Light Bowgun Guide: Combos, Controls and Moveset | Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Guide Combos Controls and Moveset

This is a guide to the Light Bowgun (LBG), a weapon in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (MH Rise). Read on to learn about new Light Bowgun (LBG) controls and combos, how to use Light Bowgun ammo and mods, Light Bowgun vs Heavy Bowgun comparisons, as well as details on Light Bowgun Switch Skills.

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Light Bowgun New Sunbreak Attacks and Moves

Silkbind Attack: Wyvern Counter

MH Rise Sunbreak - LBG Wyvern Counter Silkbind Attack

This attack works as a retreating maneuver by firing a shot with massive recoil and using the Wirebug to stop the hunter from flying too far.

While this move doesn't deal a lot of damage, it gives the Light Bowgun more mobility to evade incoming attacks. It can even stop breath attacks if the explosion is timed right!

Switch Skill: Critical Firepower

MH Rise Sunbreak - LBG Critical Firepower Switch Skill

The Switch Skill narrows down the critical distance range and increases recoil. In exchange, some shots can deal more damage than usual! Note that this only applies to certain ammo types.

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Light Bowgun Controls

Switch PC Action
Buttons ZL
MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click
Button zR
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
Buttons A
MH Rise - M4 Click
Buttons X
MH Rise - M5 Click
Button LButtons X or Buttons B

L + X or B
MH Rise - Control Button + MH Rise - M4 Click or MH Rise - M5 Click

Ctrl + MB4 or MB5
Select Ammo
Buttons X + Buttons A

X + A
MH Rise - M4 Click + MH Rise - M5 Click

MB4 + MB5
Melee Attack
Button R + Buttons X

R + X
MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M5 Click

Shift + MB5
Silkbind Glide
Button R + Buttons A

R + A
MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M4 Click

Shift + MB4
Fanning Vault

Recommended Control Setups

Auto Sheath Manual Sheathe
Camera Speed Fast
Gunner Reticle Camera Controls Type 1
Gunner Reticle Speed Fast

To easily learn the bowgun, we highly suggest that the player adjust the camera settings first. We suggest changing the camera speed to fast to make the aiming way easier. If the player is not comfortable with this setup, we suggest switching back to default.

List of Settings: Best Settings to Choose

Light Bowgun Silkbind Attacks

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List of Silkbind Attacks and How to Use

Silkbind Glide

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Silkbind Glide.gif

Switch Controls
Button R + Buttons X

R + X
PC Controls
MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M5 Click

Shift + MB5

The Silkbind Glide is similar to a combat slide. You can use this to close the distance between you and the enemy monster or to quickly move away. You can also fire off a powerful attack anytime while gliding or at the end of the glide. This attack boosts the damage of detonated Wyvernblasts and stops you mid-glide. It also uses one Wirebug and has medium Wirebug recovery speed.

Fanning Vault

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Fanning Vault

Switch Controls
Button R + Buttons A

R + A
PC Controls
MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M4 Click

Shift + MB4

The Fanning Vault is an excellent addition to the Light Bowgun's kit, giving it added mobility. It sends you flying high, allowing you to dodge incoming attacks and perform additional actions such as reloading or firing down a Wyvernblast while midair. This Silkbind Attack also uses one Wirebug and has fast recovery.

Possible Actions During a Fanning Vault

Switch PC Action
Button zR
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
Buttons A
MH Rise - M4 Click
Buttons X
MH Rise - M5 Click

Fanning Maneuver

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Fanning Maneuver Switch Skill

Switch Controls
Button R + Buttons A

R + A
PC Controls
MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M4 Click

Shift + MB4

This technique can be switched out with Fanning Vault or Wyvern Counter. It requires one Wirebug and has fast recovery.

The user slides sideways in an arc with the Wirebug and can fire shots while in motion. This attack is very useful in maintaining critical distance while moving sideways!

On top of that, Fanning Maneuver also temporarily increases attack power.

Wyvern Counter

MH Rise Sunbreak - Light Bowgun Wyvern Counter

Switch Controls
Button R + Buttons A

R + A
PC Controls
MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M4 Click

Shift + MB4

This Silkbind Attack costs one Wirebug to use and can be swapped with either Fanning Vault or Fanning Maneuver. Wyvern Counter works as both an evade and an attack with an explosion at the end. The move doesn't send you back far, but you can continue to evade after landing.

If you time the explosion right, it can be used to stop breath attacks. The move also has fast Wirebug recovery speed.

Light Bowgun Switch Skills and Best Setup

Switch Skills are unlocked as you progress in the game. The very first one is obtained after finishing the ★3 Village Urgent Quest, Feathered Frenzy.

The best Switch Skills we recommend for each slot are marked in red.

Controls Original Skill Switch Skill
Reload Elemental Reload
Forward Dodge Quickstep Evade
R + A
Shift + MB4
Fanning Vault Fanning Maneuver

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Elemental Reload

MH Rise - LBG Elemental Reload

Switched With Controls
While unsheathed, Buttons X or MH Rise - M5 Click

While unsheathed press X or MB5
Reloads take longer than usual, but boosts elemental damage of elemental shots.

Elemental Reload is good and all, but we don't think the boost in elemental damage is worth it considering how much time you're losing to reloading. You won't be using elemental ammo most of the time anyway because other ammo types are better.

Unless you're running a full elemental LBG build, don't use this.

List of All Ammo and Coatings

Quickstep Evade

MH Rise - LBG Quickstep Evade

Switched With Controls
Forward Dodge
While unsheathed, Buttons B or MH Rise - Space Button

While unsheathed press B or Space
Quick evasive maneuver while your Light Bowgun is drawn. Distance covered is much smaller but requires less time to recover. Ammo fired immediately after this deals increased damage.

This converts the usual roll dodge into a dash dodge. The distance covered is not that big but the recovery time between dodges are smaller so you can dodge all day. The attack power of the shot used immediately after evading is also boosted!

Fanning Maneuver

MH Rise - LBG Fanning Maneuver

Switched With Controls
Fanning Vault
Button R + Buttons A or MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M4 Click

R + A or Shift + MB4
Uses a Wirebug to quickly flank left or right. Increases attack power temporarily.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Fast
Wirebug Cost: 1

This is a Silkbind move that strafes you left or right depending on the direction. You can shoot while sliding and maintain distance from the monster.

Though this is a great mobility asset for the Light Bowgun, we don't recommend using it over Fanning Vault. Fanning Vault allows you to shoot Wyvernblast while in the air and that alone makes it better than Fanning Maneuver.

Ammo Types and Mods

List of Light Bowgun Ammo Types

Light Bowguns have specific ammo support. Check your Light Bowgun's details to know if a certain ammo type is compatible.

Normal Ammo 1.pngNormal Ammo 1 Normal Ammo fires a single shot that increases in power with level. Normal Ammo 1 has an infinite number of uses.
Pierce Ammo 1.pngPierce Ammo 1 Pierce Ammo penetrates armor and hits multiple times.
Spread Ammo 1.pngSpread Ammo 1 Ammo specialized for short range. When fired close to a monster, it deals multiple hits. The number of hits increases with level.
Shrapnel Ammo 1.pngShrapnel Ammo 1 Explodes after landing on a monster. The number of hits increases with level.
Sticky Ammo 1.pngSticky Ammo 1 Powerful pierce and burst ammo. Headshots may stun.
Cluster Bomb 1.pngCluster Bomb 1 Detonates 3 bombs on impact. Can also hit your allies. The number of bombs increases with level.
Flaming Ammo.pngFlaming Ammo Ammo imbued with Fire Element. Good against monsters weak to Fire.
Water Ammo.pngWater Ammo Ammo imbued with Water Element. Good against monsters weak to Water.
Thunder Ammo.pngThunder Ammo Ammo imbued with Thunder Element. Good against monsters weak to Thunder.
Freeze Ammo.pngFreeze Ammo Ammo imbued with Ice Element. Good against monsters weak to Ice.
Piercing Fire Ammo.pngPiercing Fire Ammo Pierce Ammo imbued with Fire Element. Good against monsters weak to Fire.
Piercing Water Ammo.pngPiercing Water Ammo Pierce Ammo imbued with Water Element. Good against monsters weak to Water.
Piercing Thunder Ammo.pngPiercing Thunder Ammo Pierce Ammo imbued with Thunder Element. Good against monsters weak to Thunder.
Piercing Ice Ammo.pngPiercing Ice Ammo Pierce Ammo imbued with Ice Element. Good against monsters weak to Ice.
Poison Ammo 1.pngPoison Ammo 1 Ammo imbued with Poison. Poisons the monster after a number of hits.
Paralysis Ammo 1.pngParalysis Ammo 1 Ammo imbued with Paralysis. Paralyzes monsters after a number of hits.
Sleep Ammo 1.pngSleep Ammo 1 Ammo imbued with Sleep. Makes the monsters doze off after a certain number of hits.
Exhaust Ammo 1.pngExhaust Ammo 1 Decreases the monster's stamina so it tires more easily. Headshots may stun.
Recover Ammo 1.pngRecover Ammo 1 Reovers health to allies when shot.
Demon Ammo.pngDemon Ammo Provides increased attack on allies when shot.
Armor Ammo.pngArmor Ammo Provides increased defense on allies when shot.
Slicing Ammo.pngSlicing Ammo Ammo that deals cutting damage. Can cut tails.
Dragon Ammo.pngDragon Ammo Ammo imbued with the Dragon Element. Useful against monsters with a weakness to dragon.

Light Bowgun Mods

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Mods

If you interact with the Smithy in the Steelworks or Hub Prep Area or check out any Item Box, you can apply mods to your Light Bowgun. Just interact with them and choose Customize Bowgun.

Silencer • Slightly reduces recoil
• Makes monsters less likely to target the user
• Shortens the accuracy range.
Long Barrel • Extends the barrel length
• Improves firepower
• Increases the accuracy range.

Use Mods Depending on Your Playstyle!

We recommend using mods depending on your playstyle. If you prefer using Sticky Ammo or recoil-heavy Pierce Ammo, use a Silencer mod because of the recoil reduction. For most ammo types, use the Long Barrel to slightly extend your range and boost your damage.

Light Bowgun Attacks and Combos

Rapid Fire

MH Rise - Light Bowgun is Rapid Fire Ammo Capable

The Light Bowgun is capable of Rapid Firing shots or hitting multiple times per shot. Only ammo with the Rapid Fire Shot Type behavior can be fired rapidly, so take note of this! These vary per weapon so keep an eye out for weapons with the ammo you'd like to Rapid Fire if you enjoy using Rapid Fire LBGs!

Slide Evade

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Slide Evade

Switch Controls
Double tap Buttons B

Double tap B
PC Controls
Double tap MH Rise - Space Button

Double tap Space

You can execute a Slide Evade by tapping the B button or Space twice in succession. This is useful when you need to quickly distance yourself from the monster!

Detonate Wyvernblasts

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Detonating Wyvernblasts

You can detonate Wyvernblasts by attacking or shooting them or by letting monsters hit them (like a trap). You can place up to 3 Wyvernblasts in a row. Each Wyvernblast refreshes in around a minute.

Tips on How to Use the Light Bowgun

Check IconKeep proper distance depending on the ammo

Check IconKnow each weapon's ammo behavior in Weapon Details

Check IconDon't forget to use status ammo

Check IconUse the proper ammo for each monster

Check IconUtilize Fanning Vault to reposition and unload some Wyvernblasts in the process

Check IconUse Wyvernblasts when there is a huge opening

Keep Proper Distance

MH Rise - Keep Proper Distance While Using Light Bowgun

Like the Heavy Bowgun, maintaining critical distance is important for maximizing your damage output. The critical distance is indicated by an orange reticle with a red center. While maintaining a safe distance is good for survivability, you should only consider using Status and Slicing Ammo at this distance since most shots at this range will deal reduced damage and make your hunts take longer. Avoid going out of range as your shots will not hit the monster.

Types of Distances

Critical Distance
Safe Distance
Out of Range

Know the Ammo Behavior in the Weapon Details

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Moving Shot EnabledMoving Shot Enabled You can shoot while moving.
MH Rise - Light Bowgun Moving Reload EnabledMoving Reload Enabled You can reload while moving.
MH Rise - Light Bowgun Single Fire Auto ReloadSingle Fire Auto Reload If you shoot a single shot, it will reload automatically.
MH Rise - Light Bowgun For Rapid FireFor Rapid Fire Shots can be fired quickly.

In Monster Hunter Rise, the shot type behavior of certain ammo changes per weapon. You can check these out in Equipment Info from the Start Menu (-) then press Y to check the Ammo details. This screen also displays the recoil and reload speed of each ammo in the weapon. This will help you better understand how each ammo behaves with your current Bowgun!

▲ Can also be seen from the Ammo Type HUD

Don't Forget to Use Status Ammo

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Status Ammo

If your Bowgun supports status ammo, don't forget to use them. Though they won't deal massive damage, they can create openings that you and your allies can exploit!

Use the Proper Ammo Against Monsters

Depending on the monster's physiology and body frame, some ammo is more effective than others. Knowing which ammo to use per monster is a sign of a great Gunner.

Normal Ammo
Normal Ammo 1.pngNormal Ammo 1 Ammo types that are effective against Fanged Beasts and other enemy types with weakness to ammo. Aim properly on the head whenever the monster is down for maximum damage.
Pierce Ammo
Pierce Ammo 1.pngPierce Ammo 1 These are effective against Flying Wyverns and Leviathans. The larger or longer the body, the more hits a Pierce Ammo can do! Use these against large monsters like Tetranadon or Basarios.
Spread Ammo
Spread Ammo 1.pngSpread Ammo 1 The most difficult one to utilize but also the most devastating, Spread Ammo is used when close to a monster and is effective for all Monster types. Just be sure to avoid getting hit because you are technically in close-range.
Elemental Ammo (Fire, Thunder, Ice, Water)
Flaming Ammo.pngFlaming Ammo Useful against monsters with elemental weaknesses. Check the Monster's Physiology to know which ammo is effective against it!

Utilize Fanning Vault

MH Rise - Light Bowgun To Utilize Fanning Vault

With Fanning Vault in your arsenal, dodging can be a bit easier. Since Light Bowgun users tend to take on fights at a distance, it is vital to maintain this distance. If the monster closes the gap, however, a Fanning Vault can help you reposition yourself and to a safer location. You can even place a Wyvernblast on the monster while in the air!

Use Wyvernblast When There is a Huge Opening

MH Rise - When Using Light Bowgun and the Monster is Downed or Asleep Wyvernblast

The Light Bowgun is unique for having the Wyverblast. When an enemy monster is staggering on the ground or asleep, place Wyverblasts next to them, then detonate them for extra damage.

Be Mindful of Wyvernblast's Cooldown

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Wyvernblast Cooldown

Wyvernblast is one of the most useful tools in a Light Bowgunner's arsenal so always try to use this effectively and be aware of its cooldown!

You'll know a Wyvernblast is on cooldown if the ammo head is missing and the case is blinking yellow. Wyvernblast has an estimated cooldown time of 1 minute per ammo.

How Good is the Light Bowgun?

Tier List Ranking

Rank S Rank Icon

The Light Bowgun is an incredibly mobile weapon, allowing you to evade, reload, and sheathe quickly. It also has access to both support and DPS ammo types, so its versatility earned it a place at the top

Weapon Tier List

Light Bowgun Strengths

Check IconHigh mobility

Check IconRapid Fire

Check IconAll around utility

Check IconEvade reload slide

High Mobility

MH Rise - Light Bowgun High Mobility

The Light Bowgun offers higher mobility compared to its heavier counterpart. You can essentially juggle tasks while firing without having to be stationary while doing so.

Rapid Fire

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Rapid Fire Spam

In some builds and instances, such as special upgrades, the Light Bowgun can rapidly fire its bullets at a target. One such build is the Sticky Ammo Rapid Fire build which has proven to be popular among Light Bowgun users.

All-Around Utility

MH Rise - Light Bowgun With an All Around Utility

Similar to the Heavy Bowgun, the Light Bowgun has access to a wide range of ammo types which covers everything from damage to utility. That is why LBG users often play a support role in multiplayer, standing stationary and shooting different types of munitions like sleep or stun.

Light Bowgun Weaknesses

Check IconCannot guard

Cannot Guard

Perhaps to balance its mobility, you cannot guard against monster attacks with a Light Bowgun. You have to make do with being nimble and keeping your distance against monsters.

Light Bowgun Builds

Heavy Bowgun vs. Light Bowgun

The Heavy Bowgun and the Light Bowgun play similarly but with a few minor differences. If you are trying to decide on which one to try out, here are some comparisons that we observed:

Light Bowgun Heavy Bowgun
Mobility High Low
Access to All Ammo Yes No
Wyvernblast Yes No
Elemental Reload Yes No
Charged Shots No Yes
Guarding No Yes
Wyvernheart / Wyvernsnipe No Yes

Light Bowgun Known Bugs and Fixes

Update 3.5 Bug Fix

MH Rise - Update 3.5 Partial Banner

Update 3.5 fixed a bug related to both the Light Bowgun and the Heavy Bowgun! Specifically, this was about the Steadiness skill. When Bowgun players used this skill, it didn't show up on the screens of the other players in the lobby.

You can also now reliably change ammo through the Radial Menu while riding your Palamute.

Update 3.5: Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection Collaboration, DLC, and Patch Notes

Changes from MHW: Iceborne

Check IconElemental and Pierce Elemental Ammo are now separate.

Check IconCluster Bomb added for the Light Bowgun.

Elemental and Elemental Pierce Ammo are now Separate

MH Rise - Light Bowgun Access to Elemental Pierce Ammo

In Monster Hunter World, Elemental Ammo can penetrate monsters and hit them multiple times. In Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise), Elemental Ammo now hits once, and the ''piercing'' characteristic has been passed to the Pierce Elemental Ammo.

List of All Ammo and Coatings

Cluster Bomb is Now Useable by Light Bowguns

In Monster Hunter World, Cluster Bombs were exclusive to the Heavy Bowgun. Light Bowguns can now use Cluster Bombs in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise), so feel free to use them!

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