17 Aug 2021 10:32 AM +00:00

Monster Hunter Rise: How to Use and Detonate Barrels, Aerial Bombing

Barrel Bombs are an extremely useful tool when hunting monsters in Monster Hunter Rise. They deal huge damage, and when accompanied with the new Wake Up Bonus, will get a 2x damage modifier when used on sleeping monsters. In Rise, you can also throw Barrels in mid-air, meaning you can bypass the game’s 2 Barrels placement limit. Here’s how to detonate Barrel Bombs, how to use them in the air, and the best ways to use this for maximum damage.

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Monster Hunter Rise: How to Use Barrel Bombs

To use Barrel Bombs in Monster Rise you first need to select them from your item menu. Pressing Y will place the barrel in front of your character. Now you need to detonate it. There are a few ways to do this, the safest is to use a ranged weapon like the throwing kunai.

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Throwing Bombs in Mid-Air

A new addition to Monster Hunter Rise is the ability to throw Barrels in mid-air. This can be a little bit tricky but make sure to have your bombs equipped and launch yourself into the air with your Wirebug twice, before triggering the throw by pressing Y while holding the aim button. This can be used to trigger other bombs, letting you get around the 2 bomb limit. 

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Throwing a Barrel Bomb in mid-air in the Shrine area of Monster Hunter Rise
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Best Way to Use Bombs For Maximum Damage

The best way to use barrel bombs is when targeting sleeping monsters. You’ll get a wakeup damage bonus on your first hit, which will double any damage dealt, even by bombs. Because of this damage multiplier, and the new aerial bombing method, you can do huge damage to sleeping monsters. You and everyone else in your team should each place two barrels next to a sleeping monster’s head. These should preferably be Mega Barrels. Now, one team member can jump up and throw another bomb down to trigger the pile. This is huge damage, amplified by the wakeup Bonus. 

That’s all you need to know about using barrel bombs in Monster Hunter Rise. For more on the game be sure to check out Monster Hunter Rise beginners tips and tricks. Elsewhere, there’s our look at how climbing works.