Monster Hunter Rise wirebugs – how do they work?

A beginners guide to Monster Hunter Rise wirebug

A hunter riding a huge monster using a wirebug

The wirebug is a brand new feature in Monster Hunter Rise that helps you out in all sorts of situations. You use this nifty little tool to traverse areas with ease, collect items, and perform powerful silkbind attacks. Although the wirebug basics are easy to grasp, you need to master them to get through tough situations.

Our Monster Hunter Rise wirebug guide will run you through the basic controls for travel and battle, as well as provide some helpful hints, tips, and tricks, so you can become a master in no time.

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What are the Monster Hunter Rise wirebug basics?

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For all weapon classes other than the bow, heavy bow gun, and light bow gun, ZL is the button you need to press to activate the wirebug – at least in most cases. For players who wield the bow, heavy bow gun, and light bow gun, you need to press R while your weapon is unsheathed to activate Silkbind attacks with the wirebug.

Using your wirebug consumes a gauge that appears at the bottom of the screen, so make sure you keep an eye on it! This gauge refills over time, and you can expand it by picking up a wild Endemic Life Wirebug.

How do I perform a wiredash with the Monster Hunter Rise wirebug?

The wiredash allows you to quickly traverse around the map, on land and in the air. Here’s a list of button combinations to perform a wiredash while your weapon is sheathed:

Button Action
Hold ZL + ZR Leap towards the direction your camera is facing
Hold ZL + X Pull yourself into the air
While in mid-air hold ZL + X Dash forward in the air
While in mid-air hold ZL + A Dash toward the ground
While in mid-air hold press X Jump attack
While in mid-air hold press A Dangle in mid-air
While dangling move the left stick + B Perform an aerial dodge
Hold ZL + A Dash forward without leaving the ground

How do I use the Monster Hunter Rise wirebug in combat?

In combat, you can use the wirebug to perform a wirefall and Silkbind attacks. You use the wirefall when a monster knocks you back to quickly recover then evade any follow-up attack.

Here’s a list of button combinations you need to remember:

Button Action
ZL + B when knocked back Perform a wirefall
Blademaster while unsheathed ZL + X Perform a Silkbind attack
Blademaster while unsheathed ZL + A Perform a Silkbind attack
Bow, heavy bow gun, and light bow gun-wielder while unsheathed R + X Perform a Silkbind attack
Bow, heavy bow gun, and light bow gun-wielder while unsheathed R + A Perform a Silkbind attack

A man swinging on a Monster Hunter Rise wirebug

What are some Monster Hunter Rise wirebug tips and tricks?

Here are some handy tips to help use your wirebug like a pro:

  • Repeatedly dodge and evade in mid-air to travel long distances and stay in the air for a prolonged period of time.
  • Repeatedly wall run and wiredash forwards to travel up steep cliffs with ease.
  • If a formidable monster charges at you, dangle in mid-air until it’s worn itself out.

There you have it! That’s everything you need to know to get started with the Monster Hunter Rise wirebug. To keep up to date with all the new releases, take a look at our list with the biggest new Switch games of 2021.

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