Monster Hunter Online Weapon Guide: How to Choose Weapons (Part 2)
6. Hunting Horn (HH)
Pros : HH is able to support party members by applying beneficial buffs (different HH has different buffs) to everyone such as attack up, affinity up and many more. In addition, certain HH can also heal everyone which saves up the amount of potion used and increased sustainability for the party since in much later hunts there will be multiple monsters appearing in a hunt. HH, like Hammer, can also apply KO status effect on monsters which creates more space for the party to deal damage. HH is indispensable in 12 man raids (such as Shen Gaoren) since the buffs/heals now applies to even more people (even higher value!). Not forgetting the incredible HH ultimate which can make monsters stumble and fall onto the ground thereby creating even more opportunity for everyone to DPS
Cons: HH has a very low damage output since most of the time players have to be focused on rebuffing and healing the whole party. Also, HH is almost impossible to enter solo hunt such as Monoblos and Shattered Monoblos since it is a party reliant weapon. HH might be expensive for new players since different HH has different buffs and a good HH user needs to be able to wield the correct HH depending on hunt that the party is going for.
Conclusion : HH is suitable for players who seeks for party play and likes supporting the party. It is advisable to run HH as main weapon and crafting another secondary weapon for solo plays or completing achievements.
Pros : Lance is able to dish out damage to monsters without worrying much about dodging monsters' attacks.(Of course, simple evading is still needed) After damaging monsters, players are able to enter guard mode almost instantly to start blocking monsters' counterattacks. Lance has a charging move set making its mobility very high when pitting against fast monsters which moves around often.
Cons : Lance players damage output are not top tier and the guard has to be further enhanced by armour skills in order to block even stronger attacks. Not recommended for players who likes fast paced weapons. Thus, the difficulty level of mastering Lance is much higher than the rest of the weapons.
Conclusion : Lance generally has better mobility than its counterpart, Gun Lance. However, Gun Lance has higher damage output than Lance due to wyvern fire. Thus, the choice of Lance and Gun Lance differs only between better mobility (Lance) or better damage output (Gun Lance)
8. Gun Lance
Pros : Higher damage output compared to Lance due to wyvern fire. Gun Lance, as the name implies, has an in built gun inside which allows players to shoot using bullets instead of the normal Lance pierce attack. Gun Lance can also block like Lance which allows players to attack at melee range without worrying much about dodging monsters' counterattacks. (Of course, simple evading is still needed)
Cons : Gun Lance has lower mobility as compared to Lance. It has a slight disadvantage while fighting fast monsters. Thus, the difficulty level of mastering Gun Lance is much higher than the rest of the weapons.
9. Bowgun (BG)
Pros : One of the two ranged weapons in MHO as of now. Ranged weapons generally have better damage windows since monsters' melee ranged attacks are not going to reach BG players. BG can be further classified under charged shot BG or rapid fire BG which open up to more play styles to players. In early stages, ranged players can save on crafting early game armours while only relying on the starting armour to reach the HR armours. In addition, BG is much more user friendly as compared to other MH series since mouse is used to aim.
Cons : Every bullets other than the default one requires materials to craft especially for hunts that takes very long. Since bullets have a carrying capacity limit, players are required to bring in materials and craft bullets to continue dishing out damage output to monsters. Furthermore, materials to craft bullets are fairly expensive and hard to obtain which is not economically friendly to new player. Ranged armour has lesser defense than Blademaster armour which means that a single heavy blow from monsters is enough to incapacitated you.
Conclusion : BG is fairly expensive to main for a new player. Thus, be prepared to spend a little more silvers and golds to fund for the bullets for BG. It is recommended for players who are good in FPS and likes to stay far away dealing damage to monsters. It is recommended to at least take up one range weapon for versatility.
Pros : Bow is a much cheaper weapon to fund since the arrows are infinite and the arrows deal way more damage than a default bullet BG. Bow has a variety of choices from long ranged (Pierce bow) to medium ranged (Rapid bow) to short ranged (Spread Bow), each having its own advantages and disadvantages. Bow relies on applying coatings onto their arrows (power for damage, sleep/poison/para for status etc) to provide different effects. Bow also has charge shot which opens out to even more move sets.
Cons : The aiming system of bow might not be that user friendly as compared to BG. Coatings will take up a number of space in your inventory as compared to melee weapon players. In addition, similar to BG, materials are needed to be brought in to craft for more coatings. Ranged armour has lesser defense than Blademaster armour which means that a single heavy blow from monsters is enough to incapacitated you.
Conclusion : Bow is suitable for players who prefer to play range weapon and at the same time not willing to spend too much silvers or gold. Bow, as compared to BG, has more move sets which will be less mundane than playing BG. It is recommended to at least take up one range weapon for versatility.
That's all for the introduction to weapons. I hope you guys find these little information useful! Note that there will still be new weapons from other MH series coming out from Tencent. Will do up a part 3 if there are any new weapon coming out! Happy Hunting!