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  • Daniel James

Monster Hunter World Guide: Ammo Types



The world of Monster Hunter World is an engrossing place that many players have found themselves trapped in for the last few weeks. While you're waging all-out war against the gargantuan creatures within it, the world also has another source of life that's equally worth hunting: plants.

That's right, beneath your feat is one of a Monster Hunter's greatest resources. With the right ammunition, your ability to dish damage can be basically revolutionized. Take a look at the absolute best craftable ammo we've unlocked so far, and you'll find tools that will at least shorten many fights, if not completely change the way you tackle them.

For reference, we'll be breaking down each ammo type in the following format:

Ammo Type: (All available ammo levels)

How to craft/for each level

Ammunition

Normal Ammo: Level 1/Level 2/Level 3

How to craft: None/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 2/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 3

Effect: N/A

Pierce Ammo: Level 1/Level 2/Level 3

How to craft: Latchberry/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 2/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 3

Effect: Round does continuous damage while passing through target.

Spread Ammo: Level 1/Level 2/Level 3

How to craft: Needleberry/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 2/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 3

Effect: Delivers higher damage at a shorter range.

Sticky Ammo: Level 1/Level 2/Level 3

How to craft: Blastnut/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 2/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 3

Effect: Round delivers delayed explosive damage after striking target.

Cluster Bomb Ammo: Level 1/Level 2/Level 3

How to craft: Bomberry/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 2/ Level 1 + Gunpowder Level 3

Effect: Round is fired like mortar into the air and splints into several projectiles before striking target.

Slicing Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Slashberry

Effect: Round cleaves the target and does damage over time.

Flaming Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Fire Herb

Effect: Round delivers elemental damage: Fire

Water Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Flowfern

Effect: Round delivers elemental damage: Water

Thunder Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Thunderbug

Effect: Round delivers elemental damage: Electric

Freeze Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Snow Herb

Effect: Round delivers elemental damage: Freeze

Dragon Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Dragonfell Berry

Effect: Round delivers elemental damager: Dragon

Poison Ammo: Level 1/ Level 2

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Toadstool/ Poison Ammo Level 1 + Catalyst

Effect: Ammo will apply poison damage over time after multiple shots.

Paralysis Ammo: Level 1/ Level 2

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 +Parashroom/ Paralysis Ammo Ammo Level 1 + Catalyst

Effect: Ammo will apply paralyze debuff to target over time after multiple shots.

Sleep Ammo: Level 1/ Level 2

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Sleep Herb/ Sleep Ammo Level 1 + Catalyst

Effect: Ammo will apply a sleep debuff to target after multiple shots.

Exhaust Ammo: Level 1/ Level 2

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Exciteshroom/ Exhaust Ammo Level 1 + Catalyst

Effect: Ammo will apply exhaust debuff to target after multiple shots.

Wyvern Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Dragonstrike Nut

Effect: Charging the shot deals significantly increased damage in exchange for shorter range.

Tranq Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Tranq Bomb

Effect: Can be used to sedate monster. (Useful in springing traps to capture target)

(The following ammunition can be used on party-members for bonuses, rather than to deliver damage on enemy)

Recover Ammo: Level 1/ Level 2

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Potion/ Recover Ammo Level 1 + Catalyst

Effect: Round will heal party-member.

Demon Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Demondrug

Effect: Round will apply a demon buff on party-member, granting increased strength.

Armor Ammo: Level 1

How to craft: Normal Ammo Level 1 + Armorskin

Effect: Round will apply an armor buff on party-member, granting increased armor


There are a few more ammunition types that we have yet to unlock, but the above make up the overwhelming majority that players will encounter in the first 50 hours of gameplay. The guide will be updated as the guide-maker discovers more types.

Like many of the game's weapons, the Bowgun is a versatile tool that can be wielded in a variety of ways. But through the mastery of its various ammunitions, the weapon can be turned into a veritable powerhouse that will benefit casual players looking for easier damage, and hardcore players looking to maximize DPS. Like its many systems, Monster Hunter World has endless depth for the player to discover.

Are you playing Monster Hunter World? What kind of ammo is your favorite so far? Leave a comment and share if you found the guide helpful, or share the article to help a friend.

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