Sword & Shield Weapon Tree for Monster Hunter Rise (MHR or MHRise) features the different upgrade paths for the Sword & Shield weapon. In Monster Hunter Rise, there are 14 categories of weapons that players can choose from to use for hunting Monsters. Lightweight and easy to use, the sword & shield also boasts outstanding attack speed. The shield can be used to guard, though it may not hold up to certain attacks. This page lists all of the Sword & Shields in Monster Hunter Rise, showing their effectiveness and upgrade paths.


Sword & Shield Weapon Traits

  • One of the highest DPS raw weapons.
  • Hunters can use Items with their weapons drawn and whilst guarding.
  • Fast recovery time, allowing for the chaining of attacks and blocks, at the expense of damage.
  • A blade that allows you to attack quickly and up close while evading most incoming blows. Comes with a shield that can guard AND bludgeon too!

Master Rank Sword & Shield

You can check out the Sword & Shield Weapon Tree to find the different upgrade paths for Each Master Rank Sword & Shield weapon. Note that these Weapons can only be accessed by players that have purchased and installed the Sunbreak Expansion. For those who own the expansionless version of Monster Hunter, these Weapons are unobtainable.

Sword & Shield Switch Skills

Switch Skills in Monster Hunter Rise (MHR or MHRise) refer to swappable moves in a Weapon's moveset. Each of the 14 Weapon-types have 3 sets of 2 moves that can be switched out with each other, allowing for a diverse, customizable approach to combat. Switch Skills are unlocked by progressing in the game, with each set having a default move that is available from the beginning.

  • Each Weapon-type has a set of swappable Silkbind Attacks and 2 sets of swappable standard moves in the base game.
  • The first set of Switch Skills are unlocked by completing the Lv. 3⭐Urgent Village Quest Feathered Frenzy
  • The second set of Switch Skills are unlocked by forging or upgrading 8 Weapons within a Weapon-type. Note that this needs to be done for every Weapon-type that you want to unlock Switch Skills for.
  • The third set of Switch Skills are unlocked by completing the associated High Rank Hub Quest from Master Utsushi. These quests are unlocked by gaining access to the required Hub Quest rank.
  • Once unlocked, Switch Skills can be swapped at any Item Box and Switch Skill combinations can be saved to Item Loadouts as well.
  • The Sunbreak Expansion introduces the Switch Skill Swap mechanic, where hunters can preload 2 Switch Skill loadouts and swap between them freely during hunts. Hunters will also now have access to a total of 5 sets of swappable Switch Skills, including new Silkbind Attacks and regular moves.
  • This expansion also introduces the Swap Evade, a special dodge maneuver that can be performed right after a Switch Skill Swap, allowing hunters to quickly evade and maintain distance while safely swapping skill sets.


Important: For a comprehensive guide on how to use Sword & Shields, please click the following link: Sword & Shield


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Sword & Shield Ore Tree


Sword & Shield Bone Tree

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