Monster Hunter Rise, as per tradition, already from the last beats of the adventure inaugurates a full-bodied endgame sector that will be constantly updated with new monsters and new challenges for all hunters.

Arriving at Hunter Rank 7, in fact, you have to start worrying about your build, forging certain pieces of armor and jewels, as well as, in the case of Rise, trying your luck with the Talisman lottery to give life to the most dangerous combinations.

Today we will talk about the Sword Ax, also known as Switch Ax, presenting what are the builds recommended by the best players in the world with the aforementioned weapon.

Sword Ax in Monster Hunter Rise: Best Builds

Efforts to define the best iterations of the Spadascia come from the Discord dedicated to Switch Ax players, who have carried out a series of tests designed to establish the maximum damage per second achievable from both raw and element-based iterations.

From the analysis carried out, two different builds emerged, one is enough on the damage and on the power vials, and the other on the elemental damage and therefore on the elemental vials. Keep in mind that elemental damage is easily mitigated by monster defenses, but in the case of the Sword Ax it also brings a huge advantage in combat. You will have noticed that in Monster Hunter Rise the flashing bar of the Sword mode, which you can find at the top left of the HUD, takes a long time to charge; here, in the Spadasce with elemental vial that charge time is considerably reduced.

We leave you, below, to the best endgame builds of the Spadascia:

Build 1: Nargacuga

  • Nargacuga Tree Sword Ax: The final Sword Ax in the Nargacuga Tree features a white blade, a very high affinity bonus, and great attack power, making it a lethal weapon. As for the fury bonus, apply the attack bonus.
  • Almudron Helmet S: The entire set of the Grade 7 Almudron is dedicated to the most important perks of the Sword Ax. Transform Swift, the inherent perk in this piece, speeds up the weapon’s transformative attacks and increases its damage, so maxing it out is a top priority.
  • Zinogre Mail S: Purely utility piece designed to get your hands on a point of the Weak Point perk, indispensable for virtually any endgame build. Of all the pieces that make up this endgame build, the chest is undoubtedly the one you can replace most easily, perhaps when you have an amulet that provides the Weak Point perk.
  • Rathalos Bracers S: Rathalos bracelets offer level 2 Attack Bonuses, and Attack Bonuses in Rise are much more important than in World. Additionally, these gloves feature a Level 2 jewelry setting, so they can be further customized.
  • Coil Anjanath S: This piece speaks for itself: Level 2 Attack Bonus and three jewel slots, one of which is Grade 2.
  • Golden Hakama: Rajang’s boots carry Latent Force and most importantly Critical Bonus 2, with a couple of additional jewelry slots as well.

The Talisman that is obtained by simply finishing the full Weak Point storyline and provides Attack Bonus points, making this build already devoid of jewels and optimization extremely powerful. Your goal must be to use jewels and talismans to maximize the Attack Bonus, Weak Point, Quick Transform, Quick Sharpening perks and whatever else you might find useful.

Build 2: Elemental Freestyle

This elemental build allows you to use the elemental Sword of your choice in order to better adapt to the weaknesses and resistances of the monsters you are facing. To be used at its best, it requires you to have a fair number of Swords at your disposal, and despite apparently doing less damage than the previous one, it proves lethal if chosen to take down certain monsters.

  • Elemental Weapon of Your Choice: You must increase the power of the elemental attack from time to time by using the inexpensive level 1 elemental attack jewels.
  • Almudron Helmet S: The entire set of the Grade 7 Almudron is dedicated to the most important perks of the Sword Ax. Transform Swift, the inherent perk in this piece, speeds up the weapon’s transformative attacks and increases its damage, so maxing it out is a top priority.
  • Nargacuga Mail S: Another devastating set for the Elemental Sword Ax: The Dodge perk also affects the distance of the small side steps you take during Sword mode, so it’s very useful. The Critical Eye perk, on the other hand, increases the affinity and therefore the elemental critical damage out of all proportion.
  • Rathalos Bracers S: Rathalos bracelets offer level 2 Attack Bonuses, and Attack Bonuses in Rise are much more important than in World. Additionally, these gloves feature a Level 2 jewelry setting, so they can be further customized.
  • Coil Anjanath S: This piece speaks for itself: Level 2 Attack Bonus and three jewel slots, one of which is Grade 2.
  • Remobra S Paws: 2 Elemental Attack Jewel slots and a Weak Point make these boots very versatile.

There is a lot to say about this elemental build: the priority is to take the elemental attack you are using from time to time up to level 5 through the jewels. As weapons we recommend:

  • Zinogre – Lightning bolt
  • Rathalos – Fire
  • Dragon – Dragon
  • Almudron – Water
  • Barioth – Ice

Beware that this build can also be changed on the elemental critical, replacing the chest and belt with a Rhopessa S Chest and a Remobra S Belt, which increase the elemental critical up to the maximum, but in our tests this build, at the moment, has proved less effective and less versatile than the previous one.

In Monster Hunter Rise Complete Guide:

  • Tips for new Rise players
  • How to choose the best weapons and the complete list of combos
  • How to join friends and lobby for online sessions
  • Preziogigli and Maxinsetti Filo: all the positions of the shortcuts
  • Insects Wire: Guide to moves, controls, Filscatto and Filocaduta
  • Best Build Endgame Long Sword
  • Best Build Endgame Spadascia