MapleStory Cannoneer aka Cannon Shooter Skill Build Guide V1

MapleStory Cannon Shooter Cannoneer Job Selection Cannon Shooter (Cannoneer / Cannon Master) is one of MapleStory Special Adventurer who uses Cannon aided with by a Monkey companion. Cannoneer primary stat is STR (strength). Cannoneer skills is a mix breed of Mechanic and Pirate, therefore you can see some skills are alike disguise in vivid animations.

Cannoneer Overview

CLASS: Explorer
LINK SKILL: Pirate Blessing – All Stats +15/25/35, MaxHP and MaxMP +5/10/15%
CHARACTER CARD: (EXP loss on death) -2/3/4/5%
JOB SKILLS: I: PirateII: CannoneerIII: Cannon TrooperIV: Cannon MasterHyper Skills

Cannoneer Pros and Cons

+ High Base Attack Power
+ High Defense
+ High Stats
+ Lots of inventory slots (Can be use as mules)
+ Relatively high HP
– Slow Attack Speed
– Sluggish Skills
– Slow movement

Cannoneer Storyline

You are cruising on a ship until a balrog suddenly invades the ship and thrown you off-board which results in you being unconscious. When you regain consciousness, you find a monkey in front of you. Soon, you realised that the monkey saved your life. You thanked him and ask if there is anyone else on the island and he points over to Cutter who then asks you to retrieve some items for him so that you can escape from the island. Once you’re done, you bid goodbyes to the monkey, but when you arrive at the Nautilus, you realize that the monkey had came along with you! He then becomes your partner and you set off for a new journey.

Cannoneer Beginner Skills

Master of Organization Master of Organization
Automatically increases equip, use, etc, and set-up slots.
Slot expansion occurs in 1st job and 2nd job advancement by +24 slots.

Master of Swimming Master of Swimming
Swim and jump faster while in water.

Pirate Blessing Pirate Blessing
Permanently increases all stats and Max HP and Max MP. Upon reaching level 70, you can bless a selected character in same world on same account with permanent stats.
LV1: +15 all stats and 5% HP & MP.

Cannoneer Beginner Skill Build: Everything maxed.

All the skills above are special traits that only belongs to Cannoneer. No SP is required to be channeled into any of the skills above.

Cannoneer 1st Job Skills

Cannon Blaster Cannon Blaster
Attack 3 enemies with fireballs.
LV1: MP -7, 187% Damage.
LV20: MP -11, 265% Damage.

Cannon Boost Cannon Boost
Permanently increases attack and defense.
LV1: +2 Weapon Attack, +25 Physical and Magical Defense.
LV10: +20 Weapon Attack, +250 Physical and Magical Defense.

Blast Back Blast Back
Attack 3 enemies with a chance to cripple (slow) their movement speed.
LV1: MP -20, 154% Damage. 28% Cripple Rate. -18 Speed for 2 sec.
LV15: MP -20, 250% Damage. 70% Cripple Rate. -60 Speed for 5 sec.

Cannon Strike Cannon Strike
Attack 1 enemy 4 times with a retrieval boxing glove.
LV1: MP -7, 76% Damage.
LV20: MP -9, 95% Damage.

Cannoneer 1st Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Cannon Strike.
1. Cannon Blaster (1) Blast Back (1)
2. Cannon Boost (MAX)
3. Cannon Blast (MAX)
4. Blast Back (MAX)
5. Cannon Strike (19/20)

Cannon Blast will be your primary 1st job training skill. Max Cannon Boost to have a better base damage before proceeding with maxing Cannon Blast. Once these 2 skills are at their full potential, max Blast Back (which can be used as a teleporting skill while traveling) and dump the other remaining Skill Points (SP) into Cannon Strike. Cannon Strike is not effective against cluster of weak monsters, better go with Cannon Blast from the start.

Cannoneer 2nd Job Skills

Scatter Shot Scatter Shot
Attack 4 enemies 2 times.
LV1: MP -16, 163% Damage.
LV20: MP -24, 185% Damage.

Barrel Bomb Barrel Bomb
Attack 8 enemies 3 times with a rolling barrel with a chance to knockback them.
Upon coming to a halt, the oak barrel explodes and damages nearby monsters.
LV1: MP -20, 32% Damage, 50% Knockback rate, 275% explode damage.
LV20: MP -28, 70% Damage, 100% Knockback rate, 370% explode damage.

Cannon Booster Cannon Booster
[REQUIRE] LV5 Cannon Mastery.
Temporarily reduce cannon shot delay for faster shooting response.
Level 1: MP 29, Lasts 20 sec.
Level 10: MP 11, Lasts 200 sec.

Monkey Magic Monkey Magic
Temporarily increases all stats, Max HP, Max MP, speed and jump.
LV1: MP -30, +15 HP and MP. +1 All Stats, +1 Speed and +1 Jump. +8 Accuracy and Avoid. Lasts for 15 sec.
LV20: MP -55, +400 HP and MP. +30 All Stats, +10 Speed and +5 Jump. +160 Accuracy and Avoid. Lasts for 160 sec.

Critical Fire Critical Fire
Permanently increases Critical Rate and Minimum Critical Damage.
LV1: +8% Critical Rate, +5% Minimum Critical Damage.
LV10: +20% Critical Rate, +10% Minimum Critical Damage.

Cannon Mastery Cannon Mastery
Increases cannon mastery and accuracy.
LV1: +14% Cannon Mastery, +12 Accuracy.
LV10: +50% Cannon Mastery, +120 Accuracy.

Physical Training Physical Training
Permanently increases STR (Strength) and DEX (Dexterity).
LV1: +6 STR, +6 DEX.
LV5: +30 STR, +30 DEX.

Cannoneer 2nd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Scatter Shot.
1. Scatter Shot (1) Barrel Bomb (1)
2. Cannon Mastery (5)
3. Cannon Booster (6)
4. Cannon Mastery (MAX)
5. Physical Training (MAX)
6. Scatter Shot (19/20)
7. Monkey Magic (MAX)
8. Critical Fire (MAX)
9. Cannon Booster (MAX)
10. Barrel Bomb (MAX)

Level 1 Scatter Shot overpowers Cannon Blast (1st job skill) and you can use this to take down weak enemies as you strengthen your mobbing knocking barrel skill. Barrel Bomb has longer range and knockback enemies away from you before they could retaliate. However, there is a slight delay with it. You can either switch Barrel Bomb with Scatter Shot, but don’t max Scatter Shot since Barrel Bomb base damage will be further improved in 3rd job. If you are a player who uses 2 types of skill for training, you can bump those 2 skill’s level simultaneously, but not recommended since your damage is distributed.

Cannoneer 3rd Job Skills

Cannon Spike Cannon Spike
Attack 6 enemies 4 times with a flame drilling cannonball.
LV1: MP -28, 180% Damage.
LV20: MP -36, 220% Damage.

Monkey Madness Monkey Madness
Attacks 10 nearby enemies 5 times with mini explosions. The explosion has a chance to stun them for a short period. Also passively increases Barrel Bomb damage.
LV1: MP -30, 223% Damage, 45% chance to stun for 2 sec. Cooldown 5 sec. +3% Barrel Bomb Damage
LV20: MP -46, 280% Damage, 95% chance to stun for 5 sec. Cooldown 5 sec. +30% Barrel Bomb Damage

Monkey Wave Monkey Wave
Attacks all enemies within path and has a chance to stun them. If hit enemy with critical, there is a chance enemy receives max damage! Permanently increases Critical Rate.
LV1: MP -35, 620% Max Damage, 45% Stun Rate, 2% chance to deal max damage. +1 Critical Rate.
LV20: MP -55, 1000% Max Damage, 95% Stun Rate, 50% chance to deal max damage. +20 Critical Rate.

Cannon Jump Cannon Jump
Attack 6 enemies nearby the launching area where you shoot the ground with cannon to propel yourself up to a platform above you instead of climbing ladder/rope.
Level 1: MP -55, 174% Damage.
Level 5: MP -35, 210% Damage.

Barrel Roulette Barrel Roulette
Enchant your attacks to inflict random abnormal status. These abnormal statuses are darkness / stun / freeze / slow. Abnormal status will lasts for some period on enemies. Also permanently increases overall damage.
LV1: MP -35, 3% chance to inflict abnormal status lasting 3 sec. Enchant buff lasts 186 sec and cooldown in 57 sec. +1% Damage.
LV10: MP -60, 30% chance to inflict abnormal status lasting 5 sec. Enchant buff lasts 186 sec and cooldown in 30 sec. +10% Damage.

Luck of the Dice Luck of the Dice
Roll dice to get a random buff. Roll a 1 and you will not get buff.
LV1: MP -40, Buff lasts 66 sec and cooldown in 500 sec.
LV20: MP -60, Buff lasts 180 sec and cooldown in 200 sec.

Dice Number : Buff Effect
1 : Nothing
2 : +30% Physical and Magic Defense
3 : +20% Max HP and Max MP
4 : +15% Critical Rate
5 : +20% Damage
6 : +30% EXP Gain

Reinforced Cannon Reinforced Cannon
Increases attack damage and raise attack speed by 1.
LV1: +1 Weapon Attack.
LV10: +30 Weapon Attack.

Pirate Rush Pirate Rush
Increases HP, DEF, and Abnormal Status Resistance.
LV1: +2% HP, +14% DEF, +2% Abnormal Status Resistance.
LV10: +20% HP, +50% DEF, +20% Abnormal Status Resistance.

Counter Crush Counter Crush
Has a chance to block enemy attacks and retaliate with cannon.
If hit by enemy,counterattack with cannon instantly.
LV1: 8% block chance, retaliate with 106% damage.
LV10: 20% block chance, retaliate with 160% damage.

Cannoneer 3rd Job Skill Build: Everything maxed except Cannon Spike.
1. Cannon Spike (1) Cannon Jump (1) Monkey Madness (1)
2. Reinforced Cannon (MAX)
3. Cannon Jump (MAX)
4. Cannon Spike (19/20)
5. Monkey Madness (MAX)
6. Luck of the Dice (MAX)
7. Pirate Rush (MAX)
8. Counter Crush (MAX)
9. Monkey Wave (MAX)
10. Barrel Roulette (MAX)

Cannon Spike and Monkey Madness will be your primary attacking skill for training and bossing. However, remember to cap Cannon Spike to 19/20 skill points so you have sufficient skill point to max both Monkey Wave and Cannon Jump. There are some debates going over with Monkey Wave vs Cannon Jump. Both are actually useful for damage and mobility. Monkey Wave grants bonus Critical Rate which allows you to have higher chance of dealing critical damage against your enemies whereas higher skill level of Cannon Jump increases your jump height, making it easier to reach high level platform with ease and to navigate/cycle hard-to-travel maps for training or can be used to travel long distance maps should you not have any access to VIP Teleport Rock.

Cannoneer 4th Job Skills

Cannon Bazooka Cannon Bazooka
Attack 6 enemies 4 times with blazing laser cannon.
LV1: MP -50, 313% Damage.
LV30: MP -75, 545% Damage.

Cannon Barrage Cannon Barrage
Attack 1 enemy 5 times with high chance to deal critical damage.
The bonus critical rate only applies for this skill.
LV1: MP -45, 218% Damage, +1% Critical Rate.
LV30: MP -63, 305% Damage, +15% Critical Rate.

Nautilus Strike Nautilus Strike
Summon Nautilus Battleship to attack 15 enemies 3 times with airstrike.
LV1: MP -350, 404% Damage, Cooldown: 60 sec
LV30: MP -350, 520% Damage, Cooldown: 30 sec

Anchors Away Anchors Away (Supportive)
Summons an anchor that pulls nearby enemies toward it.
Also deals damage to enemies while being pulled at fixed interval.
Upon expiring, it will explode and deal additional damage.
Level 1: MP -62, Lasts 6 sec. 220% Pull Damage. 508% Explode Damage.
Level 15: MP -86, Lasts 20 sec. 500% Pull Damage. 620% Explode Damage.

Monkey Militia Monkey Militia (Supportive)
Summons stationary twin artillery monkey to attack an enemy at a fixed interval.
Has a fixed cooldown of 10 seconds.
LV1: MP -40, Lasts 32 sec, 280% Damage.
LV15: MP -70, Lasts 60 sec, 280% Damage.

Double Down Double Down (Supportive)
Rolls two dice, and if both has same number, +10% buff effect to the original.
Example: Both dice rolls on 6, you gain 40% EXP Rate (30% + 10%)
However second dice only appears based on a occurring rate.
Has a fixed cooldown of 200 seconds.
LV1: MP -60, 10% chance to roll 2 dice. Buff lasts 184 sec.
LV5: MP -60, 70% chance to roll 2 dice. Buff lasts 208 sec.

Mega Monkey Magic Mega Monkey Magic (Supportive)
A successor of Monkey Magic boost stat skill. The buff can be stack with others and lasts at fixed period of 300 sec.
LV1: MP -60, +323 HP MP, +25 All Stats, +11 Speed, +6 Jump, +163 Acc Avoid.
LV30: MP -80, +323 HP MP, +40 All Stats, +15 Speed, +10 Jump, +250 Acc Avoid.

Cannon Overload Cannon Overload (Passive)
Increase damage and ignore some enemy defense.
LV1: +11% Damage. Ignores 5% Enemy DEF.
LV30: +40% Damage. ignores 20% Enemy DEF.

Pirate's Spirit Pirate’s Spirit (Passive/Supportive)
Temporarily increase chance to resist knock back by enemies.
Also passively increases counterattack chance.
LV1: MP -50, 22% knockback resist, +1% Counterattack Rate. Lasts 10 sec.
LV30: MP -80, 80% knockback resist, +16% Counterattack Rate. Lasts 10 sec.

Maple Warrior Maple Warrior
Increases all players’ stats within a team by a certain percentage.
Level 1: MP -10, +1% All Stats for 30 sec
Level 30: MP -70, +15% All Stats for 900 sec

Hero's Will Hero’s Will
Remove some abnormal effects from you.
Level 1: MP-30, Cooldown: 600 sec
Level 5: MP -30, Cooldown: 360 sec

Cannoneer 4th Job Skill Build: Everything maxed.
1. Cannon Bazooka (1), Cannon Barrage (1) Cannon Overload (1) Anchors Away (1)
2. Double Down (MAX)
3. Cannon Overload (MAX)
4. Cannon Bazooka (MAX)
5. Cannon Barrage (MAX)
6. Anchors Away (MAX)
7. Pirate’s Spirit (MAX)
8. Monkey Militia (MAX)
9. Mega Monkey Magic (MAX)
10. Maple Warrior (MAX)
11. Nautilus Strike (MAX)
12. Hero’s Will (MAX)
13. Extra 55 SP

The skills mentioned in skill build should be maxed in sequence for effective leveling speed. Cannon Bazooka is a great mobbing attack while Cannon Barrage is used for single target high damage attack. Before maxing these 2 primary skills for 4th job, boost your damage with Cannon Overload and get extra buff from Double Down. The rest of the skills can be any order though. Nautilus Strike is maxed last since you spamming it is kinda costly and has a huge cooldown.

Cannoneer Hyper Skills

Monkey Militia – Splitter (Level 143) Damage Halved but Hits become 2.

Monkey Militia – Persist (Level 162) +10 sec duration.

Monkey Militia – Enhance (Level 183) One extra Support Monkey Twins can be summoned.

Cannon Bazooka – Reinforce (Level 149) +20% Damage.

Cannon Bazooka – Spread (Level 168) Attack +2 Enemies.

Cannon Bazooka –Extra Strike (Level 189) Attack +1 time per Enemy.

Cannon Barrage – Reinforce (Level 155) +20% Damage.

Cannon Barrage – Critical Chance (Level 177) +15% Critical Rate.

Cannon Barrage – Extra Strike (Level 195) Attack +1 time per Enemy.

Buckshot (Level 150)
Temporarily increase attack count of all of his skills by 3 times but decreases his damage by 40% for 180 seconds. MP Cost: 300, Duration: 180 sec, Number of Attacks of All Skills: x3, Damage Reduction: -40%

Rolling Rainbow (Level 170)
Summon your crewmates to join forces and shoot three flashes of rainbow light at up to 10 enemies in front of you for 400% two times continuously, for a maximum of 12 seconds. There is a cooldown of 90 seconds. The maximum damage for this skill is 9,999,999. (Key-down skill, MP Cost: 30, max Enemies Hit: 10, Damage: 400%, Duration: 12 sec, Cooldown: 90 sec, Max Damage: 9999999)

Epic Adventure (Level 200)
A buff that gives the legendary Adventurers of the Maple World 10% increased damage and the ability to pass the damage cap by 50,000 for 60 seconds. There is a cooldown of 120 seconds. (MP Cost: 100, Duration: 60 sec, Damage: +10%, Max Damage: +50000, Cooldown: 120 sec. Only applies to Explorer class within the party.)

Cannoneer Hyper Skill Build:
1. Cannon Bazooka – Spread (MAX)
2. Cannon Bazooka – Reinforce (MAX)
3. Cannon Bazooka –Extra Strike (MAX)
4. Cannon Barrage – Extra Strike (MAX)
5. Cannon Barrage – Reinforce (MAX)
6. Buckshot (MAX)
7. Rolling Rainbow (MAX)
8. Epic Adventure (MAX)
9. Hyper Strength (MAX)
10. Hyper Health (MAX)
11. Hyper Mana (MAX)
12. Hyper Weapon Defense (MAX)
13. Hyper Magic Defense (MAX)
14. Hyper Critical Rate (MAX)


Cannoneer 1st Job Skills
Cannon Splash -> Cannon Blast
Cannon Buildup -> Cannon Boost
Gigantic Backstep -> Blast Back
Cannon Strike -> SAME
Critical Fire -> SAME

Cannoneer 2nd Job Skills
Slug Shot -> Scatter Shot
Monkey Rush Boom -> Barrel Bomb
Cannon Booster -> SAME
Monkey Magic -> SAME

Cannoneer 3rd Job Skills
Oak Barrel Roulette -> Barrel Roulette
Cannon Counter -> Counter Crush
Cannon Reinforcement -> Reinforced Cannon
Lucky Dice -> Luck of the Die
Vital Extreme -> Pirate’s Rush

Cannoneer 4th Job Skills
Overburn -> Cannon Overload
Hyper Monkey Spell -> Mega Monkey Magic
Monkey Power Boom -> Monkey Madness
Twin Monkey Support -> Monkey Militia
Cannon Buster -> Cannon Barrage
Battleship Nautilus -> Nautilus Strike
Magnetic Anchor -> Anchors Away
Double Lucky Dice -> Double Down

Cannoneer Hyper Skills
Support Monkey Twins – Split Damage -> Monkey Militia – Splitter
Support Monkey Twins – Persist -> Monkey Militia – Persist
Support Monkey Twins – Enhance -> Monkey Militia – Enhance
Cannon Bazooka – Reinforce -> SAME
Cannon Bazooka – Extra Target -> Cannon Bazooka – Spread
Cannon Bazooka – Bonus Attack -> Cannon Bazooka – Extra Strike
Cannon Buster – Reinforce -> Cannon Barrage – Reinforce
Cannon Buster – Critical Rate -> Cannon Barrage – Critical Chance
Cannon Buster – Bonus Attack -> Cannon Barrage – Extra Strike
Buck Shot -> Buckshot
Rolling Cannon Rainbow -> Rolling Rainbow
Epic Adventure -> SAME

MapleStory Cannoneer Skill Preview

Cannoneer 1st Job Preview
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Cannoneer 2nd Job Preview
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Cannoneer 3rd Job Preview
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Cannoneer 4th Job Preview
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Cannoneer Changelog

Jan. 29, 2013 : Cannoneer Skill Build Guide
Apr. 03, 2013 : GMS v.132 Hyper Evolution Update Notes
Nov. 29, 2013 : Updated Cannoneer 3rd Job Skill Build Guide (Cap Cannon Spike to 19/20)

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