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Time to rock and roll!

– Cannonbolt's first pun.[1]

Cannonbolt is the Omnitrix's DNA sample of an Arburian Pelarota from the destroyed planet Arburia.


Ben as Cannonbolt

Cannonbolt is a hulking, broad-shouldered alien covered in natural, yellow armor plating on his back, shoulders, and the backs of his arms. He is mostly white with black on his upper half and has four claws on both of his hands, having a color scheme and claws similar to that of a panda. Cannonbolt is covered in fur across the thickest parts of his body, while every other part except for his elbows and knees is short fur.[DR 1]

When Cannonbolt turns into a sphere, he rolls up into a ball, with his backplates and the plates on his hands covering him. His sphere form has semi-circular stripes across his body, with black lines around the circular plates, and his side plates are the plates on his shoulders. It is described as a position similar to a roly poly.[2][3]

In the original series, Cannonbolt had sharp teeth, yellow eyes, and wore the original Omnitrix symbol on his forehead.

In Game Over, while inside Sumo Slammers Smackdown, he wore black underwear with a brown outline and had skin sticking out of his head.

In Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, Cannonbolt's teeth became fuller and human-like, the black stripe on his chest was gone, his eyes were recolored green, and he wore the original Omnitrix/Ultimatrix symbol on his chest.

In Heroes United, Cannonbolt looks exactly the same as his Alien Force/Ultimate Alien design, but his colors were altered to fit Generator Rex's art style.

In Omniverse, Cannonbolt regains his black stripe from the original series, which now goes down to his belly/chest. His eyes are no longer connected to his shoulders, his palms are now flat instead of bulging, the yellow bolts on his body are now hexagonal and there are three plates on his back instead of two. Depending on the episode, Cannonbolt's teeth is either dull or sharp like his previous series' designs.

16-year-old Cannonbolt wears the Omnitrix symbol on his chest, while 11-year-old Cannonbolt wears the original Omnitrix symbol (which has been recolored green) on his forehead to reflect his original appearance.

Ben 10,000 as Cannonbolt

Ben 10,000's Cannonbolt looked similar to his 10-year-old self, but with a different color scheme for the legs, which sported a black pants-like design. His claws were longer and outlined in grey, his eyes were closer to his shoulder armor, and the Omnitrix symbol was higher up, being on the top of his head rather than his forehead.

Gwen 10 as Cannonbolt

Gwen 10 as Cannonbolt looks similar to Rollaway, albeit the markings on her eyes are upturned, similar to eyeliner. She has feminine lips, freckles, a hair clip on her left side, pink eyes and a cat symbol-shaped Omnitrix on her chest. Her skin is lavender, while her bolts and lips are purple. She has black markings on her torso and pelvis in a similar design to a bikini. Her bolts are also smaller than Ben's Cannonbolt and Rollaway.

When curled into her shell, Cannonbolt looks just like Rollaway in his shell.

Powers and Abilities

Cannonbolt can curl into a ball, encasing himself in his plating. In general, the Arburian Pelarota species mostly used this maneuver for defense, like an armadillo. However, since Ben did not know about this when discovering Cannonbolt, he weaponized Cannonbolt's originally defensive capabilities.

When rolled up, Cannonbolt becomes like a motorized wheel that can move at great speed (because of chemicals in his exo-plates that reduce friction)[pop-up 1][4] and can increase his rotational momentum to slam into and/or run over enemies. Cannonbolt is able to maneuver around his surroundings in ball form thanks to the short fur on his body, registering shifts in air and motion around him. Between that and his excellent hearing, Cannonbolt receives something akin to echolocation - giving him "eyeless" vision.[DR 2][DR 3]

Cannonbolt can ricochet and bounce off surfaces like a pinball in sphere form, suffering little-to-no loss in momentum.

Cannonbolt can use his sphere form to increase his agility by quickly opening up his ball shape while airborne, create shockwaves, and spin into a fierce tornado.

Despite his top-heavy body, Cannonbolt has enhanced reflexes, dexterity, and balance, allowing him to quickly change in and out of ball form to suit his immediate needs.

Cannonbolt can house people and fairly large objects within his spheroid form and provide them the same level of protection that he have.

Cannonbolt possesses enhanced strength, being able to fight on par with enemies about his size.[5] He can also break free from traps made of Lepidopterran slime.[6]

From inside his shell, Cannonbolt can withstand twice the heat of reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.[pop-up 2][7] Similarly, his shell is resistant to acids and lava,[8] as well as cold temperatures of places such as Mikd'lty,[9] and can withstand the plasma generated by members of Ball Weevil's species.[DJW 1]

Cannonbolt's shell can deflect lasers, even when not in sphere form.[1] Because of this, he is practically nigh-invulnerable[DJW 2] when curled into a ball.

Cannonbolt is capable of withstanding the vacuum of space, but he still needs to breathe. Without an oxygen supply, Cannonbolt is limited to holding his breath.[10]

Cannonbolt can be empowered by electricity, such as those generated by a Gimlinopithecus. This way, he can gain much more power and momentum when in sphere form.[11]


Cannonbolt is subjected to the physical laws of reflection and conservation of momentum, meaning that he has difficulty stopping or controlling his direction if he picks up too much speed.

Cannonbolt's bipedal form is top-heavy, making him very unbalanced and clumsy. This is because Arburian Pelarotas are made to spin, not walk.[pop-up 3][4] However, he can still manage to use his sphere form to enhance his agility.

Cannonbolt's large body makes it hard for him to move in small spaces, such as in vehicles like the Proto-TRUK.[10]

Cannonbolt can emit some sort of odor, which people housed in his spheroid form can find repulsive.[7][3]

Cannonbolt can be trapped by strong adhesives, such as those used by the Stalker.[12] Similarly, he can be held in place by beings with as much strength as a Chimera Sui Generis.[13]

Cannonbolt cannot roll on slippery surfaces, such as puddles made of a Murk Gourmand's slime.[14]

Despite his shell being resistant to extreme heat while reentering Earth's atmosphere, Cannonbolt can still suffer a mild amount of pain from the force of impact.[7][11]

Unlike his shell, Cannonbolt's skin is not heat resistant.[15]

Cannonbolt has a weakness against magic, as shown when he was constrained by Addwaitya.[16]

Cannonbolt can be incapacitated by electricity, such as that generated by a Transylian.[17]

In his uncurled form, Cannonbolt can be controlled by a Vladat via their Corrupturas.[DJW 3]


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Video Games

Ben 10: Protector of Earth

Cannonbolt is a playable alien in the game.

He has the Dark Heroes and the DNA Force skin. Cannonbolt is needed for defeating the Snap Dragon.

Cannonbolt can curl into a ball to encase himself in his plating, turning into a sphere. He can then use this form to roll into enemies to attack. In addition to the average repelling of walls, he was capable of ricocheting off enemies as well.

By compressing himself tightly, Cannonbolt can release the pressure to create a sonic blast.

Cannonbolt can flop onto the ground to create a shockwave, as well as rotate quickly to generate a miniature tornado.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks

Cannonbolt is a playable alien in the game, replacing Alien X in the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable versions of the game. However, Cannonbolt is replaced by Murk Upchuck in the Nintendo DS version of the game.

Due to the Omnitrix rebooting after Ben's abuse of the quick-change feature during his battle with an animated Mr. Smoothy mascot, Cannonbolt, along with Swampfire, Big Chill, Spidermonkey, and Humungousaur were the only aliens available on Ben's arsenal upon his arrival on Vulpin.

Cannonbolt can curl into a ball, encasing himself in his plating. Cannonbolt is able to launch himself from ramps located all over the alien worlds to cross long gaps, as well as insert himself in special slots and use his rotation to power or destroy machinery and reveal hidden structures.

Superball is an unlockable combo move for Cannonbolt.

Cannonbolt is vital for progression on the Vulpin, Terradino, Encephalonus IV, Anur Phaetos, Mor' Otesi, and Null Void levels of the game.

Ben 10: Omniverse

Cannonbolt is a playable alien in the game (by both 11-year-old and 16-year-old Ben).

Ben 10: Omniverse 2

Cannonbolt is a playable alien in the game.

Punch Time Explosion XL

He is one of the aliens used by 10-year-old Ben. His design is very similar to his appearance in Vilgax Attacks, despite being used by Young Ben.

Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Albanian Gjyle Topi From gjyle topi, cannonbolt
Arabic كانونبولت From Kanunbult/Kanonbolt, cannonbolt
Bulgarian Топовна Мощ (Topovna Mošt) From Топовна (Topovna), bolt and Мощ (Mosht), cannon
Chinese 轰天雷 From 轰天雷 (Hōng Tiān Léi), "the rolling thunder"
Croatian Kugla From kugla, ball or orb
Dutch Kanonbal
From kanon, cannon, bal, ball and bliksem, bolt
French Boulet de Canon From boulet de canon, cannonball
German Kanonenkugel From Kanonenkugel, cannonball
Greek Κάνονμπολτ From kάνον, cannon and μπολτ, bolt
Hebrew פגז From פגז, shell
Hungarian Ágyúgolyó From ágyúgolyó, cannonball
Italian Rotolone From the verb rotolare, roll
Japanese キャノンボルト From キャノン (kyanon), cannon and ボルト (boruto), bolt
Korean 캐논볼 From "캐논볼"/Cannonball
Polish Kulopłot
From trafić kulą w płot (Hit the fence with the bullet), making a mistake
From kula, ball/bullet/sphere and płot, fence
Portuguese (Br) Raio de Canhão
Bala de Canhão
From raio, bolt, bala, bullet and canhão, cannon
Romanian Ghiulea From ghiulea, cannonball
Russian Пушечное Ядро
Ядро (Yadro)
From Пушечное, cannon and ядро, kernel
From Ядро (Yadro), kernel
Serbian Ђуле (Đule) From Топовско Ђуле (Topovsko Đule), cannonbolt
Spanish (HA) Cannonbolt From the original English name
Spanish (Spain) Rayo de Cañón From rayo, ray and cañón, cannon
Turkish Yıldırım Gülle From yıldırım, bolt and gülle, cannon


  • Cannonbolt was the first alien to be unlocked in the Omnitrix. He was also the only alien to be manually (and accidentally) unlocked by Gwen.
  • After Season 2 of the original series, when Zs'Skayr successfully escapes the Omnitrix and thus removing Ghostfreak from it, Cannonbolt replaces the latter in the intro for the third and fourth seasons.
  • Cannonbolt was initially meant to be one of the original 10 aliens, but ended up being replaced with Diamondhead.[pop-up 4]
  • Cannonbolt is one of the five aliens who have appeared in all series in the Classic Timeline; the other four are Upchuck, Diamondhead, Way Big, and Ghostfreak.
    • Currently, Cannonbolt, Diamondhead, and Way Big are the only three of these aliens to have appeared in all series of the franchise.
  • Cannonbolt was originally planned to be one of the playable aliens in the Game Creator, but was soon removed from the game entirely when Alien Force aired.
    • However, he was eventually brought back for the Omniverse version of the game.
  • Cannonbolt tends to make puns based on his abilities.
  • Cannonbolt's ball form is similar to Samus Aran's Morph Ball ability from the Metroid video game series.
  • Cannonbolt's spin attacks are based off the Godzilla monster, Anguirus.
  • Dave Johnson did the initial concepts for Cannonbolt, while the final design was made by Tom Perkins.[TP 1][DJ 1]


Crew Statements

Duncan Rouleau

Derrick J. Wyatt

Tom Perkins

Dave Johnson


Introduced in Ben 10 ArctiguanaBlitzwolferBuzzshockCannonboltDiamondheadDittoEye GuyFour ArmsFrankenstrikeGhostfreakGrey MatterHeatblastRipjawsSnare-ohSpitterStinkflyUpchuckUpgradeWay BigWildmuttWildvineXLR8
Introduced in Alien Force Alien XBig ChillBrainstormChromastoneEcho EchoGoopHumungousaurJetrayLodestarNanomechRathSpidermonkeySwampfire
Introduced in Ultimate Alien AmpfibianArmodrilloChamalienClockworkEatleFasttrackJuryriggNRGShocksquatchTerraspinWater Hazard
Introduced in Omniverse AstrodactylAtomixBall WeevilBloxxBullfragCrashhopperFeedbackGravattackGutrotKickin HawkMole-StachePesky DustThe WorstToepickWalkatroutWhampire
Future Aliens SandboxShellheadSnakepit
Ultimate Aliens AlbedoArctiguanaBig ChillCannonboltEcho EchoGravattackHumungousaurRathSpidermonkeySwampfireWay BigWildmutt
Fusion Aliens Atomic-XBig ChuckCrashockerDiamond MatterFourmungousaurHeat JawsHumungoopsaurStink ArmsUprigg
Concept Fusion Aliens GravadactylXLRG
Other Aliens in Official Media AntigraviteslaBob the BlobCartoon Network AlienEon (Retconned)MoyoInvinciblePlantapocalypsePortalerRocksShadowmanSquidstrictorStretcheleo