Monster Hunter Rise’s armor system is one of the best parts of the game. Before setting off to smash the ancient beast, give yourself butterfly wings or a cowboy hat that inspires its own unique sense of joy. I don’t want to be smashed by a giant pumpkin, that’s for sure.
Rise’s armor can be as simple or as complex as you want to craft it. You might choose to just focus on defense and resistance, but you can still deal with higher tier monsters. On the other hand, if you like tweaking your skills and pushing everything toward a specific playstyle, Rise has the tools for you.
In this Monster Hunter Rise armor guide, I’ll cover how to unlock more suits, armor balls, skills and resistances, layered armor, and how to get secret armor through Argosy and Meowcenaries.NOTE: If you are concerned spoiler, know some of them follow, so be careful.
How to unlock armor in Monster Hunter Rise
You can craft armor at the Smithy in Kamura, but the armor you can craft depends on many factors. Unlike the weapon tree, potential armor sets are not visible, you can only unlock them by acquiring the materials used to forge them. For example, when you defeat a new monster and sculpt it, its armor set will be available for forging.
It’s a good idea to kill and carve every monster you come across as it unlocks more armor sets. First, you’ll craft low-level armor, but once you complete the 4-star hub quest, you can craft high-level armor. These are still the same armor sets as lower tiers – they just provide better defense and skills. That’s why it’s worth waiting until you have premium armor to upgrade with armor balls.
What are armor balls and how do you get them?
The armor ball is used to increase the defense of the armor and reduce the damage received. When you insert one into your armor, it will count towards upgrading it and it will gain higher defense. In the early game, armor balls were available for almost all missions, and now new players can use the high defense guild cross suit from the start. You can use them later.
How to make Buddy Armor
If you look to the left of Blacksmith Harmon, you will see fellow Blacksmith Kisaki. Talk to him and you’ll gain ore shards and the ability to forge armor for your Palicoe and Palamute. All companion armor requires scrap, which you can obtain by trading unwanted monster materials. Like normal armor, these suits have elemental resistance and defensive properties. That said, since your partner can only be knocked down temporarily, it doesn’t matter to you.
What are armor skills and set bonuses?
This is where things get more complicated. Each piece of armor has its own resistances, you can increase these resistances by equipping more armors:
- Three piece set: Increases all resistances by 1
- Four piece set: Increases all resistances by 2
- five piece: Increases all resistances by 3
Each piece of armor also has skills, which you can level up by equipping armors with the same skills. Both set bonuses and these skills can be viewed in the “Manage Equipment” section of the Supply Crate. If you loop back to the skills section at the end, you can hover over specific armors to see what changes they make to your overall skill set.
Once you reach high levels and unlock decorations, you can craft skill gems to add to your weapons and armor, further altering your setup. This allows you to prioritize skills that complement your weapons and specific playstyle.
Monster Hunter Rise Layered Armor: How Does It Work?
If you like your armor but hate the look of it, you can use layered armor to change it. After reaching level 8 Nexus quests, you can use equipment coupons to forge multiple layers of armor at the smithy and equip it in supply boxes. You’ll also start getting gear vouchers from quests, so you should have plenty of use.
However, you can still adjust the appearance before hunter level 8. Appearance settings allow you to change armor paint and change the appearance of your character. If there is a piece of armor that you really don’t like, you can make it invisible using the “Device Display” option in the Manage Devices menu.
How to Unlock the Monster Hunter Rise Secret Armor Set
There are 11 secret armor sets in Rise, which you can unlock in two different ways. The first is the cat in Buddy Plaza. As you set up your expedition, you’ll find some boxes sparkling. If you choose this path, you will receive a unique material that reveals the smithy’s secret armor. Here’s the area, special material, and the set of secrets it unlocks:
- Shrine ruins: Shadeshrooms – Chaos Set
- Frost Island: Stargazer Bloom – Edel Set
- Flooded Forest: Omegapumpkin – Mosgharl Set
- Sandy Plains: Sinister Darkcloth – Death Stink Set
- Lava Cave: Gothjelly – Jelly Set
The second method is Argosy. Once you’ve unlocked the ship in the Buddy Plaza, you can send a buddy submarine to farm specific items. For some items, you’ll find the opportunity to earn additional bonus materials. As with Meowcenaries, each bonus material corresponds to a set of secret armor. Here is what you need:
- red beans: Melahoa set
- Spring Night Karp: Makluva set
- Dream Shell: Shell Inlay Set
- Butterfly Beetles: ropesa set
- Toxic Cumory: Spio set
- Armored Snapper: Vaik set
You won’t get all items right away, but more will be unlocked as you play. You can also unlock more submarines by completing the 3-star village request and then Rondine’s “Cultural Exchange” request.