Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Digital Event announces new monsters, gives hunters more freedom in combat

Sunbreak, Monster Hunter Rise’s massive expansion, is just over a month away, and there’s a lot more to learn about what types of monsters and locations to expect as our hunters move from Kamura Village to their new base of operations in Elgado Outpost. Today, Capcom held a digital event covering a lot of new content coming to the big DLC ​​release.

The event kicked off with a new story trailer, focusing on the cape monster Malzeno, who, with a horde of tiny vampiric monsters, drains life from the environment and captures other creatures. Malzeno has a history of laying waste to the realm of new Sunbreak character Fiorayne and will continue to be a problem for hunters in this expansion. Can inflict a new Bloodblight status that drains health and forces the ruined hunter into “a life force battle”, where damaging the elder dragon will restore that player’s lost vitality. If Malzeno absorbs enough of a hunter’s essence, he will transform into an even more terrifying form.

As for other monsters announced for Sunbreak, Seregios, the flagship monster of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, returns to plunge unsuspecting hunters with its bladed legs. Two subspecies of existing Rise creatures were also announced with the icy Aurora Somnacanth and the molten Magma Alumudron, both of which look like fun variations of the existing monsters. In addition to these new subspecies and returning favorites, other existing Monster Hunter Rise monsters will have more powerful versions in Master Rank quests, some with new moves and abilities to spice up fights.

To combat these new threats, hunters are also getting a significant upgrade to their attack arsenal. Switch Skill Swap is a new skill that allows players to switch between two loadouts of Switch Skills in real-time. This allows hunters to use up to four customizable Silkbind moves together and combine the moves in creative ways. To ensure a player is not vulnerable when switching skills, a new Swap Evade can be used to evade an attack while changing Switch Skill loadouts. Other quality of life improvements were shown, such as the ability to climb walls without the use of a Wirebug, as well as the option to continue attacking a monster when it is in a rideable state.

Follower Quests allow you to take NPCs with you on single-player adventures with your favorite characters from Sunbreak and vanilla Rise. Each follower has their own weapon specializations and should be quite useful in battle. At Elgado Outpost, a slew of characters are available to join you on Follower Quests, including Fiorayne, Luchika, Jae, Admiral Galleus, and Master Arlow. From Kamura village, the twins Hinoa and Minoto can participate in these quests.

The presentation ended with a few more smaller announcements. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller has been revealed with an image of Malzeno engraved on the face of the device. Those who have a save file for Monster Hunter Stories 2 will receive a Palico layered armor set to make their cat friend look like Navirou. And finally, the free content will be released after the release of Sunbreak. Like other Monster Hunter titles in recent years, expect new monsters and armor to become available in these updates.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak will be available on June 30th on Nintendo Switch and PC. Monster Hunter Rise base game will be required to play Sunbreak content. The Sunbreak expansion will be available for purchase as DLC for $29.99 or in a combo pack with Monster Hunter Rise for $69.99.

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