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

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
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    11 April 2013
  • Last Updated
    11 February 2021
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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