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MONSTER HUNTER RISE is here! Learn what’s new and get ideas for your starting weapon.

Gear up and grab your Buddies—it’s time to hunt some monsters!

Set in the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village, explore lush ecosystems and battle fearsome monsters to become the ultimate hunter. It’s been half a century since the last calamity struck, but a terrifying new monster has reared its head and threatens to plunge the land into chaos once again.


  • Buddy support: Palico helpers are back and they’ve brought a new friend to join the hunt—Palamutes. During quests, you can ride your Palamute to quickly navigate the environment without using stamina. You can even use some items and recover health while on the move. But your Palamute won’t just sit back and watch you battle. Like Palicoes, these loyal creatures will join you in battle, synchronizing their attacks with yours.

  • Gather a hunting party: Party with friends in local* or online** multiplayer to take on Hub Quests. The Hub Quests difficulty levels change depending on the number of players, adapting on the fly as players join or leave.

  • Gear up: Armor and weapons can mean the difference between success and failure. Gather rewards from your hunt to upgrade and create new armor and weapons to pick the right skills to suit your playstyle and objective.

  • New hunting actions: Create different combos with the new Switch Skills and try each weapon’s high-flying Silkbind attack with the use of your new Wirebug!

  • Ferocious monsters: From the smaller Bnahabra to the towering Diablos, danger lurks around every corner. Brush up on what monsters you may encounter on each hunt and how to handle them.

  • The perks of nature: Some smaller native critters can grant perks that last till the end of your quest, while others can be captured and used as items. Each area has different types of life, so make sure to use them on your hunt!

With so many new and returning features, we want to make sure that your hunt gets off to a productive start. Whether you’re new to the series or just wanting to get familiar with your options, we’ve gathered some info on four weapons that you may want to start with.

Beginner weapons

You don’t want a ferocious beast catching you empty handed—much less a Magnamalo! If you’re going to start hunting monsters, you’ll need to choose a dependable weapon. But with 14 different Weapon Types, you may be wondering which to try first.

  • Long Sword:The Long Sword is a sharp weapon with exceptional speed and reach that allows you to perform technical dodges and counterattacks in combat. Cut through your prey to charge up the sword’s Spirit Gauge, then unleash its powerful Spirit Blade attack!

  • Hammer: Large and in charge, this powerful blunt-force weapon hits hard but doesn’t interfere with mobility. Wield powerful charge attacks that can occasionally stun enemies.

  • Hunting Horn: The Hunting Horn is music to our ears! This blunt weapon allows you to cast buffs on your hunting party by performing melodies. Gather notes of a single color for a steady boost or combine three to gain all effects.

  • Dual Blades: Graceful, agile, and relentless—the Dual Blades deliver an onslaught of slices in rapid succession. Activate Demon Mode to dance deadly rings around your foes. Just remember to have enough stamina!

While these are great weapons to start hunting with, they’re not the only ones. Remember that you can change your weapon when you return to the village. So, if the hunt didn’t go your way, you can just try another weapon until you find what works best for you!

Once you’re comfortable with your new weapon of choice, you can try to get flashy with it by using the new Switch Skills and Silkbind Attacks. These two new features allow you to create different combos and use each weapon’s special Wirebug attack.

We’ll have more helpful articles coming soon, so be sure to check back for the latest tips!

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* Additional systems required for local multiplayer mode; sold separately.

**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. Learn more at https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/