Monster Hunter World Guide: Heavy Bowgun

Monster Hunter World (MHW) features 14 different weapon types, with the Heavy Bowgun 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.

Heavy Bowgun Guide

The Heavy Bowgun is the artillery of ranged weapons. It specializes in high damage rounds at a range, and while it does not have the same special effects of the Light Bowgun, the Heavy Bowgun dishes out damage more reliably, breaks parts faster, and staggers monsters more easily. In other words you sacrifice mobility and flexibility for raw damage output.

  • Difficulty: Low
  • Role: DPS
  • Mobility: Low
  • Average Sharpness: None

Basic Combos

Like most ranged weapons the Heavy Bowgun does not have combos, but instead focuses on dealing it’s damage through bursts fired into the monster it is facing. And, just like most ranged weapons, is aim and is fire. However, the Heavy Bowgun can hipfire by simply pressing , which has less accuracy.

Players can also press triangle-ps4-controls-small to melee either while standing or jumping to deal a decent amount of damage. This isn’t particularly useful against monsters, but you can use it to set off traps around the environment.


Not a whole lot of controls to remember here.

Just like the Light Bowgun, players can cycle through their ammo types by pressing up or down on the D-Pad and then pressing triangle-ps4-controls-small to load them up. And triangle-ps4-controls-small is also the button used to reload. You can see a list of ammo types below:

  • Normal: A standard single shot. Comes in levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Pierce: A straight shot that pierces through monsters to hit them multiple times. Comes in levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Spread: A short ranged shotgun blast. Comes in levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Sticky: Attaches an explosive charge to the target and explodes. Comes in levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Cluster: Is lobbed at the target, and fragments into three explosive shells on impact. Comes in levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Poison: Inflicts poison on the target. Comes in levels 1 and 2.
  • Paralysis: Inflicts Paralysis on the target. Comes in levels 1 and 2.
  • Sleep: Inflicts sleep on the target. Comes in levels 1 and 2.
  • Exhaust: Drains the target’s stamina. Comes in levels 1 and 2.
  • Flaming: Does fire damage.
  • Water: Does water damage.
  • Freeze: Does ice damage.
  • Thunder: Does thunder damage.
  • Dragon: Does dragon damage.
  • Slicing: Attaches a small bomb which explodes and causes slicing damage.
  • Wyvern: Very short range but high damage shot with a long firing animation.
  • Demon: Temporarily increases the attack of a friendly target.
  • Armor: Temporarily increases defense of a friendly target.
  • Recover: Heals the target. Ideally used on fellow hunters. Comes in levels 1 and 2.
  • Tranq: Used to capture monsters. Functions just like Tranq bombs.

Special Attacks and Things of Interest

Each Heavy Bowgun has a special ammo type that is unique to that Bowgun and can be loaded by pressing . These ammo types vary from gatling fire to a single sniper round, so you may need to try a few to find the one you like. This ammo will regenerate over time when not using, and in some cases you must let it regenerate all the way before firing it again, but not all.


Each Heavy Bowgun has Special Ammo that does something different. The Bone Shooter fires a sniper round.

Heavy Bowguns can be modified in your inventory with various things that have various effects. One example is the Shield that allows you to Block incoming damage while firing, making you much  tankier and giving you more time to unload your rounds into the monster without fear of being sent flying. Be sure to check out what’s available and find the mod that best fits your style of play. You can see a list of these below:

  • Recoil Suppressor: Lowers the recoil when firing. Effectiveness varies with what ammo type is being used.
  • Reload Assist: Speeds reload times. Effectivenes varies with what ammo type is being used.
  • Deviation Suppressor: Lowers deviation. Can only be used if the bowgun has deviation.
  • Close Range Up: Increases damage at close range.
  • Long Range Up: Increases damage at long range.
  • Shield: Allows the user to block.

Final Tips

The difference between the Light Bowgun and the Heavy Bowgun are that the Heavy Bowgun moves slower and takes time to reload, but has less recoil and has a larger ammo capacity. If you play the Heavy Bowgun and it’s not quite right for you, try the Light version and see if you like it better.

Heavy Bowguns have an optimal range when firing, and firing from that range is key to maximum efficiency with this weapon. You will know you are within proper range when your cross hairs glow orange when aiming at the monster with . Different Ammo types will also affect this range, so be sure to learn what these ranges are so you can position yourself accordingly.

Keep an eye on your special ammo Gauge on the lower right-hand side of the screen. This will replenish over time, so don’t let it sit on full very long when you could be using the powerful attack that it does. Learn your Bowgun’s special ammo and anticipate where you need to be when it’s ready to fire.


Once in combat, you don’t want to let your special ammo go to waste because it could be charging if not full so be sure to fire it when full if not sooner if you can.

Becoming familiar with the monster you are fighting can go a long way to improve your effectiveness in combat. Monsters have specific weaknesses and weak points and aiming for those is crucial, as is using the best ammo for the job. Learn what monsters are weak to and use that knowledge against them.

Although you may not think it possible, you can actually Mount monsters via the melee attack if done mid-air. While this isn’t something you will do all that often, it can be a lot of fun and everyone should do it at least once.

Lastly, one of the downsides of this weapon is that you must supply your own ammo, which means that you will have to farm for crafting materials regularly to keep yourself topped up. On the plus side you can set the game to auto-craft the ammo types you want, so that when you gather the corresponding materials it makes them automatically.

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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One comment on “Monster Hunter World Guide: Heavy Bowgun”

  1. milleniumkermit says:

    Anybody know what food combo gives Gunner skills?

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