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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Espinas Guide

This is a hunting guide for Espinas, a Large Monster in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise), and the Sunbreak DLC. Read on to learn Espinas' weaknesses, forgeable weapons, forgeable armor, drops, and attack patterns for Master Rank!

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Espinas Weakness and Notes

Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Espinas Returning Monster
Type Flying Wyvern Previous Games Frontier
Threat Level 7/10 Rampage Type
Major Weakness Other Weakness
Blight / Elemental Damage Abnormal Status
Flying Wyverns known for the red spikes on their tough green frame, forming both a means of attack and defense, thus generally keeping foes at bay. As a result, they are often seen sprawled out and relaxing in their domain. Once they sense danger, however, they expand their blood vessels to turn their hide and wing memebranes a bright red, and they will run riot with noteworthy brutality.

How to Unlock Espinas

Clear 2 M★4 Key Quests After In Search of the Doctor

MH Rise Sunbreak - A Slumbering Jungle Espinas

Quest Name Monster/Unlock
A Slumbering Jungle Espinas
Espinas Image Espinas
Unlock Conditions:
Complete two M★4 Key Quests after finishing the Quest "In Search of the Doctor"

The Espinas Urgent Quest is unlocked by completing 2 Key Quests after defeating Astalos in In Search of the Doctor.

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Espinas Weakness and Resistance

Espinas Weapon Damage Breakdown

Part Sever Symbol (MH Rise).png Blunt Symbol (MH Rise).png Ammo Symbol (MH Rise).png
Tail 28 25 20
Leg 38 38 40
Wing 23 23 200
Back 20 20 15
Abdomen 30 30 25
Head 30 30 20
Overall 29 28 54

Espinas Elemental Weakness Breakdown

Part Fire Symbol (MH Rise).png Water Symbol (MH Rise).png Thunder Element (MH Rise).png Ice Element (MH Rise).png Dragon Element (MH Rise).png
Tail 0 5 0 10 5
Leg 0 10 5 15 10
Wing 0 5 0 10 5
Back 0 5 0 10 5
Abdomen 0 10 5 15 10
Head 0 10 5 15 10
Overall 0 8 3 13 8

Higher numbers indicate higher potential damage to the monster.

Espinas Hunting Tips

MH Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Hunting Notes

Their breath attacks are particularly annoying, inflicting poison, paralysis, and fireblight. Make sure you have resistance skills and ailment recovery items at the ready before the hunt. Espinas run riot with charge attacks when enraged, but the increased blood flow softens their flesh, so lay on the pain when you get the chance!

Status Effect Vulnerabilities

Poison Stun Paralysis Sleep
Blast Exhaust Fireblight Waterblight
Thunderblight Iceblight

If an ailment has more stars it means that it has better effectiveness.

Item Vulnerabilities

Pitfall Trap Shock Trap Flash Bomb
Sonic Bomb Meat Effects Dung Bomb

◯ = Vulnerable; ✕ = Fully Resistant; ▲ = Situational

Kinsect Extracts

Monster Part Extract
Head Red Extract
Abdomen Orange Extract
Back Orange Extract
Wing White Extract
Leg White Extract
Tail Orange Extract

Red = Attack Increase, White = Movement Boost, Orange = Anti-knockback When Attacking

Kinsect Extract Guide

Main Series Debut

MH Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Triple Poison Fireball

Espinas makes its main series debut in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak! Before, Espinas can only be encountered in Monster Hunter Frontier, which cannot be played by players living in the West and therefore not available to a wider audience.

Espinas' inclusion in the Sunbreak expansion marks the first time that it will appear in a major Monster Hunter game, and can now be fought by more players who didn't have a chance to hunt it before!

Espinas Locations and Quests

Espinas Habitat

Map Starting Area Visited Areas Rest Area
Citadel.pngCitadel 4 / 11 / 13 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 10 / 11 / 13 11
Jungle.pngJungle 2 / 6 / 9 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 9
Shrine Ruins.pngShrine Ruins 12 3 / 4 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 3
Forlorn Arena.pngForlorn Arena - - -

Espinas Quest Appearances

Master Rank
High Rank
Low Rank
Quest Type Lvl Quest Name
Anomaly Quest A★6 Anomaly Research: Espinas
Arena Quest M★4 MR Arena 05
Follower Quest M★4 Moonlit Espinascapade
Support Survey M★4 Operation Espinas
Urgent Hub Quest M★4 A Slumbering Jungle Espinas
Event Quest M★5 Buddy Dress-Up Party
Hub Quest M★5 Stats on Statuses, Stat!
Event Quest M★6 Adorned Arena
Hub Quest M★6 Unbridled Mayhem
Hub Quest M★6 Winds that Burn
Hub Quest M★6 Advanced: Espinaptime
Support Survey M★6 Operation Foggy Jungle
No Quest in This Rank
No Quest in This Rank

How to Beat Espinas

Blight Breath Causes Fireblight, Poison, AND Paralysis

MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Causes Fireblight, Poison, and Paralysis

Espinas has a unique mechanic of inflicting fireblight, poison, and paralysis using its breath attacks. Yes, all three at the same time.

Use Decorations or Armor that Prevents Paralysis

Paralysis is the greatest threat in the trio of ailments this breath causes considering the Hunter is left unable to act and vulnerable to follow-up attacks. Couple that with the already present Fireblight and Poison, and it will surely cart any unsuspecting Hunter.

We suggest using decorations or armors that bolster Paralysis Resistance. This makes you immune to paralysis and lets you wirefall away if ever you get hit by the breath attack. This is especially useful if you're having a hard time evading breath attacks.

Paralysis Resistance Skill Effects

Enraged State Increases Damage But Also Weakens Parts

MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Enraged Espinas

When Espinas enters its enraged state, all its blood vessels expand which causes its body parts to glow red, become soft, and vulnerable to attacks. However, this also increases Espinas' attack power with some attack combos capable of carting Hunters that are caught sleeping.

Espinas Always Starts Off Sleeping

MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Espinas Always Starts off Sleeping

Espinas will always be sleeping in a nest at the start of every hunt. Exploit this mechanic by maximizing the wake up slap multiplier (2x) and start strong.

We suggest using Mega Barrel Bombs or the Great Sword's True Charged Slash to wake it up. Hunting Horn's Sonic Bloom Silkbind Attack also does this job well.

Huge Opening After the Breath Attacks

MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Huge Opening After Breath Attack

Espinas will usually execute a forward Blight Breath attack during the battle. Try evading this effectively because it has a huge opening afterward, allowing you to dish out damage freely.

Espinas Attacks and Moves

Name Description
Blight Breath Espinas mixes toxin in its fire glands to expel a poison-infused fireball that can also cause paralysis.
Horn Rush Espinas uses its strong horns to drag anything caught in its path.
Horn Drag Espinas uses its horns to drag the ground in an attempt to uppercut enemies.
Tail to Chomp Combo A combo that sees Espinas slamming its tail then biting in the same direction.
Swerving Chomp Espinas sways from left and right to widen its reach while attempting to bite anything on its way.
Wyvern Tackle Espinas tackles with its whole body in an attempt to drag everything on its path. Also used to reposition and followed up with a Blight Breath attack.
Body Slam Espinas leaps and slams its entire body onto the ground. Any unfortunate souls below it would feel its full force.

Blight Breath

In its previous appearance in Monster Hunter Frontier, Espinas mixes the poison in its body with fire and spew it out as poisonous fireballs which can cause Fireblight, Poison, and Paralysis upon being hit.

Blight Breath Variations
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Straight Blight Breath
Straight Blight Breath: Espinas launches a blighted fireball in front of it. This attack has a slow wind-up time and can easily be dodged.

Just evade sideways to avoid this attack. Espinas will also take a small breather afterwards, giving you a huge opening to dish out some attacks!
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Triple Blight Breath
Triple Blight Breath: Espinas spews out three poison fireballs, with the third one bigger and more powerful than the first two. It also punishes Hunters who try to go below Espinas by targeting the third fireball in close proximity.

Always keep in mind that this move comes in threes. Don't try to sneak some attacks in to avoid being hit by the blighted fireballs. Wait for this move to finish before attacking.
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Flying Blight Breath
Flying Blight Breath: Espinas will spew a fireball on the ground while attempting to fly away to reposition. This attack has a huge AoE and can catch Hunters napping underneath Espinas.

This move will be quick and can catch Hunters mid-combo. Always be ready to evade whenever you're underneath Espinas.
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Aerial Blight Bombardment
Aerial Blight Bombardment: A quick and snappy attack where Espinas flies up in the air and quickly spews out poison fireballs in an arc. This attack affects a wide range and can hit multiple hunters at once.

Evade sidewards or backwards to avoid this attack or perform an emergency evade if it's too late!

Abnormal Status and Elemental Blight Guide

Horn Rush

Horn Rush Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Horn Rush
Horn Rush: Espinas steels itself and runs towards its target, charging forward using its horn. When enraged, Espinas will rush for two to three times.

Hunters usually take this move for granted but it actually hurts A LOT. Simply evade sideways to avoid this attack, but note it's current state to know if it will execute additional rushes. Avoid all of them at all cost.

Horn Drag

Horn Drag Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Horn Drag
Horn Drag: Espinas drags its horns on the ground in an attempt to uppercut the Hunter.

When enraged, Espinas may do this two to three times so do not wirefall and eat the follow-up move.

Tail to Chomp Combo

Horn and Tail Swipe Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Tail to Chomp Combo
Tail to Chomp Combo: Espinas spins around and swipes its poison-tipped horn and tail, knocking back any hunter caught in the way. Anyone hit may get inflicted with poison!

Swerving Chomp

Swerving Chomp Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Swerving Chomp
Swerving Chomp: Espinas swerves its head and ends the move with a giant bite. Any hunter that gets in the way will be knocked off their butt.

Wyvern Tackle

Wyvern Tackle Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Wyvern Tackle
Wyvern Tackle: Espinas will try to tackle the Hunter as a way to reposition. It usually follows up this attack with Blight Breath attacks.

Be wary of this attack as this has a wide hitbox. Evade sideways to avoid this attack!

Body Slam

Body Slam Attack Information
MH Rise Sunbreak (Espinas) - Body Slam
Body Slam: Espinas leaps and slams its body onto the ground, knocking back any hunter unfortunate enough to be positioned under it.

This attack will have a huge wind up before it actually deals damage. Simply evade sideways to avoid this attack - unless you're paralyzed by one of its blight breaths then you have nothing to do but watch.

Espinas Materials and Drops

Master Rank Espinas Materials

Broken Parts
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Hardhorn IconEspinas Hardhorn [85% (Head)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Cortex IconEspinas Cortex [70% (Back), 12% (Horn)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Surspike IconEspinas Surspike [60% (Wing)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Shard IconEspinas Shard [40% (Wings)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Afflicted Dire Cortex IconAfflicted Dire Cortex [40% (Anomaly Investigations)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Afflicted Dire Carapace IconAfflicted Dire Carapace [40% (Anomaly Investigations)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Afflicted Dire Shell IconAfflicted Dire Shell [40% (Anomaly Investigations)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Toxic Blood IconEspinas Toxic Blood [30% (Back x2)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Mantle IconEspinas Mantle [3% (Head)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Lash IconEspinas Lash [80% (Tail)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Shard IconEspinas Shard [41% (Body), 12% (Tail)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Afflicted Dire Carapace IconAfflicted Dire Carapace [40% (Anomaly Investigations)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Afflicted Dire Shell IconAfflicted Dire Shell [40% (Anomaly Investigations)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Afflicted Dire Cortex IconAfflicted Dire Cortex [40% (Anomaly Investigations)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Cortex IconEspinas Cortex [31% (Body)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Toxic Blood IconEspinas Toxic Blood [21% (Body)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Surspike IconEspinas Surspike [5% (Body), 5% (Tail)]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Mantle IconEspinas Mantle [3% (Tail), 2% (Body)]

Espinas Dropped Materials

Master Rank

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Large Wyvern Tear IconLarge Wyvern Tear [28%, 50%]
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Espinas Cortex IconEspinas Cortex [18%, 34%]

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