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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - Heavy Bowgun Guide Combos Controls and Moveset

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

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Heavy Bowgun New Sunbreak Attacks and Moves

Silkbind Attack: Setting Sun

MH Rise Sunbreak - Heavy Bowgun Setting Sun

Using Setting Sun lets your Wirebug create a ring that increases the number of hits for ammo fired through it. This makes it especially useful for multi-hit ammo like Pierce Ammo, allowing you to rack up a lot of damage!

Switch Skill: Crouching Shot

MH Rise Sunbreak - Heavy Bowgun Crouching Shot

Crouching Shot is a new Switch Skill added in Sunbreak. This allows Heavy Bowgun users to crouch and stay in place, allowing rapid, successive shots with lower recoil.

Firing intervals are shorter as shots are fired while crouching, but at the risk of overheating the weapon, which can't be used until it cools down.

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Heavy Bowgun Controls

Switch PC Action
Buttons ZL
zL
MH Rise - Right Click
Right Click
Crosshairs
Button zR
zR
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click
Fire
Buttons A
A
MH Rise - M4 Click
MB4
Load Special Ammo
Buttons X
X
MH Rise - M5 Click
MB5
Reload
Hold,
Button LButtons X or Buttons B

L + X or B
Hold,
Ctrl + MH Rise - M5 Click or MH Rise - M4 Click

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

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

MB5 + MB4
Melee Attack
Hold,
Button R + Buttons X

Hold, R + X
Hold,
MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M4 Click

Hold Shift + MB4
Free Silkbind Glide
Hold,
Button R + Buttons A

Hold, R + A
Hold,
MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M5 Click

Hold Shift + MB5
Counter Shot

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.

Heavy Bowgun Silkbind Attacks

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Free Silkbind Glide

MH Rise - Free Silkbind Glide Heavy Bowgun Switch Skill.jpg

Switch Controls
Button R + Buttons X

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

Shift + MB5

The Free Silkbind Glide is similar to a tactical slide. It helps close the gap between you and the monster. If you time it right, you can also hit a sneaky attack by the end of your glide.

Counter Shot

MH Rise - Counter Shot Heavy Bowgun Switch Skill.jpg

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

Shift + MB4

With Counter Shot, you plant yourself firmly on the ground with the wirebug and block incoming attacks. If you block an attack, you can quickly recover and do a counter shot.

Counter Charger

MH Rise - HBG Counter Charger

This new Silkbind Attack can be switched out with Counter Shot.

A parry-specific move, Counter Charger can absorb an attack from a monster and nullify its damage. This also has the bonus effect of reducing the amount of time needed to fire a Charged Shot.

Heavy 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
X + A
MB5 + MB4
Melee Attack Tackle
R + X
Shift + MB5
Counter Shot Counter Charge
A
MB4
Mech-Wyvernsnipe Healing Mech-Wyvernsnipe

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Tackle

MH Rise - HBG Tackle

Switched With Controls
Melee Attack
Buttons X + Buttons A
X + A
MH Rise - M5 Click + MH Rise - M4 Click
MB5 + MB4
Description
A shoulder check by the Hunter. Prevents flinching and knockback, but still allow significant damage. Only use this for weak attacks that may knock you back!

We suggest using this more than Melee Attack. As a Heavy Bowgunner, you don't need the Melee Attack because you are always far from the monster but having a Tackle ready for when a monster suddenly pounces on you is a great thing to have.

Counter Charger

MH Rise - HBG Counter Charger

Switched With Controls
Counter Shot
Button R + Buttons X
R + X
MH Rise - Shift Button + MH Rise - M5 Click
Shift + MB5
Description
A parry skill using Wirebugs. Absorbs an attack from a monster without taking any damage. Will shorten the amount of time for a Charged Shot.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Medium
Wirebug Cost: 1

Though this sounds awesome, we still recommend using Counter Shot than Counter Charger. Unless your build revolves around the Charged Shots of the HBG, there is no reason to sacrifice the quick counter-attack capability of Counter Shot.

Healing Mech-Wyvernsnipe

MH Rise - HBG Healing Mech-Wyvernsnipe

Switched With Controls
Mech-Wyvernsnipe
Press Buttons A or MH Rise - M4 Click to enter Wyvernsnipe.
(Press A or MB4 again to stop.)
Press Button zR or MH Rise - Left Click to fire.

Press A or MB4 (Press A or MB4 again to stop.) Press zR or Left Click to fire.
Description
Fires a specialized shot, different depending on the weapon. Has its own gauge, and replenishes over time. Regular Wyvernheart and Wyvernsnipe deals less damage but can heal the hunter.

Heavy Bowgun is a DPS-heavy weapon so we don't recommend sacrificing damage for healing yourself. Wyvernsnipe and Wyvernheart Ammos are precious DPS tools for you to opt for decreasing its damage.

Heavy Bowgun Attacks and Moves

Charge Shot

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Charging Shots

Switch Controls Hold,
Button zR
zR
PC Controls Hold,
MH Rise - Left Click
Left Click

You can now do charge shots by holding zR. While charging, your Heavy Bowgun will glow like that in Hammer, Great Sword, and Bow charge attacks. Release at the right time for maximum damage!

Load Special Ammo

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Special Ammo

Switch Controls While unsheathed,
Buttons A

While unsheathed press A
PC Controls While unsheathed,
MH Rise - M4 Click

While unsheathed press MB4

The Heavy Bowgun has a different mode that allows it to fire a special set of ammo. It has a long animation so only switch ammo when there are no enemies nearby or the monster is currently downed/unable to act.

Ammo Types and Mods Guide

Ammo Guide

Heavy Bowgun relies on the proper use of ammo types in certain situations. Knowing how to use them is half the work! Here is a quick guide on how each ammo works:

Normal Ammo 1.pngNormal Ammo 1 Normal ammo for general use; infinite number
Pierce Ammo 1.pngPierce Ammo 1 Penetrates armor and, depending on the monster, will hit multiple times
Spread Ammo 1.pngSpread Ammo 1 Ammo that specializes on short range. When close, it will hit multiple times.
Shrapnel Ammo 1.pngShrapnel Ammo 1 Explodes after landing on a monster
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.
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 status. Makes the monsters doze off after a certain number of hits.
Exhaust Ammo 1.pngExhaust Ammo 1 Decreases the monster's stamina so it can be stunned more easily.
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 has cutting damage. Can cut tails.
Dragon Ammo.pngDragon Ammo Ammo imbued with the Dragon Element. Useful against monsters with a weakness to dragon.

Special Ammo

Wyvernsnipe Cooldown Wyvernheart Cooldown

Using the Heavy Bowgun gives you the option to use Ammo that is unique to the HBG. Both ammo types are different from each other, which takes a bit of practice to use.

These Special Ammo types are also included with the HBG and differ from weapon to weapon. They can be used anytime but has cooldowns between uses.

Wyvernheart (Close to Mid-Range)

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Wyvernheart Special Ammo

Switch Controls
While unsheathed, Buttons A then aim and fire (zL+zR)

While unsheathed press A then aim and fire. (zL+ zR)
PC Controls
While unsheathed, MH Rise - M4 Click then aim and fire (Left Click or Right Click + Left Click)

While unsheathed, MB4 then aim and fire (Left Click or Right Click + Left Click)

The Wyvernheart is the closest you get to a hand-held minigun in the game. It has a charge meter but you can choose to use it even if it is not fully charged. Make sure to keep your rapid-fire on the target since straying off from the target decreases your damage but staying on point increases it.

Wyvernsnipe (Long Range)

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Wyvernsnipe Special Ammo

Switch Controls
While unsheathed, Buttons A then aim and fire (zL+zR)

While unsheathed press A then aim and fire. (zL+ zR)
PC Controls
While unsheathed, MH Rise - M4 Click then aim and fire (Left Click or Right Click + Left Click)

While unsheathed, MB4 then aim and fire (Left Click or Right Click + Left Click)

True to its name, the Wyvernsnipe grants an HBG user the ability to pop shots that deal high amounts of damage. Once the shot connects, it hits a monster a few times before finally ending in a big explosion.

Heavy Bowgun Mods

If you talk to Hamon the Blacksmith, he can offer you several ways to Mod your Heavy Bowgun. Just talk to him, choose Customize Bowgun, and choose the Bowgun you want to customize. The options are as follows:

Shield Makes it possible to Auto-Guard
Power Barrel Improves Firepower

Block Using Auto-Guard

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Block and Auto Guard

When your Heavy Bowgun is equipped with the shield, you can automatically block attacks! If a monster is too quick for you to react, think about equipping a Shield mod for your Heavy Bowgun!

Use Mods Depending on Your Playstyle!

We recommend using mods depending on your playstyle. If you prefer to stay beside monsters and use Spread Shots, use the Shield mod because of auto-guard.

Tips on How to Use the Heavy Bowgun






Maintain Critical Range

Non-Critical Range Damage MH Rise - Non-Critical Range
Critical Range Damage MH Rise - Critical Range

Critical Range is achieved by positioning certain distance away from a monster. This is indicated by an orange reticle with an inner circle. Shots within Critical Range deal maximum damage and each ammo type has their own critical range thresholds.

Maintaining Critical Range is the key for efficient hunts with a Heavy Bowgun and maintaining it for as much as possible is paramount. You can check the Critical Ranges of all ammo types in the Training Area!

Use The Right Ammo Type for the Right Monster

Physical Ammo Types
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 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 1.pngSpread Ammo 1 Most difficult one to utilize but is also the most devastating, Spread Ammo is used when next to a monster and is effective for all Monster types. Just be sure to avoid hits because you are technically in close-range.
Shrapnel Ammo 1.pngShrapnel Ammo 1 Arguably the most difficult ammo type to utilize due to its weird spread pattern, Shrapnel Ammo is best used for extremely large monsters such as a bloated Tetranadon or Diablos
Slicing Ammo.pngSlicing Ammo Slicing Ammo is one of the most effective ammo against any hunt due to its ability to focus all of its damage on a single spot. As the name implies, this particular ammo type has the ability to sever monster tails as well, allowing you to get that extra carve on certain monsters.
Cluster Bomb 1.pngCluster Bomb 1 Be careful when using Cluster Bombs since you can only carry a few of these into your item pouch. This ammo type is essentially a mortar shell so timing and positioning are key to using this efficiently. After firing, it leaves you exposed as well since the reload time is longer than other ammo types. Cluster Bombs can also knock your allies back.

Elemental Ammo Types

Elemental Ammo Types
Flaming Ammo.pngFlaming Ammo Water Ammo.pngWater Ammo Thunder Ammo.pngThunder Ammo
Freeze Ammo.pngFreeze Ammo Dragon Ammo.pngDragon Ammo -

Each of these ammo types correspond to a specific element and have very generous Critical Range thresholds. Check your Hunter's Notes to learn the elemental weaknesses of every monster!

Don't Forget to Use Status Ammo

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Status Ammo

If your Heavy Bowgun can use Status Ammo, do not forget to use them. They may not have high firepower but they can create openings for you and your allies!

Use Special Ammo (Wyvernheart / Wyvernsnipe) When a Monster is Down

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Wyvernheart and Wyvernsnipe

Using Wyvernheart and Wyvernsnipe when a monster is downed is ideal since using special ammo leaves you exposed to attacks.

Know the Behavior of Ammo in the Weapon Details

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

In Monster Hunter Rise, the shot type behavior of certain ammos changes per weapon. You can check these out in Equipment Info from the Start Menu then pressing Y to check the Ammo details. This will help you better understand how every ammo will behave based on your current Bowgun!


▲ Can also be seen from the Ammo Type HUD

Shield and Counter Shot

MH Rise - heavy Bowgun Shield and Counter Shot

Evading while using a Heavy Bowgun is a slow feat, so it's best to invest in a Shield mod and some Guard or Guard Up. It's better to attempt a block than evade plus with the new counter silkbind attack Counter Shot / Counter Charger, you can give back whatever damage is done to you.

Take note that you can block shots with Counter Shot / Counter Charger without a shield mod as well.

How Good is the Heavy Bowgun?

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Heavy Bowguns or the HBG can exert high amounts of firepower but with fairly low mobility. It is still the DPS powerhouse we know and love but with the Light Bowgun having access to previously HBG-exclusive Cluster Bomb ammo, Heavy Bowgun became a second choice.

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Heavy Bowgun Strengths

Check IconHigh damage

Check IconCan guard

High Damage

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Deals High Damage

Loyal to its name, the Heavy Bowgun boasts high damage output per bullet and can punish, but at the cost of less mobility.

Can Guard

You can add a shield mod for your Heavy Bowgun. This allows your Heavy Bowgun to better block incoming attacks and reduce damage taken from them. Partner this with Guard and Guard Up for maximum survivability.

Heavy Bowgun Weaknesses

Check IconLow mobility

Check IconDistance Problems

Low Mobility

With the Heavy Bowgun being a powerhouse given the right build, it suffers from low mobility. As an HBG user, you are usually anchored to one spot and dish out damage. If a monster charges at you, it will take some time for you to sheathe the HBG and dodge - which usually gives the monster a clear shot at you.

To mitigate this use the mobility Silkbind attack Free Silkbind Glide or counter using Counter Shot / Counter Charger.

Distance Problems

There is a specific set distance for bullets and arrows to hit an enemy monster. You can't be far away and still hit your shots, essentially avoiding a fight and becoming a sniper. That's why for most players it is difficult to figure out the Goldilocks spot, the place just right to hit your shots and keep a safe distance from an enemy monster.

Heavy Bowgun vs. Light Bowgun

The Heavy Bowgun and the Light Bowgun plays almost alike 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

Heavy Bowgun Known Bugs and Fixes

Update 3.5 Bug Fix

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Update 3.5 fixed a bug related to both the Light Bowgun and the Heavy Bowgun! Specifically this is about the Steadiness skill. Apparently, 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 Icon Elemental and Pierce Elemental Ammo are now separate.

Check Icon Wyvern Ammo has increased range

Check Icon Charging shots are now possible

Elemental and Elemental Pierce Ammo are now Separate

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Has Elemental Pierce Ammos

In Monster Hunter World, Elemental Ammo can penetrate monsters and hit multiple times. In Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise), Elemental Ammo now hits one time and the ''piercing'' characteristic is now passed to the Pierce Elemental Ammos.

Heavy Bowgun Can Charge Shots

MH Rise - Heavy Bowgun Can Charge Shots

In Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise), Heavy Bowguns can now charge their shots like Great Swords and Bows by holding down zR.

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