Monster Hunter Rise: How to raise your Hunter Rank
Monster Hunter Rise has everything from an extensive single-player campaign to an excellent multiplayer experience that allows players to help each other out in hunts. Raising one's Hunter Rank is crucial to expanding one's experience with the game. Here's everything you need to know about rising in the ranks as the best Hunter Kamura has seen since the last Rampage.
What is a Monster Hunter Rise Hunter Rank?
Your Hunter Rank is determined by how many key quests you've completed in the multiplayer Gathering Hub of the game. Hunter Ranks are split into two divisions — Low Rank and High Rank. As the description suggests, Low Rank is easier than High Rank, and while Low Rank quests can technically be completed solo (if you know what you're doing), it's probably best to bring along some friends in High Rank quests, if you don't join other people's hunts online.
How can I raise my Hunter Rank?
- Take on Key Quests in the Gathering Hub. If you've progressed through the single-player campaign, you may be familiar with how this goes. Low-Rank starts at One Star and goes up to Three Star quests. You must complete the required amount of Key Quests in each star level. Key Quests are distinguished by the red diamond symbol displayed on the left side of the quest title, which will turn gray once the quest is completed. You will receive a red check mark every time you complete a quest, and the remaining number of Key Quests to be completed will be shown in the upper right-hand corner of the screen while in Kamura Village.
- Complete the Urgent Quest. After you have achieved your Key Quest quota in each star level, you will be asked to embark on an Urgent Quest. These quests will either have you face a difficult monster or take part in a special Rampage Quest.
- Rinse, repeat. It's no surprise that Monster Hunter follows a specific gameplay loop. As your Hunter Rank rises, you'll be able to take on more monsters in various environments. This builds your experience and allows you to gain lots of experience and also try out new weapons.
Are there benefits to raising my Hunter Rank?
High Rank quests give players access to High Rank monsters. These monsters have different movesets and behavioral patterns, and give higher quality part drops at the end of a hunt. These parts are used to create high rank armor with new and more useful Armor Skills. This makes Low Rank quests and helping your friends out at the hub much easier and way less frustrating. There are also some monsters that are exclusive to High Rank, and will thus grant you exclusive armor and weapon trees.
Where is G-Rank?
Us Western Hunters have been spoiled by Capcom, in that we've often get the "Ultimate" form of Monster Hunter games. The base versions are usually released in Japan first, and the Ultimate versions with all-new content and G-Rank are then released worldwide.
As for now, Hunter Ranks only go up to HR7. While Monster Hunter World had a new Hunter Rank system, traditional games like Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate went up to HR 8, with the subsequent Urgent Quest taking players into G-Rank. In MH4U, G-Rank had 4 levels of G-Rank from G1 to G3 All-Access, each with their own assigned quests.
While it is uncertain whether G-Rank will be added to Monster Hunter Rise via an update, we do know that the first free content update coming in late April will unlock the Hunter Rank cap. Monster Hunter Rise has sold several millions of copies since its launch, after all, and is considered to be one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch.
Rise to the top
Monster Hunter's gameplay loop is equal parts challenging and addictive. Take on quests to hunt a wide variety of amazingly designed monsters on your own or with friends as you protect the peaceful Kamura village from the impending doom that is the Rampage.
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.