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Monster Hunter Rise, introductory guide to weapons: loaded blade

In this episode of the Monster Hunter Rise weapons guide we will talk to you about the loaded blade, a technical and very powerful tool

With the release of Monster Hunter: World, the popularity of historic branded hunting games Capcom it has increased dramatically. The landing of a Monster Hunter on fixed consoles and PC has allowed many players to approaching the series for the first time and, thanks to the excellent publicity made by the title, many others are planning to try the new one Monster hunter rise coming in a few days on Nintendo Switch.



To approach a new chapter in the series, however, it is necessary to overcome a great initial obstacle, that is the choice of equipment. Monster Hunter weapons really differ a lot from each other and to become skilled hunters it is essential that you find the one that suits you best. To help you with your research we have therefore decided to write one introductory guide for all Monster Hunter Rise weapons and in this new episode we will talk about the loaded blade.

Attack and defense

Like the sword sword, the loaded blade also stands out thanks to its ability to change. In fact, this instrument has two different transformations, one in sword and shield and one in ax. The first form allows the player to simultaneously wield a handy short sword and a durable shield, while the second will allow you to combine these two weapons to create a powerful vial-powered ax.

Again to make the most of this tool it is essential to learn to master both transformations, but in this case it won't be that easy. The loaded blade is one of the most complicated weapons in Monster Hunter Rise and consequently, although you have this guide available, we do not recommend using it if you are approaching the series for the first time.



Charging and Attacking - Monster Hunter Rise Weapons Guide: Loaded Blade

In sword and shield shape the loaded blade will allow you to inflict good damage on monsters while also offering you the opportunity to defend yourself. By pressing "X"You can start a quick combo consisting of 3 attacks that can be chained to a shield with"X + A", While with holding down"A”You can unleash a powerful pair of vertical slashes. All of these moves deal a good amount of damage, but their main utility is to charge the sword.

Each hit landed with the blade will increase its level and once it reaches its maximum all your attacks will bounce. In this case, all you have to do is press "ZR + A”To unload your sword and fill the vial indicator. As we had already explained to you in the guide dedicated to the sword, the vials are used for apply bonus effects to some Monster Hunter Rise weapons and, in the case of the loaded blade, they also allow you to perform devastating attacks in the form of an ax.

In ax shape your weapon will be very powerful, but to unleash its true potential it is necessary to have a good number of loaded vials. By pressing "AIn fact, you can perform a series of deadly spin attacks which will also generate small explosions by consuming vials. Also, by pressing "X + A“, You can unleash a very powerful explosive move called elemental whirlwind.


Secret Techniques - Monster Hunter Rise Weapons Guide: Loaded Blade

Now the point of our guide has come where you will understand why the loaded blade is one of the most complex weapons in Monster Hunter Rise. In the previous paragraph we told you about the main mechanics on which this tool is based, but in reality there are many others. In particular, the ones that will be most useful to you during the hunt are the so-called enhancement techniques. These moves will allow you to temporarily buff your sword or shield, greatly increasing its effectiveness.


upgrade the shield first you will need to fill the vial bar (not necessarily up to the maximum). Next you'll need to enter ax form, unleash an elemental whirlwind and to press "ZR" during the attack preparation animation. This way you will perform a quick attack in transformation e all your vials will be absorbed by the shield.

For the duration of this boost (which varies based on the number of vials absorbed), the defense of your shield and the attack of your ax will be greater. Also in this state yours elementary turbines they will consume all the vials in one shot and deal a lot more damage, but if you want to it is possible to perform a more contained explosion pressing "back + X”During the attack preparation animation.

power up the sword instead, all you have to do is upgrade the shield, keep pressed "X" during the vial charge animation with "ZR + A”And release it at the right time. This way your sword will be infused with the element of your vials and will inflict greater damage.


There is also another mechanic called "guard point"Which allows automatically defend yourself while making certain moves. Especially during many attacks in transformation your character will be protected by the shield for a few frames. To be able to master this technique correctly you need to practice a lot, but if you learn to use it actively you can reap enormous benefits.

Wire Bug Attacks - Monster Hunter Rise Weapons Guide: Loaded Blade

The biggest novelty introduced in this chapter of the series are the wire insects, creatures capable of helping hunters in both combat and exploration. In fact, thanks to the silk of these little creatures you will be able to move comfortably in mid-air and run powerful moves called silkworm attacks. Each weapon possesses two silkworm attacks usable by pressing "ZL+X/A" (or "R+X/A”For ranged weapons) that will consume one or two charges from the Thread Bug Bar once activated.


The loaded blade edge insect attacks are: transforming advancement e counter-echo of the peaks. Transforming advance allows you to shoot forward and pass quickly in the form of an ax without being able to be repelled. The usefulness of this move lies in the possibility of being able to quickly reduce the distance to your target and then attack with a sword or a spinning blow by pressing "X" or "A" respectively.

Controeco delle Vette instead is a very useful move that allows you to block a shot with the shield and immediately fill all vials. This technique is perfect for blocking an incoming powerful attack or simply starting a fight with full vials.

In this paragraph of the guide we told you about the attacks with wire insect for the loaded blade present in the latest demo of Monster Hunter Rise, but before concluding we would like to remind you that in the full game these techniques may vary based on weapons or other factors. In the various videos shown by Capcom they are present several attacks unusable in the demo, so it is likely that you can change them in some way.

Techniques and skills

This concludes the episode of our Monster Hunter Rise weapons guide dedicated to the loaded blade. Now you just have to wait for the full game to be released understand if the complexity of this weapon suits your style.

In case you want to know more about the game, we invite you to read ours preview. Also, if this guide dedicated to the loaded blade was useful to you, we suggest you check out the other articles on Monster Hunter Rise weapons here on the site as well:

  • Spadascia
  • spear
  • Launch rifle
  • Double blades
  • Hammer
  • Insect glaive
  • Sword and shield
  • Hunting horn
  • Long sword
  • Greatsword
  • bow
  • Light crossbow
  • Heavy crossbow

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