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 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 ship performance; Hit the mast to reduce your opponent's speed, strike the wheel to make it harder to steer or damage the capstan enough to force the ship to drop anchor. Planks must be used to repair damaged components while the Sails need to be hoisted to the upright position before repairs can start.
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, in short order.
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!"|
|Cutthroat Cannons||Pirate Emporium||n/a||"Count the heavy blows you land on your foes with these ultra-stylish cannons."|
|Forsaken Ashes Cannons||Black Market||n/a||"Cannons that boom like volcanoes - but can they hit pirates with the same unnerving accuracy?"|
|Huntress Cannons||Pirate Emporium||n/a||"These elegant and powerful cannons look like they could shoot as far as sight allows."|
|Inky Kraken Cannons||Black Market||n/a||"Give sea monsters you encounter a blast from these Kraken cannons, just to rub salt in the wound!"|
|Mercenary Cannon||Bilge Rats||n/a||"Sometimes you're hired to take out a whole crew. That's when these beasts come out to play."|
|Obsidian Cannons||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"These black cannons are ideal for launching a surprise attack in the dead of night."|
|Wailing Barnacle Cannon||Bilge Rats||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.|
|Silver Blade Cannons||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||"Sometimes, leading the way means clearing a path..."|
|Spartan Cannons||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||"These cannons have seen more than their share of warfare. What's one more battle?"|
|Triumphant Sea Dog Cannon||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"?"|
|Hunter Cannons||Shipwright Shop||n/a||"Perfect for hunting down foes who cower aboard their ships."|
|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!"|