Sword & Shield is a popular choice for many Monster Hunter players out there. It’s the only weapon in the game that lets players use items while the weapon is in their hands. This may not sound like a lot but can make one hell of a difference in combat. If the Great Sword is the most iconic weapon in Monster Hunter, Sword & Shield come in at a close second. In this Monster Hunter Rise guide, we’ve detailed everything about Sword & Shield, its controls, skilbind attacks, and best combos.
Monster Hunter Rise Sword & Shield
This weapon has the highest base damage output in the entirety of Monster Hunter Rise. But that isn’t the best thing about it. What makes Sword & Shield truly special is that it lets players use items even when the weapon is drawn – and while guarding. On top of that, the weapon has a pretty insane recovery rate that enables players to chain multiple attacks, guard, and keep the cycle running. By doing so, however, players will most definitely lose out on some damage but the survival is worth it.
First of all, let’s talk about the basic controls for Sword & Shield that everyone needs to be familiar with. These are:
- Chop: X
- Lateral Slash: A
- Shield Attack: L + A
- Advancing Slash: X + A
- Plunging Thrust: X + A while Airborne
- Spinning Reaper: X + A during a Combo
- Guard: ZR
- Use Item: ZR + Y
- Rising Slash: ZR + X
- Guard Slash: ZR + A
- Backstep: Down + A during a Combo
- Charged Slash: Down during Backstep
- Reserved Slash: A + Down during Backstep
Similar to other weapon types that we’ve covered thus far, Sword & Shield also has three Skilbind Attacks in total. These are explained in detail below:
- Windmill: ZL + A
- Falling Shadow: ZL + X
- Metsu Shorugeki: ZL + A
Windmill, as the name suggests, lets the players swing the sword around while negating any monster’s initial attack. Falling Shadow, on the other hand, is a forward leap attack that leads to a Scaling Slash and can be followed up with a Falling Bash while in mid-air. Lastly, the Windmill can be switched out with Metsu Shoryugeki that’s an upper-cut attack using the shield.
Sword & Shield Best Combos
When it comes to combos, there are plenty of options to choose from. A few of them are shared below:
- X, X, A, A
- A, A, A, X + A
- LS + A, A, A
- X, Hold LS + A, Random Attack, X
- X, Hold LS + A, Random Attack, A
That’s all we’ve got in our Monster Hunter Rise Sword & Shield guide. Feel free to check out our detailed Monster Hunter Rise wiki guides for more help on the game.