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Requirements & Scaling
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Cannon is a Firearm in Bloodborne; it's one of three strength-based firearms in the game.


Cannon Description

"Large prototype firearms fashioned by the workshop heretics, the Powder Kegs. Use of this weapon is equivalent to toting a mounted cannon, complete with its ridiculous weight, staggering kick, and lavish use of Quicksilver Bullets, into battle. Such a monstrosity was doomed from the start, and indeed its development was cut short. Yet, against impossibly gigantic foes, it might be just the thing. "


Cannon Information

  • The Cannon is one of two firearms in the game that utilizes explosive projectiles.
    • It requires high strength to wield (30), making this primarily for Strength or "Quality" (STR/SKL) builds.
    • This firearm can be useful for opening up visceral attacks against gigantic enemies/bosses, or simply removing a large chunk of their health.
  • As of patch v1.03, it takes 12 QS Bullets to fire.
    • This firearm currently has the highest QS Bullet requirement to fire as well.
    • For this reason, the Cannon is best saved for towering foes or inflicting massive damage against a single target.
    • It should be kept in mind, however, that certain measures can be taken to increase the number of Cannon shots possible during a hunt.
  • The Bloodtinge scaling on this firearm is low, reaching rank D at its highest peak.
    • However, it can still be a worthy choice to invest in Bloodtinge because this firearm's base AR is very high.
    • Furthermore, if you own the DLC, you gain access to a weapon that works well with the Cannon, the Bloodletter, as it makes great usage of both strength and bloodtinge.



  • It's found in the Forbidden Woods inside a big wooden building.
    • You need to walk into the building behind the enemy who is firing a large stationary cannon. When you proceed into the building, there will be a Viper Pit Mob guarding the area. Stay above and exit on the opposite end of where you entered. Drop down from the ledge onto the exterior roof. Next, kill the Large Huntsman and go up the ladder. Once back inside the building, follow the narrow wooden walkway to the other side and look for another slightly lower hanging walkway. Drop down and circle around until you find a corpse next a destroyed gear; the Cannon is there, where you can pick it up.
    • As of patch 1.02, it can be obtained without killing any bosses by using the Iosefka Jump to get early access to the Forbidden Woods.


Player Notes

  • The Cannon's shot mechanics are different from the Church Cannon in that it has two components in its damage:
    • phase 1: direct impact of the bullet. This can damage only the foes hit directly by the bullet just like a normal gun shot, no AoE at all. This deals exactly 50% of the overall damage. Bone marrow ash adds 50% to this component's damage.
    • Phase2: almost instantaneously following the impact, the AoE damage (explosion) triggers the second half of the cannon damage. This part of the damage is entirely unaffected by Bone Marrow Ash.
    • for the full demonstration of this weapon's damage mechanism see this video.
    • for this reason, the cannon deals more damage to single targets than mobs because its AoE damage is essentially only half of its AR, while 100% of the church canon's AR is AOE. the two parts hit box also explains the higher stagger on single targets of the cannon compared to the church cannon.
    • The church canon is effectively better at inflicting damage to large groups of ennemies.
  • Compared to the Church Cannon, the Cannon's projectile travels straight forward, but it explodes mid-air instead of arcing downward.
  • You can get a total of 2 shots max with the combined use of Blood Bullets on both shots, which would leave you with 6 bullets remaining.
    • However it is possible to get up to 4 shots if you have all three Formless Oedon runes stacked that you can find outside of the Chalice Dungeons.
      • If you use said three runes (+1, +3 and +4) and Blood Bullets for each shot, you will have none remaining after firing four times.
      • Keep in mind for the Formless Oedon runes that there are two more versions which are found in the Chalice Dungeons: +2 and +5.
    • Alternatively, stacking all three Oedon Writhe allows replenishing shots by successfully landing two or more Visceral Attacks.
      • If you use a firearm or hunter tool to open up a visceral attack, it will require more than two Visceral attacks.
      • However, if you manage to open up Visceral attacks through other means that won't use bullets, then all you need is two Visceral Attacks.
  • Since you will fire the Cannon a very low number of times per-hunt, using Bone Marrow Ash is suggested to maximize the damage inflicted on foes.
  • In PVP, you can surprise unsuspecting invaders by keeping the Cannon hidden as a secondary firearm.
    • Use a Trick Weapon transformation as a distraction, then immediately press Left on the D-Pad to brandish the Cannon and fire.
    • However, remember this firearm has a very long recovery time; you're vulnerable to an opponent's attack after you fire for a short while.
  • Keep in mind the Cannon can still miss as it's a single projectile, so be wary of shooting fast targets or enemies that have hyper-armor on one or more of their attacks.
    • The latency when performing co-op can result in many missed shots.
    • The above can also potentially be an issue in PVP.



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Movesets & Videos

cannon cannon in game cannon in game 2



  • The Cannon has a foldable barrel, which is a reference to the series "Armored Core," notably the WC-GN230 Back Unit Grenade Cannon carried by Nineball.
  • It's used by a Yahar'Gul Hunter in the Unseen Village.
  • If you don't own the DLC, the Cannon is the only bloodtinge firearm in the game that doesn't have an actual bloodtinge requirement in order to wield it.
    • If you do own the DLC, this is no longer the case as the Gatling Gun doesn't have a bloodtinge requirement to wield it as well.


Church Cannon  ♦  Evelyn  ♦  Flamesprayer  ♦  Gatling Gun  ♦  Hunter's Torch  ♦  Hunter Blunderbuss  ♦  Hunter Pistol  ♦  Loch Shield  ♦  Ludwig's Rifle  ♦  Piercing Rifle  ♦  Repeating Pistol  ♦  Rosmarinus  ♦  Torch  ♦  Wooden Shield


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    • Anonymous

      Cannon plus steak driver= oneshot bosses! Legit destroys whith top tear gems and fully reinforced, the only problem is that some bosses might not stagger on the cannon shot so charging the steak driver is a bit hard, but I used the lead elixir to poise through.

      • Anonymous

        Hunter, putting bone marrow ash into the cannon: "You know, i was trying to be a team player! Trying to be a nice guy!

        Ebrietas: "you killed almost all of the great ones!"

        Hunter, aiming the cannon: "I said TRYING!"


        • Anonymous

          The last bit of trivia is wrong. You do need your bloodtinge to be at least the displayed value, it is indeed required. You cannot equip it with lower bloodtinge.

          • This thing hits twice, once with the ball, the other with the explosion, meaning it can be used effectively against a group, but you will want to target one to get the full damage.

            • Anonymous

              Cannon has higher damage, shorter range and smaller AOE and the church cannon has lower damage, longer range and a wider AOE so the cannons bullet increase from 10 to 12 was just obnoxious as the weapons are balanced out by each other.

              • Anonymous

                Ahhh, an invasion hunter’s best friend. Ring the bell at Grand Cathedral, and one shot people on their way to Amelia with the cannon and bone marrow ash. Classic tactics.

                • Anonymous

                  I remember the first time I used this was against Amygala (I found it quite late in the game). And my god it hit the poor bastard like a train and the fight was pretty much over in seconds after that A weapon the great ones should truly fear

                  • Anonymous

                    I wish it had a circular gem slot. I know Blood damage gem farming is the bane of existence, but it'd totally make the weapon better.

                    • Anonymous

                      If you use a normal gun during a pvp fight, absolutely NO ONE expects this thing. They think they can just do a few hacks and slashes and win this when BAM! Priceless every time.

                      • Anonymous

                        If you invest in 50 Bloodtinge, farming a 31.5% blood damage blood gem, and bone marrow ash, the Repeating Pistol does only 14 points less damage than the cannon (while both are +10).
                        Taken from the Repeating Pistol page;
                        "With 50 in every stat, a +29% gem, and Bone Marrow Ash my Repeating Pistol +10 does 1171 damage to an Old Yharnem Beast. The Cannon +10 does 1215 damage to the same Old Yharnem Beast in exactly the same circumstancce but for 10 more bullets per shot. With a 31.5% gem, the Repeating Pistol would gain 2.5% more damage, meaning it's new damage would be 1200-1201 damage while Bone Marrow Ashed. This means the Cannon gains only 14 more damage when at 50 bloodtinge, but for 10 more bullets, so the repeating pistol is the better option."

                        • Anonymous

                          You can fire 4 shots with the cannon if you make Blood Bullets before each shot, since they get used before the regular ones. But don't forget to use a Blood Vial after you make Blood Bullets so you won't die.

                          • Anonymous

                            It appears that the cannon in the .gif has a longer barrel and a more streamlined appearance. Is there any currently known reason for this?

                            • Anonymous

                              This weapon is incredibly useful for anything that invests in some STR, as it goes crazy high damage to enemies and players alike regardless of Bloodtinge level since it only goes as high as D scaling and has no BLD requirement either, so it gives you a ranged "ace in the hole" that goes with a lot of builds too. It looks amazing paired up with the Stake Driver.

                              • Anonymous

                                what in the heck is FS thinking? Isn't this the whole point of quality assurance, and balancing a game? This isn't Armored Core for goodness sakes - and their isn't 20 other weapons in its class to choose from! This radically changes the functionality of my character, and for the record I rarely PvP. If I could re-roll my character, that would be one thing... What? Time to start a new character?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Tonitrus makes this fight fairly easy. Keep close and to one side of her and keep it charged with l1 and go to town

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Can you get to 6 shots by using all formless oedon runes to get 32 base bullets and the blood bullets strat?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Anyone know what the scaling is like after 50 blood? Planning on making a glass..cannon build. If get 2 AR per level I may consider it, seems like a fun way to end my 8th and most likely final build XD

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Why would they change that to 12 bullets? this is useless now without runes AND bloodbullets Why not just change it so it does the same damage to beasts and less to players? Cuz now it's bad for everything, even PVE!!

                                        • Anonymous

                                          As someone who has 30/30/30 in STR/SKILL/TINGE The cannon was one of the main pulls for STR builds. Skill build has BOM/Burial/GUN Rapier/SAW spear/Rifle Spear/Threaded Cane (not including quality weapons). STR has Kirkhammer and the cannon and tonitrus. Bloodtinge has Evelyn and Chikage. They should of left the cannon alone, it was a reward for 30 STR stat investment as STR doesn't have much else going for it without SKill alongside.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            The sad thing is it wasn't even all that special to begin with, it was cool for bosses but 10 bullets was already steep I'm not willing to work with an even higher cost, nor is most people. It was going to be such a neat trick for the str build too. I'm not saying str builds are out now since that simply isn't true, but they're boring now. Time to retire brosputin and make the bloodtinge build

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Cannon in my left hand, Stake driver in my right, the only thing missing from my hunter now is a pair of boosters in the back and a shoulder mounted gatling gun and missile pod.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                dont know why people are complaining I love wrecking ppl with this.You can one shot just about any enemy in this game(with bone marrow ash). And great for strength builds.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Why From there is a 8 UW(ultimate weapon) that instant kills almost everything at Armored core but here WHYYYYY.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Hey guys, i whas wondering if its worth upgrading to 10 and using it in Pve and PvP with a build that only has 10 bloodtinge, for the record i barely use any other guns so i dont really need the bullets unless i decide to chain executioners glove onto someone.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Another nerf (not balance) that doesn't solve any problem with the cannon. Now it is a lot less useful in PvE and its still a one shot kill in PvP. Bravo FS you have done it again.

                                                      • This one's a bit long overdue, but I managed to clean the page up.

                                                        Now that the Bloodletter exists, people have more reasons than before to use the Cannon. Overall, the DLC makes strength/bloodtinge builds more effective and they have more choices.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Hi,guys live in overseas.I'm Japanese and I have a question about cannon.According to explanatory text in japan version,"The cannon made by healing church workshop".However,it made by Powder Kegs in English text.I have a question to this point.I want to hear your opinions.It will be good opinions to consideration.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            The scaling is actually fairly significant since its base AR is so ridiculously high and the stat scaling seems to be percentage-based. You can get it up to 804 blood damage if you pump bloodtinge to 50.

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