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Heavy Bowgun (HBG) Build - Best Armor & Skills

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Check out this Monster Hunter Rise (Switch) guide on the best heavy bowgun (HBG) builds. Includes recommended equipment, skills, best armor and endgame builds in MH Rise.

Table of Contents

At-A-Glance Overview Of All Builds

End-Game Builds

High Rank Builds

Low Rank Builds

Heavy Bowgun Normal Ammo Builds

Normal Ammo Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Despot's Paroxysm
Mod: Shield
AttackElementAffinityDefense
22610%
DecorationExpert Jewel 2
Special AmmoWyvernheart
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost II

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadZinogre Helm SDefense Jewel 1
ChestRemobra Suit SDefense Jewel 2
Defense Jewel 1
ArmsVaik Braces SDefense Jewel 1
Defense Jewel 1
WaistVaik Coil SExpert Jewel 2
LegsGolden HakamaQuickload Jewel 1
Brace Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit
Skills
Defense Boost Lv. 5, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Normal - Rapid Up Lv. 3, Latent Power Lv. 2, Critical Eye Lv. 2, Reload Speed Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
288374-106
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis build makes use of level 3 normal ammo and features lower recoil and faster reload speed, all while being able to shoot while moving. It also has very powerful defenses to boot!

Heavy Bowgun Piercing Ammo Builds

Piercing Ammo Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Guerrera Cannon
Mod: Shield
AttackElementAffinityDefense
19820%
DecorationAttack Jewel 2
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadRhenoplos Helm SDefense Jewel 1
ChestS. Studded Vest SAbsorber Jewel 1
Absorber Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SAttack Jewel 2
WaistSkalda Elytra S
LegsGolden HakamaDefense Jewel 1
Defense Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 4, Pierce Up Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Defense Boost Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 2, Recoil Down Lv. 2, Stun Resistance Lv. 1, Normal - Rapid Up Lv. 1, Latent Power Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2581031-82
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis build uses level 3 Piercing Ammo, providing lower recoil and faster reload time, in addition to being able to shoot while moving. You should use Counter Charger as your Silkbind move here and use charged shots as much as possible to deal max damage.

Heavy Bowgun Spread Ammo Builds

Spread Ammo Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Sinister Dreadvolley
Mod: Shield
AttackElementAffinityDefense
2280%
DecorationPrecise Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadS. Studded Hat SAttack Jewel 2
Brace Jewel 1
ChestRakna-Kadaki MailAttack Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
ArmsBarroth Vambraces SAbsorber Jewel 1
Absorber Jewel 1
WaistRakna-Kadaki CoilMighty Jewel 2
Mighty Jewel 2
LegsHunter's Greaves SMighty Jewel 2
TalismanSpread UpAttack Jewel
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Aim Booster Lv. 3, Spread Up Lv. 3, Recoil Down Lv. 3, Maximum Might Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 2, Reload Speed Lv. 1, Affinity Sliding Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2665-32-82
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis Spread build makes up for your low critical range by activating Aim Booster at lvl 3. When you get used to, swap out the power barrel for the shield to boost you DPS. Use Counter Charger to evade attacks.

Heavy Bowgun Slicing Ammo Builds

Slicing Ammo Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Sinister Dreadvolley
Mod: Shield
AttackElementAffinityDefense
2280%
DecorationAttack Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadZinogre Helm SAbsorber Jewel 1
ChestRemobra Suit SAbsorber Jewel 1
Absorber Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SAttack Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SAttack Jewel 2
Sniper Jewel 1
Brace Jewel 1
LegsGolden HakamaDefense Jewel 1
Defense Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Recoil Down Lv. 3, Latent Power Lv. 2, Defense Boost Lv. 2, Reload Speed Lv. 1, Steadiness Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
3069-15-83
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis Slicing Ammo build will let let you reduce your charged shot time using Counter Charger. Slicing ammo deals sever damage, so you'll want to use this build to target monsters which have a body part specifically weak to this!

Heavy Bowgun Sticky Ammo Builds

Sticky Ammo Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Meteor Cannon
Mod: Shield
AttackElementAffinityDefense
2100%
DecorationAttack Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
Absorber Jewel 1
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost IV

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadLudroth Helm SAbsorber Jewel 1
Quickload Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SAttack Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
ArmsPukei-Pukei Braces SAttack Jewel 2
WaistLudroth Coil SQuickload Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SAttack Jewel 2
TalismanSpare Shot
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Peak Performance Lv. 3, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Recoil Down Lv. 3, Reload Speed Lv. 3, Marathon Runner Lv. 2, Aim Booster Lv. 1, Stun Resistance Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
230-614-7-11
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThe Meteor Cannon is a rather flexible weapon which can use not only Sticky Ammo but also Poison, Paralysis, Sleep, and Dragon. You can feel free to adjust it to whichever one you prefer. Also, when you get used to this set you can swap out for a Power Barrel and use Counter Charger to up your DPS.

Heavy Bowgun Cluster Bomb Ammo Builds

Cluster Ammo Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Felyne Cannon
Mod: Shield
AttackElementAffinityDefense
2000%
DecorationQuickload Jewel 1
Quickload Jewel 1
Quickload Jewel 1
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillsCluster Effect II

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadPukei-Pukei Helm SAttack Jewel 2
ChestAknosom Mail SAbsorber Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SAttack Jewel 2
WaistLudroth Coil SAbsorber Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SAttack Jewel 2
TalismanSpare Shot
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Peak Performance Lv. 3, Reload Speed Lv. 3, Recoil Down Lv. 2, Special Ammo Boost Lv. 1, Quick Sheath Lv. 1, Marathon Runner Lv. 1, Stun Resistance Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
230-23-62-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis is a Cluster Bomb build using the Felyne Cannon that prioritizes buffing buffing damage as much as possible via Attack Boost and Peak Performance.

Best Heavy Bowgun Builds For High Ranks

Set Craftable At ★4

Recommended Weapon

WeaponDecoration
Cyclecaster
Mod: Shield
-
AttackAffinityDefense
1600%-
Special AmmoWyvernheart

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadTetranadon Helm S-
ChestTetranadon Mail S-
ArmsAlloy Vambraces S-
WaistIzuchi Coil S-
LegsTetranadon Greaves S-
Skill
Normal - Rapid Up Lvl 3, Speed Eating Lvl 1, Water Attack Lvl 1, Critical Eye Lvl 4, Hunger Resistance Lvl 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
166-211-920
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamFor normal ammo builds, we strongly recommend Tetranadon armor!
Build Materials List

★6 Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Usurper's Tremor
Mod: Shield
AttackElementAffinityDefense
20010%
Special AmmoWyvernheart

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadTetranadon Helm S
ChestTetranadon Mail S
ArmsRathalos Braces S
WaistAnjanath Coil S
LegsTetranadon Greaves S
Talisman
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 4, Normal - Rapid Up Lv. 3, Speed Eating Lv. 1, Evade Extender Lv. 1, Hunger Resistance Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
242411-84-2
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis build has level 2 Normal Ammo, but will deal more damage than a Cyclecaster with lvl 3 Normal!

Best Heavy Bowgun Builds For Low Ranks

★2 DPS Build

Recommended Weapon

WeaponDecoration
Iron Assault II-
AttackAffinityDefense
1000%-
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe

Recommended Armor

Equipment
HeadIzuchi Helm
ChestHunter's Mail
ArmAlloy Vambraces
WaistAlloy Coil
LegsBaggi Greaves
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 2, Critical Eye Lvl 3, Water Attack Lvl 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
44-4-2-501
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThe Iron Assault II is a great weapon that works well with both Normal and Spread ammo. In terms of custom mods, make sure to equip a shield, as it will supplement your defense and allow you to gear offensively with the rest of your items.
Build Materials List

Set Craftable At ★4

Recommended Weapon

WeaponDecoration
Rapidcaster II-
AttackAffinityDefense
1000%-
Special AmmoWyvernheart

Recommended Armor

Equipment
HeadBarroth Helm
ChestTetranadon Mail
ArmsTetranadon Braces
WaistAlloy Coil
LegsBarroth Greaves
Skills
Attack Boost Lvl 1, Critical Eye Lvl 1, Normal - Rapid Up Lvl 1, Water Attack Lvl 1, Guard Lvl 1, Special Ammo Boost Lvl 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
83-961-10
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial TeamThis build specializes in buffing normal ammo damage. The level 1 Guard also helps you out defensively. If you should so desire, changing out your helm for a Rhenoplos Helm instead will let you buff Penetrating shots instead.

Heavy Bowgun Recommended Skills

SkillEffect / Reason
Normal - Rapid Up
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases the attack of regular ammo for Bowguns.
【Reason】
This is a straight-up DPS increase. Depending on the weapon, you can go for Spread or Penetrating buffing skills instead.
Ammo Up
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Increases the maximum ammo of Bowguns
【Reason】
Increasing your max ammo means you have to reload less often, effectively increasing your DPS. Works well with Spare Shot.
Guard
(Priority: ★★☆)
【Effect】
Reduces knockback and stamina depletion when Guarding.
【Reason】
The Heavy Bowgun's Guard isn't as good, so it's worth supplementing it with this skill. You can reduce damage taken at lvls 1, 3, and 5, so try to aim for an odd number in this skill.
Spare Shot
(Priority: ★☆☆)
【Effect】
Rarely lets you fire a shot without expending ammo.
【Reason】
At max you'll have a 20% chance not to use up ammo. This is excellent if it procs, but it is a little unreliable due to the chance element.

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Masao 1

Rhenoplos Helm for rapidcaster II is useless: It can't use piercing ammo.

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