Monster Hunter Rise Gunlance Guide: Tips, Controls, Combos and Silkbind Attacks

Monster Hunter Rise offers 14 different weapons to hunt its slate of monsters with. Each has a slightly different playstyle, offering real depth and variety in the ways you approach a hunt. The Gunlance is a sturdy lance affixed with a cannon. Obvious really. Pressure your prey with a bevy of bombardments, then land a super-powerful hit at just the right time. Like the Switch Axe, it offers the best of both worlds for those who can't decide which playstyle is best.

To help you get the most out of this weapon we’ve put together this Monster Hunter Rise Gunlance guide. We’ll give you some tips on using the Gunlance, break down those all-important controls you have to master, highlight some choice combos to execute, and walkthrough the new Silkbind attacks available too.

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  • X - Lateral Thrust
  • left (d-pad) + X Lunging Upthrust
  • A - Shelling
  • A (Hold) - Charged Shelling
  • X + A Rising Slash
  • ZR + X - Guard Thrust
  • ZR + A - Reload
  • After Attack ZR + A - Quick Reload
  • ZR + X + A - Wyvern's Fire
  • ZR - Guard
  • After Attack B - Step
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The best way to ensure maximum damage in Monster Hunter Rise is to string together combos. Here are all of the combos associated with the Gunlance.

Burst Fire Combo:

Start With Rising Slash

X + A → X → X → A

Start With Lunging Upthrust

Left (d-pad) + X → X → X → A

Wyvern's Fire Combo:

Step 1

  • Left (d-pad) + X → X → X → ZR + A → Go To Step 2

Step 2

  • X → X → X → ZR + A → Keep Looping Step 2

Regular Shelling Combo:

Step 1

  • A + A → A (Hold → Quick Release) → Go To Step 2

Step 2

  • A → A (Hold → Quick Release) → Keep Looping Step 2 until all shells used → Go To Step 3

Step 3

  • ZR + A → Return to step 1
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  • As you might imagine, the draw of the Gunlance is that it's essentially two weapons in one – but it can offer even more utility once you learn about Shelling.
  • You can use this to deal varying degrees of damage over different firing patterns. Long Type, for example, helps add range at the cost of the size of the blast radius, while the Spread Type offers more of a "shotgun" style attack.
  • In melee terms, it's also an excellent weapon for guarding, opening up for a Guard Edge attack which you can roll into one of the attacks that uses shelling for a nice chunk of damage.
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Silkbind Attacks

New to Monster Hunter Rise are Silkbind attacks. These will consume Wirebugs, and will deal damage indicated with blue circles. Build these up to tie down monsters and trigger mountable states.

Here are the Silkbind attacks for the Gunlance:

  • ZL + X - Hail Cutter
  • ZL + A - Guard Edge
  • ZL + X - Ground Splitter

Now here's a bit more info on how each works:

  • Hail Cutter - Perform a Rising Slash and then an Overhead Smash. Each usage reduces the cooldown time for Wyvern's Fire.
  • Guard Edge - A well-timed guard regenerates your weapon's sharpness. Can be followed up with various attacks.
  • Ground Splitter - Can be switched out with Hail Cutter. Uses a Wirebug to move forward and jump into a vigorous upward slash. Scraping the gunlance on the ground heats up the barrel, temporarily increasing the damage dealt by shells, Wyrmstake Shots, and Wyvern's Fire.

That's all you need to know about this weapon. Visit our Monster Hunter Rise Walkthrough to find all of our guides in one handy place. 

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