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Monster Hunter Rise Shows Off the Great Sword and Switch Axe

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Continuing its series of Monster Hunter Rise weapon introductions, Capcom uploaded new videos for the Great Sword and Switch Axe. Shortly after debuting the videos on YouTube and its official site, however, the Monster Hunter team marked them as private. In the meantime, we were able to snap some screenshots and get some details on the new actions.

Monster Hunter Rise – Great Sword


The Great Sword’s unique action is called “Power-Stow.” This skill-bind attack allows the player to sprint with their sword stowed away. This will increase the player’s attack power for a short period using the Wire Bug’s assistance. The Great Sword deals massive, weighty attacks that can even be charged up for additional damage to overwhelm beasts.

Monster Hunter Rise – Switch Axe

The Switch Axe’s unique action is called “Invincible Gambit.” This skill-bind attack buffs up the player’s defense, protecting them from being knocked over or shrinking. The Switch Axe is a more technologically advanced weapon with two modes. Players can switch to its Axe Mode for heavy attacks, or switch to its Sword Mode for quick strikes. New to Monster Hunter Rise, the Sword vial effects now apply to Axe mode, as well.

Here is a list of all the previous weapon trailers, along with their unique actions:

Monster Hunter Rise will launch exclusively on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on March 26, 2021. A limited-time demo will release on the eShop sometime in January 2021.

Oni Dino
Oni Dino is a Japanese-English translator, localization editor, and podcaster. He has several video game credits and regularly translates columns from Masahiro Sakurai and Shigeru Miyamoto. When not knee-deep in a JRPG and wishing games had more environmental story-telling, he's attending industry events and interviewing creative auteurs to share their stories.