Monster Hunter World Guide - The Best Gunlance Build For Beginners

A very decent starting build that offers a lot of pathways, depending on the shelling you'll be opting into.
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Check out this great starting build for Gunlance users on the PC version of Monster Hunter World.
Check out this great starting build for Gunlance users on the PC version of Monster Hunter World. Capcom

We’re back with another Monster Hunter World beginner build guide, where we take your weapons of choice and turn them into absolute monster-killing machines at the beginning of endgame, where the best equipment and weapons lie. This time around we’re taking a look at the Lance’s more explosive brother, the Gunlance. Compared to other weapons in the game, building and working towards a powerful Gunlance set may feel a bit weaker overall, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth playing – the Gunlance is an absolute blast (pun intended) to play, especially once you get to capitalizing on its unique strengths and what it can bring to the table.

The Gunlance can be played in a variety of different ways, but for starters looking to get acquainted with the weapon’s many kinks and nuances, I suggest going with a non-shelling build rather than going with any of the three available shelling styles (burst, charged and uncharged). This helps you get a feel for how the weapon works before moving onto what play style you’re going for – this build offers the same versatility, just focusing on pure physical damage with a bit of shelling damage to get you started on how you’ll handle the Gunlance.

Best Beginner Gunlance Build (Non-Shelling)

  • Weapon – Bazel Buster II
  • Helm – Rathalos Helm beta
  • Mail – Rathalos Mail beta
  • Vambraces – Kaiser Vambraces beta
  • Coil – Nergigante Coil beta
  • Greaves – Dodogama Greaves beta
  • Charm – Artillery Charm III

Since you won’t be relying much on your shelling, it’s good to stack up on some elemental damage with the Critical Element skill, which you get from the Rathalos pieces. Getting the Helm will also net you a hefty +2 for Attack in addition to the +2 more on the Nergigante Coil, plus from the free Attack Jewel. All in all, you get Attack Boost +5, which is more than enough for you to get some additional affinity. The Dodogama piece is integral for the Capacity Boost, while getting an Artillery Charm should still provide your shelling attacks with some power despite the build not rotating around any specific one. The end goal is for you to find out which particular weapon and shelling type you’re going to build towards, and expect a guide from us in the future that details more on that.

In the meantime, check out these other guides from us detailing fantastic starter builds for the Bow, Charge Blade, Long Sword, Switch Axe, Lance, and Sword and Shield.

Monster Hunter World is now available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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