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This is a guide to the best builds and equipment for Heavy Bowgun in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn about the best Heavy Bowgun, and the best Skills and Armor pieces to use with the Heavy Bowgun for Low Rank, High Rank, and endgame.

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High Rank Build: Post-Game (Hub Quest 7★ Cleared)

Best Heavy Bowgun

Weapon Req. Materials
Fulgent Shot II Monster Broth x3
Rakna-Kadaki Glowgut x3
Elder Dragon Blood x2

Fulgent Shot III Takes the Piercer's Top Spot!

Fulgent Shot II
 Fulgent Shot II Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
6 180 40 -
Element Slots
- - ②①①
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Pierce Effect I
Silkbind Boost
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None Some Above Avg. None Wyvernsnipe Arc Shot

Rakna-Kadaki's Fulgent Shot II offers an insane 40% affinity rating and surprisingly manageable recoil and reload speeds for all of its Pierce Ammo.

This Heavy Bowgun also has Slicing Ammo, allowing you to sever tails!

Best Armor

Pierce Build

This build utilizes Weakness Exploit, Attack Boost, and Pierce Up to bolster our recommended bowgun's Pierce Ammo damage. With Rakna-Kadaki's Fulgent Shot II, you can hit enemy weakspots for 90% affinity and 100% when Latent Power is active.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Rhenoplos Helm S 42
Pierce Up
Lv. 2
Torso Torso Shell-Studded Vest S 52
Pierce Up
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Rathalos Braces S 62
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S 32
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 1 + 1 Lv. 2 jewel slot or more
Decorations Attack Jewel 2 x3
Absorber Jewel 1 x3
Quickload Jewel 1 x3
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
258 Attack Boost Lv. 5
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Pierce Up Lv. 3
Recoil Down Lv. 3
Reload Speed Lv. 3
Critical Boost Lv. 2
Flinch Free Lv. 1
Stun Resistance Lv. 1
Normal/Rapid Up Lv. 1

High Rank Build: Endgame (Hub Quest 6★ to 7★)

Best Heavy Bowgun

Weapon Req. Materials
Baleful Night Narga Medulla x1
Tigrex Scale+ x4
Nargacuga+ Material x15 pts

Baleful Night Straight to the End

Baleful Night
 Baleful Night Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
6 190 30 -
Element Slots
- - ②ーー
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None Some Above Avg. None Wyvernsnipe Arc Shot

Nargacuga's Baleful Night offers great stats and good magazine sizes for its ammo types, in addition to manageable recoil and reload speeds. These factors make it a great choice to reach the very end of 7★ Hub Quests with!

Best Armor

Critical Pierce Ammo

An damage-oriented build utilizing the affinity from the Narga Heavy Bow Gun for the critical hits. It also makes use of Pierce Up and Critical Boost to improve overall damage. Guard 2 is slotted for the aggressive monsters so you can block their attacks (Requires Shield Mod).

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Rhenoplos Helm S 42
Pierce Up
Lv. 2
Torso Torso Shell-Studded Vest S 52
Pierce Up
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Basarios Vambraces S 52
Guard
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Golden Obi 70
Heroics
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
286 Critical Boost 3
Pierce Up 3
Guard 2
Normal/Rapid Up 1
Stun Resistance 1
Heroics 1
Maximum Might 1
Stun Resistance 1
Speed Sharpening 1

High Rank Build: Late game (Hub Quest 4★ to 5★)

Best Heavy Bow Gun

Weapon Req. Materials
Gale Crossbow Bird Wyvern Gem x1
Great Izuchi Pelt+ x3
Novacrystal x1
Izuchi+ Material x10 pts

Gale Crossbow is a Great High Rank Starter

Gale Crossbow
 Gale Crossbow Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
5 180 10 -
Element Slots
- - ②①ー
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost IV
Small Monster Exploit
Buddy Rally
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None Average Above Avg. None Wyvernsnipe -

Gale Crossbow offers a good variety of ammo types and great stats across the board, making it the perfect starting Heavy Bowgun in High Rank.

Best Armor

High Rank Starter

An affinity pierce build that's enough to get you through the early stages of Rise's high rank. You get a flat 40% affinity from this build (50 with a Critical Eye Talisman) which can allow you to dish out decent amounts of damage with ease.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Rhenoplos Helm S 42
Pierce Up
Lv. 2
Torso Torso Izuchi Mail S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Arms Arms Lagombi Vambraces S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Ice Attack
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Izuchi Coil S 36
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Rhenoplos Greaves S 42
Pierce Up
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
180 Critical Eye 6
Pierce Up 3
Stun Resistance 1
Recovery Speed 1
Ice Attack 1
Tremor Resistance 1

Low Rank Build: Mid game (Village Quest 4★ to 6★)

Best Heavy Bowguns

Weapon Req. Materials
Sinister Volley I Magnamalo Scale x4
Magna Ghostprism x3
Magnamalo Blade x2
Magnamalo Tail x1
Hidden Gambit I Nargacuga Cutwing x2
Nargacuga Blackfur x2
Nargacuga Scale x4

Sinister Volley I

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Sinister Volley I Stats
Sinister Volley I
 Sinister Volley I Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
3 130 0 -
Element Slots
- - ーーー
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Cluster Effect I
Magnamalo Soul
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
R Mild High Fast None Wyvernsnipe Arc Shot

Sinister Volley I offers good magazine sizes for Normal, Pierce, Spread, and Sharpnel Ammo at the cost of heavy recoil. Its stats across the board are amazing as well, making it an efficient all-purpose weapon in the mid game.

It is important to note that this Heavy Bowgun also has Slicing Ammo.

Hidden Gambit I

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Hidden Gambit I Stats
Hidden Gambit I
 Hidden Gambit I Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
3 110 30 -
Element Slots
- - ーーー
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost II
Affinity Boost I
Master Rider
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None Some Above Avg. None Wyvernsnipe Arc Shot

The Hidden Gambit is a must-have for those who prefer to use Pierce Ammo. Its 30% affinity rating grants much-needed damage at this stage of the game.

This Heavy Bowgun also has Slicing Ammo, allowing its user to sever tails.

Best Armor

Evasive Heavy Gunner

This set focuses on minimizing recoil via Recoil Down while adding an extra layer of protection and mobility by adding Evade Extender as well.

The addition of Counter Shot and Silkbind Glide bolsters the Heavy Bowgun's survivability to the point where Guard and Shield Mods aren't exactly mandatory anymore.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Bnahabra Hat 14
Recoil Down
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Rathalos Mail 28
Partbreaker
Lv. 1
Windproof
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Nargacuga Braces 26
Waist Waist Nargacuga Coil 26
Legs Legs Bnahabra Boots 14
Recoil Down
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
88 Recoil Down Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 2
Partbreaker Lv. 1
Evade Window Lv. 1
Windproof Lv. 1

Low Rank Build: Early game (Village Quest 1★ to 4★)

Best Heavy Bowguns

Weapon Req. Materials
Wind Thief Crossbow II Great Izuchi Pelt x3
Kulu-Ya-Ku Plume x2
Izuchi Material x10 pts
Reversal Shot I Tetra Carapace x3
Aqua Sac x1
Tetranadon Hide x2
Machalite Ore x2
Iron Ore x2
Tetranadon Beak x1
Tetra Carapace x2
Jumbo Bone x1

Wind Thief Crossbow II

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Wind Thief Crossbow II Stats
Wind Thief Crossbow II
 Wind Thief Crossbow II Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
2 90 10 -
Element Slots
- - ーーー
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost II
Small Monster Exploit
Buddy Rally
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None Average Above Avg. None Wyvernsnipe -

Wind Thief Crossbow II is an excellent weapon in the early stages of the game because of its Piercing Ammo and Slicing Ammo — The latter of which can be used to sever monster tails.

Reversal Shot I

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Reversal Shot I Stats
Reversal Shot I
 Reversal Shot I Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
2 110 0 10
Element Slots
- - ーーー
Rampage Skills
Defense Boost I
Cluster Effect I
Waterblight Exploit
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None High Below Avg. None Wyvernheart -

Reversal Shot I caters to those who prefer to use Spread Ammo. This particular Heavy Bowgun also has two levels of Sticky Ammo, which can be used to knock monsters down when shot near the head.

Best Armor

Recoil Management

Bowguns in general are some of the most skill-hungry weapons in the game and there are not a lot of viable armor options in the early stages of Monster Hunter Rise.

With this in mind, we recommend this set which prioritizes mitigating as much recoil as possible, mixed with a few offensive skills.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Bnahabra Hat 14
Recoil Down
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Tetranadon Mail 18
Arms Arms Tetranadon Braces 18
Waist Waist Izuchi Coil 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Bnahabra Boots 14
Recoil Down
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
74 Recoil Down Lv. 2
・Normal/Rapid Up Lv.1
Special Ammo Boost Lv. 1
Critical Eye Lv. 1

Best Heavy bowgun Skills

Best Skills
Pierce Up
★★★
Get one of the three ammo type skills depending on the ammo type you're going to use!
Normal/Rapid Up
★★★
Get one of the three ammo type skills depending on the ammo type you're going to use!
Spread Up
★★★
Get one of the three ammo type skills depending on the ammo type you're going to use!
Recoil Down
★★
Makes aiming way easier.
Attack Boost
★★
More damage.
Critical Eye
★★
Flat increase to affinity means more damage.
Maximum Might
★★
Increases affinity when Stamina is at maximum. As a non-stamina heavy weapon, this is an ideal skill to have.
Weakness Exploit
★★
Grants bonus affinity when strikign weakspots. An easy task for a ranged weapon.
Critical Boost
★★
Amplifes critical damage from 25% to 40% bonus damage at max rank. Always get this when you have high affinity!
Spare Shot
★★
Increased DPS by having more ammo to use.
Guard
Lessens the burden of guarding.
Guard Up
For those monsters that have normally unblockable moves.

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