Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise (MHR) – How to Use Longsword | Combos and Control

Monster Hunter Rise - Longsword Actions, Combos, Moves, and Controls

The Longsword is one of the fan-favorite and a weapon we have used extensively in the previous Monster Hunter series. While the weapon is part of the current game, there are slight changes that would be evident as you start to use the weapon. While some of the changes negatively impacts the game like in MH World you could swap between the Rising Slash and Thrust indefinitely, but the same does not apply to MHR. There are some other changes, but not all bad.

There are some new mechanics introduced to Longsword, which you will figure out as you start using the sword. The Wirebug mechanics also introduces some new action moves to the sword known as Silkbind attacks. All weapons in the game have silk bind attacks. In this guide, we will detail you on the Monster Hunter Rise Longsword actions, combos, moves, controls, and how to use the longsword.

Monster Hunter Rise (MHR) – Longsword Actions, Combos, Moves, and Controls

The Longsword is one of the best weapons to use in the game due to the wide array of moves you can perform with it, but it also makes mastering the weapon all the more difficult. The game has a new mechanics the Wirebug, which is used for movement as well as perform fight combos. The Wirebug is also used to perform certain moves with the Longsword such as the Soaring Kick.

The Soaring Kick is a Silkbind attack that uses the Wirebug. If you have referred to our Wirebug guide, you know the key Zl + X allows you to use the Wirebug to jump vertically. You can activate the Soaring Kick by pressing the Zl + X. If the kick connects, it will trigger a Plunging Thrust. Landing the thrust will auto-fill Spirit Gauge and you can press Zr to perform Spirit Helm Breaker. The move costs one level of Spirit Gauge.

Longsword Fight Pose

You can only use the special attacks of the Longsword by filling the Spirit Gauge. It’s the meter indicated next to the weapon sharpness. There are various colours in the meter indicating different bonus.

Some attacks with the Longsword will increase the level of your Spirit Gauge such as the Spirit Roundslash, while the Spirit Helm Breaker will consume a level. You need to combine between different moves to maintain the level of the Spirit Gauge while dealing damage to the monsters.

Here are the Monster Hunter Rise Longsword action, moves, and their controls.

Monster Hunter Rise Longsword Action, Moves, Controls

Longsword Basic Moves and Controls

ControlAction
AThrust
XOverhead Strike
A + XFade Slash
ZrSpirit Blade
Zr + AForesight Slash
Zr + B followed with X or ZrSpecial Sheathe
Zl + ASerene Pose
Zl + XSoaring Kick

Thrust – Pressing the A button allows a quick stab forward. It’s useful after you have performed a combo or before opening a combo. Use the left analogue stick to move in the direction you want to attack.

Overhead Strike – Also known as Vertical Slash, you can press on the X button for the Longsword to perform this move. With this move, you swing down the sword vertically. It’s one of the best basic moves and deals a great amount of base damage. You will find yourself using this attack quite often in the game.

Fade Slash –   Press A + X to perform the Fade Slash. With this move, you will swing the Longsword moving into the direction of left analogue stick. This will help you dodge attacks and charge the Spirit Gauge.

Spirit Blade – Although it consumes a chunk of Spirit Gauge, it deals a powerful strike. Performing this move consecutively 4 times leads to the Spirit Roundslash, but you should have sufficient Spirit Gauge. The control for the Sprit Blade is Zr.

Foresight Slash – The Foresight Slash is useful in dodging and countering enemies attack. The damage the move deals depends on the level of your Spirit Gauge. With this attack, you will use up all the Spirit Gauge and cannot be performed with an empty Gauge. The move is great for counter-attack and in mid-combo to dodge the monster attack and strike back. Follow up this attack with moves that help you charge the Spirit Gauge such as the Fade Slash.

Special Sheathe – The great thing about the Special Sheathe is you can use it after any other attack and it’s a combo builder. What this means is, you can perform an attack, perform the Special Sheathe, and then use any combo depending on whether you want to spend or charge the Spirt Gauge. What this move does is, it Sheathe the Longsword for Iai slashes, essential for lining up combos.

Serene Pose – The Serene Pose is another great move for a counter-attack. Use this move when the monster is about to attack and you will immediately strike back after the attack. This is a Silkbind counterattack and uses two Wirebug.

Monster Hunter Rise Longsword Serene Pose

Soaring Kick – The Soaring Kick also requires the Wirebug and consumes one Wirebug charge. Point the reticle at the monster and press Zl + X to perform the kick. It the kick connects, it will trigger the Plunging Thrust. Landing it will automatically recharge the Spirit Gauge. In the brief moment, if you press Zr, you can perform the Spirit Helm Breaker.

Longsword Combos and Controls

We have talked about some of the combos of the Longsword in Monster Hunter Rise. Here is a list of all of them and instructions on how to perform them.

CombosMoves
Spirit Blade follow with Zr + Zr + ZrSpirit Roundslash
Foresight Slash follow with ZrSpirit Roundslash
Special Sheathe follow with XIai Slash
Special Sheathe follow with ZrIai Spirit Slash
Soaring Kick follow with ZrSpirit Helm Breaker

Pressing the additional control after performing basic moves activates the combo. Performing the Iai Slash starts the Gauge recovery. While the Iai Spirit Slash and Spirit Helm Breaker, both consume one Spirit Gauge Chunk.

Now, you know enough about the Monster Hunter Rise (MHR) Longsword actions, combos, moves, and controls to use the weapon with ease and perform all types of attacks and defense.    

Monster Hunter Rise Long Sword Weapon Tree

While the basic longsword is great, you would want to upgrade it to various forms in the Long Sword Tree. There are various forms and capability that the longsword can come with. Here are all the various weapons you can turn the longsword into and the resources required to make new longsword weapons.

Anjanath Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Fervid Flammenschwert. You require the upgrade material such as 2 Rakna-Kadaki Glowgut and Anjanath Gen to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 230 attack and Elemental Fire 24.

Aknosom Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Daybreak Blade. You require the upgrade material such as 2 Rath Wingtalon+ and Bird Wyvern Gen to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 170 attack and Elemental Fire 26.

Almudron Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Doom Bringer Blade. You require the upgrade material such as 1 Golden Almudron Orb and 3 Elder Dragon Bone to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 180 attack and Elemental Water 48.

Anteka Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Anteka Rack. You require the upgrade material such as 1 Majestic Horn and 1 Beast Gem to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 200 attack and no Elemental.

Arzuros Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Arzuros Strikequill. You require the upgrade material such as 3 Arzuros Pelt+, 2 Arzuros Brace+, 1 Beast Gem, and 2 Twisted Rockbone to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 170 attack and no Elemental.

Baggie Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Shadow Slasher. You require the upgrade material such as 3 Arzuros Pelt+, 2 Arzuros Brace+, 1 Beast Gem, and 2 Twisted Rockbone to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 170 attack and no Elemental.

Barioth Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Bastizan Edge. You require the upgrade material such as 2 Amber Fang+, 4 Barioth Carapace, 2 Lagombi Frozenclaw, and 3 Freezer Sac to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 160 attack and Elemental Ice 27.

Barroth Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Castellum Long Sword. You require the upgrade material such as 4 Barroth Carapace, 4 Barrroth Claw+, and 5 Fucium Ore to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 200 attack.

Basarios Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Titanic Makra. You require the upgrade material such as 4 Basarios Carapace, 1 Basarios Tears, 6 Fucium Ore, and Inferno Sac to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 180 attack and Elemental Fire 22.

Bone Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Gnash Katana. You require the upgrade material such as 2 Tigrex Fang+ and 3 Great Stoutbone to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 230 attack.

Bone Scythe Tree Long Sword 2 – The weapon is called the Tormentor. You require the upgrade material such as 3 Monster hardbone and 2 Bishaten Talon+ to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 220 attack.

Death Stench Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Squawkscythe. You require the upgrade material such as 3 Sinister Darkcloth, 2 Monster Hardbone, and 1 Rathalos Ruby to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 180 attack and Elemental Dragon 27.

Hand-Me-Down Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called thehand-Me-Down Sword II. You require the upgrade material such as 3 Anjanath Scale+, 1 Defender Ticket, and 4 Firecell Stone to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 180 attack and Elemental Fire 10.

Ibushi Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Demon Halberd II. You require the upgrade material such as 1 High Commendations, 2 Rajang Tail, 2 Gold Rajang Pelt, and 2 Zinogre Electrofur to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 200 attack and Elemental Thunder 12.

Ice Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Rimeblossom. You require the upgrade material such as 2 Block of Ice+ and 2 Freezer Sac to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 210 attack and Elemental Ice 27.

Izuchi Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Gale Scimitar. You require the upgrade material such as 1 Great Izuchi Tail+, 2 Great Izuchi Hide+, 3 Great Izuchi Pelt+, and 1 Bird Wyvern Gem to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 140 attack.

Jyuratodus Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Jyura Reaver. You require the upgrade material such as 3 Almudron Fin+ and 3 Bubblefoam+ to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 220 attack and Elemental Water 16.

Kamura Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Kamura Ninja Blade. You require the upgrade material such as 2 Firecell Stone, Volvidon Claw+, and Wyvern Gem to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 190 attack.

Kulu-Ya-Ku Tree Long Sword – The weapon is called the Kulu Slicer. You require the upgrade material such as 4 Kulu-Ya-Ku Scale+, 2 Kulu-Ya-Ku Hide+, 1 Kulu-Ya-Ku Plume+, and 1 Bird Wyvern Gem to perform the upgrade. The weapon has 160 attack.

Besides the above, there are a range of other weapons in the Long Sword tree such as Imperial Sword, Sinister Shade Sword, Kakaru Kumo Naki II, Deepest Night, Thunderbolt Long Sword I, Julienne Blade, Scythe of Menace II, Demon Halberd II, Rampage Blade IV, Wyvern Blade Holly, Wyvern Blade Blood II, Douser Bardiche, Illusory Frilled Slash, Devil Slicer, Tigrine Edge II, Poison Barb, and Despot Boltbreaker.

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