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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Strategy Guide

Author(s): James Bowden
First Published: 11-04-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 16-05-2019 / 19:15 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 20-08-2019 / 11:01 GMT

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Guide Download PDF

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Weapon Types

Light/Heavy Bowgun

Damage Type: Bullet

Reach: Far

Speed: Quick

Average Damage Per Hit: Ammo dependent


The Bowgun is a long-ranged weapon that comes in two distinctive flavours. Light Bowguns specialise in rapid fire and, because of their light weight, allow for faster movement. Heavy Bowguns, meanwhile, pack a bigger punch, but are slower to fire and weigh down their user.


**Button** **Attack** **Notes**
X Reload -
A Fire -
B after A Sidestep Light Bowgun only
Special Melee -
L + X/B Choose Ammo Type -
A + X Siege Mode Heavy Bowgun only
R (Tap) Scope View Aim with D-Pad/Right Stick
R (Hold) Shoulder View Aim with D-Pad/Right Stick


Always remember to purchase ammo from the shop before heading out on a quest.

The reached weapons of Monster Hunter are best used from a static position. Even though the Light Bowgun allows movement it is not a case of moving and aiming. Pick your spot and fire from it.

Usage Tips

Reload Carefully : Reloading may not take as long as sharpening a blade, but it’s still an act that will render you incapable of movement for a short while so do not reload if a monster is about to fly into an attack.

Keep Your Distance : When a monster is attacking make sure you take the opportunity to move and keep the creature at arms reach as much as possible. There’s no reason to let it get close to you as you can deal damage at range, so don’t let it!

Recommended Skills

Shot Up will increase the attack power of your shots.

Reload Speed+ is a great skill to have as it reduces the time it takes to reload, an act that is hazardous at the best of times.

If you’re struggling to aim then Recoil Down+ is another good skill to consider.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
    Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    11 April 2013
  • Last Updated
    16 May 2019
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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