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
- Pirate First Job Skill Build
- Cannoneer Second Job Skill Build
- Cannon Trooper Third Job Skill Build
- Cannon Master Fourth Job Skill Build
- Cannoneer Hyper Skill Build
- Cannoneer Fifth Job Skill Build
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
Did you know?
MapleStory Explorer Classes can switch between jobs once they are level 101+. For example, a Dark Knight can job change to a Paladin. They can only job change to characters within their class branch (i.e. archers to archers, thiefs to thiefs etc). You cannot job change a Dark Knight to a Bishop.
To do job change, you can either pay mesos or use a Job Advancement Coin (which is usually given out during events). Speak to your 4th job advancement NPC in Leafre to job change.
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
|Cannon Blaster||Shoots a flame bomb that attacks multiple enemies.||Main Attack Skill|
|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||Fires Cannon Strike at a nearby enemy.||Secondary Attack Skill|
|Cannon Boost||Improves the cannon to permanently increase ATT and DEF.||Passive Buff|
|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||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||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
|Scatter Shot||Attack multiple enemies at once by firing a multitude of small bombs.||Main Attack Skill|
|Pirate Training||Increases STR and DEX through secret Pirate training.||Passive Buff|
|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||Permanently increases Critical Rate and Critical Damage.||Passive Buff|
|Cannon Mastery||Increases Cannon Mastery.||Passive Buff|
|Agile Cannons||Increase Attack Speed and Strength.||Attack Speed Buff|
|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
|Cannon Spike||Summons a cannon that shoots a large number of shells at multiple enemies.||Main Attack Skill|
|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||Permanently increases Final Damage, Attack Power, and Attack Speed by strengthening the cannon.||Passive Buff|
|Pirate Rush||Permanently increases HP, Defense, Status Resistance, and Knockback Resistance.||Passive Buff|
|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||Chance to counter any hit taken by swinging the cannon. Increases Final Damage permanently.||Buff|
|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||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
|Cannon Bazooka||Fires a powerful cannon full of compressed gunpowder to burn enemies ahead of you to the ground.||Main Attack Skill|
|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||Your Pirate Spirit makes you strong, permanently increasing your Counterattack Rate, Knockback Resistance, and Boss Damage.||Passive Buff|
|Nautilus Strike||Order the Nautilus to attack multiple enemies at once. Nautilus is unaffected by attack reflection.||FMA Attack|
|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||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||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||Hones your resolve to ignore certain abnormal status effects. Immune to Abnormal Status for 3 sec after use.||Buff|
|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||Pushes your cannon to the limit. Increases Final Damage, Cannon Mastery, Attack Speed, Ignore Defense.||Passive Buff|
|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
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
- 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
|Cannon Of Mass Destruction||Fires a gigantic rocket from your cannon. Unaffected by attack reflection.||Attack Skill|
|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||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||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
Please update more detail, e.g. Inner Ability, Hyper Stats, mobbing nodes, bossing nodes...