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The photon cannon is a Scrin heavy anti-armour base defense, rivalling GDI Guardian cannons and Nod laser turrets. Despite their name, they appear to use plasma discs as a main weapon. They can be upgraded with Tiberium shard launchers, increasing their damage per second output by nearly 140%.

They cannot target aircraft, relying on Plasma Missile Batteries for that purpose. They are often paired with Buzzer Hives as well, to cover their weakness to infantry.


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Shard launcher While the plasma disks on a Photon Cannon are fairly lethal to vehicles, upgrading them to fast-moving Shard Launchers provides a potent increase in damage (Ctrl+S). Purchasable at any Technology Assembler for $2500 and taakes 1:15 to research.



  • Effective against vehicles.
  • Detects stealth units.
  • Deals more damage to infantry than GDI's guardian cannon and Nod's SAM turret.


  • Low armour compared to its GDI and Nod counterparts.
  • Defenseless against air units.
  • Still weak against infantry.


This base defense shares its name with a Protoss defense platform in the StarCraft series, though the latter has the ability to fire at air units.

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