Monster Hunter Rise release date: Nintendo Switch, PC, Monsters list, weapons, Amiibo, trailer

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Monster Hunter Rise is one of the biggest Switch game releases of the year, so here’s everything you need to know about the new monster-slaying game. 

Nintendo fans were previously left disappointed when Monster Hunter World didn’t make its way to the Switch, but things are much brighter now thanks to Capcom’s newly released title. Monster Hunter Rise aimed to put the high-octane beast-slaying action firmly back into the player’s hands, allowing fans to take their hunting anywhere they go. 

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about Monster Hunter Rise.

Monster Hunter Rise Switch release date

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Monster Hunter Rise’s roster is certainly looking good.

Capcom previously announced that Monster Hunter Rise would release on March 26, 2021, for all Nintendo Switch systems. Those that preordered the title were able to get the Cosmetic Layered Armor for their Palamute and Palico. 

Monster Hunter Rise PC release date

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Monster Hunter Rise has finally been announced for PC!

After numerous rumors and leaks, Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto finally confirmed that Rise would be coming to PC. The version is currently in development and will be ported over to PC in early 2022. Whether the PC release will have cross-save and crossplay functionality with the Switch version remains to be seen, but for now, it looks as though Monster Hunter PC fans can rest easy. 

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Playstation and Xbox Monster Hunter fans. There still remains no news on whether Rise will be coming to these systems, but we’ll be updating this as soon as we get any further news. 

Monster Hunter Rise editions

The game has two separate editions. As the name suggests, the Standard Edition just comes with the game, while the Deluxe Edition features a few extra goodies. It’s important to note that the majority of these items are cosmetic and have no impact on the game, but they still add a nice touch should you want them.  

Deluxe Kit contents

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The Deluxe Edition comes with this Hunter layered armor “Kamurai” set.
  • Hunter layered armor “Kamurai” set
  • Palamute layered armor piece “Shuriken Collar”
  • Palico layered armor piece “Fish Collar”
  • Gestures (4 Jumps)
  • Samurai pose set
  • Kabuki face paint
  • “Izuchi Tail” hairstyle

Monster Hunter Rise Nintendo Switch

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The console comes bundled with Monster Hunter Rise.

Nintendo is selling a special edition Nintendo Switch, themed around Ruse. The monster-themed console features an image of Magnamalo on the dock, while other Rise-inspired designs have been printed onto the Joy-Con controllers. 

The Monster Hunter Rise Switch also comes bundled with a digital download code for the game, plus all the Deluxe content featured above. You can order the console via Nintendo’s official website

Monster Hunter Rise trailers

With plenty of trailers around, those excited to dive into the Nintendo Switch title had plenty to whet their appetite with.

Released back in September 2020, the initial look into the game was an incredible sight to behold.

Monster Hunter Rise reveal trailer

December’s Game Awards also provides players with another in-depth look into what to expect with the title.

Monster Hunter Rise Game Awards 2020 trailer

The Game Awards trailer showcases the gorgeous Kamura Village, which serves as the central hub within the game. Kamura Village is currently in need of protection from all beasties that have been rampaging through the world.

Monster Hunter Rise Wyvern riding trailer

This trailer demonstrates the epic feature of Wyvern riding in Monster Hunter Rise. In the game, hunters can leap onto tired monsters before being able to utilize their destructive attacks. Not only is this an incredibly cool technique, but it can also prove devastating when used against any of the game’s toothy terrors. 

Monster Hunter Rise Nintendo Direct trailer

The Nintendo Direct presentation finally gave players a good look at Monster Hunter Rise’s volcanic region. Not only does this area look incredibly hot, but it is also home to the new monster Rakna-Kadaki.

This spider-like creature catches its prey using sticky webs and burns its victims alive with deadly fire beams. We also got a good look at how the Rampage works as many of the game’s NPCs were seen defending Kamura Village.

Apex Monsters made a return, too. These frenzied foes are known for their tremendous power, so hunters need to exercise caution when dealing with them. There are even a few familiar faces in the form of Volvidon, Basarios, Diablos, and Rajang.

Monster Hunter Rise Digital Event trailer 

The Monster Hunter Rise Digital Event trailer gave us a good look at the Rampage, which showcased how players would defend Kamura Village against the monster hordes. During the siege, hunters are able to use ballista, cannons, and various Hunting Installations to repel their foes. 

During each wave, Apex Monsters and “Major Threats” will lead the charge. These monsters appear to be more aggressive in their nature, so extra caution will be needed when taking them down. 

Aside from this, we got a good look at new Wirebug moves; locales; how quests will function, and the new “Switch Skills” feature. Switch Skills is a new feature that expands your hunter’s move set, giving you the ability to switch out regular attacks/Silkbind attacks for new moves. 

Monster Hunter Rise monster list

Almudron is one of the many new monsters coming to Rise.

Part of what makes Capcom’s Monster Hunter series so compelling is its ever-growing roster of monolithic creatures. Not only do they come packed with their own unique moves and abilities, but they also enable hunters to craft some incredibly cool gear.

Monster Hunter Rise features a wide variety of monsters, with many of them being based on Japanese folklore. There are even a lot of returning monsters from previous generations that will be making an appearance.

Monster Hunter Rise weapons

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Wire Bug moves certainly add a new dynamic to each weapon.

From lightning-fast cuts of the Long Sword to the meaty smashes of the Hammer, there is a weapon for every kind of playstyle. All 14 weapon types have returned in Rise, so choosing which one to master could prove a little tricky.

To make matters even better, each weapon now has access to its own unique Wire Bug moves. These flashy attacks range from deadly aerial lunges to immobilizing moves that trap a monster in place.

Here’s a quick refresher of the 14 weapon types for any new hunters joining the fight:

  1. Greatsword
  2. Long Sword
  3. Sword & Shield
  4. Dual Blades
  5. Lance
  6. Gunlance
  7. Hammer
  8. Hunting Horn
  9. Switch Axe
  10. Charge Blade
  11. Insect Glaive
  12. Light Bowgun
  13. Heavy Bowgun
  14. Bow

Capcom even added a number of new moves to its current arsenal, so even veteran hunters will need to master these new combos if they wish to take down the game’s fiercest foes.

Monster Hunter Rise amiibo

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There’s never been a better time to be a Monster Hunter and amiibo fan.

Those of you who like collecting amiibo will be glad to know that the game will have three figurines for you to collect. These are the Palamute, Magnamalo, and Palico.

By purchasing these, you’ll gain access to some special layered armor. All three amiibo are available now.

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about Capcom’s monster-slaying title. For Dexerto’s take on the title, check our our Monster Hunter Rise review, as well as our Monster Hunter Rise hub for all the latest news and updates.