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

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

Best Light Bowguns

Name Req. Materials
Night Owl Narga Medulla x1
Tigrex Fang+ x3
Nargacuga+ Material x15
Sinister Shadow Bolt Magnamalo Shell+ x4
Magnamalo Scute+ x2
Magnamalo Blade+ x2
Purple Magna Orb x1

Night Owl is an Amazing Pierce Ammo Dispenser

Night Owl
 Night Owl Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
6 180 40 -
Element Slots
- - ②ーー
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None Average Above Avg. None Wyvernblast -

Nargacuga's Night Owl offers generous clips and good recoil for all of its Pierce Ammo levels. Paired with its high affinity rating (40%), this light bowgun is one of the best weapons to use Pierce Ammo with.

It's also important to note that this Light Bowgun has Slicing Ammo available, allowing you to sever tails!

Sinister Shadow Bolt for all your High-Caliber Needs

Sinister Shadow Bolt
 Sinister Shadow Bolt Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
6 190 0 -
Element Slots
- - ②①ー
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Cluster Effect I
Magnamalo Soul
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
L Mild H Igh Fast None Wyvernblast Arc Shot

Magnamalo's offers great Lv. 3 ammo sizes and fast reload speeds for the 5 main ammo types:

  • Normal Ammo
  • Pierce Ammo
  • Spread Ammo
  • Shrapnel Ammo
  • Sticky Ammo

This particular Light Bowgun also has Slicing Ammo, which allows you to sever monster tails!

Best Armors

Pierce Ammo Build (Recommended for Night Owl)

This build maximizes the Night Owl's damage with its all of its Pierce Ammo levels by using Affinity Skills, Pierce Up, and Attack Boost. Recoil is completely negated via Recoil Down as well.

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 Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Talisman Skill Weakness Exploit Lv. 1 or higher with a Lv. 1 slot
Decorations Absorber Jewel 1 x3
Attack Jewel 2 x2
Steadfast Jewel 1 x2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
284 Attack Boost Lv. 6
Pierce Up Lv. 3
Recoil Down Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Stun Resistance Lv. 3
Critical Eye Lv. 2

Spread Ammo Build (Recommended for Sinister Shadow Bolt)

Rise's version of a fan favorite, this build takes advantage of the Sinister Shadow Bolt's lv3 Spread Ammo by pumping as much damage as possible!

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Rakna Helm 66
Reload Speed
Lv. 1
Spread Up
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Rakna Mail 66
Reload Speed
Lv. 1
Spread Up
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Rathalos Braces S 62
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Waist Waist Rakna Coil 66
Spread Up
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Talisman Skill Any deco with two Lv. 2 slots
Decorations Attack Jewel 2 x3
Mighty Jewel 2 x3
Absorber Jewel 1 x3
Expert Jewel 2 x1
Brace Jewel 1 x1
Quickload Jewel 1 x1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
300 Attack Boost Lv. 6
Spread Up Lv. 3
Maximum Might Lv. 3
Recoil Down Lv. 3
Critical Eye Lv. 3
Reload Speed Lv. 2
Flinch Free Lv. 1

Slicing Ammo Build

Who said Slicing Ammo should only used for tails? This build maximizes Slicing Ammo damage by having as much affinity and critical boost as possible.

Slicing Ammo economy is greatly improved with the addition of Lv. 3 Razor Sharp.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Zinogre Helm S 62
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Remobra Suit S 52
Arms Arms Pukei-Pukei Braces S 50
Aim Booster
Lv. 1
Spare Shot
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Skalda Elytra S / Spio Elytra S 32
Legs Legs Golden Hakama 70
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Talisman Skill Spare Shot Lv. 2 with a Lv. 2 slot
Decorations Absorber Jewel 1 x3
Mighty Jewel 2 x3
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
266 Critical Boost Lv. 3
Weakness Exploit Lv. 3
Spare Shot Lv. 3
Maximum Might Lv. 3
Recoil Down Lv. 3
Latent Power Lv. 2
Aim Booster Lv. 1

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

Best Light Bowgun

Night Owl
 Night Owl Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
6 180 40 -
Element Slots
- - ②ーー
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost III
Affinity Boost II
Master Rider
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None Average Above Avg. None Wyvernblast -

Best Armor

Critical LBG Starter Build

This straightforward build revolves around maximizing Night Owl's Pierce Ammo damage mainly through Attack Boost and Pierce Up.

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 Anjanath Coil S 60
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves S 40
Attack Boost
Lv. 2
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
256 Attack Boost Lv. 6
Pierce Up Lv. 3
Critical Eye Lv. 2
Stun Resistance Lv. 1
Normal/Rapid Up Lv. 1
Recommended Talisman Skills
Weakness Exploit Maximum Might Recoil Down

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

Best Light Bowguns

Name Req. Materials
Gale Bowgun Bird Wyvern Gem x1
Fucium Ore x3
Great Izuchi Pelt+ x3
Izuchi+ Material x10

The Gale Bowgun is a Great High Rank Starter

Gale Bowgun
 Gale Bowgun Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
5 160 15 -
Element Slots
- - ②①ー
Rampage Skills
Affinity Boost III
Small Monster Exploit
Buddy Rally
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None Average Above Avg. None Wyvernblast -

The Gale Bowgun offers great stats and has both Pierce and Spread Ammo in its arsenal, making it a perfect choice for all hunts in this stage of the game.

Best Armor

High Rank Starter Set

Prioritizing Gale Bowgun's Lv. 3 Pierce Ammo, this set aims to maximize this specific ammo type while increasing the damage for all ammo types as well through Critical Eye.

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 Kamura Braces S 30
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Heroics
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
192 Critical Eye Lv. 6
Pierce Up Lv. 3
Stun Resistance Lv. 1
Recovery Speed Lv. 1
Normal/Rapid Up Lv. 1
Tremor Resistance Lv. 1

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

Best Light Bowguns

Aside from being the best at this stage of the game, it's important to note that all of Light Bowguns in this list have Slicing Ammo — allowing you to sever tails for that extra carve!

Weapon Req. Materials
Sinister Bowgun I Magnamalo Scute x2
Magnamalo Scale x4
Magnamalo Shell x3
Magnamalo Blade x2
Usurper's Crime I Zinogre Shockfur x3
Zinogre Shell x3
Zinogre Horn x1
Hidden Eye I Monster Bone L x2
Nargacuga Blackfur x2
Nargacuga Scale x3

Sinister Bowgun I for Your High Caliber Needs!

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Sinister Bowgun I Stats
Sinister Bowgun I
 Sinister Bowgun I Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
3 120 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
L Mild High Fast None Wyvernblast Arc Shot

Magnamalo's Sinister Bowgun I has great stats across the board and good magazine sizes for the four main ammo types: Normal, Pierce, Spread, and Sharpnel.

This particular Light Bowgun can fit most playstyles and excel at every hunt in the mid game — Provided you can handle its relatively high recoil!

Usurper's Crime I is a Solid Alternative

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Usurper's Crime I Stats
Usurper's Crime I
 Usurper
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
3 120 10 -
Element Slots
- - ーーー
Rampage Skills
Attack Boost I
Affinity Boost I
Anti-Aquatic Species
Deviation Recoil Reload Mods Special Ammo Cluster Bomb Type
None Average Below Avg. None Wyvernblast -

Usurper's Crime I may not reach the same ammo levels as the Sinister Bowgun I, but its low recoil and decent magazine sizes across its ammo types may be a better fit for those who prefer speed and mobility over raw power.

Hidden Eye I is Great With Pierce Ammo

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Hidden Eye I Stats
Hidden Eye I
 Hidden Eye I Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
3 100 35 -
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 Average Above Avg. None Wyvernblast -

Those who love using Pierce Ammo will greatly appreciate the Hidden Eye I. This Light Bowgun offers decent magazine sizes for all of its Pierce Ammo levels, paired with an insane 35% affinity rating.

Its high recoils for Pierce Ammo Lv. 2 and 3 can be managed by Silencer Mods or the Recoil Down skill

Best Armor

Offense and Utility

Most Light Bowguns at this stage of the game pack high recoil for some of their ammo types.

This set aims to manage this via Recoil Down while bolstering affinity using Critical Eye and Latent Power, striking a good balance between offense and utility.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Bnahabra Hat 14
Recoil Down
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Zinogre Mail 28
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Latent Power
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Barioth Vambraces 20
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Barioth Coil 20
Critical Eye
Lv. 2
Legs Legs Bnahabra Boots 14
Recoil Down
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
96 Critical Eye Lv. 4
Recoil Down Lv. 2
Latent Power Lv. 1

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

Best Light Bowguns

Weapon Req. Materials
Wind Thief L. Bowgun II Great Izuchi Pelt x3
Great Wroggi Hide x3
Izuchi Material x10 pts

Wind Thief L. Bowgun II Can Take You To Mid Game!

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Wind Thief L. Bowgun II Stats
Wind Thief L. Bowgun II
 Wind Thief L. Bowgun II Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Def.
2 80 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 Wyvernblast -

Great Izuchi's Wind Thief L. Bowgun II is a great Light Bowgun that features good stats and a generous variety of available ammo types, making it fit for any hunt at this stage of the game — It can even sever monster tails via Slicing Ammo!

While it does pack a bit of recoil, this can be easily managed by using a Silencer Mod.

Best Armor

Improving Your Magazines

This straightforward set aims to improve your Light Bowgun's magazine sizes via Ammo Up while bolstering offense through Critical Eye and Attack Boost.

If you prefer a bit more help with recoil, consider swapping Ingot Greaves for Bnahabra Boots instead.

Piece Armor Base Defense Skills
Head Head Vaik Helm 18
Ammo Up
Lv. 1
Torso Torso Izuchi Mail 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Arms Arms Wroggi Vambraces 16
Ammo Up
Lv. 1
Waist Waist Izuchi Coil 10
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Legs Legs Ingot Greaves 18
Attack Boost
Lv. 1
Critical Eye
Lv. 1
Total Skills and Stats
Defense Skills
72 Critical Eye Lv. 3
Ammo Up Lv. 2
Attack Boost Lv. 1
Recovery Speed Lv. 1

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1 Anonymous9 days

I'm not sure but I think you guys are missing the torso on HR Pierce build. 😊 Anyway, loving these info so far.

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