Monster Hunter Rise Articles RSS Feed | Monster Hunter Rise RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Get Supple Piel Sat, 16 Jul 2022 08:43:04 -0400 John Schutt

One of the hundreds of new upgrade materials introduced in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, Supple Piel is used in several midgame armor sets and the Stealth Dango Supreme Dual Blades, a weapon that will never be meta but is a laugh to use. Unlike some of the other materials we've covered, it's easy enough to acquire, as farming it is both simple and low-risk.

Where to Find Supple Piel

Supple Piel comes from a small monster called a Zamite, native to the Frost Islands only. They come in two sizes: larger variants can be carved twice, while smaller variants can be carved once.

Supple Piel is the most common drop from Zamites, with a 35% chance per carve. They tend to come in groups of two, one large and one small. That gives you three chances to get the material, though, in our testing, we got more of the other rewards than we did Supple Piel.

Zamite spawn in five zones in the Frost Islands: 4, 7, 8, 10, and 11. You'll need to do some hunting, as Zamite only spawn in the watery portions of each zone. If a Large Monster spawns, particularly one like Great Izuchi or Baggi that come with mobs, there won't be any Zamite to hunt.

Thankfully, you can loop the five zones very easily. Simply start an Expedition to the Frost Islands and head north from the main camp to Area 4, clear the area of Zamite. Then, comb through Zone 7, head east to Zone 8, then northwest to Zone 10, and into the tunnels and around to Zone 11. Depending on how much of a ruckus you make, the larger Zamite will likely be asleep, making the first kill much easier.

When you've cleared all the zones, travel back to the main camp or end the Expedition based on how much time you've spent moving around. If you went through all the Zamite quickly, ending is probably faster.

If you took time to gather, hunt other monsters, or otherwise spent time in the zone, the earliest monsters probably respawned. Each loop will likely net you between 2-5 Supple Piel.

And that's how to get Supple Piel in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. For more tips and tricks, head over to our MH Rise guides hub.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Get Pure Dragon Blood Sat, 16 Jul 2022 08:47:18 -0400 John Schutt

There are hundreds of new monster materials in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, and when you make it to the endgame, one of the more important is Pure Dragon Blood, which you’ll need to craft Rajang, Malzeno, Kushala Daora, and other late-game sets. While not as rare as the various Mantle or Orb materials, they still take a little work to farm.

Where to Find Pure Dragon Blood

Don’t expect to get any Pure Dragon Blood for much of the Sunbreak campaign, as most sources aren’t even available until you unlock five-star Master Rank quests. The final monster from which you can get Pure Dragon Blood isn’t available until you’ve spent hours following the story’s conclusion.

All told, four monsters reward Pure Dragon Blood, and they’re all Elder Dragons. Each has a percentage chance of dropping the material.

  • Teostra: 10%
  • Chameleos: 20%
  • Kushala Daora: 15%
  • Narwa the Allmother: 20%

You won’t receive the material as a Carve, Capture, Broken Part, or Target Reward. It’s only available as a Dropped Material from the Master Rank versions of each monster.

There’s a slight chance you’ll receive Prue Dragon Blood as a Bonus Reward on the final screen, but don’t depend on that.

How to Farm Pure Dragon Blood

There are only two surefire ways to get as much Pure Dragon Blood as possible: using Wyvern Ride and breaking monster parts.

Wyvern Ride

When you start the hunt for monsters except for Narwa, grab one of the other monsters on the map and Wyvern Ride them over to the Elder Dragon, then deal as much damage as you can. Pick up a Gold Wirebug if you can, as that increases the dropped materials from Wyvern Ride attacks.

You won’t have any Gold Wirebugs during the Narwa fight, but one monster will show up, usually Malzeno or Teostra. Narwa drops materials like any monster when hit with Wyvern Ride attacks, so use them.

Break Monster Parts

Every part you break on one of these monsters has a chance to drop a shiny on the floor. It’s not a surefire method, but you will nab yourself other materials for breaking parts. Pure Dragon Blood isn’t the only thing you need to craft weapons and armor.

And that's how to get Pure Dragon Blood. If you’re looking for additional content on Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, we’ve covered plenty. Check out our guides on the Hermitaur, Anomaly Tickets, and Antique Tableware, among others, in our Rise guides hub.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Get Nargacuga Mantle Sat, 16 Jul 2022 08:50:13 -0400 John Schutt

Nargacuga gear still packs a punch in the early-to-midgame of Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, whether it’s the high natural Affinity of the weapons or the good perk spread on the armor. If you want to make the entire set, however, you’ll need at least two units of Nargacuga Mantle: one for the waist armor and one for the Rarity 9 weapon of your choice. Any other Narga weapons on your list will require additional Mantles, which are not easy to come by.

This guide will cover how to get Nargacuga Mantle and optimize your farming in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak.

Where to Find Nargacuga Mantle

Nargacuga Mantle is the rarest material the monster can drop, with a maximum 5% chance of being carved from a cut tail. Depending on how often you faint and cart back to camp during the hunt, you’ll have 10-20 opportunities to receive a Mantle. Here is the breakdown of what awards the material and at what rate:

  • Target Reward: 2% for one.
  • Capture Reward: 4% for one.
  • Broken Part Reward: 3% for one when you break the Head.
  • Carve Reward: 2% for one when you carve the Body, 5% for one from the
  • Tail.
  • Dropped Materials: 1% for one for every material dropped.

The odds aren’t great no matter how you gauge them, but there are some strategies you can use to make farming a mantle a little more efficient.

How to Farm Nargacuga Mantle

Break parts and Wyvern Ride

These mechanics cause Dropped Materials, so you’ll see a few small chances at a Mantle on the ground.

Focus on the tail

One of Nargacuga’s attacks sees it slam its tail into the ground and keep it there for a few seconds. If you can avoid the slam, you’ll have an opportunity to do some damage.

Equip the Partbreaker Skill

It’s not optimal for damage, but the Parkbreaker skill does precisely what it says it does: help you break parts. More broken parts, more rewards.

Play multiplayer

Whether playing with your friends or randoms, having other hunters with you can provide opportunities for tail and other part breaks you would have trouble with solo. You’re also liable to spend less time hunting overall with other players, getting you to the reward screen faster.

Capture instead of kill

Monsters become capturable at about 30% health, so capturing them saves you from needing to deplete the remaining health. The Nargacuga Mantle has a high Capture Reward rate, and if you carted a few times, cap-ing will get you more rewards than killing.

You’ll probably need to hunt at least a few Nargacuga before your get a Mantle, or you might have some good luck and get several from a single hunt. Either way, once you’ve got one, it’s time to head to the Smithy. We’ve covered plenty of additional Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak materials here, including Barroth Crown, Awegite, Monster Slogbone, and others in our Rise guides hub.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Find the Monksnail Wed, 06 Jul 2022 09:58:47 -0400 John Schutt

Early in the campaign of Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, you'll get a request from Flur the Sailor in the Elgado Docks called "Giant in the Frost Islands". Your task is to photograph something called a Monksnail and return to Flur with the evidence.

As with most requests, it's not as simple as going to the Islands and snapping a pick of an ordinary animal. This guide will explain how to find the Monksnail and all the details surrounding its appearance.

How to Find the Monksnail in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak

The Monksnail is native to the ocean east of the Frost Islands and only shows up at night. Load into an Expedition quest, head to the map's northeast corner, and jump onto the wrecked ship there. Climb into the crow's nest for the best view.

Once you have your spot on the ship and can see into the eastern sea, you'll need to wait. After a few minutes, you'll hear a low, resounding roar. That sound is your cue to look out onto the ocean with your camera and wait another couple of minutes.

Eventually, the Monksnail will begin making its way from the southern mountains across the bay. It will look at first like a great black blob of goo with two ghostly eyes looking at you. Give it a chance to walk into full view, and you'll see the blog is actually the Monksnail's shell taking the appearance of an Umi-bozu yokai from Japanese folklore.

Take a picture of it when the orange quest star appears in the camera HUD to progress the request.

Once you've got your Monksnail Picture, head back to Elgado and talk to Flur again. Complete the delivery, and the Monksnail Hat Layered Armor will be added to your inventory.

Put on the hat using the Layered Armor settings at any Item Box.

Now you're set up to wear a Monksnail on your head in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. Wear it with pride. We've covered plenty of other Sunbreak topics, including how to find Purecrystal, increase your Master Rank fast, and start Follower Quests. Check out our Rise guides hub for all of that and more.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: Daiymo Hermitaur Weaknesses, Attacks, & Materials Wed, 06 Jul 2022 11:48:53 -0400 John Schutt

The Daimyo Hermitaur is your first challenge in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, and if you aren't prepared with some solid High Rank gear, it can be a tough fight. Some of the monster's parts are useful for making early-game gear in the expansion, and it's also good for practicing against later in the story, once you have more experience.

This guide will outline each Daimyo Hermitaur weakness, its attacks, and what you can make with its materials.

How to Beat Daimyo Hermitaur: Weaknesses and Attacks

The Daimyo Hermitaur doesn't have a ton of attacks, and it's pretty vulnerable to most status effects and elements. It's weakest to Lightning, so bring Tobi Kadachi, Zinogre, or Rajang weapons. It's relatively weak to all other elements except Dragon, which has no effect.

It is also very vulnerable to the Poison status, with moderate vulnerability to Blast, Fireblight, and Thunderblight. You can affect the monster with the other status elements (Stun, Paralysis, Exhaust, etc.), but they aren't particularly effective.

It also has a massive monster skull on its back and big claws. Until you break them, the only area open to critical damage is its face, and that hitbox is on the smaller side. If you're using a larger weapon, expect to hit lots of white damage numbers and eat through your weapon's sharpness like candy.

Attacks and Strategies

Daimyo Hermitaur spends about as much time posturing as it does attacking; it will raise its claws and come up high on its legs. It will also skitter around for several seconds before starting an attack, several of which use the rear-up as a starter, so always expect an offensive.


Jumping into the air, it comes crashing down, releasing a shockwave and lifting small boulders around the impact site. The attack takes several seconds to land, so you have plenty of time to run out of the damage zone. Learn its timings, and you'll be able to counter when the monster lands.

Skitter Slam

The Daimyo Hermitaur skitters to one side for about a second, then slams the claw nearest to you down into the earth, causing a shockwave and kicking up small boulders. Avoid it by dodging or running perpendicular to the skitter.


The monster puts its claws in front of it and gives a swift slap. This attack does minimal damage and no knockback, so it's more of an annoyance than concern.


After rearing back on its haunches, it will lunge forward with both claws extended. If you're near its front, it will grab and nibble on you for five seconds before tossing you aside.

Water Jet

Daimyo Hermitaur gathers water in its mouth, then shoots it out in a high-powered stream. There are three versions of this attack. The first sees the monster standing still and shooting the water in a straight line. The second is a wild jet, with the monster staying still but spraying water in every direction. The third has the Hermitaur starting the attack then skittering to one side. You can roll through or counter all versions.

Double Claw

The monster spreads its arms wide and claps them together directly in front of it with a small lunge forward. This attack deals significant damage and will send you flying, likely right back into the monster's claws. Dodging to the side or countering are great ways to deal with it.


As the name suggests, this attack sees the monster dig underground and, like Diablos, surface in an explosion of earth and shell. It can surface between one and three times, so continue running to avoid this attack.

Master Rank Materials

There are no High or Low Rank versions of Daimyo Hermitaur, so its materials will always be of Master Rank quality. There aren't too many of them, as its gear also takes gatherable materials to create.

Hermitaur Cortex

Target Rewards: 32%
Capture Rewards: 45%
Broken Part Rewards: --%
Carves: 45% (Body)
Dropped Material: 80% (x1) 20% (x2)

Hermitaur Hardclaw

Target Rewards: 43%
Capture Rewards: 22%
Broken Part Rewards: 70% (x2, Claw), 30% (x1, Claw)
Carves: 33% (Body)
Dropped Material: --%

Monster Hardbone

Target Rewards: 15% (x2)
Capture Rewards: 8% (x2)
Broken Part Rewards: 10% (x2, Shell)
Carves: 12%
Dropped Material: 10%

Fine Black Pearl

Target Rewards: 10%
Capture Rewards: 15%
Broken Part Rewards: --%
Carves: 10% (Body)
Dropped Material: 20%

Timeworn Crimson Horn

Target Rewards: --%
Capture Rewards: 10%
Broken Part Rewards: 90% (Shell)
Carves: --%
Dropped Material: --%

Crab Pearl+

Target Rewards: --%
Capture Rewards: --%
Broken Part Rewards: --%
Carves: --%
Dropped Material: 80%


  • Greatsword: Red Pincer.
  • Longsword: Crab Cutter.
  • Sword and Shield: Dual Carapace (requires Ceanataur materials).
  • Dual Blades: Crab Horns.
  • Lance: Bone Claw Lance.
  • Gunlance: Scissor Gunlance.
  • Hunting Horn: Shell Castanet.
  • Switch Axe: Scissor Axe.
  • Insect Glaive: Shell Intoner.
  • Light Bowgun: Striped Shell.
  • Heavy Bowgun: Crab Buster.
  • Bow: Daimyo's Warbow.

Armor Set Bonuses

This armor set is best suited for Bowgun users but also works with Gunlance. The Helm is a decent choice for Greatsword or Longsword, but the other pieces are more specific.

Master-Rank Armor Skills

Hermitaur Helm

  • Quick Sheathe 2: Sheathe weapons faster.
  • Tremor Resistance 2: Easier to stay on your feet during heavy monster impacts.

Hermitaur Mail

  • Guard 3: Decreases impact of guarded attacks and reduces Stamina spent when guarding.
  • Load Shells 1: Increased ammo and coating reload speed.
  • Normal/Rapid Up: Boosts Normal and Rapid ammo types.
  • Ammo Up: Increased ammo amount on Bowguns.

Hermitaur Braces

  • Guard 2.
  • Guard Up 1: Reduces damage taken when guarding.
  • Normal/Rapid Up 2.

Hermitaur Coil

  • Tune Up 1: Boosts Silencer and Shield if equipped, +1 Recoil if not).
  • Handicraft 1: Additional sharpness on weapons.
  • Quick Sheathe 1.

Hermitaur Greaves

  • Tune Up 1.
  • Handcraft 1.
  • Tremor Resistance 1.

That's it for the Daimyo Hermitaur. You're likely to quickly graduate away from it, but it can be effective for the first few hunts in low MR quests, especially if you main Bowguns. Check out our other Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak guides, including how to get Heavy and King Armor Spheres, Prized Pelt, Awegite, and more. Our Rise tips hub has even more.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: Where to Find Prized Pelt Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:34:01 -0400 John Schutt

A key component in many early-game armor sets, Prized Pelt is surprisingly difficult to come by in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. Thankfully, the materials you get as you’re farming it are ingredients in a powerful healing item you’ll want for mid and late-game grinding.

We’ll cover where you can find Prized Pelt and give a few pointers on farming it in this guide to Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak.

How to Get Prized Pelt

Prized Pelt is a carved material from the deer-like Kelbi small monsters that populate most of the levels in Sunbreak, though they aren't in the Frost Islands. Once you find a herd of Kelbi, slay them and carve their remains for a chance at Prized Pelt.

This material isn’t the rarest Master Rank Kelbi material — that honor goes to High-quality Pelt — but it only has a 30% carve chance. You’re likely to receive more Kelbi Horns unless your luck is particularly good.

Kelbi Horn is luckily a required material for crafting Ancient Potions, a healing consumable that fills both your Health and Stamina bar once used. Like Pale Extract, it only comes from a single source and can sometimes be purchased for Kamura Points at the Argosy.

Like many other materials farms in the early game, the best location to farm Prized Pelt is in the Shrine Ruins. There are three locations where you’re likely to find Kelbi to hunt.

Kelbi frequent Zones 2 and 11 and the hills between Zones 8 and 10. There are six and eight Kebli across these three areas, giving you plenty of chances at Prized Pelt. Be aware that Kelbi won’t just sit there and are liable to hop away faster than you can get your weapon out.

With these tips in mind, you should have no trouble farming as much Prized Pelt as you need in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. You can supplement what you find in the Shrine Ruins with Kelbi at other locations. For additional material guides, check out our articles on Allfire Stone, Awegite, and Overgrown Stiffbone. Our Rise guides hub has a lot more.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: Where to Find Purecrystal Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:32:45 -0400 John Schutt

One of the materials you’ll be able to farm early in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, Purecrystal is a relatively uncommon drop. Despite its early appearance in the campaign, this material has uses in late-game gear as well. We’ll cover the best places to get it alongside some farming tips this guide.

How to Get Purecrystal 

To begin farming Purcrystal in Sunbreak, you need access to the Flooded Forest, which becomes available once you’ve unlocked MR3 quests. Once there, you can start gathering from any of the Mining Outcrops in the area. You’ll find Purecrystal as an uncommon drop from blue and silver outcrops.

To farm blue Mining Outcrops, travel to the sub-camp near Zone 11. If you haven’t found it, it’s inside the mountain between Zones 11 and 6. Another two are just north of the camp south of Area 7. There’s a silver outcrop near the Zone 7 blue outcrops as well.

These five points will likely give you a good haul of Purecrystal, but there’s another in the southwestern portion of Zone 6 and the eastern portion of Zone 10.

If you haven’t unlocked the sub-camp, start from the main camp and gather from the Mining Outcrop on the eastern side of Zone 1. From there, head north to Zone 10 and over the mountain to Zone 11, going clockwise through Zones 7 and 6. You should find the sub-camp during the first cycle, giving you the unlock quest when you head back to Kamura.

You can do plenty of gathering on a hunt, of course, but completing the loop described above is best done on an Expedition. You’ll be able to gather from other points freely, and there are always wandering monsters if you’re looking for a fight.

That’s what you need to know about gathering all the Purecrystal you could ever want in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. We’ve covered plenty of other material farms here, including Monster Slogbone, Awegite, and Twisted Stiffbone. Check our Rise guides hub for all that and more.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Get Barroth Crown and Scalp Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:48:32 -0400 John Schutt

Barroth is one of the first available monsters to hunt in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. He's a one-star Master Rank target, and a possible key target to progress the story.

He's also got one of the harder materials to farm no matter where you are in the campaign: Barroth Crown. His High-Rank equivalent has an equally tough-to-farm material: Barroth Scalp.

In this guide, we'll cover how to get Barroth Crown and Barroth Scalp, as well as good setups to farm it more easily.

Where to Find Barroth Crown and Scalp in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak

You get both Barroth Crown and Scalp primarily from breaking Barroth’s head, then carving them. Barroth Crown and Scalp have a 70% chance of being a carve reward when you break Barroth’s scalp. The problem is actually breaking the scalp.

Until you break the scalp, there are very few ways to deal critical damage to it. Worse, light and weapons that need sharpening are liable to bounce off of Barroth’s head, leaving you vulnerable to a counterattack.

There are three things you can do to make breaking Barroth’s scalp. None of them are foolproof, but if you use one or more of them, you increase your chances.

  1. Stack the Partbreaker Skill. Partbreaker increases your damage to monster parts by up to 30%. Barroth’s scalp is incredibly tough, and you’ll need to focus its head as much as possible, so this extra part damage is all but required.
  2. Use Silkbind and charged attacks. Silkbind attacks don’t really care about the hardness of a monster’s part, and some can deal critical damage as a secondary effect. Weapons like the Hammer, Switch Axe, Charge Blade, and others can charge up and get through the hardness. Charged attacks still don’t deal good damage, but they won’t bounce off the scalp in most cases.
  3. Use traps, sleep, and paralysis to make the head easier to hit. Barroth doesn’t like to present his head for damage all that often, so use Pitfall traps and the sleep and paralysis statuses to buy yourself time to wail on his head.

Keep in mind that there is a slight chance of receiving Barroth Crown and Scalp as a Target Reward (6%), a Capture Reward (8%), or from breaking its body (6%). If you hunt enough of them and get lucky a few times, you’ll have Crowns and Scalps to craft with, but don’t count on it every time.

That’s about all there is to getting Barroth Crown and Scalp in Monster Hunter Rise. It’s neither easy nor particularly efficient, but few worthwhile things in the game are. If you're looking for other material locations, we have guides for Monster Slogbone, Overgrown Sitffbone, and King Armor Spheres. For more, check out our whole host of other Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak guides right here.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: Where to Find Antique Tableware Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:14:38 -0400 John Schutt

During the Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak campaign, you’ll unlock a location called the Citadel, home of Malzeno and other endgame monsters. Shortly after gaining access, you’ll receive a request from Sue the Researcher, one of the Felynes in the Command Post in Elgado. She gives you a request called “A Great Gift for Your Buddies” and asks you to find one piece of Antique Tableware.

Finding Antique Tableware is something of a task, as it’s both rare and its sources are often hidden. We’ll cover how to get it in this guide.

How to Get Antique Tableware in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak

Antique Tableware is a rare drop from the Stately Storage Box gathering points scattered about the Citadel. There are plenty in the area. The catch is that most are hidden in dark corners or behind tricky platforming puzzles. There are a few that are easy enough to gather from consistently, however.

Best Four Stately Storage Box Gathering Points in the Citadel

  • First: Underneath the bridge leading away from the default camp. It’s on the south side of the stream.

  • Second: In the northeastern portion of Zone 4. Climb the ruined buildings until you see a lookout tower at the very edge of the map. The Storage Box is on the platform at the top of the tower.

  • Third: From the lookout tower, turn west and Wiredash in the air around the icy cliff face. There will be another rooftop and set of ruins. The Storage Box is in the back corner.

  • Fourth and final: In the southeast mountains of zone 5. There’s a hole leading down into the mountain near some Spiribird grass. Take the hole down and follow the path in the earth until you see another opening going further downward. You’ll see the Storage Box below you.

Once you’re collected the fourth Box, the first one should have respawned. If it hasn’t, go hunting for one of the others. You should get your hands on some Antique Tableware soon enough.

With the Antique Tableware in hand, return to Sue in Elgado to receive the Felyne Meownarch and Canyne Knight Rarity 10 armor for your Palico and Palamute, respectively. If you don't know how to unlock the Palamute Skillbinder, we've got a guide for that here. We also cover the best weapons for increasing Master Rank. Check out our whole slew of other Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak guides here on GameSkinny.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Find and Farm Godbugs Fri, 01 Jul 2022 11:06:55 -0400 John Schutt

Godbugs are another important ingredient for making buffs in Monster Hunter Rise and Sunbreak. They’re a bit harder to find than other insects, so farming them takes extra work, but you’ll be happy to have a whole stack of them, so you never run out of the powerful consumables you can make with them.

This guide will show you where to find Godbugs and a great place to farm them. 

Where to Find and Farm Godbugs in Monster Hunter Rise and Sunbreak

Unlike most insects, Godbugs don’t appear on every map in either base Rise or Sunbreak. They’re entirely absent from the Frost Islands, for instance, and there are only two on the Sandy Plains. The Jungle has six of them, but collecting them efficiently is tricky. The same is true of the Flooded Forest, which, while having the most Godbugs early on, is somewhat confusing to navigate.

Your best location for farming Godbugs is the Shrine Ruins.

Start by heading north from camp until you reach Zone 7 and collect the Godbug on the fence on the left side of the doorway. Make your way west and into the mountain path. There will be a dead-end alley to your right. Another Godbug rests at the end.

Travel into the mountains proper and to the northwesternmost peaks. From there, go southwest onto one of the lower platforms. The last mountain Godbug sits near a Bonepile and Mining Outcrop.

With all the mountain Godbugs gathered, you can go north toward Zone 13, then circle to the archway east of Zone 10. If some of the mountain bugs aren’t respawned by this point, head all the way north to Zone 12. Things should start to respawn at that point, and you can start the cycle again.

Make sure you use the Argosy to supplement your Godbug farming by having at least one of your Submarine slots passively gathering them for you.

If you don’t have all three Subs available, check out our guides to Cultural Exchange and Economic Stimulation. By the time you reach Sunbreak or midway through the base game’s campaign, the Argosy should be your main source of Godbugs and any other valuable material.

And that's that on Godbugs. We’ve covered plenty of other farms in Rise and Sunbreak, including materials like Awegite, Monster Slogbone, and Twisted Stiffbone, so check out those guides next. Our Rise guides hub will also be adding new info in the coming days and weeks following Sunbreak’s launch.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Get Lazurite Jewels Thu, 30 Jun 2022 22:34:25 -0400 John Schutt

Armor and weaponry are only part of the huge number of build-making options in Monster Hunter Rise and Sunbreak. Decorations you make at the Smithy and apply in Decoration slots in your equipment are essential to take a build from average to endgame-ready. One of the most important materials for making the best Decorations, whether you’re in High or Master Rank, are Lazurite Jewels.

Sunbreak introduces a slew of new choices that require expansion-only materials, but there are plenty of Decorations you can only make with Lazurite. Here’s how to get them.

Where to Find Lazurite Jewels in Rise and Sunbreak

Lazurite Jewels are primarily high-level High Rank and low-level Master Rank rewards. Depending on which you choose to undertake and when, you might only need to farm a little bit, but some of the higher-end Decorations cost five or six Lazurite Jewels, so you’ll want as many of them as you can get.

Your usual reward is one-three Lazurites per quest completion, provided you didn’t cart back to camp. By the time you make it to Sunbreak, you’re liable to have at least a couple dozen at the ready. You’ll have more if you spent time farming High Rank gear in preparation for the early game of the expansion.

This is especially true if you fought any number of Apex monsters either in regular quests or Rampage quests. Before Sunbreak, Apex creatures were the best way to farm Lazurite Jewels, though that method was also one of the toughest.

How to Farm Lazurite Jewels

One of the best farms you can do now for Lazurite Jewels is to take on low-difficulty Master Rank quests against Great Baggi, Great Izuchi, Lagombi, Pukei-Pukei, or whatever other one or two-star Master Rank quest you like most.

Alternatively, you can hunt higher-tier High-Rank monsters with Master Rank gear to start working on a new weapon tree. If you want a good Ice Greatsword, for instance, you’ll need to fight High-Rank Kushala Daora a few times for his materials and then do the same for Master Rank.

MR Kushala is deep into the Sunbreak campaign; you won’t be getting Lazurite Jewels from him, but his High-Rank equivalent weapons require a very rare Gem material, so you might be fighting him a lot. The same is true for other late-game High-Rank monsters.

Lazurite Jewels might be harder to come by than Heavy or King Armor Spheres, but you’ll want enough of them to craft Attack, Weakness Exploit, and other powerful Decorations. We’ve covered several other Sunbreak-specific materials you’ll need as well, including Monster Slogbone, Allfire Stone, and more. Check out our Monster Hunter Rise guides hub for all of it.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Get King Armor Spheres Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:19:44 -0400 John Schutt

As you near the final few quests in the Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak story campaign, upgrading your armor will be expensive enough that Heavy Armor Spheres no long do much to fill the progress bar. Every upgrade level, of which there will be four or five, will cost 800 points, and Heavy Armor Spheres only grant 200 each. You need King Armor Spheres, and lots of them.

King Armor Spheres provide the 800 points you need to upgrade in a single item, rather than four. Getting your hands on them, however, is another matter entirely.

Where to Find King Armor Spheres in Sunbreak

Like Heavy Armor Spheres before them, there are two main ways to get King Armors Spheres in Sunbreak. However, neither of them is efficient until very late in the campaign, and they don’t become truly farmable until you’ve beaten the final boss and started the Master Rank 6 endgame grind.

King Armor Sphere Source 1: Endgame Optional Subquests

Once you unlock your Master Rank cap for the first time, Optional Subquests will no longer provide Heavy Armor Spheres, only King Armor Spheres. As with our guide to the Heavy items, we recommend always having five Subquests active and turning them in every time you head back to Elgado or Kamura.

If you’re running short of crafting materials and aren’t too worried about hunting another monster right away, pick up the top three Subquests, which are always gathering-related. Complete them in an Expedition, head back to the Outpost, and turn them in, then repeat as many times as you want.

You’ll be rewarded with plenty of King Armor Spheres and lots of mats for making base-level weapons, potions, and the like.

King Armor Sphere Source 2: Endgame and High-Level Master Rank Quests

While not as frequent a reward as Heavy Armor Spheres, you receive one or two King Armor Spheres for completing high-level Master Rank quests, usually five-star and above.

Afflicted monsters, the actual endgame challenges, are the best source, though the time it takes to hunt one makes farming them somewhat inefficient. Still, if you want those Rarity 10 weapons, you’ll be hunting plenty of Afflicted anyway.

Master Rank five and six-star quests award King Armor Spheres, and since they provide the materials necessary to make all the Rarity 9 and below weapons, you’re likely to spend more of your time in them to build out your arsenal.

Those are your best methods of getting King Armor Spheres in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. If you’re farming them while hunting Afflicted monsters, expect to get more than a few Anomaly Tickets. Hunting with Followers is also a fun way to get more. Check out our Rise guides hub for more coverage now and in the coming days and weeks.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Get Heavy Armor Spheres Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:33:16 -0400 John Schutt

Upgrading your armor is critical in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. Even though Master Rank gear is much stronger than anything you earned in the base game, the monsters have received significant upgrades as well.

Without properly leveled armor, you’re liable to get one or two-shot by anything past MR3. Some of the earlier monsters might also give you trouble with low-level equipment, though MR3 and above is where the difficulty spikes.

Heavy Armor Spheres will be your go-to for most of the campaign, as High Rank materials barely provide any upgrade progress. This guide will cover the two best ways to get Heavy Armor spheres.

Where to Find Heavy Armor Spheres in Sunbreak

You likely already have a few Heavy Armor Spheres from your time completing the base Rise campaign to reach Sunbreak, and if you played a lot of the vanilla experience, you might have several dozen or more. Either way, you’ll be spending them like candy and will quickly run out if you don’t start collecting more.

There are two primary sources of Heavy Armor Spheres once you start the Sunbreak campaign. Neither is much more efficient than the other, but combine them, and you’ll have plenty of upgrade materials until endgame.

Secondary Quests

One of the easiest ways to get Heavy Armor Spheres is to take on Optional Subquests from the Quest Maiden in Elgado or the Gathering Hub/Village in Kamura. Objectives include gathering plants, mushrooms, insects, and other crafting materials to slaying monsters, riding them, or completing quests in specific locations, among other tasks.

You can hold up to five Optional Subquests at a time, and each rewards one to three Heavy Armor Spheres. You’ll also get extra Kamura points and additional materials for doing so, so always remember to take on more Optional Subquests as you complete them.

Complete Master Rank Quests

There are no other secrets to getting more Heavy Armor Spheres. If you don’t faint while doing most Master Rank quests, up to and including endgame, you’re all but guaranteed two or three per Master Rank large monster hunt. Later-game monsters provide additional Spheres and have a small chance of awarding the higher-rarity King Armor Sphere, but any Master Rank quest will do.

If you’re running low on Heavy Armor Spheres and just want to farm some, pick your favorite one or two-star MR quest and complete it over and over. Great Baggi, Great Izuchi, and similar are quick and easy. You won’t be getting other high-rarity materials, but you’ll be swimming in Melding fuel and Heavy Armor Spheres in no time.

That’s all there is to getting the Heavy Armor Spheres you’ll need to upgrade your armor in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. Thankfully, getting a lot of them isn’t hard like farming MR3 monsters and above, and you’ll get plenty playing naturally. Whether you’re farming Khezu for Pale Extract, taking on higher-difficulty monsters for Monster Slogbone, or grinding for Awegite, there are plenty of ways to optimize how many materials you get. Check out our Monster Hunter Rise guides hub for plenty more on Sunbreak.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Find and Farm Pale Extract Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:05:24 -0400 John Schutt

Pale Extract is one of the more important monster materials in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. It's primarily an ingredient in Mega Demondrug and Mega Armorskin. Like most materials that serve a purpose in the endgame, it's also not the easiest to come by.

Pale Extract comes from two sources: a Rare Find at the Argosy for 500 Kamura points per unit in stacks of 10 and a drop from Khezu. You're much better off getting it from Khezu, especially early on, as 5,000 Kamura points for only 10 units of Pale Extract is a steep price unless you're desperate.

The Best Way to Farm Pale Extract in Sunbreak

Your best bet to farm Pale Extract is to hunt as many Khezu as you can as fast as possible. To do that, complete the three-star Village quest, the Faceless Foe, which pits you against the game's easiest possible version of Khezu.

The Village version of Khezu only has a few attacks and minimal health, meaning even unoptimal runs will only take about three minutes or so from when you load in to the quest and when you see the rewards screen.

Here are all of Village Khezu's attacks:

  • Neck extension: Khezu extends his neck a short or a long distance, wiggles it about, then retracts it. This attack is mostly in front of the monster, so stand to his side to avoid it.
  • Tail spin: Khezu briefly winds up, then spins around, whipping its tail the whole way. Khezu's tail is stumpy, so dodging backward will keep it from hitting you. But don't try to dodge through it as the hitbox lingers for the full 360 degrees.
  • Forward lunge: As the name suggests, Khezu winds up and then lunges forward a short distance. This attack knocks you into the air, so be careful of being stunned.
  • Lunge into electrical field: Khezu lunges forward. When it stops, it emits a field of electricity around its body. Being hit by the attack applies Thunderblight and can easily stun you.
  • Electrical ball spit: Khezu pulls its head back, then spits out three small balls of electricity in a thin arc in front of it. These also deal knockback and apply Thunderblight, so be careful.
  • Hanging electrical balls: If you're in a cavern, Khezu can latch onto the cave's roof, begging spitting balls of electricity down onto you. In the Village quest, these don't have very good tracking, and unless you're using a ranged weapon, you can wait out this attack until he inevitably comes back down.

Break as many of Khezu's parts as you can without killing it, and be sure to carve its body for more Pale Extract. There's a chance your quest rewards won't contain any of the stuff, but this farm is fast enough that it almost doesn't matter. We'll be covering tons of other Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak content in the coming days and weeks, so be sure to follow our Rise guides hub for more. In the meantime, check out our guides on Follower Quests, Elgado Tickets, and increasing your Master Rank fast.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Finish Melding Fast for More Talismans Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:11:23 -0400 John Schutt

Having the right Talisman for your build in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak won’t make or break your setup, but it does make optimizing a build much easier. That's why melding is so important.

The hard part is getting the right Talismans, as you’re relying almost entirely on RNG to find one that’s even passable. Worse, each Melding takes a quest to complete, and if you’re spending 20 minutes or more on some of the harder quests, you’re not getting them quickly or efficiently.

How to Meld Faster in Sunbreak

The best way to finish any melding quickly is to do a Village quest, especially the three-star Village quests and below. Even early in your High-Rank climb before Sunbreak, especially once you have some Master Rank gear equipped, the lower-level Village monsters will die in about a minute. Less if you’re efficient with your damage.

To make the farm even more efficient, you need to cut out as much loading time as possible, so be sure to skip the hunt-ending cutscene by hanging from a Wirebug when the ending timer runs down.

Once you complete the quest and return to Kamura, go back to another one. Do this as many times as you need to complete your Melding Pots, then repeat the process again and again.

Be mindful of how many Kamura Points you have, as high-end Melding can cost 1,000 points per use, meaning a complete set of pots is 10,000 Kamura points at a stretch. Farming those is another guide entirely.

The Best Village Quest to Farm Talismans

The best Village quest to farm Talismans depends on what materials you need for weapons, armor, or other crafting. However, our recommendation, without substitution, is Faceless Foe, the three-star quest where you hunt a Khezu. With mid-game Master Rank gear, the whole quest took me about 75 seconds from loading into the level to the monster kill. Accounting for loading screens and the quest-end timer, the process was about three minutes.

The main reason for hunting Khezu is collecting its Pale Extract, a key ingredient in making Mega Demondrug and Mega Armorskin. Pale Extract only comes from Khezu and occasionally as a Rare Find in stacks of up to 10 at the Argosy.

It’s not advisable to spend the 5,000 Kamura Points at the Argosy for 10 Pale Extract unless you know you can get it back quickly or as part of another farm.

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll finish your Melding Pots in no time. You can, of course, use regular quests during story progression to fill your Melding Pots, but if your goal is as many Talismans as fast as possible, the method presented here is the way. We’ve covered plenty of other Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak topics here already, including how Follower quests work, how to increase your Master Rank fast, and more. Check our Rise guides hub for more.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Farm Eltalite Ore Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:14:38 -0400 John Schutt

Eltalite Ore is one of the most common ore materials in all of Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, available from Mining Outcrops in every location. You’ll need it for the starting node in most Ore-based weapon trees and several early-game armor sets. It has other uses down the line, as well.

Farming Eltalite Ore is simple and takes place in the Shrine Ruins like some other farms we’ve discussed elsewhere.

Sunbreak Eltalite Ore Farming Tips

As common as Eltalite Ore is, you'll still need to pick the right location to farm it: somewhere with an abundance of easy-to-find Mining Outcrops early in the game. The Shrine Ruins offers both. The ore comes from blue and silver Outcrops, so there’s no reason to focus on one type.

Your optimal farming path takes you from the southern camp directly north, past the first blue Outcrop to Zone 5 and the mountains, where another outcrop sits in a corner near the peak.

You’ll then head into the mountains and gather from the five silver Outcrops in Zones 5, 6, and 8. From there, go north to Zones 13, 12, and 11 for the last three blue Outcrops. Travel back to camp, and everything should be respawned.

The best later game location to farm for Elatite Ore, by far, is the Lava Caverns. The volume of Mining Outcrops is immense, and you’ll be able to gather Allfire Stone as well. Follow our Allfire Stone guide for a detailed farming path.

In short, go north until you reach a large hole in the ground, then continue north and east until you reach a hidden cavern in the top-right of the map. The large, lava-lit space has three blue Outcrops and three Silver outcrops.

Other locations in Sunbreak have Mining Outcrops, but neither the Jungle nor the Citadel is great for farming Eltalite Ore, as they don’t have many gathering points generally, Outcrops included. Stick to the base game areas, as bored of them as you may be.

No matter how you choose to farm Eltalite Ore in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, expect to have several metric tons of it in just a few hours of gameplay whether you decide to farm it or not. There are other materials you will want to spend time farming, including Awegite, Monster Slogbone, Twisted Stiffbone, and more. Check our Rise guides hub for plenty more in the days and weeks to come.

Monster Hunter Rise: How to Get Firestone Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:59:35 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Firestone is used in several weapon upgrades and a handful of Low and High-Rank armors in Monster Hunter Rise. Luckily, it isn't difficult to get considering its variety of uses. You'll need to get to the Lava Caverns area to find it. 

Firestone is used to craft a long list of weapons and can be a surprising and unwelcome addition to your farming list at a given time. If you do go out of your way to get it, be sure to pick up some extras so you do not have to get more later.

Notably, you'll need this material for the following High Rank armors:

  • Kamura Head Scarf S (1).
  • Uroktor Torso S (4).
  • Aknosom Greaves S (1).
  • Basarios Greaves S (2).

Where to Get Firestone in Monster Hunter Rise

You'll need to travel to the Lava Caverns to get your hands on some Firestone for your equipment crafting endeavors. You can get this material in both Low Rank and High Rank versions of the Lava Caverns map.

You can mine at either white or blue mining outcrops for a chance to receive Firestone, and there are plenty scattered about the Lava Caverns.

To look only at the available mining outcrops on the map, open your Detailed Map and switch to the Gathering tab to check out gathering node locations. If it's a bit too messy for your tastes, you can instead switch over to the Icon Selection List to look specifically for white and blue mining outcrop locations like so:

You can do this for any gatherable material; lock it in your memory banks for your later gathering needs.

That's that on Firestone. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is bringing a whole host of new materials to gather and murder for as you climb the ranks. Check out our other Monster Hunter Rise guides for tips relating to the base game and the Sunbreak expansion when it releases.

Monster Hunter Rise: How to Get Frost Sac Mon, 27 Jun 2022 14:04:18 -0400 Ashley Shankle

You won't randomly come across Frost Sacs on your hunts in Monster Hunter Rise if you're pushing through High Rank. The material is used in a variety of weapon recipes, but you'll only be getting it from certain Low Rank monsters.

Frost Sac is most used in the Barioth and Goss Harag weapon trees, with a few exceptions elsewhere. Considering its name and the weapons it's most used to forge, what you need to farm a few should be no surprise.

How to Get Frost Sac in Monster Hunter Rise

The only two farming options for this crafting material are Barioth and Goss Harag, but you can't farm them for it in High Rank. Instead, you have to slay the beasts in Low Rank to have a chance of adding Frost Sacs to your stockpiles.

So do you have a better chance of getting it if you carve or if you capture? The answer is.. carve! You have a higher chance of obtaining the material from both Barioth and Goss Harag by carving them rather than capturing. In addition, there's a much higher chance of getting the material from Barioth than his hulking ice bear friend.

Carving a Low Rank Barioth grants a 20% chance to receive a Frost Sac, and an additional 16% chance to receive it as a quest reward if Barioth is the quest's target monster.

One Low Rank village quest and one hub quest have Barioth as the target monster. These quests are:

  • Raging White-out (4-star Village quest).
  • White Knight vs. Hunter (3-star Hub quest).

For the highest chances of you getting Frost Sacs, you'll want to take on one of these and carve rather than capture. It shouldn't take too long, especially if you're coming back to these quests from High Rank. Low Rank Barioth can be a little annoying, but higher-tier weapons make quick work of it.

That's all you need to know about getting Frost Sacs in Monster Hunter Rise. Sunbreak brings with it a whole slew of other materials you're going to have to farm for fun and forging, be sure to check out our host of Monster Hunter Rise guides encompassing the base game and expansion.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: How to Unlock the Palamute Silkbinder Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:00:01 -0400 John Schutt

As your progress through Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak's campaign, NPCs around Elgado, and occasionally Kamura, will ask you to help them through requests. You’ll receive weapons, armor, and new Dango types by completing the requests, depending on the character. One such request reward is the Palamute Silkbinder tool for your Palamute

Where to Find the Palamute Silkbinder in Sunbreak

During MR2 progression, you’ll get a request from Gatlyn the Researcher, who will give you a sidequest called Palamute Gear Power Up. Your task is to collect two Steel Gajaur Whiskers, then return to her.

Where to Find and Farm Gajau Whiskers

Steel Gajau Whiskers come from, well, Gajau fish in Master Rank locations, specifically the:

  • Shrine Ruins.
  • Frost Islands.
  • Flooded Forest.
  • Lava Caverns.

Sadly, there aren’t many Gajaur in any of these locations, as many of the new and returning Small Monsters have taken up their spawn slots.

The best location we could find in our testing was the Frost Islands, specifically Zone 5 and Zone 8. There are four total Gajau between the two locations, and they take five or so minutes to respawn. Unless your weapon deals very little damage, clearing the four Gajau will leave you with plenty of time to wait.

Your best bet for farming Steel Gajau Whiskers, then, is to load into a Frost Islands hunt and periodically return to those areas for a chance at Steel Whiskers. The only other caveat is the Whiskers are a rare drop from carving Gajau, with only a 20% chance of being rewarded per carve. Worse, you can only carve Gajau once.

If your goal is to farm as many materials as possible for the least amount of effort, bring along a Gathering Palico, as they provide additional rewards at the end of the quest, and there’s a good chance they’ll get the Steel Gajau Whiskers for you.

That’s all there is to completing the Palamute Gear Power Up request and unlocking the Silkbinder. If you’re looking for other materials, check out our guides on Awegite, Monster Slogbone, and Twisted Stiffbone. We’ll have plenty more Sunbreak coverage in the coming days and weeks, so head over to our Monster Hunter Rise guides hub for all of it. 

Monster Hunter Rise Sunreak: Where to Find Overgrown Stiffbone Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:00:01 -0400 John Schutt

Another crafting material introduced in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, Overgrown Stiffbone is important for crafting several powerful pieces of late-game gear, specifically the Astalos Bracers and Master Rank Bone Tree weapons, which grant access to Seregios weapons.

There are also some early-game reasons to use Overgrown Stiffbone and likely several dozen others buried in the weapon and armor material requirements.

How to Get Overgrown Stiffbone in Sunbreak

Overgrown Stiffbone, like Awegite and Allfire Stone, is only found in one location: the Jungle area.

A returning area originally from Monster Hunter 2 and reprised in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Rise's version is a complete visual overhaul that maintains the original layout and aesthetic.

You'll find Overgrown Stiffbone as an uncommon drop from any of the four Bonepiles scattered about the Jungle.

Getting to any of these Bonepiles is a bit of a chore, but your best route is heading for Zone 9 and making your way up the rockfaces to the Bonepile.

To reach the two piles in the northwest portion of Zone 7, you have to enter a tunnel from above or come in from the north. Both Bonepiles are in a small cave on the cliff face's west side.

To reach the last Bonepile in the northwesternmost portion of the Jungle, follow the beach of Zone 4 into the mountains. You might come across an impassable wall of vines. If you do, head down to the lower level and continue making your way around.

Unfortunately, there aren't enough Bonepiles in the Jungle to justify a circuit, so your best bet is to gather Overgrown Stiffbone while you either complete a hunt or as part of a large gathering Expedition. Many Master Rank quests take place in the area, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to seek out bones.

And that's it for finding Overgrown Stiffbone. We'll be covering plenty of additional material locations in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak in the days and weeks to come, including the coverage we've already done on Monster Slogbone, Twisted Stiffbone, and others. Our Monster Hunter Rise guides hub will have it all.