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

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Endgame Build (Update 3.0): HR 100+

Rapid Build
Pierce Build
Elemental Builds
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Rampage Bow S Rampage Bow S
ーーー 210 155
Affinity Element
0% - -
Rampage Skill Setup
Rampage Skill Setup
Attack Boost IV Non-Elemental Boost Firing: Rapid
Use Power Coating Use Exhaust Coating Arc Shot: Affinity
Armor Slots Skills
Mighty Bow FeatherMighty Bow Feather ーーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Valstrax BracesValstrax Braces ②ーー
Vaik Coil S Vaik Coil S ②ーー
Arzuros Greaves SArzuros Greaves S ③②①
Talisman Skill Constitution Lv. 3
with one additional ② slot
Decorations
Skills
Constitution Lv. 4 | Critical Boost Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Normal/Rapid Up Lv. 3
Reload Speed Lv. 2 | Bow Charge Plus Lv. 1
Dragonheart Lv. 1
Build Merits Following up on our previous Rapid Raw Damage build, armor pieces have been tweaked to include Critical Boost as well. This adjustment allows us to dish maximum damage while retaining Constitution to manage stamina consumption.
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Rampage Bow S Rampage Bow S
ーーー 210 155
Affinity Element
0% - -
Rampage Skill Setup
Rampage Skill Setup
Attack Boost IV Non-Elemental Boost Firing: Pierce
Use Power Coating Use Exhaust Coating Arc Shot: Affinity
Armor Slots Skills
Mighty Bow FeatherMighty Bow Feather ーーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Valstrax BracesValstrax Braces ②ーー
Chrome Metal Coil Chrome Metal Coil ③②①
Arzuros Greaves SArzuros Greaves S ③②①
Talisman Skill Constitution Lv. 3
with one additional ② slot
Decorations
Skills
Constitution Lv. 4 | Critical Boost Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Pierce Up Lv. 3
Reload Speed Lv. 2 | Bow Charge Plus Lv. 1
Flinch Free Lv. 1 | Dragonheart Lv. 1
Build Merits This build picks up after our 2.0 Raw Piercer and improves its damage output with the addition of Critical Boost. Stamina management is once again improved through Constitution.
Best Fire Bow: Araknatorch
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Araknatorch Araknatorch
②①① 170 155
Affinity Element
30% Fire 33
Araknatorch's 30% affinity rating, high elemental rating, and amazing charge shots allows it to retain its spot among the best fire element bows of Update 3.0. The only fire bow that is arguably better than this one is a properly modded Rampage Bow S.
Best Water Bow: Heaven's Manna
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Heaven Heaven's Manna
①ーー 210 155
Affinity Element
10% Water 15
Heaven's Manna can also compete at the top spot against a properly modded Rampage Bow S with its high attack rating and great charge shots. Having paralysis phials and a ① slot on the weapon also contribute to its viability.
Best Thunder Bow: Rampage Bow S
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Rampage Bow S Rampage Bow S
ーーー 210 155
Affinity Element
0% - -
Rampage Skill Setup
Attack Boost IV Thunder III Firing: Rapid
Use Power Coating Use Exhaust Coating Arc Shot: Affinity
Nothing comes close to a Rampage Bow S that is modded for thunder! It's charge shots and attack rating easily outclasses every other thunder element bow.
Best Ice Bow: Daora's Sagittari
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Daora Daora's Sagittarii
①ーー 180 155
Affinity Element
15% Ice 37
Daora's Sagittarii's great stats across the board and Kushala Soul ramp up skill earns it a seat at the top of ice element bows.
Best Dragon Bow: Abyssal Gale Bow
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Abyssal Gale Bow Abyssal Gale Bow
ーーー 220 155
Affinity Element
0% Dragon 23
Ibushi's tree maintains its dominance over dragon element bows with its latest addition, Abyssal Gale Bow. This bow offers great stats across the board and its elemental rating can be further improved through its Dragon Boost IV ramp up skill.
Armor Slots Skills
Mighty Bow FeatherMighty Bow Feather ーーー
Remobra Suit SRemobra Suit S ①①ー
Valstrax BracesValstrax Braces ②ーー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Rakna GreavesRakna Greaves ①ーー
Talisman Skill Constitution Lv. 3
with one additional ② slot
Decorations
MH Rise - Critical Jewel 2Critical Jewel 2 x2 MH Rise - Tenderizer Jewel 2Tenderizer Jewel 2 x1
Elemental Attack Jewels x5
Skills
Constitution Lv.5 | Elemental Attack Lv. 5
Critical Boost Lv. 3 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Stamina Surge Lv. 2
Bow Charge Plus Lv. 1 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Dragonheart Lv. 1
Build Merits Very little has changed for our Elemental Set in Update 3.0. The addition of Valstrax Braces and a new talisman skill allows us to reach max Constitution while retaining all of our previous skills that improve damage.Take note that Dragonheart inflicts blight onto yourself when you drop to 50% HP at lv. 1.

High Rank Build (Update 2.0): HR 40 to 99

Rapid Build
Pierce Build
Elemental Builds
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Rampage Bow V Rampage Bow V
ーーー 200 155
Affinity Element
0% - -
Rampage Skill Setup
Rampage Skill Setup
Attack Boost III Non-Elemental Boost Firing: Rapid
Use Power Coating Use Exhaust Coating Arc Shot: Affinity
Armor Slots Skills
Mighty Bow FeatherMighty Bow Feather ーーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Vaik Braces SVaik Braces S ①①ー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Rakna GreavesRakna Greaves ①ーー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot.
Decorations
Skills
Constitution Lv. 4 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Normal/Rapid Up Lv. 3 | Hunger Resistance Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Stamina Surge Lv. 2
Reload Speed Lv. 2 | Bow Charge Plus Lv. 1
Flinch Free Lv. 1
Build Merits Maximizes damage through Normal/Rapid Up, Bow Charge Plus, and Weakness Exploit. General performance and stamina management are improved via Quickload and Constitution respectively.
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Night Flight Night Flight
②ーー 210 155
Affinity Element
40% - -
Armor Slots Skills
Mighty Bow FeatherMighty Bow Feather ーーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Jyuratodus VambracesJyuratodus Vambraces ③②①
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Rhenoplos Greaves SRhenoplos Greaves S ①①ー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot.
Decorations
Skills
Constitution Lv. 4 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Pierce Up Lv. 3 | Hunger Resistance Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Reload Speed Lv. 2
Bow Charge Plus Lv. 1 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Tremor Resistance Lv. 1
Build Merits We still recommend the same set from the early stages of HR 8 for Night Flight until after clearing Allmother Narwa and crafting the final Rampage Bow.
Fire Bow: Araknatorch
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Araknatorch Araknatorch
②①① 170 155
Affinity Element
30% Fire 33
While Araknatorch may fall short of the Dark Filament in terms of base attack rating, its superior elemental rating, and ridiculous Lv. 3 and 4 charge shots allow it to overtake Dark Filament in damage.
Hail of Mud
The Elemental Exploit Ramp Up skill provides a nice damage boost against water adverse monsters.
Thunder Bow: Flying Kadachi Striker
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Flying Kadachi Striker Flying Kadachi Striker
ーーー 190 155
Affinity Element
15% Thunder 23
The consistent charge shots and 15% affinity rating are great in mid High Rank. This bow can also reach 31 Thunder Damage through the Thunder Boost III Ramp Up skill.
Ice Bow: Icesteel Bow I
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Icesteel Bow I Icesteel Bow I
①ーー 170 155
Affinity Element
10% Ice 30
Icesteel Bow I comes with Kushala Daora Soul, which increases your affinity as you land hits on monsters!
Dragon Bow: Azure Elder Bow II
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Azure Elder Bow II Azure Elder Bow II
ーーー 210 155
Affinity Element
0% Dragon 13
Its base elemental rating can be raised to 21 by activating the Dragon Boost III Ramp Up skill.
Armor Slots Skills
Mighty Bow FeatherMighty Bow Feather ーーー
Zinogre Mail SZinogre Mail S ①ーー
Rakna ArmguardsRakna Armguards ②ーー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot.
Decorations
Elemental Attack Jewel x5 MH Rise - Physique Jewel 2Physique Jewel 2 x2
MH Rise - Critical Jewel 2Critical Jewel 2 x1
Skills
Elemental Attack Lv. 5 | Critical Boost Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Constitution Lv. 4
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Latent Power Lv. 2
Bow Charge Plus Lv. 1 | Stamina Surge Lv. 1
Build Merits Not much has changed for our adjustable Elemental Set above HR 40. Always remember to slot in your bow's respective elemental attack (Fire, Water, Thunder, Ice, Dragon Attack) before embarking on a hunt!

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

Rapid Build
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Sinister Soulpiercer Sinister Soulpiercer
②①ー 200 155
Affinity Element
0% Blast 19
Armor Slots Skills
Mighty Bow FeatherMighty Bow Feather ーーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Vaik Braces SVaik Braces S ①①ー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Rakna GreavesRakna Greaves ①ーー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot.
Decorations
Skills
Constitution Lv. 4 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Normal/Rapid Up Lv. 3 | Hunger Resistance Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Stamina Surge Lv. 2
Reload Speed Lv. 2 | Bow Charge Plus Lv. 1
Flinch Free Lv. 1

Built around Sinister Soulpiercer's Rapid Level 5. This build offers a good balance of offense and utility with its skills, allowing you to dish out high damage without worrying about your stamina consumption too much.

Pierce Build
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Night Flight Night Flight
②ーー 210 155
Affinity Element
40% - -
Armor Slots Skills
Mighty Bow FeatherMighty Bow Feather ーーー
Vaik Mail SVaik Mail S ③②①
Jyuratodus VambracesJyuratodus Vambraces ③②①
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Rhenoplos Greaves SRhenoplos Greaves S ①①ー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot.
Decorations
Skills
Constitution Lv. 4 | Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Pierce Up Lv. 3 | Hunger Resistance Lv. 3
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Reload Speed Lv. 2
Bow Charge Plus Lv. 1 | Flinch Free Lv. 1
Tremor Resistance Lv. 1

A build for those who prefer Piercing Shots. Damage is improved through Pierce Up, Bow Charge Plus, and Weakness Exploit. General performance is improved because of Constitution and Reload Speed.

Elemental Build
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Prominence Bow II Prominence Bow II
①ーー 200 155
Affinity Element
0% Fire 21
Rampage Skill Element Exploit

Prominence Bow II rules over Fire Elemental Bows at the climb from HR 8 to 40. Aside from its great stats, this bow also comes with the Elemental Exploit ramp up skill — Allowing you to deal even more elemental damage on specific hit zones!

Best Water Bow: Hail of Mud

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Hail of Mud Hail of Mud
②①ー 170 155
Affinity Element
0% Water 34

Hail of Mud's stats and charge shot levels, combined with its Elemental Exploit ramp up skill, has earned it the top spot among Water Elemental Bows.

Best Thunder Bow: Flying Kadachi Striker

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Flying Kadachi Striker Flying Kadachi Striker
ーーー 190 155
Affinity Element
15% Thunder 23

The Flying Kadachi Striker offers amazing stats for relatively cheap materials. Its rapid charge shots allow you to deal damage at a very consistent rate compared to other bows with different charge shot types. It is important to note that this bow's elemental rating can be improved by activating its Thunder Boost III ramp up skill.

Ice Bow: Heaven's Glaze

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Heaven Heaven's Glaze
③ーー 190 155
Affinity Element
0% Ice 50
Rampage Skill Element Exploit

With Icesteel Bow I being locked at HR30, Heaven's Glaze remains the king for the majority of the climb from HR 8 to 40. Its high base attack and elemental ratings can produce great numbers with the aid of its Elemental Exploit ramp up skill.

Dragon Bow: Azure Elder Bow II

Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Azure Elder Bow II Azure Elder Bow II
ーーー 210 155
Affinity Element
0% Dragon 13

Ibushi's Azure Elder Bow II sits at the top of the totem pole at this stage of the game. The bow's high attack rating and charge shot levels gives it an edge amongst the competition.
Similar to Flying Kadachi Striker, this bow's elemental rating can be improved via its Dragon Boost III ramp up skill.

Armor Slots Skills
Mighty Bow FeatherMighty Bow Feather ーーー
Zinogre Mail SZinogre Mail S ①ーー
Rakna ArmguardsRakna Armguards ②ーー
Anjanath Coil S Anjanath Coil S ②①①
Attack Boost Lv. 2
Golden HakamaGolden Hakama ①①ー
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 2
with one additional ② slot.
Decorations
Elemental Attack x5 MH Rise - Physique Jewel 2Physique Jewel 2 x2
MH Rise - Critical Jewel 2Critical Jewel 2 x1
Skills
Elemental Attack Lv. 5 | Critical Boost Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3 | Constitution Lv. 4
Attack Boost Lv. 2 | Latent Power Lv. 2
Bow Charge Plus Lv. 1 | Stamina Surge Lv. 1

This build pumps as much damage as possible via affinity skills and elemental attack skills.

Always make sure you use the Elemental Attack Skill that corresponds to your bow's element before embarking on a hunt!

High Rank Build: HR 6 and 7

Full Rakna-Kadaki Build
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Sinister Soulpiercer Sinister Soulpiercer
②①ー 200 155
Affinity Element
0% Blast 19

Magnamalo's Sinister Soulpiercer is an amazing bow that can take you all the way to the end of Hub 7★ Quests!

Armor Slots Skills
Rakna HelmRakna Helm ①①ー
Reload Speed Lv. 1
Spread Up Lv. 1
Rakna MailRakna Mail ②①ー
Reload Speed Lv. 1
Spread Up Lv. 1
Rakna ArmguardsRakna Armguards ②ーー
Rakna Coil Rakna Coil ②②ー
Spread Up Lv. 1
Rakna GreavesRakna Greaves ①ーー
Skills
Constitution Lv. 4 | Stamina Surge Lv. 3
Spread Up Lv. 3 | Reload Speed Lv. 2

The full Rakna-Kadaki Set compliments the Sinister Soulpiercer very well! This set Improves the Sinister Soulpiercer's Lv. 2 and 3 charge shots through its maxed Spread Up skill while ticking all of the Bow's needs in terms of comfort and stamina management.

High Rank Build: HR 4 and 5

Full Izuchi Build
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Arzuros Arzuros' Honeypot
①ーー 190 155
Affinity Element
0% - -
Rampage Skill Defense BoostI

Arzuros' Honeypot is a great bow to start your High Rank adventures with due to its great stats and spread type charged shots. It also comes with +15 defense rating, granting you with additional survivability at this stage of the game.

Armor Slots Skills
Izuchi Helm SIzuchi Helm S ①①ー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Izuchi Mail SIzuchi Mail S ①ーー
Izuchi Braces SIzuchi Braces S ①①ー
Constitution Lv. 2
Izuchi Coil S Izuchi Coil S ①①ー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Izuchi Greaves SIzuchi Greaves S ①①ー
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 5 | Constitution Lv. 3
Recovery Speed Lv. 2

Starting off with the full Izuchi set is a viable choice for Bow users because it pumps affinity into your bow while providing early stamina management via Constitution.

Low Rank Build: Village Quest

4★ to 6★
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Sinister Bow I Sinister Bow I
ーーー 130 155
Affinity Element
0% Blast 14
Rampage Skill Magnamalo Soul

The Sinister Bow I boasts great stats across the board and decent coatings. Its inherent Blast Element solidifies its place as an efficient all-purpose weapon in this stage of the game.

Armor Slots Skills
Zinogre HelmZinogre Helm ーーー
Zinogre MailZinogre Mail ーーー
Zinogre BracesZinogre Braces ーーー
Constitution Lv. 1
Barioth Coil Barioth Coil ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Zinogre GreavesZinogre Greaves ーーー
Constitution Lv. 2
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4 | Constitution Lv. 3
Latent Power Lv. 2

Following up on the recommended early game set, This particular armor combination follows the same principle but takes it a step higher. Aside from increasing affinity by 20%, Latent Power Lv. 2 further improves your stamina management as it reduces stamina consumption by 30% when active.

1★ to 4★
Weapon Slots ATK DEF
Steel Bow Steel Bow
ーーー 120 155
Affinity Element
0% - -
Rampage Skill Defense Boost II

Steel Bow is a great weapon that features great stats and an affinity arc shot for relatively cheap materials. These factors make it an all-purpose bow that is fit for any hunt in the early stages of the game.

Armor Slots Skills
Izuchi HelmIzuchi Helm ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Izuchi MailIzuchi Mail ーーー
Izuchi BracesIzuchi Braces ーーー
Constitution Lv. 1
Izuchi Coil Izuchi Coil ーーー
Critical Eye Lv. 1
Kadachi GreavesKadachi Greaves ーーー
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4 | Constitution Lv. 2
Recovery Speed Lv. 1

Bows are weapons that require a lot of stamina. With this in mind, this set offers a mix of offensive and utlity skills. Critical Eye increases your affinity while Constitution reduces stamina consumption of fixed actions such as dodging and blocking. This covers most of the bow's attacks as well!

Best Skills for Bows

Bow Charge Plus
★★★
Increases your bow's max charge level which means more damage potential. This is a must-have skill for any endgame bow build!
Constitution
★★★
Reduces stamina costs of dodging which is vital to the Bow.
Stamina Surge
★★★
Increases stamina recovery and is vital for stamina heavy weapons.
Critical Eye
★★★
Increases affinitty. Always try to aim for at least 50-100% affinity.
Weakness Exploit
★★★
Increases your affinity on a monster's weak spots. A great skill for bow users.
Critical Boost
★★★
Amplifies critical hits. Make sure to have high affinity first before slotting in critical boosts!
Attack Boost
★★
Increasing the attack rating of bows is one of the most efficient ways to improve DPS.
Flinch Free
Removes interruption in multiplayer hunts.

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    • Give us the ability to change our layered armor display. What I mean is, ya know how armor looks different on the male and female models? well, I wish there was the ability to change the appearance from the male models of armor, to the female models, and the reverse without changing the gender of your character itself. This would be really nice, as imo some armor pieces look better as the male model version.

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