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, where they are often operated by Skeletons who fire at Ships that are passing by or attempting to dock.
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
Cannons are a ship's primary weapon. Each Cannon must be operated by a player in order to fire from it. They can be used to attack other Ships or Player Pirates and Enemies on land. Cannons need to be loaded before firing. Cannons can be loaded with Cannonballs, Cursed Cannonballs or Player Pirates. When a player fires a Cannon shot that successfully hits another Ship or an enemy creature, a short upbeat musical cue can be heard by the player who fired the shot. Cannons shoot at an arc that is influenced by the cannon's position and the speed of the ship. A good way of practicing Cannon fire accuracy is to try shooting at passing Islands or landmarks. Cannons also offer the ability for players to climb in and be fired, instead of cannonballs, to reach distant areas or other ships. Players do take fall damage when shot out of a cannon, if they fall far enough vertically, but do not take damage from lateral impacts.
Cannonball Fire can be used to damage different parts of an enemy's Ship. Hitting the Hull will leave ever bigger holes in it. Aiming for the Wheel can make the enemy's Ship harder to steer. Aiming for any single Mast can help destroy them and drastically lower the enemy Ship's speed. Aiming for the Capstan destroy's its pins, allowing less people to interact with it.
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Fighting ship-to-ship, plan and aim your cannonballs just below the waterline on the opposing ship, which will hit and make holes in their lower deck. Aiming too high will make holes above the water, which may not help sink the target ship.
- 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.
Variants[edit | edit source]
The following are all the available Cosmetic Cannon Variants in Sea of Thieves:
|Bear & Bird Cannons||Pirate Emporium||n/a||"Imagine your cannonballs soaring with avian grace and striking with ursine might!"|
|Mercenary Cannon||Duke||n/a||"Sometimes you're hired to take out a whole crew. That's when these beasts come out to play."|
|Wailing Barnacle Cannon||Duke||n/a||"Salvaged from The Wailing Barnacle, a ship once sailed by the notorious Stitcher Jim!"|
|Magpie’s Wing Cannons||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||"Cannons from the Magpie's Wing, the Pirate Lord's own ship! Just like him, they're still kicking."|
|Sailor Cannons||n/a||n/a||This Cannons variant is automatically provided to all players by default.|
|Spartan Cannons||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||"These cannons have seen more than their share of warfare. What's one more battle?"|
|Golden Sailor Cannons||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"Celebrate your pirate birthday with a golden gift, though these cannons are sadly just painted."|
|The Killer Whale Cannon||The Hunter's Call||45||"Perfect cannons for taking down sea monsters. They're raring to get some revenge!"|
|Admiral Cannons||Shipwright Shop||40||"Cannons so clean and shiny, you could eat your dinner off them! Please don't do that."|
|Sea Dog Cannons||Shipwright Shop||40||"These cannons may be a bit rough around the edges, but they're always ready for battle."|
|Sovereign Cannons||Shipwright Shop||40||"Rather splendid cannons which will deal with those beneath you in short order."|
|Bone Crusher Cannons||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"These bone-covered cannons look ready to hole some hulls and smash some skeletons!"|
|Glorious Sea Dog Cannon||Shipwright Shop||40||"The famous colourful cannons of the Sea Dogs, as accurate as a pistol, in the right hands."|
|Kraken Cannons||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"Give sea monsters you encounter a blast from these Kraken cannons, just to rub salt in the wound!"|
|Ocean Crawler Cannons||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"Inspired by things that crawl and snap in the deep, these cannons will put the pinch on the enemy."|
|Parrot Cannon||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"Most parrots go 'caw'. These ones go 'boom!'."|
|Pirate Legend Cannons||Shipwright Shop||"Handsome cannons such as these, will bring lesser pirates to their knees!"|