Monster Hunter World – Best Light Bowgun [Updated 2019 – Pre MHW Iceborne]


MHW Weapon Guide Update

Howdy! Thanks for reading this guide. Please note that this guide covers the weapon before Iceborne! I will update this weapon guide in the upcoming days when I gathered enough material and got some real exposure with Iceborne monsters!

This guide still can be served as a basic tutorial on how to use the weapon and what armor skills are needed for a proper meta build.

In the meantime, you can check out the MHW Iceborne Guide in the posts below


The short answer for the Best Light Bowguns  of the current MHW meta:

  • Taroth Blitz “Support” (Normal Ammo 2 + Rapid Fire)
  • Taroth Blitz “Shot” (Normal Ammo 2 + Rapid Fire)
  • Devil’s Madness  (Spread Shot III) 
  • Jyura Bullet II (Spread shot II)
  • Kjárr Blitz “Decay”  (Water + Rapid Fire)
  • Kjárr Blitz “Ice” (Ice + Rapid Fire)

I have also updated my Light Bowgun builds for the list of current Best Light Bowgun builds. If you are new to Monster Hunter World, feel free to read on, but if you are looking for an end-game Light Bowgun, check out my Light Bowgun Builds Compilation.

For more details on those builds. Check out the current meta builds for MHW Light Bowgun

As usual, I will publish a weapons compilation list right after the weapon guide. This is just to spice up the gameplay of that weapons, I reckon I still owe you guys a compilation list for Sword and Shield, Insect Glaives, Bow & Gun Lance. I will try to put that up in the next few days. With the Appreciation Fest going on, there will be plenty of chances for me to do a catch-up on what I miss in the last year.

So recently after the introduction of Greatest Jagras, I did bring my Light Bowgun Build out for a test. While it does manage to finish the quest, there still many things I could improve on. Today, to flesh out the Light Bowgun Tree in Monster Hunter World, let’s take a look at what is your best pick when it comes to MHW Light Bowgun.

Light Bowgun Quick Guide

  • Remember to reload your Bowgun! Utilize the “reload all” (by holding the reload button) at the right time. While melee fighter need to sharpening, you will need that gun to fully loaded at all time.
  • It’s also a good practice to bring some Level 1 Ammo and Gun Powder (any level) in your inventory (Even when your current Light Bowgun cannot use it, it can be used to craft higher level ammo on the go)
  • For starters, try to put up some back up in your stash and come back between Monster’s phase if you running short on those powerful ammo. You don’t want to use that normal ammo against those Arch Tempered Monsters…


  • Customize your radiant menu for quick crafting the ammo types on the go!
  • Know your Ammo! If your Light Bowgun support Sleep & Paralysis – use it! Your team mates will thanks you for that. Spread and Pierce are ammo that benefit from the Spread shot and Pierce Shot armor skills.
  • Remember to check for Rapid Fire of your prefer Ammo Type. This special attributes will help you ramp up the damage in a short time.


  • Wyvernblast can either be used actively, or set up as trap for monsters. You don’t have to use all three charges at once also! Choose wisely.
  • Don’t forget those modifications! These can help ramp up your damage.

Rapid Fire or non-Rapid Fire

Introducing in my last guide, Rapid Fire is a special attribute for MHW Light Bowgun that gain certain ammo types the ability to become a machine gun. This is not supported by all Light Bowgun though, so you may wonder if it really adds up to the overall Light Bowgun builds or not.

The answer for that is yes. Rapid Fire allow you to deal more hit in a short sequence – create a great chance to opt for an elemental build, or sometime a powerhouse Spread shot builds. However, you still need a lot of tinkering before going on out with this little arrow icon.

Elemental Light Bowgun

Jyura Bullet III

Jyura Bullet III – Your go to Light Bowgun when dealing with monsters that are weak to Water – I am looking at you Teostra 

This water monster gives out a pretty decent Light Bowgun. The support ammo types of this Light Bowgun is pretty versatile for new players, and it is your main pick when hunting monsters that are weak to Water.

Supported Ammo Types of Jyura Bullet III


The downside is that it does not have any special attribute to other ammo types, making it a pretty niche choice when you want to deal with specific monsters.

Strength Weakness
  • Support Rapid Fire for Water Ammo
  • Enough variation in Sticky & Spread Ammo
  • Can Inflict Poison/Sleep/Paralysis
  • Pretty situational
  • Lacking decent damage aside from Water element.

Lava Bullet II

On the other side, this Light Bowgun support Rapid Fire for Flaming Ammo.Lavasioth has been identified as the “least hunted monster of the year” by CAPCOM, and they already crafted a special event for this one. This will be available just after the Greatest Jagras 

While you may want to go out and try to practice with him, remember that this Magma monster can provide material for a Light Bowgun that can shoot out Flaming ammo in rapid mode.

Strength Weakness
  • Support Rapid Fire for Flaming Ammo
  • Spread & Sticky Ammo are supported to level 3
  • Pretty situational
  • Lacking decent damage aside from Fire element.
  • Cannot inflict other abnormal statuses

Empress Shell “Styx”

The Blue Empress is your main adversary once you got pass HR 100. This mark the final “official” story mission as well serving as your key components for making the weapon for the upcoming Tempered & Arch Tempered Run. Each weapon in the Lunastra tree come with a native armor skill

10% Affinity, Level 3 Gem Slot and an additional Level 1 Gem Slot + Spare Shot Too good to be true?

This fancy looking Light Bowgun pack a serious punch with the support of both Water and Thunder Ammo and both come with Rapid Fire attribute. This feature alone makes Empress Shell “Styx” a pretty decent option when facing monsters that are susceptible to Lighting or Water (There are many of them, even the Elder Dragons)

However, the icing on the cake for this Lunastra Light Bowgun is the native Razor Sharp/ Spare Shot skill – a special skill allow Bowgun users to have a chance of not depleting ammo when shooting. Normally, most of the players will get this skill via Xenojii’va Divinity – special effect trigger by wearing three pieces of Xenojii’va set. With this skill naturally on just the weapon, you can then switch out your armor build for some other boosts.

Notes on materials:

  • Research Commission Ticket – Obtain after finishing the quest at HR 100
  • Lunastra Tail – Slicing ammo to the rescue!
  • Xeno’jiiva Horn – Sticky Ammo, Cluster Bomb and Mega Barrel Bomb is your main arsenal to obtain this
  • Xeno’jiiva Gem – Pray to the RNGesus…
Strength Weakness
  • Rapid Fire on both Water & Thunder
  • Natively come with Razor Sharp/ Spare Shot
  • Decent support on Normal/Piercing
  • Can also inflict Sleep.
  • Has level 3 and level 1 Jewel slots
  • Damage is sub-par
  • No support on Rapid Fire for other common ammo types
  • Require some grinding on materials

Raw Damage Light Bowgun

By Raw Damage with Bowgun, I am specifically mean that those Ammo  types that do not come with any special elemental effect like Spread/Normal/Pierce. The Light Bowgun listed below is those that got high base damage/ affinity and has support in Rapid Fire for these type of ammo.


Odogaron – Why you always angry?

This red crazy monster again. Just like him, Karma provides a decent outburst with a good Affinity synergy. While all weapons make from Odogaron does not have the best damage. It’s always come with a decent Affinity stat.

Karma – You will understand the name once you bring this boy back to hunt Odogaron…

The specialties of this Light Bowgun is the support of Rapid Fire for Spread Ammo 1. This means you will need the Spread Shot Armor Skill for a quick damage boost. Next off, your modification should be Close Range Up – This can quickly give you additional damage boosts and well synergy with Spread Ammo.

Strength Weakness
  • Highest Affinity Light Bowgun
  • Cool looking
  • Can be considered Meta build at some point (Early HR)
  • Low Damage
  • One Gem Slot
  • One Augmentation Level

Cataclysm’s Trigger

Another Nergigante Weapon

Normal 1 and 2, as well as Spread 1, are come with Rapid Fire

Note on materials:

  • Xeno’jiva + Nergigante Horn – Took quite some time to gather these part. Try using the Mega Barrel Bomb on Nergi’s head when he is sleeping. For Xeno’jiva, utilize those chances when this special mission appears on your quest lists.
  • Nergigante Gem – Rare materials from Nergigante. Took me 10+ hunt to firstly get this.
  • Nergigante Talon– Can easily be gathered when hunting Nergigante.
Strength Weakness
  • Moderate Damage
  • Easy to use
  • A Safe option compares to other Light Bowgun.

Empress Shell “Ruin”

The Lunastra tree has three variant! Have you tried them all?

The “Ruin” variant provides excellent support for both Normal 1 and 2, as well as Spread 1. 

If you don’t know what to pick from this list. You can never go wrong with Empress Shell “Ruin” another variant of the Lunastra Weapon tree. This Light Bowgun should be your main weapon if you happen to love the normal ammo type. If you get lucky enough and can slot in both Spread and Normal Shot armor skill to your build, then this also provides enough power to finish the job.

By equipping this Light Bowgun, you gain access to Hasten Recovery – recovering your HP as long as you continue damaging monster – which is what you already do best with the Rapid Fire mode.

Strength Weakness
  • High damage
  • Support Rapid Fire for both Normal 1 & 2 and Spread 1
  • Hasten Recovery
  • Doesn’t have other abnormal status ammo


Hope this list helps you to choose the best Light Bowgun for your current build. If you are still confused, I suggest picking up the Karma – and follow my quick build here to have a better feeling on Light Bowgun gameplay. For elemental playstyles, you can also just pick Empress Shell “Styx” and call it a day.

At the end of the day, the best weapon is what you love and comfortable with, Happy Hunting!

Check out my Monster Hunter World Weapons Guides here:

Ranged Weapons Guide

Melee Weapons Guide

  1. admin

    This list is a personal references. If you are just looking for and end-game builds for MHW Light Bowgun.
    Check out my builds compilation in below link

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