Sonic Cannon

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General Information

The Sonic Cannon is an incredibly powerful weapon which can kill even heavily armored humans in simply a single shot. While it is not used often at first, it soon becomes the mainstay of the alien armament.

The weapon's lethality is only tempered by it's smaller clip and the fact that firing a shot takes several seconds for power to build in the resonance chamber. An alien(or soldier) armed with the Sonic Cannon can generally not be counted on to fire more than one shot per turn. However, one shot is usually more than enough to finish off whatever it hits.

As a Sonic weapon, the Sonic Cannon lacks auto-fire. However, it is an excellent heavy weapon, and can generally take down whatever you will need it to, so long as you can get around the low ammo clip and the fact that you can only fire it twice per turn. Aimed fire is recommended.

Comparison to UFO Mirror: Heavy Plasma

Lacking auto fire and the massive clip of it's ancestor, the Sonic Cannon nonetheless stands out as a useful weapon. The inhuman power of the weapon allows its use against all but the toughest aliens. While the clip is small, the damage per shot more than makes up for it, and the accuracy is highest of any weapon in the game. If only firing wasn't so much slower.

Where it really falls down is base defense. The smaller clip, lack of auto fire, and high TU cost of firing unfortunately make the Sonic Cannon much less suitable for garrison use than the Heavy Plasma if one uses less-than-stellar troops for base defense. The way the math works out, with the values chosen for weapon accuracy, a three-round burst generally has a high chance of getting at least one hit than a single aimed shot.

Weapon Statistics


Sonic Cannon

  • Size: 3 high x 2 wide
  • Firing Accuracy:
    • 80% Snapshot
    • 115% Aimed
  • Firing Cost:
    • 50% Snapshot
    • 70% Aimed
  • Selling Cost: $171,600
  • Build Cost: $122,000 plus:
    • Technician Hrs: 1000
    • Workshop Space: 4
    • Aqua Plastics: 1
    • Zrbite: 0

Ammo Statistics


Sonic Cannon Clip

  • Size: 1 high x 1 wide
  • Damage: 130 Sonic
  • Ammo Capacity: 10
  • Selling Cost: $9,590
  • Build Cost: $6,000 plus:
    • Technician Hrs: 80
    • Workshop Space: 4
    • Aqua Plastics: 0
    • Zrbite: 3

See Also

TFTD Badge Terror From The Deep: Equipment (TFTD)
Armor Diving SuitPlastic Aqua ArmorIon ArmorMagnetic Ion Armor
Weapons Dart GunJet HarpoonGas CannonHydro-Jet CannonTorpedo LauncherThermal Tazer

Magna-Blast GrenadeParticle Disturbance GrenadeMagna-Pack Explosive
Gauss PistolGauss RifleHeavy Gauss
Sonic PistolSonic-Blasta RifleSonic CannonSonic PulserThermal Shok LauncherDisruptor Pulse Launcher
Vibro BladeThermic LanceHeavy Thermic Lance

Portable Equipment Dye GrenadeParticle Disturbance SensorMedi-KitChemical-flareM.C. DisruptorM.C. ReaderZrbite
SWS Coelacanth/G. CannonCoelacanth/Aqua JetCoelacanth/GaussDisplacer/SonicDisplacer/PWT
Data Weapon Summaries TFTD Item destruction table • SWS/Terror Unit Innate Weapons