Bows are a very flexible ranged weapon, useful in group hunts as well as soloing. They possess the range to break off various parts on a monster otherwise unreachable to the melee hunter and, with charged attacks, the power to exploit any weakpoint the monster might have. Coatings, especially the Power Coating, is critical to the success of a bow-user. Like bowguns, distance also plays an important role on the damage caused to a monster.
tamere:Controls are stated from the bow being in ready position, unless stated otherwise.
R + (analog stick): Move around with arrow trajectory guide on.
R + D-Pad: Aim the trajectory guide without moving yourself.
Using the bow is very intuitive but beginner hunters may become discouraged of it because they do not understand the damage mechanics or how to keep that optimum distance. Below are a few points to remember when using the Bow.
- Stay a few "hops" away from the enemy, the magic number of hops to do maximum damage is 3 or 4.
- Try to memorize each monster and what they are capable of, then find the "safe point", the place you will not get hit and can still do the most damage.
- The "roll" button is your best friend, shoot that arrow and roll out of the way.
- Running too slow for you? Rolling is faster when your bow is drawn.
- Think about this, charging a bow then running to a monster or running to the monster and charging your bow. Both has its pros and cons.
- Coatings are your friends, shooting a wyvern with 5 or more poison arrows will likely poison them!
- Stand on cliffs and ledges when fighting certain monsters, Monoblos and Diablos like to get stuck in them!
- Stand behind rock pillars, those clumsy wyverns will never get close enough to hit you.
- Remember what charge shot does what (i.e. Lv1-Sctr, Lv2-Rapd...)
- Know your enemy! Shooting the right parts of a monster can mean the difference between victory or defeat.
- Don't forget the melee attack, it is pretty strong! It can even cut tails if you learn how to use it well!
- To reach Level 4 Charge, you'll need the Loading skill, not Load Up or Load.
- Learning how effective each shot type is against a certain monster is vital to making your hunting easier.(e.g. Gravios may be much weaker against pierce arrows than scatter arrows to reach his weak spot, which is his belly)
- When it comes to pierce arrows, think of the imaginary line as like a crosshair for more precise, long range shots if you don't like getting "up close and personal" to your targets.
Types of Shots
Scatter Shots: Shoots a horizontal wave of arrows, strongest in the middle and weakest at the ends.
- SctrLv1 = Shoots 3 arrows.
- SctrLv2 = Shoots 3 arrows. (A bit stronger)
- SctrLv3 = Shoots 5 arrows.
- SctrLv4 = Shoots 5 arrows. (A bit stronger)
Rapid Shots = Shoots a vertical stack of arrows strongest at the top and weakest at the bottom.
- RapdLv1 = Shoots 1 arrow.
- RapdLv2 = Shoots 2 arrows.
- RapdLv3 = Shoots 3 arrows.
- RapdLv4 = Shoots 4 arrows.
Pierce Shots = Shoots a piercing arrow that hits a target multiple times. Good against large targets and to hit hidden weak points. Actual arrow flight range increased slightly.
- PrceLv1 = Shoot 1 arrow, hits maximum of 3 times.
- PrceLv2 = Shoot 1 arrow, hits maximum of 4 times.
- PrceLv3 = Shoot 1 arrow, hits maximum of 5 times.
- PrceLv4 = Shoot 1 arrow, hits maximum of 6 times.
Importance of Charge
Charging your bow is a tricky thing here are some things to note:
- Charge Level 1 will inflict 40% of your bow's Attack Power.
- Charge Level 2 will not modify your Attack Power.
- Charge Level 3 will multiply your Attack Power by 1.5.
- Charge Level 4 will also multiply your Attack Power by 1.5.
- Shooting from a different charge may cause a different attack.
Just like elemental damage is good against certain monsters, so too do Scatter/Rapid/Pierce shots have specialized functions.
- Pierce shots are good against large monsters or monster with an internal weakness. (Gravios and Shen Gao Ren)
- Rapid shots are good against monster with a single exposed weakness as well as concentrating damage on a breakable part. (Khezu and Gypceros)
- Scatter shots are good at close range and usually against smaller monsters and groups of monsters. ('dromes and 'prey)
It is important for one to take note of this when planning before a quest. Using the correct shot is crucial and could mean the difference between getting stunned by a Gypceros' flash or shooting off the source right from the start.
Most of the bosses in the game have many different moves and a variety of attacks. They each do different amounts of damage, based on your buffs and armor, and the monster's attack damage and depending on the attack, your elemental resistance.
Recommended Weapon: Blango Fur Bow (then the Daimyo bow later) (In area 4 and 5 of snowy mountains, there are stalagmite ice that you can find ice crystals. There are also 2 mining spots at 4 and 1 mining spots at 5 near the number 4 2nd entrance to number 5 )
The best bow to use to kill a Kut-Ku is Blango Fur Bow (in the beginning). Circle Kut-Ku, and never stay directly in front of it, not even far away. Kut-Ku's charge attack is devastating to gunner armor. Try to go for his head to break his ears. When he is sleeping, it is much easier just to capture him, and if his ears are broken when you capture it, you will get Kut-Ku Ears, used to make Kut-Ku armor. The bow, Kut-Ku Stave, is exceptional at slaying bosses weak to fire.
Actually, since kut-ku is a small target, it may be easier to use the Blango Fur Bow, because its rapid arrows lie right on his head, and breaking his ears becoms a much faster deal. I use the Blango Fur bow 3 and I am very happy with the result.
Same advice as the pink one. The only thing is that this one gets really aggressive, and I think it is a little longer to kill as the pink one takes me like 10 min. The blue Kut-Ku takes me about 25-30 min. Just be more cautious with the Blue one. It shoots a lot more fire balls. There is a trick that you can do in the swamp when fighting the blue Kut-Ku, if you stand on the ledge between areas 4 and 2, you can scoot back to just before switching zones,and this will allow you to get multiple shots on his face with ease. The only problems that you have to consider are vespoid and jumping Ioprey.
You'll want to use the Daimyo War Bow 2. By this time you should be able to upgrade it. Stock up on Potions and Mega Potions. Bring your usual supplies like Flash Bombs, Barrel Bombs, and Shock Traps. There is a neat trick in facing Yian Garuga. In the area where you are near the beach (Area 3) where you can get up on a ledge (Way to Area 8) position yourself as close to the exit (towards area 8) as possible. If you position yourself in the perfect spot it is possible that it will not be able to hit you at all. Or you can do it the old-fashioned way. Use your flash bombs for a longer attack time. Use Poison Coatings, Shock Traps, and use Barrel Bombs after you put him to sleep with Sleep Coatings. Wake it up using Large Barrel Bombs+ for maximum damage.
Recommended Weapon: Kut-Ku Stave (The main way to get this bow is to kill/capture kut-ku 2-4 times.)
Use Kut-Ku Stave to kill Congalala. The first thing that you want to aim for is its tail, which sometimes give Territorial Dung(s). Next would be its head. Repeated hits will mess up his crown, which can give you Vibrant Pelts. Avoid attacking from the front especially when it is in Rage Mode. Try to attack him from the sides or from behind, as most of his attacks will not reach you then. The best time to attack it would be after its flail attack. give it meats espically tainted meat. When it sleeps, detonate 2 Large Barrel Bombs for best results.
Recommended Weapon: Kut-Ku Stave or later on Prominence Bow
I only have tips on "Shadow in the Snow". If it is your first time fighting Khezu, then he is in area 3. The BEST thing to do is jump down to the log, and go to the highest place on the log. He can reach you, (with lightning jump, which he only uses in Rage Mode.(Actually you can't be hit if you stay behind the log...It is harder to hit Khezu from there, but it won't hit you, not even with the lightning jump.(I won't guarantee anything, but that is what happened to me) You can tell when he goes into rage mode because he sniffs around and a white light surrounds his mouth. I suggest jumping down from the log and running round the back of him. Usually you can get in a level 3 charge shot after he has jumped) and the only thing to worry about is the vespoids. Unless he's in rage mode just aim down and attack like crazy. Don’t forget to mark him. Khezu flies very strangely. Once, Khezu went from six, then flew to 3 (but didn’t land) then to area 7. In area six, it is an option to climb up on the ledge, but his lightning hop will get you. Be careful of his scream, as he will do that, then lightning jump to you, then use his lightning shield. Khezu is a little harder than Kut-Ku.
Theres a little trick in fighting Khezu, 1st off if you have a Prominence Bow or a Kut Ku stave or any fire elemented bows you can take him down no problem. just bring the usuals coatings,traps,bombs,charms(if you have) if its your 1st time fighting him like above he'll be in area 3,the best way of fighting a Khezu in area 3 or any other area for that matter is the hit and run technique. its the best option for those who are still beginners,if u are using Prominence Bow then good for you,use its Pierce Shot to knock that Khezu then roll away. continue this technique until he dies.
Red Khezu is immune to fire so use Daimyo's War Bow II. It also likes to jump a lot so be ready to roll out. otherwise, it's the same deal as white
Recommended Weapon: Sonic Bow I (do the "Attack of the Giant Bugs" to get most materials and use Trenya's Boat. Send the boat with 200-300 points to desert. I think 300 points will get you 2 killer beetles.) also Dragon Bow Halo.
I suggest always being in front of it. HE will chase you and does this claw push attack, which will cause a small opening. Hit it, charge the bow, and run until he does that claw push. An attack from the side will cause him to side-walk and swipe you, which isn’t hard to dodge, but will probably get you sometimes. If you are behind it, his monoblos shell is kind of strong, and the Hermitaur will charge you backwards, no matter what distance you stand. When he digs, you do not need to put away weapon and run, just go away from where he dug. When it starts to rumble, roll, then charge bow and attack. His water jet attack is easy to see and spot (until he is in rage mode). A good idea is to just run out of the way and attack until he stops. He is probably the easiest boss to handle. Hermitaur Armor is very good starter armor, and is easy to get. It is about 3k per piece though, so around 15k+ for all of it.
Recommended Weapon: Dragon Bow Halo, Kut-Ku Stave II, Prominence Bow I/II, Sonic Bow I (do the "Attack of the Giant Bugs" to get most materials and use Trenya's Boat. Send the boat with 200-300 points to desert. I think 300 points will get you killer beetles.)
Plesioth is super easy. I mean, this guy has no tricks up his sleeves. All one really needs to do is stand on the right side of it, if one is facing it. Plesioth has several attacks. Hip check, water spray, and a ground slide. He also has a vertical and horizontal water spray attack. RIGHT SIDE! Left siders or those too close to him will be owned by its hip check. Oh and don’t get too close. Its tail swipe is powerful and will get you. The Ground Slide does VERY little damage, so don’t worry about it.
Don't stand directly in front of it because the water jet is really nasty. You can tell if it is doing it when it jerks its head back, then whips it back down, shooting water out. It has a pretty long range too, but the Plesioth will be very vulnerable during that attack (which luckily is its main attack.) Grab some sonic bombs, and throw it at him between attacks. They also only work when he is in the water. The only place it travels is between the cold cave and area 7 in the desert, and 3-4 in the jungle. Don’t be too far away from it, because it will just go back into the water. The only thing tricky about Plesioth is that it either has a lot of health, or spends too much time in the water. Sonic Bombs remedy the water issue. You can shoot at it when it’s in the water if you have good aim, just don't kill him in the water, cause you can't carve him then.
Rathalos and Rathian
To me, these wyverns are both the same. So I will elaborate on both of them. BRING FLASH BOMBS. (Flash bug + Bomb Material (Stone + Sap Plant = Bomb Material)) I HATE finding 20 flash bugs and making 20 bomb materials, but if you have the money or patience, be my guest. 5 flash bombs, then 10 flash bugs and bomb material to make more. Flash bomb it, attack it. Rinse and repeat. Be careful of RATHALOS's fire ball, because it flies straight and doesn’t hit the ground. It is deadly accurate. Rathalos sometimes flies in the air and hovers to shoot a devastating fireball downwards. As long are you are in its shadow, go ahead, take a sip of that potion or eat a snack. Heck, even set a trap down. Rathian however shoots 3 fireballs. Rathian also does a back flip poison attack which hurts, and may be outright lethal in gunner armor. You can tell when it does this when it takes two steps backwards. Rathian has just a little more health. Just stay away from it and shoot. (For Rathalos bring a Blango Fur Bow, and for Rathian bring a Sonic Bow)
As for me, fighting against rathian is much easier than with her husband. If you are fighting her in the jungle, than it is really easy. I suggest bringing the Wild Bow 3(I had it by the troublesome pair village urgent quest), and using its pierce shot from head to tail (the opposite direction works well too). So, when you are in the jungle, run to area five*[i think the author means area 3](the beach with a ledge), mark her(she'll be there if you're fast), catch her attention, climbe to the ledge so she can't hit you. Next, you want to destroy her wing claws and wound her head. I recommend using pierce shots on her wing(needs accurasy, but you'll destroy them in 5-6 hits.) and rapid shots on her head(since it's pretty low, you will nearly never hit her head with pierce shots). With this strategy, you should be able to wound her head and wings staying on the ledge in area 5 in the first encounter. Then, when there are no ledges(zone 7 ledge doesn't really count as one) use the hit and run technicue: shot with a pierce after the charge, roll away; shot with the pierce after the fireball, roll away. Not more than 15 minutes=) (by the way, her full armor set gives you the Detect skill, and if you have 2 PsicVis jewels it will give the autotracker)
The weapon I used: Kut-Ku Stave II Prominence Bow I'll tell you the truth, I died the first time I fought it. First boss monster to do this to me, and I'm sure its not the last. All i can really say is strafe and shoot. Be careful of its scream, and don't stand aiming when it lifts the ice to drop on you. Its ice spray shouldn't really get you, you should be farther than that away from it if it can touch you like that. Standing on the ledges in area 6 and the higher part of the log in area three helps, just dodge roll the ice boulder attack.
Recommended Weapon: DAIMYO"S WARBOW by this point you should have the materials to upgrade your warbow to lvl 2 You should first work on getting a full set of cephalos gunner armor. This will help you avoid the cost of cold drinks. It will always be in area 7 (is it area 7. Kill the Apceros, then paintball this 3 mounded rock thing in the middle of the area. Basarios will jump out (It's rock formation looks like three peaks). Just aim for the belly area (the back part of the belly is fine also, the pierce will go right through it). You should be able to break his chest. When it looks around, its going to charge. Roll, Aim, Shoot. When he moves to other areas where there are exploding rocks make sure you use those to your advantage and steer him straight in to their path.
One tip, use the Blango Bow or the Sonic Bow, its not weak to fire. It occasionally likes to jump on the ceiling and shoot water at you, though it's not necessarily that hard. Make sure you keep a good distance because occasionally Shogun Ceantaur will reach its claws out at full length and spin. It could be pretty devastating depending on your armor. All his other attacks are fairly short range and easy to dodge if you keep your distance.
The best weapon you could use would probably be the Akantor Bow, but considering that this is designed for the Village 4* quest, the best you could get would probably be Sonic Bow or Dragon Bow Halo. Any bow with dragon/thunder element and pierce/rapid is good.
Kushala is the first elder dragon you meet but is by no means the weakest.
Flash Bombs are not always helpful, since Kushala becomes more chaotic when stunned by a flash bomb. He will taunt, swipe with his claws, and fire airballs randomly, meaning he does not have to be facing you directly when he fires airballs. It's entirely possible that you may be caught by the edge of a randomly fired airball, especially if it's your first time fighting him. Rather, I'd recommend bringing poison coatings, ten empty bottles, and ten toadstools rather than five flash bombs.
Kushala usually stays in areas 6, 7, and 8 of Snowy Mountains so don't worry too much about paintballing him there. In the jungle, it's easier to simply tag him with a paintball the moment you see him. The wind barrier is a tough wall to get around, so I advise poisoning him with poison throwing knives, and poison coatings at the first opportunity. Further, arrows that hit his wind barrier will be reflected at your face. However, an interesting thing is that if you hit his nose (yes, his nose, the little part on the end of his face) it won't be reflected back because his nose is just outside the wind barrier. Firing a pierce shot directly at his nose from head on will cause it to hit his face for one or two hits, then the arrow will touch the wind barrier, get reflected, and hit his face again but it will no longer be able to hit you. Once Kushala is poisoned, switch to power coatings and destroy his head. If his head is not broken, the wind barrier will regenerate. If it is, the barrier will be gone forever.
It will take around three to four hunts, maybe five to six if it's your first Kushala ever, to kill it.
Recommended Weapon: a good one(if it's your first time), dragon bow halo(if you have it)
The key to slaying/capturing this monster is to know it's movement pattern. This monster moves incredibly fast compared to others, so the better you can anticipate it's actions, the easier it is to defeat it.
For starting off this quest, bring your usual supply of potions/rations. The only must haves are power coatings, paralysis coatings and a couple Large Barrel Bomb+. If you armor doesn't have auto-tracker on it, then obviously paintballs as well.
When you first encounter the Tigrex paint it before you start engaging it in combat. Once it starts attacking, it will be difficult to paint it without getting hit. Everytime it moves to a different area paint it again, this monster is constantly on the move, once the paint wears off, it can be difficult to locate.
For combating this monster, equip the paralysis coatings first. After firing approximately 15 of the coatings, the Tigrex will become paralyzed. Lay two of the large barrel bomb+ by its face, and blow them up. You will have to do this quickly, because by the time you lay the bombs and turn to fire, the effect will wear off. You have very little room for error here. Using a boomerang may be easier if u can't get it in time. if you have any spare paintballs that you don't believe your going to need these will also blow up the large barrel bombs.
The rest of the time for combat is spent running and bowing it using the power coatings. Eventually the Tigrex will start to limp and flee to rest. Follow it and capture it once asleep.
Note: Do not engage this monster when it is in rage mode. You can tell because it will leap back, roar and the veins in its front claws will pulsate red. When this happens, put away your weapon and keep dodging until it wears off. The only time it is recommended to attack this monster is their "pose" and roar, you should be able to sneak a couple hits. Otherwise it is best to simply let it run about. Never ever stand in front of it.
The thing with Tigrexs is how will you hit it without getting hit, first the Tigrex has very sensitive eyesight, while he goes to look straight at you, throw a flashbomb that should blind him for about 15 to 18 seconds. Dazzled, it can buy you enough time to do whatever you want, tip: never stay in front even if its dazed, they may still randomly attack, especially the 360 degrees spin. When in rage mode, stay about two hops away from their side and practice circling around them while moving your camera angle (this will always check what they'll do and you can give a counterattack) best bow types are thunder attributed ones with a rapid or pierce type shot. If you want to bomb them, do it when you can put them to sleep, not on flashed status, because they may still move around, shock traps will only give a little time so flashbombs are really the best.
Note2: Still it is possible to run away with your bow charging from the tigrex. When you are close enough to the tigrex and he's running towards you and you are charging your bow, just run away while charging, when he passes you, turn quickly and you will have a shot at point blank. CAUTION: Don't do this while he's in rage mode. You can start charging your bow when you've past him, and before he turns, take your shot. Whit this method and Lg barrel bombs+ you can kill the tigrex in +- 10 min. with a Sonic bow II. ( Already available for the first Tigrex urgent. If you need thunderbug juice, swap battlefieldjewels to the guy in the jungle, sometimes he will give large bones, but start the mission again when so.)
Recommended Weapon: Daimyo's Warbow, Blango Fur Bow III, and Blue Blade Bow II(MHFU)
This thing is just a badass version of Basarios, with more health. It can shoot its "fire ball", into a fire blast, that goes straight parallel to the ground. Observe its motions when it does it, it will help you. It looks up, then swings its head down and shoots a fire beam. Same tips as Basarios from here, only its a lot harder. Really useful skill: HighGrade Earplug, the Gravios will pretty much never hit you with its blast (you won't just stand still for it to shoot its fireblast, after its scream).
A good strategy for fighting black gravios is to take advantage of its love to use its 'grav blast'. Basically, when it goes to blast you, move to one side and charge shot it, then wait for it to relock on you and move to the other side and charge shot. A tip for when he goes rage mode is to try to stay close, its always better to get hit by his head when he blasts then to get hit by the blast itself. When he screams he likes to blast you when your covering your ears, then blast you agian when your getting up. I had Tiger Arrow (awsome bow if you can work around to bad affinity) and it took me about 30-40 mins to kill him. (Truerurouni) B. Gravios can actually be easier to kill than Gravios. Because he uses his Grav Blast just about every time he attacks, it's simple to sidestep it and launch piercing shots into his stomach. Downed with Daimyo's Warbow in 13 minutes.
Gravios will do a sweeping fire beam attack that hurt bit less than his regular fire beam (still hurts), and this should be your only demise as a bow user. This attack will only sweep from Gravios' right to left, approximately 30~40 degree in terms of angle. By this time you should be able to get a Daimyo Warbow IV (Rare 6), and it's Level 3 charge, is a piercing shot which works wonder for Gravios. High-grade Earplug at this time is a must, due to how fatal will Gravios' beam and charge combo be.
The first ever bow you should EVER get is Blango Fur Bow I. This bow will allow you to kill Kut-Ku tremendously fast, which in return will get you enough materials for Kut-Ku Stave I.
Kut-Ku Stave I should be your #1 beginners bow, as most things are weak to fire. I.E. Blangos, Vespoids, Bulldrome, Giadrome, Congalala. Use the stave to kill Congalala fast. Next Fire bow should be Prominence Bow I.
After this bow is the Sonic Bow. The thunder bow is used for dispatching Hermitaur and Plesioth, which also has a cool effect. Really good on Hermitaur. Once you get enough materials, get Dragon Bow Halo
Daimyo's Warbow. SUPER good on Basarios. Basarios is a push-over with this weapon. Use it, it is also pretty good plainly.
once you beat the Elders Tigrex, get Dark Bow to take on Rathalos/Ian with ease. Then work on getting Aka bow or White Fatails bow
If you can, download the HR4 Hypno quest and gather materials for wing bow. This bow has sleep up, a great thing to have for taking on multiple monsters at once and sleep bombing (Silky Zachaos)
Dragon: Akantor Bow or Glorious Victory. Dragon Bow Earth/Mountain are also very good bows.
(--Chinese Stickman 02:46, November 11, 2009 (UTC)) Note: If you just want to focus on Raw Power, use the Ceanataur Bow. It has excellent Piercing abilities and give you the fourth charge as a freebie.
Another good raw power bow is Hidden Bow. All Narga weapons have great affinity (50%) and the bow has 252 attack, nothing to scoff at. Plus it has Prce lv4. Easier to make by upgrading from Tigrex bow as Narga Brainstems are difficult to get. Its upgrade, though it needs G-rank Narga stuff, is very powerful too. -PurpleIsGood
Beginning Armor A good set of beginning armor would be Hunter Armor. It will be easy to find the monsters (auto detect) and just provides some good defense on smaller monsters. I would recommend this only for one boss, which is Kut-Ku. After you slay Kut-Ku (for about 5-7 times) Kut-Ku armor would be fantastic. It provides a good electric defense against Khezu later on.
After you kill Khezu, go and murder some Daimyo Hermitaur. I'll tell you, even though it doesn't seem all that good, it has the same defense as Basarios Armor does, so it is in your best interest to get this armor. Has very good defense. It is also okay with fighting Blangonga. After you kill Blangonga, go kill some Basarios. You might be wondering why should I kill it when Hermitaur Armor is exactly the same thing? Well, its not. Basarios Armor has NO negative elemental defense what so ever, as Hermitaur as terrible fire and lighting defense. Basarios also has sleep negation, and Terrain Damage Reduction(Same as Kusha armor). (still good raw def. though) If you are just too lazy to kill this thing, just go make some Ceanataur Armor. You might or might not have a tough time killing this thing with Hermitaur armor. O.k. So you are now on Tigrex. Armor with Auto-Tracker is a must here. Always, ALWAYS stay to HIS right. (Your left) I'm pretty sure you have to kill him at least 5 times if you're lucky to get his full set. I have his full set, and it was kind of hard killing it with a bow. Kushala Daora armour is an absolute must have against Teostra and Lunastra. It reduces damage from the Fire Aura, allowing you to be closer for longer. Do the elder quest a few times until you have chest, helmet, legs, gauntlets, and coat if you have an Elder Dragon Blood, add one antidote jewel to counteract negative poison effects and you're set for pretty much every monster except Khezu and Rajang.(added by opaque project)
Another good armor if you want loading is Monodevil. the full set plus 3 ammo box jewels will get you the load up skill and add expert jewels for adrenalin +1. you will have demonic protection so don't let your guard down.
Hunter S armor is pretty good bow armor for solo missions.this set will give you Attack up (small)[if you want medium, add an attack jewel to your weapon], Auto-Tracker (always good), and recover 1+; add a stedfast jewel to negate the stun 2.0x.
Once you defeat Akator, try getting its armor for the head, arms, and legs and azure los' chest and waist armors. tack on 1 earplug and 4 ammo box jewels, and you get Reckless Abandon 2+, Earplug, and Capacity Up. the good part about this set is that it can evolve from Soul U to Soul Z and trade the earplug for constatution and health jewels to gain Constatution 1+. (Silky_Zachaos)
Tigrex armor is also a "must have" armor, because of the auto tracker and quick eating (very useful to use potions or other stuffs without get hit) ~Frodorius
The Volganos(Lavasioth) armor is a good choice too. It gives you Guts, which leaves you with 1 hp, when you would be knocked out while you have 70% HP or more and Focus which lets you to charge faster, which are very useful against the Rajang, Crimson Fatalis, Tigrex and the other G rank one-hit KO-ers. It gives you TerrainDamageNegate too which is a bit useless angainst some monsters, but useful against Crimson Fatalis or Gravios, so, not too bad skill. And if you don't bother yourself bringing every combo book, you can leave in the CombineSucsess -5%, and have 3 or 4 gemming strategies for this armor. First is Evade+2(I think this can be only managed when you have a wep with at least 2 slots, IDK. I never thied this variation before), second is Capacity Up, third is Constitution or Runner if you don't wanna use Mega Juice, fourth is Rapid Bow Up or Pierce Bow Up. You can gem in specific ones of these for specific monsters. Lets say you have Dragon Bow Chaos(Pierce2, Pierce3, Scatter lv5), and you wanna kill a Crimson Fatalis. you gem in Capacity Up, and you can shot Rapid4 which is very useful against Crimson. Another example: You wanna farm Rajang, but you cannot break his horns with melee without dying. You take the Abominable Bow II(Rapid3, Pierce4, Rapid4) and you gem your armor for Rapid Up or Runner and only shot his head. It works wonders for me. And finally lets see a pierce strategy. You wanna get the Crimson Fatty armor (I'm really into this thing lately...xD). You need the Heavenly Shell of Gravios and Black Gravios. You can manage the Gravios with melee easily, but the Black doesn't wanna die under 12 mins. You take your Great Purple Emperor II(Scatter3, Scatter4, Rapid4) and gem your armor to Capacity Up, so you can shot Pierce5. If you have the Eraser(Terra Shogun bow) which doesn't need Capacity for the Lv4 charge, Pierce5 you can use it with Pierce Up. It can do the job under about 10 mins if done properly. Just watch out for the sweeping Heat Beam. So Volganos is your friend if it comes to bows. And very easy to farm it too. I think I made this armor under 1 or 2 hours. If you need money, just kill one or two Nekoht Akantor and sell the carve and the reward. ~ Blacked-hun-