The Bow is a versatile weapon thanks to its variety of Shots, including the long-ranged Arc Shot and the damaging Power Shot, and allows its user to be highly mobile as they fire off coated arrows as support.

Weapon Type Ranged
Damage Type Shot (Ammo) Damage
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Bow (弓 yumi, an oversized Japanese bow) is a weapon category in Monster Hunter World (MHW). Like all Weapons, it features a unique moveset and an upgrade path that branches out depending on the materials used. Please see Weapon Mechanics for details on the basics of your hunter tools.

The bow is a mid-range weapon that can perform a variety of attacks. Its charged shots can deal significant damage when aimed at a monster's weak points.


Bow Weapon Tree

For full details, please see Bow Weapon Tree


Bow Traits & Abilities

  • Unlimited arrows to hail upon the monsters from afar
  • Coatings give useful buffs
  • Special arrows are capable of hitting one monster several times with one shot


Bow Guide

The Bow is ranged weapon capable of unleashing a never ending barrage of arrows on the target. While simple to use, its mastery requires a detailed knowledge of the best combinations of arrows, coatings, and distance from the monster. The basic shot of a bow can be charged, and each charge level changes what type of arrow will be fired. What shot goes with what charge level depends on the bow. The arrow types are horizontal scatter, vertical scatter, pierce, and heavy. Bows also have two special shots; one that varies based on the bow, and the other is a special charged piercing arrow. Bows do not use ammo in a conventional sense and so hunters will never run out arrows to fire. Instead they use coatings, which apply special effects to the arrows. A list of coatings and their effects can be found below. Lastly, the bow has an optimal range for firing. Being too far away from the target will cause shots to do less damage. The optimal range will vary based on coating, and the crosshair will glow orange when the monster is in the optimal range.

Charge Bow Tips

Bows are at their most powerful when you charge up arrows before shooting them. You can shoot Charged Shots by holding down the fire button or by shooting arrows in quick succession.


Lunging Melee Attack

You can perform a Lunging Melee Attack after performing a Charging Sidestep. This attack can be used to mount monsters.




Bow Advantages

  • Unlimited ammo
  • Ranged attacks allows for relative safety
  • Variety of coatings
  • Boasts obscenely high constant damage per second capabilities, surpassing all other weapons in the game
  • Arc shots can reliably stun monsters
  • Highly mobile, allowing for high levels of survivability
  • Highest elemental synergy out of all weapon types; Critical Element build demolishes monsters


Bow Disadvantages

  • Poor melee offense
  • Cannot block
  • Somewhat problematic stamina management
  • Requires precision and knowledge of monster weak zones  


Coating Types

Note: What coatings a hunter can use are determined by what bow they have. Most bows only get access to 3 or 4 coatings.

  • Power: Increases damage. 
  • Close Range: Increases damage the closer the hunter is to the monster and when using melee attacks. It is available for all bows and has unlimited uses.
  • Poison: Arrows can inflict poison
  • Paralysis: Arrows can inflict paralysis
  • Sleep: Arrows can inflict sleep
  • Blast: Arrows cause an explosion after enough of them have hit the target

Bow Controls 

  • : Aim
  • : Fire (Can be held to charge up arrow tiers, charging costs stamina, dodging after firing and then shooting again also raise arrow tiers). Estimated Damage:
    • Shoot: 8
    • Charge I: 10 + 10
    • Charge II: 11 + 11 + 11
  • After firing, : Charged Shot (The same as a basic fire but one tier higher than the last shot)
    • High-Angle Shot: 1 * number of hits (max 6 hits)
    • Charge I High-Angle Shot: 1 * number of hits (max 8 hits)
    • Charge II High-Angle Shot: 3 * number of hits (max 14 hits)
  • : Special Shot (Varies on based on bow)
    • Estimated Damage: 6 + 6 + 6
  • + : Dragon Piercer
    • Estimated Damage: 23 * number of hits
  • + or : Select Coating
  • : Load/Unload Coating (Coatings do not have to be reloaded. Once applied, the coating will be used until it runs out, is unloaded, or another coating is loaded)


Bows are a type of Weapon in Monster Hunter World (MHW). This page shows a visual gallery of all different styles for Bows. Weapons are often upgraded based on previous decisions, with different paths leading to different looks and necessitating different materials. You can find detailed upgrade path information in the Bow Weapon Tree or by clicking each individual weapon below.


Bows Gallery MHW


Bow Ore Weapons




Bow Bone Weapons






Charge Blade  ♦  Dual Blades  ♦  Great Sword  ♦  Gunlance  ♦  Hammer  ♦  Heavy Bowgun  ♦  Hunting Horn  ♦  Insect Glaive  ♦  Lance  ♦  Light Bowgun  ♦  Long Sword  ♦  Switch Axe  ♦  Sword & Shield


Anja Arch  ♦  Aqua Arrow  ♦  Archer's Dance  ♦  Blacksteel Bow  ♦  Blazing Bow  ♦  Blooming Arch  ♦  Blooming Bow  ♦  Datura String  ♦  Diablos Bow  ♦  Dragonbone Bow  ♦  Glacial Arrow  ♦  Hazak Velos  ♦  Hunter's Bow  ♦  Hunter's Proudbow  ♦  Iron Bow  ♦  Kulu Arrow  ♦  Princess Arrow  ♦  Pulsar Bow  ♦  Rathslinger  ♦  Steel Bow  ♦  Water Shot


    • Anonymous

      08 Jun 2018 05:55  

      The bow also along certain walls with a charged sidestep will kick of the walls and it shoots instead of melee in the air

      • Anonymous

        18 Apr 2018 01:28  

        I've only ever seen the "Special Shot" be the power shot which does a horizontal spread of arrows. is there really a different kind of special shot on some bows that fire vertical like this guide says and I just haven't noticed?

        • Anonymous

          14 Feb 2018 01:25  

          Does anybody know if coatings override a bow's elemental damage? For example, if I apply blast coating to arrows fired by an ice element bow, will I only deal blast damage or will I deal blast AND thunder?

          • Anonymous

            05 Feb 2018 19:34  

            How do I get to blazing arrow 2? I got all the materials for it but the tree doesn’t give me an option to upgrade from blazing arrow 1.. do I have to rank up my HR?

            • Anonymous

              05 Feb 2018 06:44  

              the bazel alpha set gives all three level of draw affinity for increased bow damage plus it boosts blast damage and buildup so when paired with an awakening charm and archer's dance seems to make a potent bow build

              • Anonymous

                01 Feb 2018 18:26  

                Try want some clarification. When you're looking at bow stats and it lists various coatings, those coatings are the types that the bow is compatible with right? It is not suggesting that the particular bow has those coatings automatically built into the bow?

                • Anonymous

                  31 Jan 2018 22:24  

                  Can Bows sever tails? I finished off a Rathian with a Dragon Piercer shot and I found the tail was cut off as I was carving it. I was alone, so there was no other weapons being used other than a blunt weapon used by my Palico. Just want clarification.

                  • Anonymous

                    28 Jan 2018 13:24  

                    If the Teostra bow is going to be as powerful as always, full Teo alpha + Teo bow will be a very powerful set, with Latent Power, Blast Attack, Weakness Exploit and Special Ammo Boost (all max level). I imagine the Teo bow will have blast element, so you can see where that's going...

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Jan 2018 12:29  

                      Do you have to pay for arrows or coatings? Is their a similar money/time sink associated with melee weapons?

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