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Game Info[]

Siege unit of the Renaissance Era. Upgrades from the Trebuchet.

  • Common abilities:
    • Bonus vs Cities (200)
    • Limited Visibility (-1)
    • May Not Melee Attack
    • No Defensive Terrain Bonuses
    • Must Set Up to Ranged Attack

Strategy[]

The Cannon is an important midgame siege unit, the first one to use gunpowder as propellant. Its power is significant, and its cannonballs carry sufficient power to punch through the strongest Medieval-era city defenses with ease.

Although the technological principles behind Cannons are radically different from earlier siege units, they still suffer from all the same drawbacks as their predecessors: they are heavy and bulky to move, need to prepare before firing, and prove unreliable against moving targets. Use them primarily in sieges, or as ranged weapons from well-defended vantage points.

Civilopedia entry[]

A cannon is a big tubular gun that uses gunpowder or other explosive to send a projectile a long distance at a high rate of speed originally invented in China in approximately the 12th century AD. The Mongols were early adaptors of the cannon, using them to great effect in China and Korea. It's likely that the Mongols introduced cannon to the Islamic world, and the Europeans learned of it from the Muslims. The earliest cannon were huge, unwieldy dangerous affairs that often exploded when fired, making them as big a menace to their firers as to their targets. But by the Renaissance the quality of metal casting had advanced enough to create smaller and far more reliable guns that could be pulled into battle by teams of horses or mounted aboard ships.

King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden revolutionized the use of field artillery, employing large numbers of smaller and lighter pieces that overwhelmed slower and heavier enemy guns. He also pioneered the use of canister shot against infantry, for which foot soldiers everywhere probably cursed his name.

Unofficial custom card[]

Custom homemade card featuring the Cannon.

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