Gunlance

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A lance equipped with the ability to fire shells. Has high attack potential thanks to Wyvern's Fire and Burst Fire, which fires all of your shells at once.

Weapon Type Melee
Damage Type Cut Damage, Special

The Gunlance (ガンランス Ganransu) is a weapon type in Monster Hunter: World. Its distinctive feature is its ability to shoot blank shells that explode in front of the hunter, dealing damage to monsters caught in the explosion.

The Gunlance's special move - Wyvern's Fire - fires off a huge explosion after charging up, and takes almost two minutes (110 seconds) to recharge. Monster Hunter: World also introduces the new Wyrmstake Cannon attack, which fires a stake that sticks on monsters and explodes.

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 Gunlance offers more offensive power than the lance thanks to the addition of shelling attacks, and it also has good guarding capabilities. It may take time to master.

 

Gunlance Weapon Tree

For full details, including rare 9 and above weapons added with Iceborne please see Gunlance Weapon Tree

You can also see Master Rank Iceborne Gunlances

 

Gunlance Traits & Abilities

  • Fires blank, explosive shells at monsters.
  • Features a heavy shield to guard against incoming attacks.

 

Gunlance Guide

 

Much like its cousin, the Lance, the Gunlance is a bastion of defense while having impressive range and damage. Its 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 deal True Damage, ignoring the toughness of the Monster and allowing damage to be dealt to parts that otherwise couldn't be touched.

The Gunlance can also charge up to unleash a massive explosion called Wyvern's Fire. Using Wyvern's Fire will cause the lance to over heat and it can not be fired again until it has cooled down. Normal shots will not cause overheating, but they will chew through Sharpness and must be reloaded every few shots.

Lastly, the Gunlance's basic block is tied with the Lance for the strongest in the game, however it lacks the same special defensive moves which makes it slightly weaker in that regard.

Shelling

Shelling is unique in that it can deal fixed damage to a monster's parts regardless of their defense. However, every shell consumes twice the amount of Sharpness compared to normal attacks. If Sharpness is below green (yellow and below), shelling damage is significantly reduced. Shells also cannot be fired in red Sharpness.

Shell Types

Each Gunlance possess one of three different types of shells - Normal, Long, and Wide. The shell types differ in damage, ammo capacity, area of effect, and has different shelling bonuses. For example, Normal shells receive a bonus to Burst Fire, whereas Long shells have a bonus to Charged Shelling. In choosing your Gunlance, each type will require a slightly different play style.

Wyrmstake Cannon

Wyrmstake Cannon is a new Gunlance attack in Monster Hunter: World. It fires a stake which sticks on monsters, dealing damage over a few seconds and finally exploding. The Gunlance can only hold a maximum of one Wyrmstake at a time. It cannot be reloaded with Quick Reload, the hunter must perform a full Reload.

 

Gunlance Advantages

  • Great reach and considerable defense
  • Shells are useful for wounding stronger monster parts
  • Shell damage is unblockable and is fixed, making it more reliable than other attacks in breaking harder monster parts.
  • Shelling allows hunters to chain multiple combo attacks
  • 2nd best guarding capabilities.
  • Different shelling types facilitates multiple playstyle.

 

Gunlance Disadvantages

  • Sharpness deterioration is fast when using fullburst shelling
  • Dodging is slow and mobility is limited

 

Gunlance Shelling Types

Every Gunlance has a predetermined Shelling Type - Normal, Long, Wide - that cannot be changed (unless upgraded to a different type). Shell damage is determined by both Shelling Type and Shelling Level.

  • Normal
    • Capacity: 5
    • Shell Damage: x1
    • Increased damage to Burst Fire.
  • Long
    • Capacity: 3
    • Shell Damage: x1.5
    • Increased damage to Charged Shelling.
  • Wide
    • Capacity: 2
    • Shell Damage: x2
    • Increased damage to Wyvern's Fire and Wyrmstake Cannon. Weaker Burst Fire.

 

Gunlance Controls

Each move has its own hidden Combo Move multiplier (CM), which is used when calculating Raw (physical) Damage. See the article on Attack Power for more information.

Basic Moves

  • ↑ + triangle-ps4-controls-small: Lunging Upthrust
  • : Lateral Thrust I/II/III
  • : Shelling
  • + : Rising Slash
  • : Guard
  • + : Guard Thrust I/II/III
  • r2-ps4-controls-small + circle-ps4-controls-small: Reload
    • Reload shells and Wyrmstake Cannon.

  • + + : Wyvern's Fire
  • x-ps4-controls-small: Backstep
    • Hops back, max 2 combo hops.

Combo Moves

  • Hold circle-ps4-controls-small: Charged Shelling
    • After any basic thrust or shell.
    • ↑ / ↓ while charging to change shelling angle.
    • Bonus shell damage - Normal: +50%, Long: +100%, Wide: +35%.

  • r2-ps4-controls-small + circle-ps4-controls-small: Quick Reload
    • After any basic thrust, shell, Overhead Smash, or Wide Sweep. 
    • Reloads all shells. 
    • Does not reload Wyrmstake Cannon.
    • Combos into basic thrust, shell, or Overhead Smash.

  • triangle-ps4-controls-smallcircle-ps4-controls-small: Overhead Smash
    • After Rising Slash, Rising Upthrust, or Quick Reload.
    • Cannot be deflected.
    • Combos into Burst Fire, Wide Sweep, or Quick Reload.

  • : Burst Fire
    • After Overhead Smash or Jumping Smash.
    • Fires off all shells.
    • Combos into Wide Sweep or Wyrmstake Cannon.

  • triangle-ps4-controls-small: Wide Sweep
    • After Overhead Smash or Burst Fire.
    • Cannot be deflected.
    • Combos into Wyrmstake Cannon or Quick Reload.

  • triangle-ps4-controls-small + circle-ps4-controls-small: Wyrmstake Cannon / Wyrmstake Blast
    • After Burst Fire, Wide Sweep, 2 basic Shelling attacks, or Load Wyrmstake Blast.
    • Ends combo.

  • ← / → + x-ps4-controls-small: Sidestep
    • After any move.
    • Hops to the side, max 2 combo hops.
    • Ends combo.

  • ↓ + x-ps4-controls-small: (Extended) Backstep
    • After any move.
    • Only once per combo of 2 hops.
    • Ends combo.

  • l2-ps4-controls-small + circle-ps4-controls-small: Load Wyrmstake Blast
    • During Guard, or after any attack except Burst Fire and Aerial Burst.
    • Loads slinger ammo into Wyrmstake, changing the attack.
    • Wyrmstake Blast duration depends on slinger ammo type and amount.
    • Reloads all shells.
    • Combos into Wyrmstake Blast, Lunging Upthrust, Shelling, or Lateral Thrust.

Aerials

  •  while sliding: Jumping Rising Slash
    • Launches the hunter airborne.

  • While airborne:
    • : Jumping Thrust
    • : Aerial Burst
      • Burst Fire + Wide Sweep in one move.
      • Combos into Wyrmstake Cannon.

    • : Jumping Smash
      • Quick Reload + Overhead Smash in one move.
      • Combos into Burst Fire.

Gunlances are a type of Weapon in Monster Hunter World (MHW). This page shows a visual gallery of all different styles for Gunlances. 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 Gunlance Weapon Tree or by clicking each individual weapon below.

Iceborne Gunlances are Master Rank Gunlances in Monster Hunter World Iceborne (MHW). These rare 9 and above weapons were added with the Iceborne Expansion and can only be obtained by players who own the expansion. The weapons use Master Rank Materials that can be obtained by completing quests and doing endgame content.

Iceborne Gunlances

 

Name Attack Affinity Element Rare

Shell Type (Lv)

Chrome Halberd I gem_level_1gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
506 0% (waterblight Blast 300) 9 Normal (4)
Chrome Halberd II gem_level_1gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
552 0% (waterblight Blast 330) 10 Normal (5)
Chrome Halberd III gem_level_1gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
598 0% (waterblight Blast 360) 11 Normal (6)
Blackwing Gunlance I gem_level_3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
598 20% poisonPoison 210 10 Long (5)
Mythic Kadachi Striker + gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
483 20% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 450 9 Long (4)
Thundering Striker gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 20% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 510 10 Long (5)
Crimson Ember gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 15% ( Paralysis 270) 9 Long (4)
Crimson Ember + gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
575 15% ( Paralysis 300) 10 Long (5)
Crimson Hornet gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
598 15% ( Paralysis 330) 11 Long (6)
Blue Chariot + gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
506 20% fireFire 270 10 Long (5)
Soul Chariot gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
552 20% fireFire 300 10 Long (5)
Royal Burst + gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 15% poisonPoison 360 9 Normal (5)
Highness's Fury gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
598 15% poisonPoison 390 10 Normal (5)
Jyura Demolisher I gem_level_3gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
506 0% waterWater 390 9 Wide (4)
Jyura Demolisher II gem_level_3gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
598 0% waterWater 420 10 Wide (5)
Twinfang -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
506 20% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 210 10 Wide (4)
Twinfang + -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 25% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 270 10 Wide (5)
Ambermarch -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
575 30% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 330 11 Winde (5)
Legiana Cannon III -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
483 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 450 10 Normal (5)
Hoarcry Cannon gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 570 10 Normal (6)
Hidden Cannon I -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
483 15% (poisonPoison 420) 10 Wide (4)
Hidden Cannon II gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 20% (poisonPoison 570) 10 Wide (5)
Dragonpike Quake I gem_level_3
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 0% (mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 300) 9 Long (4)
Dragonpike Quake II gem_level_3
 
 
 
 
 
 
575 0% (mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 330) 10 Long (5)
Dragonpike Quake III gem_level_3
 
 
 
 
 
 
644 0% (mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 360) 11 Long (5)
Eisritter decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
598 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 240 11 Normal (6)
Vorpal Icefort decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
621 0% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 270 12 Normal (6)
Bazelpride gem_level_1gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
598 -10% waterblight Blast 270 11 Wide (5)
Glutton's Fang I gem_level_3gem_level_3
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 0% (Sleep Sleep 360) 9 Normal (4)
Glutton's Fang II gem_level_3gem_level_3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
598 0% (Sleep Sleep 420) 10 Normal (6)
Tiger Blast -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
575 -15% (waterblight Blast 300) 10 Long (5)
Tiger Blast + -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
621 -15% (waterblight Blast 330) 10 Long (5)
Tigrex Gunlance -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
644 -15% (waterblight Blast 360) 11 Long (5)
Nightveil Gunlance I -
 
 
 
 
 
 
460 20% ( Paralysis 480) 9 Normal (4)
Nightveil Gunlance II -
 
 
 
 
 
 
552 20% ( Paralysis 510) 10 Normal (5)
Glavenus Buster I gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 0% fireFire 300 10 Wide (4)
Glavenus Buster II gem_level_1gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
575 0% fireFire 390 10 Wide (5)
Deathlance Vaal Spysa gem_level_2gem_level_2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
575 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 510 11 Long (6)
Acid Buster I decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
621 0% ( Paralysis 300) 10 Normal (5)
Acid Buster II decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
667 0% ( Paralysis 330) 11 Normal (6)
Barroth Bluff I gem_level_2gem_level_2
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 -10% ( Paralysis 450) 9 Wide (4)
Barroth Bluff II gem_level_2gem_level_2
 
 
 
 
 
 
621 -10% ( Paralysis 510) 10 Wide (5)
Brachydios Buster I -
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 0% waterblight Blast 300 10 Normal (5)
Brachydios Buster II gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
552 0% waterblight Blast 480 10 Normal (6)
Mammoth Gunlance I decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
552 0% (iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 420) 9 Normal (5)
Mammoth Gunlance II decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
644 0% (iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 510) 10 Normal (6)
Usurper's Roar gem_level_2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
552 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 240 10 Normal (6)
Usurper's Roar + gem_level_2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
575 0% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 300 11 Normal (6)
Anjanath Flamelance I -
 
 
 
 
 
 
529 -20% fireFire 540 9 Long (5)
Anjanath Flamelance II -
 
 
 
 
 
 
621 -20% fireFire 600 10 Long (5)
Ending Fulgur I -
 
 
 
 
 
 
552 10% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 240 10 Wide (5)
Ending Fulgur II gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
575 20% mhw-thunder-damage Thunder 330 10 Wide (5)
Dragonseal Gunlance I gem_level_1gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
483 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 540 10 Normal (5)
Dragonseal Gunlance II gem_level_1gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
552 0% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 660 11 Normal (6)
Broken Silence gem_level_1gem_level_1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
644 0% (mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 510) 12 Wide (5)
Hydra Ephyra -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
621 15% waterWater 330 11 Normal (6)
Black Ephyra -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
644 15% waterWater 390 12 Normal (6)
Daora's Tempest gem_level_3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
598 10% iceblight-monster-hunter-worldIce 270 11 Long (5)
Consummate Gunlance -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
644 -30% mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 390 12 Long (6)
Gajalaka Firestabber decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
575 0% (mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 390) 10 Normal (4)
Gajalaka Firepike decoration_level_4_mhw_wiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
621 0% (mhw-dragon-damage Dragon 450) 11 Normal (5)

 

 

 

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    • 24 Jul 2019 01:03  

      A very fun and viable weapon. Strong defense, yet can still pack quite a punch. The quick hops that are your evade still count towards getting rid of blights. Guard and Guard Up make you able to tank even Arch-Tempereds with ease; you can also do standard critical damage builds, and even shell burst damage builds if you have the Artillery and Capacity Boost skills. I've used this weapon class alone in easily over 300 hunts. TLDR; 10/10, would recommend.

      • Anonymous

        13 Feb 2019 09:46  

        loving this thing, basically a lance, a blunderbuss and a shield combined and can be used in the same time

        • Anonymous

          04 Sep 2018 17:54  

          Do wyvern fire/wyvern stake count as shelling? If not do they benefit from increasing your attack power? (I already know shelling(burst/normal/charged) are only affected by artillery/food buff)

          • Anonymous

            29 Mar 2018 16:42  

            Gunlance is very powerful weapon is used correctly but sadly its not very popular. Don't see it as much as other weapons in multiplayer.

            • Anonymous

              29 Jan 2018 12:57  

              If you have more time then the other comment after the burst fire and sweeping hit, quick reload, triangle and burst again depending on the battle I've gotten 3 bursts off before i impale him.

              • Anonymous

                27 Jan 2018 09:48  

                Triangle x3, Triangle + Circle, Triangle, Circle, Triangle x2 is my favorite combo so far. If you have the time/safety for it.
                In case I typed the inputs wrong: Three hit basic combo, upthrust, downthrust, burst fire, wide sweep, wyvern stake .

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