Cannoneer is a Boss in Code Vein. Bosses are special Enemies that feature their own arena, a large and prominent health bar, and a variety of unique moves and abilities. You will need to choose the appropriate Blood Code, Gifts, Weapons, Blood Veil, and Companion in order to defeat these formidable foes.
Cannoneer Notes & Tips
- Weak to Ice
- Is susceptible to venom, inhibit, slow, and stun
Dual Fight Writeup
Cannoneer and Blade Bearer is a true wombo combo for the ages. This fight plays out significantly differently if you're solo vs having a partner. But first, what do they do?
- Very slow, barely moves from his original spot
- Deals fire damage, weak to frost damage
- Has five moves you need to be aware of:
- Point-blank AOE: The same stuff you see on about half Code Vein Bosses. He channels for a bit, then a whirlwind pops up at his location. If he's channeling, move away a little bit
- Fire Pillar: When he drops his hand down like it's hot, a fire circle will appear on the ground that will explode shortly.
- Flamethrower: Literally uses his gun as a flamethrower. Does not track too well, but can 1-shot if it catches you point-blank.
- Fireball: Throws a no-tracking fast speed fireball.
- Pimp Hand: If you're too close he might do some very well foreshadowed melee by bringing down his arm.
- Fast, can get across map quickly
- Deals Frost/Physical damage, weak to fire.
- Has four moves you need to be aware of:
- Frost thrust: She charges up a little, then thrusts forward and frost goes after the blade quite a bit.
- Point-Blank AOE: Pops up 4 foreshadowed pillars around her. Probably the weakest attack
- Charge: Charges you across the map
- Melee Combo: Standard melee combos you find anywhere. Don't get greedy and watch for it ending.
With a companion
If you don't want suffering, this is the recommended path. Pick a melee fighter like Yakumo and have them distract the Blade Bearer. Meanwhile, wail on the cannoneer quickly. There is no second phase, so once one boss is down, it's quite a bit easier to go forward. Just keep her in your peripherals because the Blade Bearer sometimes Frost Thrusts at you at the worst possible moment. If you get revived by your companion, draw the aggro of Cannon-dude really quickly because the AI does not deal well with gank-fights.
Fighting this boss alone is the hardest experience in the entire game. While it is possible, it's suffering through and through. The two bosses complement each other even better than any gank-fight in Dark Souls, simply because their timings are quick to match Code Vein's fast gameplay. First, optimize your build to the max, have your weapon and blood veil +9 enchanced. So, here are some tips:
- It's easier to kill the Blade Bearer, simply because Cannoneer is mostly stationary, so it's MUCH easier to watch him while fighting the other boss.
- Transform a Blood Veil to a Fire Veil with a Scathach Chrome, preferably one with an already high fire resist, but it's not required. Combine this with a Fireproof Tonic, or Flame Protection, or both. With over 100 fire resist Cannoneer deals practically no damage with his ranged attacks, making it much easier to focus on just the Blade Bearer. Buff yourself with an Antifreeze tonic before the fight as well to make the Blade Bearer deal a little less damage with her ice attacks as well if need be.
- Copious amounts of patience is required. There will be many opportunities to take a swing, only to run into an attack of the other boss.
- Attack when their timing is synced(they both finish their attack at about the same time
- Frost Thrust and Fire Pillar ignore pillars, but it blocks everything else. It's a good spot to sneak in a heal or two.
- Expect to be there for a long, long while.
Always keep in mind that this fight is a battle of endurance if done solo, so NEVER take more than one or two swing when both Blade Bearer and Cannoneer (BB&C) are still in the field. ALWAYS keep en eye on BOTH Blade Bearer and Cannoneer, so lock-on the boss is more harmful than it helps. Always try to eliminate BB first, try baiting her away from C, as this give you time to react to some of C attack (shooting and lunging fireball, flamethrower), and BB&C are most dangerous when they are closed to each other, as C's large frame can obstruct BB, preventing you from anticipating her attack, and also fend you off BB with his flamethrower. Even though intimidating, BB&C have relatively simple attack patterns, and they also don't have second phase hyper defense buff (except when you killed one of them in similar fight in the Depth, similar to S&O in DS1) or new attack patterns. Once you learned their attack pattern and pick your time to attack, BB&C should not give you too much trouble. Some helpful Gifts are Final Journey and Ice/Lightning Barrage fired at close range, as this combo can deal significant amount of damage in a short span of time, but you have to take into account that this combo also leave you exposed to BB&C deadly combo, and if you failed to kill both BB&C before Final Journey time's out, you will loose the fight.
If you defeat the boss you will see the writing "Greater Lost Dispersed" upon the screen.
Alone but easier
The duo fight can be pretty menacing if you look at the aforementioned solo strat but fear not it is actually very managable and quick using this strategy. My first playthrough of the game is currently a very valuable learning experience and one of the most important things to learn is the resistance system is broken and easily abused.
Queenslayer Blood Code for two Veils
Royal Heart (Avoid being staggered by Blade Bearer)
Flame Protection (Minimize damage from Cannoneer)
Frost Protection (Minimize damage from Blade Bearer)
Dogged Fighter (Flat damage reduction)
Flame Weapon (Buff for attacks against Blade Bearer)
Ice Weapon (Buff for attacks against Cannoneer)
Ability of your choice
Ability of your choice
Hedgehog Fort (Transform into fire resist with Scathach for 100 fire defence)
Winter Mantle (Transform into ice resist using Fionn for 112 ice defence)
Zweihander (Upgrade for MASSIVE damage with scaling and base dps. Buff with fire weapon and ice weapon depending on who you are fighting at the moment)
Weapon of choice (Use whatever you want)
While above the guide says the Blade Bearer is the easiest to fight I would beggar to say she is the most annoying because of the speed at which she moves, we are going to focus her first and kill her fast and furious. Before you enter the fight equip your Winter Mantle, use your frost protection, flame protection, fireproof tonic, antifreeze tonic, and fire weapon (These will not wear off or time down during the cutscene.) After you are in the bossfight you will notice Blade bearer will do a whopping 0 damage to you and cannoneer in his first phase will deal so little damage it will make you laugh.
Keeping and eye on your buffs and resistance items is important during this fight and if any wear off ensure you reapply them accordingly. Using flame weapon and your massive zweihander kill Blade Bearer and then swap your veil for Hedgehog fort that has that sweet sweet fire resist. Pop all your flame resist items and then again you will see the Cannoneer who was all big and scary before has a whopping... 0 damage on you.
Good luck with the fight and enjoy the realization that these bosses were never hard to begin with.
Attacks & Counters
|Ichor AOE: He will gather Ichor and then create an AoE around him that deals damage||Jump backwards and wait for the AoE to finish. The go in to deal some damage.|
|Fire Circle: It will cast a fire circle below the player. After a short time it will explode and leave a patch of fire for a short duration||Try to jump away from the circle when you see it below your feet. Then avoid the fire patch.|
|Flamethrower: He will use his weapon to throw flames in front of him.||This attacks deals very high damage. Try to dodge forward and stay behind him to deal until the attack finishes.|
|Fireball: It will throw a fireball from a distance dealing moderate damage.||Dodge either left or right.|
|Hand Strike: It will hit you from above with his hand pushing you backwards and dealing moderate damage||Try to dodge forward to put yourself behind him.|
- The Cannoneer shows up during Asclepius Vestige I and Asclepius Vestige II. In the Memory Echo, a nameless male Cerberus soldier accompanies Jack and Valerio in their search for the Horrors, and this soldier carries the Burning Disaster, the Cannoneer's weapon.
Lore theories should be clearly marked as such.