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Monster Hunter Rise: Insect Glaive Guide

Alongside your trusty Kinsect, embrace the skies by vaulting into the air.

by Victor Vellas


Aerial combat and the Insect Glaive go hand in hand in Monster Hunter Rise, since that is the best way to describe this glaive’s playstyle. One of the most unique weapons in the game, which is always accompanied by a fellow Kinsect, helping tremendously in a hunt. The Insect Glaive is full of fancy moves, both in ground and air, making a run always enjoyable. It may not have the burst power of a Great Sword or Charge Blade, but it sure compensates with versatily and fast paced combat.

Insect Glaive Guide and Overview

While fighting with the Insect Glaive is simple enough, as you only need to keep pressuring an enemy monster with consecutive attacks and mid-air combos, there is a catch. Insect Glaive’s gimmick is the Kinsect we mentioned before, and the support it can provide.

At the top left, below your stamina bar, you will notice an interesting gauge with 3 slots. These are spots where three different buffs are placed. In order to get those extracts(buffs), your trusty Kinsect needs to attack monsters in specific parts of their body, and then bring them back to you. Each part corresponds to a different type of buff, with Red, Orange and White being their corresponding colors. Red is the Attack buff that also changes some attack patterns to stronger versions, Orange is Defense and White raises your Speed. If you gather all three of them, your hunter enters his final form with every buff enabled, stronger attacks and is also immune to flinching from minor roars and knockbacks, which immensely helps the aerial versatility this weapon has.

Gathering all three extracts for the Insect Glaive is rather troublesome to be honest, especially if you are a new player to Monster Hunter Rise. It is not easy to be able to target those parts of the monster to get them, as they constantly move and in general you will need to practice your extract gathering skills. You need to either command your Kinsect to attack a specific spot, or mark one so it can keep attacking it repetitively. All extract locations are mostly the same for each monster, with their head giving the red buff, body giving orange, wings/ legs white. As monsters’ physiology may vary quite a bit though, there may be some exceptions to this rule, so keep that noted down.

After you successfully set up everything needed, you become much more powerful, for a certain period of time. After the buffs expire, you need to gather them again. Until then though, you need to make sure to land as many hits as possible, which is the easy part to do. Insect Glaive hits relentlessly and fast, making it a superb pressure weapon, especially when you take advantage of its aerial superiority and midair combos. The new Wirebug feature further boosts the weapon by adding more to its air capabilities, making it possible to stay airborne for a heck of a lot of time.

As long as you learn how to control the Kinsect efficiently, the Insect Glaive is one of the most fun weapons to use in Monster Hunter Rise, and the closest you can get to a ‘summoner’ type class. If we take in consideration the previous entries of the beloved franchise, there are for sure ways to make our little Kinsect a great damage dealer, making it a reliable partner for hunting monsters, and not only being the tool to buff you up. Combine that with Palamutes and Palicoes of your party, you have quite the gang right there.

Insect Glaive Controls and Combos

  • X = Rising Slash Combo
    • After Rising Slash X->X = Rising Slash Combo and Double Slash
  • With Red Extract, X changes to Strong Rising Slash
    • With Red Extract X->X = Strong Rising Slash Combo & Strong Double Slash
  • Left Stick+X = Thrust
    • After Rising Slash X->X = Rising Slash Combo and Double Slash
  • With Red Extract, Left Stick+X changes to Strong Thrust
    • With Red Extract X->X = Strong Rising Slash Combo & Strong Double Slash
  • A = Wide Sweep
    • After Wide Sweep, A = Overhead Smash
  • With Red Extract, A changes to Strong Wide Sweep
    • With Red Extract, A = Tornado Slash
  • Left Stick+A = Leaping Slash
  • ZR+X = Kinsect: Harvest Extract
  • ZR+A = Kinsect: Recall
  • ZR+R = Kinsect: Fire
  • ZR = Kinsect: Mark Target
  • ZR+B = Vault
  • X in mid-air = Aerial Attack
  • A in mid-air = Jumping Advancing Slash
    • With Red Extract, A in mid-air changes to Strong Jumping Advancing Slash
  • B in mid-air = Mid-air Evade

Recommended Combos

  • Bread and Butter Tornado Slash Combo
    • Left Stick+X->A->A->Repeat
  • Hit-and-run Combo
    • Left Stick+A->A
  • Halfway to Tornado Slash Combo (when not having enough time to complete the first combo)
    • Left Stick+X->A->Dodge->Repeat

Insect Glaive Silkbind Attacks

  • ZL+X = Silkbind Vault
    • A leaping attacking that spins forwards. Follow up by pressing X for a Jumping Slash, A for a jumping Advancing Slash, or B for a Midair evade.
  • ZL+A = Recall Kinsect
    • 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.


Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Highly versatile.
    • Unrivaled to aerial combat.
    • Strong, short combos.
    • Easy to understand its attack patterns.
    • Self-sustain.
    • Kinsect allows for unique builds.
  • Cons
    • Easy to bump onto monsters while traversing mid-air.
    • Learning to control the Kinsect can be quite hard.
    • Heavy need for resource management.
    • Silkbind attacks are average.

Monster Hunter Rise is set to release on March 26, for the Nintendo Switch. For more guides about the game, make sure to check our extensive list right here.


- This article was updated on:March 30th, 2021

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