Heavy Bowgun


A powerful, long range projectile weapon. The heavy weight makes mobility a chore, but firepower makes up for it. Use Crouching Fire to rapidly chain together shots.

Weapon Type Ranged
Damage Type Shot (Ammo) Damage
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Heavy Bowgun (ヘビィボウガン) 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.


Heavy Bowgun Weapon Tree

For full details, please see Heavy Bowgun Weapon Tree



Heavy Bowgun Traits & Abilities

  • High damage
  • Long Range
  • Specializes in high damage, and explosive ammo


Heavy Bowgun Guide

 The heavy bowgun is the artillery of ranged weapons. It specializes in high damage rounds at a range. 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 easier. They have an attackment system, allowing hunters to customize their weapon slightly. Heavy Bowguns also have exlusive attachments in the form of shields, allowing them to block. Lastly, the Heavy Bowgun 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 ammo, and the crosshair will glow orange when the monster is in the optimal range.



Heavy Bowgun Advantages

  • High damage per shot with high ammo capacity 
  • Long range
  • Veritable artillery
  • Can block if equipped with a shield


Heavy Bowgun Disadvantages

  • Slow fire rate
  • Slow movment
  • Must supply own ammo



Attachments are various mods that can be put onto a bowgun to alter it's stats. Attachments are free, can be swaped out at any time at the smithy, and can stack. The number of mods that can be put onto a gun depend on it's rarity rank. Ranks 1 and 2 have one mod slot. Ranks 3 and 4 have two. Ranks 5 and 6 have three.

Available mod types:

  • 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. Heavy bowgun only.

Ammo Types

Note: What ammo hunters can use varies with the bowgun they are using.

  • 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.
  • Pellet: A short ranged shotgun blast. Comes in levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Crag: Shots lodge themselves into the target and then explodes. High damage, and can stun. Comes in levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Clust: Is lobbed at the target, and fragments into three explosive shells on impact. Comes in levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Recover: Heals the target. Ideally used on fellow hunters. Comes in levels 1 and 2.
  • 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.
  • Thunder: Does thunder damage.
  • Freeze: Does ice damage.
  • Dragon: Does dragon damage.
  • Tranq: Used to capture monsters. Functions just like Tranq bombs.
  • Paint: Marks the monster so it shows up on the map. Functions just like Paintballs.

Special Rounds

Special rounds recharge over time. Some can be used before they are fully recharge but to reduced effect. What special round a hunter has is determined by their bowgun, and every bowgun has only one spcial round.

  • Wyvernsnipe: Has one charge. The hunter lays on the ground and fires of a powerful shot at will. This shot pierces the target, hitting it multiple times while exploding the whole time.
  • Wyvernheart: Has a charge meter. Rapidfires small bullets until the meter is empty. While the bullets do little damage, sustained fire can rack up massive damage.


Heavy Bowgun Controls

  • L2: Aim
  • R2: Fire
  • Circle: Special Round
  • Triangle: Reload
  • L1 + X or Triangle: Select Ammo
  • Triangle + Circle: Melee Attack


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All Heavy Bowguns Alphabetical


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