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How Multiplayer Works (Play With Friends) – Monster Hunter Rise Wiki Guide

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Gathering Hub vs. Village Quests (Multiplayer Scaling)

Multiplayer Gathering Hub quests are more difficult than Village Quests even though the difficulty dynamically scales based on the number of hunters on a quest.

Can You Play Village Quests in Multiplayer?

The short answer: No, you can’t play Village Quests with other people. These are single-player only.

There are also no tutorial missions in multiplayer, so we recommend starting with the Village Key Quests – which are significantly easier and include tutorials – before moving over to the Gathering Hub. Unless you’re already a veteran Monster Hunter or have someone to play with who’s already knowledgeable!

Also See: Story Walkthrough – Village and Hub Key Quests

How to Play With Friends

What Are Lobbies?

A “Lobby” in Monster Hunter Rise is a multiplayer session in which up to 4 people can join. While in a Lobby, Hunters can go about their business in Kamura Village, and even do their own single-player Village Quests.

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The method to play with friends is generally the same regardless if you’re playing Locally or Online:

  1. Speak to Senri the Mailman – it’s the Palico right across the way from the Village Quest Counter!
  2. Choose Play Locally or Play Online
  3. Create a Lobby – If Online or in a public setting, set a passcode if you want to play with specific people. Otherwise, anyone will be able to join.
  4. Your friends now just have to look at their Friend List, choose you and “View Lobby Info” to join your lobby. 

After creating an Online Lobby, send an invite to a friend from your Friend List to let them know you can play. They will still need to join your lobby with the method described above, though.

As you play with friends, you’ll earn free items that help in multiplayer, like Lifepowders, Armor Powder, and more. 

How to Play With Randoms Online

There are two ways to join with random players in Monster Hunter Rise.

Join an Online Lobby

  1. Speak to Senri the Mailman – it’s the Palico right across the way from the Village Quest Counter!
  2. Choose Play Online
  3. Create a Lobby and leave it open, or choose Find Lobby to join one someone has already created.

Send Friend Requests from Within Monster Hunter Rise: If you play with someone you like, add them to you Nintendo Switch Friend List from within Rise! While in a Lobby with someone, open the Multiplayer tab in your menu. Look at Player List. From there, you can look a their Nintendo Switch Profile and send a friend request. 

Respond to a Join Request – Pick a Specific Quest!

Respond to a Join Request to join a specific quest with other people! Simply bring up the Quest Board with the D-Pad, choose Respond to Join Request, and pick whichever quest you’d like to do. You’ll join an in-progress quest.

You can also post your own Hub Quest and open it for others to join by posting a quest at the Hub Quest Counter and choosing “Accept via Join Request.” Then, others may join your quest while you’re on it (so yes, you have to start the quest – players won’t join your lobby this way).   

How Hunter Connects Work

A Hunter Connect is essentially a way to easily organize a group of people, like Squads were in Monster Hunter World.

How to Create or Join a Hunter Connect: Create a Hunter Connect by looking at the Multiplayer Tab in your main menu, and choosing Hunter Connect. From there, choose Join Invited Connect to join someone else’s group, or Create New Connect to create your own.

About Auto Invites: If Auto Invite is turned on, all Friends will automatically be able to join your Hunter Connect with the method above if they join any lobby with you. Anyone who is a Mutual Like (see below) will automatically be able to join your Hunter Connect by using the method above, too.

To Invite Specific People: To invite only particular people, turn Auto Invite off. Then, when someone is in your Lobby, open up the Hunter Connect menu, choose a Hunter Connect, then “Invite to Connect.”

How to Use Hunter Connects: Now that you’ve created or joined a Hunter Connect, speak with Senri the Mailman, choose “play online” then “Hunter Connect.” Create an Online Lobby with the Hunter Connect of your choosing – if someone else has already created a lobby with your Hunter Connect settings, you can join it from here!

Hunter Connect is the easiest way to organize a group of friends. If you’re all part of the same Hunter Connect and make it a habit to create a Hunter Connect Lobby, everyone in that group can easily join without having to coordinate with specific people. Everyone just has to use it! Multiple lobbies can me made under the same Hunter Connect, too.

The Like System

At the end of a quest, you can send “Likes” to the hunters you played with. You can send a Like to each of them by pressing the corresponding direction on a D-Pad. 

You can see a list of Mutual Likes by talking to Senri the Mailman, and can join an Online Lobby of a mutual like if they leave it open. Mutual Likes can also join your own open Online Lobby. 

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