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MapleStory Cannoneer Cannon Master Skill Build Guide - Remastered Destiny Update

February 19, 2024

Cannoneer, or Cannon Master (4th job), is an Explorer pirate that was released in the MapleStory Legends update in 2011. Cannoneer doesn't follow typical pirate job advancements, instead the class must be created directly from the character creation window. If you like a Pirate that has great mobbing, fires explosions from it's cannon and calls upon the aid of monkeys, this class might just be for you.

Cannoneer Overview

The legends update come out in 2011 and with it they introduced the Cannoneer class. Their hometown of Nautilus Harbor is the same as other Pirate Explorers, however they don't follow the same job advancement process. Instead, Cannoneers are a special type of explorer where they follow a fixed linear job advancement path.

Cannoneer have some of the best mobbing skills in the game. Their Cannon Bazooka skill is great for horizontal maps, as it's able to blast mobs from each end of the screen. The skill is sort after by Phantoms, as it's a great mobbing skill to steal. The skill is also quite fast in GMS due to being able to hit the attack speed cap of 0. Their party buffs can be hit and miss, as their is an element of randomness to them. They have a couple of summon skills that can help also for map control.

All Explorers got a major revamp in the Destiny V.233 Patch update, including Cannon Master!

Cannoneer's are decent bossers too. They great mobility, so good for dodging attacks that for some classes they just have to tank. Their DPS sits in the middle of MapleStory classes and they can do serious damage if they hit max damage cap as they lots of damage lines for their skills. 5th Job add some nice skills such as super stance and iframe to help dodge boss attacks.

  • Weapon: Hand Cannon
  • Job: Pirate
  • Class: Explorer
  • Shared Cash Shop Inventory: Explorer Jobs
  • Legion Block: +STR (10/20/40/80/100)
  • Link Skill: Pirate Blessing (max level: Str+70, Dex+70, Int+70, Luk+70, MaxHP +1225, MaxMP +1225, Damage Taken: -15%)
  • Primary Stat: STR
  • Inner Ability: +1 Attack Speed

Pirate First Job Skill Build

You can max all of your skills in first job. Follow this build:

  • Cannon Blaster (+1), Cannon Leap (+2)
  • Cannon leap (MAX)
  • Cannon Blaster (MAX)
  • Cannon Boost (MAX)
  • Blast Back (MAX)
  • Cannon Jump (MAX)
  • Cannon Strike (MAX)

Cannon Blaster is your main attacking skill in first job; you'll want to max your mobility skills first so you can get around training maps easier.

Call Monkey is your summon that you can toggle off; it stays with you as you fight, occaisionally attacking enemies.

Cannon Boost with increase your damage and Cannon Strike is a worse attacking skill so max it last.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Cannon Blaster Cannon Blaster Shoots a flame bomb that attacks multiple enemies. Main Attack Skill
Cannon Leap Cannon Leap Use while in the middle of a jump to jump even farther. The higher the skill, the farther the jumping distance. Can also be used with the jump key. Double Jump
Cannon Strike Cannon Strike Fires Cannon Strike at a nearby enemy. Secondary Attack Skill
Cannon Boost Cannon Boost Improves the cannon to permanently increase ATT and DEF. Passive Buff
Blast Back Blast Back Fires the cannon while quickly moving backwards. Can decrease the speed of target for a fixed period of time. Secondary Attack Skill
Cannon Jump Cannon Jump Fires your cannon at the ground, using the recoil to launch you high into the air, and damaging nearby enemies. Can be used in mid-air by simultaneously pressing the Up Arrow key and Jump Key. Can be used up to twice in a row. Vertical Jump Skill
Call Monkey Call Monkey Summons the Cannoneer's faithful partner, Monkey. To deactivate this skill, use it a second time. Can be toggled  On/Off. Toggle Skill

Cannoneer Second Job Skill Build

You can max all of your skills in second job. Follow this build:

  • Scatter Shot (+1), Cannon Mastery (+2)
  • Cannon Mastery (5)
  • Agile Cannons (MAX)
  • Scatter Shot (MAX)
  • Cannon Mastery (MAX)
  • Critical Fire (MAX)
  • Barrel Bomb (MAX)
  • Monkey Magic (MAX)
  • Pirate Training (MAX)

In second job, your main attacking skill is Scatter Shot. You'll want to max out your Agile Cannons skill first for the attack speed boost, and then max Scatter Shot.

You get several damage boosts, with Cannon Mastery, Critical Fire, Pirate Training all adding Passive Stat boosts. Monkey Magic is a buff you can cast to boost damage and Barrel Bomb is a secondary attack.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Scatter Shot Scatter Shot Attack multiple enemies at once by firing a multitude of small bombs. Main Attack Skill
Pirate Training Pirate Training Increases STR and DEX through secret Pirate training. Passive Buff
Monkey Magic Monkey Magic Uses the magic of your monkey buddy to increase the HP, MP, all stats, Speed, and Jump of all nearby party members for a short time. Can be stacked with other buffs. Buff
Critical Fire Critical Fire Permanently increases Critical Rate and Critical Damage. Passive Buff
Cannon Mastery Cannon Mastery Increases Cannon Mastery. Passive Buff
Agile Cannons Agile Cannons Increase Attack Speed and Strength. Attack Speed Buff
Barrel Bomb Barrel Bomb Roll out an Oak Barrel full of bombs. The Oak Barrel will travel a short distance, knocking back enemies in its path, before exploding. Can be resisted by some monsters. Secondary Attack Skill

Cannon Trooper Third Job Skill Build

You can max all of your skills in third job. Follow this build:

  • Cannon Spike (+1), Monkey Mortar (+1), Reinforced Cannon (+1)
  • Cannon Spike (MAX)
  • Monkey Mortar (MAX)
  • Reinforced Cannon (MAX)
  • Counter Crush (MAX)
  • Roll Of The Dice (MAX)
  • Monkey Fury (MAX)
  • Barrel Roulette (MAX)
  • Pirate Rush (MAX)

Cannon Spike is your new main mobbing skill and combining it with Monkey Mortar as a toggle skill allows you to boost your damage and mobbing.

Reinforced Cannon and Counter Crush give you additional damage. Roll The Dice and Barrel Roulette both add random buffs to you.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Cannon Spike Cannon Spike Summons a cannon that shoots a large number of shells at multiple enemies. Main Attack Skill
Roll Of The Dice Roll Of The Dice Test your luck! Roll a die to get a random buff. Roll a 1 and you get nothing, but Roll of the Dice cooldown is reduced. Buff
Reinforced Cannon Reinforced Cannon Permanently increases Final Damage, Attack Power, and Attack Speed by strengthening the cannon. Passive Buff
Pirate Rush Pirate Rush Permanently increases HP, Defense, Status Resistance, and Knockback Resistance. Passive Buff
Monkey Mortar Monkey Mortar Fires Monkey into the air on a mortar shell which then detonates. Periodically readies 1 Monkey Mortar.\nIn Auto-Mode, a Monkey Mortar is consumed each time Cannon Bazooka or Cannon Barrage hits an enemy, causing an explosion at their location. Right-click to toggle Auto Mode On/Off Secondary Attack Skill / Buff
Counter Crush Counter Crush Chance to counter any hit taken by swinging the cannon. Increases Final Damage permanently. Buff
Barrel Roulette Barrel Roulette Explode an Oak Barrel to receive a random buff. When the buff is active, attacking an enemy has a fixed chance to inflict an Abnormal Status on them. Buff
Monkey Fury Monkey Fury Fires a special elastic cannonball that coats all enemies ahead of you with gunpowder to deal damage over time. Greatly enhances Cannoneer's attack effects. Secondary Attack Skill

Cannon Master Fourth Job Skill Build

You can max all of your skills in fourth job. Follow this build:

  • Cannon Bazooka (+2), Cannon Overload (+1)
  • Cannon Bazooka (MAX)
  • Cannon Overload (MAX)
  • Mega Monkey Magic (MAX)
  • Monkey Militia (MAX)
  • Anchors Aweigh (MAX)
  • Double Down (MAX)
  • Maple Warrior (MAX)
  • Pirate's Spirit (MAX)
  • Nautilus Strike (MAX)
  • Cannon Barrage (MAX)
  • Hero's Will (MAX)

Your main mobbing skill in 4th job is Cannon Bazooka! This is an incredible horizontal attacking skill; it can be quite slow so you'll want to put a point into Cannon Overload to get that attack speed increase.

Monkey Militia is a new summon you can use for map control and Anchors Aweigh will pull mobs towards the skill to help with grinding.

Your Monkey Magic buff is upgraqded with Mega Monkey Magic and Maple Warrior, Pirate's Spirit, Cannon Overload all add passive damage boosts.

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Cannon Bazooka Cannon Bazooka Fires a powerful cannon full of compressed gunpowder to burn enemies ahead of you to the ground. Main Attack Skill
Cannon Barrage Cannon Barrage Fire multiple cannonballs at once, focusing on one enemy ahead of you. Grants a bonus to Critical Rate and ignores enemy DEF. Targets the enemy with the highest max HP within range. Single Target Attack Skill
Pirates Spirit Pirates Spirit Your Pirate Spirit makes you strong, permanently increasing your Counterattack Rate, Knockback Resistance, and Boss Damage. Passive Buff
Nautilus Strike Nautilus Strike Order the Nautilus to attack multiple enemies at once. Nautilus is unaffected by attack reflection. FMA Attack
Monkey Militia Monkey Militia Summons the Artillery Monkey Twins to aid you in battle. This skill is unaffected by enemy attack reflection skills. Summon
Mega Monkey Magic Mega Monkey Magic Upgrade your monkey's magic to temporarily increase the HP, MP, all stats, Speed, and Jump of all nearby party members. Can be stacked with other buffs. Buff
Maple Warrior Maple Warrior Temporarily increases the stats of all party members. Does not stack with Maple Warrior, Call of Cygnus, Nova Warrior, Hero of the Flora, President's Orders, Anima Warrior, or Rhinne's Protection. Buff
Heros Will Heros Will Hones your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to Abnormal Status for 3 sec after use. Buff
Double Down Double Down Try your luck! Roll two dice, and if both have the same number, you'll receive a very powerful buff: Buff
Cannon Overload Cannon Overload Pushes your cannon to the limit. Increases Final Damage, Cannon Mastery, Attack Speed, Ignore Defense. Passive Buff
Anchors Aweigh Anchors Aweigh Places an anchor that creates a strong magnetic field. The magnetic field pulls enemies toward it. When the anchor disappears, it explodes, dealing critical damage to all nearby enemies. This skill is unaffected by enemy damage reflection skills. Summon

Cannoneer Hyper Skill Build

Hyper skills are available at level 140. You get Hyper Skill Points as you level towards 200, but not enough to max all the skills, so choose wisely. These skills mostly help increase the damage of your current skills.

  • Cannon Bazooka - Reinforce
  • Cannon Bazooka - Spread
  • Cannon Bazooka - Extra Strike
  • Cannon Barrage - Reinforce
  • Cannon Barrage - Extra Strike
  • Rolling Rainbow
  • Epic Adventure
  • Buckshot

Cannoneer Fifth Job Skill Build

Upon reaching level 200, you will now have access to the V Matrix, which acts as your new fifth job skills. Each class gets their own skills to use, along with boosting nodes to increase the damage of existing skills. To obtain new skills, you open up items called Nodestones, which drop from every mob in Arcane River. You have limited number of slots in your V Matrix, so you want to obtain perfect nodes for maximize your character's damage.

Marksman's Nodes should include:

  • Cannon Of Mass Destruction
  • The Nuclear Option
  • Monkey Business
  • Poolmaker
  • Trinode: Cannon Barrage, Rolling Rainbow, Monkey Miltia
  • Trinode: Cannon Bazooka, Monkey Fury, Anchors Away

All 5th Job classes should try to also obtain these:

  • Decent Holy Symbol
  • Decent Sharp Eyes
  • Decent Speed Infusion
  • Erda Nova
  • Rope Lift
  • Loaded Dice

Skill Description & Overview

Icon Skill Description Type
Cannon Of Mass Destruction Cannon Of Mass Destruction Fires a gigantic rocket from your cannon. Unaffected by attack reflection. Attack Skill
The Nuclear Option The Nuclear Option Shoots a ballistic missile along a curved trajectory to obliterate enemies in a wide range. While holding the skill key, press the Up or Down arrows to control the angle of fire. Release the key to fire. The missile does not strike enemies directly but deals sustained damage with it hits the ground and explodes. Immune to knockback while aiming, and you'll be invincible while prepping the skill and right after it ends. Burst Attack
Monkey Business Monkey Business Summon the special Champion Monkey Platoon that will help you in battle. The platoon is comprised of 3 members and is unaffected by attack reflection. Summon Attack
Poolmaker Poolmaker Bombard the earth with meteoric strikes. After a short delay, those strikes fall on enemies near the Cannoneer, prioritizing boss monsters, enemies with the highest HP, and enemies that have survived a previous strike, in that order. If you move maps while there are still strikes in reserve, or if the cooldown is reset, the skill will end. Strikes are unaffected by attack reflection. Buff Skill / Attack Cooldown skill


06/03/2023 - Updated for Destiny Remastered Patch.

26/03/2021 - Added new 5th Job Skill from the Awake update.

16/11/2020 - First update


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Please update more detail, e.g. Inner Ability, Hyper Stats, mobbing nodes, bossing nodes...
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Try going to Grandis Library online. gives the items you mention. Although I have never seen a differentiation between mobbing and bossing nodes. Good luck to you.
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