MHR: The Insect Glaive lets you perform aerial attacks and command a bug

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If you’re looking for a Monster Hunter Rise weapon that gives you plenty of mobility and jumping action, then the Insect Glaive is for you. It’s rather unique compared to the game’s other 14 weapon types as it allows you to instruct a Kinsect to harvest stat boosting extracts from the monsters you fight. It kinda makes you feel like Shino Aburame from Naruto.

I love how versatile the different weapons are in Monster Hunter Rise. Taking the time to master the ones that match your fighting style will help you see why it is one of the best Nintendo Switch games out there. To help you get a better feel for the Insect Glaive, I’ll go over its attacks, Silkbind moves, and best builds.

Monster Hunter Rise Insect Glaive fighting style

Mhr Insect Glaive On Shoulders

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The Insect Glaive is a rapid striking weapon with great range. It can dispatch insects called Kinsects to harvest ability boosts from monsters that you can then apply to yourself (notice the green beetle on the hunter’s arm in the pic above). This special weapon also allows you to jump into the air for some fast-paced aerial attacks.

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Monster Hunter Rise Insect Glaive controls

ControlsFunction
XRising Slash Combo
AWide Sweep
ZR + XKinsect: Harvest Extract
ZR + AKinsect: Recall
ZR + RKinsect: Fire
ZRKinsect: Mark Target
ZR + BVault
X (in midair)Aerial Attack
A (in midair)Jumping Advancing Slash
B (in midair)Midair Evade
  • Kinsect: Harvest Extract Your Kinsect allows you to gather Extracts, which come in three types: red, white, and orange. Which color Extract you get depends on the monster’s body part. Red boosts attack, white increases speed, and orange gives knockback protection. You can absorb a blend of colors and mix them together to gain incredible attack power and other useful effects.
  • Kinsect: Fire Marking a monster will tell Kinsects to target that part with their attacks (note that this effect disappears when you sheathe your weapon). Some Kinsects will automatically attack once a target is marked, while there are others that spread Kinsect dust when they attack. This dust explodes when hit.
  • Silkbind Vault A Silkbind attack that spins forwards.
  • Recall Kinsect A Silkbind attack that calls your Kinsect back while you evade. As it returns, it will perform spinning attacks that scatter healing extracts. Its stamina will fully recover once it gets back to its master.
  • Normal Type A Kinsect with no special characteristics.
  • Powder Type When a target is marked, the Kinsect will attack it automatically, leaving behind a cloud of dust called Kinsect Powder. When struck, the powder will detonate. (Effective until the Kinsect is recalled).
  • Assist Type Can utilize three types of extract. When mounted on your hunter’s arm, it will attack together with your hunter.
  • Speed Type Automatically charges up when mounted on your hunter’s arm. The Insect Glaive will glow blue to indicate the Kinsect is fully charged, at which point the Kinsect’s attack power is increased.

Monster Hunter Rise Insect Glaive combos

CombosFunction
L Joystick + XCombo for brief openings: Thrust > Reaping Slash > Double Slash
L Joystick + A, X, ABasic Combo with Red Extract stocked: Leaping Slash > Strong Rising Slash Combo, Tornado Slash
ZR + B, B, AMidair Combo: Vault > Midair Evade > Jumping Advancing Slash

Monster Hunter Rise Insect Glaive Silkbind Attacks

Silkbind AttacksFunction
ZL + XSilkbind Vault: Causes you to leap into the air and attack. You can follow with another attack or an evade.
ZL + ARecall Kinsect: You evade while your Kinsect comes back to you performing spinning attacks along the way. When it reaches you its stamina will be full again.
ZL + ADiving Wyvern: Pulls you downward to attack below you. The damage area is small, but anything you hit receives lots of damage.

Monster Hunter Rise Insect Glaive Switch Skills

Each weapon attack in Monster Hunter Rise allows you to assign one of two skills to it, which results in different effects. Here are the Switch Skills for the Insect Glaive.

AttackSwitch Skills
Silkbind AttackRecall Kinsect: You evade while your Kinsect comes back to you performing spinning attacks along the way. When it reaches you, its stamina will be full again. (Wirebug Gauge recovers at medium speed).
Diving Wyvern: Pulls you downward to attack below you. The damage area is small, but anything you hit receives lots of damage. (Wirebug Gauge recovers at medium speed).
Regular AttackTornado Slash: This attack happens after a bludgeoning attack. The second strike is more powerful than the first.
Tetraseal Slash: You’ll dish out four strikes and one of them lure’s Powder Kinsects.

Monster Hunter Rise Insect Glaive Best Builds

Mhr Insect Glaive Standing

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You’ll get different stats depending on the equipment you wear into battle. These are the builds that we think work best for the Insect Glaive.

Best Builds for 2 Star Quests

AreaBest equipment
WeaponIron Blade 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
WeaponKulu Glaive II
HeadBarroth Helm
ChestKadachi Mail
ArmsKadachi Braces
WaistIngot Coil
LegsKadachi Greaves

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 97
  • Fire: -3
  • Water: -10
  • Thunder: 14
  • Ice: 0
  • Dragon: 1
  • Attack Boost Lvl 1
  • Power Prolonger Lvl 1
  • Constitution Lvl 2
  • Critical Eye Lvl 2

Best Builds for Endgame

AreaBest equipment
WeaponEvening Calm
HeadUtsushi Mask (H) S
ChestJyuratodus Mail
ArmsRathalos Braces S
WaistRathalos Coil S
LegsIngot Greaves
KinsectMonarch Alucanid Carnage Beetle

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 265
  • Fire: 7
  • Water: 3
  • Thunder: -6
  • Ice: 2
  • Dragon: -6
  • Attack Boost Lvl 6
  • Spare Shot Lvl 2
  • Critical Eye Lvl 2
  • Razor Sharp Lvl 1
  • Power Prolonger Lvl 2
  • Windproof Lvl 1
  • Evade Extender Lvl 1

Monster Hunter Rise Insect Glaive Best Skills

Mhr Insect Glaive Thrust

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

SkillWhat it does
Power ProlongerMakes it so buffs last longer, which is useful paired with the Kinsect.
Attack BoostAs you’d guess, this increases the Insect Glaive’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 Insect Glaive doesn’t lose sharpness as quickly.

Bitten by the bug

The Insect Glaive is one of the most unique weapons you’ll find in Monster Hunter Rise. With it you’ll be zipping through the air and landing rapid hits on your prey. Makes sure to work on the skills and stats that best compliment this fighting style.

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