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Heavy Bowgun (HBG) 3.0 Build - Best Armor & Skills

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Check out this Monster Hunter Rise (Switch) update 3.0 guide on the best heavy bowgun (HBG) builds. Includes recommended equipment, skills, best armor and endgame builds in MH Rise.

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Heavy Bowgun (HBG) Endgame Builds 3.0 Update

BuildRecommendation
Rampage HBG Build★★★★
Teostra HBG Build★★★★
Nargacuga HBG Build★★★
Veiled Kamaeleon★★★

Rampage Heavy Bowgun Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Rampage H. Bowgun S
Mod: Shield
AttackAffinityDefense
240-30%-
Decoration-
Special AmmoWyvernheart
Rampage Skill1: Attack Boost IV
2: Attack Surge
3: Sticky Cluster Effect II
4: Paralysis Effect II
5: Special: Wyvernheart

Recommended Armor & Skills

ArmorDecoration
HeadVaik Helm SArtillery Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SCapacity Jewel 3
Attack Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
ArmsRhenoplos Braces SThrift Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
Quickload Jewel 1
WaistAnjanath Coil SThrift Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
Quickload Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SThrift Jewel 2
TalismanAttack BoostQuickload Jewel 1
Sniper Jewel 1
Sniper Jewel 1
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Ammo Up Lv. 3, Artillery Lv. 3, Recoil Down Lv. 3, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Reload Speed Lv. 3, Steadiness Lv. 2, Stun Resistance Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
23853-5-50
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
GameWith Editorial Team・Can move while shooting, making it easy to use
・Dango Fruitflash/Mint-iature/Dizzybloom
・Can counter and parry, increasing your chances of survival
If the Talisman has no slots, you can consider removing the Sniper Jewels

Teostra's Flames Heavy Bowgun Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Teostra's Flames
AttackAffinityDefense
2305%-
Decoration-
Special AmmoWyvernheart
Rampage SkillTeostra Soul

Recommended Armor & Skills

ArmorDecoration
HeadVaik Helm SArtillery Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SCapacity Jewel 3
Attack Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
ArmsRhenoplos Braces SThrift Jewel 2
1
WaistAnjanath Coil SThrift Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
Quickload Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SThrift Jewel 2
TalismanAttack BoostQuickload Jewel 1
Sniper Jewel
Sniper Jewel 1
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Ammo Up Lv. 3, Artillery Lv. 3, Recoil Down Lv. 3, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Reload Speed Lv. 3, Steadiness Lv. 2, Stun Resistance Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
23853-5-50
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
GameWith Editorial Team・Attack power is better than the Rampage HBG
・Can fire Dragon Ammo
・Cannot fire while moving
・Control is extremely important for this HBG

Nargacuga Heavy Bowgun Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Baleful Night
Mod: Shield
AttackAffinityDefense
19830%-
DecorationCritical Jewel 2
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadVaik Helm SCritical Jewel 2
Brace Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SThrift Jewel 2
Thrift Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
ArmsKaiser VambracesThrift Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil STenderizer Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
Absorber Jewel 1
LegsIngot Greaves SAbsorber Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness ExploitExpert Jewel 1 (if slotted)
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4, Attack Boost Lv. 4, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Ammo Up Lv. 2, Reload Speed Lv. 2, Recoil Down Lv. 2, Teostra Blessing Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2786-2-3-4-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
GameWith Editorial Team・Has a 100% Affinity when hitting monster weak spots
・Lasts longer with Spare Shot
・Decorations can be quite expensive
・Can be used with a Long Barrel and Countershot

Veiled Kamaelon Heavy Bowgun Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Veiled Kamaelon
Mod: Shield
AttackAffinityDefense
2200%-
DecorationThrift Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel I
Absorber Jewel I
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillSpread Effect II

Recommended Armor & Skills

EquipmentDecoration
HeadKaiser CrownQuickload Jewel 1
ChestRakna-Kadaki MailCritical Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
ArmsLagombi Vambraces SCritical Jewel 2
Brace Jewel 1
WaistRakna-Kadaki CoilTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
LegsArzuros Greaves SSpread Jewel 3
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Brace Jewel 1
TalismanSpare Shot
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4, Attack Boost Lv. 4, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Ammo Up Lv. 2, Reload Speed Lv. 2, Recoil Down Lv. 2, Teostra Blessing Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2787-7-3-4-1
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
GameWith Editorial Team・Build with 75% Affinity
Requires Rampage skill to use Lv3
・Cannot move while firing

Older Heavy Bowgun Builds

View Older (Pre 3.0) Endgame Builds

Older (Pre 3.0) Endgame

Narga Slicing Heavy Bowgun (HBG) Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Baleful Night
Mod: Shield
AttackAffinityDefense
19830%-
DecorationExpert Jewel 2
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadVaik Helm SCritical Jewel 2
Brace Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail SThrift Jewel 2
Thrift Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
ArmsKaiser VambracesThrift Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil STenderizer Jewel 2
Quickload Jewel 1
Absorber Jewel 1
LegsIngot Greaves SAbsorber Jewel 1
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv 2Expert Jewel 2
Skills
Critical Eye Lv. 4, Attack Boost Lv. 4, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Ammo Up Lv. 2, Reload Speed Lv. 2, Recoil Down Lv. 2, Teostra Blessing Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2786-2-3-4-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・100% Critical Rate upon hitting weak points using Slicing Ammo.
・This build also helps you save bullets during long battles
・The Talisman for this build can be somewhat hard to obtain
・You can also replace Shield Mod to Long Barrel and use the switch move Counter Charge instead of Counter Shot.

Magnamalo Slicing Heavy Bowgun (HBG) Build

Recommended Weapon

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

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadUtsushi Mask (H) S (Male)
Channeler's Robe S (Female)
Sniper Jewel 1
ChestVaik Mail STenderizer Jewel 2
Thrift Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SCritical Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SCritical Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
Absorber Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SCritical Jewel 2
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv2
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Recoil Down Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Razor Sharp Lv. 2, Wirebug Whisperer Lv. 1, Stun Resistance Lv. 1, Reload Speed Lv. 1, Steadiness Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
25891-5-1-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・100% Critical Rate upon hitting weak points using Slicing Ammo.
・You can also replace Shield Mod to Long Barrel and use the switch move Counter Charge instead of Counter Shot.

Meteor Cannon Pierce Heavy Bowgun (HBG) Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Meteor Cannon
Mod: Shield
AttackAffinityDefense
2100%-
DecorationQuickload Jewel 1
Quickload Jewel 1
Quickload Jewel 1
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost IV

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadBarroth Helm SAttack Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
ChestRhenoplos Mail SAttack Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
ArmsAnjanath Vambraces SAbsorber Jewel 1
WaistAnjanath Coil SKO Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
Absorber Jewel 1
LegsBazelgeuse GreavesThrift Jewel 2
TalismanSpare Shot Lv 2-
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Artillery Lv. 3, Stun Resistance Lv. 3, Slugger Lv. 3, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Reload Speed Lv. 3, Recoil Down Lv. 3, Defense Boost Lv. 1, Offensive Guard Lv. 1, Guard Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2848-6-3-7-2
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・Attack Lv 7 and Artillery Lv 3 helps improve Attack Power.
・Slugger Lv 3 also helps in knocking down monsters.
You cannot walk and shoot at the same time, so be careful.

Magnamalo Spread Heavy Bowgun (HBG) Build

Recommended Weapon

Weapon Name
Sinister Dreadvolley
Mod: Shield
AttackAffinityDefense
2280%-
DecorationPrecise Jewel 2
Brace Jewel 1
Special AmmoWyvernsnipe
Rampage SkillsAttack Boost III

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadS. Studded Hat SAttack Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
ChestRakna-Kadaki MailAttack Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
ArmsJyuratodus VambracesSpread Jewel 3
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Absorber Jewel 1
WaistRakna-Kadaki CoilCritical Jewel 2
Critical Jewel 2
LegsHunter's Greaves SCritical Jewel 2
TalismanWeakness Exploit Lv 2
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 4, Ballistics Lv. 3, Spread Up Lv. 3, Weakness Exploit Lv. 3, Recoil Down Lv. 3, Critical Boost Lv. 3, Reload Speed Lv. 1, Stun Resistance Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
26470-4-72
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・Attack Lv4 & Critical Boost Lv 3 helps deal more damage.
・Ballistics Lvl 3 lets you stay in the “ideal” range more.

Felyne Cannon Cluster Heavy Bowgun (HBG) Build

Recommended Weapon

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

Recommended Armor

EquipmentDecoration
HeadBarroth Helm SThrift Jewel 2
Steadfast Jewel 1
ChestJyuratodus MailAbsorber Jewel 1
Absorber Jewel 1
Brace Jewel 1
ArmsRathalos Braces SFlawless Jewel 2
WaistAnjanath Coil SFlawless Jewel 2
Sniper Jewel 1
Sniper Jewel 1
LegsHunter's Greaves SFlawless Jewel 2
TalismanSpare Shot Lv 2
Skills
Attack Boost Lv. 7, Spare Shot Lv. 3, Reload Speed Lv. 3, Peak Performance Lv. 3, Power Prolonger Lv. 2, Stun Resistance Lv. 2, Recoil Down Lv. 2, Steadiness Lv. 2, Defense Boost Lv. 1, Offensive Guard Lv. 1, Evade Extender Lv. 1, Flinch Free Lv. 1
Defensefirewaterthundericedragon
2522-1-3-1-3
Build Materials List
Key Points About This Build
MHR Editorial Team・Attack Boost Lv 7 & Peak Performance increases Attack Power.
・Be careful as Peak Performance skill deactivates when you deal damage.
・You can also replace Shield Mod to Power Barrel and use the switch move Counter Charge instead of Counter Shot.

Best Heavy Bowgun Builds For High Ranks

High Rank Builds

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

Low Rank Builds

★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.

HBG Recommended Skills & Mods

Recommended HBG 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.
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.
Recoil Down
(Priority: ★★★)
【Effect】
Reduces recoil when firing bowgun ammo.
【Reason】
Reduces the recoil of the HBG, leaving you with less time to adjust. Best used with Reload Speed
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.
Ballistics
(Priority: ★★☆)
【Effect】
Shortens the distance before ammo and arrows reach maximum power.
【Reason】
Highly valuable for Piercing or Scatter users. Optimal range also increases making it easy to use.
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.

Recommended Mod: Shield

Shield

You can only make use of 1 mod so increase your chance of surviving by equipping a Shield. You can also make use of a Power Barrel if you are confident with Counter Shot and your Wirebug dodging skills. Ultimately, use mods that fit your playstyle.

HBG Mods & Effects

ModEffect
Power Barrel・Increases Attack
Shield・Automatically guards as long as you don't fire or reload

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

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