Nanoha's Strike Cannon Unit 01 in Force
|Other names||CW-AEC02X Strike Cannon|
CWX-Strike Cannon (movie)
|Magic system||Special (AEC)|
|Japanese name||ストライクカノン |
|First app.||Force (ch.7)|
Its model designation in Force is "CW-AEC02X", which may stand for "Caledfwlch Anti-Eclipse Experimental Weapon 02". Its name may have been inspired by the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam.
In the movie continuity, it is officially known as Composite Armament "CWX-Strike Cannon" instead.
Strike Cannon makes its debut in Force NEXT Design 01 (accompanying Force ch.5) before its first appearance in Force (ch.7), in which a batch of Strike Cannons is produced by Caledfwlch upon request by the Bureau for its Special Duty Section 6 ("SDS6") in 0081.
The testing is carried out by the SDS6 Aggressor team, led by commander Nanoha Takamachi and sub-commander Vita. During the tests, it is, however, determined that only Nanoha herself possesses the power and reaction speed necessary to efficiently use the Cannon, therefore Mariel Atenza starts optimising Nanoha's Unit 01 for her exclusive use.
In ch.9, Erio Mondial wields his Strike Cannon in the 3-on-3 battle against the Hückebein. In ch.11, Vita's Unit 02 is also taken into use to bombard Esquad Hückebein along with Erio's, after Thoma Avenir's Divide Zero "Eclipse" makes Vita unable to maintain flight. However, both Cannons are later destroyed by Curren Hückebein.
After the rescue of Thoma's group, Strike Cannon, together with War Hammer, has entered their mass production stage upon the Bureau's adaptation of AEC Armament. They become the two weapons of Raptor units. Frontline members including the cadets of SDS6 are also seen wielding Strike Cannons in their trainings.
In the Brave Duel continuity, in addition to the crossover cards in which Nanoha wields Unit 01, redesigned versions of Strike Cannon also become Raising Heart Driver and Luciferion Driver, additional new forms possessed by Raising Heart and Luciferion in INNOCENT.
In the movie continuity, Strike Cannon first appears in Reflection as one of the battery-driven equipment co-developed by Caledfwlch Company and the Bureau 14 years earlier in 0067. In addition to the standalone black cannon used by Hayate Yagami therein, it can also be an option-unit of the Fortress System (forming the Fortress Unit), as seen in Nanoha's case. When Formula Mode is driven by Nanoha, her Strike Cannon also "mode-changes" into Formula Cannon (as modified by Amitie Florian's Variant Core).
Strike Cannon appears as a large (over two meters long) gun held with both hands approximately at the waist height. Additionally, a bracer with connectors to the weapon is worn on the left hand (though seeing how Nanoha is left-handed, it may mean that the connector bracer should be worn on the dominant hand).
Strike Cannon does not have a portable standby form like a Device, but the two following forms:
|Forms||Primary continuity||Movie continuity|
| Close Mode|
|The usual form, in which the "barrel" is closed and the weapon can be used either as a lance or a claymore.|
| Open Mode|
|The ranged form, in which the two halves of the "barrel" are slightly apart and the Cannon functions as a medium-to-long range railgun.||In addition to the left, it can also generate an electromagnetic Strike Flame at the barrel for striking.|
Strike Cannons are painted in different colors to reflect the personal colors of users. Known users and their personal colors painted are summarized as follows:
|01||Nanoha Takamachi||Stratos Blue and Shine White|
|02||Vita||Magma Red and Black Sapphire|
|Erio Mondial||red and white|
|Thoma Avenir||light blue and white|
|Lily-Strosek||light turquoise and white|
|Isis Egret||light magenta and white|
|Hayate Yagami||black and white|
| Subaru Nakajima|
While bearing striking similarities to an Armed Device, Strike Cannon is not a standalone Device but an armed interface produced as a "magic-driven weapon". Its primary function is instant conversion of the users' mana into physical effects, such as impact shocks, solid cannon projectiles, and barriers. This differs from ordinary Devices, which merely shape magical energy into a form where it can be used as a weapon; and allows Strike Cannon to efficiently counter the magic-neutralizing effects like the Anti Magilink Field and Zero Effect.
To conserve energy, Strike Cannon can be switched to the Low Power Mode by turning the recoil-controlling function off.