Rathalos Blademaster | Raid Shadow Legends

Raid Shadow Legends Rathalos Blademaster Skill Mastery Equip Guide


NAME: Rathalos Blademaster
FACTION: Banner Lords
RARITY: Legendary
ROLE: Attack
USABILITY: Early-Mid-Late Game
TOMES: 12 (A2 A3)



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Rathalos Blademaster Overview

Rathalos Blademaster is a Legendary Attack Force affinity champion from Banner Lords faction in Raid Shadow Legends. As part of Raid’s collaboration with the Monster Hunter franchise, they are running a special event where everyone can get a free Legendary Banner Lord Champion – Rathalos Blademaster! Rathalos Blademaster is an expert at slaying Bosses – he can ignore 100% of their Defense, increase his Critical Damage and Speed, as well as deal more damage against targets under HP Burn debuffs.

To get Rathalos Blademaster, you will need to take part in the Rathalos Chase. To do so, all you have to do is play Raid for 7 days between January 9 and March 5 2024. Then, on Day 7, you’ll be able to add Rathalos Blademaster to your Collection. The Rathalos Chase cannot be started after February 27 2024 – so don’t wait around!

Rathalos Blademaster cannot be summoned from Shards and will not be available once this collaboration ends, so this is the only way to get your hands on him. After getting Rathalos Blademaster from the Rathalos Chase, you’ll be able to share a post about the Chase on Facebook or X (formerly Twitter) and get a reward for it.

Rathalos Blademaster Skills

Spirit Thrust
Attacks 1 enemy. Has a 50% chance of placing a 60% [Decrease DEF] debuff for 2 turns. If the target is a Boss, this debuff cannot be resisted.
Level 2: Damage +10%
Level 3: Buff/Debuff chance +5%
Level 4: Damage +10%
Level 5: Buff/Debuff chance +10%
Damage Multiplier: 3.2 ATK

Spirit Step Slash (Cooldown: 4 turns)
Attacks 1 enemy. Every second use of this skill in a Round will attack all enemies instead. Will also ignore 25% of the target’s DEF. If the target is a boss, will ignore 100% of the target’s DEF.
Level 2: Damage +5%
Level 3: Damage +5%
Level 4: Damage +10%
Level 5: Cooldown -1
Damage Multiplier: 4 ATK

Overhead Slash (Cooldown: 4 turns)
Attacks all enemies. Before attacking, places a 30% [Increase C.DMG] buff and a 30% [Increase SPD] buff on this Champion for 2 turns.
Level 2: Damage +5%
Level 3: Damage +5%
Level 4: Damage +10%
Level 5: Cooldown -1
Damage Multiplier: 4.1 ATK

Rathalos Mastery (Passive)
Inflicts 50% more damage against targets under [HP Burn] debuffs.
Receives 25% less damage from enemies under [HP Burn] debuffs.
Every fifth skill used by this Champion deals 200% more damage.
Note: To enable Rathalos Blademaster to quickly reach his 5th skill usage, pair him with champions who can provide him Counter Attack buff and Ally Joint Attacks. You can also equip him in Retaliation Set or have Retribution mastery to allow him to counter-attack enemies whenever he gets attacked! Relentless Set is a better alternative artifact that you can use to cycle his skills even faster compared to Retalation Set.

Increases Ally ATK in Dungeons by 30%

Rathalos Blademaster Build Guide

Arena, Campaign, Clan Boss, Dungeons, Doom Tower, Faction Wars

Recommended Artifacts

PvE: Bloodthirst, Impulse, Lifesteal, Reflex, Relentless, Retaliation
PvP: Zeal
PvE & PvP: Accuracy, Critical Damage, Cruel, Divine Speed, Fatal, Instinct, Killstroke, Lethal, Merciless, Perception, Savage, Speed, Supersonic

Stats Allocation

Weapon (ATK)
Helmet (HP)
Shield (DEF)
Gauntlets (ATK% / C.RATE / C.DMG)
Chestplate (ATK% / ACC)
Boots (SPD / ATK%)
Ring (ATK)
Amulet (C.DMG / ATK)
Banner (ATK / ACC)

Stats Priority

ATK Nuker & Debuffer: ATK%, C.RATE, C.DMG, SPD, ACC

Supporting Roles

Attack Counter

Rathalos Blademaster Masteries Guide

Arena, Doom Tower, Faction Wars

Raid Shadow Legends Rathalos Blademaster PvP Mastery Guide


  1. Deadly Precision
  2. Keen Strike
  3. Shield Breaker
  4. Single Out
  5. Ruthless Ambush
  6. Cycle of Violence
  7. Bring it Down
  8. Kill Streak
  9. Methodical
  10. Helmsmasher


  1. Tough Skin
  2. Blastproof
  3. Resurgent
  4. Delay Death
  5. Retribution

Campaign, Clan Boss, Dungeons

Raid Shadow Legends Rathalos Blademaster PvE Mastery Guide


  1. Deadly Precision
  2. Keen Strike
  3. Heart of Glory
  4. Single Out
  5. Life Drinker
  6. Bring it Down
  7. Cycle of Violence
  8. Methodical
  9. Kill Streak
  10. Warmaster


  1. Tough Skin
  2. Blastproof
  3. Resurgent
  4. Delay Death
  5. Retribution

Rathalos Blademaster Reference

Rathalos Blademaster Farmer Build

Below is a reference of the artifacts equipped on Rathalos Blademaster optimized by Ayumilove for early-mid game players to farm Brutal Campaign 12-3, mastery tomes from Minotaur Labyrinth, and dungeon boss raids. He is equipped in a Lifesteal Set to allow himself to sustain throughout the battle. The stats recommended to be prioritized on him is ATK% (Attack), C.RATE (Critical Rate), C.DMG (Critical Damage), and SPD (Speed). Accuracy is not necessary unless you are using him to apply the Decrease Defense debuff on the enemies, so your team can deal more damage to them!
Raid Shadow Legends Rathalos Blademaster Artifacts and Stats Reference for PvE (Campaign, Clan Boss, Dungeons)

Rathalos Blademaster Damage Nuker Build

Below is a reference of the artifacts equipped on Rathalos Blademaster optimized by ASH for mid-late game progression where you his role will be dedicated primarily as a damage nuker supported by dedicated healers-reviver to keep him alive throughout the battle. Rathalos is now equipped in Lethal Set and Cruel Set to enable him to deal a higher amount of damage compared to Lifesteal Set. You can use either Lethal Set or Savage Set to ignore a portion of the enemies defense, and paired it with Helmsmasher mastery for an added stack of ignore defense! The stats to prioritize on Rathalos are ATK%, C.RATE, C.DMG, and SPD. As usual, ACC is not required as at this point of time, you will have dedicated debuffer heroes to inflict Decrease Defense and Weaken against high resist enemies at higher difficulty dungeons. The screenshot below is using Warmaster mastery but you can switch to Helmsmasher mastery once you have decent equipment to deal tons of damage.
Raid Shadow Legends Rathalos Blademaster Artifacts and Stats Reference for PvP (Arena, Doom Tower, Faction Wars)

Rathalos Blademaster Champion Lore

For many Banner Lords, the hunt is nothing more than a social event – an outdoor pageant to show off their bright white charger, slay some beast after a canter through their ancestral holdings, and then retire to the lodge for an evening’s entertainment. However, there are many for whom the visceral thrill of the hunt is the reward, rather than the suckling pig adorning the feasting table afterwards.

One hunting group of such Banner Lords is the Brotherhood of the Golden Horn. To gain entrance into this centuries-old covenant, a potential member must present the horn or claw of a great beast to prove their worth. No simple stag antler or bear claw will suffice — would-be Brothers must present an appendage of a creature at least twice their size, one whose roar could chill a hunter’s roiling blood.

A hunter might have to range far and wide to find such a creature, and this is where Galfric, journeyman hunter and would-be Brother, found himself on an expedition to the sweltering Lost Isles of Teleria’s south. Galfric was on the trail of a flying, fire-breathing creature with red scales – a monster that had seemingly never been spotted in Teleria before. The great monster had been rumored to have emerged through a hole in reality itself in the forests of Kaerok, before taking flight southward. Wanting to finally prove himself, Galfric bought passage onto the first ship he could on the hunt for this monster from another world, only to find many of his fellow initiates had had the same notion.

As the ship sailed further south, one of the hunters aboard spotted a plume of smoke billowing from one of the islands. Convinced it was a sign of the monster, he demanded the captain sail toward it. When the ship drew close enough to the shore, Galfric leapt from the boat and raced ashore, plunging deep into the stifling undergrowth alone. Sweat dripped from his every pore as he hacked his way through the brush, following a trail of giant footsteps, claw marks, and upturned trees. But instead of finding his quarry, Galfric discovered something a little less shocking for him: a small talking cat, standing on its back legs and garbed in a remarkable set of hunting gear. It seemed to be surveying the tracks itself, scribbling down notes in a tiny notebook, and continuing further into the jungle. At first, Galfric considered this to be a mirage, the early symptom of some tropical disease. His confusion only increased when the cat spoke.

With great eloquence and confidence, the cat introduced itself as a Palico — a hunter’s assistant back in its own world, who accidentally traveled here from a world beyond Teleria. It had followed a trail of glowing flies from its world and had ended up finding something it called a Rathalos. Galfric listened intently, noting down the Palico’s wisdom and advice on how this Rathalos could be slain. While he understood the creature’s instructions, the Palico’s terrifying description of the beast — of its long claws, barbed tail, and flaming breath — made it clear his current, slightly rusted, broadsword would be no match for this monster. He asked if the Palico would follow him back to where the ship dropped anchor, as he reckoned that his fellow compatriots would by now have set up a camp there. The Palico agreed, and the two trekked through the jungle, sharing stories of hunts past.

When they arrived, Galfric implored the Palico to stay hidden, as one of the amateur trackers may see the hide of a talking feline as their way into the Brotherhood. Galfric ran to the expedition’s make-shift forge, imploring its smith to craft him a sword capable of piercing the hide of the magnificent monster the Palico had told him of. Seeing Galfric seemingly driven mad by the jungle heat, the smith asked no questions and set to work on Galfric’s request. After a night’s labor, the smith presented Galfric with the weapon he sought. The initiate returned quickly to his animal companion and the two set off, delving further into the island’s dense greenery, following a dancing trail of luminous green flies that the Palico assured would point the way to the Rathalos.

After several hours, they were still searching. Galfric and the Palico eventually stumbled on what looked to be the tracks of others – different to those who traveled to the Lost Isles with Galfric, but obviously in pursuit of the monster. Not wanting to be beaten, Galfric and the Palico broke into a sprint, the thrill of the hunt energizing their weary muscles, as they leapt over branch and trunk. As they ran they could hear roars, cries, and the clash of blades in the distance — their quarry was near. And so was Galfric’s chance to become a legendary blademaster.

Deciphering Rathalos Blademaster Champion Lore

This story is a fantasy tale about a character named Galfric, who is a journeyman hunter aspiring to join an elite group known as the Brotherhood of the Golden Horn. The Brotherhood is a hunting group where members must prove their worth by presenting a part of a large, fearsome beast. Galfric sets off on an adventure to hunt a mythical creature in order to gain entry into this prestigious group.

In the story, the hunt is more than just a sport or social event for some people like Galfric; it’s a thrilling experience and a way to prove one’s skills and bravery. To join the Brotherhood, hunters must hunt a creature much larger and more dangerous than ordinary game like stags or bears. Galfric travels to the Lost Isles of Teleria in search of a monstrous, fire-breathing creature with red scales that had appeared through a mysterious portal.

During his expedition, Galfric encounters an unexpected companion – a talking cat called a Palico, dressed in hunting gear and taking notes. The Palico, from another world, shares information about the creature Galfric is hunting, known as a Rathalos. Realizing his current weapon is inadequate, Galfric has a new sword forged to battle the Rathalos.

The story follows their adventure as they track the beast, guided by luminous green flies. They encounter signs of other hunters and realize they’re not alone in their quest. As they get closer to the creature, they hear the sounds of battle, indicating they’ve nearly found their quarry. The story highlights themes of adventure, the pursuit of a goal, and the unexpected friendships formed along the way.

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31 thoughts on “Rathalos Blademaster | Raid Shadow Legends

  1. -Pace-

    Tomes: 12

  2. VerdunIronstar

    This guy is an absolute killer vs Hydra when paired with a HP burn champ! I’ve seen mine hit a headless neck under HP burn for 699K when his passive trips. Normal hits on live heads in the range of 120k.

  3. Delgado

    Are you serious, 2 stars on iron twins?, Rathalos’s A2 takes near 1/4 to 1/3 of boss life if used with str buff and bosses def debuff and thats on Stage 10 of 15 so im sure as i progress and he is with better team then what i have he will be even stronger.


    Nice builds

  5. Ayumilove Post author

    @Russ: The Rathalos mastery provided in this guide is an all-rounder mastery build. You can use it as a reference and tweak it accordingly to your preference based on where you are using Rathalos. Since I’m using Rathalos to farm minotaur mastery tomes, having the Cycle of Violence does help in speeding up the run to get to his active skills, and Kill Streak is to amplify the damage that he does in those dungeon runs. With that master build above, I’m farming Minotaur stage 15 in less than 20 seconds. Also, with the same mastery build, I’m also dealing 1 million damage in Hydra Clan Normal/Hard Boss.

  6. Russ

    some ppl saying he isn’t a heavy hitter, IDK how they have theirs built but my rathalos hits 200k+ without any books or masteries and lvl 8 gear that was quickly thrown on. I am now just working on him better hence why I’m here so I can only imagine he will be even better. build him right and he will be a beast. the masteries for clan boss a few didn’t make sense like the chance to lower cooldown if you hit more than 30% of the targets max hp. how is that good for clan boss or hydra? you wont hit that no matter what, seems like a waste top pick “cycle of violence and kill streak” like why kill streak ? it only activates when you kill an enemy with the champ… again kind of useless in CB. i guess that’s where we tweak it a little. BUT have some faith and play around, i promise you wont be disappointed

  7. Ayumilove Post author

    @Moistart: My account does not have many good full sets, so I prioritize getting the right primary stats and substats for Rathalos.

  8. Moistart

    Why does the farmer set have stun, and shield as incomplete sets?

  9. @NeedAir1

    Cannot be resisted ≠ guaranteed to occur every use

    That’s a DOES NOT EQUAL sign, not an equal sign.

    Cannot be resisted means IF the decrease defense profs (65% chance to occur when booked) then it won’t be resisted (resist bypass exclusive to bosses).

    It basically means he skips the second check.

    The first check is the chance to proc a.k.a. the 65% chance to proc (btw, proc means “programmed random occurance. Essentially just means “occur” in nerd speak)

    The second check that usually occurs is accuracy vs resist. He bypasses this.

    Hopefully this resolves your issue if you still needed it resolved.

  10. Cerath

    just imagine that his own gear would be best on him lmao

  11. Ayumilove Post author

    @NeedAir1: Rathalos’s A1 ability at max level has a 65% chance to apply the 60% Decrease Defense debuff. It’s not a guaranteed to apply the dbuff!

  12. NeedAir1

    Having a problem with spider 20. I have Rathalos opening with his A1 to put a dec def on Spider but it does not apply the debuff, even though the description says it cannot be resisted. Am I missing something?

  13. akabane

    hey, I’m new to the raid, I’m fully builded this one to 6 stars, nearly max masteries, only skill, need some instructio nwhere I can improve for more effectiveness in areas

  14. Ayumilove Post author

    @C4m: You can use either one depending on where you use Rathalos. For example, if you are just starting out as an early-mid game player (which means you do not have strong gears), I would recommend going for the farmer build with a slight tweak where you pick Warmaster instead of Helmsmasher mastery. If you mainly use Rathalos for clearing mobs or your gear is really good, then go with Helmsmasher mastery.

  15. C4m

    I’m confused – which set of masteries to be used in campaign again? ones from mastery guide or from farmer build reference?

  16. Trip

    Hello Ayumilove,

    please add for your readers (in the level 2 headers) which suggested Masteries sets you suggest for Hydra clan boss as Rathalos is said to be a top tier champ for this battle.

  17. Rocpkr

    Not the best, Not a heavy hitter as I was hoping. Fully upgraded and maxed out and still minimal damage with x3 cruel sets. Disappointing. Hit attack numbers are just 2 low for skills even with HP burn activated to be a difference maker. Another free character at the end of the day does not help a level 90 to get past certain levels. I am maxed out and con not advance any farther in the game as I just cant get a good powerful killer from summons – etc. My maxed out Skyls are43 way more powerfull and benificial for total attck points per round.

  18. Trev

    Not as good as I expected. I swapped ninja out on my brutal hard team and tried with rathalos instead. Venus kept burns up and the damage overall went down from my usual 200 million to 170 million.

    Overall decent, but michinaki, ninja, gnut etc seem to out damage him on hydra

  19. Tyler

    For Clan boss/campaign, dungeon Masteries I would honestly copy Rondas clan boss masteries. due to blade’s passive, the counter in defense portion cycles through 5th skill faster, to get the 200% damage when you really need it. helm will help his high damage more than warmaster. Also per reasons of cycling though a 5th skill, use retaliation or relentless gear, assuming you have them with good stats. This is just an opinion, but to me it makes the most sense. Relentless is probably better for blade than retaliation though now that I think more on it. (due to a3)

  20. Ayumilove Post author

    @Cadern: I have added the explanation of Rathalos Blademaster champion lore into the guide above.

  21. Cadern

    I don’t understand the lore on this champion.

  22. Ayumilove Post author

    @GameBoss: It’s good for early game players. However, I gear him in Lifesteal Set, so he can solo Campaign Brutal 12-3 to farm some fodders during the Champion Training Event (4 days) and farm his masteries in the Minotaur Labyrinth. He deals massive damage and clears that boss faster than my damage nuker who has Savage Set.

  23. LostlnParadise

    @Lor Agon yes.

  24. GameBoss

    Are the Artifacts in his week good on him? If so, what were the stats, etc. for each?

  25. Lindsey

    @ Zeta for Blessings i would recommend Brimestone…especially against bosses

    I put him in Relentless and Cruel set for extra ATK…. built him for CB..

    testing him out in an hour

  26. Lor Agon

    Will counterattacks, such as from Retaliation set, count for the increased damage every fifth skill use?

  27. rocpkr

    Playing 2 years and closing in on level 91. Still dont have a good nuker. Hoping he helps against the computer like the Cursed City as after 6 wins I cant get by a single – double boss so Iam done within a day.

  28. Zeta

    What blessings should use on him?

  29. SadHappySad

    Saw the live test from HH yesterday, his damage is insane. Even unbooked and without masteries, without Cruel/Savage sets he was doing like 1,5m per A2 to the CB and similarly ridiculous damage everywhere else rly. Can definitely see a nerf coming as soon as people start complaining

  30. Ron Leaatherman

    He looks awesome. He will be a great addition to our teams.