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This isa 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 early game, midgame, and endgame.

Best Equipment For Early Game (1★ to 4★ Quests)

Weapons

Aknosom Rapier or Ludroth Paw Early On

F Aknosom Rapier
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
2 80 80
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Fire 10
F Ludroth Paw
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
2 80 80
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Water 10

Once you get Aknosom or Ludroth, you can get either one of them, because they deal decent damage and you can choose which element is more suited for you, Fire or Water.

Barioth Knife or Basarios Axe Later On

F Barioth Knife
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
2 85 85
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
15% Ice 10
F Basarios Axe
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
2 105 85
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
-10% 5

Basarios Axe deals the highest damage you can get before hitting 5★ quests. While Basarios Axe has higher raw damage it has -5% affinity so the tradeoff is less critical hits as compared to the slightly weaker Barioth Knife. However, the Barioth Knife has 15% affinity, making it a decent weapon as well.

Armor

Basarios Set after Kamura

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

The armor is not really worth getting because it should last you just fine until you get to the Basarios set. The Basarios Set has well-rounded elemental resistances, so it's a good all-around set.

Rathian Set for Magnamalo

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 Rathian set with a higher fire resistance.

Support Type

Healer

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For the early game, while you're still getting your bearings, the Healer Palico is the best type to go with, as it will support you and give you health, especially useful while you're still learning the ropes. It gets harder later on with enemies that takes less hits to kill you.

If you run out of healing items or are suddenly inflicted with a status ailment, you'll want to have a Healing Palico on your side. Especially useful when you haven't farmed for healing items yet over the course of the game.

Skills

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.

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.

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 Equipment For Mid Game (4★ to 6★ Quests)

Weapons

Narga Shuriken

F Narga Shuriken
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
3 85 105
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
20%

The Narga Shuriken is a good option because of its high affinity. It has one of the highest affinities in-game right now and that makes up for its relatively low damage.

Goss Hammer

F Goss Hammer
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
3 120 100
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
-5% Ice 8

The Goss Hammer ties with the Tigrex Whammer in 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.

Armor

Tigrex Set

F Tigrex Helm
F Tigrex Mail
Defense Fire Water
50 2 0
Thunder Ice Dragon
-2 1 -1

The Tigrex set is a good choice because it has well-rounded elemental resistances as compared to the other 50 defense armors available to Palicoes.

Support Type

Assist

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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.

Skills

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

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)

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 Equipment For Late Game (7★ Quests and higher)

Weapons

Jelly Shade S

F Jelly Shade S
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
6 150 170
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Paralysis 12

The Jelly Shade S is mid-tier among the high rank weapons, but its 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.

Golden Gadget

F Golden Gadget
Rarity Melee Dmg Ranged Dmg
7 185 165
Affinity Element Defense Bonus
Thunder 5

The Golden Gadget is the strongest Palico weapon on offer. 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

Stealth Set S

F Stealth Hood S
F Stealth Garb S
Defense Fire Water
110 3 0
Thunder Ice Dragon
0 0 0

Before reaching endgame, the Stealth Set offers good protection. While it's 5 points of defence lower than the Magnamalo Set, which also uses Magnamalo Parts, its rounded off resistances means it'll be good against any foe you come up against. Make sure to get those Buddy Tickets for it!

Narwa Set

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

The Narwa set is the strongest Palico Armor in game. Ahead of the Ibushi by 20 points, the Narwa is the endgame gear as of now.

Support Type

Assist

assist palico support type.pngEnlarge

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.

Skills

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

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.

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.

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      Is April 20 confirmed?? Where’d u get the date

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      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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