Whether you are an experienced hunter jumping from other Monster Hunter games or Monster Hunter Rise is your first experience, upgrading your armor is important! One of the first things players should learn in the Switch game (which is also coming to PC sometime next year) is how to upgrade armor and reach new levels of defense to take on the most terrifying of monsters. The process is very intuitive once you get the hang of it. Here’s what to do!
Step 1: Gather materials
The first step for making harnesses in Rise (or whatever crafting) is material gathering, the broad category for all craft items you can pick up in the game. Materials can be divided into three main types collected from different sources:
Ore and bone: You can find ore by exploring and mining. But be careful ̵
Little monsters: You can chase and kill different little monsters during the game. These will yield materials such as stringers, pelts, skins, tails, detonators, and other items that can be useful in armor crafting, especially lighter armor with specific types of defenses. Always check if you can harvest from small samples!
Big monsters: Large Monsters are the object of a hunt, and after defeating them, you can harvest specific materials from them, such as bowls, horns, and other items that can be used for major armor upgrades.
Materials remain in your item bag until used or moved. You can also receive materials by completing quests or shopping at the market. Basically, the first step is to just play the game, explore as much as you can and always pick up items to increase your materials so that you are ready.
Step 2: Forge new armor and equip
With the right materials in stock, it’s time to forge your armor. The Kamura Village hub is home to The Smithy, a series of workshops where you can forge and upgrade armor. Look for Hamon the Blacksmith, who is responsible for crafting your personal armor. Talk to him and choose the option to Forge / upgrade armor
You will be presented with a list of the available armor types you can craft, whatever Forging materials they need, and what statistics they give you. Do not forget it Compare equipment to see if armor is better than what you’re wearing. Some important points to keep in mind:
- There are five different types of armor you can equip: helm, chest, arms, waist, and legs. Make sure to forge armor for all slots!
- If you don’t have enough materials for an armor item, you can always start harvesting more before crafting.
- Armor generally has the appearance of the monster from which the materials were taken.
- You can mix and match armor pieces as many as you want to get different benefits.
- Also, don’t forget to upgrade your Buddies armor along with your own so they can survive alongside you! Buddy Smith Kisaki wields these armors and can be found in a workshop next to Hamon.
Note: Do not confuse this process with “Layered Armor,” which refers to specific cosmetics that can change the appearance of armor, but do not provide statistic changes.
Step 3: Start hunting more dangerous enemies
With your first armor pieces made, you will have a good idea of how the process works. Starting armor will only get you to a certain point, however. An important goal in Rise is to hunt harder, more dangerous monsters to harvest rarer materials and create better weapons and armor. Keep in mind that you can perform many quests multiple times to harvest more materials and get them from quest rewards. If you find a large monster that can create particularly powerful armor for your character, it is probably worth working on them for a while.
Never hesitate to replace your previous armor with new versions if they offer new stat upgrades or other benefits. It doesn’t pay to get attached to any particular armor, especially in the early stages of the game.
How to upgrade armor skills
In Monster Hunter Rise, certain armor comes with armor abilities, or special boosts and abilities that come only from wearing that armor. You can equip multiple pieces of the same armor type to increase the effectiveness of Skills (and also to increase the overall resistance). We haven’t discovered all armor abilities yet, but a few important ones are:
- Wirebug Whisperer: This allows you to keep a wild Wirebug charge for longer and charge faster.
- Critical eye: This improves your Affinity Bonus so that you deal additional Critical Hit Damage.
- Divine Blessing: This provides a random chance to reduce the damage taken.
- Heroics: This provides both attack and defense boost when you are in poor health.
- Wall runner: This allows you to run longer on walls without running out of stamina.
Finally, note that armor can also have slots that allow you to equip jewels, charms, or other items for specific boosts. Slot machines are becoming an increasingly important way of customizing your character, so don’t ignore them!