Builds and Best Equipment for Palicoes | Monster Hunter Rise | MHR (MH Rise)

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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 the low rank, high rank, and endgame.

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

Weapons

F Aknosom Rapier

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F 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

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F 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

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F 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

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F Basarios Helm
F Basarios Mail
Defense Fire Water
28 1 -1
Thunder Ice Dragon
1 1 -1
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

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F Rathian Helm
F Rathian Mail
Defense Fire Water
28 3 1
Thunder Ice Dragon
-1 1 -2
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.

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

Weapons

F Narga Shuriken S

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F 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

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F 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

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F 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 for Magnamalo, which is weak to Water elemental attacks.

Armor

Felyne Tigrex S Set

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F Tigrex Helm S
F Tigrex Mail S
Defense Fire Water
115 2 0
Thunder Ice Dragon
-2 1 -1
The Felyne Tigrex S set is a good choice because it has well-rounded elemental resistances compared to other armors 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.

Best Endgame Equipment (Pre-Update 2.0)

Weapons

F Jelly Shade S

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F 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

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F 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

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F Stealth Hood S
F Stealth Garb S
Defense Fire Water
110 3 0
Thunder Ice Dragon
0 0 0
Before reaching endgame, 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

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F Narwa Lock
F Narwa Cloud
Defense Fire Water
130 2 1
Thunder Ice Dragon
4 -3 -4
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.

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 Endgame Equipment (Update 3.0)

Weapons

F Genie Breath

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F 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 Palicoes chance to induce poison status on monsters.

F Kushala Wand

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F 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 for an endgame weapon if you still do not have the Reddanaught Sword.

F Reddnaught Sword

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F 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

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F Valstrax Helm
F Valstrax Mail
Defense Fire Water
155 -2 -2
Thunder Ice Dragon
-2 -2 8
The Felyne Valstrax set provides the highest defense for Palicos in the game. It is better used used against monsters with Dragon Type attacks. However, this set provides negative resistances for most of the elements, except dragon type attacks. 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
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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

In endgame you will encounter much 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 endgame Palico must haves as it provides 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!

Endgame 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 utilitze the 5 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.

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