Monster Hunter World Guide - The Best Light Bowgun Build For Beginners

Versatility in ranged form - with decent damage to boot.
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Check out this great starting build for Light Bowgun users on the PC version of Monster Hunter World.
Check out this great starting build for Light Bowgun 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. For this iteration we’ll be taking a look at one of the most versatile and all-rounder ranged weapons for Monster Hunter World: the Light Bowgun. Compared to its big brother, the Light Bowgun is a bit more lenient when it comes to movement, proper positioning and its role in a team-based hunt. This weapon is perfect for beginners who want to go ranged, but don’t want to just deal damage, seeing as the weapon offers quite the utility in a lot of situations.

Despite being built for utility overall, the Light Bowgun can still be pretty powerful, especially if built correctly. Unlike other weapons, your Light Bowgun build is going to be dictated by what Jewels you have, thanks to how versatile the weapon is. However, it’s always good to have a starting point, and for the Light Bowgun this is probably the most standard starting build until Xeno’jiiva, and will slowly transform with the decorations you get.

Best Beginner Light Bowgun Build

  • Weapon – Cataclysm’s Trigger
  • Helm – Nergigante Helm alpha
  • Mail – Rathalos Mail beta
  • Vambraces – Kaiser Vambraces beta
  • Coil – Nergigante Coil beta
  • Greaves – Diablos Nero Greaves beta
  • Charm – Awakening Charm II

Here is your standard all-rounder build for Light Bowgun, perfect for a beginner with little to no decorations yet. Farm Nergigante for the Cataclysm’s Trigger and two armor pieces, both of which give Attack Boost, and are great for all weapons. Weakness Exploit is amazing as Light Bowgun is easier to aim on monsters thanks to its mobility, so be sure to max it out. Maximum Might is incredibly useful as there isn’t much Stamina use with this weapon as well. The greaves give out the Normal Shots skill, which will be your bread and butter when starting out. A word of caution, though – this build is useless for Spread Shots, so try to avoid building towards that. Finally, take the Awakening Charm for an expanded clip and better damage output.

If you want more weapons, you can also check out these other guides from us detailing fantastic starter builds for the Bow, Charge Blade, Long Sword, Switch Axe, Lance, Sword and Shield, Gunlance, Dual Blades, Greatsword, Hammer, Hunting Horn and Insect Glaive.

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

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