Cannons are the best way to arm your ship for Ship v. Ship combat. Note: They don’t do effective and reliable damage to players, only ships. They fire cannon shells, which themselves are slightly influenced by the material you make them out of. Cannons can not be used when they aren’t attached to the ship. You can find cannons as procedural schematics in chests, or research them from the knowledge tree for 150 knowledge. This also unlocks the Cannon shell schematic.
To load your cannon you should interact with the magazine on the side, which will bring up a chest UI which only accepts cannon shells.
To fire your cannon use ‘E’ to take control and ‘LMB’ to fire. You can use your mouse to aim.
Cannons have 5 perameter values:
Resilience – The effective HP of the component, best buffed by strong materials
Capacity – How much the cannon can hold
Power – The power of the shot, higher means it can travel farther
Overheat Limit – How much the cannon can fire before overheating
Rate of Fire – How quick it can reload for another shot