The good, the viable, and the flat-out broken.
by Steven T. Wright
From the hard-hitting slab of steel known as the Great Sword to the delightfully absurd Hunting Horn, all of Monster Hunter Rise's fourteen weapons are wonderful in their own way. But let's be honest: these are hard games, and your experience with the new Sunbreak expansion will differ vastly depending on the weapon you choose.
All these weapons are viable with a bit of practice, some are easier to learn than others. Sunbreak also adds a handful of new switch skills (Silkbind techniques), and while some are merely decent alternatives, others have completely changed how certain weapons play, particularly in the top tier. However, many of these switch skills aren't unlocked until most of the way through Sunbreak’s progression.
While even the “low-tier” weapons here aren’t truly bad, some options are simply better than others. The grindy nature of Monster Hunter Rise’s loot-driven gameplay means that the further you go in the game, the more time it'll take to build a new weapon, so it's better to commit early if you can.
Here’s our assessment of where each weapon stands in terms of ease of use and damage output.
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is available now for Nintendo Switch and PC.
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