MHR The Bow is a mid-range weapon that applies status effects from afar

Land hits and apply various status effects from afar.

Having trouble deciding which of the 14 weapons to use in Monster Hunter Rise? It definitely can feel overwhelming if you’re not sure what weapon will work best for you. If you like to keep some distance between yourself and the monsters you hunt, then you should definitely consider the bow. It’s a mid-range weapon that can provide buffs and force status conditions on prey.

In this guide, we’ll dive into the Bow’s controls, skills, and ideal builds for different points along your journey. Dive in and see why Monster Hunter Rise is one of the best Nintendo Switch games out there.

Monster Hunter Rise Bow fighting style

The bow is a mid-range weapon that allows players to keep a safe distance from monsters while still inflicting damage. With the help of coatings, you can also apply status effects to take your prey down more easily or give buffs for yourself and friends playing with you. Don’t worry. You’ll never run out of arrows as you always have an unlimited supply.

Monster Hunter Rise Bow Controls

ControlsFunction
ZLAim
ZRShoot
AMelee Attack
X + ADragon Piercer
Hold L + X or BSelecting Coating
XLoad/Unload Coating
  • Shoot: Draw the bowstring tightly, consuming stamina but raising arrow damage in tiers. You can also raise damage tiers by shooting quickly or dodging after a shot and immediately shooting again.
  • Arc Shot: Press ZR + A to shoot special support-type arrows in the air, which buff all players in the area where they land. There are three types.
    • Recovery — Gradually restores health for a time
    • Affinity — Increases Affinity for a time
    • Brace — Negates knockback for a time.
  • Apply Coating: Use coatings to add effects to your arrows:
    • Close-range coating — Boosts damage in exchange for diminished range.
    • Power Coating — Increases attack power
    • Para Coating — Inflicts paralysis
    • Poison Coating — Inflicts poison
    • Sleep Coating — Inflicts sleep
    • Blast Coating — Explodes on impact
    • Exhaust Coating — Inflicts exhaust and stun
  • Focus Shot: A Silkbind attack that uses a Wirebug to evade backward, landing you in a crouching position. While crouching, stamina rapidly regenerates. If timed right, you can nullify a monster attack while evading. Use the left stick to change the direction you evade.
  • Herculean Draw: A Silkbind attack that makes you surge forward in a designated direction. Attack is also empowered for a short time. (Costs 2 Wirebug)

Monster Hunter Rise Bow Combos

CombosFunction
Hold ZR, ZR + AArc Shot: Draw > Arc Shot
Hold ZR, ZR R Stick , Press A quicklyPower Shot: Draw > Shoot > Power Shot
ZR R Stick, Left Stick + B, A, ACharging Sidestep Combo: Shoot > Charging Sidestep > Power Shot > Power Volley

Monster Hunter Rise Bow Switch Skills

Monster Hunter weapons have their own attacks, and each attack can have one of two Switch Skills assigned to it. Here are the Switch Skills for the Bow.

AttackSwitch Skills
Silkbind AttackFocus Shot: Evade backward and then crouch to recover stamina quickly.
Aerial Aim: You jump into the air while firing arrows; you can shoot powerful shots when in midair.
Regular Attack 1Power Shot: Fires arrows with more charge than normal.
Absolute Power Shot: Also does more charge than normal but with the chance of stunning target at the expense of more stamina.
Regular Attack 2Charging Sidestep: Raise your charge level by dodging any direction you choose.
Dodgebolt: Evade by spinning and raising your charge level. Choose which direction you dodge.

Monster Hunter Rise Bow Silkbind Attacks

Silkbind AttacksFunction
Press R + AHerculean Draw: A Silkbind attack that makes you surge forward in a designated direction. Attack is also empowered for a short time. (Costs 2 Wirebug).
Press R + XFocus Shot: A Silkbind attack that uses a Wirebug to evade backward, landing you in a crouching position. While crouching, stamina rapidly regenerates. If timed right, you can nullify a monster attack while evading. Use the left stick to change the direction you evade. Can be switched with Aerial Aim.
Press R + XAerial Aim: Makes you jump straight up using a Wirebug. While in midair, you can fire at your prey. Can be switched with Focus Shot.

Monster Hunter Rise Bow Best builds

Every build you make will have some give and take. However, these are what we consider to be the best builds for the Bow.

Best build for 2 Star Quests

AreaBest equipment
WeaponKamura Iron Bow III
HeadIzuchi Helm
ChestHunter’s Mail
ArmsIzuchu Braces
WaistLagombi Coil
LegsChainmail Pants

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 38
  • Fire: 1
  • Water: -1
  • Thunder: -3
  • Ice: 4
  • Dragon: 0
  • Attack Boost Lvl 1
  • Critical Eye Lvl 1
  • Consistution Lvl 2
  • Stamina Surge Lvl 1

Best build for 4 Star Quests

AreaBest equipment
WeaponWoggi Revolver II
HeadIzuchi Helm
ChestTetranadon Mail
ArmsKadachi Braces
WaistLagombi Coil
LegsKadachi Greaves

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 79
  • Fire:-2
  • Water: -2
  • Thunder: 2
  • Ice: 5
  • Dragon: 0
  • Critical Eye Lvl 2
  • Normal/Rapid Shot Lvl 1
  • Constitution Lvl 3

Best Endgame build for Bow

AreaBest equipment
WeaponHerald’s Battlebow
HeadTetranadon Helm S
ChestTetranadon Mail S
ArmsKadachi Braces S
WaistRathalos Coil S
LegsTetranadon Greaves S

Stats & Skills for this build:

  • Defense: 251
  • Fire: 1
  • Water: 11
  • Thunder: -4
  • Ice: 5
  • Dragon: -2
  • Constitution Lvl 3
  • Normal/Rapid Up Lvl 3
  • Attack Boost Lvl 2
  • Speed Eating Lvl 1
  • Windproof Lvl 1
  • Evade Extender Lvl 1
  • Hunger Resistance Lvl 1

Monster Hunter Rise Bow Best skills

I recommend you work on getting these skills leveled up as soon as you can. It’ll greatly help you perform better with the Bow.

SkillWhat it does
ConstitutionReduces stamina depletion so you can use your Bow more regularly without having to wait.
Stamina SurgeMakes it, so you regenerate stamina faster, which is very helpful with the Bow.
Normal/Rapid UpIncreases attack power of Rapid arrows to make you do more damage more quickly.

If only Legolas could see me now

With the right equipment and skills at your service, you’ll become a powerful warrior just like the big elf himself. Take time to work on your equipment to increase your stats, so you become a force to be reckoned with.

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