Monster Hunter World Guide: Gunlance

Monster Hunter World (MHW) features 14 different weapon types, with the Gunlance being one of them. In this Guide we’ll take a look at exactly how to use this Weapon to its fullest, as well as show you some things you may not know about it. If you’re new to the game or you are a veteran of the franchise and just need a quick refresher, this Guide is for you.

Gunlance Guide

Much like it’s cousin, the Lance, the Gunlance is a bastion of defense while having impressive range and damage. It’s basic attacks are a mix of stabs, sweeps and slams. Instead of a charging ability like the Lance, the Gunlance can fire off shotgun blasts. While not truly a ranged attack, these rounds ignore the toughness of the monster, allowing damage to be dealt to parts that otherwise couldn’t be touched.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Role: DPS/Tank
  • Mobility: Low
  • Average Sharpness: Low

Basic Combos

  • Forward +triangle-ps4-controls-small, triangle-ps4-controls-small, triangle-ps4-controls-small ,  will perform three thrusts in a row followed by a Shelling.
  • Pressing triangle-ps4-controls-small + , triangle-ps4-controls-small will perform a Rising Slash, followed by an Overhead Slash and finally Burst Fire. Burst Rire will fire off your remaining Shells and can be done any time you perform an Overhead Slash.

As you can see there are several things to remember here, and it will take you a bit to memorize them.

Special Attacks and Things of Interest

  •  + triangle-ps4-controls-small will do an upward attack and  +  will reload your Gunlance. Pressing  +  after any lance attack will “quick reload” your weapon.

How fast the quick reload is.

  • Holding and pressing  will cause you to Backstep out of the way of an attack, and you can perform this up to 3x in a row.
  • Pressing  +  triangle-ps4-controls-small +  will perform Wyvern’s Fire which takes a few seconds to charge up, but then fires a short purple beam forward that explodes for great damage. Once you use this your Gunlance will overheat and you will need to wait for it to cooldown before firing again.

What the Gunlance looks like when it’s overheated from firing a Wyvern’s Fire round.

  • Pressing  triangle-ps4-controls-small + , triangle-ps4-controls-small,triangle-ps4-controls-smalltriangle-ps4-controls-small or , or by firing two Shelling Attacks and then pressing  you can fire your Wyrmstake Cannon which impales itself in the monster you are fighting and then detonates a few seconds later, after you’ve pull out your Gunlance. This attack hits for massive damage, but you must reload with  +   and then fill up your Wyrmstake Cannon by repeating either of these once more to fire again.

Gunlances have a Shell Type that dictates what sort of shots that they can fire. There are 3 types in total and each Gunlance will have one of these types:

  • Normal: Offers the most ammo.
  • Long: Offers the longest range.
  • Wide: Limited on ammo but offers a wide spread of pellets.

Final Tips

The Lance and Gunlance have the strongest Block in the game, so players electing to go with this weapon should take advantage of that. While other players, even ones who use a Shield may Evade more than Block, with the Gunlance it’s the other way around. Practice Blocking and learn the capabilities of your Shield so you aren’t afraid to stand your ground. It is worth noting however, that the Gunlance does not have access to Counter Thrust or Power Guard and so cannot buff their Blocking like the Lance can.

The Gunlance will tear through Sharpness when firing, so be prepared for that because you will use the “Gun” portion often. Be sure to keep an eye on your Sharpness Gauge and use a Whetstone when you need to.

You can fire your Gunlance while airborne, so be sure to keep that in mind because you can combo it into some wicked attacks.

Lastly, as mentioned above, the rounds fired from the Gunlance pierces the resistances of the monster you are fighting and so deal excellent damage and are a great way to break parts or hit places that generally are well protected. Learning what places these are on monsters will help improve your efficiency with this weapon greatly.

Be sure to check out our other Weapon and Monster Guides for all your needs and if you have specific questions be sure to check out the Monster Hunter World Wiki. Good Luck Hunters! May the furs be with you!


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