Best Skills for Bows | Monster Hunter World (MHW)

Bow Skill Recommendations
This is a guide about the best skills for Bows. Read on to know which skills to look out for when making a Bow build and why.

Offensive Skills

Recommendations
Affinity Skills Agitator Partbreaker
Spread/Ammo Shots Piercing Shots Bow Charge Plus

Critical Eye, Critical Boost, Weakness Exploit

Affinity Trinity.png

Bows are excellent exploiters of monster weak spots. Amplify their damage by investing in Affinity skills such as Critical Eye, Critical Boost, and Weakness Exploit.

Agitator

Agitator.png
The introduction of the Clutch Claw made the Agitator Skill a community staple when making builds. When active, Agitator grants hunters +20 attack and affinity by 10% at level five. (levels six and seven are unlocked via the Agitator Secret Skill.)

The Clutch Claw, specifically its Flinch Shot Attack, gave hunters the ability to enrage the monster whenever the opportunity presents itself. This gave hunters a way to maintain their Agitator's up-time.

Partbreaker

Partbreaker.png
Partbreaker increases Part Damage by 30% at level three and compliments the Bow's playstyle well.

Partbreaker's damage increase does NOT reflect in floating damage numbers.

Spread/Power Shots

Spread and Power Shots.png
Spread/Power Shots is catered to hunters who prefer to get up close and personal and use the Bow's Power Shots and Thousand Dragons. This skill offers significant damage boosts for Power Shots and Thousand Dragons at level two.

Piercing Shots

Piercing Shots.png
Hunters who love using the Bow's Dragon Piercer Attack may consider adding Piercing Shots to their builds. Piercing shots greatly increase the damage of Dragon Piercer at level two and is definitely worth the mention.

Bow Charge Plus

Bow Charge Plus.png
Bow Charge Plus is a straight-forward skill that increases the maximum charge level of bows to three. The damage increase might not be as high as the other skills in list but it is still worth mentioning.

Defensive Skills

Recommendations
Evade Extender Divine Blessing Health Boost

Evade Extender

Evade Extender.png
Evade Extender is an amazing skill when paired with Bows.

Evade Extender greatly increases the covered distance at level three when evading. This includes the Bow's signature charging sidesteps when aiming.

Divine Blessing

Divine Blessing Secret.png
Hunters who are looking for an extra layer of protection may consider using Divine Blessing. This skill reduces incoming damage by 50% from the attack that triggered it. Levels four and five are unlocked via the Divine Blessing Secret Skill.

Health Boost

Health Boost.png
It never hurts to pump up one's HP! Health Boost increases a hunter's Health by 50 at level three, making it a solid addition to any build - especially early on in the game.

Utility Skills

Recommendations
Stamina Skills Earplugs

Stamina Skills

Stamina Skills.png
Bows are the most demanding weapons in terms of stamina consumption as almost all of its moveset relies on a certain amount of stamina to either perform or charge. Hunters who cannot afford to bring Dash Juice with them during hunts are recommended to invest in these Stamina Skills:

Marathon Runner

Marathon Runner.png
Marathon Runner reduces CONTINUOUS stamina depletion by 50% at level three. This affects sprinting and how long hunters can hold their bow's aim while charging.

Constitution

Constitution.png
Constitution reduces FIXED stamina depletion by 50% at level five. This affects moves such as the Bow's Charging Sidesteps, Dodge Rolls, Power Shots, Clutch Claw Attacks, and Relocating when mounted.

Stamina Surge

Stamina Surge.png
Stamina Surge increases stamina recovery speed by 30% at level three. This allows hunters to get back into the fight quicker.

Earplugs

Earplugs.png
Earplugs is a great skill for hunters who find monster roars an issue. This skill offers complete protection from monster roars at level five and is worthy of consideration when making builds.

Monster Hunter World (MHW) Guides

All Skills

List of All Skills

Best Skills for Each Weapon

Recommendations for Other Weapons
Charge Blade IconCharge Blade Dual Blades IconDual Blades Long Sword IconLong Sword Sword and Shield IconSword & Shield
Switch Axe IconSwitch Axe Insect Glaive IconInsect Glaive Hunting Horn IconHunting Horn Great Sword IconGreat Sword
Lance IconLance Gunlance IconGunlance Hammer IconHammer Bow IconBow
Heavy Bowgun IconHeavy Bowgun Light Bowgun IconLight Bowgun

Weapon Related Guides

Melee Weapons
Great Sword Icon.jpegGreat Swords Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Great Sword for Each Element
Long Sword Icon.jpegLong Swords Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Long Sword for Each Element
Sword & Shield Icon.jpegSwords and Shields Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Sword and Shield for Each Element
Dual Blades Icon.jpegDual Blades Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Dual Blades for Each Element
Hammer Icon.jpegHammers Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Hammer for Each Element
Hunting Horn Icon.jpegHunting Horns Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Hunting Horn for Each Element
Lance Icon.jpegLances Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Lance for Each Element
Gunlance Icon.jpegGunlances Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Gunlance for Each Element
Switch Axe Icon.jpegSwitch Axe Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Switch Axe for Each Element
Charge Blade Icon.jpegCharge Blade Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Charge Blade for Each Element
Insect Glaive Icon.jpegInsect Glaive Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Insect Glaive for Each Element
Kinsects
Kinsect Icon.pngKinsects Kinsect Tree and Complete Kinsect List Best and Recommended Kinsects
Ranged Weapons
Bow Icon.jpegBows Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Bow for Each Element
Light Bowgun Icon.jpegLight Bowguns Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments
Best Light Bowgun for Each Element
Heavy Bowgun Icon.jpegHeavy Bowguns Trees & Full List How to Use
Overall Best List Best Skills
Layered Weapon Augments

    The Like Feature

    You can save a comment for later by giving it a Like.
    As a member:Get access to several features!

    Opinions about an article or post go here.
    Opinions about an article or post
    We at Game8 thank you for your support.
    In order for us to make the best articles possible, share your corrections, opinions, and thoughts about "Best Skills for Bows" with us!
    When reporting a problem, please be as specific as possible in providing details such as what conditions the problem occurred under and what kind of effects it had.

    All rights reserved

    Back to the Top
    Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more