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This page refers to the Cannon as an object. For other uses of "Cannon," see Cannon (Disambiguation).

Cannons are recurring Objects and Items in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][name reference needed] Cannons most commonly appear as either stationary weapons or as weapons that can be equipped to a vehicle, such as a boat or Train, which can then be used to fire either Bombs or cannonballs.

Location and Uses[]

A Link to the Past[]

In A Link to the Past, Cannons are dangerous traps that appear in some locations. They are connected to the walls of certain rooms; the room containing the Big Key in the Desert Palace, and a room in the third floor of Ganon's Tower known as the Corridor of Cannons.[1] They move along the wall in a predictable back-and-forth motion, firing cannonballs at regular intervals. They are placed on either side of the room, so the cannonballs will assault Link from both directions, making it hard to pass. Link has to time his movements carefully to get beyond these traps, as they cannot be destroyed.

The Wind Waker[]

After Link obtains Bombs from Tetra's Ship, the King of Red Lions facilitates the use of the Cannon. The cannon has a large range for such a small boat, and is a useful item when fighting off Gyorgs, Seahats, Octoroks and other sea-based enemies. When Link's Bomb stock is depleted, the Cannon cannot be used.

Four Swords Adventures[]

Main article: Air Cannon

Small, floating Cannons known as Air Cannons can be found in some stages in Four Swords Adventures. They are used to blast all of the four Links to higher areas, but are also present to return to the top once the Links fall through a hole in the ground. Often, there are Large Force Gems for the Links to collect in these areas.

Twilight Princess[]

Cannons are also found in Twilight Princess. In Snowpeak Ruins, there are Cannons spread throughout the dungeon. In order to use them, a cannonball must be found and brought to the Cannon. To fire, Link must put the cannonball into the Cannon, then place a Bomb into the Cannon for ignition. This will send the cannonball flying and destroying any ice object in its path, including Freezards. The Cannon Manual in the Snowpeak Ruins explains how Cannons are used.

Two Cannons can be found in the overworld which are used to transport Link between places. The first of these is Fyer's cannon, used to launch Link to Gerudo Desert, and the Sky Cannon, used to shoot him up the City in the Sky.

Phantom Hourglass[]

In Phantom Hourglass, Cannons are weapons which can be attached to the SS Linebeck. Link buys his first Cannon from Eddo's Garage for 50 Rupees, when he finds that the route to Northwestern Sea is blocked by Boulders. The Cannon has infinite ammunition and is fired by tapping the desired target with the stylus. A variety of Cannons with different appearances can be obtained in the same manner as other Ship Parts; most commonly from Shops, Treasure Chests and Mini-Games. The Cannon can also be used to get the attention of Golden Frogs by hitting them with a cannonball.

List of Cannons[]

Cannon Description
PH Eddo's Cannon Model
Eddo's Cannon
A cannon bought from Eddo for the high price of 50 Rupees.
PH Artistic Cannon Model
Artistic Cannon
A cannon with truly avant-garde design. Catches the eye!
PH Strong Cannon Model
Strong Cannon
It looks menacing and efficient. It's actually rather typical.
PH Ancient Cannon Model
Ancient Cannon
A cannon surrounded with the glory of an ancient age.
PH Meager Cannon Model
Meager Cannon
Looks like it would shatter after a single fire, but it's tough!
PH Fear Cannon Model
Fear Cannon
Some suspect it can fire cannonballs of pure malice.
PH Seapony Cannon Model
Seapony Cannon
A cannon shaped like a seapony. This pony packs a punch!
PH Red Cannon Model
Red Cannon
Looks complex, but it's easy to use. The professional standard.
PH Golden Cannon Model
Golden Cannon
The perfectly designed cannon. Truly the gold standard!

Spirit Tracks[]

A Cannon appears in Spirit Tracks as part of the Spirit Train. This Cannon has infinite ammunition and is fired by tapping the desired target with the stylus. The first Cannon that Link acquires is the Practical Cannon, given to him by Alfonzo after the pair are attacked by Bulblins en route to the Snow Realm. There are several other varieties of Cannons that Link can acquire throughout his adventure, by trading Treasures with Linebeck III at the Trading Post.

List of Cannons[]

Cannon Cost Description
ST Practical Cannon Model
Practical Cannon
Given to Link by Alfonzo. You can be sure that any shot fired from this cannon will hit home.
ST Wooden Cannon Model
Wooden Cannon
ST Wood Heart Icon Wood Hearts This wooden cannon resembles a stately tree.
ST Stalfos Skull Icon Stalfos Skull
ST Ruto Crown Icon Ruto Crown
ST Heavy Cannon Model
Heavy Cannon
ST Pearl Necklace Icon Pearl Necklaces This steel cannon has unmatched accuracy. Its only hurdle is its weight.
ST Dragon Scale Icon Dragon Scales
ST Mystic Jade Icon Mystic Jade
ST Skull Cannon Model
Skull Cannon
ST Stalfos Skull Icon Stalfos Skulls This cannon might be brightly colored, but it packs quite a punch.
ST Demon Fossil Icon Demon Fossils
ST Dragon Scale Icon Dragon Scale
ST Tower Cannon Model
Tower Cannon
ST Ancient Gold Piece Icon Ancient Gold Piece This extra-tall cannon resembles a soaring tower.
ST Dark Pearl Loop Icon Dark Pearl Loops
ST Pirate Necklace Icon Pirate Necklaces
ST Dragon Cannon Model
Dragon Cannon
ST Pirate Necklace Icon Pirate Necklaces It's hard to tell which part of the dragon this comes from. The chest?
ST Goron Amber Icon Goron Amber
ST Wood Heart Icon Wood Hearts
ST Honey Cannon Model
Honey Cannon
ST Palace Dish Icon Palace Dish Even if you can't eat it, this cannon is sure to satisfy.
ST Pearl Necklace Icon Pearl Necklaces
ST Goron Amber Icon Goron Amber
ST Brawny Cannon Model
Brawny Cannon
ST Alchemy Stone Icon Alchemy Stone This cannon might look fancy, but it's strong enough for heavy jobs!
ST Palace Dish Icon Palace Dishes
ST Goron Amber Icon Goron Ambers

Skyward Sword[]

A Cannon can be found on Fun Fun Island. This is used to launch Link up into the air and begin a minigame. Another one can be found on the boat used to navigate the Lanayru Sand Sea.

Breath of the Wild[]

In Breath of the Wild, Cannons can be found and used around the Eldin Region around Goron City and Death Mountain. Each Cannon has a lever that causes it to rotate, allowing Link to aim it at different targets. Their Ammo can be fired by placing a round Remote Bomb into the Cannon and detonating the Bomb. The young Goron Yunobo offers to act as a Cannon ball to chase the Divine Beast Vah Rudania into Death Mountain.[citation needed] With Daruk's Protection, he is able to do so without being hurt.

Tears of the Kingdom[]

Cannons act as Zonai Devices, which allows players to create their own contraptions using Cannons.

Other Appearances[]

Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love[]

In Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love, there is a Cannon on Page 1 which is used to take Tingle to Page 2.

Phantom Hourglass[]

In the Phantom Hourglass manga by Akira Himekawa, Eddo decides to give Link a Cannon for free if the hero can make him feel his need.[8] Link's scream convinces Eddo, although he has to construct a new one because the scream broke all the cannons.[9][10] Once the Cannon is complete, Link first uses it to explode an attacking Octorok. The Cannon is last used to keep Bellum at bay until Link slays the monster.[11]

The pirate Jolene uses Cannons on her ship to attack the SS Linebeck.[12] These Cannons are also used on Bellum so Link can defeat him.[13]


  • In A Link to the Past, the amount of cannonballs fired by Cannons depends on how many other enemies are active nearby; even in adjacent rooms. For example, if the enemies to in the rooms to the west of the Cannons in the Desert Palace are still alive, the cannonballs will only fire a total of four cannonballs at a time. Despite this, they will still go through the action of firing even when they do not launch a cannonball.
  • In Twilight Princess, if Link places a cannonball and Bomb into a Cannon and then stands in front of the Cannon barrel as it fires, he will die instantly.[14] If he wears the Magic Armor, 1000 of his Rupees will be depleted instantly, but he will survive. This is evident in Twilight Princess HD where Link has a larger wallet.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseカベ砲台 (Kabe Hōdai) (ALttP)[15]Wall Artillery Battery
CanadaFrenchCACanon (PH)[16]
FranceFrenchEUCanon (PH)[17]
GermanyGermanKanone (PH | HWDE)[18][19]Same as English.
ItalyItalianCannone (PH)[20]
SpainSpanishEUCañón (PH)[21]
Latin AmericaSpanishLACañón (PH)[22]
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See Also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 139
  2. "--Cannon Manual--
    Insert.....iron....continue.....put in.......explosion......launch.
    " — Cannon Manual (Twilight Princess)
  3. "Practical Cannon" — Train (Spirit Tracks)
  4. "I can't tell ya how many times we've used the cannon to chase off that fiend." — Bludo (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Cannon: Use this to sink warships." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  6. "These seafaring ships sport giant cannons." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 170 (PH | ST))
  7. "These small ships hang around many islands out at sea and will fire on approaching vessels. Shots from a ship's cannon will sink them." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 212 (TWW | TWWHD))
  8. "However...I could give you one for free... If you really want a cannon...Ask with all your heart! I'll give you a free cannon...If you can really make me feel your need!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 70, 71)
  9. "Cannon... ...PLEEEASE!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 72, 73)
  10. "Oh! Your screams broke them all! I'll fix one. Just wait." (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 74)
  11. "They've surfaced! Aim for its eye!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 180)
  12. "You can try to run, but I won't let you get away! Fire!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 140)
  13. "We'll keep at him, Linebeck!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa), VIZ Media, pg. 181)
  14. TheSw1tcher, Super Best Friends Play The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Part 25), YouTube, published May 22, 2016, retrieved May 23, 2016.
  15. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 134
  16. "Canons" — Inventory (Phantom Hourglass)
  17. "Canons" — Inventory (Phantom Hourglass)
  18. "Kanone" — Inventory (Phantom Hourglass)
  19. "Kanone: Damit zerstörst du Felsen und deckst Schätze auf." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
  20. "Cannone" — Inventory (Phantom Hourglass)
  21. "Cañón" — Inventory (Phantom Hourglass)
  22. "Cañón" — Inventory (Phantom Hourglass)