How To Equip Layered Armor In Monster Hunter Rise: A Full Guide

Here's how to equip layered armor onto your character in Monster Hunter Rise on Nintendo Switch.

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Monster Hunter Rise has no shortage of armor sets to craft and collect. But if you're looking to specialize your character build, then you're likely going to settle on an armor set that may not visually please you. To circumvent this issue, the game has Layered Armor sets, which are just cosmetic armor sets you can plaster over what you have equipped. Below we detail everything you need to know about Layered Armor, how to equip them, and which ones you can get now.

What Is Layered Armor?

As mentioned above, Layered Armor sets are cosmetic armor sets you can equip onto your currently equipped set. As such, they have no stats and provide no meaningful benefits outside their aesthetic purposes. There are Layered Armor sets available for your hunter, Palico, and Palamute.

Which Layered Armor Sets Are Available Now?

At the moment, there are only a few Layered Armor sets and pieces you can get, all of which are available to you only if you preordered the game, have access to Monster Hunter Rise Amiibo, or purchase as DLC. Below you can find all the available sets and how you can get them.

Hunter Layered Armor

  • Sinister Seal Armor Set via the Magnamalo Amiibo: A Magnamalo-themed cosmetic set with a more slimmed-down style than the Sinister Armor set crafted from Magnamalo.
  • Kamurai Armor Set via the Deluxe Collector's Edition or Deluxe Kit DLC priced at $15: A ronin-themed cosmetic set that gives off the vibe of a wandering warrior.
  • Fox Mask Armor Piece via paid DLC priced at $1.49: A cosmetic face mask resembling traditional Japanese artistic representation of a fox.
  • Theater Wig via paid DLC priced at $1.49: A female cosmetic hairpiece that gives off a regal air.
  • Wyverian Earrings via paid DLC priced at $1.49: A cosmetic headpiece that gives your character Wyyverian ears--like Hinoa and Minoto.
Sinister Seal Armor
Sinister Seal Armor

Palico Layered Armor

  • Forest Cat via Pre-Order Bonus (No longer available): A cosmetic set that makes your Palico look more feral and wild.
  • Sinister Seal Palico Armor Set via the Magnamalo Amiibo: A Mangnamalo-themed cosmetic set for your Palico.
  • Fish Collar Armor Piece via the Deluxe Collector's Edition or Deluxe Kit DLC priced at $15: A cosmetic accessory that gives your Palico a collar with a fish ornament.
  • Nine Tails Armor Set via paid DLC priced at $2: A cosmetic set that makes your Palico look like a nine-tailed fox.

Palamute Layered Armor

  • Retriever Armor Set via Pre-Order Bonus (No longer available): A cosmetic set that makes your Palamute look like a retriever dog.
  • Sinister Seal Armor Set via the Magnamalo Amiibo: A Mangnamalo-themed cosmetic set for your Palamute.
  • Shuriken Collar Armor Piece via the Deluxe Collector's Edition or Deluxe Kit DLC priced at $15: A cosmetic accessory that gives your Palamute a collar with a shuriken ornament.
  • Long Coat Costume Armor Set via paid DLC priced at $2: A cosmetic set that makes your Palamute look like a dog with long fur.

How Do I Equip Layered Armor?

First, you'll need a Layered Armor set. If you purchased or redeemed some via DLC, be sure to chat to Senri the Mailman to nab them in-game via the Add-on Content option. And if you're looking to get the ones you can unlock by scanning Amiibo, be sure to talk to Kagero the Merchant to get those added into your inventory.

Once you have all your desired Layered Armor sets, go to either the Item Box or the Buddy Board at Kamura Village. You'll see a new option called "Layered Armor Settings" available in each, where you can select and equip your available sets. You can even save Layered Armor loadouts to make things easier when it comes time to switch them out.

For more Monster Hunter Rise guides, be sure to look through the list below. Otherwise, read our Monster Hunter Rise review for our full thoughts about the game.

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