Monster Hunter Rise – should I capture or kill monsters?

The pros and cons of capturing in Monster Hunter Rise.

In Monster Hunter Rise – like all other games in the Monster Hunter series – you have the option to kill or capture a target monster in most quests. However, as discussed in our previous guide, capturing a monster will often require time and patience, as well as money and resources in order to craft traps and tranquilizers. In this quick Rise guide we ask whether you should kill or capture a monster.

Before we weigh up the pros and cons, make sure you read through the requirements of your current quest. If you’re on a kill hunt (marked in red) then you can complete it by killing or capturing a monster. However, if you’re on a capture hunt (marked in white) then you must capture them – killing your target will result in a mission failure. With that out of the way, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of capturing a monster instead of killing it.

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Capturing monsters is generally quicker than killing them. You only need to weaken a monster in order to trap, and then subdue it, without fully depleting its invisible health bar.

Quicker hunts means there is less room for fatal mistakes. Monsters at low health can still put up a fight, often becoming enraged – there’s nothing more frustrating in Monster Hunter Rise than failing a mission when a target is on their last legs. Capturing them pacifies this threat.

Finally, and most importantly, captured monsters yield more rewards than dead ones. This has been proven time and again, and although there’s no guarantee the materials you get will be of a certain type or rarity, you’ll get more resources. You basically get to pull the RNG lever a few more times.

Now for the downsides of choosing capture over kill in Monster Hunter Rise:

You’ll use up more supplies and money. This shouldn’t really be a concern, though some players may take issue with needing to constantly stock up on Tranq Bombs and Trap Tools. There’s a chance that your traps will occasionally miss, in which case those resources will be wasted.

Trapping monsters will give you less time to break body parts and cut off tails, too. As experienced hunters will know, damaging certain points on a monster can yield specific rewards at the end of a quest. Therefore, capturing them before you have a chance to cut off a tail, for example, could limit your chances at gaining particular rewards.

In summary, we’d always recommend that you capture a monster instead of going for the kill, unless you aren’t really bothered about earning any rewards. Buy Trap Tools and Tranq Bombs in bulk, replenish them after every quest, and you’ll be better off in the long run.


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