Best Hammer Builds Guide and Progression

Best Hammer Builds Guide and Progression - Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) | MHR

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In this post I will cover the Best hammer builds through the story progression and what should you target for the endgame.

Hammer related skills

Here are the skills listed by priority. Have in mind with a Hammer, you always want to hit the Monster Head. There are two reasons: they usually are its weak spots and you deal stun damage to the monster.

  1. Attack Boost - Boosts raw damage. This will work on all your attacks
  2. Weakness Exploit - gives a large boost to affinity when hitting monster weak spots
  3. Critical Boost - increases your critical damage, scales well when your total affinity get high above 50%
  4. Critical Eye - boosts the affinity
  5. Wirebug Whisperer - will increase the rate at which you can use your Switch Skills. Level 1 allows the third wirebug to stay longer. Level 2 and 3 increases their recharge rate
  6. Slugger - this skill has a lower priority than the others. The reason being is that it will not result in more total KO, unless the fights for you take a long time.
  7. Focus - will charge your Hammer faster. However, it is still better to have a high critical rate and raw damage than faster charging.

Endgame: High Rank 100+ (3.0 patch)

In this section, I will cover multiple hammers builds that become available after the 3.0 patch.

Dragonheart Night Eternal build

This build is the best hammer build damage-wise. However, you will need to have your HP below 80% for it to work. This can be hard for the less experienced players or those that are hunting in a group

Weapons and Armor

Weapon Rampage Skills Switch Skills
Night Eternal hammer image mhrNight Eternal Attack Boost III  Any

 

Item Skills
mhr helmet iconValstrax Helm Dragonheart Lv 1
weakness exploit icon mhrWeakness Exploit Lv 1
mhr chest piece iconValstrax Mail
Dragonheart Lv 1
resucitate skill mhr iconResuscitate Lv 2
mhr braces iconValstrax Braces Dragonheart Lv 1
weakness exploit icon mhrWeakness Exploit Lv 2
mhr coil iconValstrax Coil
Dragonheart Lv 1
resucitate skill mhr iconResuscitate Lv 1
resentment skill icon mhrResentment Lv 2
mhr greaves iconValstrax Greaves Dragonheart Lv 1
resentment skill icon mhrResentment Lv 1

Talismans and Decorations

Talisman + slots Decorations Notes
Wirebug Whisperer 1+
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot iconmhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x3
attack jewel 2 monster hunter riseAttack Jewel 2 x4
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
Master jewel 2 icon mhrSharp Jewel 2 x1
The best option where you can get Protective Polish, level 4 Attack Boost and decreased Wirebug cooldown
Attack Boost 2
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
Master jewel 2 icon mhrSharp Jewel 2 x1
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x3
attack jewel 2 monster hunter riseAttack Jewel 2 x2
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
wirebug jewel icon mhrWirebug Jewel 2 x1
Quite a lucrative talisman enabling to have Protective Polish
Any skill
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot iconmhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x3
attack jewel 2 monster hunter riseAttack Jewel 2 x4
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
wirebug jewel icon mhrWirebug Jewel 2 x1
In case you want to sustain white sharpness for longer, switch Attack Jewel 2 with Sharp Jewel 2

Tigrex Pure Damage build

This hammer build drops the Dragonheart armors, that need to sustain less than 80% health. Choosing this option can make the group hunts a bit easier as you may receive some heals from party members

Tigrex overall has higher effective Raw, due to this it is a better contender. Moreover, it can be quite effective with just Lv 2 Protective Polish skill

Weapons and Armor

Weapon Rampage Skills Switch Skills
tigrex hammer image mhrTigrex Hammer Attack Boost III Any skill

We will concentrate on getting the highest affinity possible

Item Skills
mhr helmet iconKaiser Crown critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 3
critical boost icon mhrCritical Boost Lv 1
mhr chest piece iconNargacuga Mail S
critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 2
Evade window mhr skill iconEvade Window Lv 1
mhr braces iconValstrax Braces Dragonheart Lv 1
weakness exploit icon mhrWeakness Exploit Lv 2
mhr coil iconAnjanath Coil S
attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
mhr greaves iconIngot Greaves S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 2

Talismans and Decorations

I recommend adding Sharp Jewel 2 for Protective Polish. Although you will do higher damage with additional Critical Jewel 2 and Attack Jewel 2 for a short period of time

Talisman + slots Decorations Notes
Wirebug Whisperer 1+
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot iconmhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x1
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
Master jewel 2 icon mhrSharp Jewel 2 x2
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x2
Similar to any skill option you will also get a third wirebug. This allows greater damage output overall
Any skill
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot iconmhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x1
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
Master jewel 2 icon mhrSharp Jewel 2 x2
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x2
An option where you have any skills and two level 2 decoration slots for the hammer build
Weakness Exploit 1
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
Master jewel 2 icon mhrSharp Jewel 2 x2
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x1
The baseline talisman that you will already have

Elemental Hammer build

This build is not perfect but it will be a good start for making Elemental damage. The idea that the armor set will work on all the hammers.

Weapons and Armor

There are many weapons to select. here are some recommendations for different elements:

Weapon Rampage Skills Additional info
Huracan Hammer image mhrHuracan Hammer Element Exploit Fire Element
Daora's colossus image mhrDaora's Colossus Kushala Daora Soul Ice
Sinter hammer image mhrSinter Hammer Attack Boost III Water
rampage hammer s image mhrRampage Hammer S Sharpness Type I
Thunder IV
Affinity Surge
Thunder
Reddnaught Hammer image mhrReddnaught Hammer Attack Boost III Dragon Element
Take Critical Jewel 2 or Attack Jewel 2

 

Item Skills
mhr helmet iconKaiser Crown critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 3
critical boost icon mhrCritical Boost Lv 1
mhr chest piece iconVaik Mail S
-
mhr braces iconSinister Gauntlets S hellfire cloak icon mhrHellfire Cloak Lv 1
handicraft icon mhrHandicraft Lv 2
mhr coil iconAnjanath Coil S
attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
mhr greaves iconIngot Greaves S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 2

Talismans and Decorations

You can always add an additional Sharp Jewel 2 for longer protective polish. I suggest removing Attack Jewel in this case.

Talisman + slots Decorations Notes
Wirebug Whisperer 1
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot iconmhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
jewel decoration 1 slot fullElemental Jewel 1 x5
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x3
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x2
Handicraft jewel icon mhrHandicraft Jewel 3 x1
The best option unlocking the most potential: having high sharpness, damage, and third wirebug.
Any skill
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot iconmhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
jewel decoration 1 slot fullElemental Jewel 1 x5
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x3
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x1
wirebug jewel icon mhrWirebug Jewel 2 x1
Handicraft jewel icon mhrHandicraft Jewel 3 x1
The optimal build to start off with elemental hammers

High Rank: HR 40-99

This is the grindy part of the game, where you will be fighting against strong monsters like Elder Dragons. Be prepared to die a lot as you will have to learn their moves.

Sharpness Mastery Hammer build

Another option that allows concentrating on having White Sharpness for longer periods of time.

Weapons

The only hammer that you need

Weapon Rampage Skills Switch Skills
Night Eternal hammer image mhrNight Eternal Attack Boost III  Any

Armors

Item Skills
mhr helmet iconKaiser Crown critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 3
critical boost icon mhrCritical Boost Lv 1
mhr chest piece iconVaik Mail S -
mhr braces iconRathalos Braces S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
mhr coil iconAnjanath Coil S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
mhr greaves iconHunter's Greaves S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
stun resistance icon mhrStun Resistance Lv 1

Talismans and Decorations

Talisman skills + slots Decorations Notes
Wirebug Whisperer 2
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x2
attack jewel 2 monster hunter riseAttack Jewel 2 x1
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
Master jewel 2 icon mhrMastery Jewel 2 x2
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x2
Allows using silkbind skills more often. A powerful option but the talisman is quite rare to get
Weakness Exploit 1
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x1
attack jewel 2 monster hunter riseAttack Jewel 2 x1
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
wirebug jewel icon mhrWirebug Jewel 2 x1
Master jewel 2 icon mhrMastery Jewel 2 x2
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x2
Decent amount of White sharpness, additional Wirebug, and great overall damage. You should already have this talisman
Any skill
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot iconmhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x2
attack jewel 2 monster hunter riseAttack Jewel 2 x1
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
wirebug jewel icon mhrWirebug Jewel 2 x1
Master jewel 2 icon mhrMastery Jewel 2 x2
critical jewel mhr iconCritical Jewel 2 x2
Optimal option, when you have 2 level 2 decoration slot talisman

High Rank: HR 7 - 40 (Patch 2.0)

During this phase of the game, your main encounters will be with Elder Dragons.

Moreover, you should start having good Talismans at hand. This will unlock more possibilities to better manage your decorations and skills

Night Eternal build

This Hammer build continues the usage of Nargacuga derived weapons. You can expect high  critical chance and damage

Weapon

Weapon Rampage Skills Switch Skills
Night Eternal hammer image mhrNight Eternal Attack Boost III  Any Skill

Armors

Item Skills
mhr helmet iconZinogre Helm S latent power icon mhrLatent Power Lv 1
weakness exploit icon mhrWeakness Exploit Lv 1
mhr chest piece iconRemobra Suit S critical boost icon mhrCritical Boost Lv 1
mhr braces iconRathalos Braces S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
mhr coil iconAnjanath Coil S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
mhr greaves iconGolden Hakama latent power icon mhrLatent Power Lv 1
critical boost icon mhrCritical Boost Lv 2

Talismans and decorations

I personally prefer having increased Slugger (KO Jewel), for faster monster knockdowns. Although this will probably result at best in 2 additional knockouts per hunt.

However, this only works if you hit the monster's head. If you have a hard time doing it switch the KO Jewel 2 with Attack Jewel 2

Talisman skills + slots Decorations Notes
Wirebug Whisperer 2
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
slugger ko jewel mhr iconKO Jewel 2 x2
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x2
Wirebug Whisperer will allow you to use silkbind skills more often and also increase your Affinity to 95 with additional Tenderizer Jewel 2.
Weakness Exploit 1
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
slugger ko jewel mhr iconKO Jewel 2 x2
wirebug jewel icon mhrWirebug Jewel 2 x1
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x1
This option should be easily accessible because you will be able to meld talismans for Weakness Exploit.
Any skill
mhr lvl 2 decoration slot iconmhr lvl 2 decoration slot icon
grinder jewel iconGrinder Jewel 1 x3
slugger ko jewel mhr iconKO Jewel 2 x2
tenderizer jewel mhr iconTenderizer Jewel 2 x2
wirebug jewel icon mhrWirebug Jewel 2 x1
In case you do not get talismans with the skills listed above, this is recommended option for any of the builds.

High Rank: HR 6 - 7

Hidden Breaker Build

The build revolves around the Nargacuga derived hammer but is now at the higher tier. This results in high affinity

Weapons

Weapon Rampage Skills Switch Skills
Hidden breaker II hammer image mhrHidden Breaker II Attack Boost III  Any

Armors

Item Skills
mhr helmet iconZinogre Helm S latent power icon mhrLatent Power I
weakness exploit icon mhrWeakness Exploit I
mhr chest piece iconRemobra Suit S critical boost icon mhrCritical Boost I
mhr braces iconLagombi Vambraces S critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 2
ice attack skill icon mhrIce Attack I
mhr coil iconSkalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S weakness exploit icon mhrWeakness Exploit Lv 2
mhr greaves iconIngot Greaves S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 2
talisman icon mhrTalisman One of the below:
attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 1
weakness exploit icon mhrWeakness Exploit Lv 1
mhr wirebug whisperer iconWirebug Whisperer Lv 1 (recommended)

High Rank: HR 4 - 6

Now the game will open up and become more challenging. If you skipped the last build I suggest getting new gear as soon as possible.

Optimal build

This is the build that can be used at the start of High Rank. The materials to craft it are readily available.

Weapon

You will get a bit of blue sharpness. This will be complemented by Hunter's Mail S, which provides Handicraft for increased sharpness

Weapon Rampage Skills Switch Skills
Kulu Crusher image mhrKulu Crusher Attack Boost I Any
War basher image mhrWar Basher Attack Boost III Any

War Basher is better but requires some better materials to craft.

Armors

Ingot Greaves are back again with the High-Rank version. Skalda Elystra S is recommended coil. However, its materials can be hard to get or farm. Due to this, an easier option is to get Baggi Coil S.

Item Skills
mhr helmet iconIzuchi Helm S critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 1
mhr chest piece iconHunter's Mail S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 1
handicraft icon mhrHandicraft Lv 1
mhr braces iconKamura Braces S critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 2
heroics icon mhrHeroics Lv 1
mhr coil iconSkalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S weakness exploit icon mhrWeakness Exploit Lv 2
mhr greaves iconIngot Greaves S attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 2
talisman icon mhrTalisman One of the below:
attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 1
weakness exploit icon mhrWeakness Exploit Lv 1
mhr wirebug whisperer iconWirebug Whisperer Lv 1 (recommended)

I personally prefer Wirebug Whisperer and using the silkbind abilities often. However, the most impactful without them is probably Weakness Exploit Talisman

Low-Rank Builds

This part of the game is more like a tutorial. You will learn about the main game mechanics, monster attack patterns, etc.

So just relax and enjoy all that Monster Hutner Rise has to offer.

Early Low Rank - Village Quests 1 - 3 stars

Weapon

I recommend Kulu Bludgeon I. This is a great early hammer, having Green sharpness. Moreover, it will provide an additional affinity of 10%, resulting in a boost to the critical chance

Weapon Rampage Skills Switch Skills
Kulu Crusher image mhrKulu Bludgeon I Affinity Boost II Any

As soon as you can upgrade it to Kulu Bludgeon II

Armors

These are the armor pieces that will be available for you early in the game. They will give a decent boost to your damage.

Item Skills
mhr helmet iconIzuchi Helm critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 1
mhr chest piece iconIzuchi Mail critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 1
mhr recovery speed iconRecovery Speed Lv 1
mhr braces iconJaggi Gauntlets attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 1
mhr coil iconIzuchi Coil critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 1
mhr greaves iconIngot Greaves attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 1
critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 1

Middle to Late Low Rank

Weapon

Now you can get access to a very powerful hammer, that comes with 40% affinity.

Weapon Rampage Skills Switch Skills
hidden breaker I hammer image mhrHidden Breaker I Affinity Boost II Any

Armors

Ingot Greaves is still an excellent item that will maximize your damage output. Feel free to put some upgrades on it for additional defense.

Item Skills
mhr helmet iconBarroth Helm attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 1
mhr chest piece iconNargacuga Mail critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 1
mhr braces iconAnjanath Vambraces slugger icon mhrSlugger Lv 1
attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 1
mhr coil iconAnjanath Coil attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 2
mhr greaves iconIngot Greaves attack boost icon mhrAttack Boost Lv 1
critical eye icon mhrCritical Eye Lv 1
talisman icon mhrTalisman mhr wirebug whisperer iconWirebug Whisperer 1

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this post. I hope it explains all that you need to know for the best hammer builds in Monster Hunter Rise.

Feel free to leave a question or feedback below in the comments

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