Best Gunlances | Recommended Gunlances | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

This is a guide to Game8's recommended Gunlances in Monster Hunter World (MHW) and MHW Iceborne! Read on to find out which Gunlances we think are the best and our explanations as to why!

Best Gunlance: Monster Hunter World

Before the arrival of the Iceborne Expansion, Gunlance shelling types had top tier entries for each shelling type.

These Gunlances are equally placed at the top as the best of their respective shell type:

The Royal Burst

Royal Burst
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
7 437 15 Poison 330
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- - 2 times ①ーー
Shelling Type Normal Lv4
Sharpness
 Sharpness

The Royal Burst is the best Normal-Shelled Gunlance pre-Iceborne Expansion. Hosting 437 base attack, 15% affinity, and high Poison rating, this Gunlance performs amazingly well against most monsters.

Hunters are advised to use Shell Bursts to maximize its level four Normal Shells.

Kjarr Buster Bomber

Kjarr Buster "Bomber"
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
8 414 20 Blast 330
Def. Elderseal Slots
- - ①ーー
Shelling Type Wide Lv4
Skill Critical Status
Sharpness  Kjarr Buster "Bomber" sharpness

Kjarr Buster Bomber is considered as the best Wide-Shelled Gunlance pre-Iceborne Expansion. Hunters who love the Poke-Shell playstyle and high Wyvernfire Blast damage should definitely have this Gunlance in their arsenal.

As if the 330 Blast rating wasn't enough, Kjarr Buster Bomber has the Critical Status Skill. This makes it easier for blast procs to occur via its lance attacks, taking the Gunlance's overall damage to a whole new level.

Earthshaker Magda Lahat

Earthshaker Magda Lahat
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
8 460 -10 Blast 420
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
20 - 1 time ーーー
Shelling Type Long Lv4
Sharpness
 Sharpness

Earthshaker Magda Lahat is the best Gunlance to use with Charged Shells and the pure shelling playstyle pre-Iceborne Expansion. It's level four Long Shells, paired with an attack rating of 460, makes it the most consistent Gunlance on this list in terms of damage.

Insatiable Gunlance

Insatiable Gunlance
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
7 529 -30 Dragon 240
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- High 2 times ーーー
Shelling Type Long Lv3
Sharpness
 Sharpness

The Insatiable Gunlance made its way to the top of the pre-Iceborn Expansion Gunlance heirarchy with its unique strength. Hunters who prefer using the Slap-lance playstyle with no shelling will find this Gunlance the best one to use!

Hosting an insane 529 base attack, a dragon rating of 240, and high elderseal, the potential of this Gunlance boosted it to the top if built around properly. It is definitely worthy of its place in this list.

Best Gunlance: MHW Iceborne

Deciding which Gunlance was the best to use in MHW Iceborne heavily depended on three factors: shelling type, shelling level, and target monster. With these in mind, two Gunlances share the top spot and are definite must-haves in MHW Iceborne.

True Fatalis Gunlance

True Fatalis Gunlance
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 897 -20 Dragon 150
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- High - ④④ー
Shelling Type Normal Lv7
Sharpness
 Sharpness

The True Fatalis Gunlance is THE Gunlance for all the hunter's Slap-lancing needs. Hosting a Normal Lv7 shelling type, 897 base attack, naturally purple sharpness, and two level four slots, the True Fatalis Gunlance usurped the Alatreon Melt at the top of Normal-shelled Gunlances upon its arrival.

Gunlances are unique weapons in that they do not mind a monster's elemental resistances during hunts. The bulk of their damage comes from shell attacks, which are non-elemental (The elemental damage are applied via lance attacks). This means that the True Fatalis Gunlance excels in almost every hunt.

Lightbreak Gunlance

Lightbreak Gunlance
 Weapon Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 690 0 Blast 270
Def. Elderseal Custom Slots
- - - ④③ー
Shelling Type Wide Lv7
Sharpness
 Sharpness

The Lightbreak Gunlance is the King of Wide-Shelled Gunlances. This Gunlance caters to hunters who prefer poke-shell combos, charged shelling, high-damage wyvernfire blasts, and high wymstake cannon damage.

While it may be inferior to the True Fatalis Gunlance in terms of base attack and slightly inferior in terms of slots, the variety of playstyle options the Lightbreak Gunlance brings earns it a place beside the True Fatalis Gunlance atop the Gunlance heirarchy.

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