The best weapon in Monster Hunter Now is the weapon hunters start with: Sword and Shield. Though this is opinion based, thereby very arguable, Sword and Shield is hands down the easiest weapon to play. It has great mobility and fast combos, which make it easy to dodge roll.
And because dodge roll is the only movement option in the game, while also providing invulnerability frames alongside increased damage, Sword and Shield is excellent. Therefore, for players who are new to the game and wondering if their starting weapon is good or not, don’t worry. Sword and Shield is a great weapon to continue investing in.
Health is the most important resource in the game. And thanks to its fast access to dodge rolls alongside a block which can be incredibly useful in the early game, Sword and Shield creates plenty of opportunity for beginners to learn the game.
It’s easily the best weapon to mindlessly grind the game. And since much of the time spent playing Monster Hunter Now will be spent mindlessly grinding, it’s hard not to recommend Sword and Shield.
But are the other weapons still worth playing?
Of course! It’s just hard to maximize on progress, since resources are so limited. Sword and Shield is the most well rounded, beginner friendly weapon — but it doesn’t mean the other weapons are trash. Great Sword is easily the most difficult weapon to master, and isn’t necessarily well optimized in Monster Hunter Now. This is because it’s a fast paced game, and one mess up with Great Sword can easily cost the hunt.
Long Sword is great for Monster Hunter veterans who know how to maximize counters. This is because Long Sword needs access to the counter to increase DPS, which is very important for progressing in Monster Hunter Now.
As for Light Bowgun, this is the easier of the two ranged options in the game. It’s almost as brain dead as Sword and Shield, but with added depth to gameplay thanks to the different bullet types included with each weapon iteration.
Hammer, on the other hand, is a great multiplayer weapon — since it creates excellent bonking opportunities to stun the enemy.
Bow is also a great weapon, but very hard to use. It requires strong game knowledge, as it plays best when charging up shots. Therefore, timing according to monster patterns is an absolute must on bow.
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