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Cannoneer (Final Fantasy V)

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Tinkerers with the know-how to combine items into weapons both beautiful and destructive.

The Cannoneer (砲撃士, Hōgekishi?, lit. Bombardier) is a job in the Game Boy Advance, mobile and Steam versions of Final Fantasy V, found in the secret sea chasm.

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".


FFV Bartz Cannoneer iOS FFV Lenna Cannoneer iOS FFV Faris Cannoneer iOS FFV Krile Cannoneer iOS

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.


  • Job command - Open Fire
  • Innate abilities - None
  • Equipment - Knives, Swords, Shields, Hats, Clothes, Robes, Armlets

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:

Cannoneer also teaches the valuable EXP Up ability, which allows characters to gain levels quickly by adding +50% EXP at the end of battles.

Upon mastery, Freelancers and Mimes gain a bonus to Strength and Agility unless higher bonuses have been gained from another mastered job.

The stat modifiers for Cannoneers are:

  • Strength: +5
  • Agility: +5
  • Stamina: -10
  • Magic: -5

Level-up abilitiesEdit

Level 1 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Open Fire
Advance Name Open Fire
AP Required 50
Type Command
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
AP Required 150
Type Passive
Description Gain one and a half times the experience per battle.
Information Characters gain 1.5x EXP.
Level 3 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Combine
Advance Name Combine
AP Required 300
Type Command
Description Mix and fire off explosives that damage all enemies.
Information Lets any job use the Combine command.

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Cannoneer appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with Fire-, Lightning-, and Ice-elemental cards.

Triple TriadEdit

106a Cannoneer

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.

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