Sunbreak Sharpness Guide: How Does Sharpness Work? | Monster Hunter Rise

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This is a guide to weapon sharpness in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Find out about how sharpness works, sharpness level damage modifiers, all the skills related to sharpness, and ways to sharpen your weapon.

What is Sharpness?

Represents Strength of Weapon

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Sharpness in Monster Hunter Rise is a gauge on the top left that represents your weapon's strength. It affects whether your attacks get deflected as well as how much damage your weapon does. The lower the sharpness of your level, the more likely it is your weapon gets deflected and the lower your damage is.

Only Melee Weapons Need To Be Sharpened

Melee Weapon Ranged Weapon
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Ranged weapons, meaning the Light Bowgun, Heavy Bowgun, and Bow, all do not have sharpness gauges. Alternatively, all melee weapons, even those that deal blunt damage (Hammer and Hunting Horn), need to be sharpened.

Sharpness Levels

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Sharpness Level Damage Multiplier
Red 0.5
Orange 0.75
Yellow 1
Green 1.05
Blue 1.2
White 1.32
Purple 1.39

As you can see, red sharpness halves your damage, so keep your weapon nice and sharp to keep the damage up!

All Skills Related To Sharpness

Skill Explanation
Handicraft Increases your weapon's sharpness gauge, so it's useful if you want to reach higher sharpness levels!
Mind's Eye Can reduce the chance or completely prevent your attacks getting deflected. It also increases your damage against targets that have hard skin!
Razor Sharp Has a small chance to prevent your weapon from losing sharpness.
Master's Touch Has a chance to prevent your weapon from losing sharpness when you do critical damage (yellow numbers). Goes great with high Affinity builds!
Speed Sharpening Removes sharpening cycles while sharpening with a whetstone, which has a total of 4 cycles.
Protective Polish Prevents your weapon from losing sharpness right after sharpening for a certain amount of time. So if you want to keep your sharpness at white for as long as possible even while going ham, this might be useful for you.
Bludgeoner This skill makes you want to have low sharpness, as it increases your attack when your sharpness gauge is yellow or green (depending the skill level) and lower.
Dulling Strike
(Rampage Skill)
Like the Bludgeoner skill, it increases your attack when your sharpness is green or lower. But unlike the Bludgeoner skill, it will increase your attack by 20%. However, it will only activate 10% of the time.
Bladescale Hone Evading monster attacks with this skill will restore 20 sharpness to your weapons.
Grinder (S) When restoring more than one level of sharpness, the sharpness modifier will be boosted for a period of time.

List of Skills

How to Sharpen Your Weapon

Use a Whetstone, Whetfish, or Great Whetfish

Three items in the game can sharpen your weapon. The Whetstone is provided right from the start and doesn't run out, but it takes the most amount of cycles.

Meanwhile, you will have to fish for Whetfish and Great Whetfish. Also, the amount you can carry per hunt is limited to 5 and 3, respectively. But they are useful for when you need to quickly sharpen on the battlefield!

Sharpening Cycles

Sharpeners Sharpening Cycles
Whetstone 4
Whetfish 2
Great Whetfish 1

Blastslash Dango (Dango Polisher)

Blastslash dango can lessen your sharpening cycles to 3 cycles or less. However, even if you have Dango Polisher at Lvl. 4 through Hopping Skewers, the effect is still random.

Speed Sharpening and Blastslash Dango Interaction

Consuming Blastslash does not guarantee you less sharpening cycles. However, if you have Speed Sharpening skill at Lv 2 or higher equipped, this will remove the random aspect of Blastslash, and guarantees you less cycles.

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