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The Cannon is a Weapon, Ship component and Ship customization Item in Sea of Thieves. They are purchased at a Shipwright and equipped via a Ship Customization Chest. In addition to being standard equipment on Ships, Cannons also appear on some Islands as coastal defense or within Cannon Towers, often operated by Skeletons to increase the difficulty for approaching the island or just as a hindrance to those passing by.

Cannons are also a prominent feature on Forts, especially when active, where they play a major role to deter enemy ships from raiding the inner boundaries.

Mechanics[]

Cannons are your ship's main offence against Skeleton Ships, other Player Pirates, Megalodons, and Skeletons. Cannons can be loaded with a single Cannonball, Cursed Cannonball, Chainshot, Blunderbomb, or Firebomb at a time. Outside combat, Cannons can be used to launch players to their destinations; be wary that Players can still suffer from fall damage if they fall high enough but they won't take damage from impact. Players can also launch Pets out of cannons.

As Cannonballs are treated as ballistic projectiles, the laws of physics must be obeyed in order to be effective; Therefore, Players will need to take into account ship movement of both theirs and the target, gravity and speed of their shot. Usually this is done by leading (aiming ahead of the target). Cannons on islands and Cannon Towers are naturally easier to operate than on vessels.

Cannons aren't only used punch holes in a ship's hull, they're also powerful enough to cripple various parts to hamper a ship performance. Hit the Mast to hinder your opponent's sailing speed, strike the Wheel to make it harder to steer or damage the Capstan to limit the number of Players able to raise it. Planks must be used to repair damaged components while the Sails need to be hoisted to the upright position before repairs can start. Each of these Ship Components can take up to three points of damage from regular Cannonballs. Chainshot are specialised Cannonballs that have a lower firing arc and distance, but are capable of dealing maximum damage to the Wheel, Capstan or Masts. Chainshot do half the damage of a single Cannonball to the Hull or Players though.

Players can use Cursed Cannonballs with Cannons to apply different cursed effects to Ships, Players or Skeletons. Green Cursed Cannonballs are focused on effects that hinder Players or Skeletons, Purple Cursed Cannonballs are focused on effects hindering the Sailing of a Ship.

Throwable Grenades can also be launched through Cannons to increase their firing distance. Firebombs can be used with Cannons to spread Fire at a larger distance. Blunderbombs can accumulate enough force when used with a Cannon to blast a Ship off course without dealing any holes.

Tips[]

  • When fighting Galleons, plan and aim your cannonballs just below the waterline on the opposing ship first. Attacking the first deck is far less effective without hitting the second. This can be made easier with Ballastballs.
  • Try to spread your cannon shots out. Hitting the same spot over and over only widens an existing hole (although it will prevent the other crew from patching that one hole temporarily), but it does not speed up the buildup of water that much, it is better to leave the ship with more holes to fix.
  • The Sloop and Brigantine are extremely vulnerable to attacks from the rear. You can be shot by cannon fire while on the wheel, the anchor, the sails, or even while repairing holes in the bottom deck. Players on top deck can get knocked off their ship from Cannon fire. Players attacking Sloops can use this knowledge to their advantage and players piloting Sloops should use this knowledge to guard their ship's weaknesses.
  • Gold Skeletons have a special weakness vs Cannons. Kiting them in a pool of water before firing a Cannonball will make quick work of them.
  • Shooting a Mast via Cannon will cause damage, causing the Mast to break and fall over in 3 Cannonball hits or 1 Chainshot hit. This is particularly effective against Sloops due to having only the one mast.

Variants[]

The following are all the available Cosmetic Cannon Variants in Sea of Thieves:

  • Total Cost: 7,808,095 Gold.png  240 Doubloon.png  6,980 AncientCoin.png
Name Shop Cost Rep Set In-game description
Aristocrat Cannons Shipwright Shop 50 Doubloon.png
n/a Aristocrat "If unwanted ships are spoiling your view of the horizon, try these gorgeous cannons."
Bear & Bird Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Bear & Bird "Imagine your cannonballs soaring with avian grace and striking with ursine might!"
Blighted Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Blighted "Thankfully, these sinister cannons work on pirates, skeletons and everything between."
Cannons of the Wailing Barnacle Black Market 40 Doubloon.png
n/a Wailing Barnacle "Salvaged from The Wailing Barnacle, a ship once sailed by the notorious Stitcher Jim!"
Cursed Ferryman Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Cursed Ferryman "Pirates will need a firm grip to keep hold of these slimy, kelp-covered cannons."
Cutthroat Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Cutthroat "Count the heavy blows you land on your foes with these ultra-stylish cannons."
Dark Warsmith Cannon Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Dark Warsmith "A last - a cannon that can stare at you reproachfully if you miss your mark."
Elemental Power Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Elemental Power "Booming like dragon fire, these cannons could blast even the trolls of legend to ash."
Eternal Freedom Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Eternal Freedom "There are always those who seek to claim your freedom. Teach them a lesson with these cannons."
Fightin’ Frogs Cannon Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Fightin’ Frogs "These mighty cannons pack a real punch... capable of blasting away the darkest of foes."
Forsaken Ashes Cannons Shipwright Shop 50 Doubloon.png
n/a Forsaken Ashes "Cannons that boom like volcanoes - but can they hit pirates with the same unnerving accuracy?"
Frozen Horizon Cannon Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Frozen Horizon "If a cheeky pirate were to cheat and bring a cannon to a snowball fight, it'd look like this."
Gilded Phoenix Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Gilded Phoenix "These gleaming, polished cannons will need a good buffing after every battle."
Golden Barnacle Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Standalone Cosmetics "Cannons plundered from the wreck of the Wailing Barnacle and given a gilded makeover. You'd never know they'd been stolen."
Huntress Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Huntress "These elegant and powerful cannons look like they could shoot as far as sight allows."
Lunar Festival Cannon Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Lunar Festival "Fan-tastic armaments for pirates who like to welcome each new year with a bang."
Mayhem Cannon Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Mayhem "Legendary cannons - surely the best choice out of billions of guns."
Mercenary Cannon Black Market 50 Doubloon.png
n/a Mercenary "Sometimes you're hired to take out a whole crew. That's when these beasts come out to play."
Mutinous Fist Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Mutinous Fist "These cannons are always primed to fight oppression and control. And the occasional merchant."
Night Wulf Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Night Wulf "Shatter the silence and spread chaos and panic, all in the name of the fabled Wulf."
Obsidian Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Black Dog "These black cannons are ideal for launching a surprise attack in the dead of night."
Paradise Garden Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Paradise Garden "These cannons are almost too much fun to sink ships with! If only they could launch candy."
Rogue Tinkerer Cannon Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Rogue Tinkerer "Ropes and pulleys don't make the cannon more efficient, but they certainly look impressive."
Royal Sea Squirrel Cannon Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Royal Sea Squirrel "These make short work of weasels, goblins and bears. Oh my!"
Ruby Splashtail Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Ruby Splashtail "Hopefully as accurate as Ruby Splashtails are when they dive onto your hook for the tenth time."
Sapphire Blade Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Sapphire Blade "Sometimes, leading the way means clearing a path..."
Sea of Sands Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Sea of Sands "Cannons built by the artisans of the eastern deserts, as elegant as they are explosive."
Shining Pegasus Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Shining Pegasus "Chiselled out of rocks from a hallowed mountain, these elegant cannons are truly marble-ous."
Shrouded Ghost Hunter Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Shrouded Ghost Hunter "Adorned with primal spears, these cannons are ready to take down nature's most elusive monster."
Soulflame Cannons Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Soulflame "Unleash the fury of the damned against your foes with these cadaverous cannons."
Wild Rose Cannons Shipwright Shop 50 Doubloon.png
n/a Wild Rose "A perfect example of how the deadly and the delicate can meet as one."
Ancestral Cannon Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Ancestral "These cannons were honed fighting the enemies of the forest and will now protect your vessel."
Cannons of Sunken Sorrow Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Sunken Sorrow "Encourage others to feel the Sirens' sorrow by sinking their ship with these cannons."
Duke Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Duke "Who knows what arcane power hums inside these cannons? Duke always had the edge in a fight."
Magpie’s Wing Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Standalone Cosmetics "Cannons from the Magpie's Wing, the Pirate Lord's own ship! Just like him, they're still kicking."
Masked Renegade Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Masked Renegade "Woe unto any Emissary ship that ends up staring down the business end of these cruel cannons."
Merchant Ambassador Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Merchant Ambassador "A cannon trimmed with so much gold, it may even be worth more than the ship you're trying to sink with it."
Omen Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Omen "Gear up for war with cannons that drop the hammer on your foes without mercy."
Relic of Darkness Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Relic of Darkness "Being shrouded in swathes of the Order's signature purple cloth makes these cannons seem almost mysterious."
Sailor Cannons n/a Gold.png
n/a Sailor "Standard cannons, not pretty, not fancy, but good at making holes in pirates and ships alike."
Silver Blade Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Silver Blade "Sometimes, leading the way means clearing a path..."
Spartan Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Spartan "These cannons have seen more than their share of warfare. What's one more battle?"
Tribute Peak Cannons Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Tribute Peak "Sometimes even a Gold Hoarder needs to splash out on cannonballs to defend their ship."
Golden Sailor Cannons Shipwright Shop 320 Gold.png
n/a Golden Sailor "Celebrate your pirate birthday with a golden gift, though these cannons are sadly just painted."
The Killer Whale Cannon The Hunter's Call 3,500 Gold.png
45 The Killer Whale "Perfect cannons for taking down sea monsters. They're raring to get some revenge!"
Measly Reaper Cannons Reaper's Bones 4,635 Gold.png
5 Reaper’s Bones "You've swiped a few prizes from easy targets. These measly cannons might help you do better."
Notable Reaper Cannons Reaper's Bones 9,270 Gold.png
15 Reaper’s Bones "Your will to succeed has been noted. You may use these more impressive guns."
Renowned Reaper Cannons Reaper's Bones 13,905 Gold.png
25 Reaper’s Bones "We are impressed by your fervour and refusal to follow the rules. Proudly blast these fine cannons!"
Esteemed Reaper Cannons Reaper's Bones 18,540 Gold.png
35 Reaper’s Bones "These ornate cannons are reserved for Reapers who take what they want, without fear."
Notorious Reaper Cannons Reaper's Bones 23,175 Gold.png
45 Reaper’s Bones "Glory is yours, Reaper. Use these excellent cannons befitting a pirate of your notoriety."
Admiral Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
40 Admiral "Cannons so clean and shiny, you could eat your dinner off them! Please don't do that."
Bilge Rat Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
n/a Bilge Rat "A cannon with a crack in the barrel is still perfectly safe. For decorative purposes anyway."
Castaway Bilge Rat Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
n/a Castaway Bilge Rat "A cannon with a crack in the barrel is still perfectly safe. For decorative purposes anyway."
Ceremonial Admiral Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
40 Ceremonial Admiral "Cannons so clean and shiny, you could eat your dinner off them! Please don't do that."
Grand Admiral Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
40 Grand Admiral "Cannons so clean and shiny, you could eat your dinner off them! Please don't do that."
Hunter Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
n/a Hunter "Perfect for hunting down foes who cower aboard their ships."
Imperial Sovereign Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
40 Imperial Sovereign "Rather splendid cannons which will deal with those beneath you in short order."
Rogue Sea Dog Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
40 Rogue Sea Dog "These cannons may be a bit rough around the edges, but they're always ready for battle."
Royal Sovereign Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
40 Royal Sovereign "Rather splendid cannons which will deal with those beneath you in short order."
Ruffian Sea Dog Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
40 Ruffian Sea Dog "These cannons may be a bit rough around the edges, but they're always ready for battle."
Sea Dog Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
40 Sea Dog "These cannons may be a bit rough around the edges, but they're always ready for battle."
Shark Hunter Cannon Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
n/a Shark Hunter "A cannon seems like overkill for hunting sharks, until you meet your first Megalodon."
Sovereign Cannons Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold.png
40 Sovereign "Rather splendid cannons which will deal with those beneath you in short order."
Azure Ocean Crawler Cannons Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold.png
n/a Azure Ocean Crawler "Inspired by things that crawl and snap in the deep, these cannons will put the pinch on the enemy."
Bone Crusher Cannons Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold.png
n/a Bone Crusher "These bone-covered cannons look ready to hole some hulls and smash some skeletons!"
Glorious Sea Dog Cannon Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold.png
40 Glorious Sea Dog "The famous colourful cannons of the Sea Dogs, as accurate as a pistol, in the right hands."
Gold Hoarders Cannons Gold Hoarders 69,550 Gold.png
60 Gold Hoarders "Magnificent golden cannons to help you protect your treasured hoard on its route back to us."
Kraken Cannons Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold.png
n/a Kraken "Give sea monsters you encounter a blast from these Kraken cannons, just to rub salt in the wound!"
Legendary Cannons Athena's Fortune Shipwright 69,550 Gold.png
Requires Legendary Reputation Level (50 Reputation Levels each in three of the following companies: Gold Hoarder, Merchant Alliance, Order of Souls, The Hunter's Call, Sea Dogs and Reaper's Bones) Legendary "Handsome cannons such as these, will bring lesser pirates to their knees!"
Merchant Alliance Cannons Merchant Alliance 69,550 Gold.png
60 Merchant Alliance "These will help you protect your cargo and maintain our reputation."
Ocean Crawler Cannons Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold.png
n/a Ocean Crawler "Inspired by things that crawl and snap in the deep, these cannons will put the pinch on the enemy."
Order of Souls Cannons Order of Souls 69,550 Gold.png
60 Order of Souls "These prized cannons are infused with the spirits of skeletons defeated in battle."
Parrot Cannon Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold.png
n/a Parrot "Most parrots go 'caw'. These ones go 'boom!'."
Triumphant Sea Dog Cannon Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold.png
n/a Triumphant Sea Dog "The famous colourful cannons of the Sea Dogs, as accurate as a pistol, in the right hands."
Cannons of the Ashen Dragon Shipwright Shop 69,950 Gold.png
n/a Ashen Dragon "Like mythical dragons, these cannons spit forth death with booming fury."
Deep Ocean Crawler Cannons Shipwright Shop 110,250 Gold.png
n/a Deep Ocean Crawler "Inspired by things that crawl and snap in the deep, these cannons will put the pinch on the enemy."
Inky Kraken Cannons Shipwright Shop 110,250 Gold.png
n/a Inky Kraken "Give sea monsters you encounter a blast from these Kraken cannons, just to rub salt in the wound!"
Nightshine Parrot Cannons Shipwright Shop 110,250 Gold.png
n/a Nightshine Parrot "Most parrots go 'caw'. These ones go 'boom!'"
Scurvy Bilge Rat Cannons Shipwright Shop 140,000 Gold.png
n/a Scurvy Bilge Rat "A cannon with a crack in the barrel is still perfectly safe. For decorative purposes anyway."
Cannons of the Silent Barnacle Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold.png
n/a The Silent Barnacle "Salvaged from The Silent Barnacle, a ship built by a jealous rival Stitcher Jim!"
Cultured Aristocrat Cannons Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold.png
n/a Cultured Aristocrat "If unwanted ships are spoiling your view of the horizon, try these gorgeous cannons."
Dawn Hunter Cannon Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold.png
n/a Dawn Hunter "Perfect for hunting down foes who cower aboard their ships."
Frostbite Cannon Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold.png
n/a Frostbite "It's an everyday pirate activity to fire the cannons - why not ice them instead?"
Sunshine Parrot Cannons Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold.png
n/a Sunshine Parrot "Most parrots go 'caw'. These ones go 'boom!'."
Thriving Wild Rose Cannons Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold.png
n/a Thriving Wild Rose "A perfect example of how the deadly and the delicate can meet as one."
Venomous Kraken Cannons Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold.png
n/a Venomous Kraken "Give sea monsters you encounter a blast from these Kraken cannons, just to rub salt in the wound!"
Ghost Cannon Athena's Fortune Shipwright 500,000 Gold.png
Requires Legendary Reputation Level (50 Reputation Levels each in three of the following companies: Gold Hoarder, Merchant Alliance, Order of Souls, The Hunter's Call, Sea Dogs and Reaper's Bones) Ghost "These cannons may look ghostly, but the huge balls of iron they fire are very, very corporeal."
Dark Adventurers Cannons Athena's Fortune Shipwright 4,134,375 Gold.png
Requires Legendary Reputation Level (50 Reputation Levels each in three of the following companies: Gold Hoarder, Merchant Alliance, Order of Souls, The Hunter's Call, Sea Dogs and Reaper's Bones) Dark Adventurers "These cannons strike fear into the hearts of all who spy them - and that's before they start firing."
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