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A photon cannon

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

This unit may detect cloaked and burrowed enemies.

UpgradesEdit

  • +1 armor bonus to shields per level for all units and structures.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 266Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 298Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core
Level =Level 3
Cost 400 Minerals Terran SC1 400 Gas Terran SC1 330Time SC2 Game1
Required Cybernetics core

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

This unit can detect cloaked and burrowed enemies.

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Building UpgradesEdit

  • +1 armor to shields per level.
Acquisition
Purchased from Forge
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 160Time SC2 Game1
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals Terran SC1 225 Gas Terran SC1 190Time SC2 Game1
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals Terran SC1 300 Gas Terran SC1 220Time SC2 Game1
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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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