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Cannon
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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 hinderance 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[edit | edit source]

Cannons are your ship's main offense against Skeleton Ships, other Player Pirates, Megalodons, and Skeletons. Cannons can be loaded with a single Cannonball, Cursed Cannonball, 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • Aiming for the Mast and hitting it will damage it, if you hit it enough, the mast will fall over this slows the ship down, but all masts must be down to stop the ship, if you do well enough you will stop the ship, this provides the same effect as a Rigging ball, so definitely take advantage of it.

Variants[edit | edit source]

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

Name Shop Cost Rep Set In-game description
Aristocrat Cannons Black Market
50
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n/a Aristocrat "If unwanted ships are spoiling your view of the horizon, try these gorgeous cannons."
Bear & Bird Cannons Pirate Emporium
349
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n/a Bear & Bird "Imagine your cannonballs soaring with avian grace and striking with ursine might!"
Blighted Cannons Pirate Emporium
349
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n/a Blighted "Thankfully, these sinister cannons work on pirates, skeletons and everything between."
Cutthroat Cannons Pirate Emporium
349
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n/a Cutthroat "Count the heavy blows you land on your foes with these ultra-stylish cannons."
Elemental Power Cannons Pirate Emporium
349
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n/a Elemental Power "Booming like dragon fire, these cannons could blast even the trolls of legend to ash."
Forsaken Ashes Cannons Black Market
50
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n/a Forsaken Ashes "Cannons that boom like volcanoes - but can they hit pirates with the same unnerving accuracy?"
Huntress Cannons Pirate Emporium
349
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n/a Huntress "These elegant and powerful cannons look like they could shoot as far as sight allows."
Mercenary Cannon Black Market
50
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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
0
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n/a Mutinous Fist "These cannons are always primed to fight oppression and control. And the occasional merchant."
Night Wulf Cannons Pirate Emporium
349
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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
0
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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
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n/a Paradise Garden "These cannons are almost too much fun to sink ships with! If only they could launch candy."
Royal Sea Squirrel Cannon Pirate Emporium
349
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n/a Royal Sea Squirrel "These make short work of weasels, goblins and bears. Oh my!"
Ruby Splashtail Cannons Pirate Emporium
349
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n/a Ruby Splashtail "Hopefully as accurate as Ruby Splashtails are when they dive onto your hook for the tenth time."
Wailing Barnacle Cannon Black Market
40
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n/a Wailing Barnacle "Salvaged from The Wailing Barnacle, a ship once sailed by the notorious Stitcher Jim!"
Wild Rose Cannons Black Market
50
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n/a Wild Rose "A perfect example of how the deadly and the delicate can meet as one."
Magpie’s Wing Cannons Ship Customization Chest
0
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n/a Standalone Cosmetics "Cannons from the Magpie's Wing, the Pirate Lord's own ship! Just like him, they're still kicking."
Omen Cannons Ship Customization Chest
0
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n/a Omen "Gear up for war with cannons that drop the hammer on your foes without mercy."
Sailor Cannons n/a
0
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n/a Sailor This Cannons variant is automatically provided to all players by default.
Silver Blade Cannons Ship Customization Chest
0
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n/a Silver Blade "Sometimes, leading the way means clearing a path..."
Spartan Cannons Ship Customization Chest
0
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n/a Spartan "These cannons have seen more than their share of warfare. What's one more battle?"
Golden Sailor Cannons Shipwright Shop
320
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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
3500
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45 The Killer Whale "Perfect cannons for taking down sea monsters. They're raring to get some revenge!"
Measly Reaper Cannons Reaper's Bones
4635
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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
9270
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15 Reaper’s Bones "Your will to succeed has been noted. You may use these more impressive guns."
Renowned Reaper Cannons Reaper's Bones
13905
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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
18540
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35 Reaper’s Bones "These ornate cannons are reserved for Reapers who take what they want, without fear."
Notorious Reaper Cannons Reaper's Bones
23175
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45 Reaper’s Bones "Glory is yours, Reaper. Use these excellent cannons befitting a pirate of your notoriety."
Admiral Cannons Shipwright Shop
49000
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40 Admiral "Cannons so clean and shiny, you could eat your dinner off them! Please don't do that."
Bilge Rat Cannons Shipwright Shop
49000
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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
49000
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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
49000
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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
49000
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40 Grand Admiral "Cannons so clean and shiny, you could eat your dinner off them! Please don't do that."
Hunter Cannons Shipwright Shop
49000
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n/a Hunter "Perfect for hunting down foes who cower aboard their ships."
Imperial Sovereign Cannons Shipwright Shop
49000
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40 Imperial Sovereign "Rather splendid cannons which will deal with those beneath you in short order."
Rogue Sea Dog Cannons Shipwright Shop
49000
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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
49000
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40 Royal Sovereign "Rather splendid cannons which will deal with those beneath you in short order."
Ruffian Sea Dog Cannons Shipwright Shop
49000
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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
49000
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40 Sea Dog "These cannons may be a bit rough around the edges, but they're always ready for battle."
Sovereign Cannons Shipwright Shop
49000
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40 Sovereign "Rather splendid cannons which will deal with those beneath you in short order."
Bone Crusher Cannons Shipwright Shop
69550
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n/a Bone Crusher "These bone-covered cannons look ready to hole some hulls and smash some skeletons!"
Glorious Sea Dog Cannon Shipwright Shop
69550
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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
69550
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60 Gold Hoarders "Magnificent golden cannons to help you protect your treasured hoard on its route back to us."
Kraken Cannons Shipwright Shop
69550
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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
69550
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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
69550
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60 Merchant Alliance "These will help you protect your cargo and maintain our reputation."
Ocean Crawler Cannons Shipwright Shop
69550
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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
69550
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60 Order of Souls "These prized cannons are infused with the spirits of skeletons defeated in battle."
Parrot Cannon Shipwright Shop
69550
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n/a Parrot "Most parrots go 'caw'. These ones go 'boom!'."
Triumphant Sea Dog Cannon Shipwright Shop
69550
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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
69950
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n/a Ashen Dragon "Like mythical dragons, these cannons spit forth death with booming fury."
Deep Ocean Crawler Cannons Black Market
110250
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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 Black Market
110250
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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 Black Market
110250
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n/a Nightshine Parrot "Most parrots go 'caw'. These ones go 'boom!'"
Scurvy Bilge Rat Cannons Shipwright Shop
140000
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n/a Scurvy Bilge Rat "A cannon with a crack in the barrel is still perfectly safe. For decorative purposes anyway."
Ghost Cannon Athena's Fortune Shipwright
500000
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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."