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The photon cannon is an automated defense structure of protoss design. Although the protoss revel in the glory of personal combat, they also recognize the need for automated defenses. As such, the cannon fires an encapsulated antimatter sphere similar to that generated by the dragoon, which can target air and ground targets. They are enhanced with special sensor technology borrowed from the observer. Photon cannons require a link to the psionic matrix generated by pylons.[1]

Game StructureEdit

StarCraftEdit

Photon Cannon
PhotonCannon SC1 Game1
Structure
Race

Protoss

Role

Anti-air/anti-ground defensive structure

Armament

Phase disruptor

Properties
Sight range

11

Detection range

7

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Build time

50 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Probe

Requires

Forge

Protection
Shields

100

Hit points

100

Armor

0

Combat
Ground attack

20n

Air attack

20n

Cooldown

22

Attack range

7

StrengthsEdit

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to deploy
  • vs ground & air

WeaknessesEdit

AbilitiesEdit

Detector
Notes

This unit may detect cloaked and burrowed enemies.

UpgradesEdit

PlasmaShield SC1 Upgrd1 Plasma Shields
Researched at

Forge

Hotkey

S

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

200 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

400 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

200 Gas Protoss SC1

300 Gas Protoss SC1

400 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

266 Time SC2 Game1

298 Time SC2 Game1

330 Time SC2 Game1

Required

Cybernetics core

Notes
  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.

DevelopmentEdit

During the StarCraft alpha, the photon cannon was known as the "photon battery."[2]

StarCraft IIEdit

Photon Cannon
Photon Cannon SC2 Rend1
Structure
Race

Protoss

Role

Anti-air/anti-ground defensive structure

Armament

Phase disruptor

Properties
Sight range

11

Detection range

11

Production
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Build time

40 Time SC2 Game1

Produced from

Probe

Requires

Forge

Hotkey

C

Protection
Shields

150

Shield
regen/second

2

Hit points

150

Type
  • Armored
  • Mechanical
  • Structure
Phase disruptor
Damage

20

Targets
  • Ground
  • Air
Cooldown

1.25

Range

7

Meta
Target
priority

20

Kill score

225

Production
score

75

The photon cannon re-appears in StarCraft II, much the same as its predecessor.

AbilitiesEdit

DetectorProtoss SC2 Icon1 Detector
Notes

This unit can detect cloaked and burrowed enemies.

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Building UpgradesEdit

SC2 ProShields Plasma Shields
Researched at

Forge

Hotkey

S

Properties
Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

225 Minerals Terran SC1

300 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Protoss SC1

225 Gas Protoss SC1

300 Gas Protoss SC1

Research time

160 Time SC2 Game1

190 Time SC2 Game1

220 Time SC2 Game1

Notes
  • +1 armor to shields per level.
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DevelopmentEdit

The photon cannon initially structuraly resembled its predecessor, retaining its 'telescope'.[3] It was replaced by the phase cannon early in the development of StarCraft II.[4] It has since returned in name and ability, although uses the phase cannon's model.[3]


ReferencesEdit

  1. Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Renders, accessed on 2011-07-20
  3. 3.0 3.1 2011, SC2: Protoss Photon Cannon. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-02-20
  4. Karune. 2007-07-23. StarCraft II Q&A - Karune Briefings. StarCraft II General Discussion Forums. Accessed 2007-09-06.


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