MHR: The Hunting Horn is an excellent support weapon

Improve your stats with the sound of music. Ah-ah-ah-ah!

Something that makes Monster Hunter Rise one of the best Nintendo Switch games is that it provides several different fighting options to match a number of player styles. What’s more, there are unique attacks depending on which weapon you choose.

There are 14 weapon types in all, so you might want to test the others out to see which one works best with your fighting style. But enough chit-chat. Let’s dive into the Hunting Horn.

Monster Hunter Rise Hunting Horn fighting style

The Hunting Horn is a great support weapon as it quickly allows the player to buff themselves and allies. However, the actual attacks aren’t very powerful compared to other weapons.

Monster Hunter Rise Hunting Horn controls

ControlsFunction
XLeft Swing
ARight Swing
X + ABackwards Strike
ZRPerform
ZR + XMagnificent Trio
  • Perform: Increase your own power by Performing Melodies.
  • Activate Melody via Attack: Attack and line up 2 of the same note in a row on the Musical Staff to cover you and nearby allies with a melody effect.
  • Magnificent Trio: Attack and line up 3 different notes on the Musical Staff to store a melody. Unleash a Magnificent Trio to trigger all melody effects.
  • Infernal Melody: After filling the gauge next to the musical score by performing actions such as attacking, you can activate the special melody. Press ZR after a Magnificent Trio or a Slide Beat to do so.
  • Slide Beat: A Silkbind attack that uses a Wirebug to propel you forward into a spinning attack. Grants self-improvement and attack-power boosts by way of melody effects.
  • Earthshaker: A Silkbind attack that flings forth a blade, connects it to your weapon with Ironsilk, and transmits booming sonic attacks (Costs 2 Wirebug).

Melody Effects

  • Self Improvements — Increases movement speed and prevents attacks from getting deflected for a short amount of time.
  • Attack Up — Boost your attack temporarily.
  • Defense Up — Boosts your defense temporarily.
  • Health Recovery (S) — A sliver of health gets restored to you.
  • Song of Raging Flame — Your attack gets boosted a decent amount for a while.

Monster Hunter Rise Hunting Horn combos

CombosFunction
A, X, A, Left Stick + BStationary Combo: Right Swing > Left Swing > Right Swing > Side Roll (Left/Right)
Left Stick + X, X + A, A, X + AForward-Moving Combo: Forward Smash > Double Swing > Crush > Overhead Smash
A, X, X + A, ZR + XMagnificent Trio Combo: Right Swing > Left Swing > Overhead Smash > Magnificent Trio

Monster Hunter Rise Hunting Horn Switch Skills

Each weapon has its own unique attacks. What’s more, each attack has at least two Switch Skills that you can assign to it for a different result. However, only one Switch Skill can be active on an attack at a time. Here are the Hunting Horn Switch Skills.

AttackSwitch Skills
Silkbind AttackEarthshaker: Ironsilk attaches to a blade and attacks a monster. The horn sends sonic waves into the area around the blade.
Bead of Resonance: A Wirebug cocoon is placed on the ground. Any melodies created by the hunter also come from the cocoon.
Regular Attack 1Overhead Smash: Hunting Horn comes smashing down and reduces a monster’s stamina.
Melodic Slap: Creates a Sonic Smash with the Hunting Horn that does low damage but can stun.
Regular Attack 2Melody Mode: Performance: Attack that creates a melody effect when two of the same notes are played in a row.
Melody Mode: Echo: Applies melody effects with the Musical Staff and boosts your own stats.

Monster Hunter Rise Hunting Horn Silkbind Attacks

Silkbind AttacksFunction
ZL + ASlide Beat: Propels players forward into a spin attack with a Wirebug. The final performance boosts stats and makes it so you can’t get knocked back while in motion.
ZL + XEarthshaker: Ironsilk attaches to a blade and attacks a monster. The horn sends sonic waves into the area around the blade. Can be switched out with Bead of Resonance.
ZL + XBead of Resonance: A Wirebug cocoon is placed on the ground. Any melodies created by the hunter also come from the cocoon. Can be switched out with Earthshaker.

Monster Hunter Rise Hunting Horn Best Builds

To give yourself a leg up on your hunting quests, we recommend gearing up with these items.

Best Builds for 2 Star Quests

AreaBest equipment
WeaponKamura Chorus II
HeadIzuchi Helm
ChestHunter’s Mail
ArmsAlloy Vambraces
WaistAlloy Coil
LegsBaggi Greaves

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 44
  • Fire: -4
  • Water: -2
  • Thunder: -5
  • Ice: 0
  • Dragon: 1
  • Attack Boost Lvl 2
  • Critical Eye Lvl 3
  • Water Attack Lvl 1

Best Builds for 4 Star Quests

AreaBest equipment
WeaponZurogong Primo II
HeadRathian Helm
ChestKulu-Ya-Ku Mail
ArmsKulu-Ya-Ku Braces
WaistBasarios Coil
LegsKadachi Greaves

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 102
  • Fire: 3
  • Water: -11
  • Thunder: -2
  • Ice: 3
  • Dragon: -6
  • Bright Resistance Lvl 1
  • Defense Boost Lvl 1
  • Speed Sharpening Lvl 1
  • Slugger Lvl 1
  • Horn Maestro Lvl 1
  • Critical Eye Lvl 1
  • Constitution Lvl 1

Best Builds for 5 Star Quests and higher

AreaBest equipment
WeaponFrog Flute
HeadIzuchi Helm S
ChestKulu-Ya-Ku Mail S
ArmsKulu-Ya-Ku Braces S
WaistBaggi Coil S
LegsBaggi Greaves S

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 185
  • Fire: -6
  • Water: -9
  • Thunder: -4
  • Ice: 6
  • Dragon: 2
  • Attack Boost Lvl 3
  • Slugger Lvl 3
  • Critical Eye Lvl 1
  • Stamina Thief Lvl 2
  • Sleep Resistance Lvl 1
  • Horn Maestro Lvl 1

Best Builds for Endgame

AreaBest equipment
WeaponSinister Shadestrum
HeadUtsushi Mask (H) S
ChestKulu-Ya-Ku Mail (H) S
ArmsAnja Vambraces S
WaistRathalos Coil S
LegsIngot Greaves S

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 253
  • Fire: 8
  • Water: -6
  • Thunder: -2
  • Ice: 1
  • Dragon: -3
  • Attack Boost Lvl 6
  • Slugger Lvl 3
  • Critical Eye Lvl 2
  • Razor Sharp Lvl 1
  • Spare Shot Lvl 2
  • Horn Maestro Lvl 1
  • Windproof Lvl 1
  • Wirebug Whisperer Lvl 1

Monster Hunter Rise Hunting Horn Best Skills

As with any other area, the best skills to use with the Hunting Horn is really just a matter of opinion. However, we found that the following were really helpful.

SkillWhat it does
Horn MaestroThis skill increases the Hunting Horn’s speed and damage output.
Attack BoostAs you’d guess, this increases the Hunting Horn’s attack. You’ll be happiest if you get it to level 4 or higher.
Weakness ExploitIncreases the amount of damage inflicted on Monsters due to exploiting their weaknesses.
Razor SharpMakes it so that your Hunting Horn doesn’t lose sharpness as quickly. Yes, you do need this for the musical instrument.

Play it again, Sam

Nothing can get people jazzed up as much as music as the Monster Hunter Rise Hunting Horn shows. You’ll greatly improve your own stats along with the stats of any team members while using this weapon. Just make sure to use a complimentary build to make the most out of it.

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