Monster Hunter Rise - Guide: Tips for getting started

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Learn about the gameplay of the game

The basic gameplay of Monster Hunter has been consistent for decades and the tradition continues with Monster hunter rise.

The steps to take to better approach the game are:

  • Choose only one monster to fight with
  • Travel to the great place where the monster is
  • Find the goal
  • Fight the creature alone or with some friends
  • Create new armor and new gear from materials that let the prey fall
  • Repeat the process

At the start of the game, you will be taken through the home base to meet the various citizens of the city as they teach you each of their functions. In doing so, you will go on your first hunt. During the initial run, you will receive numerous popup tutorials that span some of the basics of the game.

When you return to the village, you will be told how to transform the parts you got from the defeated monsters into new equipment. It won't be long before you move on to your next hunt.

You will continue this process as the game increases in difficulty. Over time, as you become familiar with the game, you will begin to optimize your hunting equipment and choose the specific one to overcome increasingly stronger monsters.

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Take on the training missions first

There are a few basics worth understanding before fully diving into Monster Hunter Rise. Training missions help acclimate new players and veterans to game systems.

Before you start taking on the most challenging monster fights or playing online with friends, complete these short missions.

After meeting Master Utsushi in the Gathering Center, he will add some training missions to the list of Hinoa (one of the maidens who will give you missions) in the village. These missions will cover several important topics:

Return to the basics guides you through the main game mechanics of Monster Hunter Rise.

Learn to ride teaches you how to ride Wyvern. This is an important skill to learn as it will dramatically reduce hunting times.

The basics of monster capture teaches you how to finish missions by trapping monsters instead of defeating them. Capturing creatures can complete hunts much faster and will also give you access to unique monster parts. If you want to learn how to forge the best armor and weapons, you have to learn this skill.

The fury approaches teaches you to play Rampage mode in Monster Hunter Rise.

While it may be easy to ignore or miss these missions, they are worth doing.

Always eat before hunting

Visiting the canteen to eat dango should always be a priority before hunting.

As you advance in Monster Hunter Rise, you'll unlock new treats that you can mix and match to create buffs for each hunt. Familiarize yourself with the elemental types of each monster and order dango recipes that empower you against the target's special attacks.

If you play Monster Hunter Rise enough, the cost of ordering the dango will be negligible, especially if you pay with the copious amount of points you will earn simply by hunting. There is no reason not to eat dango before every hunt.

Interact with everything

As you venture into the various locations of Monster Hunter Rise, you will see various colorful creatures called endemic life. These bugs and creatures will give you small stat boosts simply by interacting with them. Some will increase health while others can give you a temporary buff in attack or defense power.

You should always be careful where these creatures appear on the map. They always show up in the same spots, so try to plan routes where you will encounter as many as possible on the way to your goal.

At the same time, you should always collect Herbs e honey to create support objects. If you know how to create objects automatically, you will instantly create the elements you need without lifting a finger.

Basically, chances are you can interact with every insect, small creature, and plant you see. You should always interact with these as they will help you in the long run, instead of rushing straight to the goal.

Use the best controller possible

Monster Hunter Rise can be demanding to control. Between the various control styles for each weapon and the new Wirebug system, there is a good overall learning curve.

If you are playing with the console connected to the TV, there is no better option than the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. This allows you to easily control your hunter.

Those looking to hunt on the go may find that the Joy-Con are a little too small to handle the intense Monster Hunter action. If you want to upgrade your experience, check out Hori Split Pad Pro. While it will add volume to the console, it is one of the best controllers for playing Monster Hunter Rise and more.

Choose the right weapon

One of the most important decisions to make is related to choosing one of the 14 weapons available in the game. Each is different and offers a unique fighting style.

Trying to understand what to choose from the beginning is daunting because it is not simple and straightforward. The only way to know if a weapon is right for you or not is to take it with you and try it out in the game's Training Area. Going to the item box and selecting Manage Equipment> Change Equipment, you can take one of the weapons to try it out. You can also learn about each weapon's unique qualities, Wirebug attacks and combos by going up Options> Info> Hunter's Notes> Weapon Controls.

The easiest way to get good at Monster Hunter is by learning to understand monsters first. If you choose a starter weapon that requires you to think more about how to use it than to pay attention to what the monster is doing, you won't have a satisfying experience.

The joy of Monster Hunter is feeling like you are in control in a battle against a giant beast. To get to that point, you'll first need to move confidently around your opponent. Once you understand the enemy's moves, you can focus on mastering the weapon.

Starting weapons

If you have absolutely no idea which weapon to choose in Monster Hunter Rise, choose one of these:

The double blades they allow you to repeatedly mash the buttons and deal a lot of damage without thinking too much. By activating the additional attack mode you will have the possibility to inflict even more devastation but be careful, it will also increase the consumption of stamina.

The hammer it is a powerful weapon that becomes more dangerous as you master it. This blunt weapon teaches you the importance of charging powerful attacks as you move for better positioning. Be careful, it could also affect your teammates.

He throws it it has one of the simplest play styles, but it is also one of the most powerful weapons. In fact, it allows you to counterattack and deliver powerful blows.

The light crossbow is the easiest ranged weapon to use. It will allow you to keep your distance and move much more easily. Once you learn how to use it, you will also be able to select special ammo to inflict more damage.

The long sword it's a great introduction to the game. His charged shots allow him to make special attacks.

The sword and the shield they are the most versatile weapon in the game. They combine attack and defense masterfully. It's not the most powerful piece of equipment in the game, but if you like being able to do a little bit of everything, it's for you.

Advanced weapons

Once you feel more comfortable with Monster Hunter Rise, consider upgrading to more challenging weapons.

The rifle lance blends some of the combat philosophies of the standard spear and a ranged weapon. You will have to approach the monsters also carrying a sturdy shield and you will have to hit with the spear when the time is right, you will also manage an ammo meter to fire explosive shots at your targets.

The heavy crossbow requires a little more timing and management than other ranged weapons. Shots need to be loaded before more can be released, which might make you feel a bit like a heavy tank. You can create different types of ammunition that make you more effective.

The hunting horn it's basically the bard / support class in Monster Hunter Rise. You won't have to make any mistakes though: this unique weapon can KO your teammates. Unlike its blunt counterpart, each swing of the hunting horn plays a note. When you play the same note twice in mid-combo, you will automatically throw a buff for you and your teammates.

The sword-ax it is a weapon of transformation that goes from a sword to an ax. Both modes can combine, giving this weapon a unique flow. Once you have defined combos and learned how to charge attacks effectively, you will find yourself grappling with rewarding and fun gameplay.

Complex weapons

The weapons in this category are for those who want to micromanage the damage they inflict and love the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčjuggling different systems during combat.

The bow it is a complex ranged weapon for a few reasons. For one thing, it requires you to constantly manage your stamina to make sure you're dealing as much damage as possible and balance it out with keeping enough energy to slip away when needed. It is also based on skills, equipment and accessories obtainable at the end of the game which will make you more than effective.

The loaded blade is the most complex weapon in the game. It can be satisfying once you learn how to use it, but it requires a good understanding of monster attack patterns and managing how and when you deal damage.

The great sword it's almost tailor-made for Monster Hunter experts. It's slow, deals a tremendous amount of damage, and requires near-perfect timing and positioning to be effective. Inexperienced players will find it difficult to land a hit on their targets. Once you understand the potential of the weapon, you will become a living guillotine.

The insect sickle is the flashiest weapon in the game. and allows you to jump and go around monsters. It also comes with a companion bug that allows you to get different buffs depending on where the bug hits a monster. To get the most out of this weapon, you'll need to understand how to control its trajectory, as well as how and when to use the bug to extract power-ups during combat.

Forge new armor and equipment

After defeating or capturing a monster, you will receive crafting resources. Use these pieces at steel mills to forge new armor and weapons.

During Monster Hunter Rise, you will unlock new gear levels as you encounter several large monsters and increase your Hunter rank. As you browse the list of equipment available on offer at steel mills, you'll see what crafting resources are needed to forge new items.

To craft armor and weapons from specific monsters, you'll need to defeat and capture them more than once. Each piece of armor and its associated weapons require more resources to craft.

To find out how to get a piece of building material from a monster, open the menu Options by pressing +, then Info> Hunter's Notes> Large Monsters. Then, choose the monster you need to get the parts and go to its Materials tab.

Here you will find the percentages that show the probability of finding certain parts.

Understand the types of missions

During Monster Hunter Rise, you will do missions for twin girls Hinoa and Minoto.

Hinoa is close to the steel mills and will give you all single player missions. Minoto is in the Collection Center, where you will face the most difficult missions that can also be carried out in multiplayer mode. Their two types of missions don't mix, although Hinoa will offer you missions that will unlock more difficult missions at her sister's station once you advance through the story.

Hinoa will allow you to take on missions that favor the continuation of the single player story. At the beginning of level one. After completing a series of them, it will reveal more challenging missions as you learn more about the world of Kamura and their monstrous woes.

Once you get the story deep enough, Hinoa will offer special tests. Complete one of these missions and you can instantly increase the mission rank on your sister's mission bulletin board in the Gathering Center.

Minoto deals with missions that can be tackled alone or through multiplayer. These missions are more difficult and the monsters you will encounter will be more challenging if you try to face them with more players.

At first, Minoto will offer low-ranking missions. These missions will be challenging but not impossible. Eventually, you'll get high-ranking missions that get more and more brutal as you go up in difficulty.

Both sisters also handle optional side quests. The reward for these side missions is usually the creation of items and armor orbs, which you can use to upgrade armor.

Understanding progression and reaching high rank

Monster Hunter games are meant to be enjoyed for months and even years. That said, you shouldn't worry too much about having the best armor and weapons until you reach the end of Rise.

As you juggle single player mode and defeat monsters, you'll get to the credits, but that's not the end of the game. The true core of Monster Hunter Rise will not show its true face until you reach the high rank.

Once you've unlocked the high-ranking missions, you'll have new armor and weapons to craft that will make everything you've faced seem undersized. So, until you reach the high rank, don't worry too much about the equipment. Try new weapons, experiment until you reach the level because this is where equipment decisions really matter.

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