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Light Bowgun - Guide & New Moves

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A guide on how to use Light Bowgun in Monster Hunter Rise (Switch). Includes changes in Light Bowgun moves (Silkbind attacks), gameplay trailer and recommended combos in MH Rise!

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Controls Of Light Bowgun

Hold XReload
Hold L+XorBSelect Ammo
X+AMelee Attack
ZL+XSilkbind Glide
ZL+AFanning Vault



Press ZL to aim the Light Bowgun. You'll be holding this button all the time during the combat.



Shoots out the ammo by pressing ZR. This move automatically changes to reload if you've run out of ammo.

Follow-Up Moves

After FiringAction
L+BL+BStep → Slide

Pressing B button right after you've fired a shot allows you to take a step, reducing recoil time. Press B again after taking a step to perform sliding. By tilting the L-stick, you can slide to your desired direction.



Place explosive rounds that detonates when attacked. The number of explosive ammo is displayed on right down corner and it replenishes after a certain time. Undetonated explosive rounds disappear over time.

Follow-Up Moves

After WyvernblastAction
L+BL+BStep → Slide

You can also perform step and sliding after placing Wyvernblast to reduce recoiling time.


CommandHold X

Press X to reload the selected ammo. Press hold X to reload all ammo in sequence.



Press Y to quickly sheathe your bowgun.

Select Ammo

CommandHold L+XorB

Select the ammo you want to fire. If you've run out of the ammo, it automatically switch to another ammo in sequence.

Melee Attack

CommandX + A

Swings your bowgun to perform a melee attack. You can use this move to detonate Wyvernblast.

New Silkbind Attacks Of Light Bowgun

Silkbind Glide


Surge forward quickly. By pressing ZR, you can unleash a powerful close-range severing attack. By performing an attack after this move, you'll automatically reload.

Fanning Vault


Uses a Wirebug to vault you forward. You can fire, reload, or fire a Wyvernblast directly below you while midair. Can be followed up with Fire, Reload, or Wybernblast but you'll mainly be using it for evading purposes.

Changes From Past Monster Hunter

Hold X To Reload All Ammo

You can now reload all ammo in sequence by holding the X button.

Cluster Bomb Is Available

cluster bomb

The Cluster Bomb, which wasn't available in previous MHW, is now available. Unlike other ammos, you can't move around with the L-stick when aiming with Cluster Bomb.

Tips On How To Use Light Bowgun

Characteristics Of The Light Bowgun

1High Mobility Ranged Attacker
2Shoots Out 3 Ammo With Rapid Fire
3Become A Supporter With Status Afflictions
4Firepower Is Relatively Low
5Fewer Ammo Capacity
6Can't Guard Enemy's Attack

High Mobility Ranged Attacker

Light Bowgun allows you to move around quickly while shooting the target. You'll be able to avoid enemy's attack and move to the best position to target enemy's weak spots.

Shoots Out 3 Ammo With Rapid Fire

Light Bowgun can shoot out 3 ammo in one shot with Rapid Fire feature. Not only you can shoot enemy more frequently, you can also save the ammo consumption as well.

Become A Supporter With Status Afflictions

Light Bowgun can carry multiple status affliction ammo. Help your party member by afflicting status effects such as paralyze.

Firepower Is Relatively Low

Light Bowgun's damage per one shot is low compare to other weapon types. Use Rapid Fire to increase the frequency of your attack. You can also use fixed damage ammo such as Cluster Bomb and Sticky Ammo to deal heavy damage.

Fewer Ammo Capacity

Compared to Heavy Bowgun, Light Bowgun's ammo capacity is fewer. In previous Monster Hunter series, you needed to use skills such as Ammo Up and Spare Shot to compensate this weakness.

Can't Guard Enemy's Attack

You can't guard while equipping the Light Bowgun. Since there are no counter moves as well, the only way to protect yourself is to dodge or use Fanning Vault to evade enemy's attack.

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