Gunlance Builds and Best Equipment | Monster Hunter Rise | MHR (MH Rise)

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This is a guide to the best builds and equipment for Gunlances in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn about the best Gunlances for Update 3.0, and the best Skills and Armor pieces to use with the Gunlances for Low Rank, High Rank, and endgame.

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Endgame Build (Update 3.0): HR40 +

3.0 Normal Shelling Build

Best Gunlance: Ortlinde

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
OrtlindeOrtlinde
Ortlinde Gunlance Sharpness
ーーー 200 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Poison Image 26
Shelling Type Normal 5

Ortlinde secures its throne in the current endgame as the best Normal Shelling Gunlance. This Gunlance's lance damage edges out its toughest competitor, Araknalance, once you improve its sharpness bar with Handicraft.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Kushala GlareKushala Glare ①ーー
Almudron Mail SAlmudron Mail S ①ーー
Sinister Gauntlets SSinister Gauntlets S ②ーー
Bazelgeuse Coil Bazelgeuse Coil ②②ー
Guard Lv. 1
Load Shells Lv. 1
Bazelgeuse GreavesBazelgeuse Greaves ③ーー
Artillery Lv. 2
Guard Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Evade Extender Lv.2
with one ② slot or more
Decorations
Defense 346
Skills
Handicraft Lv. 5 | Razor Sharp Lv. 3
Guard Lv. 3 | Artillery Lv. 3
Load Shells Lv. 2 | Normal/Rapid Up Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 2 | Flinch Free Lv. 2
Power Prolonger Lv. 1 | Hellfire Cloak Lv. 1

Recommended Switch Skills

Recommendations
1 Blast Dash
2 Ground Splitter
3 Quick Reload

Built around Ortlinde. White sharpness is achieved via Handicraft and managed through Razor Sharp, ensuring that your Gunlance damage while Burst Firing is optimal against any monster — Apex or otherwise.

Shelling damage is improved through Artillery and Guard while survivability is bolstered through Guard and Evade Extender.

3.0 Long / Wide Shelling Build

Best Gunlance (Long Shelling): Howlitzer

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
HowlitzerHowlitzer
Howlitzer Gunlance Sharpness
①ーー 180 10
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Shelling Type Long 5

Howlitzer's attack rating, shelling level, and sharpness bar hold strong against the new long-shelled Gunlances of Update 3.0.

Best Gunlance (Wide Shelling): Doombringer Gunlance

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Doombringer GunlanceDoombringer Gunlance
Doombringer Gunlance Gunlance Sharpness
②①ー 170 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Water Image 46
Shelling Type Wide 5

Doombringer Gunlance retains its place at the top of wide-shelled Gunlances in Update 3.0.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Bazelgeuse HelmBazelgeuse Helm ②ーー
Artillery Lv. 1
Guard Lv. 1
Almudron Mail SAlmudron Mail S ①ーー
Bazelgeuse BracesBazelgeuse Braces ②②ー
Guard Up Lv. 1
Load Shells Lv. 1
Bazelgeuse Coil Bazelgeuse Coil ②②ー
Guard Lv. 1
Load Shells Lv. 1
Bazelgeuse GreavesBazelgeuse Greaves ③ーー
Artillery Lv. 2
Guard Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Evade Extender Lv.2
with 1 ② slot or more.
Decorations
MH Rise - Destroyer Jewel 2Destroyer Jewel 2 x3
MH Rise - Shield Jewel 2Shield Jewel 2 x2
MH Rise - Ironwall Jewel 2Ironwall Jewel 2 x1 (Can fit two with Doombringer)
x1
MH Rise - Brace Jewel 1Brace Jewel 1 x1 (Can fit two with Doombringer)
Defense 352
Skills
Guard Lv. 4 / 5 | Razor Sharp Lv. 3
Guard Up Lv. 3 | Artillery Lv. 3
Partbreaker Lv. 3 | Load Shells Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 2 | Flinch Free Lv. 1 / 2
Power Prolonger Lv. 1

Recommended Switch Skills

Recommendations
1 Charged Shelling
2 Ground Splitter
3 Guard Reload

Revolving around the Howlitzer and Doombringer Gunlance, this build maximizes shell damage through Artillery and Partbreaker. Razor Sharp is once again added to help manage the Gunlance's rapid sharpness loss when shelling — Especially useful for poke-shelling.

Defensive capabilities are greatly improved through Guard and Guard Up, allowing you to stand your ground against any monster as you bombard it with shells!

High Rank Build (Update 2.0): HR 8 to 40

All-Rounded Climber

Best Gunlance (Normal Shelling): Ortlinde

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
OrtlindeOrtlinde
Ortlinde Gunlance Sharpness
ーーー 200 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Poison Image 26
Shelling Type Normal 5

Ortlinde's great stats and high shelling level ensure a nice and steady climb from HR 8 to 40.

Best Gunlance (Long Shelling): Howlitzer

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
HowlitzerHowlitzer
Howlitzer Gunlance Sharpness
①ーー 180 10
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Shelling Type Long 5

Similar to Ortlinde, Howlitzer is a perfect long-shelled choice for climbing to the endgame with its great stats.

While the weapon itself has inferior ramp up skills, it is possible to rollback to Canyne Cannon II and activate its Wyrmstake Boost ramp up skill instead before upgrading back to Howlitzer!

Best Gunlance (Wide Shelling): Mighty Cornpopper

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Mighty CornpopperMighty Cornpopper
Mighty Cornpopper Gunlance Sharpness
①ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Shelling Type Wide 5

Mighty Cornpopper maintains its spot at the top of Wide Gunlances by virtue of being the only Gunlance with level 5 wide shelling until HR 40.

Similar to Howlitzer, this particular Gunlance's ramp up skills aren't that great. Feel free to rollback to Cornpopper II to acquire its Wyrmstake Boost ramp up skill, then upgrade back to Mighty Cornpopper.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Bazelgeuse HelmBazelgeuse Helm ②ーー
Artillery Lv. 1
Guard Lv. 1
Diablos Mail SDiablos Mail S ①ーー
Guard Lv. 2
Bazelgeuse BracesBazelgeuse Braces ②②ー
Guard Up Lv. 1
Load Shells Lv. 1
Bazelgeuse Coil Bazelgeuse Coil ②②ー
Guard Lv. 1
Load Shells Lv. 1
Bazelgeuse GreavesBazelgeuse Greaves ③ーー
Artillery Lv. 2
Guard Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Evade Extender Lv.2
Decorations
Defense 352
Skills
Guard Lv. 5 | Razor Sharp Lv. 3
Guard Up Lv. 3 | Artillery Lv. 3
Offensive Guard Lv. 2 | Load Shells Lv. 2
Evade Extender Lv. 2 | Flinch Free Lv. 1

Made for a comfortable and efficient climb to HR 40, this build covers all of the Gunlance's needs regardless of shelling type. Shell damage and capacity are improved through Artillery and Load Shells respectively.

As for the Lance itself, Razor Sharp helps you maintain sharpness while Offensive Guard increases your attack whenever it is active.

Lastly, defensive capabilities are greatly improved through Guard, Guard Up, and Evade Extender.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 6 and 7

Evasive Gunlance

Best Gunlance (Normal Shelling): Ortlinde

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
OrtlindeOrtlinde
Ortlinde Gunlance Sharpness
ーーー 200 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Poison Image 26
Shelling Type Normal 5

Those who prefer Normal Shelling may opt for Ortlinde. This particular Gunlance has Normal 5 shelling and boasts high attack, allowing you to reach the end of Hub 7★ Quests with ease.

Best Gunlance (Long Shelling): Howlitzer

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
HowlitzerHowlitzer
Howlitzer Gunlance Sharpness
①ーー 180 10
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Shelling Type Long 5

Howlitzer is a straight upgrade from Canyne Cannon II, maintaining the Canyne Tree's superiority over Long-Shelled Gunlances.

It is important to note that you can bring Canyne Cannon II's Wyrmstake Boost ramp up skill over to Howlitzer!

Best Gunlance (Wide Shelling): Mighty Cornpopper

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Mighty CornpopperMighty Cornpopper
Mighty Cornpopper Gunlance Sharpness
①ーー 180 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Shelling Type Wide 5

Mighty Cornpopper is, currently, the final weapon along the Guild Tree. This particular Gunlance earns its title as the best Wide Gunlance because it is the only one that reaches level 5 wide shelling until HR 40.

Just like the Howlitzer, you can bring the Wyrmstake Boost ramp up skill over to Mighty Cornpopper by activating the skill from the previous Gunlance along the Guild tree, Cornpopper II.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Jyuratodus HelmJyuratodus Helm ②①ー
Basarios Mail SBasarios Mail S ①①ー
Guard Lv. 1
Load Shells Lv. 1
Basarios Vambraces SBasarios Vambraces S ①①ー
Guard Lv. 2
Nargacuga Coil S Nargacuga Coil S ②ーー
Basarios Greaves SBasarios Greaves S ③ーー
Defense 264
Skills
Guard Lv. 3 | Evade Extender Lv. 3
Load Shells Lv. 2 | Critical Eye Lv. 1
Offensive Guard Lv. 1 | Defense Boost Lv. 1
Speed Sharpening Lv. 1

Best Talisman Skills

Recommended Talisman Skills
Razor Sharp Speed Sharpening Quick Sheathe

No Artillery skills but Evade Extender and Guard makes this build pretty easy to use. You also get a bonus ammo capacity from Load Shells which is great for Burst Fire. Works best with Normal Type Shelling Gunlances.

High Rank Build: Hub HR 4 and 5

High-Rank Artillery Starter

Best Gunlance (Normal Shelling): Imperial Guardlance

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Imperial GuardlanceImperial Guardlance
Imperial Guardlance Gunlance Sharpness
①ーー 190 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Shelling Type Normal 4

Imperial Guardlance offers great stats across the board for relatively cheap materials, making it the best normal-shelled starter for your high rank adventures!

Best Gunlance (Long Shelling): Sinister Shadowshot

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Sinister ShadowshotSinister Shadowshot
Sinister Shadowshot Gunlance Sharpness
②①ー 200 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Blast Image 33
Shelling Type Long 4

Sinister Shadowshot's stats and shelling level makes it the best long-shelled Gunlance at the start of Monster Hunter Rise's High Rank.

Best Gunlance (Wide Shelling): Cornpopper I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Cornpopper ICornpopper I
Cornpopper I Gunlance Sharpness
①ーー 160 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Shelling Type Wide 4

Cornpopper I is the best wide-shelled Gunlance at this stage of the game due to its high attack, generous green sharpness bar, and shelling level.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Barroth Helm SBarroth Helm S ②①ー
Rhenoplos Mail SRhenoplos Mail S ③①ー
Rhenoplos Braces SRhenoplos Braces S ②①ー
Artillery Lv. 2
Barroth Coil S Barroth Coil S ①ーー
Guard Lv. 2
Barroth Greaves SBarroth Greaves S ②①ー
Guard Lv. 1
Defense 234
Skills
Guard Lv. 3 | Artillery Lv. 3
Defense Boost Lv. 3 | Offensive Guard Lv. 2
Stun Resistance Lv. 2 | Attack Boost Lv. 1

This is a straightforward build that covers all of the Gunlance's needs as you begin your climb in High Rank!

Low Rank Build: Village Quest ★4 to ★6

Mid-Game Artillery Build

Best Gunlance (Normal Shelling): Fiore Nulo White II

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Fiore Nulo White IIFiore Nulo White II
Fiore Nulo White II Gunlance Sharpness
ーーー 130 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Ice Image 17
Shelling Type Normal 3

Fiore Nulo White II's offers good stats for relatively cheap materials, making it a great choice for those who prefer normal-shelled Gunlances.

Best Gunlance (Long Shelling): Sinister Shadowshot

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Sinister ShadowshotSinister Shadowshot
Sinister Shadowshot Gunlance Sharpness
②①ー 200 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
Blast Image 33
Shelling Type Long 4

Sinister Shadowshot's great stats and high shelling level makes the climb to High Rank easy!

Best Gunlance (Wide Shelling): Cornpopper I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Cornpopper ICornpopper I
Cornpopper I Gunlance Sharpness
①ーー 160 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Shelling Type Wide 4

Those who prefer Wide Shelling may go for Cornpopper I. This particular Gunlance has great stats across the board and a high shelling level.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Diablos HelmDiablos Helm ーーー
Guard Lv. 1
Rhenoplos MailRhenoplos Mail ーーー
Rhenoplos BracesRhenoplos Braces ーーー
Artillery Lv. 1
Barroth Coil Barroth Coil ーーー
Guard Lv. 1
Diablos GreavesDiablos Greaves ーーー
Guard Lv. 1
Defense 106
Skills
Guard Lv. 3 | Artillery Lv. 2
Stamina Surge Lv. 1 | Offensive Guard Lv. 1
Stun Resistance Lv. 1

This build increases your shell's damage through the use of the Artillery skill while bolstering block prowess with 3 points in Guard.

Low Rank Build: Village Quest ★1 to ★4

Built Around Artillery

Best Weapon: Eizenlitter

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
EizenlitterEizenlitter
Eizenlitter Gunlance Sharpness
ーーー 120 -
Affinity Element/Status
0%
-
Shelling Type Normal 2

Eizenlitter hosts great stats for the early game and is very cheap to craft, making it the best weapon to start your journey into Monster Hunter Rise!

Alternative Weapon: Barroth Loader I

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Barroth Loader IBarroth Loader I
Barroth Loader I Gunlance Sharpness
ーーー 130 15
Affinity Element/Status
-20%
-
Shelling Type Long 2

Those who prefer a bit more range with their shelling may go for the Barroth Loader I instead. While this particular Gunlance falls short in the sharpness department, its Long Shelling Type allows you to unload shells at a farther distance than Normal or Wide shells would.

Best Armor

Armor Slots Skills
Barroth HelmBarroth Helm ーーー
Attack Boost Lv. 1
Rhenoplos MailRhenoplos Mail ーーー
Rhenoplos BracesRhenoplos Braces ーーー
Artillery Lv. 1
Barroth Coil Barroth Coil ーーー
Guard Lv. 1
Barroth GreavesBarroth Greaves ーーー
Guard Lv. 1
Defense 82
Skills
Guard Lv. 2 | Artillery Lv. 2
Attack Boost Lv. 1 | Stun Resistance Lv. 1

This build revolves around the Artillery skill which increases your gunlance's shell and Wyvern's Fire damage by 20% at level 2. This skill also reduce's the cooldown of Wyvern's Fire by 30% at level 2.

Best Skills for Gunlance

Best Gunlance Skills
Guard
★★★
Improved guard ability.
Artillery
★★★
More shelling damage.
Evade Extender
★★★
Easy repositioning which can allow you to hit weakspots more easily or get out of harms way.
Load Shells
★★★
Increased ammo capacity means more firepower for Gunlance.
Razor Sharp
★★★
The Chance to reduce sharpness loss is massive for Gunlances — Especially those who prefer Burst Firing with Normal Shelling.
Attack Boost
★★
Increasing a Gunlance's attack rating is one of the most efficient ways to bolster its damage with the lance.
Speed Sharpening
For those quick moments where you need to bring your sharpness up during the middle of a fight.
Guard Up
For monsters that have normally unblockable attacks.
Flinch Free
Prevents ally from flinching you. Useful in multiplayer.

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