Monster Hunter Rise Light Bowgun: Tips, Controls, Combos and Silkbind Attacks

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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 Light Bowgun is a weapon that excels in long-range combat and can fulfil a variety of roles, from rapid-fire barraging to inflicting status ailments based on the type of ammo used. Need something versatile, the Light Bowgun is a good place to start, whilst keeping your prey at a distance.

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


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Light Bowgun Controls 

  • ZL - Crosshairs
  • ZR - Fire
  • A - Wyvernblast
  • Hold X - Reload
  • Y - Sheathe Weapon
  • Hold L + X or B - Select Ammo
  • X + A - Melee Attack
  • ZL + X - Silkbind Glide
  • ZL + A - Fanning Vault




Unlike every other weapon - except for the Heavy Bowgun - the Light Bowgun doesn’t actually have any combos to learn. What more do you expect from a ranged weapon?

Just make sure to manage your ammo effectively if you're to have any hope of bringing down those giant beasties!


  • One of the best parts of the light bowgun is its accuracy, which makes it ideal for hitting weak spots on enemies. You'll need to ensure you hit them, too, because your ammo reserves will only go so far.
  • While it's undoubtedly fun to go hunting huge monsters with only a bow and arrow, we'd recommend playing a supporting role in hunts. You can deal status effects to enemies, while other members of your hunting party get in and take advantage.
  • There's no block, either, so while you're more mobile than with other classes, you'll want to use all those dodging options to keep moving.

If you're looking for more help with Monster Hunter Rise you'll want to visit our MH Rise Walkthrough. You'll find all of our guides on the game in one handy place.


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 Light Bowgun:

  • ZL + X - Silkbind Glide
  • ZL + A - Fanning Vault
  • ZL + A - Fanning Maneuver

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

  • Silkbind Glide - Let your shots flow like water Surge forward at lightning-fast speed. Pressing the corresponding button while moving unleashes a powerful close-range severing attack.
  • Fanning Vault - Rain down shots from above. Uses a Wirebug to vault you forwards. Press the corresponding button to fire, to reload, or to fire a Wyvernblast directly below you, which will stick to the monster's hide.
  • Fanning Maneuver - Can be switched out with Fanning Vault. A maneuver using a Wirebug and centrifugal force to quickly flank left or right. Also temporarily ups attack power. Shots can be fired while in motion.

That's all you need to know about this weapon. For more on Monster Hunter Rise check out our guide on farming Talismans.