Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Elemental Damage and Resistances Guide

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MH Rise Elemental Damage and Resistances

This is a guide to elemental damage and resistances in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. Read on to learn how you inflict elemental damage, how monsters use elemental damage, elemental resistances, and elements in relation to blights.

How to Deal Elemental Damage

Use Elemental Weapons

MH Rise Sunbreak Fire and Ice+ Dual Blades

Elemental Damage comes from a weapon's Element stat. Weapons with an inherent element will apply both elemental damage and raw damage from the Attack stat.

The proper elemental weapon will make your hunts shorter by making monsters easier to defeat.

For example, Rathalos will take more damage from Ice and Thunder weapons. But you will not want to use Fire weapons as they will deal less elemental damage.

With the exception of Bowguns, boosting raw damage does not count towards boosting elemental damage.

Furthermore, elemental damage is unaffected by affinity unless the skill Critical Element is present.

Damage Fomula Explanations

Use Bowguns with Elemental Ammo

MH Rise Sunbreak Elemental Ammo Sample

For Light Bowguns and Heavy Bowguns, they are exempt from the normal raw and element computation as the result of having no Element stat. In this case, elemental damage depends on a bowgun's raw damage.

Check a ranged weapon's capacity in Equipment Info for compatible elemental ammo that can maximize the bowgun's elemental damage!

Sunbreak Ammo and Phials

Use Element Phial Type Weapons

MH Rise Sunbreak Element Phial

Elemental damage from Charge Blades and Switch Axes can be powered up through their weapon phial types, dealing even more damage.

Use Element Phial type to maximize elemental damage on phial-focused moves like the Charge Blade's Element Discharge.

Sunbreak Weapons List

Target a Monster's Elemental Weakspot

MH Rise Sunbreak Rathalos Physiology

Every monster has a weakspot, and more damage to weakspots can be made through elemental damage.

Build your equipment around a monster's elemental resistances and weaknesses for optimal play.

You can find out a monster's elemental weakness by looking through the Physiology of Large Monsters inside the Hunter's Notes.

Sunbreak Monster Stats Explained

Boost Elemental Damage with Skills

MH Rise Elemental Damage Decorations

Element damage boosting skills found in armor, talismans, and decorations can help boost your weapon's elemental damage potential.

Elemental Attack skills only apply to weapons with an existing and matching Element.

For example, skills such as Fire Attack increase the elemental damage of a fire weapon. However, it does not give a fire element to a non-fire weapon.

Skills that Exploit Weakpoints and Affinity

There are more specialized elemental damage skills that benefit from specific conditions such as affinity. Unlike elemental Attack skills, these skills will apply to any elemental weapon.

Elemental Exploit, increases elemental damage on weakpoints.

Critical Element increase elemental damage on critical hits, which is best to use with high-affinity weapons.

Elemental damage boosting skills can also be obtained through Element Exploit Ramp Up Skill and the Elemental Boost Augment from Qurious Crafting.

Sunbreak Skills

Equip Buddies with Elemental Weapons

MH Rise Sunbreak Palico Element Gear

Palicoes and Palamutes can be equipped with elemental weapons to do elemental damage. They apply the same damage calculations as hunters.

List of Buddy Equipment

How to Reduce Elemental Damage

Improve Armor Elemental Resistances

MH Rise Sunbreak Gore Mail Elemental Resistance

Just like monsters, armor pieces also have elemental resistances. Elemental Resistance denote how much more or less damage you will take from an elemental attack.

Positive elemental resistance numbers mean that a hunter will take less damage from a specific element.

Negative elemental resistance on the other hand will increase the damage a hunter takes from an element.

Sunbreak Builds and Best Armor

Use Skills to Boost Armor Elemental Resistance

Elemental resistances can be boosted through resistance skills found in armor, talismans, and decorations.

By also having at least 3 or more pieces of the same armor, you gain bonus elemental resistance stats.

Look out for armor along the way with exclusive skills that modify or boost your resistance further, such as Dragonheart.

Resistance Skill Effects
MH Rise Sunbreak Fire ResistanceFire Resistance MH Rise Sunbreak Water ResistanceWater Resistance
MH Rise Sunbreak Water ResistanceThunder Resistance MH Rise Sunbreak Ice ResistanceIce Resistance
MH Rise Sunbreak Ice ResistanceDragon Resistance

How Does Defense Work?

Compare Elemental Resistance Totals

MH Rise Sunbreak Defense Stats Sample

Your total elemental resistance can be viewed through the Status menu.

When fighting certain monsters that use elemental attacks (Rajang, for example), you will want to have armor pieces or skills that are resistant to Thunder.

The total resistance to different elemental damage types can be modified by mixing or matching different pieces of armor or resistance skills. Experiment which set brings the best results!

Sunbreak Armor Sets

Equip Proper Buddy Armor

MH Rise Sunbreak Palico Element Gear

Palicoes and Palamutes also have elemental resistances just like a hunter's.

Explore different buddy armor pieces to see what works best against a monster and its elemental attacks.

List of Buddy Equipment

Avoid a Monster's Elemental Attack

MH Rise Sunbreak Rathalos Swooping Fire Breath

Monsters can apply elemental damage to hunters through attacks telegraphing the use of an element (can be determined by their attack special effects and colors).

For example, Rathalos's Fire Breath and Lagombi's Snowball will apply elemental damage and blights.

Make sure that you have the right armor pieces and resistance skills to take less damage. Better yet, use Wirebugs and the different Switch Skills to evade or counter these attacks!

Sunbreak Silkbind Attacks and Switch Skills

How to Use and Cure Elemental Blights

Apply Blights to Monsters with Beetles and Wyvern Riding

MH Rise Sunbreak Firebeetle

Elemental Blights are status effects that confer negative effects on a monster, hunter, or buddy.

Getting hit by a monster's elemental attack is likely to give you an elemental blight unless you have the proper resistance skills. For example, catching Fireblight will deal damage to you over time.

Blights can be applied through Elemental Beetles and Wyvern Riding attacks. What blights are applied will depend on what type of beetle is used or what type of elemental attack a monster has.

Sunbreak Wyvern Riding Guide

Elemental and Abnormal Statuses are Different

Status effects by elements are split into two types: Elemental Blight Effects and Abnormal Status Effect.

Elemental Blight effects are not mitigated by elemental resistance but rather through the Blight Resistance skill.

Abnormal Status Blights effects such as Poison and Sleep require other specialized skills that mitigate their effects.

Elemental Blights
MH Rise - FireblightFireblight MH Rise - WaterblightWaterblight MH Rise - ThunderblightThunderblight
MH Rise - IceblightIceblight MH Rise - DragonblightDragonblight

Guide to Status Boost, Elemental Blights, and Abnormal Statuses

Cure Elemental Blights with Items

MH Rise Sunbreak Nulberry

Blights can be cured naturally by waiting or following routines, such as dodge rolling for Fireblight, to wear them out. Make sure to study through the Hunter's Info for ways to treat a blight.

It's best to use items like the Nulberry to cure them quickly as most blights have devastating negative effects when left unchecked.

Sunbreak Best Item Loadouts

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