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Photon cannon
  • Basic
  • Upgraded with Shard launchers
Structure
Affiliation

CNCTW Scrin Emblem Scrin
CNCKW Reaper-17 logo Reaper-17
CNCKW Traveler-59 Logo Traveler-59

Role

Anti-tank base defense

Armament

Plasma discs or Tiberium shards

Protection

Light

Tier

1

Properties
Hit points

4000

Armour type

Medium (75% Cannon, 50% Rocket, 100% Grenade, 25% Gun, 1% Sniper)

Production
Cost

$1200

Build time

0:12

Produced by

Drone Platform

Requires

Portal

Combat
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

Function
Upgrades

CNCKW Shard Launchers Cameo Shard launchers

Power

-8

Abilities

Detects Stealth

Notes

Splash radius: 5
50% vs infantry, 200% vs civilian buildings

CNCTW Photon Cannon Cameo

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.

Upgrades

CNCKW Shard Launchers Cameo
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.

Assessment

Pros

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

Cons

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

Trivia

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.

CNCKW Scrin logo Scrin Third Tiberium War Arsenal CNCKW Scrin logo

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