What are Palamutes?
New Hunting Companions in Monster Hunter Rise
Palamutes are canine-like companions introduced in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Similar to Palicoes, Palamutes will fight alongside you in battle and act as more offense-focused buddies compared to the Palicoes. A hunter can choose to bring up to two furry companions which can either be different or the same species. In co-op play, each hunter can have one companion.
Companions Specializing in Attack
While Palicoes mainly provide support such as healing and occasional buffs and debuffs on monsters, Palamutes contribute mainly on dealing damage. Blades are the primary weapons of Palamutes which they hold using their jaws to perform various slash attacks at close to mid range.
Monster Hunter Rise allows you to bring two companions during quests when playing offline. You can either bring one Palamute and one Palicoe with you or two of each kind. Note that it is only possible to bring one or the other in multiplayer.
Move Around the Map Faster
Palamutes can be mounted to allow you to move around the map faster. You will not expend stamina while riding the Palamute, making it very useful for covering large distances during quests. Press A when near the Palamute or use the hunter command “Let me Ride!” by on the directional pad to ride.
While the Palamute is dashing, you can move skillfully by drifting.
Note that Palamutes can also climb walls with vines and do so much faster than the hunter.
Using Items While Mounted
You can use recovery items such as a potion and even whetsones while riding the Palamute. This makes it very convenient for healing yourself or sharpening your weapon as you go after a fleeing monster.
Attacking While Mounted
It is also possible to make the Palamute attack while mounted, though it will only perform a close-range three-hit combo that does not do much damage.
Similar to Palicoes, you can also customize the appearance of your Palamute, which include its coat, eyes, ears, tail, and voice.
Palamute Weapons and Armor
You can forge different Palamute weapons and armor at the Buddy Smithy next to Hamon the Blacksmith at the main area of Kamura Village. As with hunter equipment, Palamute weapons and armor require monster materials to craft.
Palamute’s can equip a total of 2 weapons in their gear slots (to be confirmed) which consist of a chain and a pair of blades that are wielded by the Canyne using their mouth.
Palamute Retriever (Pre-order Bonus)
Palamutes can also wear armor to grant them increased defense against various types of attacks. Upon pre-ordering the game, you will receive the “Palamute Retriever” and “Palicoe Forest Cat” layered armor sets. These are purely cosmetic sets that change the appearance of your companions to more domestic-looking pets.
Sinister Seal (Palamute Amiibo)
The “Sinister Seal” (Magnamalo) Palamute Layered Armor, meanwhile, is obtained by scanning the Palamute Amiibo on your Nintendo Switch.