How To Use Light Bowgun | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

This is a guide on how to use everyone's favorite fast-firing agile weapon in Monster Hunter World (MHW), the Long Sword. Read on more to learn about their controls and how to effectively use it.

Light Bowgun Basic Controls

Base Game Controls

R2.png Fire
O button.png Place Wyvern Blast
Triangle button.png
Triangle button.png + O button.png
Melee Attack
Midair Triangle button.png
Jumping Reload

What is a Light Bowgun?

The Light Bowgun is a smaller version of the Heavy Bowgun, but allows the player to be more mobile while doing almost the same function as the Heavy Bowgun.

Unlike the Heavy Bowgun, the Light Bowgun can only be equipped with 4 mods that can improve the stats of the weapon. But at the same time, the synergy between these stats and the supported Ammo Type defines what that Light Bowgun is used for.

Also the same with the Heavy Bowgun, it is up to the player to decide which Light Bowgun to use depending on the playstyle and customizing it to make it more comfortable to use.


The stats for the Light Bowgun mainly determines what kind of mods the Light Bowgun will use. Improving these stats can help make the Light Bowgun significantly easier to use.

Ammo Size Determines how many shots you can do before reloading. (Higher ammo size is better.)
Recoil Determines the how fast you can fire shots on the Bowgun. (Lower recoil is better.)
Reload Determines the reload speed of the Bowgun after you expend your magazine. (Faster reload speed is better.)
Deviation Determines how far your crosshair moves from its original position after firing. (Lower deviation is better.)

Ammo Types

There are 32 Ammo Types for the Light Bowguns in the game. Some Ammo Types have numbers which indicate the strength or effectiveness of that Ammo Type.

Each Light Bowgun can only equip some of the Ammo Types in the game and this mainly defines what that Light Bowgun is best used for.

All Ammo Types
Normal Ammo 1 Normal Ammo 2 Normal Ammo 3
Pierce Ammo 1 Pierce Ammo 2 Pierce Ammo 3
Spread Ammo 1 Spread Ammo 2 Spread Ammo 3
Sticky Ammo 1 Sticky Ammo 2 Sticky Ammo 3
Flaming Ammo Water Ammo Thunder Ammo
Freeze Ammo Dragon Ammo Poison Ammo 1
Poison Ammo 2 Paralysis Ammo 1 Paralysis Ammo 2
Sleep Ammo 1 Sleep Ammo 2 Exhaust Ammo 1
Exhaust Ammo 2 Recovery Ammo 1 Recovery Ammo 2
Wyvern Ammo Slicing Ammo Tranq Ammo
Demon Ammo Armor Ammo -

Mod List

The Light Bowgun Mods are attachments which you can put on your Light Bowgun to improve its stats. Some mods are exclusive to the Light Bowgun and cannot be equipped by the Heavy Bowgun.

All Light Bowgun Mods
Recoil Suppressor Reduces recoil for certain ammo types. Equipping two or more increases its efficacy.
Reload Assist Reduces reload time for specific ammo. Equipping two or more alters its effect.
Deviation Suppressor Reduces Deviation when firing. Can be equipped multiple times. (Cannot be equipped on bowguns with no deviation.)
Close Range Up Increases attack power when firing at close range. Can be equipped multiple times.
Ranged Attack Up Increases attack power when firing at long range. Can be equipped multiple times.
Evading Reload Reload ammo while performing an evasive slide. Equipping two or more increases amount reloaded.
Wyvernblast Mod Enable Wyvernblas Counter. A forward firing mine that detonates immediately or on impact.
Power Barrel Enhances piercing damage and boosts stun and exhaust effects. Only one barrel type can be equipped. Does not stack.
Long Barrel Enhances ammo speed, enhancing both maximum and critical range. Only one barrel type can be equipped. Does not stack.

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