Monster Hunter Rise Free Demo Available Starting Tomorrow

An icy fight.
An icy fight. Capcom

Capcom announced today that a free demo of Monster Hunter Rise will become available for January. Those who want to get their first taste of this latest addition to the Monster Hunter franchise can head over to the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo Switch owners can download the demo for free starting tomorrow, January 8.

This announcement was made during the Monster Hunter Digital Event, which you can view below:

The demo version gives players different hunting options that include offline solo, co-op offline local, and online multiplayer modes. Regarding which one the player chooses, the gameplay lets them use all 14 weapons types. Plus, the following modes and quests are available in the free demo:

  • Training
    • Learn the basics of monster hunting.
    • Including an introduction to the new Wirebug mechanic and Palamute riding.
    • Solo play only.
  • Wyvern Riding
    • Enter an arena to experience Wyvern Riding.
    • This is a new feature that allows hunters to ride and guide monsters for a period of time.
    • Solo play only.
  • Beginner Quest
    • Great Izuchi
    • This is good for first time players or hunters who need a refresher course.
    • Available in:
      • Solo play
      • Local multiplayer
      • Online multiplayer.
  • Intermediate Quest
    • Mizutsune
    • For experienced players only.
    • Available in:
      • Solo play
      • Local multiplayer
      • Online multiplayer

The demo version is only available until January 31.

New Monster

It was revealed as well that Monster Hunter Rise is debuting a new monster. Known as the Goss Harag, this icy fanged beast is sure to send chills down everyone’s spine, especially with its attacks that use blades of ice. The monster had made the Frost Islands its home, which was once the nesting grounds of large dragons.

The Classics are Still Here

It’s not only one new monster. Many of the classic ones and even fan favorites are also joining the roster in Monster Hunter Rise. There’s Lagombi, Khezu, and Great Baggi. Players can expect encounters with Barioth, Mizutsune, and Tigrex as well.

The full version of Monster Hunter Rise is scheduled for a worldwide release on March 26 for Nintendo Switch.

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