Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Sunbreak Great Sword Builds (Master Rank)

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MH Rise Sunbreak - Master Rank Great Sword Builds

This is a guide to the best builds and equipment for Great Swords in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise): Sunbreak. Learn about the best Great Swords for Sunbreak and the best builds and Armor pieces to use with the Great Swords for Low, High, and Master Rank.

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Great Sword Builds List & Progression

This is a quick section summarizing all the Long Sword builds in this page. It is arranged from newest to oldest, and MR build progression is from bottom to top.

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Master Rank Title Update Build Name
MR180+ BU Blood Awakening Status Frostcraft Build
MR10+ TU5 Frostcraft Amatsu Build
MR10+ TU4 Frostcraft Velkhana Build
MR10+ TU4 Frostcraft Build w/ Partbreaker and Blood Rite
MR140+ TU3 Blast Buildup Build
MR110+ TU2 Merak's Asterism Strongarm Raw
MR6+ TU1 Fine Kamura Cleaver Dereliction Strongarm
MR6+ TU1 Elemental TCS GS
MR6+ TU1 Elemental Surge Slash GS
MR6+ Base Royal Order+ All-Rounder GS
MR6+ Base Abyssal Eruption Raw Climber
MR3-MR6 Base Royal Order Strongarm
MR3-MR6 Base Astalos Thunder Surge Slash
MR1+ Base Kamura Warrior Cleaver Raw Affinity

Ultra Endgame MR Build: MR 100+

Blood Awakening Status Frostcraft Greatsword (BU Build)

Recommended Great Sword

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
MerakMerak's Asterism
Merak
340 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Poison Image 20
④②ー
Decorations

Recommended Armor Loadout

Armor Slots Skills
Primordial HelmPrimordial Helm ④④ー
Blood Rite Lv. 3
Primordial MailPrimordial Mail ④④②
Burst Lv. 1
Primordial VambracesPrimordial Vambraces ④④②
Virtue / Prudence Coil Virtue / Prudence Coil ④②ー
Primordial GreavesPrimordial Greaves ④④ー
Talisman Frostcraft 3 with a ②②① slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
If only using ① Rampage Slot, you can use Wirebug Wrangler for keeping extra Wirebugs longer.

Build Merits and Augments

Weapon Augments
Armor Augments Armor Augments for this build are not necessary. However, feel free to add as you please once you get comfortable with your build! Generally, you'd want to get better skills and more slots for your armor.
For damage, aim for any of the following:
Powder Mantle
Buildup Boost

For comfort, aim for any of the following:
Recovery Up
Wind Mantle
Frenzied Bloodlust
Build Merits and Notes
Blood Awakening is a new aggressive comfort skill introduced in the Bonus Update. It pairs with Blood Rite and helps in dealing with large monsters that inflict Bloodblight.
Merak's Asterism is the choice weapon for this build. Another alternartive would be Scorned Magnamalo's Azure Blaze Great Sword, having a ③ decoration slot instead of ④, and a ② rampage slot. You can get more damage out of these Status Effect weapons are rolling Buildup Boost as armor augments.
If you do not yet have a Frostcraft talisman, you can use Buildup Boost as an alternative.
Quick Sheathe, Stun Resistance, and Speed Sharpening are added for comfort use. Critical Eye, paired with Weakness Exploit, is maxed out to make the most out of Critical Boost. These damage skills will help in part breaks, leading to a quicker activation of Blood Awakening.
Wirebug Whisperer is recommended if Strongarm Stance is used often. If not needed, you can swap it out and max out Attack Boost to Lv. 7 with decorations.
In addition to helping you tank hits and land charged attacks uninterrupted, Intrepid Heart can make it less risky for you to receive Bloodblight. You can use this to your advantage to get the most out of Blood Rite.

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Frostcraft Amatsu Greatsword
(TU5 Build)

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Roilcloud SwordRoilcloud Sword
Roilcloud Sword Great Sword Sharpness
360 0 -25%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Water Image 58
ーーー
Decorations

* = check Build Merits below.

Recommended Armor Loadout

Armor Slots Skills
Risen Kaiser HornsRisen Kaiser Horns ③②ー
Rimeguard MailRimeguard Mail ④②①
Rimeguard GlovesRimeguard Gloves ③②①
Rimeguard Coil Rimeguard Coil ③③②
Focus Lv. 3
Frostcraft Lv. 1
Onmyo SashikoOnmyo Sashiko ④ーー
Talisman Critical Eye 3 with a ②① slot or better
Secondary Skill Recommendations:
Wirebug Whisperer Lv.3
Rampage Decoration
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Attack Boost Lv.7 | Critical Eye Lv.7
Critical Boost Lv.3 | Weakness Exploit Lv.3
Focus Lv.3 | Offensive Guard Lv.3
Critical Draw Lv.3 | Quick Sheathe Lv.3
Flinch Free Lv.3 | Frostcraft Lv.3
Intrepid Heart Lv.2 | Powder Mantle Lv.1
Shock Absorber Lv.1
Talisman with Recommended Secondary Skill:
Wirebug Whisperer Lv.3
See Build Merits

Build Merits and Augments

Weapon Augments
Armor Augments Armor Augments for this build are not necessary. However, feel free to add as you please once you get comfortable with your build! Generally, you'd want to get better skills and more slots for your armor.
Replaceable skills already on the armor:
Flinch Free
Quick Sheathe

For damage, aim for any of the following:
Mail of Hellfire
For comfort, aim for any of the following:
Wind Mantle
Build Merits and Notes
*Note: Thanks to the new Qurious Melding introduced in Title Update 5, it's easier to acquire great-value charms. For this build, you can go and try to meld for the recommended talisman with a Wirebug Whisperer Lv.3. This will help your DPS, as it allows you to exceute more Strongarm Stance during a fight. However, keep in mind that this is not a requirement and the build can still work without a secondary skill on the talisman recommended above.
Title Update 4 saw the chilling return of the Frostcraft skill from the Velkhana armor set! This skill is perfect for hunters looking to get back into the old-school playstyle of getting hits in with the Greatsword and sheathing to reposition. The three-piece Velkhana armor included in the build also sports powerful skills for the Greatsword, such as Focus, Critical Draw, and Quick Sheathe. This contributes significantly to DPS while still providing you with decent mobility.
The build is heavily modified to increase raw damage values, in spite of the inherent Water Element in the Amatsu Great Sword. To do this, we first maxed out Attack Boost to increase damage values. Then we focused maxing out Critical Eye to mitigate the Great Sword's negative affinity. Finally, we maxed out Offensive Guard to utilize the Strongarm Stance playstyle. With all of this combined, this build outputs huge damage numbers, making hunts a little bit quicker!

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Frostcraft Velkhana Greatsword Build (TU4)

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Winged SeraphydWinged Seraphyd
Winged Seraphyd Great Sword Sharpness
340 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Ice Image 33
④ーー
Armor Slots Skills
Flaming Espinas BrainFlaming Espinas Brain ③②ー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Razor Sharp Lv. 1
Spare Shot Lv. 1
Rimeguard MailRimeguard Mail ④②①
Rimeguard GlovesRimeguard Gloves ③②①
Rimeguard Coil Rimeguard Coil ③③②
Focus Lv. 3
Frostcraft Lv. 1
Rimeguard GreavesRimeguard Greaves ④①ー
Talisman Attack Boost 3 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Element Exploit to increase elemental damage against monsters weak to ice

Build Merits and Augments

Weapon Augments
Armor Augments Armor Augments for this build are not necessary. However, feel free to add as you please once you get comfortable with your build! Generally, you'd want to get better skills and more slots for your armor.
Replaceable skills already on the armor:
Spare Shot
For damage, aim for any of the following:
Powder Mantle

For comfort, aim for any of the following:
Wind Mantle
Intrepid Heart
Build Merits and Notes
Title Update 4 saw the chilling return of the Frostcraft skill from the Velkhana armor set! This skill is perfect for hunters looking to get back into the old-school playstyle of getting hits in with the Greatsword and sheathing to reposition. The three-piece Velkhana armor included in the build also sports powerful skills for the Greatsword, such as Focus, Critical Draw, and Quick Sheathe. This provides significant dps while still providing you decent mobility.
For weapon choice, the Winged Seraphyd represents the icy theme of this build. The maxed elemental attack from the greaves plus the two levels from the Kushala Blessing skill amplifies the damage this Greatsword can do. This is ideal for monsters weak to the ice element, such as Rajang, Furious Rajang, or Seething Bazelgeuse.
This build still makes use of the Offensive Guard skill when you get the opening to pull-off a Strongarm Stance. This is especially useful for Afflicted Monsters when you have dealt enough damage to knock it out of it's delirious state!

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Frostcraft Greatsword Build w/ Partbreaker and Blood Rite (TU4)

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Azure Blaze Great SwordAzure Blaze Great Sword
Azure Blaze Great Sword Great Sword Sharpness
330 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Blast Image 36
③②ー
Armor Slots Skills
Flaming Espinas BrainFlaming Espinas Brain ③②ー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Razor Sharp Lv. 1
Spare Shot Lv. 1
Rimeguard MailRimeguard Mail ④②①
Rimeguard GlovesRimeguard Gloves ③②①
Rimeguard Coil Rimeguard Coil ③③②
Focus Lv. 3
Frostcraft Lv. 1
Onmyo SashikoOnmyo Sashiko ④ーー
Talisman Attack Boost 3 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Teostra Soul to increase Blast Damage
or
Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.

Build Merits and Augments

Weapon Augments
Armor Augments Armor Augments for this build are not necessary. However, feel free to add as you please once you get comfortable with your build! Generally, you'd want to get better skills and more slots for your armor.
Replaceable skills already on the armor:
Quick Sheathe
For damage, aim for any of the following:
Powder Mantle
For comfort, aim for any of the following:
Wind Mantle
Build Merits and Notes
Title Update 4 saw the chilling return of the Frostcraft skill from the Velkhana armor set! This skill is perfect for hunters looking to get back into the old-school playstyle of getting hits in with the Greatsword and sheathing to reposition. The three-piece Velkhana armor included in the build also sports powerful skills for the Greatsword, such as Focus, Critical Draw, and Quick Sheathe. This provides significant dps while still providing you decent mobility.
We maxed out the Partbreaker skill and slotted in two levels of Blood Rite for this build to incorporate survivability. With the Greatsword's charged attacks, it will take no time at all to break monster parts, which you can then target to heal yourself significantly.
For weapon choice, we chose the Scorned Magnamalo Greatsword for it's damage, blast status, and its decoration slots. The Teostra Soul Rampage Skill will increase the blast damage this weapon can do. We maxed out the Charge Master skill and slotted in two levels of Teostra Blessing to speed up blast buildup.
This build still makes use of the Offensive Guard skill when you get the opening to pull-off a Strongarm Stance. This is especially useful for Afflicted Monsters when you have dealt enough damage to knock it out of it's delirious state!

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Blast Buildup Greatsword Build (TU3)

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Azure Blaze Great SwordAzure Blaze Great Sword
Azure Blaze Great Sword Great Sword Sharpness
330 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Blast Image 36
③②ー
Armor Slots Skills
Risen Kaiser HornsRisen Kaiser Horns ③②ー
Risen Kaiser MailRisen Kaiser Mail ②②ー
Risen Mizuha SleevesRisen Mizuha Sleeves ④②①
Onmyo Ateobi Onmyo Ateobi ②②①
Agitator Lv. 3
Embolden Lv. 1
Risen Mizuha GaitersRisen Mizuha Gaiters ④①①
Talisman Attack Boost 3 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Build Merits and Notes
This build focuses on utilizing the Scorned Magnamalo's Blast Greatsword Azure Blaze Great Sword. It features a decent amount or Raw damage and a solid amount of Purple Sharpness. With TU3, we now have access to level 1 decorations of Teostra Blessing and while not game changing, definitely still helps the greatsword in applying blast procs. We slot these gems in for a larger blast buildup which when paired with Buildup Boost further increases our raw damage. When used together with Guard Boost (which can be used together with Strong Arm Stance), your raw damage shoots up pretty high in value.
We do want to note that Powder Mantle is not a core skill and is simply obtained through the new Teostra armor pieces. Also, the number of hits a level two Powder Mantle requires from the GS is high (around 10-12) which normally seems small but with the Greatsword's slow attacks, this number becomes not easily achieved. We do not recommend playing around the skill but do remember that if the Powder Mantle is active, avoid getting hit and attack the monster when the skill (the aura surrounding your character) is colored blue to deal additional damage.
Alternatively, you can also reduce one Guardian Jewel 3 in the build to slot in a Wirebug Jewel+ 4. This will reduce the armount of raw damage, but it adds a faster cooldown to your Strong Arm Stance and is a completely personal choice depending on the player.

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Merak's Asterism Strongarm Raw (TU2)

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
MerakMerak's Asterism
Merak
340 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Poison Image 20
④②ー
Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser Crown XKaiser Crown X ①①①
Flaming Espinas MuscleFlaming Espinas Muscle ②②ー
Risen Mizuha SleevesRisen Mizuha Sleeves ④②①
Sinister Grudge Tassets Sinister Grudge Tassets ④②①
Onmyo SashikoOnmyo Sashiko ④ーー
Talisman Attack Boost 3 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Build Merits and Notes
This build using Merak's Asterism focuses on dealing high damage counterattacks with Strongarm Stance. To increase the weapon's damage output, Attack Boost, Critical Boost, and Offensive Guard are used. In addition, a combination of Critical Eye, Weakness Exploit, and Maximum Might allows the weapon to always land a critical hit on weakspots.
New to this build are the additions of Buildup Boost, which is essentially a raw boost for status weapons, and Mail of Hellfire which gives a higher boost compared to Burst. Additional levels of Chameleos Blessing were added to extend Poison duration which helps with Foray uptime and makes up for the weapon's low Poison buildup.
We recommend augmenting the weapon with a Rampage Slot Upgrade and Attack Boost. Doing this improves the build's overall damage output thanks to allowing the use of Anti-Species Rampage Decorations.

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Endgame MR Build: MR 6+

Fine Kamura Cleaver Dereliction Strongarm Build

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Fine Kamura CleaverFine Kamura Cleaver
Fine Kamura Cleaver Great Sword Sharpness
330 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
-
④②ー
Weapon Augments
MH Rise - Attack BoostAttack Boost Lv 1+
Rampage Decoration
Armor Slots Skills
Flaming Espinas BrainFlaming Espinas Brain ③②ー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Razor Sharp Lv. 1
Spare Shot Lv. 1
Flaming Espinas MuscleFlaming Espinas Muscle ②②ー
Flaming Espinas GripFlaming Espinas Grip ④②ー
Chaotic Faulds / Nephilim Tassets Chaotic Faulds / Nephilim Tassets ③①①
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Resentment Lv. 2
Strife Lv. 1
Archfiend Armor ScerosArchfiend Armor Sceros ③②②
Resentment Lv. 1
Dereliction Lv. 1
Talisman Critical Eye Lv.3 with a ②① slot
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Build Merits and Notes
This build using the Fine Kamura Cleaver focuses on dealing high damage hits with Dereliction and Strongarm Stance. To boost damage output, Attack Boost, Critical Boost, Offensive Guard, and Dereliction's Blue Scroll ability are used. Critical Eye and Weakness Exploit are also added to increase chances of critical hits during your combos. Qurios will be depleting your health, making sure that you have recoverable damage; with this in mind, Resentment is useful to amp damage even more. To mitigate some of the health depletion, we suggest eating for a Lv.4 Super Recovery Dango.
These builds assume that no Armor Augmentations have been made.

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Elemental TCS Great Sword Builds

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Lohenzahn+Lohenzahn+
Lohenzahn+ Great Sword Sharpness
350 0 -20%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Fire Image 32
③①ー
Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Valtos Rapier+Valtos Rapier+
Valtos Rapier+ Great Sword Sharpness
350 0 -10%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Water Image 29
③①ー
Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
OppressorOppressor's Forger
Oppressor
330 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Thunder Image 59
②①ー
Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Winged SeraphydWinged Seraphyd
Winged Seraphyd Great Sword Sharpness
340 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Ice Image 33
④ーー
Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Wyvern Gnasher+Wyvern Gnasher+
Wyvern Gnasher+ Great Sword Sharpness
330 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Dragon Image 82
②②①
Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Crimson VastwingCrimson Vastwing
Crimson Vastwing Great Sword Sharpness
340 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Dragon Image 56
③ーー

Crimson Vastwing is only available at MR 70+ after defeating Master Rank Crimson Glow Valstrax.

Weapon Augments
Rampage Decoration
Armor Slots Skills
Silver SolhelmSilver Solhelm ④①①
Flaming Espinas MuscleFlaming Espinas Muscle ②②ー
Rathalos Braces XRathalos Braces X ②ーー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Earplugs Lv. 2
Flaming Espinas Bowels Flaming Espinas Bowels ④①①
Burst Lv. 1
Onmyo SashikoOnmyo Sashiko ④ーー
Talisman Critical Eye Lv.3 with a ②① slot
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
For Ice and Wyvern Gnasher+ GS:
Element Exploit to increase elemental damage against each element
Element Attack Lv.5
Attack Boost Lv.7 | Critical Eye Lv.4
Critical Boost Lv.3 | Weakness Exploit Lv.3
Critical Element Lv.3 | Marathon Runner Lv.3
Offensive Guard Lv.3 | Windproof Lv.3
Flinch Free Lv.3 | Charge Master Lv.3
Earplugs Lv.2 | Burst Lv. 1
Spiribird's Call Lv.1 (except Ice and Crimson Vastwing GS)
Build Merits and Notes
The True Charge Slash (TCS) Build main focus is executing a well-placed True Charge Slash on a monster, either through your normal combo or using the Strongarm Stance. With this in mind, we focused on maxing out Offensive Guard to deal significant damage with your TCS.
These builds assume that no Armor Augmentations have been made.

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Elemental Surge Slash Great Sword Builds

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Blood BaphBlood Baph
Blood Baph Great Sword Sharpness
330 20 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Fire Image 83
③①ー
Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Aquatic Cataclysm+Aquatic Cataclysm+
Aquatic Cataclysm+ Great Sword Sharpness
330 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Water Image 84
③①①
Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Khezu Shock Full+Khezu Shock Full+
Khezu Shock Full+ Great Sword Sharpness
330 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Thunder Image 85
④ーー
Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Flicker Blizzard BladeFlicker Blizzard Blade
Flicker Blizzard Blade Great Sword Sharpness
320 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Ice Image 100
②②ー
Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Wyvern Gnasher+Wyvern Gnasher+
Wyvern Gnasher+ Great Sword Sharpness
330 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Dragon Image 82
②②①
Weapon Augments
Rampage Decoration
Armor Slots Skills
Flaming Espinas BrainFlaming Espinas Brain ③②ー
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Razor Sharp Lv. 1
Spare Shot Lv. 1
Flaming Espinas MuscleFlaming Espinas Muscle ②②ー
Silver SolbracesSilver Solbraces ④①①
Flaming Espinas Bowels Flaming Espinas Bowels ④①①
Burst Lv. 1
Silver SolgreavesSilver Solgreaves ②②①
Talisman Critical Eye 3 with a ②① slot
Decorations
Element Jewel 1 x5
MH Rise - Crit Element Jewel+ 4Crit Element Jewel+ 4 x1
MH Rise - Critical Jewel 2Critical Jewel 2 x2
MH Rise - Attack Jewel 2Attack Jewel 2 x3
MH Rise - Tenderizer Jewel 2Tenderizer Jewel 2 x3
MH Rise - Brace Jewel 1Brace Jewel 1 x1

MH Rise - Expert Jewel 2Expert Jewel 2 x1
(x2 for Ice and Dragon GS)
For Fire and Dragon Builds:
MH Rise - Spiribird’s Call Jewel 1Spiribird’s Call Jewel 1 x1
For Water GS Build:
MH Rise - Steadfast Jewel 1Steadfast Jewel 1 x2
Skills
Rampage Skill Element Exploit to increase elemental damage against each element
For Ice GS:
Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Element Attack Lv.5
Attack Boost Lv.7 | Critical Eye Lv.4
Critical Boost Lv.3 | Weakness Exploit Lv.3
Critical Element Lv.3 | Marathon Runner Lv.3
Charge Master Lv.3 | Maximum Might Lv.2
Constitution Lv.2 | Razor Sharp Lv.1
Spare Shot Lv.1 | Flinch Free Lv.1
Redirection Lv.1 | Element Exploit Lv. 1
Burst Lv.1
Fire and Dragon Builds: Spiribird's Call Lv.1
Water Build: Stun Resistance Lv.2
Build Merits The Surge Slash Build takes a more aggressive route, relying on your Surge Slash combos to do continuous elemental damage. With this playstyle in mind, we focused on maxing out affinity with skills like Critical Eye and Maximum Might, which synergize well with Critical Element, amping your elemental damage even further. Since you'll be more aggressive with this build, we suggest also equipping Rage Slash on your Switch Skills.
These builds assume that no Armor Augmentations have been made.

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Royal Order+ All-Rounder

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Royal OrderRoyal Order's Great Sword+
Royal Order
320 50 10%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
-
②①ー
Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser Crown XKaiser Crown X ①①①
Archfiend Armor BauloArchfiend Armor Baulo ③②ー
Resentment Lv. 1
Burst Lv. 1
Barroth Vambraces XBarroth Vambraces X ②①ー
Squire Squire's Belt ③ーー
Malzeno GreavesMalzeno Greaves ④①①
Talisman Critical Eye 3 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Build Merits and Notes
This all-rounder build using the Royal Order's Great Sword+ combines damage and utility to make a build fit for any Master Rank hunt. Attack Boost, Critical Boost, Offensive Guard, and a point in Burst are used to improve the weapon's overall damage. In addition, Critical Eye and Weakness Exploit are used for guaranteed critical hits on weakspots thanks to the weapon's innate 10% affinity. For ease-of-use and utility, the build is rounded out by maxed Focus, Stun Resistance, Speed Sharpening, and a point in Wirebug Whisperer.

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Abyssal Eruption Raw Climber

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Abyssal EruptionAbyssal Eruption
Abyssal Eruption Great Sword Sharpness
340 0 -15%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Dragon Image 29
ーーー
Armor Slots Skills
Kaiser Crown XKaiser Crown X ①①①
Nargacuga Mail XNargacuga Mail X ③①ー
Sailor GlovesSailor Gloves ③ーー
Focus Lv. 3
Squire Squire's Belt ③ーー
Malzeno GreavesMalzeno Greaves ④①①
Talisman Attack Boost 3 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Build Merits and Notes
This Abyssal Eruption climbing build focuses on the weapon's high raw damage while backing it up with some utility skills. The quartet of Attack Boost, Critical Eye, Critical Boost, and Weakness Exploit improve the weapon's overall damage, while Offensive Guard helps increase Strongarm Stance's powerful counter-attack. For utility, the build also includes max Focus, Stun Resistance, Speed Sharpening, and a point of Wirebug Whisperer.

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Master Rank Build (Mid Game): MR 3-6

Royal Order Strongarm

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Royal OrderRoyal Order's Great Sword
Royal Order
310 50 10%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
-
②ーー
Armor Slots Skills
Lunagaron HelmLunagaron Helm ②②ー
SquireSquire's Cuirass ①①ー
Barioth Vambraces XBarioth Vambraces X ②①ー
Squire Squire's Belt ③ーー
Grand GodGrand God's Peer Feet ①①①
Talisman Attack Boost 3 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Build Merits and Notes
This build is focused around the new Strongarm Stance Silkbind Skill, enhancing the powerful counter with skills such as Offensive Guard, Attack Boost, and Critical Boost. The build also features maxed Focus to cover for Strongarm Stance's downtime and maxed Speed Sharpening to return to purple sharpness faster.

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Astalos Thunder Surge Slash

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Astalos Crashblade+Astalos Crashblade+
Astalos Crashblade+ Great Sword Sharpness
310 0 20%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
Thunder Image 43
①ーー
Armor Slots Skills
Astalos HelmAstalos Helm ④②①
Burst Lv. 1
Zinogre Mail XZinogre Mail X ①①①
Ingot Vambraces XIngot Vambraces X ④②ー
Squire Squire's Belt ③ーー
Ingot Greaves XIngot Greaves X ①①ー
Talisman Attack Boost 3 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Build Merits and Notes
This build is focused around dealing high Thunder damage with the new Surge Slash Combo Switch Skill, enhancing its quick high-damage hits with Attack Boost, Thunder Attack, Critical Boost, and Critical Element. For a smoother hunting experience, this build also features maxed Stun Resistance, Speed Sharpening, and Focus Lv.2 for utility.

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Master Rank Build (Early Game): MR 1-2

Kamura Warrior Cleaver Raw Affinity

Weapon ATK DEF Affinity
Kamura Warrior CleaverKamura Warrior Cleaver
Kamura Warrior Cleaver Great Sword Sharpness
250 0 0%
Element
/ Status
Slots Rampage Slots
-
④①ー
Armor Slots Skills
HunterHunter's Helm X ②ーー
Ingot Mail XIngot Mail X ③①ー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Windproof Lv. 2
Alloy Vambraces XAlloy Vambraces X ②①ー
Anjanath Coil X Anjanath Coil X ④①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Ingot Greaves XIngot Greaves X ①①ー
Talisman Weakness Exploit 2 with ② slot or better
Rampage Decoration
Decorations
Skills
Rampage Skill Swap between Wyvern Exploit, Anti-Aerial Species, Anti-Aquatic Species, or Fanged Exploit depending on the monster.
Build Merits and Notes
A well-rounded Great Sword build great for starting out in Sunbreak's Master Rank. It features high raw damage and 75% Affinity on weak spots thanks to Attack Boost, Weakness Exploit, and Critical Boost, while also sporting good survivability with Defense Boost and Stun Resistance. The build also sports Focus 3, making it easier to charge up the Great Sword's attacks.

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Best Skills for Great Sword

Best Damage Skills

These skills make it possible to deal extra damage! Aim for these skills for maximum DPS to defeat those monsters easier and finish those quests faster!

Best Skills Explanation
Attack Boost
★★★
This skill increases the Great Sword's damage values, especially when hitting a successful True Charge Slash!
Offensive Guard
★★★
Increases overall damage output for the Strongarm Stance playstyle.
Weakness Exploit
★★★
A staple skill for any meta builds. The Great Sword's playstyle requires targeting weakspots to inflict optimal damage, so having this skill provides a significant boost to your DPS. Always max out this skill whenever possible.
Critical Boost
★★★
Further amplifies critical hit damage. Make sure to have high affinity first before equipping!
Critical Eye
★★★
Always aim for 80-100% affinity to amplify the Great Sword's base damage efficiently! It is best to max this out when you're using a Surge Slash-focused build.
Frostcraft
★★
With Velkhana's return to Sunbreak, this skill is a must-have for the old-school playstyle of hitting the monster then running away to regroup! With this in mind, we highly recommend the gloves from the Velkhana Armor Set for a level of this skill plus max level of Critical Draw.
Available in Sunbreak Free Title Update 4
Critical Draw
★★
Grants up to a 60% affinity on draw attacks. On Free Title Update 4, this skill is best paired with the Frostcraft skill.
Element Attack
★★
Sunbreak featured buffs for elemental damage, making elemental builds viable. Be sure to max out this skill to get the most out of its potential.
Fire | Water | Ice | Thunder | Dragon
Element Exploit
★★
This skill is ideal to have on elemental builds because of the Great Sword's playstyle of targeting a monster's weakspots, making sure you pull off significant damage every time you hit them!
Available in Sunbreak Free Title Update 1
Charge Master
★★
Provides extra elemental damage every time a charged attack hits.
Powder Mantle
This skill from the Risen Teostra Armor provides the Great Sword with additional blast damage every time it activates, contributing greatly to DPS.
Available in Sunbreak Free Title Update 3
Dereliction
Using the Red Scroll for elemental builds and the Blue Scroll for raw builds improves overall damage; just be wary of your health, especially when you're doing the small barrel bomb counter technique!
Available in Sunbreak Base Game
Bloodlust
Overcome the Frenzy Virus to power up with this skill; best paired with Coalescence.
Available in Sunbreak Base Game
Critical Element
For elemental builds, this skill contributes greatly to the damage dealt to a monster. Consider this skill when doing a Surge Slash-focused build.

Best Comfort Skills

These are skills that make managing weapon mechanics a lot easier. Damage is only part of the equation - taking time to slot in comfort skills that increase consistency & comfort will also increase overall DPS!

Best Skills Explanation
Focus
★★★
Speeds up the Great Sword's charge attacks and is a must-have skill for any Great Sword player.
Defiance
★★
Three levels of this skill prevent most roars, tremors, and winds from interrupting your charged attacks. The Cornerstone Jewel is a level 1 decoration, so slot it in whenever possible!
Available in Sunbreak Free Title Update 1
Quick Sheathe
★★
Makes Power Sheathe quicker, providing enough time to reposition for a counterattack or regroup.
Handicraft
Consider slotting this skill in when a single point is enough to get your Great Sword to a decent amount of purple sharpness.
Flinch Free
Useful especially in multiplayer where minor attacks can interrupt your attacks.
Speed Sharpening
Reduces a cycle for sharpening with each level. Useful for getting your sharpness level up mid-fight.
Intrepid Heart
Whenever the gauge above your health bar is full, this skill can be useful in preventing monster attacks from interrupting your combos, making it possible to pull off an extra charged attack before you can regroup.
Available in Sunbreak Free Title Update 2

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15 Iris8 months

Hi; I've found a lot of these builds are not really; doable for the MR they're advertised for on the build page; saying MR 10+ when in actuality; the weapons on some and the decorations on others are well over mr 100+ I do not know if this is a glitch, a typo or an oversight; but it is frustrating when i have the handicap of waiting for my friend at Master rank unlock gates and new monsters. just below MR100 and i hope to make a build and realize i can't half way through constructing it.

5 Anonymousover 1 year

Any suggestions for GS sleep build?

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