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Cannon Bune

These are medium, moderately fast ships, armed with cannon and used to bombard enemy vessels before moving out of range.

Cannon bunes carry few crewmen and are no match for heavy ships in terms of manpower or size. Instead they are designed to act as “skirmishers” where their size is an advantage: their guns can do immense damage to an enemy vessel’s hull or crew. The bune’s oarsmen can put on a burst of speed for a short time, if needed. The sides and roof of the cannon bune are covered in thick bamboo, with small holes for the cannon to poke through, making it impossible for enemy soldiers to board it.

Medieval Japanese naval warships could be classified into three weights: heavy, medium and light. Light ships were primarily used for scouting and communication missions, and were considered too small for battle.

The Tokugawa clan did create a hybrid ship for their siege of the Osaka coastal fortress in 1615. It was small and light but also functioned as an assault ship. Based on the kobaya ships, this new type, the mekura bune, or ‘blind ship’, had fewer oarsmen to make room for additional cannons and archers. The bamboo protection covering it resembled a shell, drawing comparisons with the Korean’s famous ‘turtle ship’.

Cannon Bune

Unit Name

Cannon Bune

Unit Key

Cannon_Ship_Cannon_Bune

Soldiers

30

Category

Medium Ship

Class

Cannon Ship

Multiplayer Cost

5000

└ Multiplayer Limit

1

Recruitment Cost

800

├ Recruitment Turns

2

└ Unit Limit

2

Unkeep Cost

200

Marines

0

Seamen

30

├ Seamen Type

├ Melee Attack

└ Melee Defence

Gunners

16

├ Gun Type

shogun_japanese_naval_cannon

├ Range

300

└ Fire Power

90

Accuracy

65

Reloading Skill

10

Hull Strength

200

├ Ship Category

Cannon_Ship_Bow

├ Manoeuvrability

Medium

└ Top Speed

8

Morale

11

Abilities

  • Fast Reload Fast Reload
    This increases the reload skill of a ship's crew for a short period of time.
  • Faster Rowing Faster Rowing
    This increases a ship's rowing speed and lasts considerably longer than the battle speed ability.

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Devastating at range.
  • Fast moving ship.
  • Cannot be boarded.
  • Late game but no match for European ships.