Cannon Fire
XEU AlienAbility CannonFire
Aliens Sectopod

Cannon Fire is an ability used by Sectopods in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Beam attack that causes high damage and grants free Overwatch. If the Sectopod does not move, Cannon Fire can be used twice (against different enemies).

– In-Game Description, XCOM: Enemy Unknown


Cannon Fire is an extremely devastating attack in both damage output (up to 2 shots at 9 to 11 Damage per shot with a 10% Critical Chance (Classic/Impossible) for 15 to 16 Damage) and the fact that it does area effect damage (AoE) in a 2 square radius, which can spell disaster for tightly clustered soldiers.

A missed Cannon Fire attack can still prove dangerous as there is a high chance it can take out the target's cover leaving it exposed to other enemies or the Sectopod's Overwatch; the Sectopod's Overwatch uses a secondary plasma cannon that inflicts 10 Damage.


  • The Sectopod can damage itself using Cannon Fire if a soldier is standing two tiles or less away from it.
    • In XCOM: Enemy Within, Cannon Fire no longer deals AoE damage, making this tactic no longer viable.

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