Monster Hunter Rise mods: how to install the best addons

Monster Hunter Rise Mods Monster Hunters in Kamura Village
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Monster Hunter Rise mods can be absolute game changers if you take the time to properly install them. Whether you want to see a monster's health bar, weakness icon indicators, or enhanced drop rates, modding can be a great way to tweak your Monster Hunter Rise experience to your exact specifications.

As thrilling as Monster Hunter Rise’s selection of dramatic hunts can be, it can be disheartening to be at the mercy of drop rates and random number generators. We’ve all been on ill-fated hunts where, after half an hour of grueling combat, we’ve missed out on that one monster part we desperately needed. Though grinding is baked into the fabric of the game, wouldn’t it be nice to have the option to make things just a bit easier? 

Fortunately, there is a better way. By downloading and installing REFramework, you’ll be able to make your copy of Monster Hunter Rise moddable and far more flexible than the vanilla version. Read on, and everything from subtle aesthetic tweaks to your character to wide-ranging changes to game physics can be at your whims.

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Monster Hunter Rise mods: how to install REFramework

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REFramework is a prerequisite mod that you'll need to install before you start customizing your game. You can find it at Nexus Mods. Simply click the 'manual download' button and you'll be on your way in no time. 

Once you've downloaded the file, you'll need to extract it using software like Winrar or 7zip. You'll then need to place the dinput8.dll in the install folder of Monster Hunter Rise. To find the install folder, open your Steam library, and right-click on Monster Hunter Rise. You'll then need to click 'manage' and then 'Browse local files'.  This will take you to the install location where you need to place dinput8.dll. 

Once you've got REFramework installed, you can launch Monster Hunter Rise. This will create an 'autorun' folder in your game folder. This is where you'll place any shiny new mods that you choose to install. 

 

Monster Hunter Rise mods: installation tips

Monster Hunter Rise Mods several hunters fight a big dragon

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To help you on your modding journey, we've prepared a handy list of some of our favorite ways to spruce up the Monster Hunter Rise experience. Be aware that some of these mods require you to have other framework mods installed before they'll work. You can find these prerequisites under the 'Requirements' section of their entry on Nexus Mods. 

When considering installing a new mod, be sure to read the description carefully and to set up any prerequisites it might have. A couple of minutes of reading could save you some frustration when you next launch the game. 

Fortunately, every prerequisite mod we've seen is installed in the same way as REFramework and can usually be set up by moving a couple of files to certain places. If in doubt, consult the mod's installation guide on Nexus Mods and you'll have those other framework mods set up in no time.

Monster Hunter Rise mods: our favourites

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So, without further ado, here's a list of our favourite mods, all of which are worth checking out as you embark on your modding journey.

  • MHR Overlay adds in-game data about monsters and players to your UI. No longer will you have to guess at exactly how many more times you'll need to hit that monster before it drops its sweet, sweet loot. You'll also need to install REFramework Direct2D as a prerequisite, so bear that in mind if you plan on setting up MHR Overlay. 
  • Monster Weakness Icon Indicator for Sunbreak does what it says on the tin. It'll alter the icons of Large Monsters to display their elemental weakness. This can be very handy, especially if you're coming up against a foe you're unfamiliar with. 
  • Drop Rates Enhanced is a breath of fresh air for veterans and newcomers alike. It increases the number of rewards per monster and comes in three flavors: Balanced, Not so balanced, and Unbalanced. As the names suggest, Balanced offers a minor increase in loot while Unbalanced showers you with three times the usual number of rewards. 
  • Carve Timer Skip and Fast Return offer another great quality of life improvement. Simple but effective, this mod skips both the carve timer and the quest-ending animation, allowing you to get back to Kamura Village without the usual wait. 
  • VIP Dango Tickets is a real treat and gives all the Dango you consume a 100% activation rate. This is a great way to guarantee that you benefit from crucial buffs as you go out on your huts. 

With these Monster Hunter Rise mods at your disposal, you'll be able to save masses of time and you'll be treated to considerable quality of life improvements. With just a few clicks, a more bespoke and forgiving Monster Hunter Rise experience can be yours.

Cat Bussell
Staff Writer

Cat Bussell is a Staff Writer at TechRadar Gaming. Hailing from the crooked spires of London, Cat is an experienced writer and journalist. As seen on Wargamer.com, TheGamer.com, and Superjumpmagazine.com, Cat is here to bring you coverage from all corners of the video game world. An inveterate RPG maven and strategy game enjoyer, Cat is known for her love of rich narratives; both story-driven and emergent. 


Before migrating to the green pastures of games journalism, Cat worked as a political advisor and academic. She has three degrees and has studied and worked at Cambridge University, University College London, and Queen Mary University of London. She's also been an art gallery curator, an ice cream maker, and a cocktail mixologist. This crash course in NPC lifestyles uniquely qualifies her to pick apart only the juiciest video games for your reading pleasure. 


Cat cut her teeth on MMOs in the heyday of World of Warcraft before giving in to her love of JRPGs and becoming embedded in Final Fantasy XIV. When she's not doing that, you might find her running a tabletop RPG or two, perhaps even voluntarily.