Monster Hunter Rise: How to upgrade Armor Skills

Mhr Player With Palico And Palimute
Mhr Player With Palico And Palimute (Image credit: iMore)

Monster Hunter Rise has taken the Nintendo Switch by storm. It's the first original Monster Hunter game on a Nintendo home console since Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Wii U, and the latest entry on a Nintendo handheld console since Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on the Nintendo 3DS. For many, this is their first game, and while the gameplay is entertaining, all of the sub-menus and weapons you can use can be a bit intimidating. If you're looking to upgrade your hard-earned armor, you're in the right place.

What are Armor Skills?

In Monster Hunter Rise, Armor Skills are buffs attached to Hunter Armor and Petalaces. These buffs can range from increased power for elemental attacks to boosts to your gathering abilities. Many of the monsters in the game can use elemental attacks, so ensuring you have a good defense before heading into a hunt is always important.

While Armor Skills themselves cannot be upgraded individually, stacking pieces of armor that have a particular buff associated with them will increase the level and thus the potency of that buff when you head out on a hunt.

Monster Hunter Rise Mitsuzune Armor Skills

Monster Hunter Rise Mitsuzune Armor Skills (Image credit: iMore)

Where can I upgrade my Armor Skills?

  1. Head to the Smithy. There are two locations in the game: one run by Hamon the Blacksmith in the village square opposite the Market, and the other run by Nakago the Blacksmith on the Hub's second floor.

Monster Hunter Rise Smithy

Monster Hunter Rise Smithy (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select "Manage Equipment". In the sub-menu, select "Change Equipment".

Monster Hunter Rise Smithy

Monster Hunter Rise Smithy (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Choose the Armor Skills you'd like to attain. Every piece of armor has at least one skill attached to it. A pre-determined number of slots can be filled for any one skill, up to five slots. For example, if you want increased Water-element Attacks, you can only boost this five times, as there are five armor slots. Press ZR once on your controller while browsing through the Hunting Armor you have in order to see what skills are attached to each piece.

Monster Hunter Rise Mitsuzune Armor Skills

Monster Hunter Rise Mitsuzune Armor Skills (Image credit: iMore)

You can see the Armor Skills on each weapon and how they increase at each Armor level by pressing into the right analog stick. Armor is crucial in boosting the elemental attacks for any of the weapons you may have and can determine a hunt's outcome. To see which Armor Skills you currently have equipped, press R.

Monster Hunter Rise Armor Skills (Image credit: iMore)

Monster Hunter Rise Equipped Armor Skills (Image credit: iMore)

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Monster Hunter Rise is one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch, but the franchise's infamous barrage of menus can confuse newcomers to the series. If you're ever feeling lost, make sure to keep checking iMore for all our Hunter tips and tricks!

Nadine Dornieden

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.