Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Release Date: Platforms, Trailers, Confirmed Monsters and Gameplay

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Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak is a brand-new expansion to the base game, adding a new setting, plenty of new monsters and a new story to sink your teeth into. It seems to follow a similar pattern to Iceborne, which was added to Monster Hunter world back in 2019. Sunbreak is set to be a pretty meaty addition to Monster Hunter Rise, which already features hundreds of hours of monster hunting action.

To help you keep track of what to expect from Sunbreak, we've created this guide. It'll give you the current release date, some info on new and returning monsters, and take a look at a possible price point. We'll keep adding information here as it is released. So expect more trailers, gameplay and a closer look at the release window in the coming weeks.

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Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Release Date

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Monster Hunter Rise sunbreak will launch Summer 2022. Currently, that's all of the information that we have, so could mean anything from June until September. We're expecting to hear more in the coming weeks. Capcom has revealed further details on an announcement set for Spring 2022.

The logo for Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak.
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Platforms

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Sunbreak will be available on Nintendo Switch and PC. The PC version of Monster Hunter Rise is set to release January 12, and will receive the Sunbreak expansion at the same time as Switch. Players will need Monster Hunter Rise to access Sunbreak, which will be added as an expansion into the main game.

Confirmed Monsters: New and Returning

So far, we know of three monsters being added to MH: Rise as part of the Sunbreak expansion. These are as follows:

  • Lunagaron (New)
  • Malzeno (New)
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  • Shogun Ceanataur (Returning)

All in all, that makes two brand-new monsters, as well as the return of Shogun Ceanataur, which first appeared in Monster Hunter 2. We'll likely hear more about new and returning monsters in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Lunagaron

Lunagaron on a black background. Ice variant of the Odogaron monster.
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First off we have Lunagaron, which will be a brand new monster to Monster Hunter Rise, and the series as a whole. It does look to be an ice variant of Odogaron, which used bleed damage to torment players in previous games.

Malzeno

Malzeno, the new monster being added as part of Monster Hunter Sunbreak. It's a red Elder Dragon, with large wings and a spiked tail.
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Sunbreak's flagship monster is Malzeno, a new Elder Dragon. It has been seen in both trailers released so far, flying high above hunters before crashing down for the kill. It's likely that Sunbreak's story will revolve around Malzeno in some ways, so prepare for a tough battle against a formidable winged opponent.

Shogun Ceanataur

Shogun Ceanataur stands in front of a black background. It's a crab-like monster with mantis blades at the end of its claws
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Finally, we have Shogun Ceanataur. This is actually a returning monster, having first appeared in Monster Hunter 2. It's new to Rise, however, bringing its crushing claws and tough outer shell into the fray. Expect to have to sharpen your blades and aim for weak spots while fighting this crab-like monster.

Gameplay and Trailers

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While we have yet to see any gameplay from Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, we do have two trailers showing some fresh new details on the upcoming expansion. The first is the reveal trailer, which has been embedded below:

This short teaser announced Sunbreak to the world. It shows a Rathalos being knocked off balance by an immense gust of wings. The new Elder Dragon, Malzeno, then swoops in before landing on a perch atop a ruined spire. It flexes its wings in the light of a blood moon before roaring.

Around the same time as the announcement, Cacom held a Monster Hunter Online Presentation. You can watch it here. Shogun Ceanataur was revealed for Sunbreak as part of this presentation.

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After this teaser, we got another trailer at The Game Awards in 2021. This one had much more info, and showed off Lunagaron. You can watch it below:

Lunagaron is shown transforming under the silver moonlight, harkening to a werewolf design. Shortly after, we're shown a ship sailing towards Eldago, Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak's new setting.

Price Speculation

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We don't have specific pricing details yet for Sunbreak, but we can expect it to follow Iceborne, which retailed for around $49.99 at launch. This was around the same price of the base game at the tie of launch, so we expect to see something similar here for Sunbreak. Expect anything between $39.99-$59.99. You'll need a copy of the base game to access Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak also. We'll add more information on the Sunbreak Price once we hear from Capcom.

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Where Is Sunbreak Set?

So far, we've seen a few different biomes and locales for Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. First off is Eldago, which can be seen in the image above. It's a port that will serve as your main base of operations, like Kamura Village in the base game. In the first teaser trailer, we see a dark and rocky landscape, with tall ruins and a blood-red moon. The second trailer showed off a snowy mountain range, home to Lunagaron. So far, that's all we know about where Sunbreak will be set. We'll add more information once it's released.

What Else Is Being Added?

In addition to the new monsters, story and setting, Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak will add some new features. According to this Tweet by Capcom, we can expect the following:

  • New Stories
  • New Locales
  • New Monsters
  • New Hunting Actions
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  • New Quest Rank

The 'New Hunting Actions' could mean a number of things, but we'd bet on it being new Switch Skills for certain weapons. In terms of new quest ranks, this means G Rank (Master Rank) returning to the series. This will add the ultimate layer of difficulty to hunts, for only the best players to test their skills.

That's everything we know so far on Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. For more on Monster Hunter, be sure to check out our guide on the fastest ways to make money in Monster Hunter Rise. Elsewhere, there's our Monster Hunter Rise Review.