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Heavy Bowgun (HBG) Guide - Controls & New Moves

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A guide on how to use Heavy Bowgun (HBG) in Monster Hunter Rise (Switch). See changes in Heavy Bowgun controls (Silkbind attacks) charges, ammo, & recommended combos in MH Rise!!

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Heavy Bowgun Controls

Hold ZRFire
ALoad Special Ammo
Hold XReload
Hold L+XorBSelect Ammo
X+AMelee Attack
R+XCounter Shot
R+AFree Silkbind Glide

Switch Skills

【Original Switch Skill】Counter Shot
【Second Switch Skill】Counter Charge
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Use Crosshairs to aim precisely. You'll be holding this button all the time during the combat.


CommandHold ZR

Press ZR to fire a normal shot and hold ZR for a charged shot. A longer charge means a stronger shot. Note that you can't charge Cluster Bomb ammo. This move automatically changes to reload if you've run out of an ammo.

Load Special Ammo / Unload

load special ammo / unload

Loads special ammo. Press A again to unload. Special Ammo replenishes over time.


CommandHold X

Press X to reload selected ammo and press hold X to reload all ammo in sequence. When your weapon is unsheathed, press hold X to reload while drawing your weapon.



Press Y to draw and put away the Heavy Bowgun. You'll be invulnerable to enemies' attack for a while when sheathing your weapon.

Select Ammo

CommandHold L+XorB

Select the ammo you want to use. If you've run out of that specific ammo you've used, it automatically switches to another ammo in sequence.

Melee Attack

CommandX + A

Swings your Heavy Bowgun in front of you. Deals only a small amount of damage.

New Moves Of Heavy Bowgun

Counter Shot


Stretches out a web of silk and counters enemy's attack. You can change the direction of your counter attack so you can hit the opponent charging towards you.

Counter Charger

Counter Charge

It can be used replacing the Counter Shot attack. The defense is strengthen but when attacking, the charge will be shortened for a certain period of time.

Original Switch Skill
Counter Shot

Free Silkbind Glide


Uses a Wirebug to hurl you forward. By pressing [X]+[A] to follow up with a melee attack or press [Y] to follow up with a quick sheathe. Gives mobility to Heavy Bowgun users.

Follow Up Moves

After Free Silkbind GlideFollowup Action
X+AMelee Attack

Changes From Past Monster Hunter

Charge & Side Step

You can now charge by press hold ZR while aiming. You can also perform a side step by pressing the L-stick and B button. Use side step after your attack to reduce the recoiling time.

Tips On How To Use Heavy Bowgun

Characteristics Of The Heavy Bowgun

1High Firepower
2Can Load More Ammo
3Shoots 2 Types Of Special Ammo
4Guard By Equipping Shield Mod
5Slow Sheathing Motion
6Low Mobility

High Firepower

The Heavy Bowgun is a weapon that can attack at a long range with high firepower per shot. Equip attack up related skills to enhance this strength.

Can Load More Ammo

Compared to the Light Bowgun, Heavy Bowgun can load more ammo. Equip Spare Shot and Ammo Up skills for higher DPS.

Shoots 2 Types Of Special Ammo

Each Heavy Bowgun will be equipped with either of the two special ammo types: the Wyvernsnipe & Wyvernheart, each with a different effect & firing method.

Guard By Equipping Shield Mod

Equipping shield mod allows you to auto-guard incoming attacks.

Slow Sheathing Motion

The sheathing motion of the Heavy Bowgun is slowest among all weapon types. Use guard or Counter Shot to avoid taking damage so that you don't have to sheathe during the combat.

Low Mobility

Though the Heavy Bowgun boasts great firepower, it has extremely low movement & weapon mobility. You might as well use evading motion by pressing B to move faster.

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