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Bows, Light Bow Guns, and Heavy Bow Guns: these ranged weapons have a critical distance that varies from weapon to ammo type. Read on to learn how to deal the most damage when hunting in Monster Hunter World (MHW)!
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Ranged weapons aren't perfect at every distance. There is an area wherein you can maximize the amount of damage output. This is the critical distance.
The distance between the hunter and the monster wherein the most damage is dealt.
Ranged weapons have a reticle that allows a more precise aim. What this reticle also has is a visual queue when the hunter is at a critical distance.
While aiming, there will be a second orange ring to prompt that you are the perfect distance to strike!
|Close to critical distance|
|Out of range|
Make sure you are at a critical distance before you fire. This allows you to be more efficient by waiting for the perfect shot instead of depleting your ammo on lower damage output.
The skill Mind's Eye/Ballistics will increase the range of the critical distance. This is acquired by equipping three or more Master Rank Rathalos gear to receive Rathalos Essence.
|Normal Ammo||Short-Mid Range|
|Pierce Ammo||Mid-Long Range|
|Spread Ammo||Short Range|
|Elemental Ammo||Mid Range|
|Sticky Ammo||Explodes after sticking to target|
|Cluster Bomb||Shoots into the air then scatters|
|Wyvern Ammo||Short-Mid Range|
|Recover Ammo||Short Range|
|Demon Ammo/Armor Ammo||Support Ammo|
|Tranq Ammo||Support Ammo|
|Wyvernblast||Placed on ground|
You may be at a critical distance at the moment, but keep in mind that the monsters move around. If you are using rapid-fire, you can easily miss your shots.
Utilize rapid-fire when the monster is down to ensure your shots will land!
Sticky Ammo and Cluster Bombs are a type of ammo that does not rely on the critical distance to deal the most damage. These ammo types explode after impact.
|Charged Shot 1||Short-Mid Range|
|Charged Shot 2||Short-Mid Range|
|Charged Shot 3||Mid-Long Range|
|Charged Shot 4||Mid-Long Range|
|Dragon Piercer||Short-Mid Range|
The special scope is available in the Monster Hunter World (MHW) expansion, Iceborne. It is a scope that is attached to the Heavy Bow Gun to make the aim more precise. This requires you to be around five steps away from the monster to be at Critical Distance.
The Dragon Piercer has several shots, therefore it can not be assured that every single one with hit the monster. To increase the chance that all the arrows hit its target, have the Mind's Eye/Critical Distance skill.
|Base Game Guides|
|Story Walkthrough and How to Unlock Iceborne||Money Farming Guide|
|Food Guide and All Canteen Ingredients||Best Timing for Well-Done Steak|
|Best Weapons for Beginners||How to Pause Quests|
|How Do Quest Rewards Work?||How to Track Monsters|
|What is Critical Distance?||How to Use Wedge Beetles|
|How to Use the Chat Functions||Character Creation Guide|
|How to Use the Training Area||List of Crafting Recipes|
|List of Poogie Costumes||How to Break Rank Caps|
|Monster Threat Levels||How to Raise Hunter Rank Fast|
|Post-Game Content||How to Find ??? Rathian Tracks|
|Weapon and Armor Augments||Explanation of Each Status Effect|
|How To Capture Monsters||How To Hunt Monsters|
|How To Mount Monsters||Monster Parts and Weaknesses Guide|
|How to Join a Friend's Expedition||Monster Crown Size Guides|
|How to Get the Dragoon Jump Emote||Tailraider Safari Guide and Best Items to Get|
|Argosy Guide and Best Choices||How to Aim Cannons|
|Alpha or Beta Armor||Lucky Voucher Effects|
|Bowgun Special Ammo Guides||How to Equip Skills|
|Difference of Cut and Blunt Damage Type||Hunting Horn Notes and Effects|
|Unchangeable Features||Turf Wars and List of Matchups|
|List of Trophies and How to Unlock (MHW)|
|What Does Attack Do?||What Does Defense Do?||What Does Elemental Resistance Do?|
|What Does Affinity Do?||What Does Elemental Attack Do?|
|All Grimalkyne Tribes and Rewards|
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