The next free update for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is just around the corner, and it’s a good update, adding new monster variants, expanding the use of AI hunters, and many long-awaited changes and improvements when it releases next Thursday, November 24th.
As for the monsters, there are no brand new additions in the Title 3 update, but some existing favorites will get a little makeover. Kushal’s elder dragons Daora and Teostra, for example, have now been cured of their affliction only to appear in Resurrected form – both available at Master rank 120 or higher – making them much more menacing when their anger is at its peak.
Then there is Chaotic Blood Magala, available at master level 10 or higher. This unfortunate beast was unable to complete the skin shedding process that usually results in it transforming into Shagara Magala, leaving it in a “deformed” half state that can use both creatures’ attacks. Sometimes, according to Capcom, it will display “expressions of intense agony”.
As usual, all three expansions involve new weapons, armor, and skills that can be crafted by farming their materials.
In addition to monsters, Update 3 brings many changes to Sunbreak’s anomaly research system. Upon arrival, players will be able to complete the new A7* Anomaly quests, including Burning Espinas, Despicable Magnamalo, and Boiling Bazelgeuse. Also, Anomaly Investigations has a new level cap of 200 and the update allows you to lower the level of quests you already have.
Meanwhile, Quurious Crafting has undergone a number of improvements, and hunters will be able to unlock new categories of armor augmentation, allowing them to choose between defense and skill upgrades, making it easier to get the stats they want.
There’s great news for fans of the Sunbreak follower system too: Update 3 gives players the chance to finally use these impressive AI hunters away from special missions. When the update comes out, it will be possible to invite followers from Kamura and Elgado to “most” Master rank quests, anomaly quests, and anomaly investigations.
As such, Capcom recommends doing more follower quests to maximize the number of follower characters you have at your disposal.
And finally, for the free items, look out for additional weekly event quests that promise a range of new rewards, including stickers, gear, and poses. There are also some free DLCs with Kagami’s voice.
In the premium store, Update 3 will bring new stickers, gestures, background music, hairstyles, the Hinoa layered armor set, and more as paid DLC. A special highlight is the new Stuffed Monster Series of weapons, giving players the chance to wield nice replicas of their favorite creatures. There are 14 in total, and they will be available to purchase as a bundle or individually when Update 3 releases on November 24.
And that’s it for now, but Capcom says more free Sunbreak updates are expected in 2023. The first one related to this “winter” will include a new Elder Dragon and a buffed monster, while Update 5 will add more monsters – though Capcom won’t reveal more about this until its release next “Spring”.