MHW Meta Gunlance Builds [Fatalis & AT Velkhana Meta]

Fatalis has becomes the meta now!

If you are looking for the meta Gunlance Build now, check out the Fatalis Gunlance Build section.

Gunlance Build | Armor Set

The below armor set is ranked base on the following criterias

  • Comfy – The overall comfortable level when wearing the armor (Number of decoration slots, the addition of skills like WEX or Critical Eye…)
  • Elemental Damage – The support for Elemental build (Silver Sol Armor, Azure Age Armor…)
  • Raw Damage – Support for Raw Damage Build (Blast, WEX, Critical Boost…)
  • Craftable Difficulty – The materials/ luck it requires to get the armor, as well as the difficulty of monster (While Raging Brachydios or Teostra is pretty challenging, it is generally easier to get their armor/ weapons compare to the like of Safi’jiiva, Alatreon or Fatalis)

Zorah + Silver Rathalos Armor


Elemental Damage

Raw Damage

Craftable Difficulty

Key SkillsArtillery (with Secret) + Slinger Capacity (with Secret)

Why this is used – This can be seen as an entry armor for Gunlance in MHW Endgame. You will need to get past MR 50 to face Silver Rathalos, but the effort is well worth it. Zorah armor gives you a quick boost to Artillery as well as increase the level cap.

Silver Sol armor maximize Slinger Capacity along with it’s level cap, increase the damage of Wyrmstake Blast once it’s loaded.

Iceborne Gun Lance

Raging Brachydios Armor


Elemental Damage

Raw Damage

Craftable Difficulty

Key SkillsAgitator Secret + Artillery Secret

Why this is used – Both Artillery and Agitator get a huge boost with this armor set. If you are looking for a fast way to try out Gunlance, this is your go-to armor.

The meta is always about to maximize the number, Agitator level 7 allows you to do just that. At level 7, Agitator provides +28 to Attack and a 20% bonus to Affinity. Raging Brachydios set also provides several starting points for skills like Weakness Exploit

Fatalis Armor


Elemental Damage

Raw Damage

Craftable Difficulty

Key SkillsInheritance, Transcendence (QoL skills) & Whatever you want

Why this is used – All Beta variant of Fatalis Armor gives you three Level 4 Decoration slots, basically let you use whatever you seem fit for the builds. The 2 pieces bonuses Inheritance unlock skills like like Agitator to it’s max level. The icing on the cake is the HP, Stamina and Razor Sharp bonus from Transcendence (4 pieces bonus skills) This should be your go-to as soon as you reach end game. It is recommended to face Fatalis only when you unlock Augmentation for Rarity 12 weapons.

Check out more detail on Fatalis on this guide.

Gunlance Builds Compilation

Unlike other melee weapons build, Gunlance doesn’t have any benefit with Master Touch. The reason is because of one word “SHELL”

Unless you want to play Gunlance without the Gun part, all of the most damaging attacks/combo of Gunlance is all about those shell armor. Depend on your shelling type (Normal/Wide/Long) the combo maybe a little different, but the only way to increase your damage is via Artillery and Capacity Boost (Increase your shell ammo level) 3

For Gunlance builds, Razor Sharp is used instead of Master Touch. It does not fully negate the sharpness loss, but can slow down the time you blast through that little bar.

Entry Gunlance Build (Safi’s Dreambuster + Zorah & Silver Sol Armor)

Gunlance Build #1 (Safi’s Shattersnout/ Lightbreak Gunlance + Agitator, Artillery Secret & Punishing Draw)

The mother of Agitator and Artillery. If your luck is just like me, finding all those Artillery jewels can be a pain. Luckily, Brachydium Armor gives it all. You can easily maximize Artillery (along with Agitator) with the Alpha variant of Brachydium armor.

Frostfang Helm Beta is used for an easy boost to Critical Eye. This also let you use Punishing Draw.

Both Lightbreak Gunlance and Safi’s Shatterbuster can interchangeably be used for this build. Lightbreak Gunlance is generally easier to get than Safi’s Shatterbuster- which requires you to beat Safi’jiiva, grinding it for material, and some luck to get all those Awaken Skills.

This build is all about comfort, Artillery and Agitator are combined to give Gunlance a huge DPS increase. As usual, you will need Magazine jewel for Capacity Boost as well as Razor Sharp Charm – the alternative of Master Touch for Gunlance.

If you already skip the Safi’jiiva siege, I suggest just go straight for Lightbreak Gunlance and follow through till Fatalis.

Fatalis Gunlance Builds

The Black Dragon deserve an entire section to discuss why it’s meta.

Fatalis Armor Set Bonuses

Basically, you will get HP + Stamina Boosts & Razor Sharp for 4 pieces of Fatalis. This comes with the ability to unlock the maximum level of skills that require secret.

True Razor Sharp is the dream skill for Gunlance build.

True Fatalis Gunlance

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Arch Tempered Velkhana

The latest update introduces Arch Tempered Velkhana – which come with a pretty decent armor set that let you combine for some unique skills together

Fatalis Gunlance Build #1

DPS, Comfy, QoL… you name it. This is the best as it get, unless you want to min/maxing some number.

Artillery >> Slinger Capacity >> WEX, Critical Boost >> Critical Eye >> Attack Boost >> QoL skills

Critical/Evasion jewels can be swap out with Critical/Protection jewel. This entirely depends on your preference. Maxing out Artillery & Slinger Capacity should be your main goal.

If you prefer more handicraft, use Dragonfeet Alpha and bring in some Handicraft Jewel 4 for this build. This approach let you use the Full Burst blast more often, but may not be ideal for a long hunt.

All about MHW Meta

MHW Lance Build Guide

Meta Great Sword Build (Pre-Fatalis)

Longsword Build Guide [Fatalis Meta]

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