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Monster Hunter Rise weapon tree explained

You’ll be using the Monster Hunter Rise weapon tree a lot, so it’s worth knowing how it works so you can skip the fuss and get back to monster hunting.

Monster Hunter Rise weapon tree: A hunter using a Heavy Bowgun from later in the weapon tree to defeat a charging monster.

The weapon tree is core to the progression system in Monster Hunter Rise. Despite its importance, it can be a confusing chart to navigate to figure out which weapons you can craft next and what you need to do so. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about the Monster Hunter Rise weapon tree, explained in detail with tips on how to discover those pesky locked weapons.

Alongside over-the-top weapons, another staple of the Monster Hunter series is incredibly outlandish, yet awesome, outfits and customisation options, a staple continued in Monster Hunter Rise. To get your style game on, check out our Monster Hunter Rise character creation overview and how to alter your look later using the Monster Hunter Rise change appearance feature. To help you style your armor, we also have a Monster Hunter Rise layered armor guide.

Monster Hunter Rise weapon tree explained

The Monster Hunter Rise weapon tree is an overview of all the weapons you can craft for any given weapon type, including the weapon variants and upgrades for each weapon variant. Once you have chosen your weapon type from the Monster Hunter Rise weapons list, such as the Great Sword, Switch Axe, or Dual Blades, visit Hamon the Blacksmith to view the weapon tree in the crafting menu.

Here, you will see a vertical list of weapon variants for your chosen weapon, oftentimes named after the various monsters you will hunt. As an example, there are trees for the Barroth, Khezu, and Izuchi to name but a few. These are the base forms of your chosen weapon, each varying in stats and unique effects. For instance, some weapons will have an Element, such as Electro or Poison that will be unique to that weapon variant tree.

Following the chart horizontally you will see the upgrades for each of these weapon variants. Continuing along the weapon tree for your chosen weapon variant will unlock upgrades and even additional variants for you to craft once you have the required materials.

If you’re worried about seeing several question mark icons and greyed-out options in your weapon tree, especially when just starting out, then don’t be. Simply put, these are locked weapon variants and upgrades. You can unlock these by progressing through the main quests of Monster Hunter Rise and unlocking later-game monsters and ingredients to reveal these options in the weapon tree. To help you fill out the Monster Hunter Rise weapon tree, it’s worth doing an Expedition in each new location you unlock to find all of the resources and hunt every monster in that zone. It’s possible that after doing so you’ll have more weapons available to craft when you next visit the weapon tree.

Now that you know how to use the Monster Hunter Rise weapon tree and access later weapon upgrades, you’ll be able to take on the hardest monsters in our Monster Hunter Rise monsters list to defend Kamura Village. Our Monster Hunter Rise walkthrough also has additional tips and guides to help you out