Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guide on how to use the Slinger. Including info on best Slinger Ammo, Slinger features, and more.
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Slinger Features & Controls
Features Of The Slinger
The Slinger is a unique tool in Monster Hunter World that provides various advantages in hunting. You can load pods into it to deal damage, flash monsters, and even throw status effect knives that will impede monster movement.
|How To Load|| [Pods On Ground] |
Press ○ to pick up items
[Pods In Loadout]
Press □ to equip & unequip
|How To Fire||Sheathe weapon, press L2 to aim, then R2 to shoot the pod|
You can only fire Slinger Ammo when your weapons are sheathed. If you're using Sword & Shield, you can fire pods even if your weapon is unsheathed.
Only One Ammo Type Can Be Equipped
You can only equip one type of Slinger Ammo per time. Unless you unequip or you run out of Ammo, this is the limit to what you can use.
Equip "Slinger Capacity" Skill To Carry More Ammo
You will be able to carry more Slinger Ammo if you equip the "Slinger Capacity" skill. This increases the number of pods you can pick up when they are dropped by monsters.
Uses Of The Slinger
Use To Attack Monsters
Slingers can be used to attack monsters by equipping a type of ammo then shooting it towards a target. Depending on the type of ammo you equip, you can implement status effects, etc.
Specific Pods Are Effective Against Monsters
Certain Slinger Pods in the game are very effective against specific monsters. An Uragaan can be toppled by using a Crystalburst when it is rolling and Elder Dragon auras can be lessened by using Dragon Pods.
Can Be Used When Mounting A Monster
When you've mounted a monster, you can use Slinger Pods to attack. This deals much more damage than simple knife thrusts and makes it easier to topple the monster.
Use Slinger To Return When Knocked Off
If you have enough stamina, when the monster knocks you off during a mount, you can use the Slinger to return back to the mount. Be sure to press the button prompt to go back.
Throw Pods To Attract Monster's Attention
Throwing stones and other things around monsters will get their attention, so as long as you don't hit them directly. This is a great way to distract a monster when you're laying traps or bombs.
Swing Around Using Wedge Beetles
|Move||Press L2 to aim then press ○ to attach to Wedge Beetle|
|Jump||Press X while hanging from Wedge Beetle|
You can use the Slinger to get to higher places in Monster Hunter World by hanging onto Wedge Beetles. You can also jump this way which can lead to mounting a monster. Using the Glider Mantle will increase air time, allowing you to aim better when jumping.
Wedge Beetles Lets You Do Jump Attacks
When you hang onto a Wedge Beetle and then press the X button, you will jump and you can do a jump attack. As long as there are Wedge Beetles in the area, you can do jump attacks even if there are no ledges.
Travel Via Wingdrakes
You can also attach your Slinger onto Wingdrakes and use them to travel. If the Wingdrake doesn't come down, you can use Stones to bring it to the ground.
Activate Environmental Traps
Slinger Ammo can be used to activate traps in the environment such as boulders, vine traps, etc. These are very effective in trapping monsters so make sure to utilize them a lot.
Best Slinger Ammo Vs. Monsters
Some Ammo Is Very Effective Against Monsters
Most Slinger Ammo deal damage against monsters but some of them deal special effects on specific monsters. Make sure to know which pods work best against what monsters.
Best Slinger Ammo Vs. Monsters
|Anjanath||Puddle Pod||Hit head when on fire to deal heavy Water damage|
|Vaal Hazak||Dragon Pod||Implement Elderseal to reduce Miasma|
|Lavasioth||Torch Pod||Softens up Lavasioth's magma armor|
|Uragaan||Crystalburst||Topples monster while rolling|
|Kirin||Dragon Pod||Implement Elderseal to reduce Thunder aura|
|Kushala Daora||Dragon Pod||Implement Elderseal to reduce Wind aura|
|Kulu-Ya-Ku||Scatternut||Causes monster to drop what it's carrying|
|Jyuratodus||Puddle Pod||Reduces mud on monster's body|
|Teostra||Dragon Pod||Implement Elderseal to reduce Fire aura|
|Great Girros||Torch Pod||Drives away surrounding Girros|
|Tobi Kadachi||Puddle Pod||Lessens charged aura|
|Paolumu||Brightmoss||Drops Paolumu on ground when in flight|
|Barroth||Puddle Pod||Reduces mud on monster's body|
|Radobaan||Scatternut||Topples monster while rolling|
|Rathian||Brightmoss||Drops Rathian on ground when in flight|
|Pink Rathian||Brightmoss||Drops Pink Rathian on ground when in flight|
|Rathalos||Brightmoss||Drops Rathalos on ground when in flight|
|Legiana||Brightmoss||Drops Legiana on ground when in flight|
|Shamos||Brightmoss||Drives them away from area|
|Vespoid||Stone||Body can be carved when killed|
|Hornetaur||Stone||Body can be carved when killed|
Slinger Ammo Monster Drops
Monsters Drop Ammo When Damaged
Some monsters in MHW drop Slinger Ammo when they're dealt a considerable amount of damage. These pods are unusual and very effective when used correctly.
Slinger Ammo Monster Drops List
|Piercing Pod|| - Odogaron |
- Kulu Ya Ku
- Tzi-Tzi Ya Ku
- Great Girros
- Great Jagras
- Tobi Kadachi
|Bomb Pod|| - Anjanath |
- Pink Rathian
- Azure Rathalos
|Slinger Thorn|| - Jyuratodus |
|Dragon Pod||- All Elder Dragons|
Slinger Ammo Effects
Slinger Ammo Monster Effects List
|Scatternut||Spreads out when shot - can stun & suprise monsters|
|Stone||Can be used to attack monster|
|Redpit||Same effect & use as Stone|
|Brightmoss||Can drop flying monsters & illuminate dark areas|
|Throwing Knife||Deals damage to monsters|
|Paralysis Knife||Can cause Paralysis on monsters|
|Poison Knife||Can cause Poison on monsters|
|Sleep Knife||Can cause Sleep on monsters|
|Bomb Pod||Explodes when it lands on target|
|Slinger Thorn||Sticks to monsters & explodes when hit|
|Flash Pod||Blinds monsters and can drop flying monsters|
|Screamer Pod||Stuns monsters sensitive to sound|
|Dung Pod||Repels monsters & makes them move to another area|
|Torch Pod||Used to scare small monsters or illuminate dark areas|
|Puddle Pod||Cleans mud from monsters|
|Piercing Pod||Pierces through monster armor to deal damage|