Monster Hunter Rise Switch Axe: Best attacks, builds, tips, and tricks

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The Switch Axe is one of the most versatile weapons in Monster Hunter Rise since it can be either an axe or slide open to become a sword. These two forms offer unique sets of attacks and can be really powerful when mastered. In this guide, I'll go over the best builds, attacks, and skills for the Switch Axe.

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Monster Hunter Rise Switch Axe fighting style

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The Switch Axe is one of the weapons in Monster Hunter Rise that operates like a switchblade in that it has an ax form and can swing open into a sword form. The Axe mode is powerful with decent reach and mobility. The Sword form can lead to lots of damage with faster attacks and finishers. Players should also note that the Sword form uses the phial bonus.

Phials add elemental and status conditions to your attacks or can even drain monsters of stamina. The type of phial used determines what kind of bonus the Switch Axe gets.

Monster Hunter Rise Switch Axe controls

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ControlsFunctionHeader Cell - Column 2
Axe Mode:Row 0 - Cell 1 Row 0 - Cell 2
XAxe: Overhead SlashGreat reach for hitting monster parts that can be high above you.
Rapidly press AAxe: Wild SwingYour stamina will go down as you hit.
X + AAxe: Rising SlashA quicker attack that doesn't do as much damage as the Overhead Slash.
L Joystick + XAxe: Forward SlashMakes you move forward to close the distance between you and the target.
ZRMorph/ReloadLets you change to Sword Mode.
Sword Mode:Row 6 - Cell 1 Row 6 - Cell 2
XSword: Overhead SlashPowerful attack with good reach.
ASword: Double SlashLess powerful attacks that let you hit faster.
X + AElement DischargeCreate explosive blasts to hurt your target.
ZRMorph/ReloadLets you change to Axe Mode.
  • Switch Gauge: Once your Switch Gauge is filled to a certain point, you can morph your sword. If your guage is low, you will reload instead. When the sword is not in use, the gauge fills gradually over time.
  • Axe Heavy Slam: Use Axe: Wild Swing a certain number of times, then press X to perform an Axe: Heavy Slam. This combination will often prime you to reach Maximum Potency.
  • Phials: Attacks in Sword Mode will expend the Switch Gauge to adda phial's effects to your attacks.
  • Amped State: Attacking with the sword enhances phials until they enter an Amped State, giving Axe Mode and Sword Mode extra hits.

Monster Hunter Rise Switch Axe combos

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CombosFunctionHeader Cell - Column 2
Axe ModeRow 0 - Cell 1 Row 0 - Cell 2
L Joystick + X, X, X, XAxe: Basic Combo: Axe: Forward Slash > Axe: Overhead Slash > Axe: Side Slash > Axe: Rising SlashRow 1 - Cell 2
Rapidly press A, X, ZR, AAxe: Combo into Sword Mode: Axe: Wild Swing > Axe: Heavy Slam > Axe: Morph Rising Double Slash > Sword: Triple SlashRow 2 - Cell 2
Sword ModeRow 3 - Cell 1 Row 3 - Cell 2
Xx3, Ax2, X + A, Rapidly press ASword: Combo during an opening: Slash Combo >Slash Combo > Element Discharge > Element Discharge FinisherRow 4 - Cell 2

Monster Hunter Rise Switch Axe Silkbind Attacks

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Silkbind AttacksFunctionHeader Cell - Column 2
ZL + ASwitch Charger: Wirebug launches you forward and your Switch Gauge quickly regenerates. It also makes it so the Switch Gauge won't go down for a bit.Row 0 - Cell 2
ZL + XInvincible Gambit: You do a spin attack while moving forward. You cannot flinch or get knocked back while in motion.Row 1 - Cell 2

Monster Hunter Rise Switch Axe Switch Skills

Each weapon in Monster Hunter Rise has unique Switch Skills, so called because you can have one of two skills activated for each attack at a time.

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AttackSwitch Skills
Silkbind AttackInvincible Gambit: This Wirebug maneuver makes it so you cannot be knocked down until your attacks are completed.
Soaring Wyvern Blade: Fly up with a Wirebug while slashing around and allowing a Forward Slash from in the air. If the Forward Slash lands, the Activation Gauge fills up and there's an explosion.
Regular AttackFinishing Discharge: A finishing blow that has you perform a thrust attack and ends in an explosion
Compressed Finishing Discharge: A finishing blow that delivers a swift strike while putting you in a crouch that cannot be knocked down.

Monster Hunter Rise Switch Axe Best Builds

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As always, the best builds are a matter of opinion. I prefer to wear gear that offers plenty of defense. Here are the builds that will help compliment the Switch Axe's abilities.

Best Builds for 2 Star Quests

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AreaBest equipmentNeeded crafting materials
WeaponProto Iron Axe IIProto Axe I upgrade
HeadIzuchi Helm200 Zenny, Great Izuchi Pelt x2, Izuchi Pelt x1, Monster Bone S x1
ChestHunter's Mail S4,000 Zenny, Remobra Hide+ x 2, Dragonite Ore x2
ArmsAlloy Vambraces500 Zenny, Machalite Ore x2, Iron Ore x3, Earth Crystal x1
WaistAlloy Coil500 Zenny, Machalite Ore x2, Iron Ore x2, Earth Crystal x2
LegsBaggi Greaves200 Zenny, Great Baggi Claw x2, Sleep Sac x1, Baggi Hide x1

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 Builds for 4 Star Quests

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AreaBest equipmentNeeded crafting materials
WeaponImproved Steel Axe2,000 Zenny, Dragonite Ore x3, Monster Bone L x2
HeadBarroth Helm S4,000 Zenny, Barroth Carapace x4, Barroth Claw x2, Barroth Tail x1, Monster Keenbone x2
ChestVolvidon Mail S4,000 Zenny, Volvidon Carapace x3, Volvidon Claw + x2, Carbalite Ore x2, High-quality Pelt x2
ArmsBnahabra Gloves500 Zenny, Altaroth Stomach x1, Bnahabra Shell x1, Bnahabra Wing x2
WaistVolvidon Coil1,000 Zenny, Volvi Rickrack x2, Volvidon Shell x2, Jumbo Bone x2, Warm Pelt x2
LegsVolvidon Greaves6,000 Zenny, Volvidon Cortex x2, Volvidon Talon x1, Ultraplegia Sac x2, Massive Monster Bone x2

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 93
  • Fire: 2
  • Water: -9
  • Thunder: 4
  • Ice: -3
  • Dragon: 6
  • Rapid Morph Lvl 2
  • Attack Boost Lvl 1
  • Evade Window Lvl 1
  • Evade Extender Lvl 1

Best Builds for Endgame

Best Builds for Endgame

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AreaBest equipmentNeeded crafting materials
WeaponSinister Shadowslice45,000 Zenny, Magnamalo Shell + x5, Magnamalo Blade + x4, Magna Soulprism x3, Purple Magna Orb x1
HeadAlmudron Helm S10,000 Zenny, Almudron Whisker + X2, Almudron Scale + x4, Almudron Shell + x1, Rich Mud x2
ChestAnjanath Mail S9,000 Zenny, Anjanath Pelt + x4, Anjanath Scale + x1, Anjanath Nosebone + x2, Piercing Claw x2
ArmsAlmudron Vambraces S10,000 Zenny, Amudron Claw + x2, Almudron Scale + x3, Golden Sludge x3, Novacrystal x1
WaistKhezu Coil S4,000 Zenny, Pearl Hide x3, Suspicious Fang + x2, High-quality Pelt x1, Dragonite Ore x2
LegsLudroth Greaves S4,000 Zenny, Royal Ludroth Scale + x3, Royal Ludroth Claw + x2, Hydro Hide + x2, Piercing Claw x2

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 275
  • Fire: -12
  • Water: 8
  • Thunder: 8
  • Ice: -3
  • Dragon: -3
  • Focus Lvl 3
  • Rapid Morph Lvl 3
  • Power Prolonger Lvl 2
  • Evade Window Lvl 2
  • Slugger Lvl 3
  • Marathon Runner Lvl 1

Monster Hunter Rise Switch Axe Best Skills

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As you create your builds and get further into the game, we recommend working on obtaining these skills.

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SkillWhat it does
Rapid MorphThis skill increases the amount of damage and speed created by form changing abilities. Get it at least to level 3 to make good use of it.
FocusThis makes it so you can fill the gauge faster.
Power ProlongerMakes it so power buffs last longer.
Attack BoostAs you'd expect, this makes it so the attack power of your Switch Axe attack increases. It's definitely worth your while to get it to level 4.

Time to pull the old switcheroo

Every single weapon in Monster Hunter Rise can be a powerful tool if you learn how to use it. That being said, every player is likely to gravitate towards one that fits their playstyle better. You'll need to experiment with each weapon and practice in the training area to really get a feel for which one works best. 

The Switch Axe is a versatile weapon that morphs between an ax and a sword. You'll have a decent amount of mobility and plenty of ways to attack when using this weapon. Best of all, it's both powerful and has good reach, allowing you to attack parts of monsters that might be too high up for some other weapons. 

This dual typing means that you'll need to get some practice in for both the ax and sword attacks so you know when is the best time to use either one. Don't get discouraged and make sure you're wearing the proper gear that compliments your Switch Ax. 

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.