Photon cannon

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Photon cannon

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Internal name AlienPhotonCannon
Affiliation CNCKW Scrin logo.png Scrin
CNCKW Reaper-17 logo.png Reaper-17
CNCKW Traveler-59 Logo.png Traveler-59
Role Anti-armour base defense
Armament Plasma discs
Tiberium shards (upgrade)
Tier 1
Hit points 4000
Armor type Medium (75% Cannon, 50% Rocket, 100% Grenade, 25% Gun, 1% Sniper)
Cost $1200
Build time 0:12
Produced by Drone platform
Requires Portal
Ground attack 700 (2100 when upgrade) (Cannon) with 50% scalar against infantry, 200% scalar against civilian buildings
Cooldown 3.9 seconds (3.4 seconds when upgrade)
Attack range 350
Upgrades CNCKW Shard Launchers Cameo.png Shard launchers
Power -8
Abilities Detects stealth
Splash radius: 5
50% vs infantry, 200% vs civilian buildings

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.

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