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Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Guide Combos Controls and Moveset

This is a guide to the Gunlance, a weapon in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Read on to learn about new Gunlance controls and combos, how to use Gunlance shelling, Gunlance's Blast Dash as well as details on Gunlance Switch Skills.

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Gunlance Controls

Button Action
Buttons X.png Lateral Thrust
Buttons A.png Shelling
(Hold)Buttons A.png Charged Shelling
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Rising Slash
After Rising Slash, Buttons X.png
Overhead Smash
After Overhead Smash, Buttons X.png
Wide Sweep
Button zR.png Guard
Button zR.png + Buttons X.png
Guard Thrust
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
Reload
After an attack,
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
Quick Reload
Button B.png Backstep
After Overhead Smash, Buttons A.png

After Hail Cutter, Buttons A.png
Full Burst
After Wide Sweep, Buttons X.png or Buttons A.png

After 2 Shelling, Buttons A.png

After Full Burst, Buttons A.png

After Guard Edge, Buttons A.png

Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png then Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Wyrmstake Cannon
Button zR.png + Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Wyvern's Fire
Buttons zL.png + Buttons X.png
Hail Cutter
Buttons zL.png + Buttons A.png
Guard Edge

Useful Combos

Basic Combo
Lunging Upthrust
Left Analog.png + Buttons X.png
Mid Thrust I
Buttons X.png
Mid Thrust II
Buttons X.png
Shelling
Buttons A.png
Burst Fire Combo
Rising Slash
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Overhead Smash
Buttons X.png
Burst Fire
Buttons A.png
Strong Combo
Rising Slash
Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png
Overhead Smash
Buttons X.png
Wide Sweep
Buttons X.png
Wyvern's Fire
Button zR.png + Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png

Gunlance Silkbind Attacks

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Hail Cutter

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Hail Cutter Silkbind Attack.jpg

Input
Buttons zL.png + Buttons X.png

Hail Cutter is a Silkbind Attack that launches the hunter airborne while reloading the Gunlance. The move finishes with a downward slam where you may opt to use 'full burst' or Wyvern Fire with a shortened charge time!

Guard Edge

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Guard Edge Silkbind Attack.jpg

Input
Buttons zL.png + Buttons A.png

Guard Edge is a Silkbind Attack that acts like a counter-guard but restores sharpness. Considering how Gunlance shelling eats up sharpness at a rapid rate, this is a great addition to Gunlance's arsenal!

Ground Splitter NEW

MH Rise - GL Ground Splitter

Ground Splitter is a Switch Skill switchable with Hail Cutter. The hunter will drag the Gunlance on the ground while moving foward and strike with an upward slash. It also temporarily boosts the damage for shells, Wyrmstake Shots, and Wyvern's Fire.

Gunlance 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
A Charged Shelling Blast Dash
zL + X Hail Cutter Ground Splitter
zR + A Quick Reload Guard Reload

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Blast Dash

MH Rise - GL Blast Dash

Switched With Controls
Charged Shelling
Hold Buttons A.png, and release when charged

Can be performed mid-air using
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
Description
Uses recoil to travel far. Aims the Gunlance backwards then launches forward to close in the target. It is possible to use Blast Dash again while hurtling!

Blast Dash propels your hunter using the force of the Gunlance artillery. It does not have any damaging potential but is useful for closing out the distance between you and the monster. Blast Dash can be used up to three (3) times.

Ground Splitter

MH Rise - GL Ground Splitter

Switched With Controls
Hail Cutter
Buttons zL.png + Buttons X.png
Description
Scrapes the ground while slashing upwards. Increases shell, Wyrmstake Shot, and Wyvern Fire damage temporarily.
Wirebug Gauge Recovery Speed: Slow
Wirebug Cost: 1

Ground Splitter drags your Gunlance on the ground, heating the tip while increasing the damage of shelling and Wyvern's Fire for a short time. Change into this Switch Skill as soon as you unlock it!

Guard Reload

MH Rise - GL Guard Reload.gif

Switched With Controls
Quick Reload
Button zR.png + Buttons A.png
Description
Has a Guard at the start of the reload. Reloads both the shells and the Wyrmstake Cannon but only reloads less shells than normal Reload.

In Guard Reload, your artillery rounds are reduced to 3 but reloading is now guarded. This will also reload your Wyrmstake Cannon.

Gunlance Attacks and Moves

Charged Shelling

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Charged Shelling.png

Input
(Hold)Buttons A.png

You charge your gunlance and unload a single burst of fire onto a monster. Unlike the Unload Burst, charged shelling only consumes 1 ammo at the cost of dealing less damage.

Wyrmstake Cannon

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Wyrmstake Cannon.png

Input
After 2 Shelling, Buttons A.png

After a Shelling, ↓ + Buttons A.png

After a Full Burst, Buttons A.png

After a Guard Edge, Buttons A.png

After a Wide Sweep, Buttons A.png

Buttons X.png + Buttons A.pngButtons X.png + Buttons A.png

The Wyrmstake Cannon uses a large metallic stake or harpoon-like ammo which deals a massive amount of damage when fired. Accompanied by this cannon are two attacks which in turn makes the combo a devastating blow to any enemy monster. There are multiple ways to achieve this combo so practice what feels comfortable the most to you.

The Wyrmstake Cannon needs to be reloaded every time it is used using guard reload and normal reload. It cannot be reloaded using Quick Reload.

Remember to Reload your Wrymstake Cannon Using Normal / Guard Reloading

With Ammo Without Ammo
Input
Buttons zR.pngButtons A.png

Reloading your Wrymstake Cannon is different from reloading the ammo in your Gunlance. Always keep in mind that you cannot successfully perform a Wyrmstake Cannon combo if your gunlance is empty. Reload them using Normal Reload or Guard Reload, Quick Reload will not reload the Wyrmstake Cannon.

There is a Guard When Using Wyvern Fire

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Guarding While During Wyvern Fire

Input
Button zR.png + Buttons X.png + Buttons A.png

While the Wyvern Fire isn't a new move to the Gunlance, it was observed that when using Wyvern Fire, the hunter is capable of guarding against attacks! A new and handy feature!

Burst Fire

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Burst Fire

Input
After Using Overhead Smash, Buttons A.png

The Burst Fire is a returning move in Monster Hunter Rise! Burst Fire is a move that quickly fires all the current shell you have and is a great move to use for Gunlances with normal ammo types due to its massive amount of ammunition.

Charged Shelling

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Charged Shelling

Input
Hold Buttons A.png

The Charged Shelling is an old gunlance feature that allows you to increase a shell's damage by charging your shots. It's extremely effective for long-type gunlance ammo due to its inherently high damage output.

Recommended Combos for the Gunlance

Full Firepower Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Full Firepower Combo.gif

Input
Buttons X.png + Button A.pngButtons X.pngButton A.pngButtons X.pngButton A.png

This combo utilizes all of the high damage moves of the Gunlance but leaves you open to counterattacks. Only use this combo when the monster is down.

Wyrmstake Cannon + Guard Edge Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Wyrmstake Cannon + Guard Edge Combo.gif

Input
Button zR.png + Button A.pngButton A.png

With this combo, you can start prepping the Wyrmstake Cannon when the monster roars as that is your opening. Quickly transferring into guard edge can help block against the attack after the roar which then leaves the monster open for you to blast them with your readied Wyrmstake Cannon.

Guard Edge Full Blast Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Full Blast End in Guard Edge Combo.gif

Input
Button zR.png + Button A.pngButtons X.pngButton A.png

This combo allows you to enter into a Guard Edge then transfer into a full burst. You can also integrate movements for re-positioning yourself while slamming down attacks.

Infinite Full Burst Combo

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Infinite Full Burst Combo.gif

Input
Buttons X.png + Button A.pngButtons X.pngButton A.pngButtons X.pngButton zR.png + Button A.png → ....

A full combo that bombards the target with infinite full bursts using Ammo Up and Reload Speed and goes well with Normal Shelling Gunlances.

Fast Wyrmstake Cannon Combo from Charged Shelling

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Fastest Wyrmstake Cannon Combo.gif

Input
Hold Buttons A.png → ↓ + Buttons A.png

This combo enables your Wyrmstake Cannon to execute faster if shot from Charged Shelling. Combine this with the Switch Skill Guard Reload and you will have an infinite combo.

Tips on How to Use the Gunlance

Check IconUse the Wyvern Fire

Check IconShelling bypasses Monster Armor

Check IconUse Guard Edge to recover sharpness

Check IconUse Wyrmstake Cannon

Check IconUse traps to lock a monster in place for your high artillery combos

Check IconKnow the different shelling types' individual pros and cons

Check IconMaster the three types of reload

Check IconWyvern Fire can flinch allies

Deal a Lot of Damage With Wyvern Fire!

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Wyvern Fire Big Damage

Wyvern Fire is the most powerful attack the Gunlance can deliver. Make sure it hits the monster so it would not be wasted!

Shelling Bypass Monster Armor

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Shelling Bypass Armor

Shelling bypasses monster armor so you may bombard any part of the body regardless of the toughness!

Use Guard Edge to Recover Sharpness

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Guard Edge Silkbind Attack Restores Sharpness

Guard Edge is a great addition to Gunlance's arsenal. This is very useful considering that shelling rapidly decreases Gunlance sharpness! You may also use armor skills like Handicraft or Speed Sharpening to mitigate the rapid sharpness decrease.

Always Lodge a Wyrmstake Cannon Into Monsters

The Wyrmstake Cannon is Gunlance's main DPS improving skill. It almost doubles your damage so always make sure that the monster has a Wyrmstake cannon in it and keep firing on it with shells!

The Wyrmstake Cannon Gets Triggered By Wyvern's Fire

The Wyvern's Fire used to be Gunlance's strongest move but is replaced by the less flashy Wyrmstake Cannon. The Wyvern's Fire is a burst attack and using it on a monster that has a Wyrmstake Cannon will make the Cannon proc extra explosions from the Wyvern's Fire. The deadliest artillery combo.

Don't Hesitate To Use Traps

Traps are a valuable item in Monster Hunter games. It allows you to ensnare a monster and potentially capture it when their HP is low. With Gunlance's bursty nature, a single opening can prove fatal to monsters, and using traps is a surefire way to get that opening.

Know Your Shelling Types

The Gunlance's playstyle, while fixed into the DPS tank role, will vary greatly depending on their weapon's shelling type.

Ammo Best Movesets and Playstyles
Normal Most Ammo capacity, gets high damage from Burst Fire due to ammo quantity.
Spread Least ammo capacity, benefits greatly from a poke, fire, quick reload style of play.
Long Medium ammo capacity, has the highest shelling damage and can benefit the most from Wyrmstake Cannon and Shelling only playstlyle.

Master the Three Types of Reload

Reload Slow Reload Speed
Bullets and Wyrmstake are both reloaded
Quick Reload Fast Reload Speed
Only the bullets are reloaded
Guard Reload
Switch Skill
Can Guard while reloading
Fast Reload Speed that includes the Wyrmstake but reloads only 3 bullets

It is important to know when to use these types of reloading. Wyrmstake Cannon is very powerful but it is cumbersome to reload. A great Gunlance player knows if the situation calls for Reload or Quick Reload.

The Switch Skill Guard Reload is the middle ground but you don't unlock it until the Hub ★6 so it's a long way to go. By that time, you should have mastered both Reload and Quick Reload.

Switch Skills Guide: How to Unlock Switch Skills

Wyvern Fire can Flinch Allies

Be careful on using the Wyvern Fire when there are allies nearby. The explosion can flinch them and will disrupt their combo. Maintain proper decorum and use Wyvern Fire only when there isn't an ally nearby or let them know if you will use it so they can back off.

How Good is the Gunlance?

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The Gunlance is a weapon that can easily deal damage. However, since there's a big windup time for its attacks, it needs knowledge of a monster's moves so it doesn't get interrupted. The Gunlance is also slow, making it difficult to move around the battlefield.

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Gunlance Strengths

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Strengths

Check IconShelling neglects monster armor

Check IconPhysical attacks are strong too

Check IconLong reach and can aim high places

Check IconOne of the best with guarding

Shelling Neglects Monster Armor

Shelling attacks ignore monster armor so Gunlance players revolve their playstyle around it. This is mostly where the Gunlance shows its full potential!

Physical Attacks Are Equally Strong!

Though shelling is where the power lies, Gunlance's physical attacks are not too shabby either! Depending on the situation, you can build your Gunlance for poking only!

Long Reach and High Aim

Like the Lance, the Gunlance also has a long reach and can aim high. This enables the hunter to reach the high heads of Anjanath or hit flying enemies like Rathalos!

Gunlances Can Guard!

The Gunlance is also top tier when it comes to guarding! It is possible to bombard enemies with shelling while guarding to keep this in mind!

Gunlance Weaknesses

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Weaknesses

Check IconShelling consumes sharpness

Check IconVery poor mobility

Check IconWyvern's Fire and Shelling Ammo needs proper management

Shelling Consumes Sharpness

Unfortunately, shelling rapidly consumes sharpness. Remember to use Guard Edge or sharpen during the fight! We suggest putting in the armor skill Master's Touch to slow down sharpness degradation. If not, just opt with Speed Sharpening so you can sharpen in less time.

Very Poor Mobility

When unsheathed, the Gunlance reduces the hunter to a crawl. Sheath your weapon or build your Gunlance for Evade Extend to reposition effectively! Blast Dash can be used to mitigate this but you will not have access to Charged Shelling anymore.

Wyvern's Fire and Shell Ammo Needs Proper Management

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Wyvern

In addition to managing sharpness, Gunlance users must also manage the Gunlance's Wyvern's Fire and Shelling ammo. This requires optimal presence of mind whenever you play!

Changes from MHW: Iceborne

Check IconWyvern Fire can be shot while guarding

Check IconWyvern Fire cooldown is shown (below the Wyrmstake Cannon icon)

Check IconBurst Fire now possible from the start of a combo

Check IconSpread Shelling has the stun values

Wyvern Fire Cooldown is Shown Under the Wyrmstake Cannon Icon

Monster Hunter Rise - Gunlance Wyvern Fire Meter Appears Now.png

The cooldown for the Wyvern Fire is now displayed with an orange meter below the Wyrmstake Cannon icon. You can now see (at a glance) if Wyvern Fire is ready!

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