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"Don't worry, it's solar powered! Minimal radiation and damage to the environment, but still lethal. I'm quite proud of that!"
―Lance, Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Ion Cannon (named simply Ion prior to EBF4) is a recurring skill in the Epic Battle Fantasy series. It was introduced in Epic Battle Fantasy 2 as one of Natalie's summons before becoming a Limit Break in subsequent games; it is mainly associated with Lance, being one of his natural Limit Breaks in Epic Battle Fantasy 3, but it can also be learned by Matt (from Epic Battle Fantasy 4 onward) or NoLegs (in Epic Battle Fantasy 5).

Description

The Ion Cannon is mounted on an artificial satellite orbiting around the planet, and it can be remotely called to strike the battlefield at any time. It was presumably created by Lance as part of his plans to take over the world.

The animation consists of the camera zooming out so the player can see the whole planet. A giant cannon appears from the top of the screen, along with four batteries. The batteries then charge the cannon with bolts of energy; once it's successfully powered up, the batteries are retracted and the cannon deploys before firing down a giant beam that sweeps across the surface of the planet before reaching the battlefield with enough force to destroy the ground in the process. The color of the energy used in the skill is either red (EBF2 and 3) or yellow (EBF4 and 5).

Ion Cannon deals a huge amount of magical damage, usually having an additional effect to hamper surviving foes.

Epic Battle Fantasy 2

Natalie learns Ion after defeating the Guardian boss. It deals massive, accurate non-elemental magic damage to all enemies, with some recoil damage to the players. As with all Summons, it uses Natalie's base Magic Attack, thus ignoring any buffs and debuffs to the stat, and also ignores her Accuracy.

The "Max Radiation" medal is awarded for using Ion for the first time.

Ion
Hits all foes for extreme non-elemental magic damage. Damages the party too.
Target Type Element Status Effect MP Acc RdF
All
Allies
Stat Magic.png ---- -- 200 150% 10%
Power Status Chance Status Strength
25000
2500 [4000]
-- --
Note: Forces the players to jump off the screen, curing Status Freeze.png Freeze.
Stats in brackets (below/right from actual) are for its pre-EBF Collection update version.
Ignores Natalie's Magic Attack (de)buffs and Accuracy.
Skill Bonuses
Name Effect
Ions! 1.4x damage multiplier (All)
[1.2x damage multiplier (All), 1.3x damage multiplier (Allies)]
Doomsday 1.8x damage multiplier (All)

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Ion is one of Lance's Limit Breaks in this game. It no longer damages the user's team, and now debuffs the targets' Attack; its Accuracy has also increased from EBF2.

EBF3 Skill Ion.png
Ion
Limit Break! Powerful non-elemental magic. High accuracy. Lowers foes' attack.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All Magical ---- StatDown Attack.png 200% 10% 10%
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength MP AP Cost
1 120 100% 10% -- 300
2 160 100% 20% -- 900
3 200 100% 30% -- 2000
4 250 100% 40% -- 4000
5 300 100% 50% -- 8000

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Ion Cannon returns as a Special Limit Break available to Lance and Matt. It is now strongly Thunder-based nstead of non-elemental, and has a decent chance to Stun targets instead of debuffing their Attack; to reflect the element change, the energy used in its animation was changed from red to yellow.

The Ion Cannon skill is found in the Waste Disposal Plant, in the 5 Battery slots screen, in the right chest, blocked by a Steel Block. Initially, it's weaker than its EBF3 incarnation, but its power increases significantly with each upgrade until it's significantly more powerful than it was in EBF3; however, its final level costs more AP than it did in the last game.

The Praetorian and Dark Lance can also cast Ion Cannon; Dark Lance uses it as a Limit Break like the players, while the Praetorian telegraphs its use by gaining the Charge status. When either of these foes use Ion Cannon, the animation shows the beam moving in the opposite direction as the player-cast version.

EBF4 Skill Ion Cannon.png
Ion Cannon
Limit Break! Targets all foes. May stun targets.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All Magical 75% Element Thunder.png Status Stun.png 200% 10% 10%
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength MP AP Cost
1 80 50% 2x -- 300
2 150 50% 2x -- 900
3 240 55% 2x -- 2000
4 320 60% 2x -- 4000
5 400 60% 2x -- 12000
Requirement(s)
(one)
EBF4 Skill Big Spark.png EBF4 Skill Plasma Wave.png
Note: Forces the players to jump off the screen, curing Status Freeze.png Freeze.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Ion Cannon is largely the same as it was in EBF4, but it now hits multiple times with higher Accuracy, a better Stun chance, and slightly more power at higher levels. It also gains the additional effect of granting Lance several stacks of Charge status (this occurs regardless of which character uses the limit, or whether Lance is at the front or the back), giving him the option to fire off a Hyper Beam right afterwards.

Lance comes with the skill already learned at Level 1 when he joins the party; he'll also use it against them when fought as a solo miniboss in the Iron Fortress. Additionally, Lancelot can use Ion Cannon as one of his Limit Breaks; following the v2 update, the Praetorian can also cast the skill after giving itself Charge status.

EBF5 Skill Ion Cannon.png
Ion Cannon
Limit Break! Deals massive magical thunder damage to all foes, and may stun them.
  • Also charges Lance's Hyperbeam attack.
  • High accuracy.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All Magical 100% EBF5 Element Thunder.png EBF5 Status Stun.png 300% 10% 10%
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength AP Cost
1 80/8 50% [30%] 2x N/A
2 150/8 70% [35%] 2x 300
3 240/8 80% [40%] 2x 1000
4 330/8 90% [45%] 2x 3000
5 420/8 100% [50%] 2x 10000
Note: Stats in brackets (below/right from actual) are for its pre-v2 update version.
Forces the players to jump off the screen, curing EBF5 Status Freeze.png Freeze. Gives 5x EBF5 Status Charge.png Charge to Lance.
Before the v2 update, only gave 2x EBF5 Status Charge.png Charge.

Trivia

  • The lens flare in Ion Cannon's intro animation has the same animation as Flare, except with a different background.
  • In EBF3, Lance says Ion Cannon deals "minimal radiation and damage to the environment", which doesn't fit with the name of the EBF2 medal, "Max Radiation". This could mean Lance has upgraded it between the games to be less radioactive and to focus its power on the targets instead of harming both the players and the foes, giving a lore reason for the gameplay change.
  • So far, Anna is the only playable character who has never been able to learn Ion Cannon.
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