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Released27 May 2003 (Update)
Quest itemNo
ExamineAmmo for the Dwarf Cannon.
Value5 coins
High alch3 coins
Low alch2 coins
Weight0 kg
Grand Exchange
Exchange172 coins (info)
Buy limit11,000
Daily volume53,939,126
Advanced data
Item ID2
Cannonball detail.png

Cannonballs are ammunition used in the Dwarf multicannon. After partial completion of the Dwarf Cannon quest, with 35 Smithing and an ammo mould, they can be made using a steel bar on a furnace yielding 25.6 Smithing experience and 4 cannonballs. With completion of the Sleeping Giants quest and purchasing the double ammo mould from Giants' Foundry, the double ammo mould can be used instead of a normal ammo mould to use two steel bars at the same time, yielding 8 cannonballs instead of 4 in the same period of time.

Granite dust can be used on cannonballs to create granite cannonballs, which have a higher max hit. This requires level 50 Smithing and yields no experience.

Creation[edit | edit source]

Smithing Smithing35 (b)25.6
Quest points Partial completion of Dwarf Cannon
Member icon.png
Ticks8 (4.8s) [r 1]
ToolsAmmo mould.pngFacilitiesFurnace icon.png Furnace
Steel bar.pngSteel bar1414
Total Cost414
  1. ^ Make-X is 6, then 10 ticks

Smithing Smithing35 (b)51.2
Quest points Completion of Sleeping Giants
Minigames Giants' Foundry
Member icon.png
Ticks8 (4.8s) [r 1]
ToolsDouble ammo mould.pngFacilitiesFurnace icon.png Furnace
Steel bar.pngSteel bar2828
Total Cost828
  1. ^ Make-X is 6, then 10 ticks

Making them[edit | edit source]

A player smithing cannonballs.

Making cannonballs is a popular method for players to train Smithing and profit without requiring much input or attention. A full inventory takes 159.6 seconds to process using Make-X. Optimal speeds yield nearly 14,000 Smithing experience per hour from converting a total of 540 steel bars into 2,160 cannonballs when not using the Prifddinas furnace. Using a furnace closer to a bank will increase efficiency.

Players can also smelt one iron ore and two coal to make the steel bars and then use them to make cannonballs without returning to a bank, but it is very slow. Unless using the Blast Furnace with a coal bag, the profit gained from creating your own steel bars is far less than using premade steel bars.

The double ammo mould from Giants' Foundry almost doubles production and experience rates.

Products[edit | edit source]

Granite cannonball.pngGranite cannonball
Member icon.png
  • Smithing 50
  • Smithing 0

Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here.
Abyssal Sire350 Multicombat.png3004/139
Callisto470 Multicombat.png2504/128
Cerberus318 Multicombat.png504/128
Corporeal Beast785 Multicombat.png2,00017/512
Crazy archaeologist204 Multicombat.png1504/128
Deranged archaeologist276 Multicombat.png804/128
Killerwatt55 Multicombat.png32/140
Nex Multicombat.png42–298Common
Phosani's Nightmare Multicombat.png137–3824/100
Skeleton (Tarn's Lair) Low level42; 59 Multicombat.png63/128
The Nightmare814 Multicombat.png30–192Unknown
Venenatis464 Multicombat.png2504/128
Vet'ion454 Multicombat.png2504/128
Zombie (Tarn's Lair) Low level40–56 Multicombat.png33/128

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
8 June 2022
(update | poll)

The double ammo mould was added to the game allowing 8 cannonballs to be produced at once.

10 September 2020

The Grand Exchange buy limit was changed from 7,000 to 11,000.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

Cannonball (Christmas, 2018) detail.png
Cannonball (Christmas, 2019) detail.png
Cannonball (Christmas, 2018).png
Cannonball (Christmas, 2019).png
Christmas 2017, 2018 Christmas 2019

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Cannonballs had a festive override to look like christmas puddings during the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Christmas events. The override had a darker colour in 2019 compared to 2017 and 2018.
  • Making a cannonball uses the same animation as when a player buries bones.