Which Weapon Is Best For You? Monster Hunter Rise Weapon Guide

Can’t figure out which weapon to main in Monster Hunter Rise? We got you covered. In this guide, we’ll show you all you need to know about each weapon to help you get started.


With over 14 different weapons in the game, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Each of them have their own pros and cons plus they have varying playstyles. If you think about it, choosing a weapon is like choosing a class or job in an MMO. Fortunately, you’re free to swap weapons whenever you like. This is where Monster Hunter Rise’s replayability comes into play. Each hunt with a different weapon can be an entirely new experience. Remember, there are no best weapons in the game. All of them are equally viable so you don’t have to worry if you feel like you might be picking a lesser weapon. Just pick which ones feel right to you.

Great Sword

This is probably the best known weapon in Monster Hunter as a whole. A lot of people who started out playing Monster Hunter often pick the Great Sword as their starter weapon. But in recent entries to the franchise, the Great Sword received changes that made it an intermediate-level weapon. Not to discourage new players from trying this weapon, but to effectively use the Great Sword you need to have great instincts and good positioning. That’s because the weapon is a bit slow and revolves around landing your charged combos. Sure it hits really hard, but it’s easy to mess up your combos and miss your attacks. Especially if the monster you’re hunting is pretty quick like the Bishaten or the Nargacuga.

Overall, this weapon is great for veteran players who like the challenge of wielding heavy weapons. Beginners may want to wait before using this weapon for a while. At least, until they get a better understanding and feel for the game.

Long Sword

This weapon is similar to the Great Sword in terms of popularity. A lot of players are drawn to the Long Sword because of its anime style visuals. It deals some pretty consistent damage, it has a high attack speed, and easy to execute combos. Plus it’s pretty darn stylish. What’s not to love right?

The Long Sword is a pretty easy weapon to use but not so easy that players looking for challenging mechanics would be put off. It fits the old adage, easy to learn but hard to master.  Whether you’re a veteran or new to the game, this weapon has something for you. 

Sword and Shield

The most versatile weapon in the game. The Sword and Shield is a very simple weapon but offers a lot of versatility. Its kit is loaded with rewarding combos that seamlessly alternate between attacking and defending. Your sword can be used to deal cut damage and sever the tails of monsters, while your shield can be used to deflect attacks and deal blunt damage that can stun monsters. The best part about this weapon is that you can use items even if your weapon is unsheathed. So you don’t have to sheathe your weapon to use Mega Potions whenever you’re in a bind.

The Sword and Shield is a great weapon for everyone. Even beginners will find themselves succeeding with this weapon despite its combos looking a little difficult. You’ll find yourself mastering the Perfect Rush combo in no time.

Dual Blades

The Dual Blades are no doubt the fastest weapons in the game. You’ll find yourself dishing out consistent damage per second while whirling around the monster. It’s easily one of the most mobile weapons as well. Dual Blades also have access to unique switch skills called Demon Mode and Archdemon Mode which drastically increase your attack speed and damage output.

Dual Blades are the perfect weapon for those who want to live life in the fast lane. Being the fastest weapon in the game, it’s easy to just mash a few buttons and you’ll find yourself actually executing a combo. 


Another simple weapon to use. The Hammer is used exactly the way you expect it to be used. You deal damage by bonking the monsters. Hammers deal the most blunt damage in the game so if you hit the right spots, you can cause the monsters to be stunned. It has a high skill ceiling for sure but its floor is pretty low that anyone can pick it up and wreak havoc on monsters.

If you like weapons that deal heavy damage but aren’t slow like the Great Sword, the Hammer may be perfect for you. It also has combos that just defy the laws of physics.

Hunting Horn

Despite being called a Hunting Horn, some weapons in this class actually look like string instruments like a guitar or a violin. Regardless, the Hunting Horn is the best support weapon in the game. It’s all about dealing blunt damage and empowering your allies through buffs. It’s certainly a very unique and creative weapon. You can play notes and combine notes to make a song. Each song has different effects and different buffs. Monster Hunter Rise has done the unthinkable and managed to weaponize music itself. 

Although mostly considered a support weapon, the Hunting Horn is actually very powerful and great for both solo and multiplayer. With all those buffs to your healing and damage, no monster can take you down.


The Lance is the best defensive weapon in the game. You carry with you a large shield and a long lance that you can use to jab or swing at a monster to deal damage. By picking the Lance, you essentially become the tank for your team. This weapon’s kit revolves around using defensive stances to absorb blows and hit with a powerful counterattack.

This weapon’s mechanics are simple enough that anyone can pick it up. Although it’s playstyle may be a bit boring for some, it’s inarguably the safest weapon to pick up if you aren’t good at dodging a monster’s attacks.


By combining the explosive power of a gun with a lance, you get the Gunlance. Despite being somewhat a gun, the Gunlance doesn’t have any ranged capabilities. It’s still a melee weapon through and through. With this weapon, you get a perfect mixture of offense, defense, and explosiveness. It has a lot of moves that revolve around using it’s shells to deal damage to monsters. 

This is a great weapon for those who are looking to get up close and blow up monsters right in their faces. In a lot of ways, this weapon is very similar to the Lance. It’s a little more complicated than the Lance but that’s what makes the Gunlance such a blast to use.

Switch Axe

Like the Gunlance, the Switch Axe is a combination of two weapons: a sword and an axe. But unlike the Gunlance, the Switch Axe can switch between its two modes. The Axe mode of this weapon focuses on heavy swings that build up your Switch Gauge. Once it’s full you can switch to its Sword mode which is a pretty fast weapon with some hard hitting combos. This weapon is designed for players to alternate between the two modes. You can’t just keep using or sticking to one mode.

It may look a bit complicated to use, but it’s fairly beginner friendly. Most of its combos are straightforward so you wouldn’t have to worry about messing it up. Pick this weapon if you’re looking for sick combos and an engaging playstyle.

Charge Blade

The most complicated and challenging weapon in the game. The Charge Blade really doesn’t hold players hands when it comes to first picking it up. Playing this weapon will be difficult for newcomers as it requires you to master it’s combos before you can effectively use it. Like the Switch Axe, this weapon has a sword mode and an axe mode but its sword mode is more similar to the Sword and Shield than the other sword weapons.

This weapon is very difficult to use and is not recommended for newcomers. However, if you do take the time to learn and master the Charge Blade, you’ll be rewarded with the most powerful and over the top weapon in the game.

Insect Glaive

Are you a big fan of aerial combat? Then the Insect Glaive might be the perfect weapon for you. This weapon is a double bladed staff that comes with a cute little insect buddy called a Kinsect. These Kinsects work in tandem with the weapon itself to unlock deadly combos. It’s mechanics may take some time to get used to but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself easily dodging monster attacks while dealing damage from above.

There’s a lot of potential for insane damage with the Insect Glaive. But it isn’t as accessible as some of the other weapons for newcomers. 


The Bow is the best weapon in the game when it comes to raw damage output. It deals a lot of damage in quick bursts. Despite being a ranged weapon, you’ll find yourself almost always in the line of danger when using the Bow. Think of it like a Shotgun. You need to get closer to deal more damage. 

While it is pretty easy to use since there are no complicated combos, the Bow isn’t as good early on. You’ll need certain equipment, items, and armor sets to make the most out of it. Most of these you can get later in the game. So it might be best to put it off for now and come back to it later.

Light Bowgun

Out of the 14 weapons, the Light Bowgun is the easiest to use. If you’ve ever played a shooter before, you’ll understand the mechanics behind this weapon. It also boasts a variety of ammo types with each of them having distinct purposes and different levels of damage. Like the Hunting Horn, the Light Bowgun can be great in both solo and multiplayer thanks to its damage and supportive capabilities. You also have a special ammo type called Wyvernblast which are essentially mines. Great for setting up traps against monsters.

If you like maintaining a safe distance away from you and the monster while you whittle down its health, this is the perfect weapon for you. It’s also great against monsters who can KO you if you get too close like the Rajang or the Valstrax.

Heavy Bowgun

This weapon works similar to the Light Bowgun although it is much slower. Despite losing mobility, this weapon makes up for it with damage. Each shot this weapon fires packs a punch. It can use the same ammo types as the Light Bowgun. It does have two special ammo types called Wyvernheart and Wyvernsnipe. Wyvernheart turns your Heavy Bowgun into a machine gun capable of firing multiple rounds in a second, while Wyvernsnipe turns your weapon into a very powerful sniper rifle that will fire a single shot that deals immense damage.

If you still want to play using a ranged weapon but the Light Bowgun lacks the firepower you desire, the Heavy Bowgun is worth trying out.

Useful Tips

  1. Remember to check your Hunter’s Notes for more information about your Weapon Controls and combos. You can access this through the start menu then head to Info>Hunter’s Notes>Weapon Controls.
  2. If you’re looking to try out or practice weapon combos without having to take on a quest, just head on to the Training Area. Every item you use here will not affect the items you have in your storage. In other words, you can use items an unlimited amount of times.
  3. Don’t be afraid to experiment with each weapon and find one that you like. Monster Hunter Rise is all about customizability so make sure that you try all the possibilities on every weapon.

So there you have it! We hope that this gave you insight on which weapon you would like to use in Monster Hunter Rise. Be sure to check back with us again for more guides on your favorite games. Have fun!