The Great Sword is a heavy weight among all weapons in Monster Hunter Rise. The Great Sword is a great sword as it deals more damage with a single hit than any other weapon, it’s also perfect for hit-and-run with the use of Wirebug mechanics, and unlike the Longsword, it can be used for guarding. But, the weapon comes with some obvious caveats such as you would have to sacrifice speed and mobility as the weapon is really heavy, the hits need to be timed well and not the best weapons against fast monsters like the Great Izuchi. Although you can use the weapon for guarding, it consumes sharpness. Knowing the Monster Hunter Rise (MHR) Great Sword’s actions, combos, moves, and controls in advance will help you learn the use of the weapon faster, so keep scrolling.
Monster Hunter Rise (MHR) – Great Sword Actions, Combos, Moves, and Controls
The Great Sword is an awesome weapon in Monster Hunter Rise and the new Wirebug mechanics allows you to perform some incredible moves. Two of the new combos that you can use with the weapon are Hunting Edge and Power Sheathe. Here are all the Great Sword Controls, Combos, and Moves.
Monster Hunter Rise – Great Sword’s Basic Actions, Moves, and Controls
|X (While Charging)||Charge Slash|
|X + A||Upward Slash|
|A (While Charging) X (While Evading) X (After Kick)||Tackle|
|Zr + X||Kick|
|Zr (While in Air)||Falling Thrust|
|Zl + X||Hunting Edge|
|Zl + A||Power Sheathe|
Wide Sweep – With this attack the hunter will swing the Great Sword horizontally. You can combine the Wide Sweep with other attacks to form combos. Press A 3 times one after the other to perform combo moves. Check out the combo table for more.
Vertical Slash – By pressing the X, the hunter will swing the sword vertically. The weapon strikes the ground faster when it’s sheathed. Pressing L + X after the move, allows charge combos.
Charge Slash – Press the X button while moving forward to perform the Charge Slash. There are three levels of the charged slash that increase the damage. After performing the Charge Slash, press the buttons L + X to perform Power Charged Slash and True Charged Slash.
Sideward Slash – The Sideward Slash is a basic move using the Great Sword. Press the Y button for the hunter to perform the sideway slash.
Upward Slash – With this move, the hunter will swing the Great Sword upwards. This is another basic move that can be followed with other attacks.
Tackle – This is not an attack move, but great for triggering the True Charged Slash. The Tackle can be initiated by pressing the A while charging, X while evading, and X after kick. You can use it to cancel Charge Slash. After you cancel the Charge Slash with Tackle, the next time you use Charge Slash, it will automatically be third level True Charged Slash. You can follow up the Tackle with Power Charged Slash or True Charged Slash by pressing L + X.
Guard – The Guard allows the hunter to use the Great Sword as a shield to prevent damage, but can cost sharpness of the sword. You need to press Zr to initiate Guard.
Kick – Pressing Zr + Z allows you to perform a kick and it can be combined with other moves such as pressing X after Kick allows you to Tackle.
Falling Thrust – While the hunter is in the air, you can press the Zr key to initiate the Falling Thrust action.
Hunting Edge – The Hunting Edge can be performed by pressing Zl + X while the weapon is Unsheathed. It will also cost you 2 Spirit Gauge. It’s an attack where you leap forward and attack. The move can be combined with other attacks to form a combo. After connecting the Hunting Edge, press X to perform Plunging Thrust or Zr for Charged Slash. Performing the combo will deal additional damage and the direction can be changed with the left analogy stick.
Power Sheathe – You can perform the Power Sheathe by pressing the Zl + A while the weapon is unsheathed. It costs you one Spirit Gauge. The move can be used for defence or to gain an advantage. When the move is initiated, you gain increased attack power for a short duration. It can be lined with other attacks.
Monster Hunter Rise Great Sword Combo and Controls
|A > A > A||Wide Sweep → Tackle → Leaping Wide Sweep|
|X > L+A||Vertical Slash → Change Combos|
|X > L+X||Charge Slash → Power Charged Slash → True Charged Slash|
|X > L +X X > X||Tackle Power → Power Charged Slash → True Charged Slash Tackle → Vertical Slash|
|Zr + Z > X||Kick → Tackle|
|Zl + X > X/Zr||Hunting Edge → Plunging Thrust → Charged Slash|
The Hunting Edge and the Power Sheathe both utilize the Wirebug mechanics new to Monster Hunter Rise. You can refer to our Wirebug guide to know more about how Wirebug works in the game. Using a Wirebug, take the Wirebug in a cooldown.
Now, you know enough about the Monster Hunter Rise (MHR) Great Sword actions, combos, moves, and controls to use the weapon with ease and perform all types of attacks and defense.