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Best Broadside Weapons in Skull and Bones Listed

Get the perfect loadout for the high seas.

Outfitting your pirate ship with great weapons is the number one priority in Skull and Bones, since fighting other ships is about 95% of your time in the game. Here are some of the best broadside weapons in the game to have equipped to the sides of your ships.

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Best Broadside Weapons in Skull and Bones

Broadside weapons are artillery that are equipped to the right and left sides of your ship. Skull and Bones refers to the left side as port, and the right side as starboard in old-fashioned nautical terms. Your ship’s weapons can be equipped at any major port through the Manage Ship option. While there are several weapons to choose from, only a few are worth using on your sides.

Bombards

Bombards are cannons that can fire multiple times before needing to reload, making it perfect to fire off at other ships while sailing by. Each shot also splinters off before impact, so it is possible to hit multiple parts of a ship simultaneously.

Players just need to aim in the enemy’s general direction, and its splash damage will take care of the rest between the sails and the red spots that cause critical damage. Bombards can work in both short and long-range combat.

Mortars

Mortars work a bit differently than aiming down the sights like other weapons. You paint a target on the water with a circle, and then your ship fires a bomb in an arch where you marked. That means you have to account ahead of time where the other ships will be sailing towards, but it creates a grand explosion when it hits. Although, the Mortars are only available on medium ships like the Bombardier Padewakang ship.

Demi-Cannons

Demi-Cannons are not the regular cannons that shoot singular cannonballs at ships, but spread out the damage in a giant spray. These are perfect for getting up right beside other ships and laying waste to them but have virtually no effect in long-range combat.

For more about Skull and Bones, please check out our guide on how to get Bronze Ingots to start crafting better weaponry.


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