healer

For the early game, while you're still getting your bearings, the Healer Palico is the best type to go with.

If you run out of healing items or are suddenly inflicted with a status ailment, you'll want to have a Palico with Vase of Vitality to remove the status effect and an Herbaceous Healing or Health Horn. These skills are especially useful when you have not farmed for healing items yet.

Recommended Skills

Skill Name Type Level Slots Description
Attack Up (S) Attack 5 1 Increases attack. (Will stack)
Health Up (S) Defense 5 1 Increases maximum health. (WIll stack)
Defense Up Defense 5 1 Greatly increases defense. Also negates the effects of Defense Down.

At this point, you should have only three skill memory slots, and this build assumes you've gotten to at least Level 5 with your Palico

These are the best three skills that you can get with a Level 5 Palico. These skills aren't that important, and it's better to get a Palico that will meet your skill builds for later on.

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