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Gunboats are special enemies found only in Port Tortuga. They do not have an encyclopedia entry.


A Gunboat spawns from the entrance west of the northern Pirate Watchtower. It will then proceed to move around the tower to the entrance east of it, while every now and then stopping to fire on soldiers and heroes.

Gunboats have unlimited range, though they do not linger to kill all soldiers like other ranged enemies. Instead, they only fire several volleys before leaving. Letting a Gunboat leave does not reduce lives, but also does not grant the Gunboat's considerably high bounty. Thus they should be killed whenever possible.

The missile deals physical area damage on iOS. It is bugged on Android and Steam in that it ignores half of the armor due to an incorrect damage type. Therefore, they can easily kill soldiers, even armored heroes if the player is not cautious.

Templars with Toughness upgrade and Boatswains can take 4-5 shots. Although Gunboats cannot directly target Ashbite or Bonehart, the explosions do damage the dragons if they are too close to other units.

Gunboats spawn very frequently in Iron Challenge mode: when a Gunboat leaves, another spawns after just a few seconds; sometimes there are even three Gunboats spawning next to each other. Gunboats do not appear in the Heroic Challenge.


The most efficient and fastest way of killing them is a well-timed Rain of Fire. It is not a waste of gold to buy the northern Pirate Watchtower's Rapid Reload in Campaign mode. However, Parrot Bomber is not recommended for its high cost and low damage.

Related Achievements[]

12navy.pngIN THE NAVY Sink 5 enemy Gunboats.


Game Mode Appearance
Campaign Waves 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 14
Iron Challenge 0'02", 0'27", 0'59", 1'27", 2'05", 3'07", 3'22", 3'32", 4'42", 4'52", 5'02"



  • When a Gunboat is eaten by Ashbite, it will show blood and gore, as if the boat was actually living thing.
  • Gunboats are the biggest regular enemy across all three Kingdom Rush games.
  • The missiles sound different in the Steam version, from launch to impact, the latter of which is not the traditional artillery explosion sound effect like it is in mobile.


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