Imperial Cannonier is a boss that players will encounter during their Final Fantasy 16 adventure, to be exact during the main mission “The Crystals' Curse”, after defeating the boss Infernal Shadow. As we always advise you by now when it comes to articles that talk about how to defeat a boss, we advise you to prepare a strategy that will allow you to achieve victory. In this article, therefore, we will give you some useful tips on how to get the better of the boss Imperial Cannonier.
Location, rewards, and abilities
As already mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Imperial Cannonier boss can be faced during the main mission “The Crystals' Curse”, which is located in the Drake's Head area in the Holy Empire of Sanbreque region. Players who manage to defeat this fearsome boss will be rewarded, in addition to items such as Wyrrite, Steelsilk, Imperial Link, and The Favor of Inferno, also 70 XP, 110 AP, and 2000 Gil.
However, it is very important to keep in mind the fact that this boss is not easy to deal with and therefore should not be underestimated. Imperial Cannonier, in fact, is a type of boss that can put you in difficulty if you don't use the right strategy to defeat him, which we have done in this article. Also, as usual, this boss has some special abilities that will make him even more dangerous in the course of the battle, such as Black Powder, Rocketeer, and Hard Launch.
How to defeat Imperial Cannonier
First, as a basic attack, the boss Imperial Cannonier will try to hit you with cannon swings. Since these are basic attacks, however, they will be simple enough to predict and therefore dodge. All you have to do is pay attention to its cannon, which will allow you to understand when the boss is about to launch this type of attack. Once you understand the perfect timing, all you have to do is dodge the blow and counterattack to inflict damage. Please note that after having launched this type of attack, the boss will need a fair amount of time before he can attack again, so we advise you to concentrate your attacks at this time, also making use of skills such as Gouge or Rising Flames.
Obviously, the cannon was not designed to launch melee attacks but to shoot fireballs, which will prove to be more dangerous than the melee attack, also because they will be able to hit you even from further away. Additionally, the cannon can also be used as a kind of flamethrower, which will allow the Imperial Cannonier to follow Clive around the arena as he shoots fire from his weapon. the most effective strategy to use in this case is to dodge the flames until the boss stops attacking, then use Phoenix's Eikon form and activate a Limit Break to increase the damage inflicted.
Imperial Cannonier's abilities
Like almost all the bosses in Final Fantasy 16, Imperial Cannonier also has some special abilities at his disposal which he can use in combat to put his opponents in even more difficulty. These skills will start to be used during the battle when the boss has entered a state of rage, and not from the beginning of the battle. One of the skills that Imperial Cannonier will use is the Black Powder skill, which allows you to create explosions that will inflict a considerable amount of damage on you.
The boss's other skills are also all based on fire and the use of his weapon, and for all three of them our advice is always the same: learn the boss's pattern well to be prepared, study the strategy that best suits his moves but also to your style of play and try to be able to dodge as many attacks as possible. In words, it might seem like a complicated thing to do, but with a little practice, you will be able to defeat this boss and continue on your adventure.