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Monster Hunter Rise: Tips and Tricks

Updated: May 15, 2023

Recently added to Xbox Game Pass, Monster Hunter Rise has found a new set of players. For some, like me, this will be the first venture into the Monster Hunter franchise and it can all be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips that can help you get better at the hunt

1) Choose the right weapon for your play style. Different weapons have different strengths and weaknesses, so it is important to find one that suits your style of play. Don’t worry about the crafting materials wasted in trying out different weapons, you can always harvest more. And your ideal weapon may well be the next one you try.

2) Don't forget to eat before every hunt. Eating meals before a hunt will give you various buffs and stat boosts that can help you in battle. Which might just give you the edge you need to take down that bigger beasty.

3) Grab the materials you need from each hunt. Collecting materials from monsters will allow you to craft better weapons and armour, which will make future hunts easier. It might seem obvious to players used to the grindy mechanics of these types of games. But it’s easy to just skip past that carrion and live to regret not having spent the time building resources as you go.

4) Try studying the monster's different attacks and movements. This will help you better judge and prepare your attacks accordingly. Pattern watch. Despite the pretty graphics, these aren’t unpredictable real animals, you can figure out their move set and patterns with just a bit of patience and study.

5) Don't worry about replaying a hunt to get a complete set from a monster early in the game. Focus on completing Village quests first, as they will give you access to more powerful weapons and armour. Plus, you’ll be much less likely to get grind fatigue if you’re progressing through the story. Not many of us want to repeat the same event over and over again. And if you do, don’t worry, there’s plenty of time for that later.

6) Bring Palamutes into battle with you. Palamutes can be used to distract monsters or even attack them directly, giving you an edge in battle. You’re unlikely to not know this from the offset anyway, as your first missions will default you to take them. But they’re well worth having. They can even be equipped with weapons. Does that dog have a sword in it’s mouth? Yes. Yes it does.

7) Pay attention to item descriptions when selling items. Some items may fetch a higher price than others, so it is important to pay attention to what the item description says. Tedious as it might seem, you’ll be grateful for the extra coin when trying to buy upgrades later on. Plus, it will help immerse you in the world. It’s not all about killing monsters, sometimes it’s haggling over feathers with a merchant.

8) Upgrade your equipment regularly. Upgrading your equipment will make it stronger and more effective against monsters. Your oversized great sword might seem like it could cut a bus in twain, but you’ll need those extra DPS stats if you want to go after the big guys.

9) Take advantage of environmental traps. Environmental traps can be used to weaken monsters or even capture them outright, making them easier to defeat. They’ll usually have one of these about in most big fights, but you can always lure the monster to them if not.

10) Utilize all of your tools during hunts. Using all of your tools effectively can make fights much easier, so make sure to use them whenever possible. It can be a bit fiddly at first trying to locate the item you’re needing during a fight, so familiarise yourself with the commands early on. Using those big weapons is tiring work, so you’re certainly going to need to chug a few energy drinks mid-fight.

Any further tips you can think of, feel free to stick them in the comments to help he next budding young hunter.

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