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Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword: Best builds, tips, and tricks

Mhr Player With Long Sword
Mhr Player With Long Sword (Image credit: iMore)

Monster Hunter Rise offers so many different ways to slay massive beasts. With an arsenal of 14 weapons to choose from and plenty of customization options, it's no wonder that Capcom's latest entry is one of the best Nintendo Switch games out there. However, all of those options also make it hard to know what weapon you should use. To help you get a better idea of what weapon will suit your needs, I'll go over the Long Sword, including its attacks, Switch Skills, and tips for the best builds.

Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword fighting style

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The Long Sword is a powerful weapon with a long reach for both vertical and horizontal swings. It moves faster than some bulkier weapons like the Great Sword but is slower than more agile weapons like the Dual Blades.

Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword Controls

ControlsFunction
XOverhead Slash
AThrust
Left joystick + X + AAttack while moving
ZRSpirit Blade
ZR + A (during combo)Foresight Slash
ZR + B (after an attack)Special Sheathe
  • Spirit Gauge: Landing hits fills the Spirit Gauge, which can be expended to perform Spirit Blade attacks. Landing Spirit Roundslashes will also change the gauge's color, increasing attack power.
  • Foresight Slash: Can be performed mid-combo and provides a long invulnerability window. LAnd it after dodging an enemy attack to fill the Spirit Gauge, then press ZR to chain it into a Spirit Roundslash.
  • Special Sheathe: After an attack, press ZR+B to perform a Special Sheathe. Pressing X will perform an Lai Slash, while pressing ZR will perform an Iai Spirit Slash. After a period of time, the Special Sheathe will revert to a normal sheathe. The Quick Sheathe skill affects Special Sheath, while the skills Critical Draw and Punshing Draw affect Iai attacks.
  • Iai Slash: If you land a hit with an Iai Slash, your Spirit Gauge will start to increase automatically.
  • Iai Spirit Slash: A powerful counter that can be performed after a Special Sheathe. Time this attack carefully right as a monster is about to hit you to increase your Spirit Gauge. Can combo into many other moves.

Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword Combos

CombosFunction
X, X, X,XBasic Combo: Step Slash > Overhead Slash > Thrust > Rising Slash
ZR, ZR, ZR, ZRSpirit Blade Combo: Spirit Blade I > Spirit Blade II > Spirit Blade III > Spirit Roundslash
X + A, ZR, ZR, ZRFade Slash Combo: Fade Slash > Spirit Jumping Slash > Spirit Blade III > Spirit Roundslash
X, ZR + B, X, ZRSpecial Sheathe Combo I: Step Slash > Special Sheathe > Iai Slash > Spirit Blade II
X, ZR + A, ZRForesight Slash Combo I: Step Slash > Foresight Slash > Spirit Roundslash
X, ZR + A, ZR + BSpecial Sheathe Combo II: Step Slash > Foresight Slash > Special Sheathe

Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword Switch Skills

Each weapon has its own unique attacks. What's more, each attack has at least two Switch Skills that you can assign to it for a different result. However, only one Switch Skill can be active on an attack at a time. Here are the Long Sword Switch Skills.

AttackSwitch Skills
Silkbind AttackSoaring Kick: Launches you into a jump kick attack with a Wirebug. If you hit an opponent on the way down, you'll land a Plunging Thrust and will fill your Spirit Gauge for a short time. Press the correct button after landing, and you'll perform a Spirit Helm Breaker by spending one level of Spirit Gauge.
Silkbind Sakura Slash: Makes you dash and slice around your prey with the use of a Wirebug. The hits you land create lacerations that cause additional damage and raise your Spirit Gauge by 1.
Regular Attack 1Spirit Reckoning Combo: Uses the Spirit Gauge to charge into a Spirit Blade on its third strike. It can be difficult to control but is powerful when it lands.
Spirit Roundslash Combo: Uses the Spirit Gauge to charge into Spirit Blade on the third strike. Easy to hit the main enemy and any other opponents in range.
Regular Attack 2Step Slash: Makes a vertical slash perfect for aiming into the air.
Drawn Double Slash: Makes a horizontal slash and absorbs hits while attacking. It does more damage than the Step Slash, but only a few attacks can be used to follow it.

Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword Silkbind Attacks

Silkbind AttacksFunction
ZL + ASerene Pose: Prepares you for an attack. Taking a hit while in this pose leads to a counterattack.
ZL + XSoaring Kick: Launches you into a jump kick attack with a Wirebug. If you hit an opponent on the way down, you'll land a Plunging Thrust and will fill your Spirit Gauge for a short time. Press the correct button after landing, and you'll perform a Spirit Helm Breaker by spending one level of Spirit Gauge. Can be switched out with Silkbind Sakura Slash.
ZL + XSilkbind Sakura Slash: Makes you dash and slice around your prey with the use of a Wirebug. The hits you land create lacerations that cause additional damage and raise your Spirit Gauge by 1. It can be switched out with Soaring Kick.

Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword Best builds

Mhr Magnamalo (Image credit: iMore)

Every build you make will have some give and take. However, these are what we consider to be the best builds for the Long Sword.

Best build for 2 Star Quests

AreaBest equipment
WeaponIron Katana II
HeadIzuchi Helm
ChestHunter's Mail
ArmsAlloy Vambraces
WaistAlloy Coil
LegsBaggi Greaves

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 44
  • Fire: -4
  • Water: -2
  • Thunder: -5
  • Ice: 0
  • Dragon: 1
  • Attack Boost Lvl 2
  • Critical Eye Lvl 3
  • Water Attack Lvl 1

Best build for 4 Star Quests

AreaBest equipment
WeaponIron Gospel
HeadBasarios Helm
ChestBarroth Mail
ArmsSomnacanth Braces
WaistBasarios Coil
LegsBasarios Greaves

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 134
  • Fire: 3
  • Water: 7
  • Thunder: -6
  • Ice: 7
  • Dragon: -4
  • Attack Boost Lvl 1
  • Defense Boost Lvl 5
  • Speed Sharpening Lvl 1
  • Load Shells Lvl 1
  • Bombardier Lvl 1
  • Divine Blessing Lvl 1

Best Endgame build

AreaBest equipment
WeaponDeepest Night
HeadUtsushi Mask (H) S
ChestBarioth Mail S
ArmsAnja Vambraces S
WaistRathalos Coil S
LegsIngot Greaves S

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 267
  • Fire: 11
  • Water: 1
  • Thunder: -3
  • Ice: 2
  • Dragon: -6
  • Attack Boost Lvl 6
  • Critical Eye Lvl 2
  • Razor Sharp Lvl 3
  • Spare Shot Lvl 3
  • Slugger Lvl 2
  • Agitator Lvl 1
  • Windproof Lvl 1
  • Evade Window Lvl 1
  • Wirebug Whisperer Lvl 1

Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword Best skills

I recommend you work on getting these skills leveled up as soon as you can. It'll greatly help you perform better with the Long Sword.

SkillWhat it does
Attack BoostIncreases attack power and, in higher levels, also increases Affinity.
Razor SharpMakes it so you don't lose your weapon sharpness as quickly.
Weakness ExploitYour attacks do more damage when exploiting a monster's weakness.
Critical EyeIncreases the likelihood of landing critical hits.

Strike true

Now you have a better idea of what the Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword can do. Experiment with the various weapon types until you find one that fits your play style.

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Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.