Last updated on October 21st, 2018

Jan 24, 2018 Monster Hunter World Guide for the Bow. In this Guide we cover the ins and outs of the Bow and just exactly how to get the most from it. From Coatings to special moves, we share the secrets of this weapon that you may not have figured out on your own. MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD. Need your high bow damage build please (behemoth slayer). And higher dmg for Lunging Melee Attack incase you're looking to mount the monster. Raw builds also gain much more dmg from evasion mantle allowing them to almost catch up to elemental if not do the exact same dmg under the effects of the mantle. Elemental Damage or Elements in Monster Hunter World (MHW) refers to the secondary damage dealt by Weapons and Monsters and lowered by specific Resistances. For a more complete rundown on combat with Monsters, see Weapon Mechanics, Defense, and Elemental Resistances. FAQ: Some Weapons have Elemental Damage that is grayed out and in parentheses. Sharpness in Monster Hunter World (MHW) is a factor in determining the cutting power of a Weapon and its damage output. For a more complete rundown on combat with Monsters, see Weapon Mechanics, Defense, and Elemental Resistances. The Sharpness level of. Raw damage, GS has highest potential, hands down. It is 100% possible to one shot (LR) Great Jagras with a GS amd a build only somewhat optimized for damage. And I mean max health-dead, without bombs. Each weapon has specific places, with exception of Hunting Horn.

Oct 07, 2019  In Monster Hunter World, the Bow is a mid-ranged weapon that can deal high continuous damage with its shots. Depending on the shots & coatings, hunters using the Bow can dish out both high attack damage & status effects. Has Unlimited Ammo For Attacks. Unlike the Bowguns in this game, the Bow has an unlimited use of its arrows & doesn't need to.

Monster Hunter World (MHW) features 14 different weapon types, with the Bow being one of them. In this Guide we’ll take a look at exactly how to use this Weapon to its fullest, as well as show you some things you may not know about it. If you’re new to the game or you are a veteran of the franchise and just need a quick refresher, this Guide is for you.

Bow Guide

Bows in Monster Hunter: World are designed for the player who wants to hang back and pick off their target from a safe distance. The Bow is ranged weapon capable of unleashing a never ending barrage of arrows on the target. While simple to use, it’s mastery requires a detailed knowledge of the best combinations of arrows, coatings, and distance from the monster. Unlike some games, in Monster Hunter: World Bows do not use ammo and so Hunters will never run out arrows. Instead they use coatings, which apply special effects to the arrows, and have a limited number of uses.

  • Difficulty: Low
  • Role: DPS/Utility
  • Mobility: Good
  • Sharpness: None

Basic Combos

Bows do not use Combos the way many weapons in the game do, and instead they use to aim and is Fire, which can be held to charge up arrow tiers. The higher the tier the higher the damage, however, charging costs Stamina so keep an eye on your bar or you may run out and be unable to attack.

Bow users can also use to fire a special shot that varies from Bow to Bow, which may help you decide which Bow you prefer to use.

Pressing immediately after a regular uncharged shot with will perform a Power Shot. Power Shots gain 1 arrow tier vs the last shot that was fired.

As you can see Bows don’t have a particularly complicated moveset making them welcoming to new players. However, mastering them is a different matter entirely.

Special Attacks and Things of Interest

Pressing + will do a special attack called Dragon Piercer. This attack hits for increased damage but has a lengthy animation, you cannot move when you use it, and so you must be careful to find a good window to fire it.

Pressing any direction + will allow you to sidestep an incoming attack. This is great for when you don’t have time to roll, but requires some reaction time to pull off. If you manage a successful Evade with this move you can then either press for a quick Charged Shot OR do a lunging melee attack by pressing that can Mount monsters.

You can sidestep into a charged shot by pushing a direction + X.

As mentioned above Bows have arrow tiers that increase when you charge a shot, shoot in quick succession or by dodging after a shot and shooting again quickly. Being able to pull off shots that are of higher tiers easily will help increase your DPS.

Bows use Coatings to enhance their attacks, and Coatings each have different properties with different effects. Each Bow can only use specific Coatings and these vary from Bow to Bow as well. Hunters can apply Coatings to their arrows by hitting Up or Down on the D-Pad until they reach the Coating they want and then pressing to “load it”. Once “loaded” your arrows will gain the properties of that Coating type until you run out of it. Below you can see a list of Coatings and their properties (this is not a full list).

  • Power: Increases damage. Most bows can use this coating.
  • Power 2: Greatly increases damage. Few bows can use this, and fewer of them can be carried than normal power coatings.
  • Elemental: Increases elemental damage. Most bows with elemental damage can use this coating.
  • Elemental 2: Increases elemental damage. Few bows with elemental damage can use this, and fewer of them can be carried.
  • Close Range: Increases damage the closer the hunter is to the monster and when using melee attacks.
  • Poison: Arrows can inflict poison
  • Paralysis: Arrows can inflict paralysis
  • Sleep: Arrows can inflict sleep
  • Blast: Arrows cause an explosion after enough of them have hit the target
  • Exhaust: Arrows drain the monster’s stamina

Final Tips

Since Bows have a variety of unique properties such as special attacks and possible Coatings, Hunters wishing to use this weapon effectively will need to learn the specific Bow they are using. This isn’t the case with most weapons in Monster Hunter: World, and it’s one that sets the Bow apart.

Bows have an optimal range when firing, and firing from that range is key to maximum efficiency with this weapon. You will know you are within proper range when your cross hairs glow orange when aiming at the monster with. Coatings applied to you arrows will also affect this range, so be sure to learn what these ranges are so you can position yourself accordingly.

You can see what it looks like when Out of Range vs. optimal range.

A knowledge of the monster you are fighting goes a long way when using a Bow because you can swap Coatings to use whatever it is weak to, thus improving your DPS. Additionally certain monsters have weak spots and Bow users are in the fortunate situation that they can aim for specific parts of the monster somewhat more easily that other Hunters. Figuring out where and what to shoot with is key.

Lastly, Bows do NOT have Sharpness the way other weapons do and thus do not need to be sharpened regularly. This gives you the advantage of keeping up your barrage for as long as your Stamina holds out, so be sure to do just that.

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Be sure to check out our other Weapon and Monster Guides for all your needs and if you have specific questions be sure to check out the Monster Hunter World Wiki. Good Luck Hunters! May the furs be with you!

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Part of what makes Monster Hunter: World great is its flexibility. Each weapon type, though vastly different from one another, is equally viable. But to truly maximise your damage output it’s important to shape your character build around each weapon’s strengths. For example, faster attacking weapons don’t benefit from the armour skill Focus, and it wouldn’t make much sense to put a blast attack jewel into a poison weapon.

Just interested in the swords and gunlances? Read our guide to Monster Hunter: World weapons.

That said, there are many ways to load out your hunter, and this guide is by no means exhaustive. A big part of the game is experimenting with different armour and weapon combinations, but we’ve put together this list of five builds in case you need some direction. These builds use late-game gear and often require Elder Dragon hunting, so if nothing else they can offer a roadmap for newer players when Monster Hunter: World eventually releases on PC.

Monster Hunter: World builds – sharp & speedy glaive


  • Xeno Shmaena w/ Pseudocath III
  • Dragonking Eyepatch α
  • Odogaron Mail α
  • Odogaron Vambraces α
  • Odogaron Coil β
  • Odogaron Greaves α or β
  • Attack Charm III

How to play:

The insect glaive is one of Monster Hunter: World’s flashier weapons as it often lets you fly around the arena above your target’s head. One of the glaive’s downfalls, however, is that its quick attack speed eats through sharpness very fast. The goal of this build is to stay at max sharpness as long as possible.

The Odogaron armour set bonus is something called Odogaron Power, which provides the skill Protective Polish. With Protective Polish active, your sharpness meter will not decrease for a short time after sharpening your weapon. Paired with a weapon with white sharpness, this skill can ensure a steady output of high damage. This build also provides a few points of the Speed Sharpening skill which pairs well with Protective Polish. The rest is rounded out by Weakness Exploit and Attack Boost.

If you’re lucky enough to pick up the Sharp Jewel 2, which provides the Protective Polish skill without committing to four pieces of Odogaron armour, feel free to focus your build on Attack Boost and Weakness Exploit, as pictured. Paired with the positive affinity of the Xeno Shmaena glaive, you’ll notice massive critical damage.

Monster Hunter: World builds – knock-out hunting horn


  • Bazelreid Rookslayer
  • Dragonking Eyepatch
  • Diablos Mail β
  • Uragaan Coil β
  • Diablos Vambraces β
  • Dober Greaves β
  • Attack Charm III

How to play:

One of the more complicated weapons in Monster Hunter: World, the hunting horn provides loads of utility in the form of musical buffs that the entire party can benefit from. Doing its best hammer impression, this horn build is as good at knocking monsters out as it is buffing allies thanks to the Diablos armour set bonus. With this setup you’ll also see generous returns from the Attack Boost skill.

Slot in some KO jewels and you’ll be knocking monsters out a couple times each fight. If you can’t find the the jewels you want, you can replace the Uragaan Coil for something like the Diablos Nero Coil alpha for the Partbreaker skill. Another option is to swap the Dober Greaves for the Xeno’jiva Spurs alpha to make up for the Bazelreid Rookslayer’s negative affinity.

Monster Hunter: World builds – raw damage greatsword


  • Purgation’s Atrocity
  • Dragonking Eyepatch α
  • Damascus Mail β
  • Nergigante Vambraces α
  • Damascus Coil β
  • Dober Greaves β
  • Attack Charm III

How to play:

The greatsword may be slow, but what it lacks in speed it more than makes up for in raw damage. This build looks to capitalise on the already large attack stats by bolstering it with points in Attack Boost and Weakness Exploit. Focus is a must-have skill for the greatsword as it allows you to get off those precious fully-charged swings faster. This build uses the Purgation’s Atrocity sword because it’s the highest raw damage greatsword available, but other good options are Leviathan’s Fury or even the Jagras Hacker III, as long as you can find a couple of Attack Boost decorations.

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Monster Hunter: World builds – piercing heavy bowgun


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  • Legia Shattercryst
  • Dragonking Eyepatch α
  • Kaiser Mail β
  • Kaiser Vambraces β
  • Rath Soul Coil α
  • Dober Greaves β
  • Attack Charm III

How to play:

If you’re looking to put some distance between you and your target, you have three options in Monster Hunter: World – the bow, the light bowgun, and the heavy bowgun. This heavy bowgun build focuses on shots that pierce through monsters, hopefully landing multiple hits at once.

The shattercryst gun comes with positive affinity and the ability to fire pierce rounds. The Kaiser Mail provides a boost to special ammo fired by bowguns, which makes the machine gun-like Wyvernheart shots even more satisfying when unloaded into a monster’s face. This build, and most heavy bowgun builds for that matter, excel when your target is a large, long-bodied monster. Ideal targets include Diablos, Ratholos, or any monster you can hit from head to tail using the piercing ammo. Smaller and faster monsters, such as the bird wyverns, tend to be too quick for the heavy bowgun’s relatively slow speed.

Monster Hunter: World builds – paralyzing switch axe


  • Barroth Grinder III
  • Dragonking Eyepatch α
  • Xeno’jiva Hide β
  • Kaiser Vambraces β
  • Xeno’jiva Spine β
  • Xeno’jiva Spurs α
  • Attack Charm III

How to play:

The switch axe’s phial mechanic makes it an ideal candidate for builds focused around elemental damage and status effects, and the Barroth Grinder III boasts one of the best paralysis attacks in the game. WIth a paralysis phial level of 270 and the potential to stack 300 more on top of it using a Free Element jewel means that you’ll be paralyzing the monster several times in a fight, something that your teammates will no doubt appreciate.

Another benefit of this setup is Power Prolonger from the Xeno’jiva armour set bonus which allows your weapon’s sword mode to stay active for longer. This is a simple build that benefits from experimentation; for example, you could throw a couple of attack-boosting jewels in there or maybe some part-breaking jewels depending on what monster you’re tailing.

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