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"Alright boys, hit 'em with the Yamato cannon! Couple of shots from that'll flatten anything!"
YamatoGun SC1 CineInauguration1

The Yamato being fired

The Yamato cannon (a.k.a. Yamato gun) is a feared[1] terran particle weapon.[2]

By the Great War, recent research had led to the development of the weapon. It uses an intense magnetic field to focus a small nuclear explosion into a cohesive beam of energy. The cannon requires a huge energy reserve to fire, but the effects make it worthwhile. In 2499, terran engineers were working overtime to retrofit existing battlecruisers with the weapon. Behemoth-class battlecruisers received such retrofits.[2] The cannon was suitable for "scorched earth" work.[3]

By 2502,[4] the Minotaur-class battlecruiser was in service,[5] equipped with a Type-V yamato cannon.[6]

Game EffectEdit

In both StarCraft and StarCraft II, the Yamato cannon's range of ten makes it an effective siege weapon, able to destroy stationary defenses and anti-air units out of their range, leaving the battlecruiser safe. However, it takes a few seconds to charge before firing once a target is acquired. Only the strongest units can survive a shot from a Yamato cannon. The Yamato cannon is best used to eliminate strong anti-air defenders, such as enemy battlecruisers, carriers, and void rays.

StarCraftEdit

InterYamCannon Terran SC1 Yamato Gun
Acquisition
Minerals

100 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

100 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

120 Time SC2 Game1

Hotkey

Y

Usage
Energy

150 Energy Terran SC1

Range

10

Hotkey

Y

Notes

The Yamato Gun is a powerful weapon that focuses a nuclear explosion into a beam using magnetic fields. It deals 260 damage.

StarCraft IIEdit

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Firing the Yamato cannon

AcquisitionEdit

SC2Yamato Weapon Refit
Acquisition
Minerals

150 Minerals Terran SC1

Gas

150 Gas Terran SC1

Research time

60 Time SC2 Game1

Researched at

Fusion core

Hotkey

R

Notes

Analogous to StarCraft's "Yamato Gun". Adds a large central gun to the bow. Prior to firing, the "head" splits apart, and the 'neck' recoils when the weapon is fired. Does 300 damage to any target they hit.

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UseEdit

YamatoCannon SC2 Icon1 Yamato Cannon
Usage
Energy

100 Energy Terran SC1

Range

10

Activation/
Build Time

3 Time SC2 Game1

Hotkey

Y

Notes

Blasts a target with a devastating plasma cannon, causing 300 damage.

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AchievementsEdit

Yamato Master Blaster
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Destroy 20 units with Yamato blasts in a single League game.

NotesEdit

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A ship being hit by a Yamato blast

ReferencesEdit

  1. SC2 Units: Battlecruiser, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-10-02
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  3. Corey Konieczka, Robert A. Kouba, Dan Clark (December 17, 2008). StarCraft: The Board Game: Brood War. Fantasy Flight Games. ASIN 1589945034
  4. April 6, 2010. "Timeline". StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). pp. 311 - 323. ISBN 978-1416-55084-6.
  5. Randolph, Grace (w), Nan Kim (p, i). "Newsworthy." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2 (paperback binding), pp. 68-121. Tokyopop, January 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-80831-8.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Maw of the Void (in English). 2010-07-27.
  7. Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0671-04149-6.

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