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

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

Best Bow: Monster Hunter World

Kulve Taroth Bows

Bows excel at taking advantage of a monster's elemental weaknesses. With this in mind, the Kulve Taroth Bows dominated in every element in Monster Hunter World. Kjarr Bows, in particular, had the Critical Element Skill which increased critical damage via elemental attacks.

Below is a list of all the Kulve Taroth Bows that were considered the best before the arrival of the Iceborne Expansion:

Kulve Taroth Bows
Kjarr Bow "King"
 Kjarr Bow "King" Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
8 234 15 Fire 270
Def. Slots Elderseal
- ①ーー -
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast
Weapon Skill Critical Element
Taroth Arrow "Thunder"
 Taroth Arrow "Thunder" Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
8 228 10 Thunder 360
Def. Slots Elderseal
20 ③ーー -
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast
Kjarr Bow "Stream"
 Kjarr Bow "Stream" Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
8 204 10 Ice 330
Def. Slots Elderseal
- ーーー -
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast
Weapon Skill Critical Element
Kjarr Bow "Water"
 Kjarr Bow "Water" Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
8 240 10 Water 300
Def. Slots Elderseal
- ーーー -
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast
Weapon Skill Critical Element
Kjarr Bow "Decay"
 Kjarr Bow "Decay" Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
8 240 10 Dragon 240
Def. Slots Elderseal
- ①ーー Average
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast
Weapon Skill Critical Element

Anja Arch III

Anja Arch III
 Anja Arch III Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
6 240 -20 Fire 390
Def. Elderseal Augment Slots
- - 3 times ーーー
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast

The Anja Arch III deserves its place on this list for being the only Pre-Iceborne Bow that could rival a Kjarr Bow in a specific element.

Hosting great stats in Attack and Elemental ratings, hunters who could offset its -20% affinity with skills and augments can go pound-for-pound with the Kjarr Bow King.

Best Bow: MHW Iceborne

As previously stated, Bows excel at taking advantage of a monster's elemental weakness.

The following Bows are considered the best in MHW: Iceborne for their superiority over specific elemental matchups:

Kulve Taroth Bows

Kjarr Bow "King"
 Kjarr Bow "King" Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 318 15 Fire 390
Def. Slots Elderseal
20 ①ーー -
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast
Weapon Skill Critical Element
Kjarr Bow "Stream"
 Kjarr Bow "Stream" Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 288 10 Ice 450
Def. Slots Elderseal
20 ーーー -
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast
Weapon Skill Critical Element

Kjarr Bows King and Stream are the kings of Fire and Ice elemental bows. Their amazing stats, coupled with their inherent Critical Element Skill, allow hunters to easily build around them and maximize their damage to their fullest potential.

Click the link below to know how to upgrade existing Kulve Taroth Weapons:
Kulve Taroth Weapons

Safi'jiiva Bows

Safi's Boltbow
 Safi
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 312 5 Thunder 120
Slots Elderseal
④ーー -
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast
Safi's Aquabow
 Safi
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 312 5 Water 120
Slots Elderseal
④ーー -
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast

Safi's Boltbow and Aquabow outperform their Kjarr counterparts in Thunder and Water elements if stacked with Elemental Attack Up Awakened Abilities.

Click the link below for more information regarding Safi'jiiva Weapons:
Safi'jiiva Weapons

Alatreon Commandment

Alatreon Commandment
 Alatreon Commandment Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 336 0 Dragon 600
Def. Elderseal Augment Slots
- Low - ②②ー
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast

The Alatreon Commandment takes the top spot for Dragon element matchups with its amazing stats across the board. It's insane Dragon elemental rating of 600 is the highest of any Bow in Monster Hunter World.

Bow of Vice & Violence

Bow of Vice & Violence
 Bow of Vice & Violence Bow Image
Rarity Attack Affinity Elem.
12 444 -30 Dragon 120
Def. Elderseal Augment Slots
- High - ④④ー
Close Power Paral. Poison Sleep Blast

The Bow of Vice & Violence earns its place alongside the very best bows through sheer attack power alone. Hunters who could offset its -30% affinity with skills and augments will find this Bow to be extremely well-rounded, capable of hunting almost any monster with deadly effectiveness.

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