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Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Best Light Bowgun Build And Skills

Learn how to create the best Light Bowgun build in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak and make use of the best weapon in the meta.
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak - Best Light Bowgun Build And Skills

Ranged weapons are at the top of the Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak meta and the best Light Bowgun builds are among the best of the best. It has consistent damage that the bow struggles to match and mobility that the Heavy Bowgun could only wish for.

In essence, the Light Bowgun is a combination of two ranged weapons that are already considered S-Tier themselves. However, you'll still need the right build to really enhance all the best aspects of the weapon. Without the right skills, any Bowgun will fall flat along with all the other options in Sunbreak.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak - Best Light Bowgun Build

Light Bowgun
Light Bowguns will thrive in a group hunt. (Picture: Capcom)

Aside from choosing skills to create the best Light Bowgun build in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, the ammo you use is also important. Chosen ammo on any ranged weapon can change the entire dynamic of the weapon and the skills that are required. For this build, we will be utilizing pierce ammo.

Some builds in Sunbreak will utilize elemental damage, especially after the buffs it received in the expansion update. Though elemental damage is still a great option, pierce ammo will simply out damage anyone with elemental, and it will have the added bonus of working on nearly every monster available.

Below you will find a list of the best armor pieces for this build and some additional options if you want to experiment with the Light Bowgun.

  • Utsushi True Mask (Hidden) - Attack Boost Lvl 2, Spare Shot Lvl 2, Razor Sharp Lvl 2, Wirebug Whisperer Lvl 1
  • Damascus Mail X - Pierce Up Lvl 2, Handicraft Lvl 2, Tremor Resistance Lvl 1
  • Pukei-Pukei Braces X - Ballistics Lvl 2, Spare Shot Lvl 1
  • Squire's Belt - Weakness Exploit Lvl 1, Offensive Guard Lvl 1, Critical Boost Lvl 1
  • Ingot Greaves X - Attack Power Lvl 2, Critical Eye Lvl 2
  • Talisman - Fatal Tempest (priority) or Weakness Exploit
  • Light Bowgun options - Nightstrix+ (priority), Astalos Fireblaster, Abyssal Hailstorm
  • Additional Armor - Grand God's Peer Feer, Pukei-Pukei Coil X, Kaiser Crown X

These are all the bread and butter of your Light Bowgun build in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. But in each armor or weapon, there will be slots for decorations. Regardless of the difficulty in getting some of them, they are the second integral part of the overall build.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak - Best Skills For Light Bowgun Build

Light Bowgun Silkbind Attack
Silkbind Attacks have added to the utility on Bowguns. (Picture: Capcom)

Decorations can be versatile depending on the armor you have chosen for your build. They can be swapped wherever they fit best as long as you follow a simple guideline for skills. In any build, there are a handful of skills that are integral to a build succeeding in Sunbreak.

Each skill will have certain levels associated with it. As long as you try to maintain these levels, you can swap decorations or armor where you see fit. Below you will find all of the integral skills for this Light Bowgun build.

  • Attack Boost - Lvl 3 - Lvl 4
  • Critical Boost - Lvl 3
  • Weakness Exploit - Lvl 2 - Lvl 3
  • Spare Shot - Lvl 3
  • Pierce Up - Lvl 3
  • Ballistics - Lvl 3
  • Flinch Free - Lvl 3
  • Recoil Down - Lvl 3
  • Handicraft - Lvl 2
  • Razor Sharp - Lvl 2
  • Offensive Guard - Lvl 1
  • Reload Speed - Lvl 1 - Lvl 2
  • Tremor Resistance - Lvl 1

You won't need to stack up on two or three major skills like you would on some major melee weapons. The Light Bowgun needs plenty of versatile skills to ensure the effectiveness and survivability of the Hunter. Most melee weapons need more focus on damage and less on utility. If you follow the guideline above, your weapon should have both, and monsters will start melting.

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Featured image courtesy of Capcom.