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Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise) - How to Aim with the Bow: Manual Aim Vs. Gyroscrope

This is a guide to aiming in Monster Hunter Rise (MH Rise). Read on to learn how to aim, other aiming options, and whether manual aiming is better than the Switch's Gyroscope feature.

How to Aim

Unsheath then Hold the Aim Button

Switch Buttons zL
PlayStation PS4 - L2 Button
Xbox XBOX - Left Trigger
PC MH Rise - Right Click PC

To aim, you must first unsheathe your weapon. Once done, hold the associated button to aim. A reticle will appear in the middle of the screen.

Changing Aim Direction

Monster Hunter Rise - Using Right Stick to Change Direction

Switch NSW - Right Analog
PlayStation PS4 - Right Stick
Xbox XBOX - Right Stick
PC Monster Hunter Rise - Mouse Keybind(move the mouse to change direction)

The Right Analog Stick (Switch, PlayStation, Xbox) or the Mouse (PC) is used to aim the bow manually. This manual method is more reliable in terms of accuracy compared to the newly introduced gyroscope feature.

Dodging while Aiming Executes Charging Sidestep

Monster Hunter Rise - Bow Charging Sidestep

One of the techniques that bow users use when playing the Bow is the Charging Sidestep move which grants a level of charge after performing a dodge while aiming. This move allows you to stay out of harms way while not losing out on DPS.

Can be Switched With Dodgebolt

MH Rise - BOW Dodgebolt

Dodgebolt is a Switch Skill which uses less stamina and doesn't move you as far, which should make aiming easier. It also only maintains charge level, but perfectly timing an evade with will charge your Bow to Lv. 3.

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Alternate Aiming Method


Monster Hunter Rise - Bow Aiming with Gyroscope

The gyroscope is a feature that allows you to aim using motion controls. Want to aim up? Tilt the controller upwards! The gyroscope opens up new input methods for ranged users. By enabling the Gyroscope, using the Charging Sidestep becomes easier since your thumb doesn't have to perform two actions quickly.

List of Settings: Best Settings to Choose

Only Available on Switch and PlayStation

Gyro aiming is only available on platforms that support motion controls. Options can be found under the Gyroscope menu for the Switch and the Motion Sensor menu for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Use Steam Input to Enable Gyro on PC

Although not officially supported on PC, you can use a controller with a gyroscope through Steam Input for motion controls. To enable it, right-click the game on Steam and select Manage, then Controller Layout. Under Quick Settings, set the Gyro Behavior to As Joystick. Additional settings can be accessed with the gear, such as mapping a button to enable gyro.

Manual Aim Vs Gyroscope

Manual Aim for Better Accuracy

Monster Hunter Rise - Normal Bow Aiming

With manual aiming, you can get a better aim at monsters and easily hit their weak spots. It is easier to use than gyroscope and is more reliable in general.

Gyroscrope for Quick Aiming

Monster Hunter Rise - Gyroscope Bow Aiming

The gyroscope's main appeal is its ability to free up your right hand for aiming. However, the camera becomes shaky when used even with minor movements, so this feature is not for everyone.

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3 Anonymousalmost 3 years

Couldn't agree more. Stick Aiming is okay for some, but for most new shooters GYRO is the way to go.

2 Anonymousabout 3 years

This is highly opinionated.


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