The Dual Blades is one of 14 weapon types in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. The Dual Blades are by far the fastest weapons in the game. This makes them perfect to hit elemental weaknesses of any monster as well as apply status effects to them. You can then activate Demon Mode which’ll increase your attack speed, movement speed, and give you new attacks. All of this comes at the cost of an ever draining stamina gauge. With Sunbreak, the Dual Blades will obtain new Silkbind Attacks as well as new Switch Skills which will add even more depth to its already powerful arsenal.
New Silkbind Attack: Spiral Slash
This new technique gives the Dual Blades another damage skill to work with. Spiral Slash will attach ironsilk to the monster before you launch towards it producing a drill-like attack hitting multiple times. Due to the multiple attacks in quick succession that this produces, applying status effects should happen more often. In theory, hitting the monster’s elemental weakness with this attack should deal a lot of damage. Another thing worth noting is that this attack can be used midair as well.
How to unlock Spiral Slash
Once you’ve completed the MR3★ Urgent Quest “Ice Wolf, Red Moon”, you will become Master Rank 4. This will allow you to unlock the second batch of Switch Skills including Spiral Slash by talking to Master Utsushi in the Kamura Gathering Hub.
New Switch Skill: Slide Slash Combo
The Slide Slash Combo is a new technique that allows you to move, and attack while you avoid the monster’s attack. This is more of an evasive move that can counter with a flurry of blades if it connects the monster when it performs an attack.
How to unlock Slide Slash Combo
This technique can be learned early on in the expansion by defeating the Daimyo Hermitaur that Rondine gives you the quest for. This allows you to go to Elgado, where you’ll talk to Master Arlow, and eventually Master Utsushi. He’ll give you the first batch of new Switch Skills including Slide Slash Combo.
New Switch Skill: Ironshine Silk
Ironshine Silk is a buff that only lasts a short while. This technique will coat your blades with Ironshine Silk which’ll grant you a small amount of weapon sharpness. Any evasive movement from Shrouded Vault (or other evasive actions) while the buff is active will grant you extra sharpness each time.
How to unlock Ironshine Silk
Once you’ve completed the MR3★ Urgent Quest “Ice Wolf, Red Moon”, you will become Master Rank 4. This will allow you to unlock the second batch of Switch Skills including Ironshine Silk by talking to Master Utsushi in the Kamura Gathering Hub.
Switch Skill Swap
This isn’t a new skill, but it is a new way to use them! The Switch Skill Swap will allow you to change your equipped skills whilst in battle. There will be two scrolls, one red, and one blue. By visiting an Item box either at the hub or in the tent during a quest, you can customize your favorite skills to each scroll.
When you’re in battle, you can swap between each set to give you access to your other skills. Another great addition to this system was the Swap Evade. This allows you to evade in any direction by pressing the roll button after you have swapped sets.