Tinkerers with the know-how to combine items into weapons both beautiful and destructive.
The Cannoneer has a slight advantage over other physical-based jobs with its Open Fire command, as it allows them to deal damage while being in the back row, and allows the Cannoneer to equip weapons they don't necessarily need to attack with, and instead will help them survive longer, such as the Main Gauche.
The Cannoneer is similar to the Chemist in that their ability Combine allows them to mix a shot with an item for various effects. Ammunition can only be bought from the traveling merchant. The downside to the Cannoneer is that on their own they do not have the damage output other physical-based jobs have, and struggle increasing their damage output at all.
Mastering Cannoneer for all four characters in the mobile and Steam versions earns the player the achievement "Blistering Bombardment".
Cannoneers wear outfits reminiscent of privateers or the French army uniforms from the 19th century, giant hat and all. Faris is the only one without a hat. All of them have a small, white pouch of gunpowder by their waist. In the mobile and Steam versions, the sprites are redrawn to resemble pirates, and lose their gunpowder pouches.
The Cannoneer is about random effects, similar to the Gambler job. The Open Fire command deals heavy non-elemental damage to one enemy, and may also inflict a random status ailment, including Instant Death, Blind, Poison, or Confuse. It also ignores row, making it generally preferable to use over normal attacks.
The chances of each status is as follows:
- 6/16: Poison
- 5/16: Darkness
- 4/16: Confuse (ignores Confuse immunity)
- 1/16: Instant Death (ignores Undead nature)
|Level 1 Ability|
|Mobile/PC Name||Open Fire|
|Advance Name||Open Fire|
|Description||Shoot one enemy.|
|Information||Lets any job use the Open Fire command.|
|Level 2 Ability|
|Mobile/PC Name||EXP Up|
|Advance Name||EXP Up|
|Description||Gain one and a half times the experience per battle.|
|Information||Characters gain 1.5x EXP.|
|Level 3 Ability|
|Description||Mix and fire off explosives that damage all enemies.|
|Information||Lets any job use the Combine command.|
Cannoneer appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with Fire-, Lightning-, and Ice-elemental cards.
Cannoneer appears on a Triple Triad card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Cannoneer is a term for an artillery gunner, first recorded in the 16th century. Current title is "cannon crewmember," shortened to "cannoneer." Modern cannoneers support infantry units in training and in battlefield are an integral part of combat operations ranging from urban to jungle terrains.