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Gunlance - Best Loadout Build & Skill Guide

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Read this Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Gunlance guide on the best loadout & armor build for this weapon. Includes recommended equipment, elements, decorations, & skills!

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Safijiiva Gunlance Guard & Artillery Build

Safi'Jiiva Blast Gunlance With Mixed Armor Build

Safi
WeaponAugment
Decorations
Safi's ShatterbusterHealth Regen 2
Defense Up 1
Footing/Evasion Jewel 4
Jumping/Evasion Jewel 4
ArmorDecorations
Zorah Headgear β + Charger/Evasion Jewel 4
Magazine Jewel 2
Artillery Jewel 1
Zorah Hide α +Jumping Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Silver Solbraces β +Charger Jewel 2
Mind's Eye Jewel 2
Damascus Coil β +Artillery Jewel 4
Jumping Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Silver Solgreaves β +Evasion Jewel 4
Shield Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Ironside Charm 5-
Skills
Guard Lvl 5Slinger Capacity Lvl 5
Evade Window Lvl 5Artillery Lvl 5
Evade Extender Lvl 3Focus Lvl 3
Health Boost Lvl 3Tremor Resistance Lvl 3
Guard Up Lvl 1Flinch Free Lvl 1
Mind's Eye/Ballistics Lvl 1Capacity Lvl 1
Slinger Ammo Secret (Set Bonus)Artillery Secret (Set Bonus)

Recommended Weapon Skill Awakening

Skill No. Of Frames
Zorah Magdaros Essence 1
Shelling (Wide) 1
Slot Upgrade VI 1
Sharpness Increase V 2

Points of Recommendations

  • Set focuses on increased Guard & Artillery
  • Weapon element can be switched as it doesn't affect Shelling

Safijiiva Gunlance Defensive Build

Safi'Jiiva Blast Gunlance With Zorah Set Bonus

This set is inspired by the armor build originally shared by Rurikhan on Youtube.

Blast Gunlance Defensive Build Details

WeaponAugment
Decorations
Safi's VenombusterHealth Regen 2
Element/Status Effect Up 1
Artillery Jewel 4
ArmorDecorations
Zorah Headgear α + Magazine Jewel 2
Shield Jewel 2
Golden Lunemail β +Destroyer/Vitality Jewel 4
Jumping Jewel 2
Artillery Jewel 1
Silver Solbraces β +Destroyer/Vitality Jewel 4
Jumping Jewel 2
Golden Lunecoil β +Destroyer/Vitality Jewel 4
Jumping Jewel 2
Zorah Spurs β +Ironwall Jewel 4
Ironwall Jewel 1
Earplugs Charm 4-
Glider Mantle+Steadfast Jewel 4
Steadfast Jewel 4
Temporal Mantle+Maintenance Jewel 1
Maintenance Jewel 1
Skills
Earplugs Lvl 5Artillery Lvl 3
*Lvl 5 with Mantle
Divine Blessing Lvl 3
*Lvl 5 with Mantle
Health Boost Lvl 3
Partbreaker Lvl 3Evade Extender Lvl 3
Guard Lvl 3Slinger Capacity Lvl 3
Guard Up Lvl 1Capacity Boost Lvl 1
Flinch Free Lvl 1Stun Resistance Lvl 3
*With Mantle
Divine Blessing Secret (Set Bonus)Artillery Secret (Set Bonus)

Recommended Weapon Skill Awakening

Skill No. Of Frames
Zorah Magdaros Essence 1
Shelling (Normal) II 1
Sharpness Increase VI 1
Sharpness Increase V 2

Points of Recommendations

  • Build focuses on defense with Divine Blessing, Guard, & Guard Up
  • Adds mobility with Evade Window
  • Has decent ammo capacity with Artillery skills

Recommended Iceborne Starter Gunlance Builds

Jyura Demolisher Build

Jyura Demolisher Build
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WeaponDecorations
Jyura DemolisherVitality Jewel 1
Ironwall Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Barroth Helm α +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Banbaro Mail α +Tenderizer Jewel 2
Banbaro Vambraces α + Tenderizer Jewel 2
Banbaro Coil α +Expert Jewel 1
Dodogama Greaves β +Expert Jewel II 4
Expert Jewel 1
Handicraft Charm 3-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 4Guard Lvl 3
Offensive Guard Lvl 3Health Boost Lvl 3
Weakness Exploit Lvl 3Handicraft Lvl 3
Speed Eating Lvl 1Mushroomancer Lvl 1
Capacity Boost Lvl 1Marathon Runner Lvl 1

Points of Recommendations

  • Easily accessible when starting Iceborne
  • Capacity Boost skill from armor
  • Uses both physical & artillery attacks
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Recommended Iceborne Middle Phase Gunlance

WeaponDecoration
Crimson HornetVitality Jewel 1
ArmorDecpration
Nargacuga Helm β+Magazine Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Nargacuga Mail β +Jumping Jewel 2
Uragaan Vambraces β +Jumping Jewel 2
Nargacuga Faulds β +Jumping Jewel 2
Uragaan Greaves β +Evasion Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 2
Artillery Charm III-
Skill
Guard Lv4Evade Window Lv4
Evade Extender Lv3Health Boost Lv3
Artillery Lv3Stamina Surge Lv1
Peak Performance Lv1Piercing Shots Lv1
Capacity Boost Lv1Iron Skin Lv1
True Razor Sharp/Spare Shot
(Set Bonus)
Guard Up
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Well Guarded Build With Razor Sharp

Equipped with high level desensive skills. Artillery skill & Capacity Boost ensures high DPS as well. Razor Sharp keeps high sharpness which stabilize your hunting life.

Recommended Iceborne Endgame Gunlance

Evasive Charged Shelling Build

gunlance endgame build
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WeaponDecorations
Chariot GunEvasion Jewel 2
ArmorDecorations
Zorah Headgear α +Jumping Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Zorah Hide α +Jumping Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Silver Solbraces β + Charger/Medicine Jewel 4
Charger Jewel 2
Zorah Spine α +Jumping Jewel 2
Magazine Jewel 2
Silver Solgreaves β +Charger/Medicine Jewel 4
Mind's Eye Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Evasion Charm IV-
Skill
Artillery Secret
(Set Bonus)
Slinger Ammo Secret
(Set Bonus)
Artillery Lv5Slinger Capacity Lv5
Tremor Resistance Lv3Focus Lv3
Evade Window Lv3Evade Extender Lv3
Recovery Up Lv2Capacity Boost Lv1
Flinch Free Lv1Mind's Eye/Ballistics Lv1
Health Boost Lv3-

Can Dodge While Charging

This evasive build matches with wide shelling type since you can dodge while charging.

Good Build For Hunting Rajang

Tremor Resistance makes it easier to fight against Rajang, the newly added monster.

Artillery Focused Build For Gunlance

*Following information are Monster Hunter World's best loadout, not Iceborne.

Artillery Focused Build For Gunlance
WeaponAugmentation
Decorations
Kjarr Buster "Bomber"Health Regen
Attack Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Xeno'jiiva Headgear γShield Jewel 2
Ironwall Jewel 1
Ironwall Jewel 1
Drachen Mail αMagazine Jewel 2
Drachen Vambraces αIronwall Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Xeno'jiiva Spine γExpert Jewel 1
Expert Jewel 1
Xeno'jiiva Spurs γArtillery Jewel 1
Artillery Jewel 1
Artillery Jewel 1
Attack Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 5
Critical Boost Lvl 3Artillery Lvl 3
Guard Lvl 3Blight Resistance Lvl 2
Guard UpCapacity Boost
Power Prolonger Lvl 1Elemental Airborne
Razor Sharp/Spare ShotCritical Status

Strengthen Explosive Attacks From Shells

This build focuses on the artillery skill to increase the attack power of the Gunlance's explosive shells. It will also lower the cooldown of Wyvern's Fire so you can use it more often!

Physical Damage Build For Gunlance

Physical Damage Build For Gunlance
WeaponAugmentation
Decorations
Taroth Buster PoisonAttack Increase
Handicraft Jewel 3
ArmorDecorations
Drachen Armet αElementaless Jewel 2
Attack Jewel 1
Drachen Mail αTenderizer Jewel 2
Drachen Vambraces αTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Kushala Cocoon γIronwall Jewel 1
Ironwall Jewel 1
Drachen Greaves αIronwall Jewel 1
Master's Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 4
Critical Boost Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Handicraft Lvl 3Guard Up Lvl 3
Non-elemental BoostAirborne
Master's TouchElemental Airborne

Focus On Dealing Physical Damage

Despite only having a shelling normal level of 3, the weapon's performance in other aspects is excellent. The build will increase your affinity by 15% and will also provide you with a white sharpness gauge for physical attacks!

Kjarr Buster "Water" Build For Gunlance

WeaponAugmentation
Kjarr Buster "Water"Affinity Increase
ArmorDecorations
Kaiser Crown γTenderizer Jewel 2
Tenderizer Jewel 2
Bazel Mail βArtillery Jewel 1
Artillery Jewel 1
Kaiser Vambraces γTenderizer Jewel 2
Vaal Hazak Coil γJumping Jewel 2
Artillery Jewel 1
Ironwall Jewel 1
Kaiser Greaves γJumping Jewel 2
Stream Jewel 1
Flood Charm III-
Skills
Critical Eye Lvl 7Attack Boost Lvl 4
Critical Boost Lvl 3Water Attack Lvl 4
Guard Lvl 3Weakness Exploit Lvl 3
Artillery Lvl 3Recovery Speed Lvl 2
Evade Extender Lvl 2Dragon Attack Lvl 1
Master's Touch-

Hunt With Exceptional Elemental Damage

This build specializes in dealing elemental type damage, especially against monsters that are weak against the water element. This loadout will also help your mobility by increasing your evasion distance!

Survival Focused Build For Gunlance

Survival Focus Build For Gunlance
WeaponAugmentation
Decoration
Taroth Buster "Poison"Health Regen
Ironwall Jewel 1
ArmorDecorations
Xeno'jiiva Headgear γShield Jewel 2
Vitality Jewel 1
Vitality Jewel 1
Bazel Mail βVitality Jewel 1
Medicine Jewel 1
Xeno'jiiva Claws γArtillery Jewel 1
Artillery Jewel 1
Artillery Jewel 1
Bazel Coil βMagazine Jewel 2
Kaiser Greaves γMinds' Eye Jewel 2
Medicine Jewel 1
Medicine Jewel 1
Earplugs Charm III-
Skills
Earplugs Lvl 5Health Boost Lvl 3
Recovery Up Lvl 3Artillery Lvl 3
Guard Lvl 3Blight Resistance Lvl 2
Power Prolonger Lvl 2Special Ammo Boost Lvl 1
Critical Boost Lvl 1Guard Up
Mind's Eye/BallisticsCapacity Boost
Razor Sharp/Spare Shot-

Heavy Focus On Defense

This skill puts a heavy emphasis on your defense and survivability. Skill such as Health Boost, Recovery Up, Guard, and more were included to ensure that you have enough sustain to take on difficult monsters & outlast them in fights!

Best Skills For Gunlance

Recommended Skills For Attacking

Skill Recommendation / Overview
Artillery
★★★

Essential for Gunlance hunters that increase your firepower. Damage output is different when this skill is not equipped
Attack Boost
★★★

As this skill will increase your attack power and affinity rate, it is useful for all weapons
Weakness Exploit
★★★

Hitting monster weak spots can do critical hits & increased damage
Critical Eye
★★★

Increases you affinity rate
Critical Boost
★★★

Strengthens damage of critical hits
Maximum Might
★★★

Affinity increases when stamina bar is full
Peak Performance
★★・

Attack increases when HP is full
Latent Power
★★・

Increases affinity and reduces stamina depletion
Agitator
★★・

Increases attack and affinity rate

Recommended Supporting Skills

Skill Recommendation / Overview
Razor Sharp/Spare Shot
★★★

Will lower the rate of Gunlance's fast sharpness loss
Handicraft
★★★

Extends the sharpness gauge for your weapon, allowing you to fight for longer
Speed Sharpening
★★★

Extremely useful for the Gunlance as the weapon's sharpness decreases quickly
Protective Polish
★★★

Will stop the weapon's sharpness from decreasing for a certain time
Guard Up
★★・

Will allow you to block normally unguardable attacks
Guard
★★・

Decreases the impact of attacks and reduces stamina depletion when blocking
Master's Touch
★★・

Prevents weapon from losing sharpness when landing critical hits
Earplugs
★★・

Will negate both small and large monster roars
Flinch Free
★・・

Will prevent knockback and tripping

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Anonymous 7

Every attack skill that isn't Artillery should have a star taken off in the recommended section, since affinity doesn't do anything for your shelling damage, and that's where most of the power comes from.

Anonymous 6

Seriously, if you're going to comment with "you need 3 pieces!" statement over and over, you may want to read up what safi's enhancement of Zorah Magdaros Essence is.

Anonymous 5

Seriously if you’re going to make builds and post them on this site, actually check to see if the skills you’re putting on the build make sense. Artillery 5 ONLY comes from zorah 3 piece bonus

Anonymous 4

Check the safi builds. You need the 3 piece zorah + bonus for artillery 5. As of right now it only shows the build with 2 pieces

Anonymous 3

I would take a good look at your versitile gunlance build, it seems full of errors.

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