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Discussion of the Week: Gunlances

Lord Loss January 27, 2013 User blog:Lord Loss

Welcome to Discussion of the Week: Gunlances!

Oh my god, I actually posted DotW during the weekend! It's a miracle!

Gunlances this week, because Gunlances are awesome.

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Gunlances, also known as GL, are long, piercing weapons with a mechanism inside which can fire an explosive round. Unlike Bowguns, the Gunlance cannot fire over distances; the Shelling ability can only be used from close range and reduces the weapon's sharpness with every use. Gunlances attack with a combination of simple stabs and explosive shots, which can link together in combos. Fortunately, Gunlances have an infinite amount of shells, although they have to be regularly reloaded. Gunlances are also able to charge up and unleash a strong explosive attack, known as Wyvern's Fire. This attack dramatically reduces Sharpness, however, and it takes a while to cool down before it can be used again.
In third Generation games, Gunlances can combo more effectively and have a new overhead swing attack, with the possibility of firing all loaded shells immediately after.

Specific Games

Monster Hunter 2: First introduced.

Monster Hunter Freedom 2: They're around, but I don't remember them being amazing... Gun Chariot was alright, maybe?
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Monster Hunter Freedom Unite: Pop Corn! Got to love Pop Corn for taking on White Fatalis. Apart from that...
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Monster Hunter Tri: N/A
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd: They're back! With a totally revamped moveset that's actually really good. Partially charged shots, fasted movement, overhead slams, releasing all shells in one blast... good stuff.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: Brachydios Gunlance anyone? No, I can't get through a single weapon DotW without taking a jab at the stupid OP Brachy weapons in 3U. Thanks for asking.


  • What's your favourite Gunlance?
  • Which is your favourite game to use them in?
  • How do you like them overall?

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