Monster Hunter Now Tier List – Best Weapons

Slice and dice!

When you get to Chapter Three in MH now you’ll unlock the last of the initial six weapon types available at launch. While there are different versions of each weapon you can upgrade, they all work in the same way within each weapon type.

So which to choose? Read on for my Monster Hunter Now tier list covering all the best weapons in the game.  

All MH Now weapons ranked

My advice is to pick two weapon types early on that work in a similar way. This way you can work on crafting up two weapon types for the different monster weaknesses so that you always have a good choice to gain an advantage. This is because it can be hard to only upgrade one weapon type as they often use the same materials. Later you can max out all the weapons of one type to truly specialise.

Related: Monster Hunter Now Best Armor Sets & How To Get Them

S-Tier weapons - Monster Hunter Now

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Sword and Shield

It's unusual for the first weapon type you get in a game to be one of the best but that’s certainly the case with the classic Sword and Shield combo. While each attack is quite weak they’re also incredibly quick, meaning you can strike and move better than you can with any other weapon. Better still you can also block attacks, allowing you to instead stay up close and personal and end fights fast.

Great Sword

The Great Sword is at the complete other end of the spectrum from the sword and shield, being one of the slower weapons in the game. However, each individual strike does massive damage meaning you can quickly take down small monsters with a single hit. You can deal even more ridiculous damage with your special, which simply needs you to long-press and release. This becomes simple once you get your timing down and wins come quickly, even versus the toughest bosses. 

A-Tier Weapons - MH Now

Light Bowgun

The weapon of choice if you want to operate from a distance. Bowguns are the best style of ranged weapons in Monster Hunter Now, offering a wide range of special attacks and dealing out some strong hits. 


While I prefer the Great Sword over the Lonsword, this is still a great weapon. It will appeal to players who like to build up a damage gauge to land huge attacks. The downside is that if you take a hit the gauge will empty, so you’ll need to build it up again.

B-Tier Weapons


The Hammer just feels a little more ponderous than the Greatsword to me, while not offering enough in return to make up for it. Not a bad weapon if you’re happy with slow strong attacks, but I’d never pick it over a good sword.

C-Tier Weapons


Both slow and weak, the only real upside to the Bow is if you want to specialize in a particular damage Coating. But if you want specialized ammo, you’re better off with a Bowgun.

For more on Monster Hunter Now check out my Monster Hunter Now Special Skill Guide and Monster Hunter Now Map (MH Now) Guide here at Pro Game Guides!

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About the Author

Chris Marling is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience across newspapers, magazines, and websites. Based in the UK, he has written professionally on everything from tech to tearooms. But his real passion is gaming, going right back to the Atari 2600 - and especially RPGs and MMOs. He cut his teeth on games such as The Realm and Anarchy Online. But 20 years on still gets excited about exploring each new world. When not online, you'll find him gaming analog-style around the table. Chris has had five of his own board games published, including Pioneer Days and Armageddon.

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