Wave Cannon as seen in Final Fantasy V.

A particle beam that leaves only dust in its wake.

Menu description of the Cloud of Darkness's EX Burst, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

Wave Cannon (波動砲 or はどうほう, Hadōhō?), also known as Surge Beam, Surge Cannon, Beam Cannon, Particle Beam, Cannon, Wave Artillery, and FlareWave, is a recurring enemy ability in the series. It typically deals large amounts of damage to the entire party. It is most often associated with the Cloud of Darkness and Omega as their signature attacks.

Appearances

Final Fantasy

Wave Cannon is used by Omega, and inflicts massive non-elemental damage to the entire party. It only appears in the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary versions.

Final Fantasy III

The Cloud of Darkness uses Particle Beam (FlareWave on the NES). It deals massive non-elemental damage to the entire party.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Surge Cannon is used by end-game mechanical bosses, such as Omega, and in the PSP release, Control System Ω. It inflicts damage equal to half the target's max HP and inflicts Sap.

Final Fantasy V

Wave Cannon (previously known as Beam Cannon) first appears as an attack used by Soul Cannon, which deals damage to the entire party equal to half of each individual character's maximum HP as well as inflicting Sap. The superboss Omega has access to this attack as well, as does Omega Mk.II in the Game Boy Advance remake.

Final Fantasy VI

Wave Cannon, used by Air Force, Io, Gamma, Demon, Kaiser Dragon, and Omega Weapon, inflicts major Lightning-elemental damage to the party. It has a power of 110 with a hit rate of 150, and it cost 20 MP for the enemy to use. It is only used by Air Force after it has finished its countdown for it.

Final Fantasy VII

Wave Artillery is an enemy ability used by Hundred Gunner which inflicts non-elemental physical damage to the party and is only used during its third form.

Final Fantasy XIII

Wave Cannon is an enemy ability that opens the frontal compartment to fire a beam of energy at all characters. It is used by Manasvin Warmech.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Wave Cannon is a Feral Link used by Omega. It inflicts magic damage on a target and nearby foes.

It is also an enemy ability used by Omega. It inflicts massive damage on the party. Omega Staggers after using this.

Final Fantasy XIV

The Cloud of Darkness uses many versions of her Particle Beam attacks during the raid fight against her. Some other powerful Voidsent such as Calofisteri, Scathach, and Diabolos Hollow also possess certain forms of Particle Beam.

The primal Zurvan uses Wave Cannon as one of his attacks, which he fires from outside the edge of the arena in a straight-line.

During a cinematic cutscene at the end of 3.55 The Far Edge of Fate, Omega uses Wave Cannon in a beam struggle against Shinryu's Protostar attack.

Wave Cannon is used by Omega in several forms: A "Larboard Wave Cannon" and "Starboard Wave Cannon" attack deals heavy damage on the left and right sides of the boss, respectively. In the Alphascape v4.0 (Savage) duty, Omega's final form uses Savage Wave Cannon, which targets a tank with magic vulnerability. This damage must be shared between both tanks. Oversampled Wave Cannon targets two random players with massive, heavy-hitting aoes, which must be absorbed by the tanks.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King

Wave Cannon is an ability used by Omega.

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Final Fantasy Legend III

Cannon is one of the main weapons/abilities on the Talon that can be chosen; it attacks all enemies at the beginning of battle.

Final Fantasy Dimensions

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Final Fantasy Dimensions II

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Dissidia Final Fantasy

The Cloud of Darkness uses various Particle Beam attacks with different designations, such as "[0-Form] Particle Beam", as her HP attacks. Her EX Burst is "Ultra Particle Beam".

Wave Cannon is the summon ability of the Omega summonstone. It continuously halves the opponent's Bravery approximately every two seconds for thirteen seconds.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

The Cloud of Darkness retains all of her Particle Beam attacks from the first game, though their exact properties have been re-balanced.

The Omega summonstone has the summon ability, Wave Cannon.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia

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Pictlogica Final Fantasy

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Pictlogica Final Fantasy ≒

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Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade

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Final Fantasy All the Bravest

Wave Cannon is the enemy ability that is used by Cloud of Darkness and Omega during battle.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper

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Final Fantasy Explorers

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

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Mobius Final Fantasy

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World of Final Fantasy

Wave Cannon is an active magic ability that inflicts neutral magical damage on all targets for 10 AP. It can be used by Omega and Omega Bane.

It is also an enemy ability used by Omega and Omega Bane.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game

One of the Cloud of Darkness's cards can use Ultra Particle Beam. For the discard of another Cloud of Darkness card and the payment of any amount of Water CP the player chooses, the ability decreases the power of all the opponent's Forwards by 1000 times the amount of CP paid, until the end of the turn. The same card also has a less powerful ability similar to Ultra Particle Beam, Dulling the Cloud of Darkness and paying any amount of CP to decrease the power of a single forward by 1000 times the CP paid.

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Etymology

A particle beam is a stream of charged or neutral particles, in many cases moving at near the speed of light.

Trivia

  • In Final Fantasy VIII, Trauma uses an attack known as Mega Pulse Cannon, while the Dromas uses an attack known as Mini Pulse Cannon. Both in the Japanese versions are known as Surge Cannons, linking them to the Wave Cannon ability.
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