MHR Sunbreak Switch Axe Build: Early, Mid & End

Want the best Switch Axe Build? well look no further as we cover all the optimal builds in this article.

MHR Sunbreak Switch Axe Build

The Switch Axe is a popular choice for damage dealers in MHR. It boasts high base attack damage but lacks defense and mobility. However, Wirebugs compensate for mobility, and the weapon can counter monster attacks with an elemental burst counter.

Considering recent updates and the new expansion pack with more switch axes, it’s a great time to explore optimal switch axe builds for all game phases (Early, Mid, Late) in this MHR Sunbreak Switch Axe build analysis. Let’s get started.

Switch Axe Build

No.PeriodArmorDefenseCrafting materials:Skills
1Early GameIngot Helm X941. Kestodon Husk x2
2. Frocium x1
3. Meldspar Ore x1
4. Purecrystal x1
5. 8000 Zenny
Windproof x1 and Attack Boost x2
2Early GameVolvidon Mail X941. Prized Pelt x1
2. Eltalite Ore x2
3. Volvidon Talon x1
4. Volvidon Cortex x3
5. 6000 Zenny
Rapid Morph x1, Jump Master x1, Earplugs x1
3Early GameVelociprey Braces861. Sapphiron Ore x2
2. Tough Claw x1
3. Velociprey Thickhide x1
4. 6000 Zenny
Attack Boost x2
4Early GameAnjanath Coil X981. Anjanath Mantle x1
2. Monster Toughbone x2
3. Anjanath Shard x2
4. Anjanath Fur x4
5. 8000 Zenny
Attack Boost x2
5Early GameVolvidon Greaves X941. Massive Monster Bone x2
2. Ultraplegia Sac x2
3. Volvidon Talon x1
4. Volvidon Cortex x2
5. 6000 Zenny
Rapid Morph x2 and Evade Extender x2
6Mid GameMalzeno Helm1201. Bloody Parasite x2
2. Malzeno Hardfang x3
3. Malzeno Hardhorn x2
4. Malzeno Cortex x2
5. 20000 Zenny
Weakness Exploit x1 and Wirebug Whisperer x2
7Mid GameKaiser Mail X1201. Heavy Anjanath Nosebone x2
2. Fire Dragon Hardclaw x1
3. Teostra Mane x2
4. Teostra Cortex x5
5. 20000 Zenny
Critical Eye x2, Master’s Touch x2, Ballistics x2
8Mid GameLunagaron Braces1141. Cryo Sac x2
2. Lunagaron Lash Shell x1
3. Lunagaron Shard x1
4. Lunagaron Cortex x4
5. 16000 Zenny
Agitator x3 and Wirebug Whisperer x1
9Mid GameNargacuga Coil X1081. Nargacuga Mantle x1
2. Monster Slogbone x2
3. Nargacuga Cutwing + x2
4. Nargacuga Blackfur + x4
5. 12000 Zenny
Evade Extender x2, Critical Eye x2 and Flinch Free x1
10Mid GameDeath Stench Heel X1101. Crushing Fang x2
2. Monster Toughbone x2
3. Hornetaur Razorwing x1
4. Sinister Gloomcloth x1
5. 12000 Zenny
Critical Boost x2, Latent Power x1, and Flinch Free x2
11End GameDeath Stench Brain X1101. Large Herbivore Bone x2
2. Monster Slogbone x1
3. Hornetaur Cortex x1
4. Sinister Gloomcloth x1
5. 12000 Zenny
Protective Polish x1, Speed Sharpening x2, Attack Boost x1
12End GameArchfiend Armor Baulo1261. Malzeno Fellwing x2
2. Archdemon Doomhorn x1
3. Archdemon Backshell x3
4. Abyssal Dragonscale x2
5. 24000 Zenny
Weakness Exploit x1, Resentment x1, Chain Crit x1
13End GameRathalos Braces X1141. Uroktor Shard x2
2. Conflagrant Sac x3
3. Rath Wingripper x1
4. Rathalos Shard x1
5. 6000 Zenny2. Conflagrant Sac x3
3. Rath Wingripper x1
4. Rathalos Shard x1
5. 6000 Zenny
Attack Boost x2, Earplugs x1
14End GameNargacuga Coil X1081. Nargacuga Mantle x1
2. Monster Slogbone x2
3. Nargacuga Cutwing + x2
4. Nargacuga Blackfur + x4
5. 12000 Zenny
Evade Extender x2, Critical Eye x2, Flinch Free x1
15End GameDeath Stench Heel X1101. Crushing Fang x2
2. Monster Toughbone x2
3. Hornetaur Razorwing x1
4. Sinister Gloomcloth x1
5. 12000 Zenny
Protective Polish x1, Rapid Morph x1, Attack Boost x1

The amount of weapon types is also something that gives the player the freedom to enjoy their own playstyle as they want, but today we will specifically talk about the switch axe in this build article.

Early Game

For Master Rank 1-2 Missions the following build is optimal:

Weapon:

  1. Conqueress II

It has a base attack damage of 260 with a 30 defense stat while having 0% affinity.

You can craft this with Eltalite Ore x3, Twisted Stiffbone x2, Frocium x2 and 12000 Zenny.

Armour:

  1. Ingot Helm X
  2. Volvidon Mail X
  3. Velociprey Braces
  4. Anjanath Coil X
  5. Volvidon Greaves X

Ingot Helm X

  • Base Defense: 94
  • Skills: Windproof x1, Attack Boost x2
  • Crafting Ingredients: Kestodon Husk x2, Frocium x1, Meldspar Ore x1, Purecrystal x1, 8000 Zenny

Volvidon Mail X

  • Base Defense: 94
  • Skills: Rapid Morph x1, Jump Master x1, Earplugs x1
  • Crafting Ingredients: Prized Pelt x1, Eltalite Ore x2, Volvidon Talon x1, Volvidon Cortex x3, 6000 Zenny

Velociprey Braces

  • Base Defense: 86
  • Skills: Attack Boost x2
  • Crafting Ingredients: Sapphiron Ore x2, Tough Claw x1, Velociprey Thickhide x1, 6000 Zenny

Anjanath Coil X

  • Base Defense: 98
  • Skills: Attack Boost x2
  • Crafting Ingredients: Anjanath Mantle x1, Monster Toughbone x2, Anjanath Shard x2, Anjanath Fur x4, 8000 Zenny

Volvidon Greaves

  • Base Defense: 94
  • Skills: Rapid Morph x2, Evade Extender x2
  • Crafting Ingredients: Massive Monster Bone x2, Ultraplegia Sac x2, Volvidon Talon x1, Volvidon Cortex x2, 6000 Zenny

This result in a total of 466 defense stats in armor, great for early game.

Skills And Decorations

The most favorable skills and decorations are as follows:

Decorations:

  1. Critical Jewel 2  x 3
  2. Tenderizer Jewel 2  x 1
  3. Attack Jewel 2  x 1
  4. Drain Jewel 1  x 3
  5. Grinder Jewel 1  x 3
  6. Brace Jewel 1  x 2

Skills:

  1. Attack Boost
  2. Critical Boost
  3. Weakness Exploit
  4. Stamina Thief

Mid Game

The best build for a mid game in assisting you with Master rank 3-6 missions would be as follows:

Weapon:

  1. Rex Thrasher

The Rex Thrasher has a base attack damage of 340, 0 defense stats and -20% affinity.

It can be crafted with Tigrex Mantle x1, Daora Hardclaw x3, 52000 Zenny and x15 MR Tigrex Points.

Armor:

  1. Malzeno Helm
  2. Kaiser Mail X
  3. Lunagaron Braces
  4. Nargacuga Coil X
  5. Death Stench Heel X

Malzeno Helm

  • Base Defense: 120
  • Skills: Weakness Exploit x1, Wirebug Whisperer x2
  • Crafting Ingredients: Bloody Parasite x2, Malzeno Hardfang x3, Malzeno Hardhorn x2, Malzeno Cortex x2, 20000 Zenny

Kaiser Mail X

  • Base Defense: 120
  • Skills: Critical Eye x2, Master’s Touch x2, Ballistics x2
  • Crafting Ingredients: Heavy Anjanath Nosebone x2, Fire Dragon Hardclaw x1, Teostra Mane x2, Teostra Cortex x5, 20000 Zenny

Lunagaron Braces

  • Base Defense: 114
  • Skills: Agitator x3, Wirebug Whisperer x1
  • Crafting Ingredients: Cryo Sac x2, Lunagaron Lash Shell x1, Lunagaron Shard x1, Lunagaron Cortex x4, 16000 Zenny

Nargacuga Coil X

  • Base Defense: 108
  • Skills: Evade Extender x2, Critical Eye x2, Flinch Free x1
  • Crafting Ingredients: Nargacuga Mantle x1, Monster Slogbone x2, Nargacuga Cutwing + x2, Nargacuga Blackfur + x4, 12000 Zenny

Death Stench Heel X

  • Base Defense: 110
  • Skills: Protective Polish x1, Rapid Morph x1, Attack Boost x1
  • Crafting Ingredients: Crushing Fang x2, Monster Toughbone x2, Hornetaur Razorwing x1, Sinister Gloomcloth x1, 12000 Zenny

All this armour boils down to a total amount of 572 Defense stats.

Skills And Decorations

The recommended skills and decorations are as follows:

Decorations:

  1. Attack Jewel 2  x 3
  2. Tenderizer Jewel 2  x 2
  3. Sharp Jewel 2  x 2
  4. Drain Jewel 1  x 3
  5. Grinder Jewel 1  x 1

Skills:

  1. Attack Boost
  2. Critical Eye
  3. Agitator
  4. Weakness Exploit

End Game

For the highest damaging end game build to help you slice monsters like butter we recommend the following build:

Weapon:

  1. Abyssal Torrent

With a whopping 350 attack damage 0 defense stats and -20% affinity, this switch axe is sure to decimate any monsters that come in your way.

It can be crafted with Abyssal Dragonsphire x1, Archdemon Tailhook x2, Archdemon Wingtalon x4, Archdemon Backshell x3 and 66000 Zenny.

Armor:

  1. Death Stench Brain X
  2. Archfiend Armor Baulo
  3. Rathalos Braces X
  4. Nargacuga Coil X
  5. Death Stench Heel X

Death Stench Brain X

  • Base Defense: 110
  • Skills: Protective Polish x1, Speed Sharpening x2, Attack Boost x1
  • Crafting Ingredients: Large Herbivore Bone x2, Monster Toughbone x1, Hornetaur Cortex x1, Sinister Gloomcloth x1, 12000 Zenny

Archfiend Armor Baulo

  • Base Defense: 126
  • Skills: Weakness Exploit x1, Resentment x1, Chain Crit x1
  • Crafting Ingredients: Malzeno Fellwing x2, Archdemon Doomhorn x1, Archdemon Backshell x3, Abyssal Dragonscale x2, 24000 Zenny

Rathalos Braces X

  • Base Defense: 114
  • Skills: Attack Boost x2, Earplugs x1
  • Crafting Ingredients: Uroktor Shard x2, Conflagrant Sac x3, Rath Wingripper x1, Rathalos Shard x1, 16000 Zenny

Nargacuga Coil X (Note: This piece was mentioned previously)

  • Base Defense: 108
  • Skills: Evade Extender x2, Critical Eye x2, Flinch Free x1
  • Crafting Ingredients: Nargacuga Mantle x1, Monster Slogbone x2, Nargacuga Cutwing + x2, Nargacuga Blackfur + x4, 12000 Zenny

Death Stench Heel X (Note: This piece was mentioned previously)

  • Base Defense: 110
  • Skills: Protective Polish x1, Rapid Morph x1, Attack Boost x1
  • Crafting Ingredients: Crushing Fang x2, Monster Toughbone x2, Hornetaur Razorwing x1, Sinister Gloomcloth x1, 12000 Zenny

This results into a massive 568 total defense stats.

Skills And Decorations

The recommended skills and decorations are as follows:

Decorations:

  1. Critical Jewel 2  x3
  2. Tenderizer Jewel 2  x2
  3. Sharp Jewel 2  x1
  4. Expert Jewel 2  x2
  5. Grinder Jewel 1  x1

Skills:

  1. Attack Boost
  2. Critical Eye
  3. Critical Boost
  4. Weakness Exploit

This concludes the Switch Axe build, with the assistance of this article you can go on to either perfect your switch axe build or start anew with this monster weapon type.

However if switch axes still do not interest you, you can check out our MHR Sunbreak Greatsword Build or our MHR Sunbreak Longsword Guide. Good luck Hunters!

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