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The most advanced USA weapon, the Particle Cannon fires a focused particle beam off of an orbiting mirror and onto enemy targets at any distance from the source.[...] The Particle Cannon requires a great deal of technology, energy and money to build.
- Generals manual(src)

The Particle cannon is the United States' superweapon and the equivalent of the GLA SCUD storm and the Chinese nuclear missile silo in the GLA Conflict.


Oh! What's that sound? And look - there's a light in the sky! Hmm, I wonder...
Oh! Oh dear, I am sorry General, but that's just how I like to say "hello"!

- US General Alexis Alexander

The cannon is a large building that fires a sustained particle beam up to an orbital mirror that reflects the beam back down onto enemy positions. The mirror can be remote-controlled by the commander to slowly move the beam, hitting more than one target.

General Alexis Alexander is most famous for employing this weapon on a large scale as her version comes at only half its usual cost. Laser General Townes has three in Fort Union, which is ironic because the Particle Cannon has nothing to do with the laser technology adopted by him. Chinese General Leang has access to use them as well.

According to one of General Ironside's unused taunts, the Particle cannon is a top secret weapon, and he ponders out loud as to how someone like the player could obtain one.

Game building[]

The Particle Cannon building is a high profile target. It consumes lots of power and ceases to charge if sufficient base power levels are not maintained. Unlike the other superweapons, the Particle Cannon is only useful for precision strikes, and is unable to destroy a large number of buildings, let alone an entire base. While it is useful for destroying power plants or certain stretches of a defense line, it requires several simultaneous deployments before it can destroy a base. Because of its narrow area of effect, when targeting buildings, it is important to hit any nearby construction unit (dozer or worker) before the target building to prevent the enemy from immediately initiating repairs.

However, it has the shortest recharge time of all superweapons with only 4 minutes and therefore can be used more often. The Particle Cannon is also the most convenient to use when defending a base as it is the fastest superweapon to strike the targeted area after being applied. The beam's narrow focus, the speed with which it reaches the targeted area, and its ability to be directly controlled by the player while in use, make it suitable for direct combat against mobile enemy formations. It is especially useful for destroying clusters of units that are assembling just in front of a war factory/arms dealer, before moving on to the building itself.



  • If the player double-clicks while steering the beam, it moves faster (even being able to go faster than a Raptor or a MiG).
    • Curiously, the control cursor is internally dubbed "LaserGuidedMissiles"
  • General Townes was to possess the Laser Uplink Cannon, which deals less damage but has a longer firing duration, and requires an Air Field instead of a Strategy Center.
  • If a base loses power just as a Particle Cannon is being fired, the beam will instantly be cut off, and will not continue firing as soon as power is restored.
  • The Particle Cannon is effective against the GLA as it has the highest chance to destroy both the building and the GLA Hole.
  • If the player uses the Particle Cannon while playing as the GLA, Kanwar Khan will warn the player that their enemy is using their Particle Cannon, even though the player is the one who is using it.
  • While the particle weapon itself is perfectly possible, the way it is described in the game - surface-orbit-surface weapon - is completely unrealistic. It is impossible to reflect particle beam by "mirror" on satellite; while charged particle beams could be reflected by magnetic fields, electrostatic repulsion of equally charged particles make the charged particle beams disperse fast in space, thus limiting their use for atmospheric-only conditions. And neutral particle beams could not be used in atmosphere, being strictly vacuum weapon.  On the other hands, surface-space-surface array is perfectly suited for lasers.




  • Strangely, while both the structure itself and the superweapon ability are named "Particle Cannon", the superweapon countdown uses the name "Particle Uplink Cannon".

See also[]

Gen USA Logo United States of America War against the GLA Arsenal Gen USA Logo
China General Leang Arsenal China