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This article describes the major difference between playing solo and multiplayer in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). If you want to know more about the differences between solo and multiplayer, which quests can only be played solo, and if you can play offline, read on!

Solo vs Multiplayer

Monster's Strength Scales Depending on the Player

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When playing in Hub Quests, the Monster's strength will always scale depending on the number of players currently present in the quest. Do not worry about dealing with 4-player scaled monsters when three of your mates disconnect - the game will automatically adjust the monster's strength!

You Can Only Bring One Buddy in Multiplayer

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When playing in Solo, you may bring two Buddies of any type (Palico or Palamute). In Multiplayer, however, you and your mates are locked into using one Buddy each. The game will automatically choose the Buddy you set in Buddy Slot 1 via the Buddy Board.

Join Requests Only Works for Online Multiplayer

Join Requests only for Online Multiplayer

The new SOS Flare -like feature of MH Rise called Join Request is only useable during online play. Local Multiplayer or Solo Offline play will prohibit you from using Join Request.

There are More Quest Supplies in Multiplayer

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In Multiplayer, quest supplies are for the maximum number of players (4 players) no matter how many you are in your group.

List of Items and Materials

Solo-Only Elements

Village Quests are Solo-only

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Village Quests are story-driven quests given to you by Hinoa during the game. These quests are always scaled for one (1) player and can only be done solo.

Village Quest Guide and List of Key Quests

Can Be Played While Offline

Since the Nintendo Switch boasts portability in its portfolio, Village Quests and other solo-only features can be played offline without a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Multiplayer Elements

Hub Quests are for Multiplayer

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The Gathering Hub is where you would get all the multiplayer-scaled quests given to you by Minoto. You can either do Hub Quests offline (via Local Communications) or online (via the Internet when you have Nintendo Switch Online subscription).

Hub Quest Guide and List of Hub Quests

Can Play Multiplayer While Offline via Local Communications

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Since the Nintendo Switch is portable, it just makes sense that you can bring it anywhere and you can play together with your friends through ad-hoc or Local Communications. Just make sure that all of your Nintendo Switches are near each other and start playing!

Recommended Weapons for Solo Play

Use Any Weapon You Want

14 Weapon Types in the Demo

There is no right or wrong choice when choosing which weapon you should play when you want to solo the game - the power of the weapon highly depends on the skill of the hunter so we highly encourage you to try out all weapons and see which one will click to your playstyle.

Weapons List: Weapon Types and All Weapon Guides

However, some weapons can excel you play with it alone! Here are some of our recommendations:

Long Sword

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The Long Sword is a weapon that boasts a plethora of counterattack opportunities and is best with going toe-to-toe with monsters. Because it excels in counterattacking, the monster must always attack the hunter and this does not happen all the time in multiplayer.

Long Sword Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset

Hunting Horn

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The Hunting Horn changed in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) to be this offensive powerhouse that at the same time can buff allies and yourself. When played solo, you can buff yourself to get immense power to deal with any monster standing in your way.

Hunting Horn Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset


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The Lance is a defensive powerhouse that can transform defense into offense. It also has a lot of counters like Anchor Rage and Guard Counter which requires the undivided attention of monsters. The Lance is also pretty slow and easy to flinch so we do not recommend using it in multiplayer.

Lance Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset

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All Game Mechanics Guides

Village Facility Guides
Room Guide: Things To Do Inside Your Room Training Area Guide
Canteen and Food Skills Gathering Hub Guide
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Character Creation Guide List of Controls
Palico Guide Palamute Guide
Cohoot Guide List of Settings
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Attack and Elemental Attack Defense and Elemental Defense
Affinity and Negative Affinity Monster Size and Effects
Gameplay Features
How to Use Wirebugs Silkbind Attacks
Wyvern Riding Guide Turf Wars
Hunter Rank (HR) Guide Rampage Guide
Crafting List What is the Rampage?
How to Lock-On and Target Settings Switch Skills Guide
Abnormal Status and Elemental Blight Guide How to Use Photo Mode
Unchangeable Features How to Fast Travel
How to Fish Quest Completion Rewards
How to Carry Eggs Respawn Timers
Melding Pot Guide How to Upgrade Kinsects
How to Change Armor Pigment How to Hide Armor Pieces
Solo and Offline Play Guide How Does Sharpness Work?
How to Rollback Weapons How to Forge Weapons and Armor
Online Play
Multiplayer and Co-op Guide Hunter Connect and Like Function
How to use the Chat Feature How to Use Gestures
Join Requests Guide How Does Difficulty Scaling Work?

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